Emotionally Drained…but Hopeful

I'm tired. Anyone else? I'm tired of the sadness, devastation and uncertainty - when will end? Honestly, I'm tired of seeing the terrible news notifications my phone each morning. Devastating hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, political fights...argh...I'm spent. But, we can't just crawl back in bed and hide (oh, I'd like to!). As we learn more and more about what should have been a fun night in Las Vegas, I find hope in the "helper" stories and the … [Read more...]

Child Passenger Safety Week Links

It's child passenger safety week and this year it has a whole new meaning for me. With an infant in our house again, we found ourselves back to looking at all the different car seats, various safety features, everything needed for a newborn. Which one is the most safe? Which one is appropriate for 8 pounds? 12 pounds?  Rear facing? Front facing? Booster? Wait, does my eight-year-old still need that? So many questions, then I second guess myself … [Read more...]

Three Gifts I Give My Kids: Part 1 of 3

Written by: Hilary Bilbrey I’m not going to lie…I am pretty sure this post is going to be controversial, but I still believe it, so here goes… I was privileged to spend the last school year consulting at a K-8 public school in Arizona on the topics of respect, bullying, conflict resolution and kindness.  It is truly thought-provoking to consider how much my consulting has changed as I grow both as a mother and an educator.  One thing most … [Read more...]

#MountainStrong and #CommunityLove

Colorado has always been a special place to us.  Both of us have been coming here since our teens, and for those who don't know, we met here in the late 90's.  The real Brecker Bunny was even born in Boulder.  We go to Estes Park often for the Fire and Life Safety Educators Conference of the Rockies, visiting with safety heroes and planning the next steps Inspired By Family will take in the coming year. While planning our trip to Colorado … [Read more...]

Leaves, Starfish and a Bunny

It's "leaf season" at our house. We've got some big oaks on our property, 3 to be exact. For most of the year I love them. Kids from all over the neighborhood climb them, they give us shade which is much appreciated during the hot summer and a simple rope swing from one of the huge limbs provides endless entertainment. However, at this moment I'm cursing them as leaves are dropping and it's raining pollen pods! We've been working to get … [Read more...]

Two Gifts I Give Myself

I'm 40 this year.  Yep, you heard right - the big 4-0!  When my husband turned 40, we took a month off from life and camped our way, as a family, to Alaska and back.  So, I got to thinking, what gift do I want this year?  What will help me remember my 40th year? Let me start by saying that my birthday has already past, July 25th.  I received many lovely gifts and wishes from all over the world and feel truly blessed.  My husband and kids took … [Read more...]

More on the Subject of Time

Ya'll had so much positive feedback on the Time post. I appreciate it and must say it felt really good to know we're all in this together.  A few comments sent in via email and FB did lead me to want to expand more on the "disconnected" idea and perhaps, be more clear.  It's not that I don't want to talk to anyone and be anti-social. It's more about control of the conversations  - where and when those conversations happen and should happen. And … [Read more...]

Take Gentle Care

“Take gentle care.” That was my first thought when I read MH’s post on “Paper, Planning and Paleo.” It’s funny; many of my friends in wellness jobs sign emails or close conference calls using that phrase, “Take gentle care.” I’m not gonna lie, I always thought it was a little hocus pocus-y. Yeah - good thinking. Tell the “should have been diagnosed ADHD, mile a minute, never a moment’s peace” lady to take gentle care…ya right…you might as well … [Read more...]

Paper, Planning and Paleo

It all started with an innocent menu planner. You know, the ones that you see on Pinterest all the time; the ones that we (or just me?) print out so we can finally get organized because it seems like we eat out too much. We know we really should eat at home more often because it's so much healthier, much more affordable, etc. etc. etc. The simple menu planner sent to me by my friend Pam, which I printed out a BUNCH of times (52 weeks in a year!) … [Read more...]

Inspired by Time

This Christmas break was strange. I can't put my finger on exactly why it felt odd or when it felt so odd. I was so looking forward to the "magic" of the season, and I know it was there, I just didn't feel it like I had in years past. Before Christmas break was stellar - Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and ICE at Gaylord Palms made it feel like the Holidays were here. "Kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer" and all … [Read more...]