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Jul 7

July 7, 2015

Unmet expectations can steal your joy.

How Unmet Expectations Can Steal Your Joy

Comparison is the thief of joy. You’ve probably seen this little phrase pop up in your newsfeed time and again over the past few years. It’s one of those sayings has stuck with me, simply because it’s fundamentally true: You shouldn’t compare yourself to others. Be happy with who you are. Be present in the moment. I tend to be drawn to these types of mantras, now more than ever. Life is short. You shouldn’t waste it on woulda-shoulda-coulda. Over the past decade…

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Jun 8

June 8, 2015

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Moms Meet Product Review: Xlear Care Kit

Dislosure: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product. A few months ago, following my thyroid surgery, we committed as a family to “detoxifying” our lives, and…

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May 13

May 13, 2015

Deena Blumenfeld

May’s One Successful Mama Profile: Deena Blumenfeld of Shining Light Prenatal Education

“Finding my niche and my career joy has opened the door for me to be a happier person and more present with my kids.”–Deena Blumenfeld With May being a month of rebirth and renewal, I am excited to introduce to you a local mother who is helping new mamas and mamas-to-be celebrate the joys of pregnancy and new parenthood. Readers, meet Deena Blumenfeld, a Certified Khalsa Way™ Prenatal Yoga Teacher and Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator and the owner of two Pittsburgh-based…

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Apr 22

April 22, 2015

13 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day, Every Day

13 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day, Every Day

Earth Day is always a great time to recognize the Earth’s natural beauty — and to start taking steps to reduce your family’s impact on the environment. Here’s a list of simple actions we regularly take in our own family to support the planet. We’re not perfect by any means, but we strive to be conscious of our ecological footprint. If you’re new to environmental actions or causes, you don’t have to do everything on this list all at one time. Start small, and build…

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Apr 9

April 9, 2015

What a Scary Health Diagnosis Taught me About Living Life

What a Scary Health Diagnosis Taught Me About Living Life

Most of my life, I’ve been a go-go-go person. I guess I’m what I’d probably call an almost-Type A. I’m not a full-blown Type-A, but I’m not a fully chillaxed Type- B person, either. I don’t dislike order, and while I can be a little…bossy at times, I get bored with routine and don’t like having a set schedule. Even when I’m relaxed, my brain is whirling, thinking about those have-to-dos and want-to-dos and should-have-dones. Nothing, however, can knock you off…

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Feb 5

February 5, 2015


Dear Thyroid: Thanks for the Memories

A few months ago, I wrote about how I was feeling tired a lot and rundown, and how my new exercise program was helping me to feel better. For a good while, it was helping. I was feeling GREAT. Really GREAT. Then, somewhere around the end of November, I hit a weird plateau. The exercise started to have little to no effect, the tiredness and irritability started to return, and I noticed that after just a short time on the…

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Jan 22

January 22, 2015


Dear ALDI: I Was Wrong, and I’m Sorry

I’ll admit it. I used to be an ALDI hater. As an advocate for healthy food and lover of organics, I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to shop at a place that displays their products in cardboard pallets instead of on actual, real-live shelves. I couldn’t understand why a store would make you pay a quarter for a cart. Where were the free samples? The yummy smells wafting from the bakery? The self-checkout lines? And for the love of…

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Dec 23

December 23, 2014

Why I Let My 5-Year-Old Destroy My Kitchen

Why I Let My 5 Year Old Destroy My Kitchen

There is flour everywhere. On the counters, the floor, the stove, us. There is icing on the floor, egg goo congealing on the countertop, and one very sticky little girl in charge of it all. You see, a few days ago, my little Iron Chef wanted to bake Christmas cookies all by herself, with minimal guidance from her mama, and I agreed. She just turned five two weeks ago. There are days when, as a parent, I question my sanity. This…

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Oct 15

October 15, 2014


How Getting Fit is Making Me a Better Mom (and Human!)

About two or three months ago, I grabbed an old pair of shorts from my closet and tried them on. I had bought them after I had lost my “baby weight” about 3 or 4 years ago. When they were new, they had served as my “go-to” shorts. They were tight. VERY tight. So tight I could barely get them zipped and buttoned. Ruh-roh. Concerned, I jumped on the scale. I don’t weigh myself that often and was mortified to…

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Oct 6

October 6, 2014

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3 Tips for a Healthier Halloween – Guest Post!

The Invasion of the Halloween Candy has begun! Between school parties, social gatherings and good ol’-fashioned trick-or-treating, the amount of candy your kids bring home can easily become overwhelming.   My dear friend and health coach extraordinaire, Jess Pedersen of Be Mama, Be Well, takes over the blog today to offer several great tips for handling the always-tempting influx of sugary treats. Guest post from Jess Pedersen, CHHC Considering I’m a health coach, you probably wouldn’t guess that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. But…

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