Browsing Category : Growth and Happiness

Life's little disappointments can bring unexpected surprises!

When life gives you lemons, make a meringue


I made an amazing discovery that I am sharing with everyone. Every day this week I am treating myself to a Chai latte at the coffee shop near my work. Today they were out of Chai, which was devastating. This tea grounded my day as I sorted through pangs of disappointment that life had hurled at me recently. Then, the…

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How to teach your child to be kind

How to teach your child to be kind


One of the bigger questions I have about raising my son is how to teach him to be a good person. How to be kind, strong, moral and caring. Recently I found this piece of advice that really struck a chord. “Point out other people exhibiting the behaviors you’d like to see in your kid,” says Jodi Stoner, Ph.D., a clinical psychotherapist and…

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Welcome to the new Mom Simplified Blog!

Big News! Welcome to Mom Simplified!


This summer I made the decision to re-brand The Shortcut Mom blog. It’s been a fantastic year blogging, and through trial and error, I figured out what I am passionate about. It took time to understand who I am in the diverse pool of parenting blogs out there. I started The Shortcut Mom blog to find hacks and shortcuts in every day life.…

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I am taking a vacation from all the clutter in my head

I am taking a vacation from all the clutter in my head


  My mind has been in overdrive this summer. It’s constantly moving, but not always in a good way. On any given day it’s a health challenge. Or travel. Or work. Or a toddler tantrum. Or, my favorite, wrestling with unsolvable life questions, which keep me up at night. I am ready to stop. So I will. This week I am going to stop worrying.…

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For better or worse, our toddler attends his first wedding


Last weekend, our family took a road trip to New Jersey to attend a wedding for an old friend of my husband’s. We knew it would be a gamble to bring our newly minted two-year old but we wanted to give it a run before we head to Seattle this summer for another wedding. In a nutshell, here’s what happened: Friday…

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Dear mom who is about to give birth


Recently, a good friend was gathering advice to share with a soon-to-be mom who was expecting any day. It’s been almost two years since I’ve been at that point but it made me think. What advice did I receive? What helped me through the beginning of this journey? It inspired me to write a letter. I may need this advice again…

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Confession of a failed brownie baker


Last weekend I was short on time and decided to make brownies from a box. Ideally, I would have made the most scrumptious dessert, all from scratch, that everyone would have raved over. It would be that good. This is the dream of someone who doesn’t feel entirely comfortable entertaining or knowing what to bring. But this time I would…

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Gratitude for the simple moments in life


Many times, a short walk around the block with my family is the high point of a long day, filled with rush-hour driving, work, cooking, cleaning, dirty diapers and baths. I know our after-dinner jaunts are numbered as we approach fall and we lose the sunlight earlier and earlier each day. My shortcut for today is to be grateful for the simple and beautiful moments in life.   As Ferris…

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