6:30 a.m. My alarm goes off. I need to pee but can’t bring myself to unravel from the cocoon of my comforter. I should also shower. I should have showered last night, but I fell asleep on the couch and...
What a year! When I was journaling over winter break at the end of 2019, I wrote down some goals and dreams for myself and my family. I had plans and ideas. Three months into the year and all...
Cancellations are nothing new to us by now. It almost seems normal to hear that an event is cancelled, but as a parent all these cancellations took a toll on me. My daughter is very active and typically has...
I used to volunteer for an organization that worked with women who were survivors of sexual assault. One of my roles was to be with women while they were having their rape kit completed in the emergency room. The...
Raise your hand if you've struggled through sleepless nights with your kids at one point or another. Now, for the 99.9% of you who have your hand up, we've got some great news! Today we're chatting with Meredith Brough,...
Before my daughter was born, I never deceived myself into thinking that I would be a perfect model of a parent. I figured the television would babysit on occasion and fast food would be a quick solution to a...
At the end of every year, I strive to reflect on what went well and what I’d like to improve going forward. Last year, I was reflecting on my year-long dates with my husband (read the recap and ideas...

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A few years ago, I decided to gather all of the delightful gems my friends' kids have said into a blog post, because, you know, kids are hilarious. Well, nothing has changed since that original post. Our kids are...
When my oldest was discharged from the hospital at the same time as me, I took it as a given. I was mainly worried that because I’d gone into labor the slightest bit early, I hadn’t yet curated the...

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How Inside Out 2 Gave Me The Words to Talk to...

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“Maybe this is what happens when you grow up. You feel less joy,” Joy- Inside Out 2. What a profound statement. If you are...

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