Commode To Joy

finding happy (even in the crappy)

5 Preparation Tips When Flying With A Toddler

Getting out the door in order to catch a flight can be more stressful than going through airport security, especially with a toddler in tow. In order to minimize the number of “I either need to scream or drink” moments during our travel days, I’ve identified 5 things to do the day before flying that streamline leaving the house while maintaining sanity. 1. Make breakfast the day before. When I’m […]

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Words Talk – Energy Speaks

Words are just words. Some people say what they mean. Others sugarcoat. Sometimes a person’s wires are so crossed that they couldn’t give you a straight answer if they wanted to. So maybe pay a little less attention to the words and give a little more attention to the energy behind the words. That’s where the gold is. Sometimes it’s obvious gold – you hear it and it feels like […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day

A ring of the doorbell during nap time sent me from singing along to Bublé to cussing under my breath. “Calm down,” I reassured my snarky side. “You’re expecting a delivery. The delivery person must have rung the doorbell as a head’s up that your new shoes are now on the doorstep.” My inner snark rolled his eyes. I stayed in the bathroom and continued freshening up for my niece’s afternoon birthday party. […]

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Trust Your Gut: Identifying Instinct

“Trust your gut.” You’ve heard the phrase, and if you’re like me, you know exactly what that means. I assumed that trusting your gut was a sentiment that everyone understood, but this past week I learned otherwise. Some question what it means to “trust your gut”, not knowing how to identify what is instinct and what is not. Out of curiosity, I started paying attention to how I “know” when […]

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Home Cooking Never Felt Better

Years ago, after completing my undergraduate degree, I moved to the East Coast to begin a masters program. I got a full-time job at the university where I had enrolled in order to cut back on tuition costs, and I signed up for classes part-time. (I had refused to take out more student loans and was figuring out the financials for myself.) When I made the move out east, mom went with […]

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