I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Chose Not to Breastfeed

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Please welcome Chrissy, today's writer in the I'm Not a Bad Mom Series. If you'd like to share your own story, please see details for submissions here.  As the oldest of six children, I watched my mom closely as she raised my younger siblings. I knew that I wanted to be a mom, so I soaked up … [Read more...]

Ever Feel Like a Bad Parent When you Probably Shouldn’t? Share Your Story.

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Mama guilt is the absolute worst. We all get judged as parents for one thing or another, but more often than not that judgement even comes from within ourselves. Some days I do have to remind myself that I’m not a bad mom, even if I do things that go against the norm for example. So I’m inviting … [Read more...]

Be a Superhero #EndSuicide

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These people are real live superheroes. Each one has survived intense suicidal thoughts and/or suicide attempts. They all have an illness that's symptoms often include intrusive thoughts of wanting to die. And that is so so very scary and sad and frustrating, but no matter what, they continue to … [Read more...]

Mom’s Time Out with Bigelow Tea

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School started for us on Tuesday and I have to admit I am so very glad its here. Even though back to school begins that busy time of drops offs, pick ups, homework and driving all over creation, I finally have a couple of hours a few days a week for a time out when they are BOTH in school! So today … [Read more...]

I’m a Good Mom Because I Do This…

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Or at least I try to, because to be a good mom (or spouse), I have to take care of myself first. I don't do it all every day, but I do what I can and that goes a long way. Nutrition. Activity. Pleasure. Rest. Patience. Mindfulness. Protection. Support. Kindness. Distraction. Fun. Attention. … [Read more...]

How to Inspire an Exercise Hater to Make Healthy Choices

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I have a confession: I hate to exercise. In my 40 years on this earth, I have never found an exercise that appeals to me enough to actually keep doing it. For example, I like yoga. It's stress-reducing and actually would be good for my anxiety, but you can't just do it once and call it a day. I … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Miss Mornings at Home

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I'm so honored to welcome Cheryl today, this week's writer in the #NotaBadMom series. Working moms, I'm thinking this one might hit home. (If you'd like to contribute a guest post to #NotaBadMom, please find details here.) It's a corollary to my working mom existence, one that most people don't … [Read more...]

The Real Challenge

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The ice bucket challenge. Its been everywhere and yet I still don’t know enough about ALS. I haven’t lived through it personally with a loved one, but like many of you, I have become much more aware of the disease, which I think is a very good thing. I do believe that fundraising campaigns … [Read more...]

Style Report: Colors for Fall. Monroe and Main Boots Review and Handbag Giveaway (RV $99.95)

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Disclosure: This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic. Review and Giveaway courtesy of Monroe and Main. All opinions as always are my own. Fall is my favorite time of year, seriously. Its when I got married and became a mom, and … [Read more...]

Seattle Seahawks Recognize Suicide Prevention

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Friday night our American Foundation for Suicide Prevention chapter was recognized at the Seattle Seahawks preseason game. My fellow board member Heather and I were there on the field and up on the jumbotron sharing the message of suicide prevention. It was such a thrill to reach so many … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I’m Not Listening

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Please welcome Kara, this week's guest writer for the "I'm Not a Bad Mom Series". I also often find myself ignoring the screaming for my own sanity, but most of all not listening to the judgmental voices within and without. I think it makes me a better mom too. If you'd like to submit a post for … [Read more...]

Your Child’s School Vaccines Can Help a Child in Need

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A few weeks ago, I took Ellie to her well child check up and back to school immunizations. As we sat waiting for the nurse to return to give Ellie her three required vaccines (ugh) she really started to get nervous. I could see her wheels start turning and her sweet little mug began to switch … [Read more...]

I’m not a bad mom because there’s a dance pole in my living room

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Today I'd like to welcome Alison for "I'm Not a Bad Mom." If you'd like to contribute to this weekly series you'll find details here. And Alison, rock on girl. I have never been more excited to receive such an honest Mother’s Day card from my child (except for maybe last year when he divulged … [Read more...]

Avoid the Media and Reach Out

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There is so much sadness all over the internet today--as well as ignorance about mental illness and suicide--for me and for many who have either lost loved ones or who struggle themselves, it's really hard to read. The loss of a beloved public figure like Robin Williams is heartbreaking. We all feel … [Read more...]

I am Not a Bad Mom Because I Don’t Save Everything

Welcome Sarah, today's writer in the Thursday "I'm Not a Bad Mom" Series. If you'd like to contribute as a guest writer for this series please see details here.  I was about 30 years old when my mother gave me a shoe box. This shoe box was filled to the brim with things I had drawn when I was … [Read more...]