Stop Yelling with these Just Be Kind Affirmations

Stop Yelling with these Just Be Kind Affirmations

All of my Just Be Kind work in this community is sort of an underground theme. Be kind to yourself. Be kind to your children and your family. Be kind to the world around you. Of course, not always easy. And all of my kindness work is often the most requested from mamas by email….

Life is Hard. Motherhood should be easy.

Life is Hard. Motherhood should be easy.

You know that feeling before the baby comes? Well, in my case … before the babies come? The one when you stand in the dimly lit room holding those teeny tiny pieces of baby clothes. Smelling the lotions. Those moments are so full of hope. And then the baby arrives and hope gets lost in…

Find Your Bliss In the Ordinary Parenting Moments

Find Your Bliss In the Ordinary Parenting Moments

I’m so honored to be invited to participate in The Mama Bliss Is Blog Tour hosted by Kathy Stowell of Bliss Beyond Naptime. The Mama Bliss Is Blog Tour is helping to spread the word on the importance of mothers to tend to their self-care and creative practices first and foremost while contending with overwhelm in healthy and creative ways.   I work with a…

The Art of Perfect Mornings (with children)

The Art of Perfect Mornings (with children)

You sneak out of your bedroom, maybe even in the dark. Tiptoe to the coffee pot or the tea kettle. Quietly and discreetly get the water flowing and the brewing started. You sneak open the drawer, grab the spoon, grab your mug of choice and settle in for that first soothing taste of waking up….

The Most Crucial Playdate to Schedule for Your Child

The Most Crucial Playdate to Schedule for Your Child

Playdates are exhausting. This week, my daughters had two very long play dates. They were in and out of the house all day long for two days straight. They laughed. They cried. They hugged. They hid. They giggled. They had a total blast. And they slept hard at night, too. I could feel the distance…

5 Ways to Live in the Moment on Your Next Family Road Trip

5 Ways to Live in the Moment on Your Next Family Road Trip

Right now, there are bags packed in the hallway filled with little girl things. And there are the makings of some adult bags being filled as well. And packing is what I should be doing instead of writing this post. But this post needs to be written. For myself. In a few days, we’ll be…

10 Mindful Social Media Tips

10 Mindful Social Media Tips

Are you able to live without Facebook? Are you able to go without checking your email every single hour? Are you willing to walk without carrying your cell phone? In my coaching circle, we spent the entire month of June talking about unplugging and plugging in, as I talk about in my latest book, “The…

You Don’t Have To Be a Mindful Parent Every Second of the Day

You Don’t Have To Be a Mindful Parent Every Second of the Day

Since starting the #BanBusy movement in this community, I have found so many beautiful moments to just be with my daughters. And to just be myself. The last few months, though, everything that is not THAT important has taken a backseat to just being together. Because, and I know this now, it will all get…

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 online workshop, Radiate!…

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…

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