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Our ADHD Story

October is ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) awareness month. While individuals who are diagnosed with ADHD have it for their entire life, the characteristics and traits of ADHD can change over time. As an...

Living with Loss: Infant Loss Awareness

The words ring in my ears “your baby has no heartbeat.” My mind raced as I shook with tears. What went wrong? Why was this happening? The technician got up to leave and I...
mommy burnout

Mommy Burnout

Mommy Burnout. It’s a term casually tossed around at playdates. Every other meme on Instagram alludes to it. We even joke about it in passing - because sometimes as moms, we laugh to keep...
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Navigating Postpartum Depression

My battle with mental health issues began before I got pregnant for the first time. I have been treated for depression and anxiety in the past. I went into each of my postpartum periods...
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Being a Mom Is Hard: 5 Quick Breath Prayers

Spoiler alert: Moms are tired. Parenthood can be exhausting in normal times—let alone the past year and a half. We’re spinning a thousand plates and our arms are tired. We’re scheduling dentist appointments and...

My Son’s Struggles with Dyslexia, A Mother’s Journey

I remember taking my bright son, who loved to build with all things Legos, to preschool.  Every day, when we got to school, he would have to find a little hand with his name...
it's hard

It’s all hard, Mama

Someone close to me had her first baby a few weeks after I had my third (under 3). It occurred to me that at one point in my mama journey I would have thought:...
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5 Reasons I Love Camping with Kids

Some of my favorite childhood memories take place in a campground. If asked what I loved most about it as a kid, I’d excitedly exclaim, ALL OF IT! If you don't think you can...

My Daughter Nonfatally Drowned Surrounded by Adults

On Sunday June 11, we went to our neighborhood pool with several of our neighbors and their kids. The adults stood at the edge of the shallow end and talked while the kids played. After...
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The Art of Family Portraits with Lav & Lime Studio

“I believe everyone is a beautiful individual full of life-defining stories, even our littlest clients.” Hi friends, my name is Anj Olson. I’m the photographer at Lav & Lime Studio; a fine art studio specializing...