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Archive for the ‘Stress’ Category

Summer Camp Madness

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Happy Monday, Chiquitas! Hoping everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Father’s Day yesterday.

I have a cute (maybe not so cute) story to share. Our wonderful Bubby Sarah turns 95 next week and the whole family came in from Toronto to share in the festivities. You should know, Bubby is in better shape than me, and as sharp as a razor blade. The 95th birthday luncheon was all planned. The only issue? Bubby was a no-show. When we called her in the morning to confirm pickup time, she uttered, “I’m an old lady, and I just don’t feel like going today…”

So guess what? We figured, at 95, you definitely earn the right to skip your own party! So, we partied without her.


Bubby last week with her grandson (hubby) and great grandsons (the boys)


Look UP

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Take five minutes to watch this. You will not regret it.

I saw this video ironically while having breakfast with my husband in Paris two weeks ago, and if I am to be honest, it stopped me dead in my tracks. It was a cold, harsh reality check that made me recognize some bad habits I have formed over the past few years. That many of us have formed over the past few years.

Look Up is a spoken film in poetic form created by Gary Turk. ’Look Up’ is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone. Alone looking down at our phones.


8 Habits of Highly Successful Working Mothers

Monday, June 9th, 2014

By Guest Blogger Liz O’Donnell

The life of a working mother can be one of the most rewarding lifestyles a woman can choose. Modern women are lucky to have the opportunity to pursue both personal and professional fulfillment. But managing career and family can be incredibly challenging. Many women feel like there’s no end to their to-do lists and no time for relaxing and making time for themselves. A myriad of roles and competing priorities isn’t easy to balance and can leave most working mothers exhausted rather than exhilarated.


It doesn’t have to be that way.


Wordless Wednesday: Midnight In Paris

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Bonjour de Paris!


I’m here celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday. Leaving the kids on Sunday was quite stressful with a lot of tears (we have never left them for more than four days). The first day away was very difficult. The second day, a little easier. Now it’s like… WHAT KIDS?! ;)

We’ve settled into a well-needed vacation together and surrendered to the magic of this romantic city.

Just a few moments…


New Research: The Secrets To Living Longer

Monday, May 5th, 2014

So I’ve been thinking a lot about my health lately as I approach 40 and notice huge changes in my body. I was the girl you didn’t like– the girl who ate whatever she wanted and nothing would stick. Well, those days are now over and I have officially landed on planet earth to join the rest of the world. It’s been sobering, to say the least. Now, no matter WHAT I eat, healthy food included, it ALL sticks. But I’m not going down without a fight, yo.

Yesterday, I decided to spring for the $35 bucks for a cookbook I was too cheap to do before. I’ve been dying to get Miss “Conscious Uncoupling” herself, Gwyneth Paltrow‘s latest foodie book, It’s All Good. I’ve heard great things about it, and I am really trying to be more mindful than ever before when it comes to my health. All jokes aside, I have always been a healthy eater. My mom raised me on organic food and whole grains, and was doing so before people even talked about it.



Is Facebook Diminishing Your Self-Esteem… and Then Some?

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

By Guest Blogger Dr. Sheri Jacobson

These days it’s rare to meet someone who doesn’t use Facebook. In ten years flat (Facebook was only born in 2004) it has become a normal part of most people’s lives. 665 million daily, to be exact, which translates into more than one in every thirteen people on our planet.


Given that our brains are plastic, changing and adapting to their environment, it’s no surprise our choice to now spend part of every day crafting our Facebook persona would eventually show measurable effects on our minds and our moods. Let alone the hours spent distracting ourselves with cat videos and spying on other people’s lives.

It originally looked like the effect was a positive one. A study way back in 2005 At Cornell University found that students who updated their profiles showed a rise in self-esteem.


The ‘Mommy Juice’ Trend: Drinking To Relieve Stress

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Last week, Maria Shriver had a very interesting segment on TODAY. It was called, The ‘Mommy Juice’ Trend: How Do You Know When You Have a Problem?


“On some play dates these days, the clinking of wine glasses accompanies the laughter of children as parents relax with a drink while their kids frolic.

For many moms, alcohol is a harmless antidote to anxiety, but experts worry that more women are drinking to excess and putting themselves and their kids at risk.

“I’m seeing it widespread across the country – an increase of moms, particularly with young kids, coming in for treatment,” Deni Carise, deputy chief clinical officer at CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest provider of addiction treatment, told Maria Shriver on TODAY.