Demi Moore Smoked “Something”

Demi Moore was reportedly hospitalized this week after friends placed a frantic 911 reporting that she had “smoked something.” Moore allegedly went into convulsions after “acting really hyper” all night, and her publicist later stated that Moore “looks forward to getting healthy.”

I think we can all agree that Demi Moore has been under an unusual amount of stress in past months.  Dealing with an extramarital affair is probably one of the worst forms of rejection that exists, and I have no doubt that the “something” she smoked was an effort to cope with that.  There are better, healthier ways to cope with stress, but the truth is this:  at some point in our lives, we have all chosen to smoke, drink, swallow, say, or do “something” that inevitably made us feel a little bit better.   Continue reading “Demi Moore Smoked “Something”” »

10 Things I Found While Surfing the Net This AM…

I just ran across a few interesting sites this morning. Here they are:

1.  Here is a fantastic gallery of SOPA Blackout Protest screens from Techdirt.com:

Gallery of SOPA Blackout Protest Screens

2.  Eight million people looked up their elected officials contact information last week during the Wikipedia blackout.  Yowsers!

Eight million pissed off people

3.  I knew it was you the whole time, gluten.  Damn Stacy for making those pita chips.

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The Key to Your Health and Happiness

Here is a repost of one of my all time favorite articles on a topic that I continue to think is the most important thing anyone can do on a daily basis to improve health…..exercise. Exercise is the single most important thing I do on a daily basis to live well.  It’s worth reposting and revisiting this topic every now and then, so here you go!

If I could give you a magic pill that would make you smart, thin, happier, focused, motivated, energetic, and optimistic, would you accept my gift?  If it were free, would you say yes quickly?  If it worked day by day, would you turn me down?  That magic pill does exist, and it’s free without side effects.

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Ten Health Statistics All Mamas Should Know

Let’s face it.  Moms usually wear many hats, including the one that reads “nurse.”  The more you know about health, the better off your family will be.  I’ll bet you don’t know the following health statistics, and if you do, hats off to you!  You’re literally one in a million.

1. 80% of high blood pressure is known as Essential Hypertension.
Essential hypertension is elevated blood pressure that has no known medical cause. This likely means that the cause of your hypertension is chronic stress.

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How to Stop SOPA/PIPA

You may or may not be aware of the fact that your internet freedom is currently being threatened by pending legislation.  The SOPA/PIPA legislation would censor the information you are able to access over the internet, and powerhouse sites like Craigs List and Wikipedia would immediately be taken down.  Small business sites and sites like MaverickMom.com who post information that may conflict with corporate profits could immediately be taken down as well.  The intentions of this bill are to stop internet piracy, which is a noble effort.  However, this legislation is not the answer because it will cripple our ability to share information.  Can you imagine an internet without Craigs List, Wikipedia, or some of your favorite blogs?  It could happen.

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The Key to Joyful Living

Last week, I wrote about the year 2011 and how to move forward in 2012.  I also wrote briefly about perfectionism and the importance of trusting your intuition.  Just a few days later, I found a great little book which happens to tie all of these thoughts together perfectly.

Meet Sylvia Ferraro, two time world fitness champion.  She is clearly a natural born leader, a fitness icon, and an inspiration to all who meet her.  These are just a few of the reasons I jumped at the chance to take a sneak peak at her new children’s book based on her own true story,  The Gratitude Girl.  If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by the demands of work, family, other peoples’ expectations, perfectionism, or all of the above, her book is for you.

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Blue Jean Baby Queen

Whenever someone meets my daughter for the first time, I usually hear them say, “Oh, are you shy?”   Of course not.  She’s 5.  On top of that, she doesn’t like talking to total strangers any more than you or I do.  Kids have a keen sense of intuition that most of us learn to tune out, and that intuition is much, much smarter than our left brain (the reasoning part).  If she doesn’t like someone, it’s OK.  I trust her intuition, and she should, too.

However, she does happen to be a pretty neat kid.  If I could get a snapshot of her personality in just one photo, it would look like this:

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Kick Perfectionism to the Curb

I found this fabulous gem on one of my new favorite blogs, The Joyful Mother. What a fabulous quote to keep in mind as we start the new year!  Did you know that perfectionism is a form of self abuse?  It is.  The whole “striving and never arriving” thing is the perfect recipe for frustration and later, helplessness (code verbage for depression).

In fact, it’s a very unhealthy standard to set for our kids.  I’m telling you this because I am constantly reminding myself.  I never want my own daughter to strive for perfection-just her personal best.

Enjoy!  That’s all for today from this cold mom, folks.  It was a brisk 40 degrees here when we woke up this morning.  What??!!

Move Forward in 2012!

Yesterday, I wrote about the “cleansing effects” of 2011 and my belief that 2012 will be a better year for many of us. I happen to think that our lives are defined by various cycles-biological, seasonal, annual, and astronomical cycles.  I have even read that our lives can be broken down into 7 year cycles, which seems to be true in my own life.  As I turn 35, I start a new 7 year cycle, a new year…..and a new Mayan calendar.

Did you know that the Mayan calender will complete it’s 13th cycle soon, beginning another 5125 year cycle?  Pretty powerful stuff.  It seems like we should be celebrating such a monumental new beginning, right? Continue reading “Move Forward in 2012!” »

Adios, 2011: Fini!

Dear 2011,

You sucked.  If I could choose a year of my life that I would like to Cntrl+Alt+Del, you would be it.  I am so happy to say goodbye to you that I decided to honor your ending with a blog post.

The past several years have been rather “cleansing” years for many people.  Even Dr. Christiane Northrup referred to the years of 2010 and 2011 as the “The Great Colonic.”  As usual, I find great comfort in her words because they validate my own experience.  The years of 2010 and 2011 were full of loss and new realizations, but 2011 has been the Mother Cleanser.

In fact, I could sum up my own life in 2011 with two words: pregnancy and miscarriage. I was pregnant for 6 months of 2011 and recovering from miscarriage for 6 months.  Pregnant, miscarriage, recover.  Pregnant, miscarriage, recover.  Now, finally, I am on the other side of those losses.

We finally, finally killed Bin Laden, and what a great day that was for Americans.  Oprah held her last show, ending her era as the talk show queen.  The NBA finally ended the lockout, Penn State ended the abuse, and we watched as Gaddafi begged for his life before someone else ended it for him.

And then Steve Jobs died.  It’s funny how upset I felt when I learned about his death when I didn’t even know this person.  And yet, I think many of us were a bit heartbroken.  Steve Jobs and Apple represented a such a bright spot in a rather dismal economy.  Jobs expanded and grew Apple at breathtaking speed despite the economical crises, and we could always look to him for innovation and exciting new technology.

I will always remember the thrill of a new product unveiling wherein Jobs presented a beautiful, shiny new Apple device. I wish we could all hear his dramatic flair and characteristic finale one more time, “And one more thing….”.                                    RIP, Steve.    I will always appreciate the fact that I witnessed your brilliance during my lifetime.

Having said that, I am eternally grateful for the greatest blessings in my life, both of which can be summed up with one photo:

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