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SoFabU On the Road {Comes to Seattle, other US Cities}

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Growth. Opportunity. Community. When asked yesterday during the #Lucky2beSoFab St. Patty's Day Twitter Party, those were the three words I used to describe Social Fabric, the blogger network by Collective Bias. I've been a member of "SoFab" for about a year and a half, and it's been such a blessing in my blogging career. I pretty quickly saw … [Read more...]

For Veteran’s Day: Postpartum Support for Military Moms

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Today for Veteran's Day, I would like to send out my heartfelt thanks to the many brave men and women who serve this country, as well as their families back at home. Military moms rock! As a civilian, it's impossible for me to truly understand the pressure and stress of being in the military, or married to a service person. But … [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 that also build awareness are important. I keep … [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 my love of fast food and said for fun I like to … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Send My Son to Daycare When I’m Not Working

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Please welcome Kristen for this week's I'm Not a Bad Mom. If you would like to submit your own story, please check out info here. My husband and I both work full-time.  There is no way around that.  We have a mortgage, car loans, student loans, credit card debt...the list of expenses go on before we even get to basic living expenses.  When … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Don’t Have Answers to the Big Questions

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Please welcome Meryl for this week's "I'm Not a Bad Mom" post. I can definitely relate to this one. If you'd like to contribute to this weekly Thursday series, please find more info here. It started with a fish.  A beta fish.  A dead beta fish. As is the case with many small animals, I'm not sure what the exact cause was, but he died … [Read more...]

Postpartum Progress: Kicking PPD Ass for 10 Years!

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Its easy to feel alone when you're in the midst of postpartum depression. Isolated, insecure, anxious, paranoid. You feel like something is fundamentally wrong with you...like no one in the world will understand...like no one will be able to help you. Its heartbreaking to be in that pit when you see other moms around you enjoying their babies. Its … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Reboot #notabadmom

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I used to have a weekly series "I'm Not A Bad Mom" in 2011/2012. I really liked it but fell out of doing it for various reasons, mostly because I was struggling at the time and stopped blogging for a bit. But I'm bringing it back. I'm Not a Bad Mom Reboot! We all get judged as parents for one thing or another, and sometimes that judgement even … [Read more...]

SoFabCon: Worth a Cancelled Flight & Lost Luggage

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Sitting at the Dallas airport Friday's with my pal Kerri @_themaven, we toasted our SoFabCon adventure about to begin. I was fortunate enough to win the trip from the conference because of this post and was so excited for the adventure. Fifteen minutes later and the American Airlines mobile site said our flight was cancelled. A large airplane to … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health {On the Move}

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This Sunday, May 11th, Postpartum Progress--the world's most widely read blog about perinatal and postpartum mood disorders--is  hosting its 6th annual Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health. 24 letters to new moms, one posted each hour on the hour, from women who have been there. I'm honored to be one of the writers for this annual … [Read more...]

Tips to Make the Most of a Conference When You Have Social Anxiety

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I have social anxiety, and too much stress–even good stress–makes me shut down. Have you ever felt that way? Over the last few years as I’ve attended blogging conferences, I’ve learned a few things about how to better manage my mental health and boost my confidence, and honestly to also maximize what I’m getting out of an event personally and … [Read more...]

This Chic Wallet Charges an iPhone {Pre-order Pricing till May 6}

The Brand New Everpurse Mini, the chic wallet that charges your smartphone is now available for pre-order early bird pricing of $98 until May 6 #wearabletech

So yeah, I'm an admitted Everpurse groupie. Since they're Kickstarter in 2012 (which John backed as a birthday gift to me!) I've been talking about my love of the original Everpurse clutch that charges your smartphone. I respect them as a small family-owned Chicago-based company that cares about bringing fashion and tech together to create … [Read more...]

MinaDream Crochet on Etsy

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. Spring is such a beautiful time of rebirth and renewal. I just love the season, particulary when the sun starts shining here in the Pacific Northwest and we can get out more for some Vitamin D. As for Easter, we're honestly not religious around here, but we love the family traditions that surround the holiday...and of course the chocolate, we … [Read more...]

Social Media Butterflies: Suicide Prevention Fundraiser

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. Right now I'm in the middle of a very important project. I'm raising funds for suicide prevention. For the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to be more specific. I'm sure you've heard me talking about it, but if you haven't, a couple months ago I created some original art that I titled the "Butterfly Blogger" and then created … [Read more...]

Lee Jeans and Moss Mills Clutch

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. Today over 100 bloggers are kicking off the 2014 Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event hosted by Still Blonde After All These Years  and ModlyChic. It's all Fashion! Only FASHION! And is the Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $26,000+ in prizes, a grand prize valued at $1,200 (see info below) and each individual blog has a minimum … [Read more...]

Dress & Bow of the Month Clubs Lillybelle’s Closet, SassyBug

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. Giveaway is now CLOSED, but please check out Lillybelle's Closet and SassyBug Boutique below for beautiful girls fashion and accessories. Today over 100 bloggers are kicking off the 2014 Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event hosted by Still Blonde After All These Years  and ModlyChic. Its all Fashion! Only FASHION! And is the Largest Fashion … [Read more...]

“Butterfly Blogger” T-Shirts for Suicide Prevention

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. A couple of weeks ago I drew this original art I call "Blogger Butterfly" to apply for a scholarship/trip to the blogging conference #SoFabCon14. They asked for creativity and I gave it to them. If you take a look it says "BLOGGER" in the body of the butterfly and then within the wings I have listed words that describe the many facets of being … [Read more...]

Preview: Huge Fashionista Giveaway Event!

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. I'm so excited to share I've joined up with over 100 bloggers for the 2014 Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event! hosted by Still Blonde After All These Years  and ModlyChic. All Fashion! Only FASHION! Its the Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $26,000+ in prizes, a grand prize valued at $1,200  and each individual blog has a … [Read more...]

Once Upon a Time: Depression #DayofLight

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. Once upon a time, there was a 20-something girl with a family history of mental illness. But she didn't know that at the time. It was something that wasn't talked about. Something that lurked in the darkness. When she started struggling herself, she didn't know what it was. She felt confused, alone and sad. She stopped eating and lost 10 … [Read more...]

Bring Depression Out of the Darkness #DayofLight

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. On Wednesday February 5th bloggers from all over the country are collaborating to flood social media with personal stories about living with depression, and accurate information on managing and living with the mental illness. #DayOfLight was created to shine a light on depression, and share resources for those who are struggling with the … [Read more...]

The Butterfly Blogger Life Cycle

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. I burst from my cocoon, a butterfly. Dazzling and passionate. An explosion of colors. Rapid wing beats moving me in every direction possible, yet not knowing the terrain. Ready to soar, but not truly knowing the way. In truth, I wasn't a full-fledged butterfly. I had not taken the complete journey through metamorphosis from caterpillar to … [Read more...]