Preparing for a Road Trip

Preparing for a Road TripWe’re getting ready to head off to Michigan to visit my in-laws.  This week I’m focusing on planning and packing.


I keep a Master Packing List [you can find a version of it from a previous trip HERE], which makes packing so much easier.  Each time we have a trip planned, I pull out our master list and modify it as needed for the particular time of year and circumstances under which we’re traveling. … Continue reading

An Invitation to Mindfulness: Chopping Mushrooms

An Invitation to Mindfulness: Chopping MushroomsMindfulness means paying attention to what you are doing.  It is a focus on what is going on in us and around us.  By focusing on the uniqueness of each moment, we can be undistracted from and accepting of whatever lies before us.


With a mindful focus, any task can become a meditation.  Tonight as I was chopping mushrooms for dinner, I focused exclusively on the task before me; it helped that my boys were outside working in the yard with my husband.… Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Martin Luther King Jr.

Thought for the Day: Martin Luther King Jr.


I believe that love can conquer fear, hatred, and heartache.


I look forward to a day when human kind can live in peace.  Let us work together, love one another, and leave a legacy of kindness and compassion wherever we go.



“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.… Continue reading

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Hand SoapIf your family is anything like mine, everyone loves foaming hand soap.  My boys love that it magically foams up, even before they begin scrubbing.  I love that it gets my kids excited about washing their hands.  It also helps to reduce waste as it give them a handful of soap in only one squirt, instead of my boys repeatedly pumping regular soap into their hands until they feel like they have enough.… Continue reading

Teach Kids to Help with Special Day Preparations: Use a Post It Note Wall

Teach Kids to Help with Special Event Preparations: Use a Post-It Wall
Lainie’s kids choosing tasks from the Post It Wall. *photo credit: Lainie*

My dear friend Lainie is back with another household tip.  This time, she discusses how she gets her kids involved with preparations for a special occasion.  Her tip about Teaching Kids to Clean with Lines has made a huge difference in our house.  I can see her suggestion about a Post It Note Wall being equally effective (especially once both of my boys can read!).… Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Silverstein

Thought for the Day, Silverstein

In the midst of a book full of fun and silly poems, lies this message of truth.  Who are we to say what is impossible for someone else?  Or to let someone else say what is impossible for us?


“Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child,

Listen to the DON’TS

Listen to the SHOULDN’TS


Listen to the NEVER HAVES

Then listen close to me –

Anything can happen, child,

ANYTHING can be.”

-Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends… Continue reading

The Battle of the Red Balloon

The Battle of the Red BalloonThe trouble started on Saturday night.  My 2-year-old suddenly decided he would not share.  And it got loud.


Two weeks ago a dear friend gave each of my boys a container full of water balloons.  My 7-year-old received green and orange balloons.  My 2-year-old received red and blue balloons.  Each of them was delighted.


The boys decided to share their balloons, using first one container and then the other, so that they wouldn’t accidentally get too many of the unused balloons wet (which can quickly result in a moldy mess). … Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Desmond Tutu

Thought for the Day: Tutu



We each have many opportunities to do good within our day-to-day lives.  Each morning, we awaken to a fresh opportunity to sustain this practice.  In this way, through the continued doing of good, we change our lives, we change the lives of those around us, and we change the world.


Even things as simple as saying a genuine thank you, meeting a person’s eye when you speak to them, or smiling at the people you walk past can touch the lives of others with kindness. … Continue reading

Respond with Yes

Respond with Yes
The exuberance of Yes!   In this case, I told my son that he could have a dark chocolate peanut butter cup. Yes! :-)

Life imposes so many limits on us, just by virtue of being human in this time and place.  I try hard not to introduce more constraints into our lives than already exist.  In practice, this means that I do my best to respond with Yes. … Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Kabat-Zinn

Thought for the Day: Kabat-Zinn


So often, my responses to situations seem to be on auto-pilot.  I don’t really think about my response, I simply respond.


Part of my interest in mindfulness is an attraction to being fully present in each moment, and being able to decide within that moment what would be an appropriate way to respond.  This is not to discount the wisdom that often comes from a gut response, it’s simply taking a moment to check in and be sure that whatever my particular reflexive response happens to be is how I truly want to respond in this given instance.… Continue reading