Finding My Inner Badass When I’m Feeling Bad

Not going to lie, the first months of 2017 weren’t my best. I could list the series of unfortunate events that made me feel like a total failure as a mom, wife, and friend lately, but why torture myself? Let’s just leave it at the fact that I wasn’t exactly living up to my self-given label of being a badass. I pretty much have just been bad. And on some days, I’ve just been an ass. But badassery was nowhere to be found. The good news is that I recognized…

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REALITY MOMS PARTNER: Long Live Yogurt and Motherhood

When I was a kid growing up I didn’t ever eat yogurt. Honestly, I know it’s been around for a zillion years but it wasn’t something my parents introduced us to.  These days it’s something I can’t get my boys to slow down eating! Ha! I know that’s truly not a *bad* thing but boy is it tough to keep it stocked in the fridge.   When it comes to shopping for products for my family I tend to lean toward items that tell a story. I prefer items that…

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Gluten-Free Diet Fad? Not in my House

Like many people, I enjoy a good cooking show from time to time. I have even learned some new cooking tips this way that I use in my kitchen every day. Normally these shows are not emotionally charged or controversial in any way. What could be controversial about delicious Italian cuisine or homemade Southern cooking? Not a whole lot. That is, until a few months ago one talk show host made a comment about gluten-free diets. That day, the host had a baker on the show demonstrating how to bake…

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5 Reasons to Take a Break from Reality

I know. I know. You are convinced that your life does not afford for you to have the ability to get away from the rest of the world. Your life tells you that it would be selfish if you left your family for a couple days to do something for YOU, right? Sure.  Of course it does. But you don’t have to listen. You CAN make the time for you to find you!  I am the first to admit when I get away from my family too much.  I am…

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My Baby is a Worrier: She Gets it From Me

I’ve spent an enormous amount of mental energy forging routes around fear; taking the long way to avoid those scary woods.  It’s an exhausting and isolated path, full of its own obstacles and lacking a GPS signal. My way was studded with compulsion and hidden distress, holding myself responsible for outcomes and creating imaginary control where I had none. I hid it well, which only served to make the road more desolate. When I see my five-year-old struggling, I worry that one day she too will turn inward and it…

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