I am not the fun parent. I am the eat-healthy-foods, do-your-homework, clean-up-your-room, go-to-bed-on-time parent. I am responsible, organized, and nurturing. I comply with most of the recommendations provided to me by pediatricians and parenting experts. For example, in my...
As a result of being a member of the Two Toddler Club, I am in desperate need of a break. Do you live with two toddlers? Can you even imagine what it's like to be a member of this not-so-exclusive...
The start of the school year always reminds me of fresh starts, new beginnings, excitement, and resolutions. My dreams of sending my daughter, now, daughters to school with healthy homemade snacks often start out like a high-speed race, but end...
Birthday parties are almost a childhood rite of passage. I understand that. I truly do. And while you might expect a mom to post about “Top Birthday Party Themes,” this isn’t what I’m here to share. I want to...
I am an emotional doormat and the worst part of it is, I’m struggling not to hand this obvious bad habit down to my children. How did I realize I was handing being an emotional doormat down to my...
When Meghan Markle bravely declared on international news that she was, “Not okay,” after the birth of her first child, I found myself nodding along to the clip, recalling those first few weeks and months as a new mom,...
As I write this, we have been in a state of emergency for 185 days. I know that because it started the day my second child was born. In those past 185 days, I have learned something very important...
In our latest episode of Whose Kid Is That?!? Val and Julie are joined by Allie Mirosevic, the founder of Bliss'd Co, a self-care brand that empowers moms to live more joyful, connected, and fulfilling lives through the transformative power...
Another week of giveaways is over, and now we get to announce the winners, which is our favorite part! Congratulations to all those that won and please contact us at [email protected] by Wednesday evening to claim your prize!   Jivana Holistic...
I have to admit that I was a bit shocked when I first heard that it was possible to breastfeed an adopted child. We were in the middle of our adoption process and I was obsessed with adoption forums...
Father's Day. In my nearly five years of being a single mom, Father's Day has become a day I have learned to dread. What is there to celebrate when my daughter's father has decided not to father her, and when my own father...

On Turning 40

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I love birthdays and not just mine. I love all birthdays. It's that one day made just for you. I love baking cakes illuminated with a copious amount of candles for friends and family. I love blowing out my own...
I'm buzzed. I have been for months now. I tried life the other way and I have to admit, I prefer being buzzed. In my twenties, buzzed meant I had multiple drinks and was nearly passed out on my couch....
There's nothing I love more than seeing moms helping other moms. I can think of numerous times that another mom has eased my burden in some way. Whether it's the time a friend gave me an extra coffee maker she...

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