Happy Valent’ICE’ Day!

If you are living on the East coast, you can relate to living with snow, rain and ice for the last month, and especially over these last 2 days.  Cabin fever takes on a new meaning when school has been cancelled for the second day and we are embarking on a 4 day … [Read more...]

Praise

At the start of the school year, my daughter’s teacher handed out a copy of 101 ways to praise a child. It was a list of praise words that could genuinely mean the world to a child after a good deed or effort is done.  As we get older, praise in this way can still be effective … [Read more...]

Spice-Nice Cake

Are you looking for something sweet with no sugar or salt added, something healthy, completely NUT FREE and calorie friendly?  Are you looking for something that kids will eat up and is also a great treat with a cup of coffee or tea?  Spice-Nice cake is a great snack or dessert … [Read more...]

64th Floor

I can still remember September 11th, 2001 so clearly, as if it was yesterday, not twelve years ago.  With each passing year, I still feel the deep sadness, pain, and shock of it all.  My heart goes out to all of the families who have lost their loved ones.  I still watch the … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, America

We are so blessed especially around this time of the year.  We are at home, enjoying the BBQ dinners, anticipating our garden to grow, and entertaining our newlywed houseguests who are in from Italy for their honeymoon.  They are getting a taste of the wonderful life we all … [Read more...]

Taking in the Moment

Have you ever appreciated someone more after not being with him/her for a period of time?  It’s true what they say about the expression, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”.  I did not even realize it, until last Sunday evening when I came home from a 5 day business … [Read more...]

From Potty Training to Adult Training

What a big revelation I am having throughout the ups and downs of potty training my daughter. Today is day 4 being all dry (YAY! and Whew!!).  What did it take to get to this point?   Lots of patience, impatience, and downright prayer!  We had a few things going on all … [Read more...]

Shoveling Spirit

What does shoveling snow mean to you?  Exercise or making snow angels? For some, a bad back, but to a toddler, it means independence, empowerment and discovery. Yesterday morning, I bought a mini shovel for my daughter.  That afternoon, we shoveled our driveway and front … [Read more...]

Every Storm Runs out of Rain…

Has a song ever motivated or changed your way in thinking or helped you see a situation in a different light? I enjoy listening to music as I’m walking around my neighborhood.  It is calming, relaxing and helps me reflect upon the week’s events.  A song I never heard … [Read more...]

Resolutions or Reflections?

How many years of making resolutions have we made vs. how many times have we followed through on them?  Do you have your own ratio of resolutions to completed resolutions?  If I was asked to count how many times I tried to lose a certain amount of weight as a New Year … [Read more...]