Sharing recipes, crafts and frugal living, the challenges and triumphs of parenting a neurotypical child and a child on the Autism Spectrum. Yoga Instructor said goodbye to her nightly glass of Chardonnay to give up habits that were not serving her purpose in life! The CocktailMom name remains, however with a new focus on healthy and authentic living.


1 year After Breast Surgery

Today marks the one-year anniversary of my breast surgery. A friend sent me an email this morning and said, “So it’s been a year- what have you learned?”

A lot.

My biggest lesson throughout this year has been to let things go. Committees and organizations that cause me stress, I let them go. The meetings that cause my shoulders to creep up to my earlobes, an anxiety attack as I walk into the room…. those “should-have” duties I have let go in my life.  If it doesn’t bring me joy or fill my well spiritually I’ve gotten rid of it.

Also negative people, having a rare type of breast tumor has given me a huge wakeup call in the company I keep. I want my days to be surrounded with people who give compliments, are compassionate, smile and are following their bliss instead of people who are living in a world of negativity and self-doubt.

I have learned the truth to the old saying “life is too short.”

I remain positive because that is all I have…my chances of having another breast tumor are high. I must have mammograms every 6 months for the rest of my life and I’m only 37 years old. I’m looking at my life and how I am living it, differently post surgery. 

You don’t need breast cancer to have your own wake up call. Take an assessment of your own life.
Are your days filled with people who lift you up and make you feel good? 
Are you following your dreams and committing your life to a higher purpose? 
Do you smile more than frown?

Take a moment today and think of your life and how you are living it. Let go of negative things in your life because it's true.... "Life is too Short!"



"The body itself is to reveal the light that's blazing inside your Presence." 
Open the door to your true self- let the world see you!


Gift for a Teenager

Gifts for teenagers don't have to overpriced purchases from Hollister and Abercrombie. Take note of their bedroom decor and make a personalized gift that will enhance their sacred space.

This is the throw pillow that I made for my teenaged niece. Her bedroom colors are black, red and white and I knew she'd love this printed fabric. It's sophisticated and not too girly. I cut the fabric in triangles and then sewed them together to make squares and then pieced it together in a pleasing pattern.


Muddy Buddy- Great gift!

Many of you might be trying to come up with a quick and easy gift for your children's teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week. This recipe is so simple and delicious! We made it as a holiday gift for our two boy's teachers and because it's non-holiday specific it's fantastic to make any time of year.

You can find the recipe here.

Make a batch and package in small plastic bags with a note of thanks!


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