Author Archive | Mackenzie Oakley

Cry Me a River : The Period of PURPLE Crying

As second-time parents, I thought we had the whole “fourth trimester” thing figured out. You know, the first 12 weeks of a baby’s life where they’re adjusting to life outside the womb and the period of time where you, in your sleep deprived state, are just going through the motions to keep this brand new […]

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Bye-Bye Binky: Giving up the Pacifier

Ah, the dreaded pacifier. The nook. The binky. Or, if you’re at our house, just plain ‘ol bink. For some kids, it’s their lifeline. They can’t leave home without it. They can’t sleep without it. They can’t “be” without this thing plugged into their mouths at all times. It’s great at first. We as parents use […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Mom Style

Guilty pleasures. We all have them, right? Things you do when no one’s watching or habits that might be a little embarrassing to admit so you don’t like to talk about them? I know I do. But, I have no shame. So I’m here today to divulge my deepest, darkest guilty pleasures for everyone on […]

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Cooking with Mangos

Special thanks to our friends at the National Mango Board for sponsoring this learning opportunity!  Confession: I am not a foodie. I mean, I like food but developing recipes and throwing together elaborate meals with exotic ingredients is not my forte. I once gave up at the grocery store because I didn’t know where I […]

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Kicking the Crib to the Curb

I was never in a rush to move my 2-year old daughter out of her crib. In fact, I was almost sad when I realized the time was getting close for her to move into the so-called “big girl” bed. The impending birth of baby number 2 forced us to start making the change. It […]

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Things Are About to Get P-interesting

Pinterest. Pretty much the greatest thing ever. I mean, a virtual pin-board where you can save anything and everything from the internet and organize it all onto an unlimited number of categorized boards? Genius. I have to admit, I wasn’t really into Pinterest when it was first made available by the Internet gods. You had to be “invited” […]

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To Work or Not to Work…

Every mother has asked herself this question at one time or another. Being a mom is tough, whether you work full time outside the home or stay home with the kids, raising kids and doing a good enough job that they become decent human beings is no easy task. Some moms choose to work, others cut […]

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When Parents Get Dementia

No one wants to become a caregiver for an ailing parent. No one wants to see their loved one become someone unrecognizable seemingly overnight. And I assure you, no one wants to be in the middle of planning their wedding and get a phone call from police in Oklahoma stating they found your father driving aimlessly […]

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Home is Wherever I’m With You

As a college freshman, I decided to major in interior decorating. I loved designing random floor plans and decorating my dream home. I’d spend hours moving walls around in my head, picking out color schemes and placing furniture – hoping that one day, I’d make a living designing and creating living spaces. Shortly after my […]

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New You Health Studio

Comprehensive Healthy Aging. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement. Infusion IV Therapy?! When I first heard about New You Health Studio, I was skeptical about the type of alternative medicine services they offered. As a pregnant woman, I was even more hesitant when they invited me into their studio for an evaluation with one of their doctors. I had never […]

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