I Finally Quit Using Pot – Now What?

I Finally Quit Using Pot – Now What?

There are conflicting views on the addictive nature of marijuana and the effect that pot has on the body and brain. Regardless, many come to a point in their lives when they choose to stop.

When applying for a new job and the person makes it passed the interview then there is the drug screening. A smoker may panic how to get THC out of my hair to pass the drug test.

Others quit because of changes in relationships or additions to the family. Others only want to “outgrow” the habit.… Continue Reading

Wayfarers History Curriculum

Wayfarers History Curriculum

As you may already know, I am a huge believer in homeschooling and as such, I am always on the look-out for new and better curriculums. Recently, I discovered Wayfarers History, and I must admit I fell in love with it.

Wayfarers history comprises of 4 complete program guides; Ancient History, Medieval History, Revolution History and Modern History. These programs cover a wide range of subjects from pre-kindergarten to grade 12.… Continue Reading

Should You Go On Vacation By Yourself? A Momcation?

Should You Go On Vacation By Yourself? A Momcation?

Being a stay-at-home mom of young children is not simply hard work, it is a full time job that deserves a little mandatory holiday thrown in. The idea of a Momcation may sound terrifying when your kids are small, especially if you have never been separated from them for longer than a day in Kindergarten, but temporary separation could do you both the world of good.

Take a step back from the chaos and anxiety of being a Mom, put their father in charge for the week and relax with some much needed “you” time.… Continue Reading

Make Your Life More Meaningful By Using Yoga

Make Your Life More Meaningful By Using Yoga

Did you know that meaningfulness is better than happiness?

Did you know that a meaningful life makes you productive, focused and feel confident at its least?

Yes! The pursuit of meaning is a guarantee of living a unique life. Studies have revealed that yoga is the secret to finding meaning in your life? How? It is not just a routine exercise: it goes beyond just burning calories. Read on to get the gist on how yoga helps you to find the purpose in your life and the environment that surrounds you.… Continue Reading

Reviewing the Leesa Mattress

Reviewing the Leesa Mattress

For fifteen years, my hubby and I have been sleeping on a spring mattress. However, we recently both agreed that it was time to buy a new mattress. We opted for a new queen mattress we found online.

All of them we bought online, because you can return them risk-free (check out SleepDelivered.com for an exhaustive list of mattresses available online).

Eventually, we both unanimously agreed on one, the “Leesa” mattress. Remember Goldilocks? Well, I am actually starting to feel a bit like her; having three beds and all. All the same, getting enough and sufficient sleep is extremely important to me, and more so if you fall under the category of “busy moms” like I do.… Continue Reading

Always Remember (v2)

Always Remember (v2)

How I Medicated to Deal With 9/11

Something happens to people when tragedy strikes; some people break, others cower in fear yet the majority of people who live through the tragedy are made stronger by it.

Such is the case of a large percentage of Americans in the aftermath of 9/11. During the collapse of the Twin Towers, we all felt as though our comfortable and safe world had come to an abrupt, cruel end. Especially those who lost loved ones in the attacks.

As an American, I feel as if all the lives lost on that fateful day were close loved ones to me. At the very least, we were kindred spirits, all minding our own business and living in the greatest country in the world.

The big question … Continue Reading

Do Study Drugs Work As Advertised?

Do Study Drugs Work As Advertised?

Between all the sorority mixers, club meetings, games, and internships, it’s difficult for college kids these days to find time to study. But what’s a girl to do when the clock strikes midnight and she hasn’t begun to study for her 9 a.m. exam the next day?

Enter: study drugs.

Many college level and high school students have discovered a dangerous solution to better and more intense concentration, it’s ‘study drugs’.

Studying With Chemicals

Study drugs refer to legal prescription stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall that are inappropriately used in order to increase a person’s general focus as well as their productivity for the sole reason to study better.

four most popular study drugs
The 4 most popular study drugs

Also known as ‘smart drugs’, these pills are usually prescribed to treat real issues … Continue Reading

Don’t Just Give It Live It

Don’t Just Give It Live It

The image that pops into our heads when we hear about charitable donations is that it involves giving money, food, books and other material stuff. This is the image that has been painted by most of the modern day charity industry.

To me, though, the best kind of charity work does involve giving – just not cash or material items. I prefer another type of charity – donating my time.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against giving money and donating stuff to help others! In fact, I encourage people to give whatever they can.

Here are the reasons why I prefer donating my time vs. writing a check.

Charity is about the recipient.

So why give your time vs. giving money (or other material items)? My answer: donating … Continue Reading

Built in Bookshelves with Window-seat for under $350

Built in Bookshelves with Window-seat for under $350

When we finished our basement a couple of years ago, we made one room an office and lined the walls with IKEA Billy bookshelves. This summer, when we decided we never really used the office and the space would be better as an art studio, we needed to do something with the books and some of the bookshelves to make room for the large craft tables we now wanted for the space.

A friend mentioned an IKEA Hack. I looked it up on-line and became inspired. Not only would we be able to use the bookshelves we already owned, but we could add some character to our living room.

PLANNING

Our wall was 158″ with a window slightly off-center, so a row of bookshelves would not work. I have
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It’s a Jersey Thing

It’s a Jersey Thing

In 1984 I was twelve years old.  I had a major crush on Ralph Macchio from the Karate Kid.  I read in TeenBeat or Bop or one of those magazines that I used to spend my allowance on that Ralph Macchio loved Bruce Springsteen.  So, I started saying that I loved Bruce Springsteen–because this way, when I met Ralph and we fell in love, we would have something in common.  Sharing music taste is what it takes for a good marriage, y’know?  My dad listened to country music and that was all we were allowed to play in our house at the time, so I had no clue who Bruce Springsteen was.

One night that summer I was swimming in our above ground pool and my mom called out to … Continue Reading

Halloween Costume Review – I’m a Parisian Showgirl this Year (ooh la la)!

Halloween Costume Review – I’m a Parisian Showgirl this Year (ooh la la)!

It is almost that time of the year again when all attention turns to October 31st – Halloween.

For me, Halloween is one of the best days of the year. I have always enjoyed myself throughly every Halloween, since I was 5 years old I think.

I enjoy everything about the holiday: talk about carving pumpkins, attending a bonfire party, playing pranks or any other thing that can rush my adrenaline. I am not expecting any less this year.

In fact, I decided that after years of walking around as a parent, I am going to start wearing Halloween costumes again. And I’m going large this year – well, hopefully not tooo large.

Moulin Rouge + Pumpkins: That Works, Right?

Ok, so this is my Halloween Costume this year:

moulin rouge costume

I … Continue Reading

Always Remember

Always Remember

Do you know someone who has died from an overdose?

I do. Two overdoses in my circle, actually. One very close relative many years ago, and a friend who died less than 4 months ago.

Overdosing is a truly sad, meaningless way to go. It leaves families and friends feeling terribly guilty, asking themselves “what did I miss” and blaming themselves with, “I should have been there!”.

In my friends case, his family had even covertly cut his hair while he was sleeping and sent it in for a hair follicle drug test – just to make sure he wasn’t lying about his use.

He was lying, of course. Addicts always do.

I recently ran across this touching site by the International Overdose Awareness Day association (which is on ____ … Continue Reading

Thankful Thursday Friends Edition

Thankful Thursday Friends Edition

This Thursday, I am giving my heartfelt thanks for my two long-life besties, Tammy Winscott (a well known family attorney around here) and Charlese McDowell.

Due to my recent illness, I’ve had a tough time keeping things running here at Castle Winslow during past three months. But help was not far.

Despite having two busy families and intense careers of their own, Tammy and Charlese both came to my rescue many times during the past 12 weeks with food deliveries, surprise dessert boxes and plenty of talk time to keep my mood up (even though my hair was gone!). They ran many errands for me and the twins, as well. I owe them so much – so I wanted to share a little about them with you.

Tammy

Tammy

Tammy is … Continue Reading

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