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The Teal Pumpkin Project

Keeping Halloween Safe What’s the first thing you think about when you think Halloween? Pumpkins? Costumes? Trick-or-Treating? Candy? What if your child couldn’t eat candy? That would take away a HUGE chunk of Halloween. This was the problem Becky Basalone, a mom in Tennessee, faced in 2012. At a local Trunk-or-Treat event sponsored by her […]

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The Short Baby Phase

The Short Baby Phase

How many times have you heard the phrase, “I want a baby” uttered? Or how often has someone asked to hold your baby or told you how sweet your baby is? Baby fever is all over (especially when you are trying to have one yourself). I remember the days of holding friends’ babies, while longing […]

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I Wear Pink for Her

I Wear Pink for Her

Pink is my favorite color. Especially in October, but this wasn’t always the case. 8 years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. The following months and year are, truthfully, a blur to me. I lived every day in fear. I am fortunate to have an extremely close relationship with my mom. She is […]

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Adventures of a Traveling Breast Pump

Adventures of a Traveling Breast Pump

All three of my kids lived on breastmilk for the first year of their lives.  I feel fortunate that my twins were born at 37 weeks, but they were not good at latching.  I exclusively pumped and bottle fed them, and had to work very hard to produce enough milk.  I tried every trick in […]

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To My Dearest Love

To My Dearest Love

I was 16 years old when we met. Do you remember? I walked into that Holiday gas station with a few of my friends and there you were. It was as though you spoke to me even though you hadn’t said a word. You looked so hot that day. I cut across the store so […]

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Instilling Kindness in Kids

I’ll admit it, the news depresses me. Terrorist attacks, random shootings, two women recently murdered in quiet little Bellevue. How do you raise kids in such a violent and cruel world? How can I protect my kids when so many of these acts appear to be random? These questions and more kept me awake at night. So […]

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Tackling School Lunch

Tackling the School Lunch for the First-Time Mom

Packing a school lunch for the first time. Should be easy right? Thoughts rush into my head of other people actually seeing what I feed my child at home — some days are great, I am supermom — I actually made dinner that night (rare occasion). Most always are days of an agglomeration of what […]

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The Predator Next Door

The Predator Next Door

The neighborhood that my family is fortunate enough to live in could be mistaken for one from a scene of Pleasantville. The children run and play safely in the street and all of the backyards meet in a way that one cannot be differentiated from another. Our 2 year old is among the youngest on […]

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