#30DaysofThanks: Grateful for the Internet

#30DaysofThanks Blog Writing Challenge

Today, Nov. 6, I am grateful for the Internet. I’m writing this on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 5, and I am falling asleep at the keyboard. My son was up every two hours last night because he has a nasty cold and, according to the doctor, four molars breaking through. He was inconsolable, and Read More …

#30DaysofThanks: Grateful to be a Mom

#30DaysofThanks Blog Writing Challenge

Will you join me in taking the #30DaysofThanks challenge? Each day from Nov. 1-30, write or share something for which you’re thankful with the hash tag #30DaysofThanks. I’ve seen lots of people establishing self challenges with their blogging and writing, such as posting every day for a month. What better month to take on such Read More …

Treating Postpartum Depression with Pet Therapy

Treating Postpartum Depression with Pet Therapy

I’m reading more and more about how pets – particularly dogs – are used in therapy for people with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental disorders. But after a simple web search, I found very little on treating postpartum depression with pet therapy. Our dog, a German shepherd named Heidi, has been and Read More …

Parents, education begins with you

education begins with you

Parents, education begins with you. I’ve become more and more frustrated by the sheer number of people who can’t differentiate between your and you’re and other simple issues in writing. (It’s always “you’re welcome,” as in you are welcome, NOT “your welcome.”) I think there are two reasons why both adults and young people cannot Read More …

Child development stages: Our baby learning to walk

Child Development Stages: Baby learning to walk

I cease to be amazed at child development stages. I was the baby in our family, and I was only around babies a limited time growing up. So now that I have my own child, it’s truly amazing watching him go through each of the child development stages. Right now, he’s standing on his own Read More …

Cut your grocery bill in half in 10 weeks

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half - Grocery Budget Makeover

If you’re like me, you might spend far more on food each month than you intend. That’s why I’m excited about the Grocery Budget Makeover by Erin Chase (founder of $5 Dinners) to cut your grocery bill in half in 10 weeks. Registration for this course opens Tuesday, Sept. 8 (the day after Labor Day) Read More …

My battle with postpartum depression and anxiety

depressed woman in bedroom postpartum depression

On New Year’s Day 2015, I woke up in such a pit of despair that I almost immediately began to cry and couldn’t stop until about three that afternoon. Luckily, my mother-in-law came to babysit my son, so my husband could help take care of me. I’d always heard of postpartum depression, or the worse cases of Read More …