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...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Switched From Breastfeeding to Formula

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Please welcome Kendra to the blog today for the newly relaunched I'm Not a Bad Mom Series. This series will run weekly on Thursdays and if you'd like to submit a piece, please see details here.  My son was born in April of 2012. When I was pregnant, I was determined to do everything “right”. I … [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...]

Escape Into Outlander

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I've been somewhat depressed, and when I am, I read. I honestly don't know if its self care or a way for me to withdraw and escape. But I really love reading, and its a relatively new phenomenon. OK, not new exactly, but its only been something I've enjoyed in my adulthood. I credit my love of … [Read more...]

Planes: Fire and Rescue FREE Downloadable Activity Book

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We are very excited to see Planes: Fire and Rescue. Ronin is a bit obsessed with the original film Planes. He watches it all of the time, and truly I've always enjoyed it myself.  Spoiler Alert: It's great to see the nice guy finish first.  We're eagerly awaiting the new movie's flight into … [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...]

Peach Berry Smoothies with Almond Milk

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A few years ago we had the kids tested for dietary intolerances at a naturopath. We were trying to figure out a few issues including Ronin's night terrors and skin issues. Both kids came back as intolerant to dairy and gluten, so we adjusted our lifestyle including switching from cow's milk (which … [Read more...]

Social Media Silence

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Yesterday both my mom and my friend Angel (who I met at last year's Overnight Walk, see pic) messaged me asking if I was OK. And I am...OK. I guess my last blog post about things I hate about mental illness and my "social media silence" as Angel put it were signs to them. I can feel a lack of … [Read more...]

10 Things I Hate About Mental Illness

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I'm not ashamed to have mental illness, but it does really suck to have it...for lots of reasons. Can you relate? I know I'm not alone here. So many things to contend with and fight against on a daily basis. There are days I want to scream, or cry, or maybe both. So what are 10 things I … [Read more...]

Spontaneous Combustion

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I always burn out after a big event. Sometimes I think of it as a hangover, but this year its definite burnout. So its taken me several days to write this. After months of fundraising and planning, last weekend was the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Overnight Walk, bringing suicide … [Read more...]

Donate a Photo to Help Give a Baby in the NICU a Blanket

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Disclosure: This post was compensated as part of a social media campaign by Acorn Influence.  Throwback Thursday: The Comes Family Circa 2010 A few good friends of mine is a preemie moms, so when I heard about a simple way to help babies in the NICU, I was definitely on board.  Johnson & … [Read more...]

Summer Safety Tips for Kids

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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...]

How to Dip Dye Hair with Kool-Aid Beverage

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My big Overnight Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is next weekend, and in honor of this big event, I'm dyeing my hair blue with Kool-Aid drink. Remember back in 2011 when I dyed my hair blue after raising funds for suicide prevention? It was a big statement, and helped me … [Read more...]

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Blu-Ray/DVD Exclusive Deal

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I loooove Chris Pine. Seriously, if he's in a movie I'm seeing it. So yum! And the cool thing about the film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is that not only do you get the eye candy, you can actually enjoy this film with your partner. Can you say at-home movie date night!!? This film is non-stop action … [Read more...]

My Illness Lies and I Can’t Help But Listen

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A couple nights ago I had the worst headache of my life. OK, maybe not the worst. I get headaches a lot and sometimes they're bad. But this one seriously made me want to vomit. I couldn't fall asleep and just wanted to cry, and since I've been spacey and not myself. But honestly, I'm pretty sure I … [Read more...]