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My Mental Health Journey and When I Decided To Stop Suffering

November 14, 2017

A large part of my DNA and my journey through life revolves around my history of sub-par mental health. It’s taken a few months of courage building to hit post on this one. Nevertheless, I hope at least one person needs this story. My first panic attack was in the fourth grade. I was nine years old. I vividly remember the trigger, then my heart rate starting to rise, then an inability to swallow, then clammy hands and ringing ears.…

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Me, Too. | My Story

October 18, 2017

I am passionate about the rape culture epidemic in our society, so I felt led to bring the conversation to the blog. I will be sharing my story, and subsequently the stories of other anonymous women who have reached out to me. This post took a tremendous amount of courage to write and share. Please note that if you are triggered or affected by stories of sexual abuse, this may not be something you should read. Discretion advised.…

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Raising Good Humans in a Divided Political Climate

August 18, 2017

I think we can all agree that the state of our country right now is not awesome. It feels hostile, tense, unpredictable, and regressed. Regardless of what your political beliefs are, I’m sure you feel it. Now more than ever, we are divided. Not only are we divided by party lines and belief systems, but it seems that basic human values aren’t even something we all have in common anymore. As an objective and educated adult, it’s easy for me…

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Dear Middle Child: A Letter To My Only Daughter

August 17, 2017

Dear Charlie, It’s hard to believe you are already two years old. On one hand, I feel like I have known you for 100 years, and on the other it seems like you just got here. To say you have given me a run for my money these last couple of years is an understatement. Even as I write this, you are trying to do back flips off the couch. You will then transition to cuddling your baby doll, then…

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Building Our Tribe | Wine Country Blogger Brunch

August 15, 2017

I have said before that the best part about blogging is undoubtedly the relationships I have made. I was nervous when I moved to Wine Country that I would have a hard time connecting with a blogger community here. When you work from home in such a specific industry, it’s so important to have a tribe of women who understand the ins and outs of the “biz” and can be a valuable support and sounding board. Professional bloggers are usually,…

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Married With Children | Waiting Out The Storm

June 2, 2017

I’ve been wanting to start writing some thoughts on marriage. Tyler and I aren’t marriage veterans by any stretch of the imagination, but we certainly aspire to have a healthy relationship and I believe that we do. It’s important to note that a huge part of that is because of our given personality types. We have extremely compatible temperaments and make a really natural partnership. The other part of that is effort. Yep, the cliche EFFORT. If you know much…

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Art Imitating Life + Our Life in Seven Words

May 30, 2017

Almost two months ago we moved our family from the East Coast to the West Coast. Tyler accepted an opportunity in California that would accelerate his career and we made the bold decision to jump of the cliff. (How do you know if your wings work if you don’t jump out of the tree, right?) Before we left, my friend and brilliant artist, Hannah Crosby, offered to make me a custom painting that would grace our new space in California,…

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International Women’s Day and Corporate Social Responsibility

March 8, 2017

I received products from Coca-Cola’s 5by20 program; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. It isn’t often that I get the pleasure of being asked to talk to you about a great cause, so I am particularly excited about this post. If you know much about me or my platforms, you know that I am such a huge advocate of empowering other women. Since today is International Women’s Day, I wanted to chat a little about corporate social…

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A Family Announcement + A Call To Action

February 21, 2017

Hello, readers, friends and family! The Crenshaw brigade has a huge change on the horizon, and I wanted to share all the details with you. I believe in 100% transparency and open dialogue and I love that my blog is a way for me to share all the little pieces that make up the life we love so much. Not only that, but I believe that my shared experiences can be valuable to someone who might need direction in a…

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Charlie’s Hemangioma | One Year Later

February 20, 2017
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If you have been around here awhile, you probably remember when my post about Charlie’s hemangioma went viral. In fact, that may be how you found me. That post generated buzz that quickly spread around the world. Charlie was seen on The Today Show, Inside Edition, Fox News, Good Morning America, and featured in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo!, The Huffington Post, and many other news platforms. Very quickly, I was met with a range of reactions. (I wrote about that…

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How To Make Achievable Goals for the New Year

January 19, 2017

This post was sponsored by JC Penney, however all opinions are mine. #SoWorthIt It’s been years since I have made a formal list of New Years Resolutions. Sure, I like a clean start and I love making goals, but something about the word “resolution” just seems so, well, resolute. The key to incorporate change is to set achievable goals. For instance, if I make a goal for the New Year to go to the gym for an hour a day,…

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An Open Letter To The Mom in Doubt

December 8, 2016

This post is sponsored by Minute Maid and is part of the #doingood campaign to remind hard-working parents like you and me that we’re doing much better than we think. All opinions are my own. Dear fellow combat veteran, Yes, you, in the trenches, pressing on through the grenades and fire fights. I’m with you. I’ve been at this job for a little over seven years now. I remember in the beginning thinking that Motherhood might magically get easier over…

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To My Children on Election Day

November 8, 2016

Dear Grayson and Charlie, What a weird day, my loves. It’s not just another day. It’s not even just another election. Today will make history. One way or another, today will shape our country in a new way. I’m scrolling through social media and there are so many emotions. I’m torn between speaking my mind and staying silent. I am stuck between vomiting my opinions and resigning to the fact that no one will hear my heart, my facts, or…

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