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...]

Managing Family Medication Refills #WalgreensRX, #shop, #cbias

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. I talk a lot about the practical issues of dealing with mental illness on this blog, but I don't think I've ever specifically talked about the challenge (and truly it is a challenge) of staying on top of taking my meds regularly and keeping up with medications refills. I take three different … [Read more...]

Inspiration in the Midst of Depression

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. "You just started writing a 365 page book. Make it a page turner." This quote is from a dear friend, Brian Perry, a talented and inspirational singer, songwriter and speaker. He regularly posts these types of messages on his Facebook Page and Instagram written on the back of his van that he calls … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays!

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. Happy Holidays from our family to yours. … [Read more...]

Bare Feet on the Dashboard

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. Earlier this year I joined the blogging community Social Fabric. I love it. Its a network of all types of bloggers who offer support, brainstorming, education, and opportunities for work-at-home bloggers like me to earn money and contribute to their families' financial welfare. The campaign … [Read more...]

Jewelry for Suicide Loss/Mental Health

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. For my birthday last month, my parents gave me a meaningful bracelet that they chose in honor of my suicide prevention advocacy. It was then that it occurred to me that perhaps suicide loss or prevention jewelry existed that I didn't know about. And I was right! The American Foundation for … [Read more...]

Thrifted: Charity Formal {Thrifting Tips}

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- Last week, John and I attended a charity event called Child's Play. Its a organization, celebrating its 10-year anniversary, created by the games industry to provide toys, book and video game consoles and games to kids at Children's Hospitals worldwide. They've raised millions of dollars over … [Read more...]

AFSP 2014 Overnight {Seattle & Philadelphia}

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This may sound silly to some of you but I literally "whooped" with joy on Thursday when I found out the 2014 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Overnight Walk was announced for my beautiful Seattle June 14/15. The foundation has decided for the first time to actually do two Overnight Walks … [Read more...]

Farewell Bumbleride Flyer Sale {Over 70% OFF}

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. We have owned the Bumbleride Flyer in 2009, and I posted about its a couple of year ago because it truly was the most awesome stroller for Attachment Parents. We loved it mostly for its reversible handle that allowed the kids to ride facing us. Ronin was an anxious kid and much preferred it, … [Read more...]

Little Girl & Doll Style: America Girl Twinkle Party Dress

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. We never pushed it on her, but my little angel Ellie loves to be a princess. Its funny because growing up with an older brother she's been exposed to typically "boy" things all of the time, and she loves those too. I mean she was a Power Ranger for Halloween. We try to instill that there's … [Read more...]

On the Move: Beyond Meds, Treatment & Self Care

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. Once again today I'm honored to be over at Postpartum Progress blog. It is the world’s most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. The site focuses on positive messages of empowerment and recovery, because PPD is temporary … [Read more...]

LGBT Suicide Prevention PSA: “Ears Wide Open?”

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. Recently I connected with Terrie Johnson, an editor, author, speaker, blogger, mother, grandmother, daughter and much more. Here's a bit about Terrie's story. I wanted to share her words because she has a very important message. From Terrie: "I was raised in a conservative church in the … [Read more...]

On the Move: Needing Meds is Not a Weakness

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. This week I have the honor--as a member of the Warrior Moms Leadership Team--of managing the Postpartum Progress blog. It is the world’s most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. The site focuses on positive messages of … [Read more...]

Stocking Stuffers {Under $5 to Under $50}

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. 17 shopping days left till Christmas! Ahhh! I love the tradition of stockings. Its really fun to see them hanging on the  mantel prior to the holidays and then filled with presents under our tree on Christmas morning. So I wanted to share some ideas that I have to stocking stuffers. These … [Read more...]

What to Wear: Family Photos

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- We had our family holiday photos taken over the weekend by the awesome Julie Khoury Photography. I always have fun coming up with our outfits for our photo shoot, which has become a yearly tradition before the holidays. I know we'll look back and appreciate having them, especially since most of … [Read more...]

Physical Disease and Pain Causing Depression

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  Please Note: I am not a doctor. This information is based on my own research and personal experiences. If you are struggling, please see your doctor immediately. Something I've never really talked about here on the blog is depression and suicidal thoughts/actions as a result of chronic … [Read more...]