It's no secret that we LOVE instagram! I'm definitely guilty of hiding from my kids and escaping to the world of pretty pictures and funny quotes--tell me I'm not alone!  But really, instagram is my favorite form of social media. I...
Solo parenting is not for the faint of heart. The first time I was home alone with our three children - then aged two months, two, and five - for three days this winter, I panicked. I was consumed...
I don’t know how to write this post, but I know I can’t ignore the racial issues we are currently facing. I am a middle class, privileged, white mom, living in a predominantly white city. However, that doesn’t mean my...
Move over Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day, February 13, is what we're excited about this year!  It's a day dedicated to ladies celebrating ladies. This year, take time to tell your besties how much they mean to you, share some love...
Growing up, my father was an active duty Air Force pilot. My family moved every 2 to 3 years and it was a grand adventure. I loved to visit my dad at work and learn about the places we visited.  When...

Connections

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Life is all about connections. There were a lot of connections made to bring me to this blog. It started as a little girl when I connected with my best friend. Ten years later, I met my husband. After high...
Although Spanx are a glorious thing, and can make us women feel a bit more powerful, I am not talking about them. Today, I am reflecting on how instrumental healthy support systems have been throughout my life, and this year...
Before I was a mom, I read for fun quite often -- usually in my hammock with a glass of wine. Fast-forward to pregnancy, during which I read every birth and baby care book I could get my hands on. Then...
I got into the mommy business knowingly not knowing anything. So when we had two kids of our own, the surprises were beyond measure -- some heart-warming, some challenging, all unforgettable. But what still catches me off-guard repeatedly, even...
It’s that time again. It’s September. I used to get excited for fall weather, cozy sweaters, and a long weekend with family. Now the month means something completely different to me and to so many mothers.  September means it’s Pediatric...

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How to Celebrate Juneteenth

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Do you and your family know what Juneteenth is? Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition...
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