What I am reading: 'American Housewife: Stories'

What I am reading: 'American Housewife: Stories'
This new book, packed with 12 short stories, caught my eye at our neighborhood bookstore.  American Housewife: Stories is an honest collection of  snippets of domestic life that explores everything from infertility to infidelity. Writer, housewife and shrewd poker player Helen Ellis compiles a witty, fresh and unique commentary on modern motherhood. The first story, What I... Read more »

Partner yoga is a healthy and bonding valentine activity

Partner yoga is a healthy and bonding valentine activity
I do love the concept behind Valentine’s Day. It is a nice reminder to celebrate the love between partners, parents, friends, children and special people in our lives. With that being said, over the years the emphasis has shifted more to the kids and less towards special night between me and my husband. We’ve had... Read more »

Be vulnerable on your yoga mat

Be vulnerable on your yoga mat
One of the many reasons I love yoga is my opportunity to be vulnerable on my mat.  Once I breathe and clear my mind, my truly authentic self emerges. When my body moves and focuses on my alignment and rhythmic inhales and exhales, there is little room left to wonder how I appear versus how... Read more »
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An afternoon of family massage

An afternoon of family massage
Yesterday was a good day.  In celebration of my husband’s birthday, Gayle, a gentle, but strong masseuse, came over to give all four of us massages. What a treat it was.  After my hour long full body massage, I put on my warm robe and was so relaxed I never put clothes back on all day!... Read more »

Family dinnertime games and conversation starters

Family dinnertime games and conversation starters
There are endless studies about the benefits of families sitting down for dinner regularly.  Improved relationships, eating habits and grades are all shown to be found in those that sit down together at the end of the day. “Children who do eat dinner with their parents five or more days a week have less trouble... Read more »

Lavender uses to heal your body

Lavender uses to heal your body
My new favorite “life hack” is to sprinkle 5-10 drops of lavender in my shower before I get in.  Once I step inside it, I feel as if I have transported to a spa, every single time.  The daily (or bi-daily) ritual has changed showering from a dreaded task into a lovely treat. Lavender is... Read more »
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Help me make mornings less chaotic

Help me make mornings less chaotic
My morning began with my hard working husband up and out of the house before the sun came up.  I was already awake and a little restless, but extra cold from last nights snow and struggling to get up and start my day.  At 7 a.m. I force myself to get up and sweetly turn... Read more »

Airbnb dream vacations

Airbnb dream vacations
Winter means wanderlust for me. I never want to stay put in negative degree Chicago and enjoy browsing airbnb to admire the beautiful spaces to rent. The above dreamy tree house is in Petaluma, California. Or would you rather live in a shoe? This New Zealand boot includes a fire place and bed for two.... Read more »

Star Wars Yoga

Star Wars Yoga
Did you see the new Star Wars movie?  We went with the kids and my parents and my mom impressed us when she shared how she remembers waiting in line for tickets to see the first Star Wars movie in 1977. Previously, I had only seen a few of the six Star Wars films, but... Read more »
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Meatless Monday: All about tofu

Meatless Monday: All about tofu
Tofu is a soybean product made from soymilk coagulation.  It is high in protein, low-calorie, nutrient-rich and both vegan and vegetarian. Tofu can reduce cholesterol and is a great source of iron, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. The flavor of tofu is quite bland, however tofu absorbs the flavor of the vegetables and the spices it is cooked with.... Read more »