Top 7 Most Life-Changing Tips

So I have something to confess. I adore self-help books. It's like having a motivational speaker and wise guru at arms reach, whenever you need to be inspired or guided. Here are my top five favorite inspirational books of all time: 1. Mans’ Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl 2. Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul by Deepak Chopra 3. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer 4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey 5. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod Unlike with the advice of a well-meaning friend or relative, if...Read More

Five Steps to Creating a Children’s Play Plan

Five Steps to Creating a Children's Playroom & Plan: for Smarter Kids and a Happier Parent[/caption] Creating a Space to Play There are just five steps to take to support your child in developing their intelligence. Bonus: they will demand less screen time, and you will win yourself some peaceful time to accomplish the many tasks on your to-do list, or just lay on the sofa and read a book. Sound enticing? Read on. 1 Step: Limit Screen time to no more than an hour a day to increase independent play I’m sure you’ve heard this recommendation; this is because...Read More

Top Five Most Inspirational Ballet Books

The Top Five Most Inspirational Ballet Books[/caption] I recently attended Swan Lake at the Zurich Opernhaus; I walked out onto the plaza after the performance glowing with pure joy. I adore the controlled nuance of each graceful movement, the power of lithe bodies moving as if one with the music, the costumes, the electric attraction the dancers emit on stage. Experiencing riveting beauty is so soul satisfying; it is like a spring shower for the spirit. Do you find ballet fascinating as I do? Is watching one performance a year not nearly enough to quench your thirst for the beauty...Read More

Toned Arms and Abs in 5 Minutes a Day

How to Get Toned Arms and Abs in 5 Minutes a Day Do you want to get toned arms and abs in just five minutes a day, but you are short on time and energy? Do you want to start your day with rosy cheeks, energized and ready for the day? You only need 5 minutes a day to tone your arms and abs. The added benefit? You will increase your glow and decrease your need for caffeine first thing in the morning. I'm serious. Add in the dash of good morning endorphins from just five minutes of exercise, and you may...Read More

7 Things Moms Understand. (Happy Mother’s Day!)

As a Mom.... 1. You can feel desperate and exhausted while experiencing intense joy. One minute, you are so fatigued, you are falling asleep in the checkout line at the grocery store. The next, you feel a soft tug, little arms are wrapping around your neck, and the words, "I love you, Mommy," cause a moment of pure bliss. 2. You would give anything for a few hours of peace to recapture an inner glow, and you can't stand the thought of your kids growing up and leaving one day. Hey, I get it, Mom. I am mega grateful for...Read More

Christmas Bliss

What is your idea of Christmas bliss? Strip away all the societal ideas about Christmas, the expectations, and traditions and what would you do? What, when it comes down to it, does Christmas mean to you, and how do you ensure you capture that something special this holiday season? For me, when you strip away the flickering candle light, crackling fire, the scent of pine and baking cooking, the wrapping paper all over the floor and the decadent food, Christmas is Love. More than anything else, my soul seeks connection with the special people in my life.   I think...Read More

Creating a Cozy Oasis

One of the things I want to create for my children is a cozy oasis. The moment they shut the front door behind them I want them to let out a sigh of relief as any anxiety, stress or fear fade. In an increasingly fast paced and digitally connected world, I want our home to be a sensual place of wellness. I want to create a home that smells delicious, has cozy nooks to curl up with a good book, settle down to learn, create something, whip up something yummy in the kitchen, or snuggle up for a heart-to-heart. A...Read More

Serenity in Finding Stillness

Serenity in Finding Stillness [caption id="attachment_727" align="aligncenter" width="900"] How to find peace as a Mom[/caption] I believe one of the most loving things we can do for our kids is to sit with them and do nothing. Does that sound crazy?   We live in a world with increasing demands on our time and attention. Choices abound as to how to spend our free time and responsibilities at work and in the home increase as everyone takes on more hobbies and activities.   Yet to really connect with someone, you need stillness. You need to be fully present. And you...Read More

What makes a Good Mom?

It is more important to be a good mom than to feel like you are a good mom. What do I mean? Well there are all sorts of definitions floating around in the world, and in our heads, as to what a good mom is exactly. The definition of a good mom differs by culture, country, social groups and between friends. To set the entire pile of logs to flame, let’s add in the fact that a lot of these definitions and directives are unconscious. We don’t question them. Until perhaps, we read an article, notice someone else doing it...Read More
The joy of parenting & 60 Minutes Great Parent

How to Be a Good Parent in 60 Minutes a Day

Are you a good parent?   A Go To List of How to Be a Good Parent in 60 Minutes a Day When Time is Tight Do you walk around with guilt hanging on your back like a backpack filled with rocks because you aren’t sure if you’re a good enough parent? Does the challenge of being a good parent feel overwhelming? Are you exhausted with just a little leftover time to yourself? Does the day escape youand suddenly it's bedtime, and you haven’t connected with your child on a deep level? You aren’t alone. I feel like that sometimes too....Read More