Is Getting Two Puppies at the Same Time a Bad Idea?

When I hired a dog trainer, he said that 9 out of 10 trainers would discourage anyone from getting two puppies at the same time. However, many breeders/dog agents think it is fine to get two puppies at the same time and be raising two puppies at once. So who is right? Our Own Tale […]

4 Alternative Uses for Phone Sleeve Wallets

One of the most popular smartphone accessories out there right now is the adhesive cell phone sleeve wallet. It is a small sleeve of plastic, rubber or leather that is stuck on (via an adhesive) to the back of your phone. Monet is one popular brand of which I got complimentary sample. It is one […]

How Much Money to Spend on a Birthday Gift

Once you get that “{Your child’s name} has been invited to {friend’s name} birthday party!}”  – the big question looms – “How Much to Spend on the Birthday Gift” for said friend? I often wonder how much of a ‘friend’ this person is to my child too. Are the besties? Does this child even say […]

4 Tips For Taking a Great selfie

According to a recent 2018 article in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, the authors lay out a recent phenomenon exacerbated by the selfie boom. Specifically, a growing rate of ‘nose jobs’. Boris Paskhover, a surgeon and assistant professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, sometimes has patients pull out their selfies to prove that their noses are […]

Tips for Reading to Your Child

As seen in my blog post here, the benefits of reading to your child has enormous impact. From improved vocabulary to less aggressive behavior, books can foster a bond between parent and child. While the benefits of reading may be clear, how to incorporate daily reading may be less obvious. Here are 5 tips for […]

5 Tips for Running a Marathon in the Rain

After running 7 marathons (five Boston Marathons and two others) I have a lot of experience running in various weather conditions. Don’t forget all the 20 mile pre-Marathon training runs too! I’ve run Boston when it was 100 degrees, I’ve run Disney in the rain. I’ve trained in the snow. Regardless, it is never fun […]

Kudo Banz Review: Alternative to a Chore Chart

Wondering ways to manage (and maybe even improve) your child’s behavior. Whether it is tantrums, going to bed on time, eating dinner or going to the bathroom, there are several ways to go about making an impact. The most positive and effect way is through positive behavior modification. This past summer, I discovered a unique […]

Tips on Picking the Perfect Bag

According to the PurseBlog – a website devoted to all thing purse related, today is National Handbag Day. In honor of this occasion, I wanted to share some things to consider when you are getting ready to buy a handbag – designer or consignment, big or small, luxe or moderate. Use for it. Do you […]

What to Pack for a Day at a Disney Park

What to pack for a Disney vacation is one thing. Packing for a DAY at Disney in the Disney Parks is something else entirely. There are times I want to wing it without having to carry anything, but I always regret it. Having key items with you in the Disney Parks can make it easier […]

5 Tips for Consignment Store Shopping

Whether you shop consignment online or in person, there are key tips you should know before you start shopping. Shopping at consignment stores can be a great way to find unique pieces, great deals or access to items that may typically out-of-reach budget wise. So here are five tips for consignment store shopping you need […]

Cultural Stress Tips: What it is and how to reduce it.

April is National Stress Month. I usually don’t focus on National days or months. Yet, this one hits close to home. We all know about parenting stress, dating stress, and middle school stress. However, there is a new stressor out there that is impacting us all more every year. It’s called Cultural Stress: the stress […]

4 Ways: How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks

If you have gained weight and lost it or have been pregnant, you are probably aware of stretch marks. Plus wonder how to get rid of stretch marks! Women of all ages regardless of height, weight, or parental status are susceptible to stretchmarks. Though it is thought that genetics plays a role for some of […]

Six Ways to Save Money on Birthday Gifts

When the round of birthday invites start showing up in your kids’ backpacks or in your mailbox, it can cause dread; for your calendar and your wallet. The kids jump for joy to have pizza, cake and fun. We jump to make a birthday gift appear without breaking the bank. The number one tip I […]

Apple Picking Tips

Apple picking is a big tradition in my family. It has been a fall activity consistently for over 35 years! With that many apple picking seasons under my belt, I have apple picking tips to share for your Apple picking trip this season! Apple picking tip #1 Know what kind of Apples you want to […]

How to Save Money on Back to School Shopping

It is the time of year when (other than Christmas) we parents spend the most amount of money on our kids – all for the sake of going back-to-school! It can be a breeze or a full-on hurricane depending on the list your school gives you for ‘must-haves’, and other random requests. As well as […]

Thinking of Giving Up Blogging? Me too.

It used to be fun. It used to be about friendship. It used to be about connections. Now it is about content rather than communication. It is about foes and not friends. It’s about likes and not love. It’s about analytics and not outreach. These may be similar reasons you are considering in giving up […]

The Hair Bang Trend and Bangin’ Tips

How to get the best ‘Bang’ for your buck. If you have been perusing any of the celebrity websites or watch any of the red carpet events, you probably noticed what I have noticed – Bangs! Lots of hair bangs on the female celebs. It is a hot trend and many stylists are getting requests for […]

10 Tips for a Natural Living Lifestyle

With a baby in the house and a preschooler (and two dogs), I’m often searching for various ways on how to make your home clean. Yet, it is not just about a clean home, but a chemical free home. One with a natural nursery and organic playroom. So here are some reasons I have found […]

What’s Your Emergency?

As an aerobics instructor (currently on baby hiatus), I have to be recertified every two years.  This includes a myriad of CEUs and a recertification in CPR. This is the year I need to submit all my requirements so I can continue to count in a series of 8 and tell everyone ‘they can do […]

How a Dog Prepares You for a Having a Baby

I am a proud Mother to two girls – ages 4 and 2. My oldest is the emotional one. Smart, follows directions well and loves to be outdoors. My youngest is a little flirt. Pretty much the complete opposite of her older sister and frankly loves to torment her too. Why Having a Dog Prepares […]