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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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To Grayson On His Seventh Birthday

October 5, 2016

Dear Grayson, Seven years ago, I was in pre-op getting ready to meet you for the first time. It would be the very first day I was ever a Mommy and I was so nervous. I had no clue about motherhood, baby rearing, or anything that comes with it. You would be my very first teacher. Thankfully, God gave me the sweetest babe with the best temperament. I think he knew that I was a bit of an anxiety ball…

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Blogger Burn Out and the Next Chapter

October 1, 2016

I feel like I am calling a family meeting or something. I want to be transparent and vulnerable and open with you guys, because you are the reason I can do what I love for a living. First of all, I am NOT quitting or shutting down my blog. That is definitely not where I am headed with this. October is the month that marks my one year “blogiversary”,  so it’s fitting that it’s also a time when I feel…

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Dear Parents: You’re #DoinGood.

September 22, 2016

Huge thanks to Minute Maid for sponsoring my participation in this campaign including this blog post. All opinions are 100% mine. I have to say, I have never been more excited about a campaign. When Minute Maid reached out to me and asked me to be one of the blogger ambassadors for the #doingood campaign, I was humbled at the least. In my blogging career so far, I have not been approached with such a well fitting opportunity. This is…

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8 Reasons Why I Can’t Wait For School To Start Back

July 28, 2016

A glorious time of year is upon us. The return to school. I realize that some of you supermoms are looking at me sideways, but some of us (me) are going a little bit nuts and need the reprieve from the chaos of summer break. I only have one school aged child, but trust me, taking that one off my hands for a few hours a day will make a huge difference! Can we talk about rising First Graders and…

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Breaking My Silence

July 7, 2016

I don’t have a product to review today. I don’t have a cute dress to show you. I don’t have a fun recipe to share. I’m almost at a loss for words…. almost. I want to start by quoting a friend, Whitney of Whitney Seeks, who put some of what I was thinking into eloquent words on her Instagram last night. When I say Black Lives Matter, I’m not saying other lives don’t. It seems elementary to have to review,…

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What Makes a Dad?

June 19, 2016

I’m one of the lucky ones who has a jam-up, awesome Dad. My Dad is everything a girl could need. Since birth, he’s been there. It’s never been a question for me. Even when he was physically not there, whether he was working long hours to support us or it was post-divorce when we lived with our mom, I never doubted his presence. He has always stood firm in his strong ethical and moral convictions and never compromised his integrity…

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I’m Crying With You | Another Open Letter To Melissa Graves

June 16, 2016

Dear Melissa, There’s nothing anyone can ever say that can erase or minimize the trauma you endured this week. You’ve experienced a greater loss than anyone could ever imagine. You’ve sustained a level of fear that most of us will never have to feel. There are no words that could lighten your load right now, so forgive me if this falls short. But, as a mother of two young children, I want you to know that I have cried with…

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30 Lessons I Learned By 30

June 8, 2016

I turned 30 last week. That seems weird. However, it doesn’t seem weird in the way you think it might. I don’t have a problem turning 30. In fact, I have been looking forward to it! So many people have told me that this decade will be one of self acceptance, stability, and introspection. My twenties were such a fast paced whirlwind of events. Life changed for me every five minutes it seemed like. I always landed on my feet,…

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5 Ways to Have a Better Day

March 14, 2016

1 | Make Your Bed This has been said before, but there is truly something that sets the tone for the day about making your bed. Maybe it’s kind of like you are metaphorically closing yesterday’s chapter. When I take the time first thing in the morning to make sure my room is tidy and my bed is made, I feel so much happier and energized.…

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Going Viral: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

March 10, 2016

These last couple of weeks have certainly been interesting. If you are reading this, you likely already know that my blog post about my daughter (and her facial birthmark) has gone viral. The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, Inside Edition, US Weekly and People are just a few of the outlets, globally, that have published stories on it. It has been a crazy whirlwind of emotions. I never anticipated that this story would reach so many. Many bloggers…

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