Easy fall centerpiece

From holiday parties and dinner gatherings to every day home decor, everyone loves two things about fall – fall florals and pumpkins. Well actually, people generally love EVERYTHING about fall.

I love combining pumpkins and flowers for a simple project; I’ve made these centerpieces the past few years for Halloween, Thanksgiving, autumn parties, and most recently, a fall engagement party.

Supplies:

Pumpkin

Small, sharp knife

Large spoon or pumpkin scooper

Bowl or short vase

Flowers and greenery

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Free Alzheimer’s cards when going out in public

When you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, your whole life changes. Once seemingly mundane, daily tasks become difficult.

Can I leave him at home? How long will I have? Can I take him with me?

Will he feel embarrassed? Will I feel embarrassed having to explain his behavior?

These are questions that probably cross your mind all the time, and as someone supporting a family member or friend during this stage of life, you might feel trapped at home or sad you can’t go out and about with your loved one as you used to.

I attended an Alzheimer’s support group for the first time over the summer and saw these little cards you could take stating that your loved one has Alzheimer’s to give to people discreetly when you’re out and loved the idea.

Feel free to save or download the card below, print them, and have them handy in your wallet and give to family and friends. You can give them discreetly out at restaurants, while travelling, at the barber shop, doctor’s office – anywhere!

Why I like to dress like a mom

 

 

Mom jeans.

Mom bod.

Soccer mom.

We love to use “mom” as descriptors in ways that almost poke fun or mock the mom. Nobody wants to be told they dress like a mom or are wearing mom jeans, right? That conjures up un-stylish, completely out of touch with current fashion moms.

But that doesn’t describe the moms I know, and I love how stores like Evereve are completely empowering women and redefining what it means to dress like a MOM, because honestly in my life, moms are some of the most fashionable women I know.

It’s time to redefine what it means to dress like a mom, and to get you started, you can enter to win a $500 gift card to go on a well-deserved shopping spree.

6 cheap shower hacks to turn your bathroom into a spa

 

We all have active lives, always surrounded by people and responsibilities. Whether you’re a student, teacher, business woman, mom, doctor, admin, nurse or anything in between, we all have one thing in common – we’re busy.

And busy doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but by the end of the day, I bet we’re all eager to wind down and relax, am I right?

Sometimes the only time I’m alone – no adorable kiddos attached to me, no client meetings, no phone calls – is, in fact, when I’m in the shower, so to me, that time is pretty priceless. Anyone with me on that?

I’m sharing my favorite tips on turning any ordinary shower into a spa-like oasis so that even a few moments of solitude can feel like the total refresh you need (and deserve!).

*Be sure to take this fun little quiz and get a DISCOUNT by clicking here.*

4 common grammar mistakes (and how to fix them).

Even before I became a high school English teacher, I felt passionately about correct grammar. Strangely enough, I never received strong formal grammar instruction in school because when you were in the advanced English classes, the emphasis was on reading, critical thinking, and writing.

As any avid readers can relate, grammar and vocabulary comes more naturally the more you read because you internalize the rules and words in practical action. I think grammar and vocabulary are actually more effective this way. Although, admittedly, I do not know all the grammar rules and crazy nuances that come with our wonderful English language, I actually do not think they are all that important.

Woah.

Did the English teacher really just say that? Yes, I sure did. Let me explain though. I value being able to write and speak compelling arguments. How compelling will your argument be if you have incorrect spelling, poor grammar, and limited vocabulary? Not very, you guessed it.

Inspiring Imagination with Mouse + Magpie

This post is brought to you by Mouse + Magpie and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

John Keats once said, “I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of imagination,” and oh how this rings true to me. When my sweet Ginny made me a mom, I couldn’t imagine any more greatness – greatness in love or fulfillment of life; she was the little nugget that made everyone’s lives better and certainly mine more whole.

To see her love and purity grow and develop into the most curious little lady has been the greatest joy. And just when I had convinced myself baby number two would be loved but not as loved, because there was just no way my heart could grow, the holiness of my heart’s affection proved me wrong, delightedly so.

Olive was born and our world smiled as hearts swelled, and this sweetest dumpling is ahead of herself. She watches her big sis with eager eyes, soaking it all in. She rolled over after a few weeks, crawled at 5 months, and pulls herself up now at 6. And more than these physical developmental milestones, I’m delighted that she will learn from her sister’s imagination.