Rescuing a Lady’s Parlor Chair

Since becoming an aspiring minimalist, I have been much more selective in my lifelong curbside-treasure hunting. Much to my hubby’s relief, my collecting habit has been broken for the most part due to my desire for a less cluttered home… But my rescuing heart is not so cold as to leave a gem like this…

Rejecting Princess Syndrome

You’ve heard of the Disney Princess syndrome, I bet, right? Where little girls raised watching fairy tale endings (usually a handsome prince falling in love with the princess and making her dreams come true) grow up believing a happily ever after ( i.e. contentment or sense of fulfillment) happens simply by being valued by another…

Moms Changing the Tide: Empowering Positive Body Image

You’ve heard the phrase, “Quarantine 15” haven’t you? You automatically know it’s talking about weight gain due to lockdown and snacking habits, I’m sure. But are kids oblivious to this world of body image issues and concern with weight and size? Often we hear “culture” is the biggest influencer on female body image. We can…

Adopting an Adult Dog: Not Easy But Worth It

I grew up in a dog-less home as a freckle-faced, kitty-obsessed kid. I love most furry faces indiscriminately, but as an adult, I married a man that is allergic to cats. When I went to adopt my first dog, I preferred smaller breeds. I had small children and didn’t want the kids’ faces to be…

Shoulder or Back Pain? Consider Minimalizing your Purse!

Minimalizing your purse can provide relief from back and shoulder pain, as well as being unable to find your keys, phone, or a pen lost in the abyss of a big bag! Once the diaper bag was retired, however, I still felt the need to keep everything at the ready. In reality, I couldn’t find…

DIY nontoxic Goo Gone!

All this staying at home had me re-arranging my furniture pretty quickly. With laminate floors, my carpet would slip around or curl up on the edges, so I had stuck it down with some heavy duty carpet tape. It really is good stuff…it just leaves some pretty tacky residue if you want to move your…

Boot Upcycle Mother’s Day Gift (to Myself. hah!)

I’ve been doing crafts with things “normal” people would throw away for ever since I can remember. Little coffee straws would become Barbie toilet paper rolls (plus tissue strips), our military family’s moving boxes would become multilevel doll houses, and “Aim” toothpaste tubes would morph into bracelets with my nickname on them. That’s why it’s…

When ASD Kidnaps Family Fun

This isn’t a real chipper post. Skip it if you’re down. But I have a feeling I’m not the only parent feeling this way, so I thought I might as well post and perhaps someone will feel seen and know they’re not alone in surviving the emotional storms that parenting a child on the spectrum…

Managing Stress Well during Covid19 : My 5 Best Tips

I have a confession. I don’t naturally handle stress well. Some people seem to be able to roll with the punches, but as a highly sensitive person, I often sense tension and absorb it like a sponge. (And I can create plenty of tension myself through perfectionist black and white thinking–assuming things are “all bad”…