10 Ways to Embrace Blue Monday and 10 Ways to Reject Blue Monday

This coming Monday, January 21st has been given the title Blue Monday and is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. This takes into account factors like gloomy weather, post-Christmas blues, credit card bills, and New Year's Resolution fails. It turns out it's probably a bunch of phooey used by advertisers to market products to you. Soooooo . . . without further ado here are mine! So what's your take? Do you want to embrace the melancholy that many of us are Gift Guides

My Word of the Year for 2019: EVOLVE

What is the one word that *you* will get intentional about in 2019? Have you chosen a word to guide you through 2019? Having one word in your mind and in your heart can help you solidify new positve habits or ditch toxic parts of your life. The Oxford Dictionary Word of the year for 2018 has been named and that word is "Toxic". Other words that almost topped the list were gaslighting, incel, and overtourism. Eww! Yucky! Just writing those make me feel gross! Words hold Gift Guides

My 2018 Favorites

"Child-ish Gam-bi-no And Tara WestoverLuke Bryant ballads and Infini-ty WarPictures of my girls those cutie pah-tootsThese are a few of my favorite things " -Clare Kennedy This post was inspired by my beautiful friend Alix at APintSizedLife.com and her favorites blog post. I am so, so happy to flip my calendar over and ring in 2019! As I mark the end of 2018 I am compiling the wonderful things that made me happy, made me think, made my life easier, made me shake my booty, and made me Gift Guides

Guest post for Haley at LetsMama.com: 22 Ways to Strengthen Your Connection With Your Toddler

Hello! My friend Haley Barry at LetsMama.com invited me to guest post on her sweet momma blog. Haley is a nurse, a wife, a mother of two, and she has a passion for supporting other moms. One of her missions is to support and encourage other women/families in having a natural childbirth. With her career in medicine and her own experience with a painful induction followed by a healthy natural birth she has unique insight into the world of childbirth and she is happy to share her personal story Gift Guides

Guest Post from Liz at The Stay Sane Mom: How to Teach Your Kids to Be Kind

Today’s post was written by the very funny and highly knowledgeable Liz at The Stay Sane Mom. https://www.thestaysanemom.com/ Liz is going to break down how to teach your kids how to be kind (hint: show, show, show). Liz is a thirty-something mom with a preteen stepdaughter (and budding Instagram addict), a sparkle-clad toddlernado (who will surely grow up to be a linebacker or a crash test dummy), two large dogs (with a Pinky and the Brain type relationship), a rabbit the size of a Gift Guides

Gifts That You Will Love to Give Your Loved Ones

*This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase using this link. Thank you so very much!!! “Joy is not in things; it is in us.” —Richard Wagner (1813-1883)Composer Christmas is about so much more than the minutes of unwrapping gifts under the tree, but it's still nice to give things to those we love to show how well we know them and to give ourselves the gift of giving!  Whether it is a gift Gift Guides

The Brilliant Reason to Buy an Extra Ornament This Year

*This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase using this link. Thank you so very much!!! When I was a little kid my friend Polly’s mom Carol always gavemy brother and I a Hallmark ornament every year at Christmas.  He would get one with a chess board (chesschampion) or a Simpson’s character (lover of Itchy and Scrathy).  I would get one of a blonde girl holding acat or playing basketball.  Whatever Gift Guides

How to Give Yourself Your Best Birthday Yet (and Feel So Rejuvunated)

*This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase using this link. Thank you so very much!!! Well, now that the elections are over and Halloween is behind us I am looking forward to my birthday later this week.  I really know how to treat myself and make the most of the day.  Ever since I was about thirty I have taken the day off work and taken a “Clare Day”. I wake up, take my babes to school, Gift Guides

22 Companies That Give You Fabulous Treats for Your Birthday

*This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase using this link. Thank you so very much!!! Hello friends and friends I haven’t met yet ! Do you want to open your mailbox to some fun, sweet pieces of birthday ‘love’ in your mailbox from some of your favorite places to shop?  Here are places that I like to shop at and who encourage me to come in and spend that money honey with birthday treats, Gift Guides