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reflections on what it means to be an adult at thirty years old

When I Thought 30 Was Old

As I write this, I’m turning thirty years old in about fifteen minutes. It wasn’t that long ago that I thought thirty was old. I was probably agonizing over my first broken heart and couldn’t wait to get out of the small town that I thought I would leave and never look back. I pictured […]

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Small But Deadly: 11 Ways Kids Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Several years ago, while vacationing with my family on Kauai, we visited Anini Beach. A delightful crescent of yellow sand along calm, turquoise water, it was deserted aside from a friendly Hawaiian man with a machete, who had shimmied up into the fronds of a palm tree to cut down coconuts. While my daughters, then […]

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hospital packing list

What Do I Really Need? :: At the Hospital for Delivery [Printable Packing List]

When you’re pregnant for the first time, it’s almost like you’re a newborn, yourself.  Your body is changing day-to-day; you have aches and pains and excretions from places that you never knew existed; you lose control of your emotions, and your vocabulary rapidly expands (hello, toxoplasmosis!).  It turns out there is a universe out there […]

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breastfeeding vs. formula

I Was Selfish for Feeding My Baby Formula, and I’m Totally Okay with That.

When I started writing articles about parenting, I made a personal vow never to write about breastfeeding because it felt overdone; there are already so many blog posts on the topic. Then, I realized exactly why it’s such a popular and, often, controversial subject:  Feeding our babies is an immensely personal and individual experience, yet, […]

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breasting is hard world breastfeeding week

World Breastfeeding Week :: New Study Reveals the Secret to Breastfeeding Success

If you notice more articles than usual about breastfeeding in your Facebook newsfeed this week, it’s because World Breastfeeding Week kicks off today.  The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) spearheads this annual awareness campaign with the goal of creating a “vibrant global movement for action to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding by anyone, anywhere, […]

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Thomas & Friends Roll In for a Special Event [FREE Printable Activity Sheets]

This post is sponsored, but the thoughts and feelings are our own, and we only work with businesses we believe to be reputable and resourceful to our readers.Today kicks off back-to-back weekends of family fun at Roaring Camp Railroad as toddler-favorite Thomas the Tank Engine returns for a Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour […]

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