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I thought it would be a nice change to do something kind of fun and lighthearted today, so I'm doing a What's Trending this week-Baby & Maternity. Unless you've been on Mars, you'd know that the internet has been booming over the birth of Beyonce & Jay Z's twins.  The royal twins!  A girl and a boy, who according to media sources have been named Rumi & Sir Carter.   It's unofficially official, so we'll have to wait for Bey and Jay Z's team to confirm, for sure. Do you remember the dramatic and ethereal maternity photos that Beyonce did while pregnant with the twins?  It's become super trendy to have an underwater maternity photo shoot.  Have you seen what this couple did for theirs?  What do you think of this trend?  Extra or not, I'm diggin' it! Look at this Amazing photo by Kevin Beasley Maybe I'll feature some underwater maternity photos...

Mom's magic word We're all supermoms, right?  Not really.  But it does feels like we take on the world almost everyday.  Between work, homework, soccer, baseball, dance, swimming or whatever other activities your kids are playing, dinner, clean up and goodness know what ever else happens to come up in between.  I think the hardest thing for moms is to find that life-work balance, sweet spot. Gees, it was hard even before kids, at least for me anyway! And it's not that we can't find time for ourselves, because truthfully we all know we can, but somehow we tell ourselves that we don't need it or that we shouldn't have it.  Even worse, that maybe if we take the time for ourselves, we should feel guilty about it.  Guilty because there is so much more to be done, or that can be done in our lives. But we need to STOP.  We need...

Fun Summer Activities to do with the kids The heat, warm breeze, and bright skies all signal SUMMER IS HERE!  The kids are out of school; bring on the summer vacay :) Whoo Hoo I think parents generally fall into two categories: 1- They're just as excited as the kids for summer, and can't wait to dive in OR 2- They dread the "I'm so board" comments and aren't too keen on figuring out what to do Luckily, this blog post is for BOTH- Awesome! Fun Summer Activities to do with the kids--Indoor and Outdoor! -Paint a wall mural You can do this inside or outside.  All you need is a roll of white or brown kraft paper OR whatever paper you have.  Poster board would also work well.  Find your wall and cover it with the paper.  You can do the whole wall or just a chair rail size application.  Then let the kids paint & decorate it...

Essential must-have items for any mom There are a lot of infant and maternity products on the market that all claim to be must have items, but not all of it is true.  In fact, you may be surprised that some items that you thought you didn't need end up being complete life savers.  Here are a few essential must-have items for any mom from a relatively seasoned mama.   Functional & Fashionable Diaper bag is a must!  OK, I just threw in the fashionable part because that's kind of essential to me, but if you prefer practicality over looks, all power to you.  Some super thrifty mamas might disagree with me here, but I can't stand clutter and unorganized mess.  I'm not saying I'm a perfect Martha Stewart, but there's something to gain mentally by having a neat and organized diaper bag; a place where you can have harmony amidst occasional chaos....

Trends that are keepers for 2017 The world has changed over the last decade or so, the way we think and choose to raise our kids, the ideals we subscribe to, and the things we value as important have somewhat changed as well.  I often wonder if there has been another time period in life in which the world changed at a faster speed.  Don't forget that it was just 10 years ago that Apple launched its smart phone, and just a mere 7 years ago that Pinterest launched.  Can you imagine a life without smart phones and Pinterest?  Yeah, me neither.  Some might argue that we've all become socially antisocial.  Whatever side you fall on in respect to the technology subject, there are a few trends nowadays that may seem to point out that simplified views on living are alive and well.   Here are a few trends for 2017 according to...

Stress-Free Christmas It's hard to believe that another year has come, and almost gone.  For me, this year has definitely been a blur.  The most wonderful time of the year is well in gear, and it's hard for most of us to learn to relax and enjoy the moment.  It's the enjoy part, that is really important. With all that our lives have going on, trying to keep up in a world that seems light years ahead, how do you make sure that you take time for you, and learn to sit back and smell the roses? A good friend once cautioned me to take time out of my life to enjoy all its beauty.   The beauty of watching my children learn and grow and the beauty of being a part of this beautiful world, and all its magnificent wonder.  It's hard to do that when you are full speed ahead on...

5 new Christmas traditions to try The holidays are all about family and traditions.  Every family and culture has their own unique traditions that they hold dear.  I have a big family and there are a few things we do every year without fail, most of which involve eating and of course a little drinking.  The kids love all of the sweets and chocolate, the things they have to normally do special things to get are available at their fingertips all holiday long.  Eggnog which they call, Christmas milk, and hot chocolate are some of their favorite drinks.  And bashfully, I admit that I'm one of those nauseating people that usually put up their Christmas tree the week after Halloween!  I really can't get enough of the lights and all the Christmas flare. I've been searching for a few new Christmas traditions to incorporate this year with my family.  I think its...

How Happy People Stay Happy Sometimes happy people get a bad rap.  They're considered the eternal optimists, and aren't able to see the world for how it really is, and are therefore not essentially capable of seeing or thinking realistically.  I think we can agree that most of that thinking is rubbish considering that happiness is for the most part, a choice.  During the holidays, many people go through the Holiday Blues for several reasons.  But there may be a few things you can do and practice to try and keep calm and happy. Having one bad day doesn't mean all is lost.  We're human, right?  Humans are complicated and life is complicated.  There's going to be many things along the way that come up and threaten our happiness.  If you're not feeling it one day, remember that tomorrow is a new day and full of possibilities, and that means you get...

Happy Fall Ya'll There are a several key times in the year that make me super excited.  And if you're anything like me, you may concur with these dates.  Naturally, we'll start by mentioning the beginning of the year,  just before Easter, the start of summer when it's not extremely hot,  but the breeze lets you know its beach time, and right now, as we approach Christmas; in the fall season when the breeze changes to a cooler temperature and you can almost smell the cinnamon in the air.  This is my fun season.  Christmas will sneak up faster than you think.  Can you believe there's only 68 more days left in 2016! Since this weekend is Halloween, I thought you might like a few Halloween Must Do's: Watch a Halloween Movie- Many networks have launched their lineup for Halloween, with their regular shows adding some Halloween flare, to offering the classic Halloween...

Angry Mom’s Response to Daughter I am an angry mother that I should have to talk my daughter down from a self-diagnosis of ADHD. And if it weren’t that condition, it would likely be something else. I understand that this is a very serious issue for some who are dealing with accurate medical diagnosis of mental conditions and subsequent treatment programs, but for many people, young and old, it is just a place to be stagnant; a place where things are ‘just so’ because quite frankly they are out of your control. Nothing you can do about it if you have a condition right? How can you change where you are right now if there is something ‘wrong’ with you? A medical diagnosis that lists all of the symptoms that you struggle with, and at the end of reading the list would put anyone in a depressed state. We have all...