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?
By: Cheryl Maguire The phone rang. It was difficult to hear it due to the incessant crying from my newborn twin babies. The blue and pink bassinets vibrated, emitting soothing music, but I only heard screaming. Why did they refuse to sleep? I fed them, changed their diapers, sang to them, but they were still … More How A Mom Mentor Helped Me
By: Martianne Stanger Wow! It occurred to me the other day that I have been a Signature Moms blogger now for about a decade now. A full decade! That’s a long time – and it must mean there is a huge treasure trove of sharing and mind meandering here from my consistent offerings, right? Um, … More Life Isn’t Always Balanced
By: Dr. Tanvi Maharaja “… and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Leadership comes naturally to some, while others need a little honing of skills, and some have talents that are best nurtured through following in the lead of a strong hand and a discerning eye. The world as we see it today definitely needs … More Raising Leaders
By: Cheryl Maguire I love reward programs. When a cashier asks me if I want to sign up for a store rewards program I start to salivate like Pavlov’s Dogs with the anticipated credit I could receive. I’m a member of so many programs that I need a separate key chain to hold the cards. … More Get Your Kids To Do Chores Using Reward Programs
By: Sandra L. Churchill Call it the Pride and Prejudice-loving, timeless romantic in me, but there is nothing so endearing and charming as a hand-written letter. A note of encouragement, get-well card, or just-because friendship letter, thoughtfully penned and snail-mailed, is such a testament from one human to another that he or she matters. The … More You’ve Got Mail!
By: Cheryl Maguire Everyone wishes they had an Aunt Mimi. Somehow, I was lucky enough to have one. She was the type of aunt that would not only attend all your major life events, like your graduation and wedding, but did so donning a pantsuit, long before Hilary Clinton inspired #PantsuitNation. She even wore one … More My Dear Aunt Mimi
By: Sandy Churchill What do playgrounds, coffee shops, graduations, First Communions, funerals, and birthday parties have in common? For our family, these represent losses or changes during Covid. This year alone, there were funerals we had to attend “virtually,” along with both bridal and baby showers, and several landmark occasions were either postponed or canceled. … More Grieving First, Then Embracing Hope
By: Cheryl Maguire My mom deemed the Internet useless back in the early 2000s when it became mainstream. Like other new technology, she resisted it. I knew she would love a digital camera, but she refused to buy one, insisting her camera worked fine. Since she wouldn’t buy a camera, I gave her one as … More Unsubscribe Me
By: Dr Tanvi Maharaja, PT DPT | Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published Principia, heralding the dawn of classical physics. Herein, he described the laws of motion, the first being: An object at rest will remain at rest and an object in motion will remain in motion with the same speed and in the … More Inertia: Beyond Physics
By: Sandra L. Churchill Growing up with traditional manners in my childhood home meant writing thank you notes, mostly to faraway relatives who sent birthday or Christmas presents. Once in awhile, there were special notes written to teachers or scout leaders, church volunteers, or others in response to kind gestures, awards, and such. The simple … More A Simple Thank You Goes a Long Way
By: Sandra L. Churchill Many of us are so tapped out by the energy-sapping likes of quarantines and Covid restrictions, that New Year’s resolutions seemed like one more demand on an already strained schedule. It’s not necessarily that we are doing “too much” when we examine our days, but for many of us as parents, … More Setting Goals for a Stellar 2021