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Letting Go of Picture Perfect

In this age of Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and a million photo apps with fun filters, many of us are trying to make each picture… perfect. I am always trying to make my pictures look better. Who doesn’t want to look their best and share how adorable their kids are with the world? Guilty as charged […]

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Holiday Travel

There really is nothing better than the feeling the holidays bring. You know how the song goes, “all is calm, all is bright.” Yet, such calm usually goes out the window when the holidays involve travel plans. Having lived far from home most of my adult life, I never really thought of anything different. Often […]

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As My Baby Turns One

{Photo credit: Shelly Peters} My littlest turned one recently. While I have been happily celebrating her healthy milestones and trying to snap a photo on the same day each month (with stuffed elephant for scale) to document how much she’s growing and changing, there’s something bittersweet about the day she officially entered toddlerhood. She was […]

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10 Questionable Parenting Tips from a First-Time Mom

I’m a first-time mom. Aside from some furry children, I only have one kid of my own. So while I often feel like more of a third-time mom (regularly finding pacifiers in my work bag, refusing to pay full price for any kids clothes ever, and an almost alarmingly cavalier approach toward safety and cleanliness), […]

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Awkward Family Photos: Loving the Imperfect

“Say cheese!  Please stop moving for just a second.  Now look here.  Smile.  No, give me a nice smile.  That was too quick; I didn’t get it.  Let’s try again.  Backup – you’re too close to me.  Ok, now smile.  Cheeeese!! That wasn’t a good smile.  Alright, I guess that will have to do.”  I’m […]

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A Lesson on Perspective

When a child enters this world prematurely, life is turned upside down. Plans are thrown out the window, and uncertainty becomes the new norm. That is especially true when your child is born on the edge of viability. When it takes months until you spend more time at home with your child instead of in […]

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My Story with Twin to Twin Syndrome (TTTS)

December is International Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Awareness month and the 7th is World Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Awareness Day. Never heard of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)? Neither had I until about five years ago. TTTS is an unpredictable disease that few women even know about. This serious condition occurs when identical […]

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Motherhood: Acceptance and Perseverance

Motherhood is a balancing act. We’re constantly navigating the extremes of parenthood, finding our place between worry and nonchalance, planning and spontaneity, protecting and letting go. Motherhood is a continual evaluation and renegotiation between accepting change as it comes and persevering when it’s time to push for something better.    Balancing acceptance and perseverance can be […]

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Play Like You!

I grew up in a sports driven family. My three older brothers have national and international experience in numerous sports. Therefore, it was a natural progression for me to follow in their footsteps. I absolutely love sports, and I have played many over the years: figure skating, field hockey, roller hockey, track, cross country, triathlons, duathlons, […]

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When Your Toddler Isn’t Walking

Walking. It’s perhaps the biggest milestone in your toddler’s young life. Countless movies, TV shows and commercials depict those first wobbly steps as one of parenthood’s greatest joys. Becoming a biped marks the official transition from babyhood to toddlerhood. Most kids take their first steps between 9 and 15 months. But what if 15 months […]

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