Be Real

Sunshine, family, and living this life in Southern Delaware
Rachel Swick Mavity
Rachel Swick Mavity, MS, is a journalist and the Communication Coordinator with Beebe Healthcare's Marketing and Communications team. She lives in Milford with her husband and two children.
Alex using the iPad
It is likely that when you were growing up, your parents did not have to worry about the amount of time you spent on an iPad, tablet, cell phone, or other hand-held device. They may have had to put restrictions around television or video game time, but it doesn’t seem to me that there was just so much screen time available to us as kids. Well, I might not be the same as everyone, though, since we...
lentil taco
Numerous studies have shown the value of eating a more plant-based diet. Your body truly thanks you for eating more fruits, vegetables, and legumes. With kids and a meat-centric husband, I wondered if we could add more plant-based dishes to our dinner repertoire, so I (secretly) decided we were going to be vegetarians for a week. I did some research, found a handful of recipes that sounded good,...
This blogger has a Spirited daughter - who keeps us on our toes!
I have always believed that perseverance is something to be admired and celebrated. Similarly – determination, energy, and enthusiasm are all excellent qualities. These are the characteristics we applaud in many adults, as evidenced by the vast number of memes out there now under the category #ShePersisted. The #ShePersisted movement began when Sen. Elizabeth Warren was interrupted on the Senate...
Modeling my new compression socks & following doctor's orders.
I recently had a health scare. After spending an afternoon jumping off a dock at an inlet on the Eastern Shore of Virginia one weekend, I noticed two bruises on my leg. I didn’t think much of it – after all I had been pulling myself out of the inlet onto a rough wooden ledge which became increasingly difficult as the tide went out. I chalked it up to just a bruise. For blogger Rachel Mavity, a...
Clogged gutters can be a big project for homeowners - and one that could require saving up to afford to hire the pros!
This is the first summer my husband and I have been both parents and homeowners. I tell ya – owning a home is like having another child (or maybe 10 more children!). The ant invasion is no joke and just when we think we have a plan to get rid of those pests, the air conditioner unit develops a leak. Then we get a fix for that and we realize our gutters have likely not been tended for at least a...
Rachel Blog May 2018
I want to start off by saying that while mother can be defined as someone who has children and shows unconditional love, I understand that this isn’t always the case. Some of us might not have mothers who are able to give that love. To you, I say – don’t go looking for a drink of water at a dry well. If your mother does not have the ability, for whatever reason, to give you the love you need, then...
pouring hot tear or coffee
I don’t know if I was always bad at taking care of myself, however since I have become a mom and now that my kiddos are no longer taking naps, I am sooooo bad at it! I love to read those articles online – you know the ones – with the fresh-faced young woman on a mountain side or a cliff overlooking a beautiful ocean. Those images along just pull me in. And, then the topic seemingly always goes to...
rachel feb blog image
The first two months of this year have been a whirlwind for sure! First off, in early January, my husband and I bought a house. This is a big deal for us as we had previously decided we were gypsies who would likely rent for the rest of our lives so as not to be tied down to any one location. However, fast forward to two kids and higher and higher rents, and here we are – happy homeowners. Well,...
rachel family
You’ve likely heard the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” While that may be cliché, as with most clichés, its roots ring true. As we age, we often get stuck in our routine. We go to the same restaurants, visit the same friends, and take the same vacations. There’s nothing like an active, imaginative grandchild to throw a wrench into your routine! And, by interacting with young...
Toxic Thursdays Get Thrift
Part of living a more toxin-free, environmentally friendly life is also making choices when it comes to what you bring into your home. Sure, you choose the nontoxic beauty products, you use white vinegar to clean when possible, and you take care to manage your energy consumption. However, when it comes to the holiday season, do all of your gifts come packaged in boxes fresh off the department...