Archive | September, 2013

Soul-Fed Mama

Soul-Fed Mama: 31 tips to getting grounded, inspired and energized in your mothering and your life

Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and frustrated with your life? Would you like more energy, more inspiration, more peace? Are you tired of reaching the end of your day and not having done anything that was just for you? Maybe you don’t even remember what you did for yourself before the demands of kids and family took over your time and attention. Does your soul feel parched and hungry?

I believe it is possible to be an awesome mama and still have time and energy for yourself.

In fact, I think it is essential.  I believe in feeding your soul through self-care, mindfulness, setting limits and identifying the places where you need support.

I also believe doing these things will make you a better mama, partner and friend.

Because in nurturing yourself, you have more to give to others. More excitement, more engagement, more attention and more love.


31 tips to getting grounded, inspired and energized in your mothering and your life.

For the month of October, I will be sharing a daily suggestion for feeding your soul. I’ll share stories about what has worked in my life and the lessons I’ve learned.…

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Have It Your Way: 5 Tips On How To Ask For Help And Get It

Have It Your Way: 5 Tips On How To Ask For Help And Get It

photo credit: Josep Ma. Rosell via photopin cc

Do you have knowing how to ask for help? I have struggled with this for a long time. But I learned something recently that has helped and I want to share it with you.

Several weeks ago I reached a point when I started to dread bedtime by early afternoon every day. Nap times had become difficult and I was spending an hour or more each day trying to coax Bean to sleep. Then I’d race around the house doing chores while she never slept long enough. She’d be cheerful and agreeable for an hour or so after waking, but invariably everything fell apart again right about the time I started dinner.

On one particularly bad night, she pulled at me and whined all through dinner preparations, refused to eat the meal, and then dallied and fought her pajamas and toothbrush. By the time I turned off the light I was already exhausted and angry. But then she simply would not settle. I tried rocking her, nursing her, singing to her. I tried laying her in her crib and refusing to interact with her. I brought her crackers and a cup of milk.…

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10 Things Moms Should Stop Doing

10 Things Moms Should Stop Doing |

Are you tired of the lists of things you should be doing better, larger, or more of in your life?  I’ve got you covered. Here are 10 things you can stop doing right now.


Saying “I should…” about anything.

If your hear yourself saying a sentence that begins with the words, “I should…” I’m betting you don’t really want to do that thing. You feel obligated to, or you think someone else wants you to do it. If you hear yourself saying, “I should…” stop and decide if that is something you really need to do. When I do things that started with “I should…” I almost always end up resenting them.

If you say, “I should really do the laundry,” when your kids are begging you to come play, go play instead. The laundry will still be there in an hour. If you say, “I should really join this committee at my son’s school,” consider what else you might do with that time that would better feed your heart instead.


Eating off your kid’s plate.

In our house, the kid eats the same food the adults do, so at least I’m not tempted by butter pasta leftovers.…

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Keeping Up With My Little Learner

Keeping with My Preschooler's Learning |

My little one, though not yet old enough for formal preschool, is so excited about learning. She knows all of her letters, can count up to 10 (though not yet in order!) and loves to point out colors all around her. Just a couple of days ago I heard her make the connection that combinations of letters make words. Her very favorite place to go with me is the library and her room is positively strewn with books. Her favorite word is “Why,” and she really listens to how we answer her.

I’m not worried about her being prepared for kindergarten, which still seems an eternity away, but I am worried about keeping up with her quest for knowledge in any kind of organized way. And I’d love to find her some worksheets and activities that are appropriate for her learning level and also fun.

If you have an engaged learner like I do, have a preschooler who needs some extra support before they start kindergarten, or even if you just want to be actively involved in your child’s learning journey, I think you will love this week’s bundle from the eBook Emporium.

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Become a Better Mother by Committing to the Practice

Have you ever had a day when you just want to quit? It all felt too hard, you didn’t know how to make it better, you were exhausted. Have you ever hit that gravely low place of “I’m just not a good enough mom?” I think all moms feel this – sometimes even daily.

There’s no way to measure whether you are good enough or not. I can tell you all day that you are a great mom, but if you don’t believe me, you don’t believe me. What you really need is a way to trust in yourself, moment by moment, that you are being the person that you want to be with your kids. When you have that trust, you can stop questioning yourself. You can recognize the tough moments for what they are – just a moment – and re-calibrate by apologizing or trying again.

When I was new to Pilates I remember a day when class felt particularly tough. I couldn’t finish any exercise.  My neck was hurting, I couldn’t hold imprint, I couldn’t do as many repeats as the instructor was leading us to do.  Halfway through the class I heard myself thinking, “I’m never doing this again.”

What was wrong with me?…

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5 Easy Ways to Save Summer Memories

5 Easy Ways To Save Summer Memories |

Now that summer is winding to a close, kids are returning to school, and you (hopefully) have a little more time, you may be wondering what to do with all those photos and mementos from your summer adventures. Let’s talk about ways to save your summer memories!

I admit I often get swept up into fall and then holiday activities and never get anything done with summer photos. To help make sure that doesn’t happen to you, here are 5 QUICK ways to save summer memories while the details are still fresh.

Save Summer Memories – Quick and Easy!

  •  I recommended this summer manifesto printable fromAli Edwards at the beginning of the summer. If you didn’t use it that way, you can still use the template to record the highlights of your summer and get those photos printed and into a small book where you can enjoy them.
  • I love this tactile summer memory book. What a fun way to review your adventures with your kids and find out what really stood out for them. This would also be a great project to have them take into school if their class is doing a “what I did over the summer” kind of activity.
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