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Happy Holiday Recovery

On this, my fourth time around the kids-and-holidays block, here’s what I’m finally learning: the first week of January should be dedicated to one task, and one task only – holiday recovery. Even if your holidays were utterly magical, this rule still applies to you. For as my son’s preschool teachers reminded us before the […]

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Your Chronically Diseased Mom Friend

Your Chronically Diseased Mom Friend

I have Crohn’s disease. It’s an irritable bowel disease. It’s categorized as an invisible disease. But I feel its presence every single day, for both the good and bad. My Crohn’s disease affects my guts and a lot of other parts of my body, too. Like my lungs and kidneys. And my mind and spirit. […]

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ThermiVa: For Your Problems Down There

ThermiVa: For Your Problems Down There

This post is authored and sponsored by our partners at Kansas City Dermatology.Sagging skin, stretch marks, dark circles from sleep deprivation…we talk openly about the changes we experience after bringing our precious little ones into the world. There are some big changes that nobody talks about. What happens down there? Yes, that’s right. Pregnancy, childbirth […]

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When Grandma Can’t Carry You

I’m just going to be honest – I don’t want to write this post. So much that I’ve been procrastinating on my procrastination. But in an effort to encourage vulnerability, I feel it’s important to share a little bit of my story with you all. I’m blessed to have an amazing example of what it means to be a […]

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AHHH! My Kid Needs Stitches

It’s starting to be that time of year again. The weather is getting cooler. The long hours to play outside in the warm sunlight have faded. Leaves have started changing all of those glorious colors. Ahhhh, we welcome the brisk and beautiful season of autumn.  It’s also the beginning of the chaotic time of year […]

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The Year of the Teal Pumpkin

It was just a little over a year ago that one of my sons got sick. It was a nightmare scenario; we were traveling abroad in my husband’s home country, a place where we didn’t know the doctors, weren’t familiar with the hospitals and our then 6-month-old came down with what we thought at the […]

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Chronic Migraines and Motherhood

Chronic Migraines and Motherhood

Chocolate. Bright lights. Too much sugar. Not enough sugar. Stress. Tension. Wine. Hormones. Bad posture. Breastfeeding. Dehydration. Exhaustion. Fridays. All these things trigger my migraines, a disease I’ve been coping with since adolescence. It starts as a faint ache on the right side of my head, behind my eye. My neck tenses. I start to consider taking […]

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Five Appointments to Make Every Year

Adulting. It’s not particularly fun and exciting, but it’s important. As a mom you probably spend a lot of time managing your family calendar and making sure your kids get in for their yearly well checks, vaccinations, dental appointments and numerous visits to the orthodontist (are these still monthly? I had four years of monthly […]

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This is What ALS Means to a Family

Do you remember the ice bucket challenge? I do. That was about the only thing I remembered in regards to ALS, until winter 2015. ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a nervous system disease that ultimately weakens the muscles and impacts, eventually depleting completely, physical function. With ALS, nerve cells break down and reduce functionality in muscles. […]

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