4th Birthday Manicures & Sushi …Seriously.

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. Ellie's idea, I swear. She's got sophisticated tastes, that one. So I got to planning her 4th Birthday Party just the way she wanted it. Invites! I electronically created the party invite above using a few of my favorite iPhone apps. First in Polyvore, I tracked down some background images … [Read more...]

Managing Family Medication Refills #WalgreensRX, #shop, #cbias

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. I talk a lot about the practical issues of dealing with mental illness on this blog, but I don't think I've ever specifically talked about the challenge (and truly it is a challenge) of staying on top of taking my meds regularly and keeping up with medications refills. I take three different … [Read more...]

On the Move: Needing Meds is Not a Weakness

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. This week I have the honor--as a member of the Warrior Moms Leadership Team--of managing the Postpartum Progress blog. It is the world’s most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. The site focuses on positive messages of … [Read more...]

Physical Disease and Pain Causing Depression


  Please Note: I am not a doctor. This information is based on my own research and personal experiences. If you are struggling, please see your doctor immediately. Something I've never really talked about here on the blog is depression and suicidal thoughts/actions as a result of chronic … [Read more...]

Making a Gluten-Free Castle Cake with Kids


  The following is a tutorial of how my husband (who I've never known to bake in our 10 years of being together) and my kids (Ellie, 3 & Ronin, 6) made a gluten-free castle cake for my birthday. Admittedly this is a rudimentary castle that could certainly be improved upon with more … [Read more...]

Join Us for #WellnessWed Mental Health TweetChat

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We invite you... Wednesday, Oct 23rd  join MomsRising, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Get Covered America and little ole' me for the #WellnessWed TweetChat about mental health care coverage and the Affordable Care Act. Come and share your questions, stories, resources and … [Read more...]

At-Home Gourmet Coffee Indulgence {Gevalia} #CupOfKaffe #Shop #Cbias

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Coffee is like a religion here in Seattle. Drive through coffee stands adorn practically every other corner. And when we moved here almost nine years ago we got swept up in the coffee-love. Mochas, lattes, cappuccinos, yum. After having kids coffee definitely increased as my indulgence of choice … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Muffins {Dairy, Gluten and Grain Free}

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I'd like to welcome Rula Borelli to the blog today. Rula is the talented baker from Alur Cakes & Sweets who has created amazing cake creations for my kids and friends. Rula is gluten-free herself and has wonderful recipes and a talent for awesome cake design.  I'll post a few examples at the end … [Read more...]

Treatment is Possible.


Today is World Mental Health Day. I've been having a rough time with my own mental health the past few days so I haven't been as active as I'd like this awareness week, during which I'd normally be writing up a storm. But I think today it's appropriate to mention that I have bad days, even though … [Read more...]

#ad Money for Schools: Tyson Project A+ and Safeway

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  Ack! Ronin starts full-day Kindergarten in less than 2 weeks! Back to School time is here! I can't believe my first born will be in real school. I'm super anxious about how he's going to handle it, and since we have so many dietary issues--including peanut allergy and gluten and dairy … [Read more...]

Digestive Issues: I Found Answers at Walgreens

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Over the past year, we've really changed the way we eat, and its affected me in so many ways including my mental and digestive health. I know I've talked a lot about how gluten was affecting my husband, my kids and even my own anxiety. But in the process of removing gluten and dieting to get my … [Read more...]

Language Matters Dr Phil and Brian Williams

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OK I admit it, I’m one of those people who thinks language matters. Go ahead, call me a buzz kill. Its not that I can't take a joke. I can laugh at myself. I definitely have a sense of humor. But I’ve also learned that when it comes to mental illness the vast majority of people in this world … [Read more...]

Cranberry Juice Benefits and Recipes

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Disclosure: I received a compensation in return for this post. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. We're big fruit lovers in my house, but not big juice drinkers. I know a lot of people give their kids juice every day because they *think* its a healthy … [Read more...]

{Review} New Therafit Sandals


. You've probably heard me talking about the Therafit athletic shoes I wore for training and to walk in the Overnight Walk last weekend. Therafit shoes are specifically developed for women's comfort and are accredited by the National Posture Institute. And they've just launched a new line of … [Read more...]

We’re Fabulous Even With Mental Illness.

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. "I'm creative and sensitive." -- Jenn "I love my sense of humor and my kindness." -- Jenny "I am witty and clever." -- Natasha "I am creative and caring." -- Marcilla "I am empathetic and an advocate for others." -- Andrea "I love my sense of humor." -- Amy "I'm creative, … [Read more...]

Living with Bipolar


Misunderstanding. Misdiagnosis. Chemistry experiments. Intensive therapy.  Weight gain. Weight loss. Depression. Mania. Suicidal thoughts.  Accompanying anxiety. Substance abuse.  Living with bipolar disorder is fraught with a load of obstacles. According to the National … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health


I am so honored to be a part of this event on Mother's Day and during Maternal Mental Health Month! Sunday, May 12th is the 5th annual Mother's Day Rally for Moms' Mental Health, featuring 24 letters from survivors of PPD, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, depression after weaning and/or … [Read more...]