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6 Simple Ways to Cancer-Proof Your Lifestyle

A couple months ago, I tossed 21.4 pounds of personal care products in the trash. 21.4 POUNDS. And that was just personal products like lotions, shampoos, makeup removers, hair gels, deodorants, etc. After that, I went ahead and threw out kitchen, bathroom, and household cleaning products too. Add those in, and I’m sure I was close to 50 pounds of commercial products going to the dump. Here’s why: Known carcinogens. Known endocrine-disruptors. Known neurotoxins. These products were full of them. And with the rise in...

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Pretty in PinkBlush: How to Embrace Your “Mom-Bod” with Style [Free Giveaway]

I call it: the closet crisis. It’s that moment when you’re looking at endless outfits in horror…scanning through thousands of hangers holding styles that once were “so you,” but are now “so yesterday,” or worse, “so many years ago.” For me, this happened a few months postpartum. I was standing in front of a sea of crop tops, slim fits, outdated patterns, and not-so-flattering necklines. I was still working on shedding all of my pregnancy pounds (a whole, whopping 60 of them), and I...

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Poem: Carrol & Dolores

This poem was written in January 2012 in honor of my Grandpa “Pete.” My grandpa died of Parkinson’s and Dementia; his wife Dolores, along with all of his children and grandchildren, took care of him for many months in his home as he slowly passed. I wrote this poem in reflection of a day I spent with him and the moments and words I will never forget he said to his bride. Carrol & Dolores You once had eight children with...

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Cloth vs. Disposables: 10 Reasons Why You Should Cloth Diaper

I cannot tell you how many crazy looks I’ve gotten and the comments I’ve heard when people find out we’re a cloth diapering family. Eyes roll. Laughter ensues. Women look at their husbands and say, “No way, not for us; it’s too much work.” Or, “Ew that’s so gross.” “More laundry? No thanks.” “You put poop in your washing machine?” “Wait, you touch poop?” “You’re crazy.” Yes, I’ve heard it all and then some. I’m fine with it; I just smile and move...

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The Hospital Birth of My First – Part 3: The delivery

~ This is a continuation of Part 2 ~ I didn’t look at the needle. I knew what it looked like. Instead, I buried my head in my husband’s shirt, bent forward, and gripped his biceps with my cold, fragile hands, desperately trying to stop my body’s convulsions–convulsions from being famished, from running on 42 hours without sleep, from complete physical weakness–all while the anesthesiologist kept repeating: Try and sit still. I closed my eyes, calming the tremors just barely, just...

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The Hospital Birth of My First – Part 2: Induction of labor

~ This is a continuation of Part 1 ~ It was the corner room. It was the same room used during our tour of the hospital. It was stale and bland, as expected. It was nothing special, even though it was about to become center stage for the most beautiful show of life: the birth of our son. It seemed so close, so attainable, when I slipped into my gown. It got so real, so quickly, as I crawled into the bed. We’re going to...

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The Hospital Birth of My First – Part 1: When my son went overdue

I wanted to feel nothing. As I plunged my hands into a bowl full of ice water, I remembered in high school when I electively took ice baths after track practice and how the shocking, debilitating cold almost urged me to vomit. This was different. This was worse. I needed my hands numb. I needed to feel nothing. It was July 11. It was my due date. Instead of feeling overwhelmed with elation, relishing in the glory and excitement that awaits...

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The Short, Sweet, and (somewhat) Cheap Cloth Diaper Registry Checklist

Welcome to Team Fluff Bum. If you’re still waffling on the idea of cloth diapering your babe, I understand; it’s a big decision, and there are a lot of pros and (some) cons. And the research…uffda! It can be seriously overwhelming; I’ve been there. Do not let it discourage you! For me, the pros have far outweighed the cons, and I’m happy to be a resource for you anytime–wanna talk about poop? I’m down. I am among millions of cloth...

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The Completely Long-winded Baby Registry Checklist

You’re expecting. YAY! Getting prepared for baby’s arrival is mostly exciting and a tad overwhelming, filled with decorating the nursery, reading all those “what to expect” books (or not reading them), and mentally wrapping your mind around what parenthood will bring. But you know what you can’t prepare for? Getting a heck of a lot of advice, whether you ask for it or not. How ironic…here I am, giving my advice. So here’s the thing: know that most people, mothers especially, have...

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The BEST Coconut Oil Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are arguably the best cookies on the planet. My husband always finds ways to slyly ask me to make these at least a couple times a week. He doesn’t always get them, as often as he asks, but when he does, he’s like a giddy little kid, sneaking them for breakfast and packing more than one in his lunch for work, thinking I won’t notice them vanishing from the bowl. Hunny, I always notice. Anyway, these truly are the best. When...