The time has come, mama. Your baby is flying the coop and you want to make sure he knows these basic life skills. How do you summarize 18 or so years into a few essential skills? What things does your kid need to know before he flies the coop? Here are 25 important things kids needs to know before leaving home. If your young adult will be flying the coop in the fall, help them develop … [Read more...] about 25 Important Things Kids Need to Know Before Leaving Home
*I am not a doctor and do not play one on TV so I am not disseminating medical advice. If you are experiencing disconcerting symptoms of menopause or any other medical issue, please see your doctor. There was a time when I didn't know what brain fog was. I could fetch names from my memory and stay focused on a task. Then one day, roughly 10 years ago, I can recall an unnerving event. I sat … [Read more...] about Overcoming Brain Fog in Your Messy Midlife
The journey of menopause is a path paved with unfamiliar (mostly rocky) ground. Besides the hot flashes and brain fog, we also get to watch our middles grow. Ten years ago perimenopause became a 'thing' in my life, whether I was ready or not. Somewhere along the way my midsection expanded, and now all I can think about is, "How do I get rid of my menopause belly?" I don't understand how I … [Read more...] about How Do I Get Rid of My Menopause Belly?
Are you a gardener? Ever thought you might like to plan a vegetable garden? Maybe you're just ready for a new project outdoors? Let me just tell you that I do not have a natural green thumb. (I once saw a meme on Facebook that described me perfectly as one who's home is a plant hospice ward, where they go to die.) Somehow I married an instinctive gardener and I have birthed kiddos that sense … [Read more...] about Your Midlife Mess: Plan a Simple Vegetable Garden
I'm so happy to have 2020 behind me. Is it the same for you? My own midlife fear erupted last year as my baby left for college. Before that, my hormones went berserk. Oh, and simmering in the background was this totally new worry called Covid-19. We spent 6 months fearful of CoviD. Then I got CoviD, and I spent a couple weeks and then months fearful of every twinge and cough erupting … [Read more...] about My Five Favorite Scriptures to Fight Midlife Fear
I spent some time over the New Year's weekend looking back at all of the photos from the year stashed my phone. I found I took a selfie in the car just before I wore a mask into a store for the first time. It was April. I never dreamed then that masks would still be a necessary part of our everyday lives even now. When I saw that photo, I realized just how much 2020 had changed us. That … [Read more...] about How 2020 Changed Us Forever
Y'all, my house is really empty and quiet. It's official. I'm a new empty nester. My strange new empty nest suddenly feels vacuous since the last birdie has launched. And, likewise, I'm feeling a bit scattered and unsettled as well. Change has come, whether I'm ready or not. It's weird. (But, it's 2020 so everything feels weird right now.) I know, that reminder doesn't help, does it? … [Read more...] about New Empty Nest? 5 Quick and Easy Decluttering Projects
Midlife and menopause can drain your immune system. Did you know that? The 'natural' hormonal changes that happen in midlife can also lead to your immune system becoming more vulnerable. Yay us!! The last few months I've been researching and learning and with the help of both my gynecologist and functional provider, we're all fixing my hormones and simultaneously, my immune system. The … [Read more...] about How to Boost Your Midlife Immunity