My Own Personal Super Hero . . . You Have To Meet Her

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To be honest, I don’t really know how to begin this post, except to say that I’ve been wanting to share this story for a long time. Paula was diagnosed six years ago, when she was pregnant with her second son, at 35 years old, with Stage IIa Breast Cancer and then four years later with Stage IV. I’ve known Paula, who I affectionately call “P,” for a long long time (since I was eighteen). First of all, she’s one of the wittiest, quirkiest, hilarious and fun women you’ll ever meet. P was one of my first mentors. She groomed me into…

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The Best in Halloween Media

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As I mentioned in The Halloween Countdown Chain post, Halloween is a huge deal in our house.  We probably do something “Halloweeney” every single day ALL month long. Everyone always asks me which Halloween books and songs are my favorite.  It changes every Halloween, but here are this year’s top 3 Halloween media pics, all of which are available at Amazon or hopefully at your local library (that’s where we find most of ours).   1. In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (I Can Read! Reading 2)   Remember all those ghost stories you grew up with?  “The Green Ribbon”…

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The Halloween Countdown Chain

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If your kids are anything like mine, they can’t wait for Halloween to be here. My three-year-old, Landon, knows that Halloween is October 31, but rather than having him ask me every day if it’s Halloween yet, we made The Halloween Countdown Chain.  I thought I would share it with you, in case you need something to get yourself through the rest of October. How To: You’ll need orange, white & black construction paper, scissors, and a stapler.  Cut 31 strips of paper (or however many days you have left in October), alternating orange, white, black. Make a loop with each piece of…

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The Best Breast Cancer Prevention Foods

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Meet fellow blogger, Susan Messenger.  Susan and I met on Instagram admiring each other’s progress in our postnatal journeys with Baby #2.  Susan is a Registered Dietician, so with this month being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I invited Susan to share her suggestions on the best foods to eat in hopes of preventing  breast cancer. As a dietitian, I know a thing or two about healthy eating, but as a mom of two little ones, I also know healthy eating can sometimes be tough. I just had my second baby girl this past May. I remember there were days (mostly…

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Sometimes I Cry . . . and I Don’t Know Why

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So I actually started writing this blog a few months ago, around mid July.  I was about six weeks postpartum and yes, as many new moms do, I felt like I was crying ALL the time.  I would just start crying randomly.  Not that I don’t ever do that now (I’m an emotional person as it is, so it even happened before I was a mom), but this was a lot more than usual. Of course, I had completely forgotten, as we do with many things from our first pregnancies, the fact that this also happened after I had my first son.…

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Skin, Skin, Go Away . . .

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So Liam turns 4 months today . . . that means he’s due for another round of vaccinations, and I’m due for a postnatal update. My work is definitely not done yet, but I do have good news:  I have several pairs of pre-pregnancy pants that I can pull up and actually button!  Whoohoo! I don’t know numbers.  I have yet to get on a scale since the 2 month mark.  My goal has simply been to be able to feel comfortable in my pre-pregnancy clothes again, and that has slowly but surely happened.  Does everything fit yet or look great?  No, definitely…

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Shop & Save for Halloween!

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Savvy Maura Hoff has an amazing tip this month that will help you save time and money this Halloween . . . We’ve all been so overwhelmed with the back-to-school season, that Halloween feels like it is creeping up on us!  So if you live near a Goodwill or perhaps a Salvation Army location, my recommendation is to head over ASAP.  The beginning of September is when they put out their Halloween Costumes.  I picked up some great costumes just last week, including a Disney Frozen Anna costume for $9.99 and a knight’s cloak, as well as a beautiful black…

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Super Easy (and Delicious) Guacamole

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Happy Guacamole Day!  It seems like everything has it’s own special day now, doesn’t it?  So why not, guacamole?  It’s super delicious, super nutritious, and super easy to make! My 3-year-old LOVES guacamole, as long as there are no tomatoes in it, which means guacamole at restaurants is not always his favorite. As a result, we make our own at home, which is pretty fun for kids as well! So on this day of celebration for guacomole, here is our Super Easy Guacomole recipe: Ingredients: 2 avocados pitted, sliced & mashed 1 lime juiced Salt & pepper to taste Method: Mash…

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Mission Accomplished: Feeling Stronger Than Ever

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We did it!  That’s right – I met my goal of doing 25 Burpees a day for 30 days. I’m not going to lie – it was definitely a challenge, but hey, that’s why Matt and I called it the “Til I See You Again CHALLENGE.” It’s funny how much a little challenge like this can teach you a lot about yourself – what your needs are, what motivates you, and what your strengths and weaknesses might be. So here’s a little feedback from Matt and myself, on what this challenge taught the two of us and what it might teach…

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I Live in a Bubble . . . 

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My bubble is called Santa Monica.  Maybe you know it? I love where I live.  I really do.  In Januray, I’ll have been in Santa Monica for four years (How did that happen?). I moved here right before I had Landon.  Yes, I was 8 months pregnant.  I have a theme going on of doing crazy things while I’m pregnant.  LOL Anyways, the reason I bring “my bubble” up is because I’ve been back in Chicago for a few weeks now. I’ve been staying in both the suburbs of Downers Grove and Naperville, where my parents and in-laws live, as…

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