Sometimes, when I feel like too many things are being expected of me, my stomach gets tied up in knots. I want to be able to cross everything off my list, make everyone happy, and have some down time. I have trouble knowing where to start when the day looks like a huge tangle of […]
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I had never even considered the idea of coloring books for adults until a few weeks ago, when Jessica Ashley mentioned that they help keep her focused on long conference calls. Wait, what? That’s awesome! I asked her for some recommendations and before I knew it, I had bought myself two coloring books and a […]
As much as I’d like to use my remote control to PAUSE then REWIND some challenging moments with my kids, the technology just doesn’t work like that yet. When we start to spiral into the whine-yell-hit-your-brother-scream cycle, we need something external to stop the seemingly neverending loop. Often one of us will ask for a “Do […]
Reposted from the wayback machine because it’s that time of year! Generally speaking, my extended family on my husband’s side (AKA in-laws) are a wonderful bunch of people that we don’t see nearly enough. Because we live clear across the country, we’ve grown accustomed to our own way of doing things so getting together involves […]
If any of your hobbies are languishing, it is time to rev them back up again. You’ll be so glad you did. I have loved taking pottery classes as a new mom but don’t have any pictures because my hands were too covered in goo! We know another rookie mom who took a painting class while her […]
Thanks to American Well for sponsoring this Rookie Moms post. Waking up and realizing you have pink-eye/strep throat/a bladder infection is immediate license for a pity party, right? Not only am I suffering from some horrendous malady, but seeking treatment looms as an obstacle that will derail my whole day. That’s the first scenario in […]
It was Mama’s night out and you have no idea how badly I needed it. My husband,Tyler, had just returned from being out of town for work and would be leaving again in a few days. I love my baby, don’t get me wrong, but being alone with a 7-week old, around the clock, tends […]
As the Mom of the house, I have become Keeper of the Traditions. Of course, I didn’t seek this position out, but along with Laundress In Chief and Head Grocery Shopper, it just sort of happened. So, how do I make holidays as awesome for my family (and my SELF) as I can year after […]
Nataly Kogan has gone from Russian Jewish Immigrant to Venture Capitalist to CEO/Happiness Seeker. As such she created a very cool app (Happier, see below) and spends hours each day sifting through what makes people happy. Great job if you can get it. She found these themes running through her bazillion Happier posts; how many […]
You guys, I’ve been on a rampage for the past several months trying to get my mojo back and get happier. I’ve been reading blogs and books; watching videos; talking to a therapist; soul-searching and meditating; ordering my groceries online; clicking on new apps; running; and running around in circles. I’m trying so many things […]
Catherine Jones is the rookie mom of two year-old BBG triplets (that’s Boy, Boy, Girl, OMG) named Alton, Baxter, and Charlotte. She offered to share some of her lessons learned in the trenches; these are the calming words of wisdom, AKA her Mom-mantras, that she repeats to herself to get through any given situation. We […]
According to Mr. Dad, kids who grow up with actively involved fathers are happier, healthier, smarter, and better adjusted than those who don’t. I’m in.