I am a planner. I like to write my plans down in my paper calendar, and I derive great pleasure in looking ahead at the calendar to see what’s on the horizon. This past summer, in a massive purge…of old boxes in my basement, I found a slew of calendars from my past. I laughed out loud at my younger self, perusing through my high school wall calendar, which included such events as History test, school dance and sleepover at friend’s house. Those calendars almost always included some sort of colorful count down… >> Read More
The first time I remember being fat-shamed was in high school. I was old enough to drive but not wealthy enough from working weekends at the local grocery store to have a car of my own. So I often…borrowed my mom's. During the summers, in particular, I would drive her to work so that I would have her car and then pick her up at the end of the day. One hot and steamy day, I decided to go inside and let my mom know I was there as opposed to waiting for her… >> Read More
We've written before about how adult coloring books are all the rage these days. Coloring can be a great way to de-stress and take a moment to yourself where you aren't thinking of a million things…at once (instead, you'll only think of about 500). Clearly, this is kind of perfect for moms. And one mom merged the worlds of parenting AND coloring together. Kathy Shimmield, who owns a development company, realized there is a lack of coloring books specifically out there for moms. So, she set out to create one herself, and worked… >> Read More
The Force is strong in my family.
My parents have it. I have it. My husband has it. And my children have it.
…And by “the Force,” I mean the high sensitivity trait.
High sensitivity,…known scientifically as “sensory processing sensitivity,” is a trait that that appears in 15-20% of the population. It basically means that we process sensory information more deeply than the rest of the population, making us more receptive and more responsive to various stimuli. For example, my husband will jump 10 feet in the air if… >> Read More
Everyone gets stressed out, no matter how fulfilled, happy, busy, and loved you feel. It's just a fact of life. Moms especially understand this, because they literally never get a break. It's not…like you're not a mom on Sundays or Mondays, or can just take a break from worrying about your kid, even when they're at bubbe's for some homemade matzah ball soup. So, I recently polled a bunch of different people--from moms to non-moms (like myself...you caught me!), and this is a round up of some… >> Read More