• Unleash Your Inner Artist

    I am a big fan of activities that allow individuals to be artistic. Why? Because it is through those expressions of artistry that we experience productivity, entertainment, and cultural enrichment, and possibly even have the opportunity to impact other people in a positive way. But, more importantly, studies show that individuals who allow art to have a place in their lives may be healthier and happier than those who don’t. This is why I felt compelled to make a post encouraging parents to identify activities that will permit them to unleash their inner artist. Do you regularly set aside time to be artistic? If you answered “yes” to this question,…

  • You Could Use A Vacation

    Chances are, anyone who reads this post could use a vacation. Whether you’re dealing with cold temperatures where you live, struggling to balance work assignments, going through a difficult parenting phase, or being stressed out by something else, some time away from your regular routine would probably benefit you greatly. However, getting away isn’t always easy. In fact, you may even assume you’ll need to have a lot of time and money set aside to even consider taking a vacation. Well, I’m posting this today to encourage you to dispel that way of thinking and instead join me in celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day. National Plan for Vacation Day…

  • Happy National Florida Day!

    Did you know that today is National Florida Day? If you’ve visited Florida before–or live there–you’ve seen firsthand at least a bit of what makes it a special place. Thanks to the presence of notable entertainment and tourism options, the tropical climate, and diverse ethnic groups who call the state home, it has a unique and fascinating culture. I‘ve been to Florida twice, but I only had a chance to see the Orlando metro area both times. I went for the first time back in the late 90s when my husband went there for a conference and I accompanied him. We went to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and MGM Studios…

  • Three Ways to Think Outside the Box This Christmas

    Do you get overwhelmed driving from store to store to find the most popular gifts for your loved ones during the Christmas season? Has hosting that big dinner every year become even more overwhelming than it used to be? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, please keep reading to learn about a few ways you can think out of the box this Christmas and help your family celebrate the holiday without you–or your bank account–getting exhausted. (If you answered “no” to the above questions, I still hope you’ll keep reading. The ideas may help you discover a new tradition your family will want to adopt this year.)…

  • Cooking Cuisines From Different Cultures Can Be Educational and Fun

    My husband, daughters and I really enjoy eating meals made up of dishes from cultures that are different from our own. Doing so is a palate-pleasing experience and also inspires us to pause for a moment to think and talk about the people who are credited with creating or perfecting various dishes. My girls will sometimes ask if they can help me as I’m cooking. This provides the perfect opportunity for me to toss out such questions as “How long ago do you think this recipe was created?” or “Why do these herbs and spices work so well with the other ingredients in the dish?” Because I’ve always encouraged them…