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3 Ways to Survive Parenthood without Burning Out

If you are a parent, you know the demands you face every day. We would all agree that while taking care of those little beings is the most rewarding job in the world, it can also be demanding, exhausting and in extreme cases, lead to a burnout. However, daring to admit that this job...Read More »

How Conflict Helps You Reach Real-Life Love

The unfortunate truth about marriage is that it’s not easy. It requires extreme effort. Why? Because conflict is inevitable after the “honeymoan” and falling in love stage dissipates. Our unrealistic expectations in marriage come from when we fell in love--when euphoric brain chemicals kept us up all night and “high” with a drug induced...Read More »

Myths About Picky Eating to Ignore

No kid will starve. Kids who eat a very limited number of foods are indeed starving. They are deprived of adequate nutrition. Most won’t die, but they won’t grow well, stalling in both height, weight, and brain growth. Some extreme picky eaters may appear to grow well, because their diets are limited to fast...Read More »

Mindful Listening

I taught a class last weekend and I realized that sometimes we put more of an emphasis on how mindful listening benefits us in times of conflict and confrontation. While it certainly helps us in difficult situations, it also benefits us in our day-to-day conversations as well. How? By helping us to appreciate the...Read More »

Why You Should Consider a WorkWell Initiative

The workplace is always changing. According to a Gallup report, in 2016 only 33% of employees were engaged at work. They are more involved, enthusiastic, and committed to their work and the work environment. Then there are the employees that are indifferent and just don't care. This is a risk for any organization because...Read More »

Five Steps to Engage Creatively with Stress

There is no question that life is stressful. The world events of 2016 escalated stress levels across the great divide of personal opinion and viewpoint. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the big picture. How do we confront conflicting ideas and problematic personalities? How can we manage stress levels hitting new highs on your...Read More »

Co-Parenting Counseling

Beyond the Bench... When parents divorce, we as a society generally hope for their children’s sake that the parties will be able to cooperate with each other in a mutually civil manner on child-related issues. While there may be occasions when communication between ex-spouses is prohibited by court order (such as when there is...Read More »

Selfcare Isn’t Selfish

Selfcare Isn’t Selfish

There have been a few times in my life that I have had what I refer to as a “light bulb” moment. It happens when something becomes so crystal clear and illuminated in my mind, almost like a light bulb has been turned on in a dark room. I had a light bulb moment...Read More »

Countdown to Hotel Bliss: Traveling with Adult Kids

  As a mother of two kids who travels for work, our family has experienced a variety of hotels, motels and resorts over the years. My girls are now young adults and it is a very different world when it comes to choosing a great hotel to enjoy during out travels. We have gone...Read More »

The Money Is Hidden Inside You

There were millions upon millions of glittering lights shattering the night, tall neon-lit buildings reaching up to the sky, black limousines, bright red Ferraris and silver Porsches gliding slowly and elegantly down the main strip. As my buddy and I walked down the Las Vegas strip late one summer night, I asked, “What would...Read More »

7 Ways to Help Your Child Love Her Body

“Mom, I’m so fat. I need to go on a diet.”, says your 10 (or 6 or 16) year-old daughter as she pinches at her belly. Your stomach drops. She’s too young to be feeling this way! You are flooded by a tsunami wave of thoughts and emotions: It’s my fault!  I’ve disliked my...Read More »

7 Reasons Why You Can’t Sleep

Poor sleep not only makes us grumpy, hungry and lethargic, it can be deadly. A study by researchers in Australia showed that being awake for 18 hours produced an impairment equal to a blood alcohol concentration of .05, and .10 after 24 hours. In most states, .08 is considered legally drunk.3 Consider that over...Read More »

Ready…Set…STOP! Six Secrets to Truly Relax During Playtime

From the time my two daughters were born, I have loved showing them the world, keep thing them busy and engaging them in activities. They didn’t sleep until noon, they were helpful around the house and always had friends and many things to do. This was never more true than when we went on...Read More »

4 Positions to NOT Put Your Child In

These days, it seems most parents shy away from their main role, which is, well, to parent. It is invaluable to the child to know that you are in control, you are the leader, and you set the boundaries. Of course, there is a fine line and this does not have to come with...Read More »

Shy Kids: Tips for Introducing Children to New Experiences

Signing a child up for an indoor soccer club, a local theater club or piano lessons can be an exciting — and emotional — experience. It’s full of possibilities for parents and their children, but it can also be overwhelming. It becomes even more stressful when a child has trouble adjusting.   Teaching kids how...Read More »

Easing The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

how to deal with the baby blues  The magical glow of a smiling pregnant woman and the cherubic face of a new baby are images women hold onto dearly when picturing adding a new baby to the family — whether through pregnancy or adoption…and whether it’s the first baby or the fifth! Unfortunately, the preconceptions...Read More »

6 Tips to Help Your Child Produce Quality School Work

According to Steve Reifman, to help children reach their amazing potential, it is imperative that the adults in their lives consistently hold high academic expectations and emphasize the importance of producing quality work. The term quality, however, can be ambiguous and mean different things to different people.   To alleviate this confusion, I offer...Read More »

Knowing If Your Teenager is Hanging with the Wrong Crowd

The wrong crowd is another way of saying that your kid is hanging around people who don’t have the values, behavior or priorities you want your kid to have. This usually means they aren’t polite enough, well-mannered enough, respectful enough, ambitious enough or from families that are as fine and upstanding as yours. Hypocrisy...Read More »

Holiday Door Wreath make simple and sMARt

Holiday Door Wreath make simple and sMARt

December 7, 2014 Category:  Garden Studio     A wreath on your front door signals that warmth and good cheer are just a knock away. Anyone can purchase a wreath for the holiday door, but other than that ready-made red bow, what real interest does it have? Holiday wreaths have come a long way...Read More »

Star Studded

Star Studded

December 5, 2014 As my MARtians and regular readers know, last night I held my brokers open house for the stunning home named Sunset Haven. It was a great evening, as 103 influential movers and shakers came out to witness the breathtaking vistas that only Sunset Haven could offer. The timing of the open...Read More »