Challenge Accepted! Re-Charging This Busy Mom

Two more days until school starts and my list is long with projects and my calendar with appointments. Moms are in overdrive with carpool lines, making lunches, getting kids to after school activities plus all the other things that fill our days up. Honestly, I wouldn’t trade my SAHM status for anything. But, this mama tends to get burned out without a little bit of down time.

My friend Jennifer at Tiny Oranges is reminding moms during a busy September that we should make the commitment to do one thing for ourselves with the Tiny Oranges Daily Charge Challenge.

Tiny Oranges Daily Challenge

I’m accepting the Daily Charge Challenge.

Jen has a bunch of great tips for how you can get started in your own challenge. I’m certainly using her list and I’m adding a few of my favorites below.

1. Listen to a new podcast. I love Totally Married and Slumber Party with Alie and Georgia (both free on iTunes).
2. Download a book and listen to one chapter each day during the month.
3. Kick back with a cup of coffee and an old movie – on a Monday morning.
4. Surprise someone in the afternoon with an iced coffee.
5. Drop a card into the mail for a friend.
6. Go try on new shoes.
7. Reserve Sunday nights for a DIY facial, or just spend some extra time taking off your makeup and moisturizing.
8. Take a leisurely walk around your neighborhood.
9. Buy yourself an US Weekly and try to figure out who those young actors are.
10. Go pin crazy on Pinterest.
11. Use a foam roller to massage your muscles.
12. Take a detox bath.
13. Go on a bike ride.
14. Cruise Target alone. Or meet a friend and cruise together.
15. Read the hilarious “People I Want to Punch in the Throat” by Jen Mann.

I’m sharing what I did to recharge each evening on Instagram. Follow along there or use the #DailyChargeChallenge to see what other busy moms are trying to do to stay sane!

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How To Leave iTunes Feedback for Your Favorite Podcast

How to leave iTunes feedback for your favorite podcasts! This tutorial is how to do it via iPhone or iPad.

I listen to a lot of podcasts. I don’t remember exactly when or how that happened. I mean, I’ve listened to morning talk radio for years – Howard Stern and Heidi and Frank – since my mid 20′s. I love the storytelling and the humor. For podcasts though, I think The Jillian Michaels Show was the first I subscribed to in iTunes. She’s got a great show – very relatable stories on health and life and family. It’s one of my favorites. {Read More}

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Who Really Eats Pineapple Upside-Down Cake?


We took a family vacation to Kauai earlier this month. Seven glorious days in the land of never-ending crashing waves and turn down service. And dessert, like every night. One night we wandered around a bit trying to decide what to eat for dinner. We had already planned to grab ice cream at Lappert’s for dessert so I was bummed when I saw pineapple upside-down cake on the dessert menu at Roy’s. Back at the hotel, I pinned two recipes {Read More}

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Advanced Breast Cancer Panel and Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day


I sat in on an extremely personal and informational panel from the team behind Count Us, Know Us, Join Us during the 10th annual BlogHer conference in Silicon Valley. This special panel was to discuss the needs of women with advanced breast cancer and the mission of Count Us to recognize those living with the disease, their caregivers, supporters, friends and family members. Panel members included Director of Patient Advocacy at Novartis Elyse Spatz Caplan, Dr. Jackie Rogerio, patient advocate Ivis Sampayo, {Read More}

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Almost Like Beatlemania


Last month, I went to San Jose for the 10th annual BlogHer blogging conference. This was the fourth BlogHer that I’ve attended and most likely, my last. There were a ton of highlights as well as a few low but I’m focusing on the fun today. Several of us met in San Francisco before traveling to San Jose. We stayed at the Ritz in Union Square and it was lovely but we wondered why a good three-feet of our hallway {Read More}

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The Interesting Thing About Friendships: That’s a Wrap

Female Friendships

I came up with the idea to do a guest post series about the complexity of female friendships strictly out of selfishness. For months I had been bellyaching to my husband and a few of my closest girlfriends about the struggles I had been going through trying to connect with the other women in my everyday life. I needed to know that I wasn’t alone in the highs and lows of making new friends, maintaining relationships and when to call {Read More}

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The Interesting Thing About Female Friendships: Bestie-less

Female Friendships

I have found myself scrolling through the same mental list Erica writes about in her post about really needing a best friend. Can you relate? Leave me a comment. I really didn’t think about it too much. Sure, I had friends, and even best friends growing up, but after high school and college, and as a young adult in the workforce, I didn’t really find myself with a best friend. Friends I hung out with on the weekends? Absolutely. Girls {Read More}

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The Interesting Thing About Female Friendships: Debunking Online Friendships

Female Friendships

Today’s post comes from Jessica of Chaos and Love. She writes about how online relationships can evolve into real life friendships. I agree 100% probably because Jessica and I met online and this week we’re running around San Francisco together. Leave a comment and let us know if you have met your online bestie IRL. My first “online friends” happened kind of by accident. I wasn’t really expecting to find lifelong friends on wedding message boards. I thought I was {Read More}

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What is Advanced Breast Cancer?


My cancer diagnosis was considered “the good kind” or the most treatable of cases. Definitely not an easy road but the one most hope for when they are told they have breast cancer. Breast cancer is one of the most visible and supported diseases worldwide. We have pink ribbons and three-day walks, websites and books, treatment regimens and therapies proven to work at eradicating the disease. Earlier this year, a friend of mine was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. Advanced {Read More}

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Headband Bookmark | Adventures in Pinterest

headband bookmark

My six year old loves to read and to be read to. But with summer, her regular bedtime routine has been completely obliterated since I promised she could play outside until dusk. In So Cal, that’s right around 8:00pm and after a shower and brushing teeth, bedtime looks a lot like lights out. We’ve been trying to make our way through a summer reading list, sneaking in a few chapters between running errands and afternoons at the pool. I pinned {Read More}

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