shutterstock 1499513936Happy New Year to a newer, better version of you! 

Since becoming a parent my beauty routine has been anything but consistent. However, a consistent skincare routine can help you see immediate gratification while also helping to delay the aging process. As an esthetician and educator for skincare and cosmetics brands, I can truly say I am passionate about skincare and try my best to cleanse and moisturize my skin at least once per day even though twice daily is recommended by skin care professionals.

I definitely feel a little bit like Supermom when it’s a twice-daily kind of day! However, it’s 2020 and working on a better version of ourselves is definitely the focus this year! Taking better care of your skin probably didn’t make the list of the most important things needing improvement in your life, but it can certainly make you feel better to see a smoother, brighter complexion so you can face the day with a renewed sense of calm and confidence. Remember before having children when you seemed to have an endless supply of time to shave your legs, possibly put on a self-tan, and actually have more than five minutes to do your makeup?

Parent etiquetteLook at any family’s weekend agenda, and it is likely filled with various practice schedules and games. From tee-ball to soccer to cheer, parents today often spend their weekends coordinating drop-off and pick-up from one sport to another. 

There is a pressure for kids to be involved in as much as possible. Sure, we want our kids to find “the one”—a sport they love and excel in—but why have we seen an increase in parents behaving poorly at sporting events? 

We have all seen these videos: parents yelling at players, coaches, refs, and other parents. The inability to “let go” of our own competitive nature (you know, the “when I played this sport” mentality), the desire to raise the next Michael Phelps, and the bragging rights on social media are all factors in parents’ actions and attitudes. 

Gut HealthWhat even is gut health? Why should I care? I didn’t initially know much more about my gut health than “it’s down in my tummy,” before embarking on this article, but our village expert, Cristina Chalk-Rizk, PA, is a big advocate of gut health. She is a physician assistant and health advocate with Zija International. According to her page on Zija, “The health of your gut (digestive system) is key to overall well-being. Your gut is responsible for the breakdown of food (metabolism) into nutrients that are used for cellular function and signaling. A healthy gut promotes healthy elimination. Outside of digestion and elimination, most people fail to see the full impact of a healthy gut.” 

shutterstock 737992255One of my favorite holiday songs is “Home for the Holidays” by the Carpenters. I love the shout-out to my home state, Pennsylvania, but I also love the anticipation of going home.  Truly, there is no place like home. 

For families today, “home” can be many places. And, families will soon hear the age-old question, “When are you coming home for the holidays?” This question, however, does not always lead to the same anticipation as inspired by the holiday song. 

Planning the itinerary to visit faraway family can cause a lot of stress and strife. They want your schedule to accommodate theirs. Easy, right? In an ideal world, we would wave our magic wand and sprinkle some fairy dust to make everyone’s holiday wishes come true. 

shutterstock 1319345651Coping with loss is difficult at any age, but children’s questions about loss are challenging. How can such a complex topic be reduced into simple terms for a child? Many scenarios may arise when determining what should be said and how. Essentially, there is no real “right” or “wrong”; age, maturity, and the relationship with the person who passed all become factors in starting a conversation that can bring healing.