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Will You #LightItUpBlue For Autism Awareness?

Throughout the month of April, take notice when you drive through a neighborhood and see the shine of blue light bulbs. Without a doubt, you’ll see one at my house. Since April is World Autism Month, I’ve decided to let my front porch shine with support for autism awareness–and I hope you do too! Autism refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism…

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I Forgot to Love My Husband: Here’s What Happened

I love my husband Gabe more than I thought it was possible to love anyone, but sometimes I forget. I get swept up in our day-to-day life, managing the comings and goings of our tribe and making sure they’re fed a vegetable every third day or so, and I forget. I forget that I’m doing all this next to a guy who, when I see him walking toward me in a crowd, still makes me look twice. I forget that when we were dating, teenage-girl butterflies swarmed my stomach when…

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Coming To Terms With My Son’s Genetic Condition

Parenting a child with a special need means learning how to separate fear from love; they are so intimately bound together in a parent’s heart. Every single day is born with hope for ease of pain or illness while dread tiptoes closely behind that hope, reminding one that health is a fragile state that can be knocked away in seconds. Like any other mother, I often found myself saying, “I just want a healthy baby,” during my first pregnancy. Everything about my pregnancy was average and expected. It never occurred…

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Travelling with a Toddler? Don’t Forget These!!

Every time we pack for a family travel I feel like I am getting ready for a significant move. Between my stuff, my husband’s, and three kids—forgetting something is becoming the norm. Sometimes I have to stop and think of a few super important things not to forget because other things we can always buy. My usual list includes a driver license, credit cards, and medication. However, when it comes to a summer road trip with a toddler, packing the right things sometimes is a difference between a comfortable drive…

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7 Great Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Ever since I was a little kid getting candy at Easter from the Easter Bunny has been a big part of the Easter holiday.  Fast forward to motherhood and my own little people?  Yeah, candy is produced by the devil. If we get candy, my husband and I always end up eating more than the kids. #JustSayin. This Easter, I got the chance to pop on and pop off with Jennaphr Frederick from Fox 29 with some super fun non-candy Easter basket ideas. How do you fill the Easter baskets…

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