Meet Laura and Mindy


Meet Laura, Mindy’s mom.

My mom is an extremely caring, patient, beautiful, loving woman. She has not had it easy with struggles and loss along the way, yet has shown strength and commitment to her family through it all. She enjoys gardening with my dad, cooking delicious meals and freezing enough to last for years ;) and has a great talent for re-purposing and remaking items from old material, i.e. pillows, purses, and jewelry. She is a wonderful teacher to us, her children, and her students of all ages; amazing at shopping sales and very generous with sharing her findings, which works out well for me!

What I admire most about her is…

I admire her strength and unwavering love through many difficult family times and with the constant stress surrounding my dad’s health. She handles it with incredible will, even if that comes with rarely showing its effects. I admire her thoughtfulness to others and ability to host wonderful gatherings for family and friends.

My favorite thing to do with her is…

Shop and eat :)

Ways we are most similar…

We are similar in our sensitivity to dealing with negative events and behaviors from others. We have a tendency to take things personally and take offense. We’ll dwell and both need our husbands’ matter-of-fact personalities to help us realize it’s not worth it and to try and move on.

Ways we are most different…

Although we are sensitive in similar ways, I tend to be more vocal in dealing with said events. I try to speak my mind and feel I need to be heard to move past something whereas I think my mom would rather keep the peace. I think I’m also more adventurous when it comes to risk taking. YOLO ;)

I think our mother-daughter relationship is so special because…

Our relationship is special because we are honest with one another and value our individual qualities. We also love sharing clothes! It’s special and awesome to be the same size! It’s special because my mom had already lost her mom when she was my age (younger in fact), so many things are firsts for us both and that much more appreciated.

Meet Mindy, Laura’s daughter.

My daughter Mindy is extraordinary… she is beautiful: inside and out. She is thoughtful, caring, funny, sweet and creative. She is an exceptionally talented dancer.

What I admire most about her is…

I admire Mindy’s quick wit, tenacity and determination.

My favorite thing to do with her is…

I love to laugh with Mindy.

Ways we are most similar…

We are both organized and detail oriented and share the love and talent of dance.

Ways we are most different…

Mindy is more assertive than I am.

I think our mother-daughter relationship is so special because…

I was 23 when my mother passed away so I cherish having the privilege of having a daughter. We respect each other’s views and are open and honest with one another. We support each other emotionally and proudly say we truly like each other.



Parallel Spiritual Paths

Freedom woman on sunset sky

While we don’t advocate any particular religion or practice, we have experienced firsthand how spirituality can bring meaning to our lives. This week we talk about how we’ve independently tapped into our spiritual tendencies and have influenced each other along the way. Ellen… “Spiritual journey” - it's a cliché, but I don't know a better way to describe my quest over the past two years. … [Continue reading...]

Body Language and Mixed Signals


Combine the topic of body language with mothers and daughters and it conjures up all sorts of visions filled with emotion: the sulking teenager, the finger-pointing mother, the full-of-love bear hug. This week we discuss how we interpret each other's body language and how it impacts our relationship. Ellen… Last week when Jenna and I skyped, I could tell from her expression and her voice … [Continue reading...]

Little Things


No deep thoughts, ruminations or philosophies here.  This week we’re talking little things – little whimsical things about each other that we love, that annoy us, that delight us.  Enjoy! Ellen… 1.  When I see little ringlets escape from Jenna’s hair piled high on her head, it reminds me of her blond curls when she was a child. 2.  I describe Jenna’s feet as “meaty.”  For a slender woman, … [Continue reading...]

Meet Chris and Liz

Chris and Liz

Meet Chris, Liz's mom. My mom is the BEST! Not only did she raise 4 awesome kids (4th one being the best, cough cough), but now plays a huge role in raising 4 awesome granddaughters. She takes care of our entire family, her parents, AND her siblings. My mom is the most reliable, loving, caring woman I know. And to top it off she is in incredible shape, looks way younger than her age, and dresses … [Continue reading...]

What Makes YOU Proud?


From a baby’s first step, moms cheer their girls on at every stage and bask in their accomplishments.  And if they’re lucky, daughters return that pride by viewing their mothers as role models.  Here we ruminate about the topic of pride: Ellen… Parents often say to their children, “I’m so proud of you” after they’ve achieved something notable like making Honor Roll in school or hitting a … [Continue reading...]

Bonding Through Yoga

You may or may not be interested in yoga - and that’s perfectly fine! We still think this topic is universally relatable because the evolution of our practices tell a great deal about our personal development as individuals and about our mother-daughter relationship. Here are our stories: Ellen… I’m not quite sure how it happened, but Jenna and I became interested in yoga around the same … [Continue reading...]

Time Together: How Much is TOO Much?

Ellen… Jenna came home from her three-month journey at the end of June and words cannot describe my delight at seeing her walk through the door.  While she was weary from travel, her tanned face was radiant and loving and her hug was strong.  It was a wonderful reunion and the wonder lasted another two weeks:  How often does a mom of a 26 year-old have the opportunity to be with her daughter … [Continue reading...]

Meet Linda and Jocelyn

Jocelyn and Linda

Meet Linda, Jocelyn's mom. My mother is an eternal optimist. She is always bright, always welcoming, and always wears a smile and her heart on her sleeve. She is honest and kind, and she goes out of her way to let you know that she loves you and cares. What I admire most about her is… Her unending wonder for the world and love of people and spending quality time with the ones she … [Continue reading...]

Mother-Daughter Memories from Bali


Jenna... While this post is LONG overdue, I still believe it is so important for me to write. As many of you know, I spent a month in Bali to get my yoga teacher certification. It was a deeply personal experience and I left with not only a new sense of self, but also 40 new amazing friends from all over the world who taught me more about life than I could have ever imagined. Our … [Continue reading...]