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Tiffany

Namaste Your Way Through the Holidays

Aaaahhhh, the holidays! The food. The cheer. The gifts. The time with family. The STRESS! Is it just me or during the merriest time of the year, are mamas stressed to the max? Ok, back-to-school time is a close second; but, for us moms, the holidays bring more than revelry and merriment. We have gifts to buy, money to budget, elaborate meals to plan, in-laws to put up with, houses to keep clean, kids to keep happy, parties to attend, weight to manage, etc., etc., etc. Before you know it, a phenomenon I like to call &#8220…

Be In Their Lives Today

I’m learning more and more that as nice as it is to be present during the “big” moments in my daughter’s life, I also need to be just as present for the small, or even minute, moments…the quick hugs, the smiles we share, the silliness, the times she needs reassurance…all of these small moments will culminate into memories just as much as the big ones will. And I want her to remember that I was in her life…every day, today, and will be tomorrow. Love you munchkin &#8211…

13 Alternative Ways to Celebrate Halloween

I don’t let my daughter celebrate Halloween… …at least in the traditional sense; meaning – at night, in the dark, in a largely uncontrolled environment where the costumes are scary enough to give you nightmares, and she could slip away from me in an instant! Yes, it’s true! No trick or treating in this family! When you have a child with a disability, every activity is evaluated not just for the fun factor but also how safe it will be for them. For Kendall, who has a tendency to bolt unexpectedly, being out in…

Kick Trick or Treating to the Curb – How to Have a Better Kind of Halloween

Tired of the same old Halloween routine? The dreaded costume dilemma… The indecisiveness… Kids, make a choice already! The feelings of inadequacy as you realize you can neither afford or create your child’s dream costume… Ready for something new? A little friendlier? With a dash of history thrown in but with all the same fun? (More, I would argue. :)) Look no further than your local Renaissance Festival!!! Located about an hour south of Central Columbus, in rural Harveysburg, the Ohio Renaissance Festival has been held every fall for close to 3 decades! Over the years…

The Unacceptable Lack of Acceptance That Mothers Aren’t Perfect

We should be worried mamas. The pressure, the constant stress, the emotional and mental burden we carry with us ALL…THE…TIME, it’s taking a toll. This wasn’t the post I planned to publish today. I was going to share with you some things I’ve learned over these past 8 weeks of blogging. But I spent this past weekend reading several articles that expose just how real our situation is becoming. First, this article from Oprah – The New Midlife Crisis – Why (and How) It’s Hitting Gen X Women…

11 Tips to Guarantee a Successful First Trip to Punta Cana, DR

Punta Cana Series – Post 2 In post one of our Punta Cana series, we shared with you some fab pics from our trip earlier this year. Hopefully, that was enough to convince you to book your trip (I mean it is paradise…), but whether it was or wasn’t, there are some things you should know before you go! Trust me – learning these ahead of time will definitely save you some headaches once you get there! Before You Go If you value your time, book your trip through a travel agent. We used Beach Bum Vacations (ask…

50 Epic Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin Spice haters have no fear! You’ll find none of that here.  🙂 What you will find is a round-up of the most epic pumpkin patches in each state! Honorable mention to those highlighted in orange. If there’s one I missed or that you in particular love, shoot me a note! I’d love to include it next year! Alabama – Down on the Farm Pumpkin Patch, Rainesville Highlight – Slide into a giant pile of corn kernels! Alaska – Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm, Palmer Highlight – Alaska’s largest U-pick…

More Than Body Image – 6 Tips For Raising Mentally Strong, Self-Confident Daughters

How Do We Raise Our Daughters to Trust in Their Own Abilities, Qualities, and Judgment? Does it just happen naturally? As mothers, do we just give them a few compliments and hope for the best? Or, like most life skills, is it something we have to make a conscious effort to build? There have been many articles on how to raise confident daughters. Several, like this one featured by the Child Mind Institute, provide excellent guidance on how to help our daughters build their confidence based on what they can do, not on what they look like. Others offer concrete…

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