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Regain Your Life: Protect Your Energy

“It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.” -Lou Holtz, American football player and coach One of the most common issues stepmoms have is overcoming overload. I’ve found that stepmoms are overwhelmed with trying to balance their stepmom role with their work life and social commitments. It’s impossible to

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Life Hack: 20-Minute Gratitude Drive

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”                                                                                                      -Wayne Dyer Considerable research has been done on the power of gratitude. We know that expressing gratitude has numerous benefits, such as reducing stress and improving sleep. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Janice Kaplan, author of

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The Maxx You Project

I was one of 98 women across the United States selected to take part in an incredible Maxx You Project Changing Room Experience through T.J. Maxx. The project is all about embracing change and supporting others through change. In my essay submission, I wrote about the changes I went through when I got married and

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3 Steps to Better Handle Criticism

As stepmoms, it is inevitable that we’re going to be criticized. Our stepchildren’s mom may call our decisions into question, our stepchildren may criticize our cooking skills, or just the way we run our household in general. Even other parents on the soccer team can be critical of what we do or don’t do. Everyone

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The Happiness Project for Stepmoms

A recent study found that reading reduces stress. In fact, reading just six minutes per day reduces stress levels by 68 percent, according to a study by the University of Sussex in England. As an avid reader, I love finding facts like this that prove the benefits of reading. Now, if I need justification for

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Meditation Tips for Stepmoms

With the unique demands of the stepmom role, it’s common for stepmoms to experience stress and anxiety. As a way to manage this stress and anxiety, meditation and mindfulness classes have gained in popularity recently. Sarah Ortolf, who is a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher and Karuna Reiki® II Certified, teaches meditation and mindfulness classes in Scottsdale, Arizona. She offers

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Skateland Fundraiser

East Valley Stepmoms Benefiting Feed My Starving Children Join us for a fun night at Skateland Chandler – Roller Skating, Birthday Parties in Chandler & Phoenix! Just mention East Valley Stepmoms when you purchase your tickets on November 12th between 4:30 and 7:00 pm and 100% of the proceeds from your admission fees will be donated

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