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Motherhood and Mom Guilt

Motherhood and Mom guilt go hand-in-hand. Am I right? You can’t have one without the other. When you become a Mom you’re filled with overwhelming feelings of gratitude and thankfulness for being blessed with this life, but the Mom guilt is never far behind. They say children are a lot more resilient than we think, and […]

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When Domestic Violence Takes a Life

You know how sometimes something happens and it seems so far fetched, so impossible that you swear you have to be dreaming? Or that you’re watching some wild Lifetime movie? That is how I felt on January 6, 2008, or the day my sister-in-law, Kristy Palizzi-Ragsdale, was murdered by her husband. The abuse and violence […]

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Pregnancy After Loss

I will never forget the words the doctor said – “I’m so sorry, we can’t find a heartbeat.” I was 8 weeks pregnant with our first child and having my first prenatal appointment.  The doctors estimated that our fetus had stopped growing at 6 weeks, and my body just hadn’t caught up to that fact. […]

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That’s Not My Mom

This morning started off super normal. My alarm went off and Isaac’s little feet immediately started scuffling towards my room. He’s a morning person through and through, and he is always waiting on us to wake up. I got him breakfast and laid out his clothes. He ate, got dressed, and then proceeded to run […]

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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

You know those friends who make you feel like you are their 2nd or 3rd choice? I have spent the majority of my life chasing their “yes.” It was exhausting and emotionally draining. I have cried, felt unlikeable, and not good enough. There really is not another way to put it – it sucks.  I […]

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Choose Your (Video Game) Battles

Since you have been a parent, have you heard the phrase “choose your battles”?  This phrase has helped me survive some trying times as a parent.  It was what helped me decide what battles were worth fighting to win when it came to our kids.  This phrase was key in how we chose the battle […]

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