Change Your Outlook This Holiday Season

Animated Christmas Lights

The holidays are often an exciting and magical time of year that brings month-long celebrations and relaxation with family and friends, but this does not ring true for everyone. For some, the holidays mean extra stress, accumulated debt, and the pressure of making it the best holiday, ever. Throughout the past month, I have asked […]

Have You Said These Stupid Things to YOUR Kids?

Discipline Quote

I just came across a funny post on Babble from popular blogger, Kristen Howerton, 15 Stupid Threats That Parents Should Never Use. She runs the popular site, Rage Against the Minivan, in which she writes about life with 4 kiddos in a no-holds barred approach—which is why she is one of my favorite “mommy bloggers.” […]

Saying Goodbye to a Memorable Winter

Baby Nittany

This has been one of the coldest and longest winters in Pennsylvania history. With polar vortexes, ice storms, weeks of non-stop snow, and countless school delays and closings, we are all itching to come out of hibernation and enjoy some nicer weather—especially this mama bear! I don’t know about you, but I definitely get more […]

Unexpected Love Letters

Love Letter

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? For me, I have always hated that there is a scheduled day of the year in which we are supposed to buy flowers, gifts, and cards to show our loved ones how we feel about them. Don’t get me wrong, I love Valentine’s Day and these are great […]

Here it is…Our ADULT Cheerleading Video!

Our Make-A-Wish fundraiser for my kiddos’ elementary school was a big success this past weekend—not to mention, a lot of fun! As I said in my last post, we had teachers play basketball against the parents and we also had teacher and parent cheerleaders—including yours truly :)! The entire event was meant to be a […]

Believe it or Not, I Just Had Cheerleading Practice


Yes…you read that right! I had cheerleading practice for a Make-A-Wish fundraiser that our elementary school is holding this Saturday night. We are hosting a staff vs. parents basketball game that will consist of parent and teacher players, as well as cheerleaders! Since I am very involved at the school and always around, my dear […]

Be Thankful for the Good and the Bad

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we start reflecting on everything we are grateful for. This year, however, I want you to try something different. Take the time to think about all of the struggles, difficulties, and hard times you have faced and find gratitude in these experiences, as well. I’ll start. I am thankful […]

The New, Improved and Much Calmer Mommy…Well, Maybe?

“Please be quiet for just five seconds…please!” How many times have you uttered something similar to your children over the course of their lifetime…so far? My bet would be quite a few and if you haven’t, then you must count to 10…a lot! Lately, I have been trying my hardest to find “the calm” deep […]

Are You Annoying People on Facebook?


What do you normally post on your Facebook page? Are you one of those who are always posting about how great your life is and you couldn’t ask for a better job or more perfect kids? If so…stop it! Even if it’s true, we don’t always want to hear about what you are making for […]

Start Recording Your Memories for Loved Ones

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The older I get, it truly bothers me that I never asked any of my grandparents to write their life memories down for me or that I didn’t ask them questions “interview style” and jot them down while they talked. I was younger, though, when my maternal grandparents passed and quite frankly, I wasn’t thinking […]

Stop Worrying About What Other People Think

Don't Worry

Today, I want to address a question that readers email me a lot about and something that I was often asked during therapy sessions and this is, “How can I Stop Worrying so Much About What Other People Think?” Whether you are 8 or 108, this is a common issue that we all face at […]

Bullying: Will it Ever End?

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With school starting in just a few days, I wanted to address the issue of bullying. As parents, we know that our kids are going to have difficulties with peers at times, but sometimes, situations escalate and your child ends up being continually threatened. It is also a sad fact that this type of behavior […]