Happiness

Making the Most of Some Really Unlucky Times: The Story of an Amazing Family

Back in 2008, I twisted my ankle really badly—so badly, in fact, that I had to use a crutch for at least 3 months, and surgery was an option being considered.  While re-reading this post on how something as simple as walking had become mentally exhausting yet surprisingly relaxing, I was struck by how so… Read More Making the Most of Some Really Unlucky Times: The Story of an Amazing Family

Beauty Products, Product Review

Eye See You, Eye Shadow Palettes For Moms: Naked and Naked2 by Urban Decay

I’m lucky that a significant number of close friends had children before I did—so, while they think I was doing them a favour when I would visit, little do they know that they were doing me a favour by preparing me for a lot of things I otherwise wouldn’t have known about. One thing that… Read More Eye See You, Eye Shadow Palettes For Moms: Naked and Naked2 by Urban Decay

Community, Community Building, Community Development

Two Special Freebies For A Special Year: Celebrations and Community-Building { INCLUDES FREE PRINTABLES }

This year (2017) is a special year for Bahá’ís like myself.  Come November, we are going to be celebrating the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of our religion.  I have been thinking a lot about what it means, to celebrate birthdays in general, but also—and especially—to celebrate the birthday of someone I… Read More Two Special Freebies For A Special Year: Celebrations and Community-Building { INCLUDES FREE PRINTABLES }

Family, Parenting

Enjoying Baby Despite The Challenges of Babyhood

A friend of mine recently asked me how motherhood was treating me.  After I was done gushing, she asked me another question that took me by surprise: “I know you love your baby, but what about babyhood, do you like that?” I have heard a lot of parents complaining about how difficult babyhood is, and… Read More Enjoying Baby Despite The Challenges of Babyhood

Beauty, Media

Understanding Beauty. (Or Not.)

It’s very natural to want to create beauty in every aspect of our lives.  We do, after all, have an instinctive attraction to beauty that stirs our very souls.  Of course, there are, currently, quite a lot of forces at work in our society that push us towards unrealistic standards of beauty, be it impossibly… Read More Understanding Beauty. (Or Not.)

Breastfeeding, Family, Parenting

Breast is Best—In Some Situations

Breast milk is honestly one of the most amazing things a woman’s body is able to do.  It’s the perfect food, available by request, endlessly adaptable to the need of her baby.  Biologically speaking, in normal circumstances, breast milk is, indeed, the best thing a baby can eat. However, things are not that simple, are… Read More Breast is Best—In Some Situations

Happiness, Virtues

Money and Happiness: The Confounding Factor, Part II

Extreme ways of thinking often cause us to dig ourselves into a very deep hole.  I’ve done that myself quite a number of times, ending up in some very uncomfortable places.  I do hope that my hole-digging days are over, but then again, just like you, I’m an imperfect human being—so hopefully there are going… Read More Money and Happiness: The Confounding Factor, Part II

Family, Parenting, Patience, Virtues

Allowing Frustration to Touch You, Your Partner, and Your Children

We tend to shy away from frustration.  Anything that bothers us, we avoid.  I think that, to a certain extent, that’s OK—I mean, why would I purposefully choose to get into the longest line at the grocery store?  But there are situations in which frustration is just a part of life and should be something… Read More Allowing Frustration to Touch You, Your Partner, and Your Children

Media

The Contextual Meaning of a Movie: It Isn’t The Same To All

I’ve been thinking a lot about context lately.  More specifically, the meaning that things have within a certain context. For example, a knife in itself isn’t a bad thing.  But, say, in the hands of a baby or a killer, well…  Enough said. I wish the question of context was as easy when it came… Read More The Contextual Meaning of a Movie: It Isn’t The Same To All

Family, Parenting

Surprisingly Great Things to Have To Make Baby’s First Year Easier

Figuring out what my baby actually needs versus what I am told by a society that over-consumes what my baby needs is an on-going and very interesting experience, especially during baby’s first year.  First off, how difficult is it to keep one’s cool when baby stuff is just so endearingly cute?  All those cute patterns… Read More Surprisingly Great Things to Have To Make Baby’s First Year Easier