Good Job!: Ashburn Patch Article

A mother enjoys random praise from an unlikely source. I was at Wegman’s putting my groceries onto the conveyor belt in the check-out line the other day. My belly was ridiculously huge and it took me a while to maneuver myself around the cart to get everything where it belonged. Meanwhile, my 2-year-old son was … Continue reading Good Job!: Ashburn Patch Article

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Stability Helps with Moving Woes: Ashburn Patch Article

Ashburn offers several great options to help overcome children's stress after a move. I've read that one of the reasons 2-year-olds are so ornery is that they are trying to understand how the world works. They insist on having the same plate everyday because it brings a sense of balance into their developing worlds. (And, … Continue reading Stability Helps with Moving Woes: Ashburn Patch Article

Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming: Ashburn Patch Article

A mother comes up with ways to cope when life’s joys spit on her all at once. I think the universe has piled just a little too much crap on top of me, and I came close to snapping today. I dislike woe-is-me, I’m-so-busy tales, but here’s mine as an explanation. This morning I woke … Continue reading Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming: Ashburn Patch Article

Parenting Information Overload: Ashburn Patch Article

Should parents abandon their own common sense in the hope their kids will be “normal?" We have a bit of information overload when it comes to parenting. From email updates to online communities to family and friends to support groups, everyone has something to say about how you raise your kids. And, usually, the advice … Continue reading Parenting Information Overload: Ashburn Patch Article

Five Simple Strategies to Keep Thanking Your Spouse: Ashburn Patch Article

Mother’s and Father’s Days are over, but you can keep the good feelings going year-round. I don't know about you, but I've got a fabulous spouse. I've never been tempted to count him as one of my kids like those awful jokes. I frequently see Facebook posts congratulating a husband for cooking a good meal … Continue reading Five Simple Strategies to Keep Thanking Your Spouse: Ashburn Patch Article

Where’s Your Busy Prize?: Ashburn Patch Article

Using outside resources can help lessen the burden of over-worked individuals. I'm pregnant, raising a two-year-old, running a business, trying to get a book published, buying a new house and moving. I'm so busy, definitely busier than you. Do I win the busy prize for which we all seem to be striving? No, because in … Continue reading Where’s Your Busy Prize?: Ashburn Patch Article

Lighten Up: Ashburn Patch Article

The serious artist remembers life should be fun. My cousin, Sirena Riley, is a jazz artist. She sings in smoky jazz clubs in London and has a CD circulating the jazz circles of Europe. Critics have lauded her as an up and coming singer with a sunburnt voice and poetic, often confrontational, lyrics. She's a … Continue reading Lighten Up: Ashburn Patch Article

Unplugging for the Kids: Ashburn Patch Article

You know it’s time to back off the Blackberry when your 2-year-old knows how to operate it. Happy Presidents' Day. Today is one of those useless holidays that shuts banks, the post office and schools. My son's daycare is closed along with Loudoun County Public Schools. So, I'm taking the day off with my kid. … Continue reading Unplugging for the Kids: Ashburn Patch Article

Accepting Change

I’ve been told my Patch column, “A Discerning Eye,” needs to change its subject to all things Mommy. Some people would be annoyed with this. After all, I had a perfectly good column that was enjoying a decent readership - especially since Patch owner, AOL, has done no advertising for its Patch sites. I could … Continue reading Accepting Change

Me-Time: Ashburn Patch Article

It's freakin' cold outside. Freezing rain falls every other day. Work is piling up, and I fondly remember the good old days of two weeks ago when my most pressing issue was whether or not to bring my son's stroller as we traipsed about a Caribbean resort on vacation. Now that I'm back to reality, … Continue reading Me-Time: Ashburn Patch Article