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I almost lost it tonight. Between the constant whining, bad nonexistent listening habits and stepping on the same damn kernel of corn on the kitchen floor for the umpteenth time (I had swept the floor 32 times today. How was...
Cancer. This six letter curse word is all too increasingly finding its way in to the homes of loved ones, friends and acquaintances. We see the "Rally for…(insert name of child, mother, brother, sister, father here)" Facebook pages, lending support...
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There was a time when my calendar was full of social engagements, volunteer activities and to-do list items that actually got accomplished. I was a reliable church committee member, organizer of play dates and never turned down a coffee...
Fifth grade — it’s a major milestone for students and families, alike. The start of fifth grade marks the end of the elementary years and for Avery Kiehl, it marked the beginning of her life after her brain tumor. Avery...
One of the most searched terms on Google relating to the postpartum period is "Postpartum Depression." Taking the time to understand this condition can help you encourage yourself or your friends to get help instead of suffering. What is Postpartum Depression? It is characterized...
This post is sponsored by Associated Plastic Surgeons, a team of board-certified plastic surgeons in Leawood, Kan. About a year ago, my friend Britney and I began a journey. At the time, we were both young professionals who had let our bodies...
I've read the blog posts. The ones that tell you to just put on your swimsuit already. As I finished this popular post, my thoughts were about how it would be great if I could really just put on a bathing...
Summer is here and it is HOT! We all know how important it is to stay hydrated. It is especially important that children get plenty of liquids throughout the day. Unfortunately, many parents revert to sugar filled drinks, including...
After a long, long winter, summer is finally here! I know how it can be difficult to get active and get moving during the slow colder months. This is that time of year when you feel like getting moving...
A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean....

But What About Mom?

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I read a LOT of articles about parenting, and babies, and what to do, and what not to do. I mean, I'm a 30-year-old mom. I'm kind of their target audience. I read articles about co-sleeping (we don't do...
Note: This post is sponsored by Amwell; however, all experiences and views expressed here are those of the contributor who wrote them. Christmas, 2013. While the rest of my family was enjoying our annual trip to Colorado - from get-togethers...
I have a newborn.  Isn't he cute? Is he still cute when I tell you that this picture was taken in the 3 a.m. hour? I also have a "morning person" toddler, a dog who takes up far more of the bed...

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