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I Have Breast Cancer

My body betrayed me last week when I found out that I have cancer. Breast cancer. What? But it doesn’t run in my family, I said. I’m only 35, I said. I breastfed 2 babies and pumped for another, I said. I am not the demographic. I am an outlier. What. The. F**k. I have […]

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Emmet on the first day of preschool

Teacher, Meet My Son

My son, Emmet has recently started a new preschool program. On the first day as I walked him in, I found myself telling the teacher a thing or twenty-five about Emmet while he played and became comfortable with his surroundings. “He’s really funny, but enjoys using the words butt and fart for a lot of […]

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My Capsule Wardrobe Experience: Video Blog

A while back I discovered this blog called Un-Fancy. It’s all about having a minimalist wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe. Here’s the concept: you have a minimal amount of clothing per season-like somewhere around 30-40 pieces. Those pieces include dresses, tops, pants or skirts,jackets and shoes. You choose items that you love and then you get […]

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Gracie in Mid Air

5-6-7-8: A Guide For Aspiring Dance Moms

So your kids have decided they just love dance. They are in multiple classes throughout the week ranging from ballet to tap to hip hop. You have spent the year in the waiting room of the dance studio chatting it up with the other mom’s and dad’s who have kids who love dance. You have […]

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Your Kids, My Kids, Our Kids

This is the first of a 3 part series about Foster Care. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and it’s followed in May by National Foster Care Month, so what better time to dive into the world of foster parenting. As a social worker, I have come to know many foster parents and what […]

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