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Summer Sunsets and Back-to-School

These last precious moments of summer pave the way for the annual back-to-school countdown. Are you ready to rumble? While we’d love for all our days to be relaxing, purposefully lazy and carefree, we know that’s not reality. Darn it. Sounded good though, didn’t it? How do we make that transition smoother? What’s a mom to do? You’ve gotten used to the kids being around, if only for a few weeks. With the change in season, come changes in schedules and stress-levels potentially on the rise. Here are a few quick tips to… Read more Summer Sunsets and Back-to-School

Sex Isn’t Just to Procreate-It’s Important for Self-Care

Let’s face it – summer is hot. This summer is no exception, especially in the Midwest where the temperatures are hotter than the sub-tropics. What better time to talk about sex than when it’s hot? Sex is hot, just like summer. Well, it can be if you want it to be. Your version of sex doesn’t have to match “those” kinds of movies or involve any fancy moves or technics. Sex is what you want and need it to be. Whether it’s more about intimacy or steamy, sweaty action, sex is part of… Read more Sex Isn’t Just to Procreate-It’s Important for Self-Care

50 Shades of Grey Mama Style

Did you know that one of the two most common complaints women report to their doctors is low libido? Well, the popularity of the new novel 50 Shades of Grey certainly suggests otherwise. So where’s the disconnect? Check out what Mollee Bauer of had to say about this. “It’s not easy feeling sexy in regurgitated breast milk and hair that is matted with mashed bananas (which of course has been strategically placed by your wee one). Sex and motherhood – is that an oxymoron? These days, it seems that… Read more 50 Shades of Grey Mama Style

Dads Matter Too!

We pay a lot of attention and respect to moms, why can’t we do the same for dads? Father’s Day is a great way to start. Father’s Day isn’t just another “Hallmark Holiday.” It’s a time to honor the other half of the parenting equation. While there are exceptions to that equation – mainly single moms, families with two moms or no parent left at all – dads can and really do play a key role in their children’s lives. Dads shouldn’t be passed over or forgotten. Unfortunately over the… Read more Dads Matter Too!

Women’s Roles as Broadcasters for Self-Care Awareness

Last week wrote a blog post about GiulianaRancic and her new battle with breast cancer. Giuliana’s a great example of how you can start with one situation (IVF treatments) and end up discovering you have a new condition (breast cancer). She found this out because she practices self-care. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I feel this is an appropriate connection into Diane’s post about, “It takes a Village…”  to make self-care happen! We have a sacred duty to ourselves to get the word out, to support each… Read more Women’s Roles as Broadcasters for Self-Care Awareness

Changing Seasons-Changing Attitudes

Fall is here, and that signals a time of introspection and self-analysis. Fall also symbolizes the time where we feel obligated (guilt involved or not) to redirect, “pay it forward,” and learn how to do “nothing.” Learn how to do nothing? Did she really just say that? That’s impossible! Not really, it just takes a few attempts before you get good at it. Living self-care is more than lip service. I’m guilty of saying that I’ll do “xyz” for myself, and then, it magically doesn’t happen. Well it doesn’t happen… Read more Changing Seasons-Changing Attitudes

Post-Birth Stress and New Moms

You’ve survived nine months, have a beautiful baby in your arms and can’t stop crying. If you’re feeling depleted, you’re not alone. Motherhood is profoundly fulfilling but can be the most stressful and demanding activity you’ll have. The media tends to ignore the challenges faced and instead gives out chirpy advice. Worse yet, it tends to make moms feel like it’s their fault they’re run down. Practicing self-care should be more than just a mantra. I called for self-care to be a revolution. Perhaps there is a happy medium that’s attainable.… Read more Post-Birth Stress and New Moms

New Year for a New You

There’s always the classic “Top 10” list for resolutions: 1. More time with family and friends; 2. Fitness; 3. Tame the bulge; 4. Quit smoking; 5. Enjoy life more; 6. Quit drinking; 7. Get out of debt; 8. Learn  something new; 9. Help others; and lastly: 10. Get organized. What seems to be missing from this list? Self-care! Granted some of these “Top 10” touch on the concept of self-care, but what does it really mean to create a “new you” and stick with it all year round? What are… Read more New Year for a New You