Mother's Miscarriage

A Mother’s World After Miscarriage: A Guide For Understanding and Responding To A Grieving Mother

It’s the word no mother ever wants to hear. It’s the experience no mother ever wants to live through or would wish on anyone. It’s the subject matter most people shy away from out of awkwardness and uncertainty. Miscarriage. Empty arms. In other words, total devastation and heartbreak for the mothers and couples that find themselves weaving through the earthquake-like cracks that unexpectedly show up in their lives. They have to sort through a myriad Continue Reading…

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Raising Children To Be Problem Solvers

I was walking out of the community college that I teach part-time the other day and overheard a one-sided phone conversation that left me shaking my head in disbelief. A male student of about 18-19 years of age was walking out of the building behind me and had just called someone. As he was walking behind me, I heard his side of the exchange: “Mom, I’m so dumb. I left my notebook at home.” The Continue Reading…

Mommy Tribe

Making It Through Motherhood with Your Mommy Tribe

A great friend of mine shared this graphic on Facebook and, if I had been drinking a glass of Shalom, I would’ve choked and sputtered: Can I get an “Amen”??!! Seriously. If you have children, you have most likely found yourself “there”. It’s that place where you mentally are telling yourself that this is soooo good for growing your child’s social interaction skills while glancing at your phone for the time every 2 minutes. It’s Continue Reading…

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Organizing Your Kids Clothes: Say Goodbye To Dressers!

It’s been the never-ending task of attempting to minimize my kids’ clothes and decreasing the amount of laundry I have to do. With an active 5.5 year old, a 2.5 year old, and an 11 month old who I have to change outfits 2-3 times a day, clothes have become my nemesis. I decided that I’d had enough. I was going to minimize my children’s clothes collection if it was the last thing I did! Continue Reading…

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5 Ways To Survive the Post-Pregnancy Blur

You have survived pregnancy – all 10 months of it because let’s face it, 40 weeks equals 10 months! Ok, so technically 2 weeks don’t count but who’s judging, right?! You survived labor and birth, which during it you probably swore to yourself mentally that you would never do this again…EVER! (you promptly forget this mental vow and most likely will find yourself in this same experience down the road.. if you’re like me, I’ll Continue Reading…

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A Journey of Years and A Day to Remember Always

(Warning: Child loss/miscarriage trigger) Every year on this day, I hold in my heart a memory that will never go away and tears that somehow will never be dried. When a mother loses her child, no matter at what time, it changes her for the rest of her life. You eventually find a new normal but have a different outlook. For each mother, the impact will be different but we are all affected in ways Continue Reading…

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The Battle to Keep Our Children Toxin-Free

Eliminating toxins from your life is an immense undertaking. When I started to dive into what exactly was toxic in our lifestyle, I was blown away by how much we were being impacted. Food, body products (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotions, shaving creams, moisturizers, cosmetics, etc.), toothpaste, cleaning supplies, clothing, and even the plastic containers we were storing our food in contained chemicals that were shown to be toxic to our health. Formaldehyde, talc, titanium dioxide, Continue Reading…

Inner Beauty

On the Inside Looking In

Our family has three kids under the age of 5 and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with #4. Our kids are ages 5, 2, and 11 months. So we get quite the looks when we are out in public. And yes, I have received the oh-so-well-intended question, “You do know how that happens, don’t you?” as eyes travel down to my expanding belly. It takes all I have not to roll my eyes…I have, Continue Reading…

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Baby Bottles: Ditch the Plastic and Go Glass!

(This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive some compensation. It will not charge you anything extra, however. All opinions are my own from actual use of products. For more information, please visit my disclosure policy.) When I started to look into decreasing the toxic products in my house, one of the first things we did in the kitchen was to get rid Continue Reading…

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On the Fence? 5 Reasons to Cloth Diaper Your Baby

  I will be completely honest. I didn’t initially start cloth diapering for the environment or for financial reasons. To be perfectly upfront, several of my friends were cloth diapering their new babies and I thought, Well that sounds like a new and exciting adventure! Maybe even the “thing to do”! Little did I know it was the first step of my ongoing journey that would help define not only myself as a mother, but Continue Reading…