A Really Great Quote…


“Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.” ― Harriet Braiker Recently, I came across this quote on one of the Real Simple magazine daily thoughts blogs I follow. When I first read it, I thought how applicable toward motherhood. How different would life be if I strived for excellence instead of perfection? For me, striving for excellence means that improvement is tangible and attainable.  Big or small, I have the power to make positive changes as a woman and mother.  Excellence means I will make mistakes, learn from them and that helps me grow.  Excellence is the…

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Half Birthdays For Summer Babies


Birthdays are so much fun for kids. One of the things that makes them so special for kids is celebrating with their friends at school. However, kids born in the summer often miss out on this experience. Recently, one of my daughter’s teachers recognized this need and came up with a solution. She started celebrating “Half Birthdays” on the six month anniversary for students born in the summer. So if someone’s birthday was August 1, they had a class party on February 1. Isn’t that clever! How fun would it be to come into class, thinking it would be an…

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Tips for Single Moms From A Single Parented Kid This Holiday Season


One thing is for certain: Single parenting is a tough gig. Having been raised by a single parent, I know how it can be especially difficult during the holiday season. The streets are filled with holiday cheer and some single parents are struggling to just figure out how to survive physically and emotionally like the rest of the year. Here are some thoughts to Moms from a single parented kid: 1. It’s really not about the gifts. It is more beneficial to live in your means that to overspend on gifts.. The added stress that comes from overspending will only…

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Need a Holiday Gift? What about the “F” Word?


Still looking for that last holiday gift? Is there a person in your life that you really do not want to give a gift to, but feel obligated to give one to? What if there was a way you could “keep the family peace” this holiday season without having to spend a lot of time and money? If you are interested, then I have the perfect gift for you….it’s the “F” word. What if you could give a gift that some have considered life changing? And this gift can be a holiday hit even if the other person does not…

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The Goober in the Shower


And it dawned on me: THIS is the stuff that motherhood is made of- the simplicity rather than complexities of life.