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How Do I Choose the Best Professional Cleaning Service

Keeping your home clean can be an exhausting task, especially if you have to squeeze it in between the chaos and work and keeping your family in line. And if your life feels like it’s nothing but cleaning and tedious chores, perhaps it’s…

How to Keep Your Pool Clean Without Using Chemicals

The weather is getting hotter and hotter, and if you haven’t done it already, you are probably getting ready to open your pool and start the swimming season. Having a pool in your backyard is wonderful, but it requires quite some effort before you…

8 Ways to Make Food Shopping as a Parent More Bearable

No one is denying children aren’t the gift that keep on giving. But, as a parent, there are just some tasks in day to day adult life that shouldn’t be accompanied by kids. Namely the weekly food shop. Opening yourself up to a world of whining, potential tantrums and…

"Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes." -Hugh Prathe

It seems like that is the theme of my life these days. "Change". It seems more constant than anything else. There is no more normal, just the "New Normal".

While it has been over five years since my ex-husband and I separated, and it has been 2 years since our divorce was finalized, it only seems as if in the last year have I found my "normal again".

That is until this school year started. (For most of you this will seem small, but for me it is big) First, "reality check" is hitting me pretty hard. My oldest son is a junior in high school. (We all know what comes next).....Senior year then graduation! Ikes....he is going to be leaving soon! (That is creating all kinds of panic in my mind, and sadness in my heart)

Second....my youngest son (8 years old) started riding the school bus this year. Now I must admit I tried to talk him out of it. There is this amazing peace that comes over you when you can see with your own eyes that your son has walked into the school safely. You know for certain he is fine and ok. Now as I walk him to the school bus stop (several feet behind him, so his friends don't tease him), I have to remind myself of a few things.....

Independence is the goal! Every step they take to that place of independence is a victory! They don't belong to me. I am just responsible for them. While each step away from me they take feels a little sad, I can't help but smile, they are awesome kids growing into amazing young adults.

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