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With Lake Michigan so close to us now, my summer goal has been to spend as much time at the beach as possible. The beach is my happy place. I’m one of those people that can just sit and watch...
"Mommy, carry me!" "Mamamamama..." "Mommy CARRY ME!" *more indistinct crying* This is a standard morning for me. Demanding humans needing my every stitch of attention beginning around 7AM. I am lucky if I get to drink a full cup of coffee without it...
Four years ago, you came into my world. For the first time, and I had a baby boy who I could hold forever and love for a lifetime. A baby boy who could love me back and wrap his...
I remember the moment I found out that I was going to be a mother for the first time. So many fears ran through my head. Motherhood was something that I dreamed about, but when it was upon me, I wondered...
When you think about organic food, you’re probably think about vegetables, fruit and maybe your meats. You might have even seen the Dirty Dozen list or even the Clean Fifteen. But do you ever think about your dairy products? June...
Eight years ago today, we delivered our son stillborn at 25 weeks and 2 days pregnant. The days, weeks and months that followed were the most difficult of my life. The story that follows is my son's birth story....
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