Good Sleep and Moms As a mom, getting quality sleep is one of those long lost memories.  I underestimated the cost sleep deprivation would have on my body.  All the advice I received to "sleep while the baby sleeps" and...
(Trigger Warning - This article discusses rape and sexual assault.) I woke up and was sickened by what I read. I haven’t been able to shake this feeling of disbelief and sadness. The Headline The headline read “Woman on Train Raped As...

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Some days, I just want to hide.  I want to stay in bed wrapped in a blanket like a human sized burrito and escape all of my troubles.  Without fail, one of my three children will enter my bedroom...
It is a well-known fact that exercise and activity improve quality of life and longevity.  After years of working on this particular habit personally and helping others do the same, I've learned that knowing doesn't equal doing.  We KNOW...
Look, I know this is the age of self-care. I know this is the era of, “stop overextending yourself” and “it’s okay to just say no”! I know we are trying to learn to “put on our oxygen masks...
In 2007, we welcomed our second son into the world.  We were excited to bring our baby boy home to meet his brother and start living as a family of four.  But soon after getting settled at home, my...
We live in a world that is all about maximizing things!  We run on the idea that we need to multi-task and schedule every moment to maximize our day. The idea that if we maximize your time, you will...
After Mother’s Day, I had tried to give up social media for 6 months. But alas, I only lasted a month and a half. So why did I fall short of my goal? What prompted me to return?  The short...
"Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind." -- Virginia Woolf As mothers, we are often seen as synonymous with home. We...
Do you find it difficult not to snack after dinner? Does that quart of ice cream call your name right as you’re about to wind down and turn on your favorite show?   Been there, sister.  Been there.   More Than an Occasional Nibble I’m...

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Gluten Free! It has been a hot topic over the last couple of years.  Rather you are newly diagnosed Celiac or love someone who needs...
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