The Frugal Guide to a Great Day out With the Kids – by Guest Blogger Emily Dick

There is a lot of pressure on parents to give children wonderful memories of their childhood. Most of us take this to mean we should always be out and about visiting local attractions and having days out with the kids. However, this can be challenging for parents as many attractions are just so expensive. The […]


Feeling Gratitude in the Wake of Great Loss

How often do we face a week where we feel helpless and a lack of control? Hopefully not too often, yet it happens. Last week, was one of those weeks. A week where you pause and really look at your life and the choices you’ve made. These life-affirming weeks are necessary for us to be […]


Mindful Reflections Of An Empty Nester

contributed by guest writer, Tracy Fink. It’s been a long time since my two now college aged sons physically needed “their mommy” but the memory of the challenges of when they did is still fresh in my mind. It’s kind of like that reoccurring dream where you miss your final exam.   I remember vividly the […]


The Importance of Self-Esteem

What is self-esteem? Is it important to our success and happiness?  Is everyone born with it but loose it as we are programmed by life, media and role models in our orbit?  Is it true that our responses and thought processes are actually learned behaviors from generations gone by? If this is true is there […]


Want to be happy? – Be grateful.

As a New Year is in front of us, let’s all slow down a bit to be mindful of this simple process… “Stop, Look, and Go”.  Interjecting a daily mindset of gratitude into our busy lives helps to replace fear, anxiety, and other negative mindsets with patience, peace, and joy.  Enjoy this Ted Talk to […]


6 Tips for Adjusting to Your Child Going to College

If you’re in my position this year, you’re sending off your child to college.  Did I say college?!?  For me, it’s everything I imagined…meaning yes, name the emotion associated with one of your own leaving the nest, and I’m feeling it.  Here’s a great article I stumbled across showcasing some tips for the adjustment period […]


Christine’s Hope For Kids

I had the privilege of hearing Jean and John Gianacaci speak at the NJ Bankers Associations annual Women In Banking Conference, on April 22, 2015. They shared their tragic and very sad story about their 22-year-old daughter, Christine Gianacaci, who was a student at Lynn University. She and several classmates and professors traveled to Haiti […]


Community Service: A Family’s Guide To Getting Involved

Here’s something I am super passionate about.  Community service – volunteering…and the lessons it can teach your kids. Create a culture of volunteering in your household and instill values of compassion and benevolence in your children… It’s easy to feel disconnected, as many parents juggle work, school, kids, and activity after activity. But some simple […]


8 Tips for Staying Productive While Working From Home

Yes…working from home!  Sounds great to the majority of us desk jockeys, but not all of us can thrive in this environment. Distractions are everywhere around us and here’s a great article that provides some advice on how to stay productive while working from home…enjoy! Working from home is a benefit coveted by many employees; […]


5 Reasons Vitamin D Is Even More Important Than You Think

We know it’s important…but do we really know ALL the benefits to getting a healthy dose of Vitamin D everyday?  Here’s a great article that has you covered… A study published in Sports Health found that over one-third of elite, Division I college athletes may have low levels of vitamin D. Among its roles, this […]