Why Support My Suicide Prevention Fundraising


. I've got a fundraiser going for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that you may have heard about. But why should you pre-order a shirt and donate to this vital cause? What does the AFSP do with that money? How does it help bring us closer to the goal of suicide prevention? After … [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...]

Frozen Digital Download Out 2/25 {Activity Sheets}

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. You know how much I love Disney's Frozen. I have seen it 3 times in the theater, Ellie 4 times, and Ronin and John 2 times. And yes, we are still anxiously awaiting the at-home movie release. We are SO close! Frozen will be available for Digital HD and Digital 3D download beginning this … [Read more...]

Mental Health Triggers Explained and Tips


. Have you ever seen a blog post with a "Trigger Warning" at the top? Have you wondered what that means exactly? There are a lot of normal everyday things that can trigger symptoms of mental illness like anxiety or panic. For those of you who don't have a mental illness it might be difficult … [Read more...]

Your Jokes are SO Not Funny

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. Before getting to my post today, I have some wonderful news. As of last week, I am now on the Board of Directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Washington State Chapter. I've been a volunteer for the organization on the media team for quite some time and also recently become … [Read more...]

{Review} Bellapulse Skin Care System #BeaSkinPro #ad


. Back in December, just after my 40th birthday, I started using the Bellapulse Exfoliating Skin Care System. It comes with a lot of bells and whistles that I've never seen in at-home cleaning. Basically you use an electronic sonic handle attached to cleansing brushes and massaging accessories to … [Read more...]

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...]

{Review} Dyson DC59 Upright Cordless Vacuum #ad

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. That feeling when your house is a mess, you're weighed down and stressed, and even depressed. Yep. That's me. Having a cluttered and dirty home can really affect my mental health. Seriously. Have you ever done some spring cleaning, maybe moved your furniture around, and you feel like a new … [Read more...]

Once Upon a Time: Depression #DayofLight


. 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


. 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...]

Frozen Sing-Along in Theaters Jan. 31st

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. I'm a bit of a Frozen animated film fanatic. We've seen it twice in 3D and I already have plans to see it again next week with Ellie, my sister-in-law and nephew. And its so cool. Starting this Friday, more than 2,000 theaters nationwide are staged to showcase the all-new sing-along version of … [Read more...]

Mental Health after Infant Loss & Miscarriage

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. TRIGGER WARNING: Infant Loss & Miscarriage. GUEST POST By: Colleen, a wife, mom, homeschooler, missionary and writer. She currently serves alongside her husband and five sons as a founder of the non-profit St. Bryce Missions and is part of the ground team in Tayutic, Costa Rica. She … [Read more...]

Being a Mom Does Not 100% Fulfill Me

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. We're so conflicted as mothers. At least I know I am. I wanted to be a stay at home mom and a big part of me loves seeing my kids day to day, hour by hour, grow, change and learn to be the little people they are. It's a beautiful thing, such an amazing gift to them, and incredibly important job … [Read more...]

PPMD Screening: A Matter of Life Or Death

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. GUEST POST By: A'Driane, mama of three, wife to a nerdy futurist, and a color addict who gets a rush from putting paint to canvas. A PPD & PPA survivor, she now strives to find the beauty in living despite the chaos of Bipolar Disorder Type II & OCD. An ardent believer in the power of … [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 … [Read more...]

This is My Brave Show: Auditions Open

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.   This is My Brave, the show: "Opening up about Mental Illness" is the brainchild of passionate blogger and mental health advocate Jennifer Marshall (@bipolarmomlife). I wrote about her endeavor earlier last year when she Kickstarted her event (with success) and now that the event is set and … [Read more...]