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When ordinary is its own kind of brave

Most of my days look the same as the day before.<p>And I wonder what to write about because, really, there’s nothing new.<p>The alarm goes off at 7:20 and …

The Loveliest Masterpiece

Wishing you all the sweetest & loveliest Mother’s Day!!!<p>I found this quote & immediately fell in love with it & thought it would be fun to make it as …

What motherhood looks like

You guys all know what a huge Instagram lover I am by now … but I wonder, do you love it just as much too? It is easily my favorite way to share …

Mothers are not wimps.

Sometimes I feel like the world is teaching women that motherhood<p>is a lot of things that it is not.<p>In social media and the political world, and even …

Ever Feel Like Throwing Their LEGO Pieces Across The Room? Me too.

Every day goes pretty much the same around my house. At some point, my three-year-old son finds a way to make a huge mess dumping toys everywhere and …

Parenting

It's not the kids.

It happens almost daily.<p>Frustrated mothers who I can tell have just been crying reach out to me and thank me for all that I do.<p>And then they quickly …

How I Survive Motherhood

My late grandma used to bake bread every day, just one of the things she was famous for. There was always a saucer of softened butter in the …

A Letter to My Pre-Baby Self

A Letter to My Pre-Baby Self<p>Dear Pre-Baby Self,<p>Oh, you sweet, naive gal, if only you could know all that I know now. This is, of course, not the way …

on being a single mom

Sometimes I wish I could just talk freely about what it is like to be a single parent.<p>I don’t like to. I like to hide, honestly, behind the cloak of …

How to Handle Bad New Mom Advice

How to Handle Bad New Mom Advice<p>A neighbor wanted to meet my new baby. She knocked loudly, and when I rushed to the door in hushed tones to explain …

You Are Still *You,* Even If...

How often do you gather up your fragile sense of self and willingly hand it away?<p>If wholehearted living means never putting our worth on the table, …

I'm Not As Strong As You Think | A Cancer Moms Confession | Childhood Cancer Diagnosis

<b>As a mother of four children, I thought I had this parenting gig figured out. Feed, wash, clothe and nurture your children as they grow into happy,</b> …

11 Empowering Portraits Of Women On Their First Day As Mothers

"When I became a mom, I felt a real responsibility to go up to pregnant women and say you’re going to be OK."<p>Her new book, <i>One Day Young</i>, compiles over 40 of these beautiful portraits that show what Jenny describes as "the extraordinary bonding, warmth, and strength between mother and infant."

I used to worry...

Sunday night musings about life and family and love…<p>I used to worry that if I didn’t have more children, Quinn (our youngest) would never have what …

When Simple Living is Anything But

<i>When simple living is anything but. It’s in the starting again, day after day, that we learn to live with more focus—and more grace. For others and</i> …

dear mom – you are worth fighting for you

Sometimes, I feel like I’ve let the world down.<p>You see, a friend told me today that he misses me.<p>The happy me.<p>You know the me that doesn’t have tears …

Simplify Your Life: 8 Things Busy Moms Can Do Now

Are you a busy mom?Do your days ever feel SO busy and chaotic they just seem to run together from one to the next? A permanent state of shuffling, …

Baby Is Absolutely Ecstatic to Meet a Cat

Behold a natural cat person! This little baby goes berserk with joy when she sees a cat. She doesn't know quite what it is, but she connects with the …

Pets

You're Going to Want These Sneaky Photo Apps on Your Radar and Off Your Kid's Phone

<i>Wondering what your child is up to on their phone? With the ever-growing world of apps and social media, we don't blame you. Our friends at Common Sense Media have put together a helpful list of the stealthy photo sharing apps that your little one might be hiding from you.</i><p>For kids, the joys of …

8 Powerful Tricks That Will Help You Tame Every Tantrum

Shares 90K<p><i>Inside: When your kid throws a temper tantrum, do you lose your cool? Get frustrated? Embarrassed? Next time, use these proven tricks for</i> …

6 Phrases That Change Meaning After Parenthood –

The last time I said, “Let’s do it” to my husband, we were both standing over a mound of fresh dung that had been excreted on the carpet by my …

Relationships

Even kids who eat only organic can’t always escape exposure to pesticides

If you’re trying to eliminate pesticides from your children’s lives through a strictly organic diet, new research might make those efforts feel futile.<p>A study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that an organic-only diet led to a drop in exposure to pesticides common in …

University of California

How to talk to children about tragedy in Paris: Online resources

(<i>This post has been updated, August 2017</i>) It’s been a somber mood around here lately, as it surely been for many of you. When I first wrote this …

Mental Health

Why Yoga is Changing Schools | Goop

For the better part of three decades, Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa—an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate …

Yoga

Moms of More Than One: I Get It

Moms of More Than One,<p>Consider this my formal apology. I’m calling off the dogs, waving the proverbial white flag. If you want, you can say you told …

Parenting

Adorable Toddler and His Puppy Continue Napping Together

The adorable 2-year-old Beau and his puppy Theo may have gotten a little older and little bigger over the last two months, but they haven't left each other's side for nap time. Beau's mother, mommy blogger Jessica Shyba, continues to capture the two snuggle buddies catching some Z's together …

Science: Working Moms Have More Successful Daughters

Science says working moms have more successful adult daughters. Let's take a deeper look at what the research says.

I'm 32, but I Sometimes Feel Like a Teen Mom

Being the first of your friends to have a baby can feel isolating at any age.<p>I'm perched poolside with a group of girlfriends at a bachelorette party, acutely aware of the one-piece swimsuit I've chosen to obscure the lingering stretch marks on my midsection. There are 11 of us, aged roughly …

12 Creative Baby Girl Names That Honor Extraordinary Black Artists

It’s Black History Month and what better way to celebrate than to look to some of the most badass women in the art world when dreaming up a creative baby name for the newest addition to your family? These women aren’t just totally awesome makers. They’re also passionate social activists who have …

Art

We’ve been thinking about young moms all wrong

<i>Most stories about “millennials” focus on middle-class, educated twentysomethings, while the ones who grew up poor or working-class are simply</i> …

Demographics