Christmas is here, and with it comes so many feelings and mixed emotions. Though we dream of a perfect Christmas filled with love, memories, family, and friendship, the holidays are rarely perfect. The pressure to create the perfect Christmas can be a heavy mental burden, especially for moms. Family Christmas traditions are a wonderful part […]
Even though I’m far too much of a hot mess to ever be a “Type A” mom, I’ve always been a list-maker. As a child, I journaled daily, which I now see helped me process information and remember important details. I often journaled in a bulleted format, listing out what I had done each day […]
Stocking stuffers are a majorly underrated part of Christmas and gift-giving. Gifts don’t have to be expensive to be valuable and special, and stockings provide the perfect opportunity to surprise others with little items they forgot they wanted or needed. In our family, we follow the 4-gift rule (want, need, wear, and read) for presents, […]
Trick-or-treating is an odd tradition – you essentially buy a bunch of Halloween candy and then put on a costume and trade the candy. Hopefully, you trade for better candy than you originally bought, but inevitably you end up with some tootsie rolls and lollipops. You spread your candy on the counter or floor, sort […]
I always knew that having kids would be life-changing, but I didn’t realize I would become a completely new person postpartum. I understood (or thought I understood) that taking care of a new baby would involve learning new things, but to my surprise, caring for my new self was almost more difficult than caring for […]
At some point during my pregnancy, my doctor brought up the possibility of postpartum depression. Even though I had only experienced depression a few times in my youth, my doctor wanted me to be aware that my past meant a higher risk of PPD.
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Body positivity and holiday food: As wonderful and delicious as holiday food can be, there’s often a feeling of guilt associated with indulging during this time of year. It’s really easy to get wrapped up in counting calories at Halloween, or avoiding baked goods at family gatherings. I know because I’ve been there. This year […]