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

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 limit to love; no maximum capacity to...
choose joy
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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...
teaching children about race
MINDParentingRELATIONSHIPS + FAMILY

A Child’s Recognition of Race

My youngest child, Eli, is four. He's very sharp and always curious. He wants to learn everything. He recently started asking questions such as 'Why do some people have different color skin?" or "Why do her eyes look different than mine?" When one of these questions comes up we try...
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...
MINDParentingRELATIONSHIPS + FAMILY

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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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
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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...
husband bashing
MINDRELATIONSHIPS + FAMILY

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...
MINDParentingRELATIONSHIPS + FAMILY

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....
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