For almost 10 years, I would spend days leading up to Christmas by cooking. There was researching, planning, calling stores, shopping, and of course cooking. It started by reading an issue of Cooking Light and talking about holiday traditions,...
The holiday season is here - and no matter what holiday you and your family celebrate - we all have ONE very important thing in common. Ready for it? You sure? Clothes. Yes. Clothes.  We all must wear clothes to our family gathering....
When a child enters this world prematurely, life is turned upside down. Plans are thrown out the window, and uncertainty becomes the new norm. That is especially true when your child is born on the edge of viability. When...
December is International Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Awareness month and the 7th is World Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Awareness Day. Never heard of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)? Neither had I until about five years ago. TTTS is...
Motherhood is a balancing act. We're constantly navigating the extremes of parenthood, finding our place between worry and nonchalance, planning and spontaneity, protecting and letting go. Motherhood is a continual evaluation and renegotiation between accepting change as it comes and...

Be Here Now

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One of the things I enjoy most is being inspired by others and learning another way to connect with people in both my professional and personal pathways. I attended a workshop not so long ago that reminded me how important...

Daddy Has Diabetes

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When I first started dating my husband, he gravely said that he had something he needed to tell me. I prepared myself for a scene out of a comedy about people who meet online. He’d probably tell me that...

The Best Thanksgiving

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My favorite Thanksgiving stories are by far traditional. The year our oldest son was born, we decided to stay home for Thanksgiving. My late husband grilled steaks and we devoured them while watching our favorite football team on television....
“You are such a good stepdad!” an innocent lady on Facebook typed under a picture of my husband and our son. Wait, a good what? Who is she talking about? It took me a few moments to realize she was...
Every Friday it was the same. Take the kids to school. Rush home to do all the things I didn't get to finish during the week; laundry, clean bathrooms, scrub floors, vacuum and dust. Then I'd rush back out to...
{Photo credit: Melissa Soto Photography} If I thought my twenties went by fast, I was woefully unprepared for the warp speed at which my thirties would go by. I attribute my twenties passing quickly to too many late nights, too...

Of Moms and Martyrs

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“Don’t be a martyr.” My husband’s words sent a zing of fury through my veins. It wasn’t the poor guy’s fault. He said the four harmless words, expecting me to hear something like my darling wife, you are important, too –...
DAY 3 My 16-month old knows something is wrong. She's right, but how can she possibly know that? DAY 1 12:38 pm – I'm called into a conference room with two of my colleagues, and there's a box of tissues on the...
Any preconceived notions I had about motherhood went out the door the night we brought my first daughter home from the hospital. Despite my ideals of being the “do it all Mom,” I quickly learned the limitations of sleep...

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Living the Dream

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“I have a sliver!” he shouted, charging across the yard with purpose and urgency. This all-too-familiar phrase carried with it copious amounts of sobbing,...

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