motherhood Archive

Over the past month I’ve been thinking a lot about Inspiration and Hope. Amid the daily details of parenting, it’s easy to lose sight of our dreams and goals. Summer can be the perfect time to recharge and refocus. This inspiration and hope is what brought HumFree the Bee to life, and I’m so glad I listened. What inspires you? What is your hope for the future?

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Motherhood is never challenging, said no mama ever! Being a mom continues to be one of the most challenging and rewarding life experiences for me. How can we keep ourselves positive, happy and the best we can be? How can positivity and motherhood live hand in hand? Fellow food allergy mama Kristin Beltaos and I talk about five keys for embracing the positive.

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Children today face so many different pressures that can cause anxiety. Juggling everything from learning how to cope with inner emotional tensions to handling outside stressors like academics and cyberbullying, our kids are processing a lot. As a mama managing food allergies, I’m used to navigating many different levels of anxiety in my family’s life. So when I received Sherianna Boyle’s book, The Conscious Parent’s Guide to Childhood Anxiety, I dove right in. The cover describes Boyle’s book as “a mindful approach for helping your child become calm, resilient, and secure” and it definitely hits the mark.

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Do you like doing budget-friendly craft projects with the kids that are easy and fun? If so, do I have a cool book for you…. Just before our first major snow storm of the new year, I received crafting guru Jamie Dorobek’s awesome book, “Creating Really Awesome Free Things,” to review. While other mamas and papas were going stir crazy with a week off from school, my kids and I were having fun making everything from toilet paper reindeer to cereal box puzzles. This crafty mama totally saved us during Virginia’s big dig out!

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As we celebrate the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, I continue to think about what it means for us. Declaring our freedom takes courage. It takes strength. Guts. Conviction. Inspiration. Persistence. Hope. Faith. The word “independence” is powerful, isn’t it? It has so many important meanings for us–especially for those of us managing food allergies. Let’s Declare Our Freedom From Food Allergy Fears Last year, in the spirit of freedible.com’s independence movement, I wrote one of my favorite posts about how my family declared its independence from food allergy fears. It was a powerful post for me. It had so many levels of meaning. What my family and I did was start a tradition of writing down our fears on a piece of paper, reading them out loud, […]

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Parenting can be hard enough. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just reach out to each other and our kids and have a redo whenever we want? Well, why not? During this past week of Easter, I’ve been thinking a lot about new beginnings and what they really mean. Starting over. Forgiveness. Isn’t it a relief when we can truly start over without bad feelings and lingering resentment? Forgiveness and letting go of deep resentments and hurts are big emotional hurdles. But what about smaller stumbling blocks? What about simpler issues? With two strong-willed kiddos who inevitably want different things–or the same thing like the same toy, tensions inevitably can rise. Words are said. Behaviors occur. Feelings are hurt. Frustration mounts. The Beauty of the “Redo” What can […]

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My top five most popular posts of 2014 shared helpful parenting tips as well as my vulnerabilities and thoughts about being a mama managing food allergies. My second year in the blogging arena has been educational and rewarding. From forming supportive relationships with members of the parenting and food allergy communities to staying up-to-date on the latest studies and legal issues, it has been an exciting year! My focus on the blog continues to be one of sharing my journey as a mama managing food allergies while engaging in mindful parenting. I invite you to take another look at the posts and share your thoughts!

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