Archive for September 2015

I really want to cut my hair

I really want to cut my hair
My hair hasn’t changed since high school.  Looking back at photos from twenty years ago and am reminded that I have the same exact ponytail trailing behind me. My daughter inspired me this summer when she impulsively chopped off all of her hair.  When I expressed my admiration in her rash decision and my fear... Read more »

What I am Reading: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

What I am Reading: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Have you heard about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo?  The New York Times Bestseller has sold over three million copies. As someone who craves an always organized home, I had to see what all the fuss was about. At the beginning of the book,... Read more »

Is PhotoMath app helpful or hurtful?

Is PhotoMath app helpful or hurtful?
Someone posted on Facebook about an app that makes checking math homework easy.  My eyes lit up as math is not my strength and checking multiplication and division homework is never my favorite. I quickly downloaded PhotoMath. According to their site, “PhotoMath reads and solves mathematical problems by using the camera of your mobile device... Read more »
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Five reasons to love autumn

Five reasons to love autumn
It has been a long summer and lots of happy memories were made. I’m somewhat surprised; as I’ve always been a summer girl, but I am thrilled the new season is here. Here are five reasons to love autumn.  1. Apples.  Hopefully we will get a chance to go apple picking soon, but in the meantime... Read more »

Never buy salad dressing again

Never buy salad dressing again
Salad dressing is very easy to make and much cheaper and cleaner than any store bought one you would buy. You only need a few things you might already have. Any kind of oil Any kind of vinegar Salt Pepper Any herbs The only measuring you need is two parts oil to one part vinegar.... Read more »

My biggest fear: The dreaded dentist

My biggest fear: The dreaded dentist
I can teach yoga in a room of a 100 yoga students.  I have jumped out of an airplane and scuba dived below sea level.  I consider myself brave and practical in most situations, except when it comes to the dentist. Sadly, I come from a family of bad teeth and I apologize now to... Read more »
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Clothes Without Limits Focus on Positive Messaging

Clothes Without Limits Focus on Positive Messaging
There are messages flashing in front of our children’s faces all day long. The life-size bus stop ads on the way to school, words heard on the television or radio and read in books, magazines and on computers.  Even the clothes kids wear to school in elementary school can enforce negative stereotypes and preconceived perceptions.... Read more »

Your words are powerful

Your words are powerful
Before bed last night, I stumbled upon this list of 64 positive phrases to say to children, although I believe it applies to everyone.  I fell asleep feeling bad that I am not giving my children enough confidence with my words. “Your words are powerful.” The words above continued to ring through my ears, heart... Read more »

Why kids need yoga

Why kids need yoga
Today is the first day of school for Chicago Public Schools and although we had a very fun and busy summer, we are all craving structure.  During the summer I tried to incorporate yoga into my kid’s days, hoping to instill some habits they can use in school. There are many benefits of yoga for... Read more »
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Adult Coloring Books: A Meditative and Therapeutic Way to Unwind

Adult Coloring Books: A Meditative and Therapeutic Way to Unwind
Adult coloring books are suddenly showing up everywhere I turn.  Although the concept is nothing new, I must admit I am hopping aboard this new trend and loving the peaceful and creative way to spend time. This mindless activity is therapeutic and an excellent distraction to wind down and escape from work, stress and our... Read more »