Balanced Life

Choosing Your Ideal Work-life Ratio

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This winter, my daughter was selected for her elementary school’s Odyssey of the Mind team. The kids were tasked with creating an original, humorous skit that adhered to the strict guidelines of the competition. I agreed to make myself available several afternoons a week to help supervise the kids but when the team’s teacher went…
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Moms Have Dreams Too

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I knew I wanted to be a yoga teacher the first time I walked out of a yoga class nine years ago. In the course of an hour, I felt like I had stepped out of my life and reconnected with some timeless part of my Self. At the time, I was a stay-at-home, nursing…
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Managing Holiday Stress

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The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful, especially for women. From Thanksgiving to New Years, women run themselves ragged trying to live up to their vision (or possibly Madison Avenue’s vision) of a “magical” holiday. According to a recent survey of holiday stress by the American Psychological Association, the…
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How to Create Lasting Change

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Did you know that lasting change is possible with 5 easy steps? What behavioral things would you change about yourself?

Paradise Found: My trip to St. John USVI

No matter where you go, when you get back from vacation, it takes some time to adjust.  Now, not to rub it in, but when you go to St. John, you may never adjust back to reality.  I had several conversations with folks that live on the island that said they went there for vacation and…
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Time Management: Tackling the Grocery Store

I’ve been keeping a running list of what we need at the grocery store on my dry erase board on the fridge.  Works great. Kind of.  I mean, it’s right there, so anyone can write down their needs.  The problem is, when I’m frantically running out of the door to run errands before pre-school pick-up…
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Best of CMF: Kid-Proofing Your Marriage

In the fourth installment of the Best of CMF, I’m sharing my favorite post from one of our coaches.  I absolutely loved the topic and information that Noelle shared about kid-proofing the marriage.  It is so relevant to all of us and one of the most important things any parent can do! A post from…
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Looking Back on the Baby Years

A post from Noelle O. of , our CMF Lifestyle Coach:  With only a few weeks left of summer vacation, I am bracing myself for the first day of school. My youngest is starting Kindergarten, and I’m beginning to feel the weight of this mommy milestone. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the past nine years….
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Time on Your Hands? I Can Help.

How many afternoons slip by and I think, “Self… what did you do all afternoon?”  Oh, pinterest.  That’s right.  And that pesky Etsy browsing.  Oh, and that trilogy I got hooked on.  Yep, I know about time killers.  And if you’ve got time to kill, here are a few things I suggest. Inspired by this…
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What’s Hap-pinning, July Edition

I’m pretty excited about all of the ways that Pinterest encourages me to engage with my children.  I know a lot of people complain that Pinterest is just a time-sucker.  True, Pinterest sucks a lot of time. But, it also improves my life by instilling creativity, productivity, and new ways for me to challenge my…
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We’re Chiquita Moms, July vol. 3

Perhaps it’s because we’re in the dog days of summer, but the Charter Chiquita Moms are finding ways to cool off, relax and get in some much needed me-time. If you missed it, hop on over for Vanessa’s delicious looking (and seemingly easy to make) Chiquita Banana Mango Popsicles.  This pictures just makes me want…
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We’re Chiquita Moms, July Edition, vol. 1

Hope everyone had a fantastic Fourth of July.  For those of you that have “respectable” careers and have to go into the office, my apologies.  When I was in corporate America, I always felt it was cruel to give employees the 4th off, but then make them come back to work on the 5th after…
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