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5 Ways To De-stress

5 Ways To De-stress

I don’t think it is a coincidence that National Stress Awareness Day is the day after Election Day. I know I am not alone in saying that this year has been one of the most stressful of my life. If this sounds like you, know that we are in this together. Between the pandemic, quarantine, moving, the election, a preschooler and two toddlers trapped in the house (that’s just the tip of the iceberg)…I learned some new ways to cope…

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How We Are Celebrating Halloween During The Pandemic

How We Are Celebrating Halloween During The Pandemic

This has become a hot topic in my dm’s, so I’m going to share how we are celebrating Halloween during the pandemic. I realize that everyone’s personal situation is different, and things are very different safety-wise depending on where you live. Based on where we are and our own health situation, we came up with a few fun and safe ways to make (not break) the holiday for our children.…

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Why We Decided To Have A Third Baby

Why We Decided To Have A Third Baby

When you tell most people you’re having your first baby, they typically say, “congratulations!” When you have your second baby, it’s usually the same. When you’re having your third, you might hear “I got a guy” or questions along the lines of “was it planned,” or even a “you’re insane.” I have to acknowledge the privilege I’ve been granted in life to be able to grow our family. While it took years for us to have our first child, we’ve…

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On A Personal Note

On A Personal Note

June 2020 has been a long year. You may have noticed that I paused publishing in this space. To be honest, I was overwhelmed in many ways, and it just did not feel right for me to continue to share my regularly scheduled content. Like many of you, I muted myself and listened, learned, protested, and donated. Most of all, I reflected on what I can do beyond what I have been doing, and took action. I ended up taking…

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How I Talk To My Children About Race

How I Talk To My Children About Race

I will never forget the first time my blonde son asked me why my skin is brown. “Mama has brown skin because mama is Mexican,” I told him. I explained that people of all different colors, white, brown, and black and everything in between, live alongside one other or together, just like our family. I concluded by telling him that this is a big part of what makes us the United States Of America. He didn’t notice the woman who…

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3 Best Free Mothers Day Gifts

3 Best Free Mothers Day Gifts

While I was working on rounding up the 10 best Mother’s Day gifts, I realized that the greatest presents are actually things that money can’t buy. When I think of the things I would truly love for Mother’s Day this year, they aren’t things at all. Shelter-in-place, quarantine, social distancing, whatever you’re calling our state of being during this pandemic, has presented most mothers with unprecedented situational stress. The amount of time we have been spending with our children has…

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Easy Flourless Peanut Butter Jelly Cookies

Easy Flourless Peanut Butter Jelly Cookies

I’m knee deep in potty training over here with my middle child, which means cookies are being made along with bribes. You’ve probably seen the viral 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe floating around on the interwebs, and this is my riff on that. It takes 6 pantry staples and an optional 7th ingredient, which I can personally attest takes these over the top and will get you results (in potty training at least). Here is what you’ll need to…

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5 Things I Do Not Miss During Quarantine

5 Things I Do Not Miss During Quarantine

I’m officially at a point where I am stuck somewhere between hell and the life I once knew: a purgatory of sorts. It feels as if some days we are bombarded with messaging telling us to stay positive all the while reading news that says people are dying all around us and we won’t be going back to anywhere anytime soon, let alone back to the way things were ever again. This messaging cycle has been sending me down a…

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

I’m sure you’ve seen recipes boasting the best chocolate chip cookies ever, but I know for a fact that only one exists and it’s this one right here. They’re a snow day staple at our house, and since we are on an extended worse-than-a-snow-day-hiatus from life, what better time like the present to bake a batch? These disappear whenever my husband is around, until the last cookie. I asked him once why he never eats the last cookie, and he…

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The New Normal Under Coronavirus Quarantine

The New Normal Under Coronavirus Quarantine

Given that our lives have now been completely turned upside down, I wanted to address something that has been bothering me in the wake of Coronavirus quarantine. Following school closures last week, and now state mandated closures of pretty much everything, many of us and our partners are out of work, or working from home. We are fortunate to have the ability to do so, as many do not, and some are in a state of panic and dread wondering…

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