Wild Goose Creative’s December Gallery – Introspection by Todd Jones

Wild Goose Creative’s December Gallery – Introspection by Todd Jones

In preparation for Wild Goose Creative’s December Gallery Show—Introspection, we sat down with the artist Todd Jones to discuss the show. Todd Jones is an experimental artist working with painting, drawing, and sculpture. He is using a combination of traditional and modern techniques to explore the application of paint. Todd takes an experimental approach to new materials, manipulating them in unique ways to gain a better understanding of their limitations. What inspired the show title? My psychology background inspired the name of the show. I am interested in the internal workings of the...
5 Things To Do Before You Move Into Your New Home

5 Things To Do Before You Move Into Your New Home

When moving a couple months ago, we were in a rush. Our lease was month to month, so it was either pay for another month or get out by the end of July and our apartment managers decided to be real P.I.T.A's and refused to give us a few extra days and were still trying to get us to pay August's rent which I refused since they refused to repair, clean, and actually manage the apartments properly. But that's a whole other blog post. We opted to move out by the end of July, which left us with 2 weeks to pack, clean both places, and move before July 31st.  Needless to say, it was chaotic! I had...
Living Room Design Ideas to Make Your Space Look Luxe

Living Room Design Ideas to Make Your Space Look Luxe

The living room is a very special place in a modern household. You could actually call it the focal point of your home, as it serves many a purpose from being a cozy snuggle area for those long Sunday afternoons to being the party central for your family and friends. Yes, the living room is one of the busiest and most versatile rooms in the entire home, which is why decorating it for maximum aesthetic appeal should be your number one priority. Creating an upscale look in your living room needn’t be an expensive project, believe it or not, as there are plenty of affordable ideas you can throw...
10 Things To Prep Your Home for a Holiday Get-Together

10 Things To Prep Your Home for a Holiday Get-Together

Growing up, we always had holiday parties. My parents always made a point to welcome everyone over for holiday parties, birthdays, etc. My mom took a whole week prior to the event doing an extreme deep clean of the house. Washing walls, cabinets, baseboards & moldings, etc. Oh, and her decorating was ALWAYS on point. She was an interior decorator, so every room (whether we wanted it or not) was decorated. She had good taste, nothing was ever gaudy or over-decorated, so, for the most part, my dad, brother and I just rolled with it. You will find that it always seems like no matter how much...
Eat Healthy With A Magic Chef Air Fryer Without Losing Flavor

Eat Healthy With A Magic Chef Air Fryer Without Losing Flavor

Over the past several years, my husband and I have gained quite a bit of weight. From the time we got married until about a year ago, I had gained close to 70lbs. Between having a miscarriage, losing my mom to cancer, and my depression, I just “didn't care”. About this time of year in 2017, I stepped on the scale and it read a number I had NEVER seen before. I had officially hit 300 lbs. I cried. Literally, balled up on the floor in the bathroom, still wrapped in my towel after my shower and cried so hard. No one was home with me, but I think I was crying for a good hour. After...
Helpful Tips for Dealing With Anger and Stress in Children

Helpful Tips for Dealing With Anger and Stress in Children

I’ve talked in the past about how we have two children with mental health issues. My oldest has ADHD and our youngest has ODD. With those, we constantly have a lot of anger and stress in the home. We deal with it the best that we can, though it’s not always easy. For a while, I thought that I was the cause of my ids ADHD & ODD. After lots of therapy and talking with those who have studied ADHD & ODD for years, I know it’s nothing I’ve done in my parenting. Anger and stress in children aren’t easy to work with, however, it’s not impossible either! However, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t having problems with stress more or less than any other child.

How Writing Helps You Heal by Linda K. Schmitmeyer

How Writing Helps You Heal by Linda K. Schmitmeyer

Mental illnesses are difficult to diagnose because there aren’t any reliable biological markers—like blood tests, scans, or x-rays—to verify that something is medically wrong. But the symptoms are real, like mood swings, impulsivity, increased irritability, and irrational thoughts. Because mental illnesses affect people’s thinking and behavior, a diagnosis wreaks havoc on interpersonal relationships. When Steve first got sick, well-established family routines changed, and we lived for years in a fog of uncertainty as doctors worked to find a combination of medications to stabilize his mind.

8 Ways to Make Talking to Your Kids About Sex Just a Tad Easier

8 Ways to Make Talking to Your Kids About Sex Just a Tad Easier

If you are like most parents I talk to, you are crazy nervous about talking to your kids about sex. Whether they are 5 or 15, talking to your kids about sex doesn’t have to be this big, overwhelming ordeal. In fact, having many conversations in bite-sized chunks will have the most lasting impact over time. These strategies are effective regardless of the child’s age. Here are a few guidelines you can follow to make while talking to your kids about sex a little easier to handle: Stay Calm and Carry On. Pay attention to your body language and tone when responding to questions your child asks....
3 Favorite Locations Around Pittsburgh I Love to Visit

3 Favorite Locations Around Pittsburgh I Love to Visit

When I was growing up, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was talked about a lot by my family. My grandparents moved to my hometown from the Pittsburgh area shortly after they were married when my grandfather started working for the steel mill in my hometown. I still have several cousins who still live out that way. I haven't visited as much as I would have liked to, but the times I did, I had a blast. Pittsburgh has a reputation as a blue-collar sports town. While it is true that it’s often ranked as one of the best sports’ cities in the nation, you’ll find a lot more to do here than cheer on the...
The 6 Best Places to Find Vendors for your Special Event

The 6 Best Places to Find Vendors for your Special Event

My husband and I are coming up on our 5 year anniversary and I've talked to a few friends who are currently planning their wedding or helping their kids with planning their wedding. I always know that when it comes to the need to find vendors for your wedding, it can be daunting and a pain in the butt! My biggest piece of advice is always: “Don't sweat the small stuff! Everything will work out, but the more you iron out the details and expectations immediately, the easier the wedding will be on the day of!” We were lucky that we knew a lot of event planning professionals. A...

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