Grin and Bear It: Don’t Miss Our Mother’s Day Contest/Challenge May2-6

In this life, I’m a woman. In my next life, I’d like to come back as a bear. When you’re a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that.

Before you hibernate, you’re supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that too.

When you’re a girl bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you’re sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs. I could definately deal with that.

If you’re mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too*. I could deal with that.

If you’re a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling. He EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.

Yup, gonna be a bear!

Many thanks to the anonymous originator of this sentiment.  *This post is not intended to suggest that spanking children is condoned, but this reference is intended as humor and satire.

We need to take as good care of ourselves as the mama bear above.  So don’t miss out on our Mother’s Day Self-Care Contest and Challenge May 2-6 with great self-care tips and prizes.  Resgister now by subscribing to our blog and follow us next week for special announcements about the contest and challenge.  And make certain to invite all the deserving women you know to sign up and join in the fun!

What’s All the Excitement About???

What are these two twins so excited about?  It’s the Mother’s Day Self-Care Contest and Challenge from May 2 through May 6 at

To celebrate Mother’s Day, we’ll be hosting 5 days of self-care tips and inspiration  to improve your health-body, mind, heart and soul.   Joined by our fabulous featured challenge champions who currently include: pregnancy.orgWorking Moms Against Guilt (WMAG),  Postpartum Support International, Postpartum Progress, St. Louis Kid’s Magazine and the Baby-Kid Expo, we’ll spend the week encouraging and helping each other make self-care a part of our daily/weekly lives.  And the prizes will be great too but you have to be subscribed to the blog to enter the contest.

From May 2 through May 6, Real Mom Expert Dr. Diane Sanford will be available to answer any questions you have about self-care and putting it into practice.  Wednesday May 8 we’ll have a twitter party with of course, more prizes.  Make certain you’re signed up so you don’t miss out on the fun.  Also, let all the deserving moms and women in your life know as well.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Marriage: What WE Go Through

Having been married 25 years, it’s clear that this may be the hardest relationship any of us undertakes.  Like motherhood, it is fraught with ups and downs, joy and disappointment, happiness and heartbreak.  Today’s Friday Funnies looks at the lighter side of marriage and misunderstanding. 

Please listen to this video all the way through even though it’s a little long.  You’ll be glad you did.  Have a great weekend.

Click here for video.

Smart “Women Know Their Place”

Barbara Walters, of 20/20, did a story on gender roles in Kabul , Afghanistan , several years before the Afghan conflict.

She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands.

She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. 

 Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem happy to maintain the old custom.

Ms Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, ‘Why do you now seem happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?’

The woman looked Ms.Walters straight in the eyes and, without hesitation, said “Land Mines.”

The moral of the story is no matter what language you speak or where you go, behind every man there’s a smart woman.

Thanks to Chris W of St.Louis for sending this to us.  Remember looks can be deceiving so  always keep them guessing.  Happy April Fool’s Day.

A Shout Out to All Moms

This is one of our favorite videos about motherhood.  Since Wednesday’s post was on loosening the bonds of self-criticism, it seemed fitting to consider all the things that moms do each day which go unrecognized.  It’s exhausting to think about but deserving of our attention.

Instead of putting ourselves down, we need to remember to pat ourselves on the back whether anyone else does.  To appreciate all our hard work which keeps our families going.  But it’s Friday, so for now have fun with this YouTube video and take some me-time this weekend.

Laughter: “An Instant Vacation”

I was teaching a self-care class on Wednesday to hair stylists, who certainly do their share of counseling, when one commented she’d seen this great sign, “Laughter is an instant vacation.”  I agree wholeheartedly so when my younger daughter sent me this cat picture a few months ago, I saved it for when I need a good laugh and decided this week to share it with you.  Hope this tickles your funny bone.

"Jabba" the Cat

May “the force” of laughter be with you.  Enjoy your weekend!