Jury duty, paying for used car repairs, having major dental work, or dealing with an abnormal pap are all necessary "adulting" duties I dread, but nothing beats having to educate parents about internet safety for their children. Sometimes I...
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I want to talk about trust and the importance of documenting your story. How are you documenting your unique story? And yes, your story is important. Choosing a photographer you trust is a big deal. In order to get...
It's been two years since we moved from California to Portland and I'm still working on building a community. Motherhood is hard and lonely at times. As a work-from-home mom, I crave adult interaction and scrolling through social media...
Washing dishes, driving carpool, pushing the kids on the swings. So many parenting tasks are mindless, repetitive, and well, boring. My lifesaver to get through the boring parts of motherhood is a good podcast.  You're not alone if you’re thinking...
“Just give me two minutes,” I say to my son and frantically add hashtags to my Instagram post for the day. #lifestyleblogger #motherhoodthroughinstagram. Is anyone else guilty of this? How about a quick check of your Facebook feed while...
“Oh no, oh no…” I gasped. I couldn't mask the panic in my voice as I scrolled through my online account information while on the phone with my bank’s customer service line. “Yeah,” murmured the agent on the other end,...
I have a special affinity for superhero films, but my anticipation for Warner Bros. Studio's "Wonder Woman" has been unique. I remember watching reruns of Lynda Carter's Diana Prince that hit the 1970's with supernatural strength; her lasso of...
It happens every few weeks. I scroll through social media and see that photo. It's the photo with the family that looks perfect. Their clothes match down to the accessories and the children appear content, well-behaved, AND happen to stare...

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