Temper tantrum brewing in your house? Try this breathing exercise to keep calm and carry on! Oh and it's for the kids, too! Try it for anger or anxiety! www.theshortesttallman.com

The 4-7-8 Breath For An 8-year-old


Hi, Shorties! Kids are unique. Everyone’s kids have their own personalities, and I’ve often had the conversation with parents about how fascinating it is how kids can have such unique personalities, even when raised by the same parents in the same house. One thing we all live with is emotions. And tantrums. Gah. Are you shaking your head like me?…

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I'm going to start asking this question before playdates... www.theshortesttallman.com

The Question I am Going to Ask Before Playdates


Hi, Shorties! Gosh, what a week around here. In the wake of the school shooting in Florida, we’ve had multiple incidents in multiple area schools that have resulted in lockouts and lockdowns. Little Tallman and Littler Tallman’s school was on lockout one afternoon, the same day as the Utica College scare, and I felt uneasy the whole time, despite my…

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When it snows, I get a little reflective :) www.theshortesttallman.com

When It Snows


I get pretty jazzed up when we get a major weather event. Our major weather events aren’t usually very major comparatively; in Upstate New York, our major events rarely involve something catastrophic like a hurricane or a tornado. We rarely get earthquakes, and when we do they aren’t really noticeable, not that that’s weather. I am a bit of a…

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Heading into school break like :-D Give yourself permission to choose FUN next week and have the best week of vacation with your kids! www.theshortesttallman.com

The day before break!


So funny how different school breaks feel like now that I’m not teaching anymore. Now it’s like, get all my ducks in a row before break; before, it was, get my ducks in a row during break! It’s really not all that much easier these days. The thing that makes it easier is that I’m happier now, I feel like I’m…

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A short update on life, and a quote from Brene Brown! www.theshortesttallman.com

Life Update


Hey Ya! Been super consumed with life right now, to the point where pumping out sweet content for my blog has taken a bit of a backseat right now. Tallest Tallman was away for two weekends for work, which wasn’t killing my groove too much, but then he came back from Minneapolis last weekend (yeah, yup, #SBLII !!!), and a…

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West Meets East! How practicing Kundalini Yoga has enhanced my Faith! www.theshortesttallman.com

West Meets East


Now this is a story all about how my faith got flipped, turned upside down: How My Kundalini Yoga And Meditation Practice Has Only Illuminated My Catholic Faith Catholicism isn’t exactly known for being new age-y. I’m thinking more like traditional, routine, disciplined- that’s more like it. Not to say that I have found my Catholic faith to be boring,…

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Sifting Through The Sand


This weekend was a whirlwind of poop. [Well, let’s hope Little Tallman doesn’t start a blog anytime soon because it doesn’t sound too promising.] Let’s start again. This weekend was a whirlwind of all of my Core Desired Feelings, a la The Desire Map! Remember when I posted about that? Well, good stuffity stuff happened: I worked on my email…

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Granny's Pancakes! www.theshortesttallman.com

Granny’s Pancakes


Hi y’all! I’m comin’ at ya with my Southern Drawl because I am about to serve you up some delicious goodness: the easiest recipe for Crepes eva. It comes to you from Tallest Tallman’s granny, and it is perfect. What I love about it is that it’s both easy and delicious. Granny hailed from a rural part of West Virginia-…

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A Worry I Have (January 17)


I’m going to let you in on something that concerns me, quite a bit. I don’t know what to do about it, in a community-wide sense, and I don’t know what the repercussions are, if any, but I believe it has to have some kind of effect. This concern of mine is constant stimulation via modern media sources. When I…

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