How Do You Define Success?…

“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

My bestie from high school sent me a card a long time ago that had the poem SUCCESS by Ralph Waldo Emerson on it. I loved it so much that I put it in a frame and placed it in my bathroom for years. It read:

Although it seems simple and ordinary in concept, it’s deeply extraordinary to me. To show up everyday and try our best. To be kind. Help others. Listen. Care. It’s simple in nature, but deeply meaningful. In 2019, I want to truly define my success by these things. To pay attention and hopefully know that even one life has breathed easier because I have lived. This is to have succeeded.

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Home Edits: New Year Organizational Hacks

The New Year is the perfect time to clean out, sort and organize family clutter! We’ve got the trending Organization Hacks that will help your family edit the mess in 2020 in 3 Easy Steps!

  1. Pantry: Clean & Sort- things creep into your pantry and refrigerator from the holidays and can take on a life of their own. Start 2020 with a deep clean of both zones. Approach it like cleaning a closet. Do you need it or even like it? If the answer is no, clean it out and donate it to a local food pantry!
  2. Kids Closets & Toys: Organize & Visible- affordable containers, organizers and sorters are easy to find at your local Walmart, Target and online. Consider using a few to help keep your items and toys visible and well as organized!
  3. No More Mess: Maintain & Declare- don’t buy more until what you have has been sorted, used or consumed. Don’t overstock areas including refrigerator, pantry and closets with unnecessary items that you don’t have plans to use or consume in the next 30 days. Keep it a clutter free space by having what you need, use and enjoy for the next few weeks at a time.

The Ultimate College Care Package

Tips for Creating the Ultimate College Care Packages and ways to help your college kiddo get adjusted & parents too!

Having a child go off to college is a huge adjustment for both them and you as their parent! No matter how close or far they go sending a care package a week or two after they get settled in their dorm is the perfect way to remind them of home! Let’s face it, It’s also good therapy for mom and dad!

Make A Plan-plan ahead for mailing care packages based on holidays and college schedule. If your kiddo is at college over Labor Day weekend this will be the perfect time to get a care package there! Mark your calendar and send the next one by Halloween, Thanksgiving, and a finals survival care package in December!

Favorite Things-next time you’re at the grocery store grab their favorite snacks to include in the care package! Also, by now they have figured out what they might be needing and don’t have for college. Grab an extra one or two of the specific things and Include them in the care package!

Make it personal– including gift cards is always a good idea and something they will most definitely use at college! Include a picture of the family dog or pet and an upbeat note from you and or siblings!

Looking for a Great Summer Read? Hosting a Book Swap is the perfect way to kick-off summer with friends!

How To Host A Summer Book Swap Party featured on WXIN FOX 59 Indianapolis.

How To Host A Book Swap:

Make it a Party: Invite your friends! There is no right or wrong number. It’s always fun to invite a few people and have them bring a friend with them.
Bring A Book You Love: Choose a Book you enjoyed and are willing to part with at the party.
Wrapping Station & Special Note:Set out pre-cut wrapping paper, scissors and tape when people arrive they can wrap their book. Also, have not Cards and pens set out and have each guest write why they chose the book and why they enjoyed reading it. Tape the notecard to the wrapped book.
Display:Display the wrapped books on a table and allow the guests to read the handwritten notes placed on the front of each of them. DO NOT INCLUDE the BOOK TITLE on the notecards! 
Now Introducing:Gather your guests have Gabe them sit in a large circle. Have everyone introduce themselves and share why they love books and JUST the title of the book they brought (nothing about the book or note written).
Ready, Set SWAP:Everyone choose a Book. You can swap your book ONE TIME!Everyone take turns unwrapping their book. Share why you chose the book and who brought the book to the party!
Food, Drinks & Trivia: Optional, book trivia is a fun addition to the party over appetizers and drinks!



Looove this easy cocktail recipe and it is perfect for a summer gathering with girlfriends! Use your favorite champagne or Prosecco and fill glass halfway. Add fresh grapefruit juice to fill the flute. Garnish with a sprig of thyme. That’s it! Cheers!


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Spring is finally here and we’ve got the Ultimate Guide for Hosting A Spring Inspired Brunch! Mommy Magic will have the Do’s & Dont’s for Hosting an easy, affordable and stunning Easter Brunch Inspired by Family, Springtime & Gratitude!


Do you fresh flowers- Fresh greenery or tulips are a YES!

Do incorporate family photos and include everybody!

Do emphasize gratitude and the importance of Spring Renewal & Easter!


Don’t allow phones at the table by adults or kids!

Don’t use fake flowers as a centerpiece!

Don’t do it all yourself… Pitch in is perfect!