Jennifer M

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kindness

Random Acts of Kindness Day in Portland

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Having spent my whole life in Portland, there is one thing I know about living here, and that is Portland is full of some of the most kind and generous people on the planet!...
chronic illness

5 Ways to Get Ahead of Your Chronic Illness

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I stand, head bowed in the shower wishing that the hot water could wash away the dark fatigue that pulls hard at my body and the corners of my mind. It feels good to...
black friday

How to Make Black Friday Amazing

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The kids and I sat around the coffee table and made a list of things of must-do's over Thanksgiving break. Our voices rose with excitement as we tossed out ideas for what food we wanted...
miscarriage made me

What to Say to a Friend After a Miscarriage

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My throat tightened and tears sprang to my eyes. My husband squeezed my hand. I fought hard to breathe as the world started spinning. There was no heartbeat and the inescapable reality hit me...
scheduling tools

3 Scheduling Tools That Will Make You a Hero

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My heart raced as I pulled into the parking lot. I was late. Again. I tried to keep my voice level as I told the kids to hurry while frantically fighting to undo my...
first day of school year

How to Have the Best First Day of School Ever

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I know, I know... You don’t want to think about the cranky kids who don’t want to get out of bed, the last minute dispersing of school supplies, the mad dash to get some...
summer

Silly Mom, Summer is For Kids

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I remember when I was a kid, the air was warm and electric as I got off the bus on that last day of school. I remember sliding barefoot through the grass as the sprinkler sprayed...
summer

An Open Letter to The First Day Of Summer

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Dear First Day Of Summer, Welcome! I'm so, so, so glad you're here! The kids and I have been waiting for you. You are our favorite! We love that you will let us turn off the...
this motherhood

Finding Joy in the Moments of This Motherhood

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Sometimes I get lost in the mundane of this motherhood. I literally lose myself. There’s all the laundry and meal planning, the owies and hugs, the loud screeching of "M-o-o-o-o-m!” It's hard to find the right balance between servant and drill sergeant, and I worry I'll never fully be that loving, inspiring mother I always...
it-mom

How to Look Like You’ve Got it All Together (Even When You Don’t)

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We all know that mom. The one who always has it all together. The it-mom who makes us wish that maybe we'd tried a little harder. The woman that makes us wonder, how does she do it?!  I rarely...