Tips for Holiday Travel & The Letter

Today seems to be a busy day for little ol me! I have posts featured over on Family Matters Blog and MomLife Today! One of the greatest books I have ever read on parenting was written by Tim Kimmel and it's titled Raising Kids for True Greatness - he is the man behind the ministry of Family Matters and I am honored and excited to be a Guest Post contributor to their Family Matters Blog - here's an excerpt from my post that's on their site … [Read more...]

Seth Godin Approved By This Mom

Like he needs it! All the same, as the mother of a Senior in High School and a believer in Seth Godin's marketing guru-ness, imagine my delight as I peeped upon his post today titled, Pushing Back on Mediocre Professors. You tell em Mr. Godin...uh Seth...dude! As a mother of a child that I was told tested "off the charts" I am all too familiar with teachers who go through the motions. She was once used to actually create standardized tests … [Read more...]

Love, Hate and Jillian Michaels

I am happy to report I am still at it! The 30 day shred has hovered in the confines of my DVD player well over two months!  And I have just about gotten every word Jillian growls at me memorized. How do I do it? (You sit in wonder and ask.) Sheer stubborn determination... and the idea that the blood pumping so hard through my veins and the oxygen being forced in and out of my lungs will keep me around a long time so that I might someday be a … [Read more...]

Mom Can

Hey Mom...I have a suggestion, the next time you think, Nah, I can't do that! May I suggest you smack yourself upside the head and say out loud - "Heck yeah, that sounds fun - I can do that!" Sometimes I think as moms we do so much and work so hard that when it comes to just stopping and having fun we sabotage ourselves by thinking we can't take the time for the fun things in life. Shame on us. "I can't" is something we teach our children not … [Read more...]

Jillian Michaels Shred…update

Just a quick post to let you know that Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred is workin for me!Seriously ladies. I never would have believed that 20 minutes a day would make a difference so quickly, but in just 10 has! My stamina is improving during the workout, I am not huffing and puffing as much as I was when I started. And...I am shrinking...really. My clothes are fitting loosely, body parts are toning, pounds are slipping … [Read more...]

Mom Bully Exposed

Did you catch this story today on Good Morning America...about cyber mom bullies?OK, so I suppose part of blogging, tweeting and facebook is to share your opinions and thoughts on what you see going on in the world around you, but ugly personal attacks against people is just plain wrong.Just because you cannot see the pain in their eyes, does not mean that your words did not put it there.We all need to be mindful to use social … [Read more...]

My Butt Kickin

Oh yeah...I so got my buttocks kicked this morning!I normally am a walker, jogger, hiker just to keep myself healthy and the blood flowing - and to be OUTSIDE which I so, so enjoy! But every now and then I'll throw in something extra to challenge myself. Well, I have just found the greatest little something that I think you should try!Jillian Michaels, the loud and lovely lady from The Biggest Loser, has this great little DVD called the … [Read more...]

The writing’s on the wall…uh, hand

So, I am speaking as a mom, not as a political analyst - because...I am a mom, not a political analyst. And this post is not about politics, it's about momness. Reporters have been giving Sarah Palin a hard time because of the notes she wrote on her hand at a recent event where she was speaking.  Are you serious? Years ago I had a friend who was a nurse teach me that one. That's the smartest trick in the book (or should I say "handbook" - har, … [Read more...]

Photo Fun

Life seems to tick by so very slowly when I am living through the day before me. Life seems to be moving at warp speed when I bump into a box of old photos and sit, remember and smile. How did my sweet, fun, rambunctious children turn into teenagers already? How can I be looking up at both of them as we conversate? Today's treasure box of memories proved interesting. The silly grin I had on my face while reliving captured photographic … [Read more...]

Meeting Steven Curtis Chapman

If you have not yet heard the CD Beauty Will Rise, by Steven Curtis Chapman, I suggest you go right out and get yourself one.I just spent this past weekend with Stephen Curtis Chapman, his wife Mary Beth, and several other people who believe in what they are doing through their showHOPE ministry. If you didn't catch the Orphan Sunday event on November 8th, I encourage you to go watch it now.I met Mary Beth first. As she bounded over smiling, it … [Read more...]