Renew, Refresh, Reinvent

Most people celebrate their New Year when the official calendar flips on January 1st.

Not me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve done it on my own personal New Year – my birthday.

Well, it just so happens I’m celebrating today with one heck of a facelift.

A virtual one. Extraordinary-Mommy-featured Last year, my 40th birthday, was, by anyone’s estimation, my ‘big birthday’. Turning 40 is is viewed by the outside world as this milestone. You either approach it with an incredible fear – you are about to hit ‘middle age’ and you wonder if you have done enough, are you happy, are you enough? [Read more…]

New Year, A New Skin Care Routine From Kohl’s

It could be that I am now ‘over 40′. Or it could be that I really and truly enjoyed my younger years in sunny California.  Either way, there are many, many things I see when I look in the mirror and while many of them reflect the wisdom I think I’ve earned these past 40+ years, I prefer the age spots and wrinkles weren’t quite so visible. I know I can’t reverse the aging process entirely, but I do know there are things I can do to take care of my skin the way I should have been doing all along. [Read more…]

25 Things I Believe for 2012….

I believe in bear hugs and belly laughs.

I believe one look into my children’s eyes will always make the world seem brighter.

I believe in ‘yes days’.

I believe in ear-to-ear smiles, giggles that make my cheeks hurt, and friends I can’t live without.

I believe writing is good for my soul.

I believe good posture, drinking water and exercise will make me look younger. But I have to do them: stand up straight, drink the water and get moving.

I believe I should have less and give more.

I believe I deserve time to read for pleasure.

I believe in high heels, red dresses and jeans that make me feel fabulous.

I believe in makeup and glitter, sunsets and chocolate, wine and all things that sparkle.

I believe the sight and sound of the ocean can cure anything that ails me.

I believe the most brilliant color in the world is the shade of raspberry you see when you close your eyes and turn your face to the sun.

I believe I should say ‘outstanding’ when someone says, ‘how are you?’.  They can’t help but smile in response.

I believe in eye contact and strong handshakes.  

I believe in listening.

I believe if I want to be happy, I should.  Be happy.

I believe it is easy to live in fear: afraid of the ‘what ifs’.  But I believe I am stronger than the ‘what ifs’.

I believe I have to ask for what I want.  If I don’t, the answer will always be no.

I believe teaching my children to give of themselves is one of my primary responsibilities as a mom.

I believe that dreaming big is a beautiful and mandatory thing.

I believe I should know my worth.

I believe class and grace are two of the most beautiful words in the English language.

I believe I should never stop wondering what I want to be when I grow up.

I believe juggling a career I love and a family I adore will never be perfect, but it is possible.

I believe, at the end of the day…. at THE END OF THE DAY…. my children will be able to say I DID IT: I showed them it was possible to follow my passion and make them feel loved every moment of every day.



Resolve, Resolving, Resolved, Resoultion

Every year I start thinking about New Year’s resolutions.

Every year, I even go so far as to write them down.

Inevitably they include many of the same things year after year:

This year, I will truly transform my eating and exercising – I will be healthy. (Pardon me as I head to the kitchen to break this one already – sometimes soda just tastes good, dammit)

This year, I will get organized – stacks of papers will no longer appear to drown my desk.

This year, I will find a place for all of my 100’s and 100’s of pictures.

This year, I resolve to devise a new system to tackle my ‘To-Do’ lists.

This year, I will save more and spend less.

Same old, same old.  I’m ditching the old lists.

OK…so, what if, this year, I work on my resolve…and tell you, my real New Year’s Resolution, is that I am resolved to stick to my resolving…..  I think it just might work.

But here is the good news: I still have 21 days to come up with my list.  I have always believed that my birthday is my own, personal New Years.  So, on the 21st of January, when I turn 29, I mean 30, I mean 30-something-ish, I will have my list ready.  I’ll even share it with you…that way you can keep tabs on my resolving.