A Love Note for The Angry Mom

A Love Note for The Angry Mom

Dear Angry Mom – You saw red today. You hid in the corner, crying. You seriously wondered how on earth you could make it through another minute, let alone another day. You’re not sure you’re cut out for this motherhood thing. You’re not sure you’re able to stay strong, like you know you need to…

5 Unexpected Ways Photography Makes Happier Moms

5 Unexpected Ways Photography Makes Happier Moms

Super happy to offer this guest post from Beryl Ayn Young, Photo Mentor and founder of Momtographie. Beryl is a great teacher for moms who want to use their camera to track family memories — and for self-care. Check her out with these great tips and then go sign up for her FREE class! This…

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Say No To Your Child

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Say No To Your Child

We all say no. Daily? Hourly? Every few minutes? And we mean well. We do. There’s things we have to do. Things to check off and get done. Places to go and visit. And yet, by the end of the day we wish we had relaxed more, played more and connected more. We wished we…

My New Favorite Mindful Living Mantra

My New Favorite Mindful Living Mantra

The other morning, the second my eyes opened,  I scanned the dark room and I felt it. The pressure. To be on, to do, to get things done. The pressure to be perfect, to keep up, to not miss out, to DO when all I want to do is BE. And, then it started. The…

Simple Summer Habits To Start Right Now

Simple Summer Habits To Start Right Now

At night, when I can manage the energy, I slip outside into the darkness. I sit on the front porch and I stare out into the field across the street, behind the neighbors’ homes. It takes my eyes a few seconds and then it happens. Thousands of sparks start lighting up the night. Fireflies. This…

4 Mantras for Busy Moms

4 Mantras for Busy Moms

Mindful. Mindfulness. Mindful parenting. Mindful living. There are so many experts and studies on the value of mindfulness. And I suspect, it will continue to grow as the number of distractions in our lives grow. And, yes, meditation does work, but there are so many of us with children underfoot all day long there’s not…

The Art of Rest for Modern Moms| AMPlify Your Life Episode 2

The Art of Rest for Modern Moms| AMPlify Your Life Episode 2

Rest. Do we ever get enough? No, you say? Huh. We want rest. But we want to feel productive, too. What’s a modern mama to do? This is one of my favorite topics. I love helping modern mamas feel productive AND abundant in their lives. When I’m coaching a mama on this topic, I love…

8 Benefits of an Unplugged Childhood

8 Benefits of an Unplugged Childhood

“Play is the highest form of research.” ― Albert Einstein Screens. We can’t seem to live without them. And neither can some children, apparently. In fact, in a study last October by the great resource site Common Sense Media, children 8 and under are using touch screens much, much more. “Among families with children age 8 and…

A New Podcast For Busy Moms | AMPlify Your Life Episode 1

A New Podcast For Busy Moms | AMPlify Your Life Episode 1

Sometimes, you just have to do it. You can’t think too much, or plan too much or fear too much. Just do it. I do this quite a bit, actually. And yet there are so many times I hold off on doing things I know I should because I’m waiting. On the perfect moment. The…

Making Space for Meaningful Family Moments

Making Space for Meaningful Family Moments

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.” ― Lao Tzu *** The other day, instead of rushing my daughters’ upstairs for pajamas and bed, they asked to go play in the rain. I said yes, reluctantly. And, once again, I learned the value of…

A Mom’s Work-At-Home Mamafesto

A Mom’s Work-At-Home Mamafesto

Let the crazy begin. A little more than a year ago, I longed for a flexible career that would allow  me to help change the world, contribute to my family — and allow me to fully and completely raise my daughters without any childcare. Last year, during summer vacation I hadn’t been with my daughters…

12 (Good) Habits to Create A Slower Family Life

12 (Good) Habits to Create A Slower Family Life

When I wrote about bad habits we all make that lead to burning ourselves out, I didn’t think I’d get the kind of response I would get. So many emails. So many comments. So many uh-ohs from many, many mothers around the world. Because what we’ve been doing since the creation of the Internet has…

50 Slow Summer Fun Ideas To Help You Ban Busy

50 Slow Summer Fun Ideas To Help You Ban Busy

We followed the sound of a woodpecker. We heard two trees rub together making an eery creaking sound. We discovered the most beautiful, natural rock with its own miniature waterfall. This is summer for us. Everywhere I look online, I see more things to do this summer. Summer is so promising. All the free activities….

20 Bad Habits That Contribute To Mom Burnout

20 Bad Habits That Contribute To Mom Burnout

We all have one or two — or more — bad habits that we constantly find ourselves doing when we could be doing more productive, enjoyable things. I’m talking about things that really don’t need to be done as much as we do them. But, we feel obligated and required to do them. Of course,…

How to Plan For A Slow Summer

How to Plan For A Slow Summer

Summer life is already upon us here in the states. We’re watching birds and looking for nests. We’re walking barefoot and having picnics in the grass. We’re already planning to pick strawberries and blueberries. And yet the calendar is already filling up. Finding that balance of doing stuff and not doing too much is always…

4 Savoring Slow Tips for a Happy Weekend

4 Savoring Slow Tips for a Happy Weekend

“I wish the weeks were only three-days long,” my daughter Jadyn said. “Why?” I asked. “Because they would go faster.” She loves school. She get’s only top grades. She has more friends than she knows what to do with. And yet there is simply nothing better, nothing more magical and nothing more exciting than looking…

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Yell At Your Children

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Yell At Your Children

  Two weeks ago, I found myself in a place of fury. My daughter was in a phase of meanness. Mean doesn’t work for me. Mistakes, yes, but mean takes a lot of patience to deal with peacefully, especially when a child does not see the error in her ways or take responsibility. But yelling…

I am enough. And so are you.

I am enough. And so are you.

I am a mother. And I am enough. And so are you. I am enough when I choose to sit in quiet and drink my coffee instead of preparing breakfast. I am enough when I leave the clothes in the washer well beyond the essential 24-hour period. I am enough when I let their outgrown…

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