Abode, Beauty + Wellness

On Your First Mother’s Day

You'll probably get woken up early today by a mischievious munchkin with drool on their pajamas. I know you wanted, no, needed, to sleep in. Though you are tired, delight in the love found in the morning wake up call of little fingers poking you in the eyes, or little feet tickling your stomach. I know you feel unappreciated at… Continue reading On Your First Mother’s Day

Beauty + Wellness

Choosing Kindness

"If you find one of the restrooms dirty, let me know, and I'll clean it for you." The attendant stood in an airport bathroom filled with travelers. There wasn't a hint of irritability or resentment in her voice as she went about her job. She talked to every woman who exited the bathroom, saying "have a… Continue reading Choosing Kindness

Beauty + Wellness

Do You Have a “Joy List”?

It can be so easy to slip into a routine of only doing the things that have to get done and forgetting about doing the things that bring us joy and renew our spirits. It's easy to forget what those things even are when we are frazzled or overwhelmed. That's where a "joy list" comes… Continue reading Do You Have a “Joy List”?

Dollars and Sense

Apples & Trees: Unlearning Life Lessons

It's okay to "live for today" even if that means being reckless with my money; I want to enjoy life before I'm gone.  I'm not getting any younger! Might as well spend it while I have it. Charity begins at home- I only give to my immediate family. You can't trust so-called "charitable organizations" with your… Continue reading Apples & Trees: Unlearning Life Lessons

Beauty + Wellness

You Are Not A Princess | A Letter To My Daughter

Dear Daughter, I really like wearing pink sometimes. I also really like rap music and rapping. I love Frozen and The Avengers movies equally. I enjoy having long hair, and I enjoy having a pixie cut with a faux hawk. I love glitter; somehow it ends up in my purses and on my sneakers. I also love… Continue reading You Are Not A Princess | A Letter To My Daughter

Dollars and Sense

When Free Isn’t So Fabulous: Why I Didn’t Want 5 Free TVs

When we bought our house, the previous owners gave us the 5 TVs they'd installed in the home as part of the purchase. 5 free flat-screen televisions?!? Sounds great, right? The more I thought about it though, the more I realized I didn't want them, even though they were free. I have my few favorite shows… Continue reading When Free Isn’t So Fabulous: Why I Didn’t Want 5 Free TVs