Day 21: The Gilligan Hat – How to escape the island and save your sanity

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You know what I’m talking about, mama. You’re feeling closed in, squeezed tight by the pressure on all sides (including the bathroom door). If you don’t get some air soon, you’re going down, and you’re taking your tribe with you. It’s time to put on the Gilligan hat and escape de island, mon. 4 Sanity saving ideas from a mom who escaped the island.

Day 18: The Rock Climbing Helmet – Belay your fears and seize opportunity

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I live in the beautiful, mountainous state of West Virginia. Tourists come from all over the country for white water rafting, sight-seeing, rock climbing, and parachute jumping off the New River Gorge Bridge on the annual Bridge Day in Fayetteville, not far from my home. As you might expect, you’ll find many an adventurous spirit round these here parts.   How often do you get outside your …

6 ways to eliminate stress and build traditions for your family at Christmas time. My problem and how I solved it.

Day 16: The Santa Cap – 6 ways to plan your family Christmas traditions

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Are you excited for the holidays, or are you dreading them due to nagging thoughts of finances, travel to extended family, or the stress of decorating? As my family grew I yearned to begin new traditions of our own. You know the drill – you visit both sides of the family, make your rounds, and become exhausted and cranky in the …

Day 9: The Cowboy Hat – 6 ways to keep a watchful eye on your herd

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You’ve heard the old country song, “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.” Guess what – your mama did. A cowboy oversees his herd. He keeps them together, because they belong together.Have you ever thought to teach your herd the priority of family? Better pull up a chair and have a sit down, partner. We’ve got a lot to chaw on today.

Day 7: Fireman’s helmet – Remaining alert to potential fire hazards

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The sight that greeted him upon entering the room was a parent’s worst nightmare. Flames shot up from the iguana tank, perched atop our son’s dresser. The dog barked frantically from the bed beside the sleepy 10 year old, who was just rousing himself. The iguana tank just across the room from my son was in flames. Had the dog not alerted us, the night could have ended in tragedy. Here are some informative tips on how to safeguard your home from fire hazards.

Day 6: Kentucky Derby Hat – How to guide her inner fashionista

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Termed the “most exciting 2 minutes in sports”, the Kentucky Derby has been held every year since its inception in 1875.  Women dressed to the nines in their large hats and finery sip on mint juleps and watch the “run for the roses”. A two-minute race?  A new outfit and hat?  Now that’s a sport I could get into. We women …