Self-care looks different for everyone. And self-care is hard—it’s the truth. As much as “Take care of yourself!” and “Treat yourself to that fancy coffee!” and “You can’t be the best for your kids if you’re not your best!”...
I picked up a prescription today. It isn’t an antibiotic. It isn’t birth control. It is an anti-anxiety medication. Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I want to tell you why I decided to take this step. Being...
I am utterly speechless that there is a baby formula shortage in the richest and most powerful nation in the world. After two+ years dealing with a pandemic in which we never seemed to have what we really needed—disinfectant...
I used Instagram before I became a parent to keep up with friends, family, and highlights of others' lives. It wasn’t used for any educational purposes. As the COVID-19 pandemic began and everything went virtual, I started using Instagram...
Parenting is hard — and it's even harder when you're struggling with postpartum depression or anxiety, or both. These internal struggles are real, but help is out there. In honor of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, I'm sharing a few...
Here’s the thing I’m starting to really hate about social media: the instant change videos.  One minute a curbside trash dresser... *blink*: A stunning home decor worth thousands.  One minute a house so untidy it resembles Marie Kondo’s version of hell......
COVID is suffocating me I strap on my N95 mask upon entering the gym to watch my 6-year-old’s basketball game. A few minutes in, I am calm and seated, but still having a hard time catching my breath.   I am suffocating. I...
My mother was adopted through a private closed adoption. My grandmother never told my mom she was adopted, but one of her cousins told her when she was a teenager. It is unclear if my grandmother never told anyone...
Disney's 60th animated movie Encanto, with its brilliant colors and fabulous music, shows us the family Madrigal's journey of acceptance and healing. It also teaches us the importance of mental wellness for all family members. Upon watching the film,...
Dear All Lawmakers (especially Democrats): I understand that to compromise with other Democrats and get the infrastructure bill introduced to attempt to be passed, the paid parental leave for parents was cut from 12 weeks to four. I just wanted...
Hey there, fellow mama. The new school year is already here for some or just around the corner! Are you ready? If you're like me, and many others I've spoken with, this more than any other year is a...
My daughter asked me a couple weeks ago whether I could take off the summer to play with her.  I laughed and said no.  I told her that I needed and wanted to work.  That made me reflect on...
If you love someone who lives with depression, mania, or bipolar (1 or 2) this post may help you with acceptance and awareness of neurological-diversity. Or if you happen to be the person preparing for or receiving treatment for...
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. I’ve lived...

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Epic DC Summer Bucket List: 50 Free or Cheap Outings for...

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Are you ready for free, frolicking summer fun with kids in 2024? Enjoy our guide with 50 local, kid-friendly, fun excursions on our Epic...