6 Ways to Cope with Anxiety During Pregnancy

Anxiety has never been a big thing for me. There have really only been two stages in my life where I found myself regularly feeling tightness in my chest: the first was when I had endured so much stress that I literally burned myself out and the second was when I reached the third trimester…

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3 Undervalued Tips for Surviving Family Vacations

In the summer of 2015, I did the unthinkable…. …at least, that’s what I’ve been told. Everyone thought I was crazy. But I didn’t care. Driving across six states in three days with three kids ages one, five and eight by myself, I’ll admit, sounded exhausting, but not impossible. I knew what I was getting…

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Overwhelmed by Life? Pressing Pause Might Help

Life is overwhelming enough on its own sometimes. That, I’m sure, we could all agree. But add to it anything extra, like the uncertainty of how exactly this pregnancy of mine will all turn out. Now, that just makes for twice the feels. Maybe the overwhelm I’m feeling is really just my anxiety playing out…

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When Rental Rates Go Through the Roof, Consider Storing Your Stuff

I don’t even know where to begin. I feel like I’ve been house hunting for months. Within the last two years, rental rates in my area have spiked due to a massive housing shortage (thanks to increased job opportunities). When my year lease came up for renewal in June, why the heck did we think…

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I Am Not My Cysts: What They Are and How I’m Remedying It

Originally Published on The Sticky Apron When I first found out, I was certain it meant having more kids would be impossible. So, naturally, I cried. It’s still likely my ovaries are damaged from cysts that have been forming and dissipating for the last three years. Five months after first discovering them on a CT…

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Moving Medical Records is Just as Important as Moving Your Stuff

Sure, I messed up, but the nurse could have seriously messed up if I wasn’t such an analytical mother. This is why it’s important for parents to keep accurate medical records when moving – to avoid mistakes like the one we avoided. During my daughter’s three-year physical, the nurse said that they didn’t have records…

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