A shortcut to relaxation

meditation for stress relief

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic response to our big announcement earlier this week! We appreciate your congratulations, good luck wishes, and offers to network on behalf of JB. Who knew so many of you were so well connected! As excited as we are about starting this new chapter in our lives, we're also feeling incredibly stressed. Can you blame us? Moving and finding a job are two of life's biggest stressors, according to the Holmes and Rahe stress scale, and we're doing both simultaneously. Being pregnant and adding a member to the family are also on the list of 43 life events that can cause stress -- and yes, things were a bit crazy at the end of February. However, life really started feeling hectic in May when we returned from our family vacation to Hilton Head. We've been going non-stop ever since: traveling to Salt Lake City to speak at Alt Summit, putting our house on the market, flying to New Jersey for a long weekend and then to Cleveland for a week... And have … READ MORE!

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100 water balloons in 1 minute

Bunch O Balloons water balloon fight

This is genius: A father of eight has invented a product that can fill 100 water balloons in less than a minute. Bunch O Balloons is a hose attachment with 37 pre-connected balloons that tie themselves when filled. All you need is a garden hose, a bucket of water to catch the filled balloons, and your bathing suit to have an epic water balloon fight! Now, I haven't participated in a water balloon fight in years, but I do remember what a pain in the ass it was to fill and tie all of the balloons. Since I foresee many water balloon fights between my two boys and their friends once they get older, I'm excited that Bunch O Balloons has surpassed its Kickstarter goal. Hopefully we'll start seeing them on store shelves soon! … READ MORE!

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Our next adventure

nursery with blue stripe walls

Seven years ago, I moved from New York City to Omaha. JB, a military officer stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, had recently proposed, and I was eager for us to start our life together -- even if that meant living in Nebraska, a thousand miles away from friends and family. I'll confess that I cried upon arriving in Omaha. With a population of fewer than 500,000, Nebraska's largest city felt like big town to me, especially after living in NYC, Washington, D.C., and Boston. Yes, it was filled with very friendly Midwesterners, but it lacked so many of the stores, cultural attractions, and conveniences to which I had grown accustomed. JB promised that one day we'd move back East. Omaha is only temporary, he'd remind me. In the meantime, we got married, bought a house, adopted a dog, and had two kids. We made friends and said goodbye to friends, though many of them will remain forever in our lives. We dealt with multiple deployments and a failed business venture, and I tried my … READ MORE!

Movie snacks: popcorn or candy?

tina and amy at the oscars

When it comes to movie snacks, do you prefer popcorn or candy? As you may have guessed from this week's posts, I'm partial to popcorn. A big bag of buttery, salty popcorn is an essential part of my movie theater experience, but I have a rule about eating it... No popcorn until after the previews end. I have very little self-control in most aspects of my life, but I've always been adamant about waiting for the feature film to begin before shoveling handfuls of popcorn into my mouth. What's the point in finishing a bag before the lights are fully dimmed? It's "popcorn and a movie," not "popcorn and previews." Friends and family who've been to the movies with me think my rule is nuts but are usually willing to comply. I'll either hold the bag or set it on the floor until it's time to start eating. Interestingly, I don't have the same rule about soda. You can take as many sips as you want while waiting for the movie to start! I asked the same nine bloggers who shared their … READ MORE!

Perfect popcorn every time

pop secret perfect pop app

I have a vivid memory of being a teenager home alone one night and burning a bag of microwave popcorn. The kitchen reeked of scorched kernels (and continued to smell that way for days), and the bag was literally smoking. The popcorn was burned so badly that I feared it might spontaneously combust, so I brought the bag outside and dumped a glass of water over it. Perhaps I overreacted (big surprise, right?), but if you've ever burned a bag of microwave popcorn you know just how awful it smells afterwards -- and how it can put a damper on snack time or movie night. … READ MORE!

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