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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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, … [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 … [Read more...]