Guest Post: PTSD and the Abused Child now Mother

TRIGGER WARNING: Child abuse and post traumatic stress disorder. Child abuse crisis information can be found at  www.childhelp.org/pages/hotline-home. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is 800-4-A-CHILD … [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...]

New Toy Rush Game FREE in the iOs App Store

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My husband John is a video game developer and he's been living in a land of toys for the past couple of years. Today is the culmination of all of his incredibly hard work and passion. TOY RUSH is now available via the iOs App Store for iPad and iPhone worldwide! If you need a ringing endorsement, … [Read more...]

Shop Amazon via Twitter #AmazonCart

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I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias. I just used Twitter to buy super cool wine glasses on Amazon. OK, wait ... Did that sentence even make sense? How could I use Twitter … [Read more...]

Not All Rejoice for Mother’s Day

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There are a lot of people out there cringing at the thought of another Mother's Day. We often forget this fact as we 're splashing the latest gift ideas or celebrations for moms across the Internet. Not everyone wants to celebrate or even feels worthy of a celebration, and I think that's OK. Just … [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...]

Honoring Loved Ones Lost

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Next month I'll be walking in the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in Seattle. And I'd like to honor your loved ones lost to suicide. Last year in DC I walked wearing this shirt. I'll be honoring these beautiful very-loved people again this year but have been given a few more names and plan to … [Read more...]

2014 Seattle Mom Prom, The Ultimate Ladies Night to Benefit Postpartum Support International

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. Who's going to Seattle Mom Prom!? I've gone the past 3 years and it is a BLAST and for a great cause! The Seattle Mom Prom  is a benefit to celebrate and honor moms.  It is a super-fun evening of drinks, desserts and dancing--the ultimate ladies night out!  While this is a ladies only event, it … [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...]

Nominate a Mama Bear! {Helzberg #BearHug}

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Do you have a fierce Mama Bear in your life?   It could be your own mother or grandmother, a friend, a colleague; a mom you admire because its clear she goes above and beyond to support, comfort and love the "kids" in her life. My friends at Helzberg Diamonds (they are the awesome folks … [Read more...]

Goodbye Winter…Hello Spring Style

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It has been one hellish winter in many parts of North America...in fact I just saw some surprise Spring snow in parts of the US this week. Ugh. Thankfully here in the typically grey and rainy Pacific Northwest, we have actually started to have real spring weather. Like. REAL. SPRING! It was in the … [Read more...]

My story is not over; and neither is yours.

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A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended; but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life. Today is April 16th, which is the day of the Semi Colon Project. A day when those who have struggled with grief, or been suicidal, or self harmed, or lived with a broken … [Read more...]

Top 10 Charity Fundraising Tips

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The last few years I've done a lot of charity fundraising, particularly for suicide prevention. Its not something I have ever done before..ever. And I HATE sales, which is kind of what fundraising is when you really get down to it. You're selling a cause...your cause...something you are passionate … [Read more...]

Our Stories Are Not Over #SemicolonProject416

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I recently read about the Semicolon Project on Healthy Place. It really spoke to me, and when I shared the information in my mental health blogs group on Facebook, many of my fellow advocates responded to the campaign; especially as writers living with mental illness. I just love the imagery and … [Read more...]