*Today I am sharing a post from two years ago; the first holiday without my mom.* December 19th, 7:30am. 24 degrees Fahrenheit. Sleet covered the valley starting yesterday. About 5 years ago we got snow on Christmas. When the temperatures started dropping yesterday, for a moment I hoped we'd have a white Christmas. I guess … Continue reading Throwback Post: I Wish I Had A River
Hello, friends. It's been a while (a few months actually) since I did a Self Care Sunday and I missed it. So, it's time to get back on schedule and tell you how I'm taking care of myself today! And given that today is October 28th and Halloween is just a few days away, what … Continue reading Self Care Sunday: Pumpkin Carving!
On the one year anniversary of my cousin's death, his older sister wrote that the French version of "I miss you", translates to, "you are missing from me." She shared that this is how she feels about her little brother since his passing. He is missing from our lives. And while the pain dulls a … Continue reading You Are Missing From Me
If Mothers Day is hard, I understand this too well. There were many Mothers Days when I couldn't call my mom. There were years of frustration, pain, and anger. Even after her death I'm still coming to terms with how our relationship did and didn't work and so for me, Mothers Day is hard. My … Continue reading If Mothers Day Is Hard
In the news recently there's been considerable coverage of problems with play makeup sets sold in tween stores like Justice and Claire's. While professional makeup products are highly regulated, play makeup sets don't endure the same scrutiny and testing as the real deal, and yet stores aimed toward younger children continue to market these play … Continue reading 10 SAFE Makeup Products Your Kids Can Play With
When I was 11 my best friend wore a pair of white tights to church. She had dark brown hair and Italian heritage. Thick leg hair stuck out through the tights and could be seen under them. She was so embarrassed. Everyone pointed and laughed and asked why her hairs were so long. She tearfully … Continue reading I Let My 9 Year Old Wear Makeup
I'm starting a new series here where I'm sharing old posts from past blogs and giving them new life. I published this in July 2015, just a few months after my mother's cancer diagnosis. Rereading these words, almost three years later, is a surreal experience. And I wanted to share them. "The Faucet Is Leaking" … Continue reading Memory Lane: My Faucet Is Leaking