Three reasons to be enthusiastic

“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Ralph Waldo... Read more »

First time Disney cruise: what to pack

Boarding the boat was  a a thrill for us. "Introducing the Passamani Family", all aboard!
A cruise can be the ultimate work life adventure. My husband and I brought our boys on our first time cruise. Photos are in the gallery below. We thought about what to pack months in advance. Of course, the night before was still stressful with two little ones. Pack the essentials. Prepare your itinerary. Travel... Read more »

Urgent: support the rule of law against gun violence

As of July, 2016, there are more than 27,000 incidents of recorded gun violence this calendar year. There is a frightening break down in our American rule of law. The World Justice Project defines what rule of law means. “Derived from internationally accepted standards, the World Justice Project’s definition of the rule of law is a... Read more »
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Simple acronym for effective decision making in your work life

My Dad cautioned me in my twenties against making hyper vigilant decisions. Those happen impulsively and under pressure. They can block the joy in our work life dance when decisions may seem overwhelming. One of the many qualities I admire about my Dad is his calm and grounded disposition. He generally sees the positive in... Read more »

The Scary Kingdom: How I overcame my Disney World phobia

The Magic Kingdom can epitomize fears ranging from mountains, water, thunder to gender stereotypes and more. LOVE AND PRAYERS Sadly, catastrophic events happen too often. Good, innocent people suffer horrible tragedy. I pray for those who experience tremendous loss. We hope and try our best to stay safe. Even Disney property can be scary. Thirty... Read more »

Embrace sun protective fashion swim dress: MOTT50

Embrace sun protective fashion swim dress: MOTT50
I’m terrified about any family members getting sick from the sun. I also want to be safe for our family. Thanks to MOTT50* (no free/discounted products*) and my sister, I now rock a long sleeve swim dress with real sun protection. I make our boys wear long sleeve swim shirts with built-in SPF. I recently joined... Read more »
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Finding Dory teaches the impact of disabilities, special needs and loss

Finding Dory teaches the impact of disabilities, special needs and loss
*SPOILER ALERT* Disney’s newest movie Finding Dory teaches about disabilities, special needs and loss. The tender Finding Nemo sequel depicts a reunion of the blue fish with her loved ones. Our five-year-old explained the premise to my Mom about how the main character suffers short term memory loss. Dory also loses her parents. Brilliant underwater... Read more »

Conversations with little boys

Conversations with little boys
Each day, our boys (five and three) amaze me with their words, joy and excitement. They observe. They wonder. To my surprise, our boys embrace the voting process. They express opinions about the nominees. Our five year-old (5yo) proudly shared he voted at the library with Grandma. 5yo revealed in his school interview. “I’m good... Read more »

Make the power pose work for you

Make the power pose work for you
Everyday challenges can make us feel small. Adults struggle with feelings of not being good enough. Right now, my legs are wrapped up as I crouch into our computer to type while my boys sleep. Thanks to Amy Cuddy’s book Presence, I spread out to better use my space and control my body. Her TED... Read more »
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The best Chicago preschool with early education support

The best Chicago preschool with early education support
Thanks to our pediatrician, local resources such as Neighborhood Parents Network in Chicago, and good common sense, we found the best Chicago preschool for our family with early education support. It’s the Michael R. Lutz Family Center – Lakeview, Jewish Council Youth Services (JCYS)*. It’s daunting to choose the right school for you and your... Read more »