It came upon me in two significant moments, the understanding that I had survived, and then, the realization that I was alive. It was like resuscitation: jolting, beating, breathing, feeling. I had not actually died, but my heart and brain felt comatose for months. … More Depression Confessions: When Hurting Moms Consider Suicide
This blog is one year old. This year saved my life; now it’s time to make a change. … More Blogging Saved My Life + Big Changes for 2017
It happens to me every year. Christmas arrives tied up neatly with ribbon and wonder, yet when the paper is crumpled and cast away, and the time arrives to take down the tree, I find myself counting down the days to the new year with the slightest sense of sorrow. Perhaps it is the cultural … More Why I’m Ditching Resolutions and Setting Intentions for the New Year Instead
Of course, there is little we can do to slow down the passage of time. At best, we can commit to navigating gracefully, as we try to be present in the beautiful moments, grateful through the mundane, and patient through the trials. Because the truth is, time never really felt tangible until we had our children, did it? But when each year brings tremendous growth that we can pencil in like marking height against the wall, it is nearly impossible to ignore how fleeting time can be. … More Beyond Babies: What Comes Next?
It seems that the holiday season serves as my reminder to slow down and soak in my children’s sweet little smiles as their eyes fill with wonderment, and there is nothing I adore more than capturing those moments with photography. Grandparents and extended family always receive keepsake photo gifts for the holidays; gifting them has come to be tradition because of how deeply the gifts are treasured. … More Saving on Sweet Keepsake Gifts with Groupon Coupons
Much like motherhood can become overwhelming without proper resources and support, childhood can be overwhelming when kids’ imaginations aren’t properly nourished. This is why I am delighted to have discovered The Baby Cubby! Not just another children’s retailer, The Baby Cubby is working to build a community for parents while celebrating the wonder and whimsy of childhood with quality goods. … More Celebrate the Wonder + Whimsy of Childhood with The Baby Cubby
Tell me I’m not the only one feeling off this year with unwritten cards and several gifts left to purchase! Thankfully, IncrediBundles.com is helping to simplify my holiday shopping. Could you use some holiday help, too? Stick around, because I’m excited to share an IncrediBundles giveaway with you! … More Simplify Holiday Shopping with IncrediBundles + A Giveaway!
Promoting early literacy need not be another chore on the busy parents’ to-do list. In my opinion, all we truly need to raise our children to be readers is an open lap, a bit of time and patience, and quality literature. … More Raising Readers: 5 Ways to Nurture A Love for Literature + A Bookroo Review
And this woman, this mother who seemed to know my pain though I had not spoken of it, stood and held me as though she was embracing a younger version of herself. She let me get it all out, and when I could catch the air again, smiled her pleasant smile, assured me that I was doing my best, and patted my baby goodbye. It was one of the strangest moments of my life, and yet nothing had ever felt more serendipitous. I never saw her again, but I truly believe she crossed my path that day to deliver a message I desperately needed to hear. … More It Does Not Get Easier, But You Do Get Better
Because, the truth is, I don’t care if Little L grows up wanting to dig in the dirt while playing with our dinosaur collection. I won’t mind if she wants to wear the frilliest princess dress while reading story books before bedtime. I just want to be sure to instill in her that these things are not mutually exclusive. … More 10 Tips to Raise a Confident Daughter with Princess Awesome