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how to stop being frustrated
MIND

HOW TO STOP BEING FRUSTRATED

Pretty much all of us experience frustration on a daily (or even hourly) basis. We get frustrated by other people, by ourselves, by technology, by work situations, by small crises that come up all the time. You know you’re frustrated when you find yourself sighing, or complaining about people, or...
4 QUESTIONS THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOMORROW
MIND

4 QUESTIONS THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOMORROW

If you have children or have been around children very much you know that they ask a lot of questions. My son especially is always thinking about something and asking life's big questions. This has kept me sharp mentally because his questions make me think. I believe one of the...
time to change your attitude
MIND

IS IT TIME TO CHECK YOUR ATTITUDE?

Hard times that sap your energy and leave you frustrated are an inevitable part of life. Maybe you lost a job. Maybe your finances took a turn for the worse. Maybe your personal life is in disarray or a health problem emerged forcing a lifestyle change. Such setbacks can leave...
MIND

5 Signs You’re Ready For A Change

Guest Post by April Aragam Are you ready for a change? It's not always easy to make change and some people are certainly happy to keep things just as they are. If you can relate to any of the following signs, you are probably ready for a change. 1. You...
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MIND

This Is Why I Hate Lowrise Jeans

Not long ago, my 4 year old and I were coming out of preschool. We were happily talking about his day as he hopped up into his seat and I began to buckle him in. At that moment a strong gust of wind whipped around the car and the door flew...
MIND

Dear Mom Telling Me To Get Off My Phone

Dear Mom who is telling me I should put my phone away, I'm so sorry I disrupted your day and you felt the weight of a technologically doomed world on your shoulders because I had my iPhone in my hand. I'm sorry you felt sad for me and my children. I'm sorry the small window of my life that you were privy to depressed you and made you weep for my son's lost childhood. Just kidding.
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MIND

I Don’t Want To Adopt. And That’s Okay.

*This post is written by Kenda Smith. Not long ago I came across a conversation among friends. The topic was adoption and more specifically how spouses can be at opposing sides. As I listened, I could easily relate to how conflicted some people felt. On one hand, there is no...
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MIND

Today I Choose Joy

photo credit: Camdiluv ♥ via photopin cc The past few months have not been easy. I'm not going to go into details because we all have trials and, for each of us, they are equally difficult. Suffice to say, I've been doing a lot of searching within myself and my...
MIND

Stop Telling Me To Not Be Angry

We all have a wide range of emotions, one of the strongest being anger. It can come on slowly or it can hit you like a tidal wave. No matter how you choose to display it, there is usually someone waiting to say, "Don't be angry. Be happy!" Online it's...
Parenting

The Dreaded “I Hate You” Phase

Photo: Chance Agrella Right now, my four year old's favorite words are "I Hate You". You hear parents lament this phase all the time. They are hurt. They are shocked. I'm just annoyed. His vocabulary is advanced and he's very adept at expressing exactly what he's mad about. So, when...
MIND

My Battle With UPS So My Butt Wouldn’t Hurt

I've had the same computer chair for almost three years. It wasn't that great to begin with: a box store $30 special that looks like it belongs in a dorm room instead of behind my monster oak desk. Considering I live at my desk and wheel everywhere I go within...
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MIND

It’s Okay To Wish You Were Single

With a sixteen year old going through the drama of high school dating, a four year old determined to overpower his oppressors and a husband who patiently waits his turn to have my attention - I find myself thinking, 'single and child-free was kind of awesome'...
texting driving adults
MIND

Put Down The Phone, Blockhead

Today I cursed in front of my child. As hard as I try to avoid that, it's nearly impossible when you realize a two ton death machine is about to slam into you. We were on a tight turn - designated 20 mph, by the way - when a white...
MIND

Period Shaming and Free Bleeding. Wait…what?

Warning: This post contains discussion about menstruation and the human body. So don't leave comments talking about how I ruined your breakfast because I've already warned you. Just when you thought you'd heard about all the types of shaming - fat shaming, age shaming, beauty shaming, thin shaming, slut shaming...
MIND

A Lesson in Iced Coffee and Kindness

I'm not a world traveler (yet) but I still take pride in the eclectic experiences I've had as an adult. I've lived on both coasts and several places in between, been out of the country, eaten foods most people haven't heard of and read everything I can get my hands...
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Dangers of Husband Bashing

In the fight for equality, we seem to have forgotten the very definition of 'equal'. The idea that women are better by default has become the battle cry. We aren't just deserving of parallel importance - we are the superior gender. Men are animals, women are goddesses. I can't visit Facebook for more...
ParentingxoKenda

I Don’t Go On Field Trips

My preschooler has his first field trip in a few weeks. They're going apple picking, a hay ride - it's an all day event. When I told an acquaintance about the trip a rather typical conversation took place. Her:  How exciting! You are going to have so much fun with...
MIND

If I Had To Grow My Own Food I’d Starve

I decided to try a garden this summer.  After months of my friends talking about everything from growing peppers to building chicken coops in their back yards I thought, "I can do this." I mean, how hard could it be? You churn up some dirt and push in some seeds....
what does your handwriting say about you
MIND

What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

Are you aware that the way you write can reveal around 5,000 different characteristics about your personality? What does your handwriting say about you? Your letter size, word spacing, letter shape and much more can all indicate different traits. Handwriting evaluation (known as graphology) is often instrumental in discovering lies...
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BODYMIND

Selective Anxiety and Perimenopause

I can easily recall the first anxiety attack I had. It was October 2012. I had to start my drive to the airport at 4:30 am to catch a 6 am flight. I'd driven the route before with no problem and I didn't expect one that morning either. I was...
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MIND

Remembering William

Prompt: Write about someone you went to elementary school with.   My first thought was of William. At least, I think his name was William. My brain tells me it was, but sometimes my brain lies. Regardless of the name, I do remember him. I believe I was in fourth...
MIND

The Merida Knee-Jerk Reaction

The newest controversy to rock the parenting world is a second visual concept of BRAVE's Merida. After being announced as the 11th official Disney princess a new set of illustrations surfaced. Offended that the beloved 'strong girl' character had been edited, parents took to the internet in protest. There are arguments...
MIND

My Birth Story: Held Against My Will

You may have heard the horrible story of Anna Nikolayev and her husband Alex; parents of a 5 month old boy who was taken from them by California CPS because they removed their child from a hospital. After witnessing several mistakes by their current hospital’s staff (including giving their baby...
MIND

Should Girls Play Football?

Coming from the South, I've seen a mixed reaction to girls playing football. While you'd think the deep South frowns on the 'softer sex' wearing a jersey, it wasn't really that cut and dry. We didn't have female players when I was in school and the mention of it would...
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Facebook : Dumbing Us Down One Share at a Time

It's no secret that I spend a lot of time on Facebook. Not only for work, but for social interaction with friends as well. There's always something fun, interesting etc to find. The internet as a whole can be a marvelous place full of information and entertainment. Unfortunately Facebook is...
MIND

Surfing With Sharks aka I’m Happy To Be A Wimp

I use to say I was an adrenaline junkie. I love roller coasters, fast cars and want to go skydiving at some point in my life. After running across an enlightening discussion on Reddit I no longer feel worthy of that title. Why? Because I don't actually want to tempt...
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MIND

Coffee Quotes

Even a bad cup of coffee is better than no coffee at all. - David Lynch Sleeping is a symptom of caffeine deprivation. -Unknown Coffee, It’s the life blood that fuels the dreams of champions! -Mike Ditka I believe humans get a lot done, not because we're smart, but because...
MIND

Compass Pathway Booster Seat

If you're on the go with a toddler or young child then you know how important it is to have a seat that is not only safe, but also comfortable. With the Compass B570 Pathway Booster Seat from The First Years you get comfort and style along with a 5-star rating for...