By: Sandy Churchill People say grandparenthood holds a joy like no other experience—brimming with all the blessings of Mamahood but without the degree of worry and responsibility. Sure, we Mimis/Nanas/Grammys worry about our grandkids and want the best for them, but we get to embrace the fun, adventure, and memory-making moments without the all-nighters with … More Feeling Claimed as a Sign of Love￼
By: Sandy Churchill Baby and toddler education can be a hazy and even controversial topic for moms, dads, grandparents, teachers, and other folks navigating the tricky terrain of parenting and raising small people in stressed-out times. Between pandemics and politics, an economy in recession, and global unrest fill many of us with so much worry … More The Glory of Flashcards!
By: Cheryl Maguire I had been holed up in my house for three months like an apocalypse survivor, scared to venture into the world. Giving birth to twins will have that effect on you. My fear of leaving the house was mostly centered on the increased odds of at least one of them letting out … More Double Take: A Twin Story
By: Dr. Tanvi Maharaja, PT DPT As a mom, I find myself constantly on the go. Life happens to all of us, but we women tend to take on more than our fair share of stress. Thankfully, there are some relaxation exercises, known as restorative exercises that help ease stress and tension. Our body loves movement. Our … More Stretching & Relaxing for Better Health
By: Sandy Churchill I love going to the dump—er, transfer station, as I am often corrected with a wink by my father-in-law. You’re probably thinking, what? Did I read that right? What’s the deal with that? I know, a place of trash drop-off, cardboard and plastic recyclables, a stream of cars heading in and out, … More The Joys of a Dump Run, and Other Errands￼
By: Sandy Churchill Gratitude is not reserved for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any holiday alone. A thankful heart is a gift that acknowledges, celebrates, and shares joy. Gratitude has a way of noticing the good, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, and has a magical quality of replicating and growing positivity. Especially when things seem … More The Grateful Game
By: Martianne Stanger Last fall, upon the request of one of my children, I set up a survival challenge – and what fun it was! I purposely chose criteria for the challenge that would tie into knowledge that my children already had, stretch them a bit further, and be more than they could do in … More Initiate a Survival Challenge!
By: Cheryl Maguire I love to travel, but costs can add up quickly. So here are some tips to help you save money when you travel and how I applied those tips when we went to Storyland, an amusement park in New Hampshire for a few days. MONEY SAVING TIP: Ask Friends and Family Before … More Money Savings Travel Tips and How I Saved
By: Sandy Churchill Smoky hearth fires, pine-scented freshly-fallen snow, newly-cut pink roses, sea-salt breezes, sautéed peppers and onions, or steaming garlicky pizza… All of these pleasures share a pronounced quality that stirs a response in each of us immediately: the gift of scent. One of the most special gifts of the human experience is the … More Fires, Flowers, Food, Oh My! Incorporate Your Favorite Scents into Your Life
By: Dr. Tanvi Maharaja PT, DPT March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, and for good reason. Ovarian cancer is known as the “Silent Killer,” and according to the American Cancer Society, of the nearly 20,000 women who get diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the US each year, about 12,800 women die of this cancer. On the bright side, … More March: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
By: Sandy Churchill As a self-proclaimed sufferer of seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.), I can share that winter is a tough season for me. The lack of light, freezing temperatures, and bleak monochrome days can dampen my spirits from the moment I rise in the morning. As a “Gemini girl” and typical optimist, I prefer the … More Seeking and Savoring Winter Joy!
By: Cheryl Maguire Being pregnant with a new baby is exciting and a little scary. Before your baby is born you may feel overwhelmed with information and decisions that you need to make regarding their care. Figuring out who will be your child’s doctor is one of the most important decisions you need to make … More Tips on Selecting a Pediatrician
By: Dr. Tanvi Maharaja PT, DPT, OCS Last year I had the pleasure and privilege of attending the International Continence Society annual conference. Although the conference was in Melbourne, the whole affair was online due to Covid. I learned new and exciting things about the world of pelvic health every minute I was there, but … More Women in High Places: Redefining the Zeitgeist
By: Cheryl Maguire Christopher Adams’ sixteen-year-old son has always loved playing hockey. But two years ago, he received his first concussion when he slammed his head against the rink glass even though he wore a helmet. Adams, 52, owner of ModestFish in Florida says, “My son started playing hockey when he was just seven, so … More Should Your Child Return to Sports After Multiple Concussions?￼
By: Sandy Churchill Freezing weather is upon us, the earth quiets, and our windows look out on a nearly-monochrome world. While winter has its share of seasonal gifts to be savored, many of us struggle with the shorter days, grey skies, and diminished sunlight. Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) is gaining understanding as an area related … More The Winter Blues: Strategies for Fighting S.A.D.￼
By: Dr. Tanvi Maharaja, PT DPT OCS Wrinkles, traffic, masks, work, social life, doctors’ appointments, politics, childcare arrangements, the weighing scale, health scares… the list goes on. Our lives have somehow turned into a long list of stressors. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Stress has become as interwoven in our lives as snacks with Netflix. … More 4’7’8′ YOUR WAY THROUGH 2022
By: Cheryl Maguire *Please note that milk prices are always changing and can vary by town If you asked me the price of milk years ago, I would’ve had no clue. But three kids later, I now possess the incredible ability to tell you the exact price variance between each store within a 10 mile … More Milk It For All It’s Worth
By: Sandy Churchill Chaos and frenzy abound these days, whether it’s the holiday rush, the ever-evolving COVID-19 crisis, or the frantic pace of traffic and work and school. Thus, it is no surprise that we are often so steeped in our own “to-do” list, that we can be unintentionally oblivious to the needs of others … More A Resolution to Be Mindful of Others in the Small Things
By: Dr. Tanvi Maharaja As we draw 2021 to a close and are ready to open the doors to 2022, braced for all its surprises (hopefully only the pleasant kinds!) and welcome all the joyous tidings we hope it will bring, I want to share a song from my native tongue, Gujarati, that is very … More The Sun, the Stars, and a Rainbow
By: Sandy Churchill Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, Feliz Navidad, Breath of Heaven, Grown-up Christmas List… Whatever your taste in music for Christmas, Hanukkah, and throughout the winter season, there can be an undeniable spirit lift in music. An extra boost happens magically when we sing along. I cannot count how many times a dreary … More The Joy of Singing
By: Sandy Churchill As a type-A, anxiety-prone, over-the-top celebrator who embraces FOMO (fear-of-missing-out) like a mantra, I need my calm friends and family to keep me grounded. My partner in crime is a type-B, go-with-the-flow, even-keel spouse who rides the middle of the emotional highway without much veering into the highs and lows of my … More Setting Lower Expectations for Holiday Peace
By: Dr. Tanvi Maharaja As the year comes to an end, the spirit of Christmas envelopes me like one of those foggy, shimmery winter mornings. I remain utterly enchanted and enthralled by the beauty of this season, and this festival in particular. Even in my forties, I cannot help but gaze wide-eyed as a child … More The Beauty of Giving
By: Cheryl Maguire I realized I may sound like a person who was born in the 1900s with tales of walking 1,000 miles to school, but I am going to babble away anyway, despite my dated references and occasional senility. When I was growing up the only way we received a snow day is if … More There’s Snow Easy Way to Say it—Schools On!￼
By: Cheryl Maguire Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the word gratitude gets tossed around a lot. You see it on signs in stores or central themes in TV shows. Whenever I see a word used a lot, I like to look up the definition. This is what I found: The quality or feeling of … More Are You Making These Gratitude Mistakes?
By: Martianne Stanger “Come! Come!” called the excited cries of a child, beckoning us to the window where feathered friends had finally found and started to use the Wild Birds of Joy window birdfeeder that one of my children got for Christmas. Thereupon, so many giggles and grins ensued as we witnessed what we imagined … More What a Wonder at the Window: Santa’s Gift to the Nature Lover
By: Sandy Churchill I love Halloween! I love Thanksgiving! I love Christmas! I love Easter! I love the Fourth of July! As you can surmise, I am one of those folks who gets excited about any reason to celebrate—to get together with family and friends, craft, cook, converse, and do myriad seasonal things that comprise … More Traditions Change … But Happy Everything!￼
By: Martianne Stanger It’s no secret that I love getting myself and my family outside and that the woods is one of my favorite places to be. What seems to be a secret to some, though, is just how to get a family outside and enjoying the woods. Yep. For I have had people ask … More 10 + Secrets to Enjoying Time in the Woods￼￼
By: Dr. Tanvi Maharaja PT, DPT The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) celebrates the month of October every year as the National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM). This is a great reminder of the role of the profession of physical therapy in everyday lives, and the contribution of all PT’s, PTA’s, and student PT’s and PTA’s to the … More National Physical Therapy Month
By: Cheryl Maguire “Are you kidding me??” That was my reaction after opening our water bill. The amount was $700 MORE than the normal average amount. My first call was to the town water company assuming it must be some sort of mistake. “What is your address?” I rattled off my address, including the town, … More This Hack Could Save You Money on Your Water Bill￼
By: Dr. Tanvi Maharaja, PT DPT OCS PCES, Pelvic Health PT Chronic pain is one of those complex experiences that science still has to completely unravel. The perception and treatment of chronic pain has changed dramatically over the past few decades. This paradigm shift occurred when neuroscientists, and subsequently health care practitioners, began to see and treat … More Pain Awareness Month with the American Chronic Pain Association
By: Martianne Stanger As I write this, I am sitting on the couch sick. I can get up and do some things, but, each time I do, I am beset with a coughing fit. So, I am pacing myself. Meanwhile, my household is still humming. The laundry machine and dryer are turning. The dishwasher is … More Not for a Bygone Era: Saturday Morning Chores
By: Cheryl Maguire Over the years, I’ve had ups and downs in my health journey (haven’t we all?) I read a quote from someone just last week that said, “You will never always be motivated. You have to learn to be disciplined.” We all know that living a healthy lifestyle is important in preventing some … More Staying Motivated to Stay Healthy
By: Martianne Stanger Helmet on. Excitement stoked. New obstacles ready to be conquered. Love, caution, yet encouragement pouring out. This has been my husband. “You did it!” This has been me shouting out about my son’s victory while snapping photos of his bike and skateboard exploits. Honestly, I never thought I’d be one to hang at skate … More Let Your Child’s Latest Passion Prompt Time Together
By: Cheryl Maguire When PeggySue Wells’ husband walked out on her, she looked at her six children’s face’s and wondered, How did this happen? So many other questions ran through her mind. Could I ease their pain? What do I do now? Will my children be permanently damaged? Can I provide all that my family needs? Wells was able to move … More Surviving Divorce: How to Prepare For The Road Ahead
By: Dr. Tanvi Maharaja, PT DPT Recently I came across a post in social media narrating an incident involving a woman who returned to work after a one year gap and was turned down for an interview by HR, citing the gap and questioning her ability (or deterioration thereof) because of said gap. Now stuff like this … More The Stunning, Absolutely Brilliant, Freaking Glorious Hole in My Resume
By: Martianne Stanger What do you do when you have to face a full-out quarantine with kids? Keep things as normal as possible and enjoy the simple things. While in a recent quarantine period with our children, I asked them what their favorite activities had been so far. I share their answers here to inspire … More 10 Things Kids Can Enjoy During Quarantine
By: Cheryl Maguire A new parenting magazine arrived in my mailbox. This magazine always featured a story about how a mom magically developed a clever idea and solved the family problem. Every time I read it, I thought to myself, “I wish I could be a super mom like her.” One day I had an … More What’s Your Funniest Moment?
By: Martianne Stanger This past year, my children and I did an odd thing: We went to the funeral of someone we never knew when she was living. Being 2020, it was just a quick, socially-distant, outside, graveside service. In fact, it took us longer to get to than it did to honor and pray … More Why Would You Go to a Funeral of Someone You Never Knew in Life
By: Tanvi Maharaja PT, DPT We took our first vacation with the dog this year. Cooper just turned one and due to Covid and life in general, we were unable to take him to the beach until now. So we booked our usual place down the Cape and took off. The weather was great, things looked … More The Comedy of Errors: Vacation Version
By: Sandra L. Churchill Summer is abloom with bubblegum petunias, Shasta daisies, sweet roses, and wild lavender. Gardeners everywhere bend on soil-stained knees, patiently attending to blossoms and vegetables alike, nurturing their tender leaves and stems to vibrant, dewy verdure. But in recent weeks, I have been pondering the possibility that not all gardeners raise … More A Gardener of Hearts and Souls
By: Cheryl Maguire “Do you want to go for a walk?” That was the gajillionth (yes that’s a real word, at least according to Urban Dictionary) time one of my 16 year old daughter asked me that question, and it was only two months into the pandemic. Everyone in our neighborhood was doing the same … More Zombie Mom Walking
By: Martianne Stanger Summer time. Adventure. Magical moments. These things just seem to go together don’t they? Add a little inspiration into the mix, and the delight of longer summer days only grows. Case in point for our family was the summer of 2014, which I also call our Swiss Family Robinson summer. No, our family was … More Let the Swiss Family Robinson Inspire Your Summer
By: Dr. Tanvi Maharaja PT, DPT, OCS, Pelvic Health PT “When I pull into the driveway…” “Every time I put the key in the lock to open the front door…” “Just as I enter the bathroom…” “As I turn the corner to get home…” “When I hear water run or when it;s cold…” If you have noticed leakage, … More Incontinence: Why do I Pee my Pants?
By: Martianne Stanger This past fall, we faced one of the saddest things a family can face: losing a loved one. Sadder still, our beloved Papa was states away and circumstances did not allow my children to make a final goodbye in person – something they wanted with every fiber of their beings. Still, we … More A Hug from a Lost Loved One
By: Tanvi Maharaja PT, DPT As moms, we bear many mantles: wife, partner, mother, daughter, sister, professional roles, social responsibilities, friend, shoulder to cry on, empathetic listener, someone to just hold hands with, someone who will understand, and someone who will be there when needed. The mantles are many. They are beautiful, precious; they are also … More Why Moms Need Creativity
By: Cheryl Maguire I love saving money, and I’m also an organized person. Over the years I’ve learned that my organizational strength has helped me to avoid fees and avoid buying things I already own. Here are some ways being organized can help you save money too: Bills In order to avoid late fees, you … More How Being Organized Can Save You Money
By: Martianne Stanger In recent years, I faced my first “mom surgery” – not a surgery for one of my children (which was something I had had to deal with within a year of becoming a mother), but my first time going under myself since becoming a mom. Though my first mom surgery was not … More 7 Ways to Bless a Friend Who’s in Quarantine
By: Tanvi Maharaja PT, DPT My son turns 15 this spring. It has been an amazing adventure watching him grow from a fun-loving, giggling, babbling toddler to the kind, empathetic, witty, smart teenager. As we were regaling him with his childhood stories (which obviously embarrassed him no end) and having fun at his expense, the discussion … More Growth: An Ongoing Journey
By: Cheryl Maguire My kids know me well. They have learned that if they want something they are more likely to get it if it’s on-sale or I have a coupon. Here are some other ways you can save next time you go shopping: 1. Ask for a Rain Check: If an item is on … More 25 Ways to Save Money at Retail Stores
By: Martianne Stanger As a long-time homeschooler, people often ask me what I think is one of the most important things to teach children. Without question, a term I borrowed years ago from Montessori-style schooling is my answer: Practical LIfe Skills! The one thing I am the most happy that I continue to teach my … More What’s One of the Most Important Things to Teach Your Children?