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My Child with Autism

April is National Autism Awareness Month and with the number of children being diagnosed with autism now 1 in every 68 in America, I feel like everyone knows a family affected by the disorder.  My good friend Jessica let me ask her some questions about her experience having a son on the autism spectrum.  She […]

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Girls Night At A Pub

Reconnect With Your Pre-Mom Self

Becoming a mom was the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Yes, that’s a total cliché, but only because it’s true for so many people. Motherhood has amplified my better qualities and helped keep some of my less desirable qualities in check, and my day-to-day life as a mom of two toddlers is—more often […]

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Ways to Comfort a Friend After a Miscarriage

Getting pregnant these days isn’t an easy task for everyone.  For some, it can be an emotional and physical roller coaster of fertility drugs, injections, procedures, ultrasounds, and anxious waiting games.  And unfortunately, sometimes all that effort still does not result in a healthy pregnancy.  Last week, in a 24-hour period, three of my friends […]

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Let Go of Control

I am a perfectionist to a fault, and this was my biggest challenge when becoming a mom.  There is no “perfect” baby, outing, sippy cup, sleep schedule, or day.  No matter how much I planned,  I was always caught off guard as a new mom. “I used my spare pair of clothes already, and we […]

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HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 28:  Oscar statues are seen on the red carpet the day before the Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 28, 2004 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Can Mommies Feel Oscar-Ready in Daily Life

So, we may not be movie stars, but we are super stars!  Moms truly do have superpowers.  We can shower in less than five minutes, cook a whole meal for the family in one episode of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,”  and clean our entire house and do laundry during a one-hour nap!  We multitask and get […]

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Stitched yellow heart

Finding One Thing

I love crafts but I’m a terrible “crafts” person. I have no patience, and I’m awful at basic math, both of which are important for exactly what I love: sewing and knitting. I recently moved my sewing machine to a more accessible place (out of my daughter’s closet) and started working on some pillows. I […]

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Mother holding newborn baby in arms.

The Truth About Breastfeeding

Okay, ladies, here’s the truth that no one tells you: Breastfeeding is hard. It can be uncomfortable—I mean painful and frustrating—while wonderful, all at the same time. When my first son arrived, I felt pretty prepared. I had all the clothes cleanly put away in his room, toys waiting to be played with, blankets ready […]

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RECIFE, BRAZIL - JANUARY 26:  Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in a lab at the Fiocruz institute on January 26, 2016 in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The mosquito transmits the Zika virus and is being studied at the institute. In the last four months, authorities have recorded close to 4,000 cases in Brazil in which the mosquito-borne Zika virus may have led to microcephaly in infants. The ailment results in an abnormally small head in newborns and is associated with various disorders including decreased brain development. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus outbreak is likely to spread throughout nearly all the Americas. At least twelve cases in the United States have now been confirmed by the CDC.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

You may have all heard about the Zika virus by now! It is an infectious disease spread by a virus that is known to be carried and transmitted by mosquitoes, specifically the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species. These mosquitoes have also been implicated in the transmission of other viruses, including infections such as Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever and […]

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Mid adult mother practicing yoga with toddler daughter on top of her

Permission to Get Healthy

‘Tis the season for gyms to recruit new members.  We are a month into our New Year Resolutions- how are you all doing?   I walked past the JCC on California Street recently, and a huge banner hung out front exclaiming, “New Year, New You!”  If it was so easy to stay in shape, gyms […]

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