Peaceful Mama Book Launch Event!

I'm excited to announce that the Peaceful Mama book that I co-wrote with Natalie Sager is coming out this May! Just in time for Mother's Day—something to keep in mind for any special Mamas you know! Join me for a casual Peaceful Mama Book launch event on Wednesday, May 9, from 7-9pm at Jayne Boutique at 122 Marion St. in Oak Park, IL. Find out more about the book here.  continue reading →
Change ourselves and experience a shift in our relationships, environment, and well-being

Change ourselves and experience a shift in our relationships, environment, and well-being

Want a change in our relationships, our parenting, our environment, our well-being? We have to make the change. This is a bit of a paradigm shift. Think of how much energy is wasted worrying, fearing, dwelling on what someone else was doing without even realizing that nothing we do or think or say can change a person or situation. It comes from us. When we stop keeping score in our marriage, our partner stops keeping score. When we are more thoughtful, patient, and lighthearted in our  parenting, our children responded this way. When…continue reading →
Raising a Mindful Family by Modeling it

Raising a Mindful Family by Modeling it

One way to build a more compassionate and conscious family is through mindfulness. Mindfulness is the simple technique of paying attention to the present moment in a nonjudgemental way. Once we calm the thoughts in our head, we are able to tap into a part of ourselves that we lose sight of in our day-to-day busyness and schedules. That part of us that is truth, kindness, creativity, peace, and love. Enabling connect within and with others in a meaningful, positive way and even decrease anxiety and increase our happiness. Mindfulness is available to all…continue reading →
Feeling more energized from helping others and experiencing deep relaxation and healing through Reiki – EDEM ep. 39 with Janice Lodato

Feeling more energized from helping others and experiencing deep relaxation and healing through Reiki – EDEM ep. 39 with Janice Lodato

Little opportunities to give a little bit of ourselves through our time, patience, and love are all around us. And helping others actually helps ourself by activating that part of the brain that releases the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine. Meet Janice Lodato, a mother of one who works full-time but also has a Reiki, grief coaching, and meditation instruction practice on the side. She is busy enough, why does she give time to this practice? Helping others in this way energizes her and fills her up. While we know giving to others makes us feel good.…continue reading →
Being Positive – Accepting that whatever is happening now is the best for this moment

Being Positive – Accepting that whatever is happening now is the best for this moment

We were at a crowded indoor play space, where many of us find ourselves during the cold and rainy months. I was complaining about the crowds, how far away we had to park, how chaotic it seemed. Then I realized something… my kids weren’t complaining at all. They didn't even seem to notice these negatives that were consuming me.   I paused and changed the way I felt about the experience in front if me. By accepting what is, we can let go of our expectations about how we wanted it to be or…continue reading →
How to Sustain Your Child’s Natural Mindfulness

How to Sustain Your Child’s Natural Mindfulness

How do we create a more compassionate world for our children? We can start by practicing mindfulness and compassion in our own homes and relationships. Our children learn most by what we model in the everyday moments that make up our days. As we’re eating breakfast, driving to activities, and connecting or disconnecting. It’s not so much what we say. It’s the tone of our voice, the look on our face, the way we tune in or out. It’s how we choose to fill our day. Our children learn values at home that…continue reading →
Why mindset matters and how to make a shift

Why mindset matters and how to make a shift

I go back to that book Little Engine That Could a lot with my kids. Whenever they are doing something new or hard or having trouble. I remind them to say to themselves, “I think I can, I think I can.” It’s a silly reminder but so true. Our mindset, the way we think and set of beliefs we hold, is important. It determines our attitude, outlook, and even our outcome. We have to connect inside and examine the beliefs we are holding. Which ones are serving us which ones are not? Then we can…continue reading →
Peaceful Mama Workshop: A calming evening of self-care, mindfulness, and self-compassion

Peaceful Mama Workshop: A calming evening of self-care, mindfulness, and self-compassion

Join us for the Peaceful Mamas workshop where we reflect on the mama we want to be, know we can be, but don't always have the tools and time to actually be. To be at peace in our parenting, we need to feel at peace within ourselves. We'll learn about self-compassion to accept ourselves where we are now and mindfulness and positivity to move us along with more intention. In the day-to-day busyness and demands, we can lose ourselves. As we reconnect inside, we tap into our own inner knowledge that is there to guide…continue reading →
Conscious parenting, having compassion for ourselves and others, and being in this moment – EDEM ep. 28 with Sheryl Stoller

Conscious parenting, having compassion for ourselves and others, and being in this moment – EDEM ep. 28 with Sheryl Stoller

Could taking care of ourselves be the greatest gift we give our children? What does it mean “be in the moment” and how can we “be present” when we’re pulled in so many different directions? Meet Sheryl Stoller, a mother of three grown children and certified parent coach, who draws from personal and professional experience to guide parents on their unique family journey. She shares her story of reaching a crisis point with her family. She managed to get through by literally taking it one second at a time. That meant recognizing when concerns…continue reading →
One tool to help prevent overwhelm: pausing first, before reacting

One tool to help prevent overwhelm: pausing first, before reacting

It's easy to let this season of giving, gratitude and family become one of overwhelm. One tool to help prevent this overwhelm: pausing first, before reacting. Taking one moment to pause first, before reacting, helps us disconnect whatever is going on around us with what we feel inside. When we feel calm and kindness inside, the things going on around us don't have to negatively impact us.  Pausing first helps me not take personally whatever happened, whatever someone did or said. I can't control the way others act. Only myself. Pausing first helps me…continue reading →
Awareness: The first step to more conscious parenting

Awareness: The first step to more conscious parenting

Dr. Shefali, author of The Conscious Parent and the Awakened Family has a 7day conscious Parenting Challenge. Below is my reflection on the first day of her challenge, which is Awareness. As I pay attention to my own level of awareness, I can see how easy it is trail into a state of not being 'unaware.' I can also see that I am the only one who can control whether I am aware or not. Conscious parenting is focused on changing what we can control - only ourselves. It's easy to blame our…continue reading →
Becoming more conscious of our time and choices, and creating balance and fulfillment as a whole person – EDEM ep. 27 with Karli Kujawa Smith

Becoming more conscious of our time and choices, and creating balance and fulfillment as a whole person – EDEM ep. 27 with Karli Kujawa Smith

In the busyness of our days, we can sometimes feel like life is just happening to us but really we are shaping our lives by the choices we make everyday. When we focus on awareness, we can be more conscious of the choices we are making and start creating a life that is our own that we can feel content about at the end of our busy day. Meet Karli, a mom of two boys, who has found that even though life is busier with children, it’s much more colorful. She is a designer…continue reading →
Feeling worthy, taking care of ourselves, and feeling happy now through gratefulness – EDEM ep. 25 with Kristy DeJesus

Feeling worthy, taking care of ourselves, and feeling happy now through gratefulness – EDEM ep. 25 with Kristy DeJesus

Nobody has it all figured out when it comes to parenting. Too often we put a mask up that everything is rosy when it's not what we are really feeling. We all experience the inevitable ups and downs so we do so why do so many of us feel we can't be truthful about how we are really feeling?  If we're holding on to negative or fearful feelings, covering them up doesn't make them go away. We have to bring awareness to those feelings to change them and make room for all there…continue reading →
Miracle Morning for Parents and Families, Morning routine, and Positive home environment – EDEM ep. 21 with Lindsay McCarthy

Miracle Morning for Parents and Families, Morning routine, and Positive home environment – EDEM ep. 21 with Lindsay McCarthy

Imagine a new routine with your family each morning. It’s not rushed or chaotic. You wake up a little earlier than you have to and do some simple, proven practices to improve everyone’s mindset A shift takes place when we devote time for ourself at the start of the day—we start to feel more confidence, compassion, and gratitude. This is a glimpse into Miracle Morning for Parents & Families, a new book coming out September 12. Meet Lindsay McCarthy, mother of two and co-author of the book, with her husband Mike McCarthy and…continue reading →
Health, wealth, love, happiness and letting our children be our greatest teachers – EDEM ep. 20 with Natalie Sager

Health, wealth, love, happiness and letting our children be our greatest teachers – EDEM ep. 20 with Natalie Sager

Health, wealth (abundance), love, and happiness. We want and deserve all of these things. We actually are all of these things at our core. We just have to dig down inside to heal ourself and let it emerge. It starts with our own health and well-being. We have to first feel healthy within our self to feel and appreciate all the abundance around us. It's an inside-out job. Meet Natalie Sager, a mother of two boys, and holistic health coach whose mission is helping mothers get control of their health and feel abundance in…continue reading →