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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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Breastfeeding The Last Born : The Final Frontier

October 27, 2017

This post was sponsored by #BumpUpYourCalcium with #Viactiv. All opinions are mine. There are many bittersweet “last” experiences that come while nurturing the last newborn I will ever have. It almost makes me teary to type that. While I am comfortable and confident that our decision to not have any more children is the right choice, it’s still a rollercoaster of emotions when you know that the decision is firm. This is the last time I will have a baby…

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5 Tips and Tricks To Relieve Colic

October 20, 2017

This post is sponsored by Mommy’s Bliss. All opinions are mine. Lincoln must be my good karma, because he is actually a dream. For the most part, he’s a very pleasant baby. He sleeps well already, he is rarely upset, and he is consistent with his moods so far. However, every now and then, he is a little hard to settle and seems to have an achy tummy. As much as I adore my sweet Charlie, she was quite the…

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Mickey & Minnie Mouse Sibling Halloween Costumes

October 17, 2017

The Halloween struggle is real, y’all. I always vacillate between full DIY and some cheap one piece costume from Target. Not only that, but I always wish my kids matched/coordinated. Unfortunately, I think those days are over, since the age range is 0-8 years old. When I gave Grayson the idea to coordinate with his baby siblings, he enthusiastically declined and expressed his sole desire to be a killer clown for Halloween. Since I’m newly a fan of “picking my…

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How To Maintain A Smart Diet As a Busy Mom

September 22, 2017

This post is sponsored advertising content by Sargento Foods. One thing I never expected to be so difficult, was to maintain a healthy diet as a busy mom. Many of us have been pregnant and can vouch for all the crazy pregnancy cravings. For me, with all three kids, I loved peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, for instance. Not only that, but food just tastes better when I’m pregnant. I think it’s common to throw caution to the wind and…

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Transitioning Your Newborn From Bassinet to Crib

September 20, 2017

This post was sponsored by Halo. All opinions are mine. My kids are SO. DIFFERENT. All of them. It blows my mind how three siblings can be so very different in personality and temperament. When Charlie was a baby, she wouldn’t sleep anywhere but on one of our chests. That is not an exaggeration. The first time she slept independently was somewhere around nine months old. Crazy, right? Lincoln seems to be way more “chill” and easy going. He will…

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Dear Moms of Older Kids: Be Our Lighthouse

September 9, 2017

Being a mom of small children is not easy 99% of the time, and that seems to be universally understood. We hear things from friends and strangers in the grocery store like “You have your hands full.” “You’re in the thick of it.” Or “You’re in the trenches right now.” On one hand, it’s comforting to know that people recognize the struggle. On the other hand, it’s a reminder of our overwhelm. To be honest, those phrases can be daunting.…

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How To Survive Having a Newborn and a Toddler

August 31, 2017

Several people have messaged me and asked if I have any tips on how to adjust to life with a newborn and a toddler. Disclaimer: I’m only six weeks in to this chaos, so I have loads to learn. (Don’t worry, I will keep you posted.) Disclaimer 2: this is just my experience. For now, let’s chat about life so far. My new normal is anything but organized. In fact, it usually just feels like a total disaster. 24 hours…

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5 Tips For Staying Healthy Postpartum

August 23, 2017

This post is sponsored advertising content by Sargento Foods. Can we just talk about how brutal the postpartum period is? Let’s get real. There is quite possibly no other time in a woman’s life that is more physically and emotionally taxing. Not only have I had three babies, I have had three C-Sections. Each time I had more responsibilities at home and a tougher time allowing myself to recover. It’s not like we leave the hospital and go to a…

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A Monochrome Kid’s Room with Delta Children

August 21, 2017

Monochrome kids rooms are really popular right now. They are modern and clean and classy. When we downsized to our apartment, it was important to me that Grayson keep his own space. Tyler and I are only in our room to sleep, and both babies are too young to care about sharing rooms, so we aren’t picky with where we ended up. However, Grayson is at an age where he values privacy and independence. A lot. He also has quite…

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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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How To Diaper Bomb The New Mom

August 9, 2017

This post was sponsored by Pampers and Luvs at Sam’s Club. All opinions are mine. It’s BABY SEASON! What is baby season? It’s the most common time people are giving birth! In the U.S., nearly 12,250 babies are born in the late summer/early fall months. When I worked in Labor & Delivery, we pretty much knew that no one was getting time off in August or September…ever. All three of my babies were born in this time frame, too! More…

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