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Two of the most important jobs I have as a mother are to help keep my family healthy and safe both physically and mentally. I try to stay updated on the latest brain research to support my tantruming toddler...
Fall is coming to an end soon and winter is on the way. It's a time of year in which some people may experience SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) also known as seasonal depression. Although SAD can occur in any...
I’m writing this while I recover from my third breast cancer related surgery in 13 months. I am 44 years old and I’m now an amputee. This is being written during a month that shows us lots of pink ribbons...
We are living in a time of high stress which can wreak havoc on all things: mental, emotional, physical, social, and emotional health. Resilience is the ability to recover from difficulties and hardships. Though it is tough, it is...
To you, the photo below may look like an ordinary mother/daughter picture, but to me it represents the day my mother told me she had breast cancer. I will never forget this day and the earth-shattering news—all I could...
Self care is something most moms know they need but struggle to do consistently. With the pandemic throwing new challenges our way on every front and a new school year starting, it seemed like a good time to sit...
While times are still uncertain and schools are planning for the uncertainties this fall, when August rolls around it is always time for back to school shopping. This year back to school shopping may look a little different. There...
The night they announced schools were shutting down until further notice and restaurants would be drive-through only, stores were quickly selling out of toilet paper and people were acting full-on crazy, I laid down in bed and a heaviness...
In all honesty, the postpartum period is messy. It can feel hard to navigate or even impossible at times, even with an amazing support system, and now you find yourself facing it in the middle of a global pandemic....
It's Mother's Day this weekend and I don’t feel deserving of my child’s scribbled sentiment that reads “Best Mom in the World.” Because even though I am their mother, I know that I have struggled with being a good one....

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A 2020 Holiday Bucket List

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Whether your decorations have been up since November 1st or you waited until after Thanksgiving, you can’t deny that we all are in need...