Holy Sh*t.

This kid. Sometimes, like here in this picture, he takes my breath away. Look at him. In Bali. Learning phrases in Bhasa, bargaining at the marketplace, handling 13 hour flights. AND LOOKING COOL. Right? The cool took my breath away. I can almost taste the burgeoning cool. He's becoming. Something. Himself. I don't know who…
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Heading Into Preschool With The Newly Potty Trained

In the next couple of weeks, many parents will be sending their kids to preschool; this is almost a necessary step in education these days. Most preschools expect children to be fully potty trained. Many parents anxiously potty train their children in the weeks before but they can be filled with dread wondering how their…
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How Espresso Slowed Me Down And Changed Everything

Recently, I had a book signing in Minnesota (at Wild Rumpus,the best bookstore in the whole world, that you have to get to at some point in your life). Pascal and I stayed with my amazing step cousins, Angela and Mike. Mike is super into brewing beer and also making THE cup of espresso. He's got the lala-foo-foo machine. Right next to the lala-foo-foo bean grinder. For the lala-foo-foo beans. They have a whole COUNTER devoted to the art of that cup of espresso.

Now, I'm more of a drink-as-much-as-possible-and-get-shit-done-fast kind of girl. But when in Rome...make a special cup of caffeine. We get up at 6:00am on a regular basis, so every morning I had the machine to myself. I got super into the beauty of crafting this cup of espresso. I liked taking that time to care about it. And then I sat and enjoyed it without doing anything else but sipping that espresso and thinking of nothing at all.

And a few magical things happened. 

  1. One cup of espresso is actually plenty of caffeine for me (even though at home I bust through a couple of French presses before noon).
  2. One cup of espresso (only one)  super helps with not peeing 800 times a day. And man...that's kind of great!
  3. Taking something mundane and making it slow and beautiful has had a huge effect on me.
  4. Sitting with my coffee and enjoying just that coffee has also changed everything for me.

Mindfulness is all the rage right now. Be mindful. Teach your kids to be mindful. Be a mindful parent with your kids. It's so overstated that it's almost lost it's meaning.  And yeah, I try to be mindful but I'm a busy mom like everyone else and I got shit that's not going to get done by itself. You know? I know you do.

So I move FAST. Ask anyone. I'm a speed demon. I wreck to-do lists. I'm always on time. I do a LOT, for my kid, for my business, for myself. I do my best to connect with my child and chill out my overactive brain and settle my nerves all time. I do yoga, man. I meditate and shit. But I had this revelation upon returning home. And trust me...I know this isn't a new discovery or anything but it's hitting me hard.

Fuck multitasking. I started doing ONE THING AT A TIME. And doing that one thing fully. With my focus. With intention. And it's hard. And it's wonderful.

I'm drinking my small cup of super strong coffee (Did I mention not having to pee 800 times a day?). I'm sitting and enjoying that one cup. Then I'm walking the dog. And just walking the dog and enjoying the walk (not making my to-do list in my head). And when I'm washing the dishes, I'm just washing the dishes. Sure, I let my mind wander a bit but I'm not doing one thing while thinking about the next. And I'm not actually trying to DO three things at once. Parenting and potty training

Yes, I have an interrupting kid who's needy when I'd like him not to be (cause that's like, the law). And yes, sometimes life gets backed up and we have to run like fools. But I gotta tell you...this slowing down for me...this making daily life sacred...

It's juicy. It feels decadent in a world that wants to shove things into my time and make me BUSY.  It feels luxurious because when I'm with Pascal, I'm really WITH HIM. Dialed in. In sync. That's some powerful mojo.

And I'm getting just as much done. Maybe even more. Hell, I even wrote a blog post, which I haven't done since June.

Walking this path a little slower. A little more tenderly feels so. damn. good. Making every action in my pretty unexciting life beautiful...intentional...crafted...

I don't know. It's so very, very  yummy. I feel terribly badass. Like I'm having my own quiet revolution.

Stop Quizzing My Homeschooling Kid

I'm not entirely sure what's behind this compulsion but I'm asking the world in general to please stop randomly quizzing my homeschooling child. I understand you are well-meaning. I understand that you may have doubts that my child is up to par. I understand that you may not fully "get" homeschooling and so you are…
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The Great Potty Challenge!!! JULY, 2015

Dude. We have THE best deal for you. It's limited and there are rules so come here, listen closely. You've probably heard I signed a fancy book deal with Simon and Schuster. The launch for the revamped, beautiful book with new bonus material  is June 16th...whoo-hoo! The book is also available for PRE-ORDER.  That means…
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It’s Almost Bathing Suit Season…Are You Feeling Good?

I live in New England, which means we've had a HARD winter. And while there are still little mounds of snow on the ground, we are all well aware that soon enough we'll be bitching about how hot it is and hanging out at the beach to cool down. If you've ever been to a…
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The REALLY, REALLY Great News With A Tiny Bit Of So-So News

Omg. I'm so excited to share this fantastic news. As you all know, we self-published a print version of Oh Crap Potty Training in March to an enormously great response.  Because my life works this way (and I'm not complaining), the day before it went live on Amazon, a fabulous literary agent contacted me. I…
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Movie Review; Class Dismissed

My local homeschool group, ENRICHri will be hosting a showing of the movie Class Dismissed, A film about learning outside the classroom. I was asked to do a review of the film before hand, because as we all know, I tend to be vocal in my opinion. This film is amazing. If you have even…
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Balance: How Do I “Do It All”?

At least once a day, I'm asked how I balance it all; homeschooling, owning a thriving business, self-care, recreational aerialist, all as a single mom. I've really struggled with an answer for this. Apparently, I put on a really good show of "doing it all."  Um. Yeah.  I don't do it all. But I do…
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