Be Real

Be the rainbow in someone's day.

I have a 5-year-old daughter. As you can imagine, Jane is passionate about many things – glitter, Play-Doh, candy, and My Little Pony. Ladies – this is not the My Little Pony of your childhood. These are modern day adventure ponies. And, did you know there are also My Little Pony shows that feature the ponies turned into tweens? Oh yes. My Little Pony Equestria Girls feature the pony characters as...

Spilled coffee is just spilled coffee ... and the opportunity to laugh at yourself.
Do you feel your life is out of control? Do you only see the messes all around your house – the dirty dishes overflowing the sink, the clean dishes still waiting to be put away in the dishwasher, the pile of dirty laundry and the clean laundry getting all wrinkled in the dryer? Do you hear your children arguing and think your brain might actually explode? Do you hear yourself arguing with your...
My family outside my Dad's recent church - Melfa United Methodist - in Virginia. We loved attending church as a family.

The holidays can be a time of joy as we all gather around our family table and reunite with loved ones. It can also be a time of incredible sadness for those who maybe had a rough year or lost someone special. For me, the joy and sadness seem very tightly intertwined. I love seeing my mom and sister. Enjoying my family and theirs. I love seeing the excitement on the faces of my children. I love...

Visualize your happy place and the best version of yourself to shake off that gray sadness.

I know when you look in the mirror, you see your face. There you are – the external portrayal of you. But, what does the inside of you look like and, taking it a step farther, what does your inner world look like. We’ve probably all been told at one time or another to go to our ‘happy place.’ What do you visualize when you think of your happy place? Do you see an actual place? Or, do you see a...

It's not cancer!

(Strap yourselves in; this is a long one.) For the past couple of years, I have been having regular mammograms (even though I’m not 40 yet) due to a cluster of abnormal – and painful – cells in my left breast. My doctors have been very proactive in monitoring this odd little cluster of cells, which were all within my milk ducts. This summer, the cluster grew and I had an ultrasound with a...

Improve your health and your knowledge with these health documentaries.

I am recently on a health kick for a number of reasons. One of them might have something to do with the school year being right around the corner. Eek! Whenever a new school year comes around, I always get this feeling that I need to take a look at our family’s goals and also our eating habits. The summer tends to wreak havoc on our eating – I mean who can say no to fries when you are walking the...

Reading articles is great, but reading your family is better!

I think we all go through phases in our lives. Maybe there was a phase where you partied too much and had lots of friends. Then maybe you had a phase where you felt alone and lost. These phases come and go. Often, you don’t realize that it is a phase until it is over and you look back and realize that you don’t want to go back to that phase. Or, maybe you do. As a parent, I’ve been thinking about...

Take time for you this summer.

It’s summer. Finally! The kids are out of school and that means its summer camps, spending time with grandparents, visiting the beach, Funland (a Rehoboth Beach tradition), travel, and of course – logistics! I’ve talked to several parents of young children (think Pre-K to about 4th grade) and logistics always becomes a part of the convo. Hypothetical Little Timmy has to be at the outdoor camp by 8...

It's OK to regroup and start again.

If you’ve been reading my blog each month, you know I’ve been going through some grief. This seems to be a theme now – everywhere I look, I see others talking about it and how grieving is such a personal process. Or, maybe now that I understand it, I just notice grieving all around me. That’s probably more likely – we don’t tend to notice things until we are ready. This May, I wanted to jump into...

My son, Alex, walks the farm fields that I enjoyed as a child.

Following the sudden death of my Dad, it’s been a whirlwind of emotions. Incredible sadness, mixed with anxiety, concern for my children, concern for my mom, fear, lackluster attitude, no energy, and this feeling that maybe I should just disappear into the wilderness and never return. I’ve always battled with my emotions – I just have so many of them! And, I’ve always struggled with staying in one...