Motherhood On A Budget


Recently, my husband and I were in the car driving and got into a daring match.  You know, one of those discussions that begins with “You’d never be able to…”   After some relatively playful banter, we entered into a 10 day challenge whereby we each would refrain from our specific alleged vices.  Personally, I was to refrain from Starbucks, eating out and shopping with the exception of things that were necessary for our children. So after putting my Starbucks gold card in the freezer, I wore my confident smile and started the process. Normally a women that enjoys the…

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One Of The Secrets to Motherhood


Back in the day, when my then fiancee and I were attending premarital counseling, I remember asking our facilitator what she thought was the secret to becoming  a happy spouse.  Expecting the heavens to depart with words filled with depth of knowledge dating back to Confucious, I was surprised  at the simplicity of her answer.  Yet, looking back, I think it also could be termed one of the secrets to being a happy mother. As a therapist, I could offer the standard importance of self care, taking time for yourself and letting go of expectations.  And while all of these are…

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So long “What ifs” “Had I onlys” and “Why didn’t I’s”


Tonight is New Year’s Eve. That magical time of year when we bid one year good bye and welcome a new one. At the stroke of midnight, many will sing Auld Lang Syne, wishing away the regrets, applaud our contentments and embracing optimism for 2012. As a Mom, this is my favorite time of year. I enjoy it more than Mother’s Day, my birthday and even Tax Free Weekend. Because on New Year’s Eve, I am reminded to let go of all those “What if I ….” or “Had I only done…” and “Why didn’t I…” of 2011. I can…

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E-Cards: Every Mom’s Friend During the Holidays


There I was at 8:30 pm, covered in flour, sugar and and other sticky things from baking in the kitchen with my girls all day. My daughter and I were finishing up the pecan tassies when my eyes grew big and my heart felt like it stopped: I had forgotten to send my nieces and nephew a holiday gift. It was one of those things, when I’d remember and tell myself aloud “I really need to do that,” and then as quickly as it came….the thought escaped. Actually knowing my nieces and nephews, they wouldn’t have minded so much….but I…

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