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The Physicality of Motherhood | A Great Contradiction

My entire body hurts tonight. Aches deep down to the bones. I am tired. I am sore. Even my skin hurts. I have just reminded my five-year-old daughter again to please not jump on mommy. Please don’t climb on mommy. And it is in this plea that I am reminded that I was not prepared […]

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Giving Honor Where Honor is Due: Thank You, Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition

A few months ago I walked into Meijer with my youngest, MJ. She was comfortably nursing in my ring sling and I was focused on my shopping. As I walked toward the carts an older black woman stopped me and asked: “Do you think she should be eating all out like that?” She wasn’t disrespectful […]

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My Word for 2017: “Boundaries.”

I’m a big fan of happiness and habits guru Gretchen Rubin. (If you’re into podcasts, be sure to check out Happier with Gretchen Rubin.) I’ve been excited to crack open Gretchen’s A Happier 2017 desk calendar since it arrived as a pre-order in August. The first daily prompt encouraged me to select one word to […]

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Get Fit with Indy Moms 2017 {A Guide to Local Fitness Facilities and Studios}

Let 2017 be YOUR year!  We have rounded up a list of our favorite fitness facilities and studios in and around Indianapolis to help you meet and maintain your exercise goals for the new year.  Whether you are looking for low impact, high intensity or something in between, IMB's Get Fit with Indy Moms Fitness [...]
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Self-Deprivation is the Ultimate Gift This Holiday Season

Self-deprivation is the ultimate gift for moms (really anyone, but especially moms).  Deprivation? At the holidays?! Yes! But it’s probably not what you think.  I’m talking about sensory deprivation! Imagine 90 minutes of complete silence and complete darkness – NO INTERRUPTIONS! No one is touching, tugging or pulling at you, and you are in complete […]

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Why I Don’t Want to Travel for Christmas…Preferably Ever

The holidays are a time to enjoy with family, show appreciation for those you love and maybe sip a holiday eggnog or seven and gift a toy or twelve. There is no holiday I enjoy more than Christmas. Call me a softy, but I have the warm and fuzzies all of December and truly, truly […]

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You don’t have to enjoy every moment—just the RIGHT ones.

I often describe parenting a spirited toddler as “eighty percent stress and twenty percent more joy, love, and happiness than I ever thought possible.” It’s overwhelming, trying to remain patient and calm amid constant breakdowns about broken graham crackers and undesirable shoes and guacamole that is really spicy and burns one’s tongue, but is also […]

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