Drop Everything Now

Listen, the whole life that you have been chasing in America, it’s all a lie. The problem is, everyone believes it.  Or at least on some level.  Because this lie seems like the truth. The truth is, you don’t need to enroll you kids in soccer and then race across town for music lesson, all while…

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This Works Wonders for Seasonal Allergies

If you are reading this post, you or someone you love, knows the annoyance and discomfort of seasonal allergies.  The red puffy and itchy eyes, the constant sneezing, the endless runny nose… Seasonal allergies are not fun, for you or your kids. Most people suffer through, while some take shots or over the counter medicine,…

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Worth the Risk

This morning as I got up before the early dawn light and before the rest of the family was stirring, all I could think about was the next bold step we are taking in life.  My head and body buzzed with excitement thinking about where our new path will lead us and what we will…

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The Heart of It.

While playing violin for a live Nutcracker production a few weeks ago, I was struck by something a friend said during one of our breaks.  She commented how she saw my pictures on Facebook and how perfect my family seems to be all the time.  When I thanked her and responded that while my family…

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Sugar Addiction

What To Do After Gorging Out On Candy

  It begins innocently enough, but then just a piece, or two or three of  candy turns into the entire bag!  At some point your kids faces are smeared with chocolate and their tongues look like a smudgy rainbow.  You raid your kids candy while they are at school or even hit the after holiday sale…

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21 Things I Learned About Kids Through Teaching Violin Lessons

  When I first started teaching violin lessons, I never imagined it would make me a better parent. What I learned blew me away at first, but now it feels like home. While people continue to debate nature verses nurture, the kids have taught me that it’s all about the parent. The impact a parent’s personality,…

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Under Pressure – Rethinking Our Daily Lives

I remember sitting there, half drowsy from the 5am alarm clock rising and half in disbelief that she could be so rude.  Did she really just whip her brown ponytail around and say, “It’s all in your head, you know.”  I gazed over the bus seats to see if anyone else heard her.  Really, how…

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Why Mental Health Begins in the Gut

It saddens me to say that according to the CDC 1 out of every 5 kids in America experiences a mental disorder.  This not only includes behavior, mood and anxiety disorders, but also attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders,  etc As mental health issues are sharply rising in kids, we must ask ourselves this…Are kids…

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How Time at a Youth Correctional Center Inspired My Parenting

Growing up I was surrounded by “bad” kids.  Kids who stole, drank,  did drugs and got into fights. I spent countless hours with kids that most parents would shun their kids from spending time with.  Kids who society labeled as “Bad”. But I didn’t see it that way. I saw real people.  I saw broken…

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Why Peanut Butter No Bake Oatmeal Bites Actually Rob Your Energy

Peanut butter no bake energy bites.  Sounds simple and good, but when one of the hottest recipes for moms with young kids gets shared around the internet I start to cringe.  Not because peanut butter no bake energy bites don’t taste good, but because they do the opposite of what people are claiming. No bake oatmeal recipes get applauded for being…

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