Rain, Rain Don’t Go Away


It is another weekend of rainy days here in Middle Tennessee.  As I pen this blog,  rain drops casually fall from the sky creating  a soothing rhythmic melody against the skylight in the office.  The sleeping dogs lie gifting me with residual flatulence from the umteen retriever rolls they have consumed this morning as a way to calm them down, and our kids are ever grateful for their self proclaimed “much needed” time to unwind while watching Disney in the playroom. With all sports event called off and the inability to do any more gardening, it leaves this mother begging…

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Question: Should we be worried about Concussions in our children?


We have all heard of the NFL lawsuits for dementia caused by chronic concussions. No one questions the idea that large men hurling themselves into each other at large speeds could cause a head injury. But it might surprise you to learn that the highest number of concussions in female athletes is soccer. I have a friend whose middle school child has already had several concussions from soccer. The Center for Disease Control reports that from 2001-2009, concussions among youth increased 60%, leading the agency to label concussion frequency as reaching “epidemic” proportions. 70.5% of sports-related emergency visits for traumatic…

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Homemade Laundry Detergent-Who does that?


Well, I stumbled upon the art of “making your own laundry detergent” a few weeks ago online and was shocked to realize how much I normally overpay for my favorite detergent or whatever is on sale. Per the recipe, I bought the items suggestions (Borax, Super Washing Suds, & a bar of Ivory Soap) and decided I would make this a threefold event: money saving effort, craft-project for a rainy day, & mother/daughter bonding opportunity. I also picked up some regular detergent that day and life went on as normal…..except for feeling a twinge of guilt each time I saw…

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Doing What Comes Naturally By Susan Shifay Cheung


March is going by fast and we’ve jumped forward an hour. You know what that means? Yes, it’s coming up to spring cleaning time and I can’t wait to throw open the windows to let the fresh air in. Along with more air and light, I feel the need to detoxify my body from an over-indulgence of rich food during the winter months. As I search my cupboards under the sink, I take out, one after another, a cleaner for the stovetop, one for the granite countertops, one for the wooden floorboards, yet another for cleaning glass and, finally, a…

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