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Friendships Are The Best Remedy

Well hey there!! I hope this finds you well. As the wife of an amazing husband for 20 years, the mom of a very busy 17 year old boy, and the proud owner of 3 energetic dogs, I need a break at least once a week, if not twice. My choice of an escape is coffee with my bestest friend Becca. We make it a point to meet at least once a week to chat, pray with each other, and just escape the everyday routine we call life.
 

Making time for yourself is so important. Whether you are a stay at home mom, or a busy career woman, self-preservation is the life line we all need. It is such a relief to have that time with just yourself, or a friend to unwind and re-center yourself for your sanity. I use to feel guilty about taking time for myself, but the older I get, the more I learn that when you don’t take that time, you start to wear out very quickly and not only does it affect your family, but it also affects your physical and mental health. Living in Ohio, we have long winters sometimes so it is hard to get outside and brush off the dust.
 

Getting to your local coffee shop or winery can be refreshing. When the weather is nice and warm, taking walks, taking a jog, walking your dogs or taking your kids to the park can be just what you need to take the stress off your shoulders for just a little while. Making yourself aware of the fact that you need some time away, if only for an hour, is great. Take up a hobby that you can go to for that escape. Join a yoga class, join any kind of group that shares your interest.
 

Having a sitter lined up at least a week in advance is a good idea, that way, you more than likely won’t have to cancel your plans. Putting effort into time for yourself is so vital to the flow of your home life and even your work life. I can’t stress enough the importance of being happy and less stressed in your life. Get rid of the toxic friendships. Purge yourself of things that you know are not good for you, whatever that may be. I have lost many friends over the years because I chose to put myself and my family first. Don’t take on other peoples problems. While they may be your close friends, that will only cause more stress not only for you, but for your spouse as well. Life is hard enough with our own problems, let alone taking on someone else’s demons. I know that decision to break those bonds and friendships can be extremely hard, but once you are free of all that, you will realize how much more relaxed and happy you truly are.
 

Take time for your parents, your siblings, cause those are some of the most important people we can have in our lives. Put God first in all you do. Your relationship with God and Jesus is the stitching that sews it all together. Having a heart for Jesus and living your life for God will make so many pieces fall into place. Pray everyday. Read His word everyday. Praise Him for all the good things and even the storms in your life. We only have one chance at this crazy thing we call life… make the most of it.

Top 15 Shows For Mom and Dad to Binge!

Let’s face it, at some point, Peppa Pig just doesn’t cut it anymore. You need to watch something more grown-up for sanity’s sake–we know just where to start.

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Put the kids to bed and get binging! Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

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Some of you may know Anthony Bourdain from his other awesome shows (No Reservations, for example) and his presence in the media and on bookshelves–but if you don’t know him, Parts Unknown is a great place to start! Follow Anthony on his amazing trips around the world, where he takes you far past the dinner table and into the real culture–from Cuba to France, Borneo to Italy, Anthony does it all! You can watch him on Netflix right now, but be warned–he’s not a polished Food Network personality! He’s gritty, loud, and sometimes foul-mouthed!Arrested Development

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We LOVE this quirky sitcom following the Bluth family through their ups and downs–Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Will Arnett and Michael Cera truly shine in this Netflix original series! Michael Bluth (Bateman) tries desperately to hold his family together after his father George Sr. (Tambor) is arrested for embezzlement and unlawful property development in the most unlikely places! You’ll adore all four seasons, with an alleged fifth season coming down the pike!Daredevil


This reboot of one of the most beloved Marvel heroes has blown audiences away with the incredible cast, story and cinematography! We follow Matt Murdock (played by Charlie Cox) through his childhood traumas–losing his vision and later, his beloved father. Matt befriends Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) and the two launch their law firm–one of their first cases? Clearing Karen Page of the murder charges unfairly brought against her. But Matt and Foggy’s fortunes change when a new player bursts onto the scene–Wilson Fisk, or sometimes better known as Kingpin, was brought to life flawlessly and intensely by the one and only Vincent D’Onofrio, and he’s just that good, that he’ll have you rooting for him in the end!
While Daredevil is a violent, no-holds-barred ride through Hell’s Kitchen, we definitely say it’s a must-see!House Of Cards

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Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are brilliant in this Netflix original series–we watch Congressman Frank Underwood and his wife Claire connive and scheme their way into the White House! But the betrayal and revenge doesn’t stop there–Frank and Claire trudge through the deepest corners of the US government and through murder, deceit, abuse and manipulation, struggle to hold onto their throne. Will their house of cards come crashing down? Find out this May with the premiere of the long-awaited season 5!Parks and Recreation

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Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) is a vivacious, passionate deputy director of the parks and recreation department of Pawnee, Indiana–she dreams big, and when Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) brings to her attention a vacant lot, Leslie dreams of building a park! Audiences follow Leslie, Ann and a huge cast of loveable characters through their adventures in little old Pawnee! We adore Parks and Rec, and binge it every chance we get! Find it on Netflix now!Sherlock

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are old favorites among many fandoms–but together, in the BBC original show Sherlock, they are explosive! Sherlock is a genius modern-day adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s finest works–it’s brilliantly casted, beautifully filmed and will shake you to your core! Sherlock is back to go head-to-head with James Moriarty (Andrew Scott), genius criminal mastermind who seems to be ahead of Sherlock at every turn! If you love a good mystery, or just love Sherlock Holmes, this show is definitely for you!Stranger Things

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We are obsessed with Stranger Things! It’s like if The Goonies met Super Eight with a whole new, incredible twist! When Joyce Byers’ (Winona Ryder) youngest son Will disappears without a trace, she and her older son Jonathan are obviously grieved–but Will’s best friends, Mike, Dustin and Lucas are sure Will is alive. When Eleven, an odd little girl, shows up at Mike’s house, things get stranger still! Follow the cast through eerie nights, into the “upside down” and beyond as they desperately try to get Will back and solve the mysteries striking their tiny Indiana town. The Office

The American adaptation of this favorite British show was a hit right away–starring Steve Carell as the bumbling, eccentric and in no small way self-centered boss of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin! We watch as he leads his office into almost certain oblivion time after time–along with Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Ed Helms and many more, The Office is an old favorite that we love to binge time and time again!Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The Office’s favorite redhead Ellie Kemper stars as Kimmy Schmidt–a small town girl who was abducted as a teen by a deranged reverend, and forced to live for over a decade in an underground bunker. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt opens with Kimmy and her bunker-mates being rescued, and their story being told on a New York City talk show–but Kimmy isn’t ready to head back to Indiana! Kimmy decides to stay in New York, staying with aspiring actor Tituss, under a ridiculous landlady (Carol Kane), and working for a neurotic housewife (Jane Krakowski)–it’s nothing but adventure for Kimmy from here on out!30 Rock

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Liz Lemon (the beloved Tina Fey) is a frazzled writer for a variety show, starring her narcissist best friend (Jane Krakowski once again) and wild, irresponsible film star Tracy Jordan (played hilariously by Tracy Morgan)–with boss Jack Donaghy breathing down her neck (the amazing and incomparable Alec Baldwin) and a cast of slacking writers behind her, will Liz ever get control of her show? Or…her life for that matter?Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is a high-energy, deeply engaging story (originally a novel series by George R.R Martin) that will draw you in right away. Nine powerful families across Westeros are vying and scheming for the Iron Throne–from the Starks up north to the orphaned Targaryens, the rich and powerful Lannisters and the royal Baratheons, everyone is fighting for their piece of the pie–but only one family can come out on top. Watch it now on HBO!Silicon Valley

Richard has an awesome idea–an app that can search millions of song files to make sure that songwriters aren’t accidentally copying existing songs. But he has no idea what he actually has–a data compression algorithm that everyone in Silicon Valley wants to snap up–with millions of dollars on the line, Richard has a choice to make.
Wit ridiculous friends, cutthroat competitors, and a lot to prove, maybe moving to Silicon Valley wasn’t such a great idea.
Check it out now on HBO!The Young Pope

This intense new show, starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton, will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. It’s being heralded and called just as brilliant as House of Cards, but in a brand new setting–the Vatican itself. With lies and deception, backstabbing and manipulation, Pope Pius XIII, a 47 year old American pope, is changing everything–the world didn’t know what hit it, and Catholicism will never be the same.

Catch up on the first few episodes now on HBO.Veep

Veep is hilarious! The beloved Julia Louis-Dreyfus is back on TV as the VPOTUS, and we love it. She’s sassy and no-nonsense, and is an all-around monster to her staff–but when it comes to running the country, VP Selina Meyer isn’t going down without a fight. Between her bumbling bag-man, bi-curious daughter and a steamroller president, Selina is stuck between a rock and a hard place–that rock is the White House, and the hard place, the end of her political career!

Watch it all on HBO right now!Westworld

Westworld might be the most brilliantly written show we’ve ever seen! A re-creation of a show based on Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name, Westworld features an incredible cast and an engaging plotline that rivals some of the most famed thrillers out there. Follow James Marsden, Ed Harris and Anthony Hopkins through the playground that is Westworld–populated with highly intelligent and lifelike AI units, it’ll have you questioning what’s real and what’s not–but if you can’t tell, does it really matter?
Watch it today on HBO!