Sand & Self-Compassion: How To Love A Crisis

Sand sifting through fingersDo you believe in synchronicity – and not the song by Police, either – the idea!  The idea that so beautifully describes what happens when you learn about something for the first time and then SEE IT EVERYWHERE!  When I first learned about synchronicity, it was one of those lightbulb moments. Decades later, it’s a concept that still amazes me. Take the blog title for … Read the rest

It’s a New Everything

Happy New Year’s Eve!

New Year’s Eve has been a favorite as far back as I can remember.  Even when I was young and spent the holiday babysitting, I would sit with my young charges and we would make lists of resolutions together. Let me tell you, it wasn’t any less exciting for me because I was the “grown up.” I wish I’d saved one … Read the rest

7 Secrets to Getting it All Done this Holiday

“I don’t know how you do it all?”

It’s meant to be a compliment…I think.

You. are. doing. it. all. and it implies you’re doing it well.  Right?

Because if you were a straight-up mess, the alternate phrase you would hear is,

“maybe you’re trying to do too much”

I’ve heard both.  The first phrase comes in a soft voice with a slight head shake … Read the rest

Friday Funnies: Volume 2

It’s Friday! That means it’s time for our second “Friday Funnies” post. I have scoured the world wide twitter-web looking for the funniest kids quotes. Here are my faves:

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Curated Tweets: Friday Funnies

Quotes from kids and everyday storytellers are what provide the inspiration for the things I make over at my Etsy shop.  So when awe-tastic blogger Kate Baer recently began a “Curated Tweets” series, I fell in love with the idea.

Since I am also obsessed with list-making, this idea is like chocolate and peanut butter.  It just makes sense.  So…..Happy Friday everyone. LET’S … Read the rest

Dream for yourself

“I never dream for myself.”

Hearing someone tell her this in a recent conversation really stuck with a friend of mine. It’s how the two of us came to be talking about dreaming big…

…for ourselves.

I didn’t know the woman who spoke these words but they broke my heart, nonetheless.  Most likely since I can relate.  I think many of us can relate to … Read the rest

The gift of you being you.

It’s my second most favorite time of year everyone!  Coming in at #2 just after Autumn, it’s….

“2/3 of my children returned to school week!” YEAH!

Sure, I’m happy because there’s a significant reduction in the amount of times I say things like, “you can’t be bored” or “who ate all the ____.”

The primary source of my joy though, is the return of some … Read the rest

Kids: Kitchen Addition

kids kitchen editionDo kids does everyone gravitate to your kitchen?

When you have a party, do grown men and women huddle around the seven layer dip like their life depends on it?

Do friends as old as time remain glued to your kitchen island although comfortable couches are calling your names?

If you so much as TRY to microwave a cup of coffee, do your children, pets … Read the rest

You’ve got a friend

I had the opportunity of a lifetime this weekend:

  • to dance and be a nut-ball without judgement
  • to laugh at everything
  • to go to the bathroom alone

Yes, my friends and I had a girls weekend.

What a weekend it was!  Planes, trains and automobiles with flights from both coasts and a three and a half hour car trip from Chicago before these ladies arrived … Read the rest

Out of the Mouths of Babes: Wisdom in Tiny Packages

out of the mouths of babes“Out of the mouths of babes.”

We’ve all heard it.  I myself have only said it a handful of times, almost always related to something horribly embarrassing one of my children has said in front of an adult.

The implied meaning is, kids speak the truth.

Well, kids speak the truth about big things like peace, friendship and how long to cook a Thanksgiving turkey.  Read the rest