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In honor of this sweet, sweet girl turning 5 this week: “Mom, I feel like I’m in a room. Like the walls are blended with the sky.” — swinging high on the tire swing at the park. “Mom, when you turn a new number on your birthday, do you see it in your head? Like, do […]

Toy Review: Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube

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We tried out the Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube with my youngest daughter, who is 8 and a half months old for recently. Here’s what went down: The Mozart Cube is basically a color-blocked cube with different instrument panels on each side—the baby presses the panel down and it lights up to the beat while playing a […]


My birthday bouquet from Ben.

Yesterday was my 29th birthday.  And in addition to not being able to get Chris Farley’s voice out of my head in a version of, “I am 29 years old, I am divorced, and I live in a van down by the river…” I actually feel strangely normal. I had been talking a mean talk about […]

5 Reasons Kate Looked So Good After Giving Birth

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“Duchess of Cambridge steps out looking immaculate just hours after giving birth,” screams one headline. OK, so yes, it can’t be denied that the Duchess of Cambridge really did look amazing after she gave birth to the 8-pound 3-ounce bouncing royal bundle. “How does Kate do it?” The Daily Mail UK asks. Well, obviously Kate “does it” with the help […]

Being Content vs. Moving Forward


I’ve always been a person who loves change.  It’s one of the reasons, I think, that I’ve loved writing so much, because it gives me the opportunity to always explore new topics, new publications, new ideas, and new work. But lately, I’ve been struggling with the change my soul seems to crave, with the reality […]

10 Problems Only Breastfeeding Moms Understand


Oh, sure, breastfeeding is a great way to bond with your baby and it’s pretty much liquid gold, but when it comes to the day-to-day realities of what it’s like to feed another human being with your boobs, it ain’t always easy. Case in point: 1. The face grab. Here, Mom, let me explore your […]

Thank You!

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Just wanted to say a very special THANK YOU to all of you who donated, shared, or otherwise supported my efforts to send Tiny Blue Lines to the annual Heartbeat Conference this year. I am so, so grateful and frankly, amazed that with all the worthy causes out there, there were still people willing to […]

8 Myths About Stay-at-Home Moms


I know, I know. Aren’t we all a little sick of the stay-at-home mom pieces by now? Maybe. Maybe not. I have to admit that when I thought about it the other day, I could only think of one mother I knew of who “just” stayed home—the majority of mothers I knew stay home with […]

Get Tiny Blue Lines For Only $5 This Month!


Exciting news! My book, Tiny Blue Lines: Reclaiming Your Life, Preparing For Your Baby, and Moving Forward in Faith in an Unplanned Pregnancy, is on sale this month through my publisher, Ave Maria Press, for only $5! 5 dollars?! I couldn’t even buy it that for that price as the author! And while on one hand, […]

My New Writing Portfolio

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For any of my writer friends out there looking for a way to organize their clips and showcase their impressive word skills, I did some digging around yesterday for a good website to start my online writing portfolio and came across this one. My writing has gotten to the point where I have way too […]