Archive for the ‘Just for Mom’ Category

When’s The Last Time You Took a Break?

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

I need to post this pic on the fridge. It was taken a few years back, when Randy and I got away to a bed-and-breakfast while Matt was at summer camp for a week.

Just looking at the photo reminds me how relaxing those few days were. We walked around the lake. Lounged in the in-room jacuzzi and looked out at the lake. Tried parasailing above the lake (fun!) and sat around, enjoying a glass of wine and (you guessed it) gazing at the lake. (What is it about water that’s so relaxing?)

We didn’t stay all week, and didn’t break the bank. Just a night or two was all it took to feel like we’d gotten AWAY from the everyday routine.

What do you do to refresh yourself now and then? And (be honest) when’s the last time you did it?

Is Summer Relaxing for Moms?

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

I’m feeling like a bit of an odd duck lately. I’m hearing a lot of moms say “Oh, I’m so glad it’s summer! Things are more relaxed and I have so much more time.”

Seriously? I’m feeling like I need a giant DO-OVER button for my summer. I’ve been:

° Working

° Driving Matt to activities

° Going to the grocery store

° Driving Matt to activities

° Going to Target

° Working

Now, I love Target as much as the next mom, but come on! I need to take a break and read a book on the deck, with my shoes off, while drinking lemonade. (OK, in the evening? Maybe a glass of wine.) I need to get off this work-schlep-chores train and relax a bit more.

Can you relate? Are you with me? OK, let’s go squeeze some lemons, grab that book and take our shoes off.

See you on the deck.

It Was Time for a Little “Me Time” — And Now I’m a Blonde!

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Hey mom, do you feel like you spend all your time taking care of others? Making sure your daughter has a dress for the dance, making sure your son gets a haircut, making sure the dog gets to the vet for his shots?

What about you? It’s time to take a break and spend a bit of time on yourself. You’ll be a better mom for it, I promise. Yesterday I spent the morning at Salon H by Hala, in Torrance, California, going… BLONDE! Check it out. I had a blast.

What will you do for yourself this week? Let us know in comments.

Try ColorSplash on the iPhone for Photo Fun

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I got my iPhone yesterday, and I’m like a kid at Christmas. Almost jumped up and down (OK, maybe I actually did a little) when the FedEx guy showed up.

One of my favorite apps, already, is ColorSplash. It allows you to turn a color photo into black-and-white and then add back just a touch of color to any part of the photo you choose.

Speaking of a kid at Christmas, here’s one of my favorite photos of my niece, after I had some fun with it with ColorSplash.

If you’re a busy parent with an iPhone, I’d love to know what apps you use to save time, stay organized and have fun! Please share your recommendations in comments.

I’m Going Blonde!

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Hey moms - Do you ever feel like it’s time for a bit of reinvention?

I do. Right now. I’ve been toying with the idea of going blonde, via highlights, for some time. And I’ve decided to take the leap. I’ve had brown hair my whole life and I’m ready to see what life is like as a blonde. I’m not going platinum. But it will be light! I’m excited.

Got my appointment set for a couple of weeks from now, but I’m on the cancellation wait list, so the call could come at any time… Yikes!

What have you done to reinvent yourself? Hair color? Weight loss? New hobby? Let us know how you’re re-making your life.

Pregnant? Frequent Heartburn? It Might be GERD

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

For women, the first experience with heartburn is often during pregnancy.

In fact, studies suggest that more than 50 percent of pregnant women will experience gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms during pregnancy. This is due to pregnancy-related hormones and pressure from the growing fetus. Symptoms of heartburn resolve in most of these women after delivery of the baby.

Think you might be one of the 60 million Americans with GERD? Check out my article in this month’s MetroKids magazine.

Thanks Goodness for Girlfriends

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Fellow moms, are you ever just POOPED? I am. Right now.

This week I’m looking at work deadlines, the church youth newsletter, baseball games, the church bake sale (gotta make some brownies), Hell Week (final rehearsals and tech week) for the church play… (Gotta love the words “Hell Week” and “church play” in the same sentence.)

The laundry is piled up. (Both clean and dirty.) The dog is begging to be walked. The fridge is almost empty.

And what do I want to do most? Meet a girlfriend for coffee. It’s my great stress reliever. It makes me realized how BLESSED I am to have such a full life with all these activities that, taken separately, I truly love. (OK, not the laundry or the grocery shopping.)

My girlfriends give me perspective. A laugh. A chance to vent and compare notes. In truth, sometimes wine is better than coffee for a girlfriend get-together. (AND as you can see, sometimes there’s CAKE.) But right now I’d settle for 30 minutes with a good buddy and a chance to sit back and look at our lives.

And laugh.

My Best Mother’s Day Gift Ever

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Could a mom ask for a better Mother’s Day gift than this? I’m so proud of my boy. Just had to share this with you.

Of course, I’d still like to get a card. And I’ll pass on cooking and doing laundry on Sunday. But hearing Matt play these songs (especially my two favorites, “Mad World” and “Hallelujah”) warms my heart.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day! How About Some Flowers, Candy — and a Computer Virus

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

E-cards are so popular these days, we usually don’t even think to worry about opening them. And most are safe. But Consumer Reports warns that scammers sometimes use ecards to do their dirty work:

“Scammers frequently have used bogus e-card messages to spread computer viruses and other malware. Such messages contain holiday-related subject lines but include nasty attachments or hyperlinks. For example, in 2008, the FBI warned that e-card emails were being used to spread the Storm Worm Trojan horse, which allowed outsiders to commander Windows computers.”

Check out Consumer Reports’ tips on safely receiving Mother’s Day E-cards.

(Full disclosure: I’m the social media reporter for Consumer Reports. Follow me on Twitter at @CReporter for great consumer tips and conversation!)

P.S. Yes, I’m shameless. Just had to share a picture of my baby boy, who is now 14 and taller than me!

Happy Mother’s Day from Kelly Corrigan

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

I want to be Kelly Corrigan when I grow up. The author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, The Middle Place, has a new book, Lift (soon to be reviewed here), and a new video that will bring a lump to your throat.

Lift celebrates the successes and trials of motherhood, and this video is what Kelly calls the thank you inspired by the women she knows.

I love how she put it together. Through Facebook, Kelly asked her friends and fans to list all of the things that mothers want to be thanked for and to share photos. Kelly compiled a photo montage and a voiceover, all edited by her seventeen-year-old neighbor who will be attending NYU Film School this fall.

With Mother’s Day approaching, this is the perfect time to thank your mom — and to pay tribute to all the moms you know. Send mom a link to this video. Then write her a letter telling her what you appreciate about her and thanking her for all she’s done. Happy Mother’s Day!