Helpful little trick to beat stress

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I have learned an amazing little trick. I am so excited to share it with you because I think it could make a big difference as you face every day challenges in your life. AND when you face more difficult trials as well!

Here is the trick

Every time I am in a situation that would cause me stress, I simply breathe. Taking a deep breath to the count of five, holding it a moment, and then releasing it slowly really does help our bodies put the brakes on to the whole downward spiral of stress. I do this a couple of times and then end it by listing off 5 things I am grateful for. If I am facing a very difficult situation, I will repeat this process as often as I feel necessary.

This really works?

I wish I could take credit for this, as it really DOES work, but Brance is the one who first introduced me to the benefits of deep breathing. I tacked the gratitude piece on the end. And let me tell you, together Continue reading

Interesting Space Savers in Southie

Shoveling out 2 ft of snow is a lot of work! Especially after it has drifted and 2 ft has become 3 or 4 ft! Once you’ve done all that hard work, you don’t want someone else capitalizing on it by taking your spot when you’re at work.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the city allows you to save your space for up to 48 hours, though typically the saving lasts much longer.

Here are some of the interesting things people are using to mark “their” parking spots in the neighborhood. Continue reading

To nap, or not to nap

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That is the question

Brance was working from home yesterday because of the blizzard, so I got to do something I don’t usually do. I took a nap! I can’t even tell you how amazing it felt. I haven’t been getting enough sleep (for me) in the past week or so and I came off caffeine because of some health-related issues it has been causing me. I have been kind of dragging the last couple of days without my mid-afternoon cup of tea or dark, DARK chocolate (oh how I miss you both!!!).

After I woke up feeling like a new person from my afternoon nap, I was curious to know if it was HEALTHY to take naps. I vaguely remembered reading a news article that linked napping to Continue reading

Biding our Time in a Less Than Ideal Situation

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Many of us find ourselves in less than ideal situations from which we can’t immediately escape. Maybe never escape. In situations like these it is easy to despair. It is easy to compare, to feel trapped, to feel unhappy, to feel defined by our circumstances, to feel judged even.

I know, I have been there before! I am much better at handling challenging situations now. BUT, unlike my optimistic husband, I am naturally a glass-half-empty kind of gal. It has taken his gentle guidance and love to help point me in a better direction. A better way to live. Thankfully it gets easier with practice for any of you who may have a similar natural inclination! And still, this post is a good reminder for me too.

There is a better way to live

It is easy to allow difficult situations like these to affect us mentally and emotionally. To let them get us down. Then we walk around discouraged and don’t function at our full God-given potential. Goodness knows I have lived this kind of drained existence. Having experienced a different way, I can confidently say that Continue reading

Crazy Tips and Rules for Snow in Boston

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We are waiting for a blizzard you guys, in case you didn’t know :). The girls are super excited and I am looking forward to some real snow in Boston this winter. Although, I am definitely concerned for all the people who have to be out in it.

Boston gets CRAZY when it snows any significant amount. In our neighborhood, where there already is not enough street parking to go around, parking bans on the “major” roads (the street we live on!) during big snows can be difficult. Thankfully, having experienced this all before, we went ahead and parked our car YESTERDAY on a street where there will be no bans.

Which means, we made two trips to the grocery store yesterday and one this morning all by foot. It’s not at all unusual Continue reading

5 Steps to Living Worry Free

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The verdict is in, as if we needed to be told, worry is not good for us. In fact, health AND longevity are now being linked to a positive, sunny outlook on life. But it is not as if those of us who worry need to be convinced that worry is bad. Most of us who worry would readily admit that worry is something we would rather NOT be doing, and yet, there we are, stuck in the worry-trap none the less.

I was stuck there for years myself and it was miserable. It made life miserable for my poor husband too, who spent years listening to me recount everything I was ruminating about. Although, thankfully, he was a wise enough man NOT to tell me he was miserable ;). I won’t go into the whole story now.  I talk more about my struggle with worry in 5 Reasons Why you Should Unfriend Worry Today, if you’re curious. It seems a little humorous now that I have overcome worry (Like 99 percent overcome. And yes, my husband is happy man!), but back in the day it was not funny AT ALL.

Oldest restaurant in the countryThis is one of the main reasons I was excited to start this blog. Over the last decade my life has completely turned around for the better as a result of life and health practices I have implemented. And I knew that if I have been helped this much, they might just help other people as well. I can hardly believe Continue reading

Of Daddies, Daughters, and Cupcakes in Boston

cupcakes in BostonOne of the great things about having daughters is that I can now go on a date with more than one beautiful girl at the same time, and not get in trouble! In addition to dating their mother, I try to take my girls on “Daddy Dates” pretty regularly.

I’ll write more about Daddy Dates in the future, because I think it’s extremely important for our daughters, but today I want to share with you some pictures and thoughts from our most recent Daddy Date, just to give you a taste.

This was an afternoon date, and we decided to head downtown. We have a few favorite spots for dates and Continue reading

Cleaning is Healthy and a Cleaning Challenge

Vintage HomeDid you know that cleaning is actually GOOD for you? Do you find that surprising? The article, Regular Cleaning is Good for Your Heart and Soul, points to research that SUPPORTS the physical and mental health benefits of both cleaning, and a clean home.

That makes sense to me. Being in a dirty, disorganized environment makes me feel uneasy and, yes, disorganized. I always thought maybe it was from being raised by a mother who is an awesome home keeper. In addition Continue reading