Identify Your Stressors & Pray

sierras landscape

On any given day, I find that I’m anxious about something. It might be the van breaking down. Or a financial woe. Or just worries that I’m doing it all wrong with my kids. Often I don’t know exactly what has me mal a l’aise, but I know there is something in my life or […]

Go on a Date

fishpapa date night

Tonight we took the fam on a impromptu dinner out. It wasn’t in the plan. But, my car broke down on an errand at dinner time. Since hubby had to come help me anyway, we made a meal out of it. I’d like to say that we had deep, meaningful conversation over our rice bowls, […]

Do Something Unusual

legoland brick or treat

I just got home from taking three kids to Legoland’s Brick or Treat Party. These guys, aged 8, 10, and 11, are Legoland’s “target audience”. They were thrilled with our evening at the park. I had a blast being escorted by two Spideys and a Hawkeye. (And I was so glad that folks recognized him […]

Enjoy a Cuppa Tea

pumpkin scones

So far this month, I’ve shared 25 ways to stop and smell the roses. If you’ve been reading along, you’ll have caught the theme I’m working under: enjoy my health, enjoy my family, slow down, and make the most of all the good in my life. I’ve mentioned already several good habits that I’m working […]

Ask Your Mama What She’d Do Differently

me and mom

I don’t think I understood my mom so well until I had kids old enough to argue with me. Then I realized that she’d survived a lot! Our parents, grandparents, and older mentors have already walked in our shoes. They “get” where we are as parents today. If we have ears to hear, we can […]

Go for Coffee with Someone You Love

go to coffee

We are coffee and cocoa and tea people around here. Hubs leans more toward coffee, half the kids toward cocoa, the other half toward tea. I sway back and forth among all the choices. The point is we like to be cozy with a hot drink, especially in colder weather. Lately, I’m getting the chance […]

Take a Nap

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Take a nap, be refreshed.   This past summer, I started taking naps. Thanks to this post from Michael Hyatt, I decided to give it a try. What I realized was that I had previously misapplied naptime technique. I only took naps when I had three hours to spare. And then, I usually woke up […]

Read a Good Book

read a good book

Spend time every day reading a good book. It’s a great way to stop and smell the roses. I don’t know about you, but this series has been really good for me. I’ve been so much more mindful of how I’m spending my time. After several months of letting good habits slide, I’m getting back […]