I often ask myself if I’ve been good enough or if we have enough to make it through the day. Was dinner good enough or did my lackluster cooking skills leave my children’s tummies begging for more? Did I do...
This message is brought to you by a divorced mom who would just like to get it out there that divorced life as a parent is not glamorous. Maybe no one thought that to begin with. But I want...
When I became a stepmother, I had been warned that parenting was the hardest job I would ever have, but also the most rewarding. That didn't even begin to cover my experience being a stepparent. For me, the absolute...
You've heard it over and over, from your friends, from Cosmo, from your mother: Don't sweat the small stuff. But is this really the best advice? Sure, in many instances, I agree that getting hung up on trivial issues is...
Dedicated to my friend, as she faces divorce. Dear friend, There is no realization quite like the sinking certainty that your marriage can not continue. The instant when a hard-working, loyal, loving, and vibrant woman like you knows without a flicker...
“The BVTMB is getting real this week about a sometimes taboo, but important topic…S-E-X!  Our team is sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly…and maybe the humorous and kinky too… about sex after kids in hopes that some...
Sex. For me, it's always been such a four letter word. Sex is seemingly simple, but it can bring up VASTLY complicated issues. It's always been slightly more complicated for me since I have vulvodynia. Vulvodynia always sounded more like...
Most of us are very familiar with the concept of “once you have kids, say goodbye to romance.” No, I’m not talking about sex. I’m talking about something (arguably) more important, but less flashy to the point where it gets pushed...
Three years ago I wrote a little piece called, “I’d Rather Hang Out with My Husband and Kids. Sorry, Not Sorry.” It was shared by Yahoo! Lifestyle. To say readers had a visceral reaction to my desire to skip the...
Today is our 15th Valentine's Day together, and next month will bring our 14th wedding anniversary. This has been a wild and crazy ride, to put it mildly. Shortly after we stood in front of family and friends and became...
"The BVTMB is getting real this week about a sometimes taboo, but important topic...S-E-X!  Our team is sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly...and maybe the humorous and kinky too... about sex after kids in hopes that some...
“It takes a village to raise a child.” While the origin of this proverb is up for discussion, the concept itself is a familiar one for most parents. The idea of an entire community taking part in nurturing and caring...
"Do you plan on having any more children, Maria?" my OBGYN asked me from behind her surgical mask. "I realize this may not be the best time to make this decision, but since I'm here and all..." she trailed...
I think back to the days when my husband and I first met - when I would stare at his face admiringly for hours and hours. I recall wanting to spend every waking second with him and just cuddling...

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