By: Sandy Churchill We’ve all been there… the stress of a meltdown, the jar that falls from the fridge and shatters, the tailgater spreading toxic road rage, the colicky baby crying nonstop, the snippy comments from your partner, the lousy news from your insurance company, the frustration of a financial squeeze, the crabby mood of … More Seize the Moment with Gratitude
By: Cheryl Maguire I love reward programs. I always sign up for a program any time it’s offered at a restaurant, grocery, or retail store. Most of the time the rewards programs are free and separate from credit card reward programs. If you also have credit card rewards, you can often earn points simultaneously from … More Should I Save or Redeem My Reward Points?
By: Sandy Churchill Teachers are heading back for orientation, parents are shopping for school supplies, and students are either moving in on campus or scrambling to savor the last few days of summer before school is back in session. While the days are still steamy-hot, it’s hard to imagine the coming cooler days of fall, … More Back to School Spirit Is Not Just for Kids
By: Sandy Churchill “Put your blueberries in your bucket, Owen,” chimed a gentle mom to her sweet toddler. But Owen wasn’t convinced the bucket was the best place for his berries, as evidenced by his garbled response. Somehow he managed to contain the purple juice from spilling down his chin while his mother continued filling … More Conversations in a Blueberry Patch
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