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...]

Summer Safety Tips for Kids {First Aid Kits #Giveaway}

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Summer. We're not quite there yet, the kids are still in school until next week, but its coming up fast. I know it'll be a busy one. Always a lot of activity and play time since we have to enjoy the good weather. Its beautiful and sunny (yes even in rainy Seattle) and with the sun and extra outdoor … [Read more...]

Healthy Habits for Women’s Health

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When I think of women's health of course mental health comes to mind. It's what I do after all. But its not just about those of us diagnosed with a mental illness. Mental health is so much bigger, and when it comes to all women, particularly moms, it takes on a whole new meaning. All of us lose … [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

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  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...]

Guest Post: Developing the Strength to Break Cycles

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. I'd like to welcome Stephanie to the blog today, a writer for houstonnanny.com. With a love of children, Stephanie has many years of experience as a nanny and has always been involved in childcare … [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...]

Treatment is Possible.

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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...]

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...]

Help for Anxiety and Night Terrors

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So lately I've been seeing several posts from friends about their kids and night terrors. We have quite a bit of experience in this arena since my son Ronin had night terrors for the first few years of this life almost every night. He suffered from anxiety from a very very early age. And you … [Read more...]

{Review} New Therafit Sandals

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. 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...]