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As women, we are held to a ridiculous amount of conflicting standards.  We are told how to feel, how to act, how to dress, how to live – and no matter how much care and thought we put into our choices, there is always someone saying it’s wrong.  Enough is enough. It’s ok to be […]

Hear My Voice

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Kayla and Jeremy’s connection was undeniable from the first time they met.  After chatting online for a few weeks, they met in Suisun City with plans to walk around the marina.  At first sight, Jeremy literally swept Kayla off her feet in a passionate kiss and their plans for the evening quickly changed.  They instead […]

Kayla & Jeremy Engagement

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I can’t believe you’re 4!  When you were just a few days old, I was 100% occupied with cradling you in my arms – all day and all night.  Putting you down for a second or even allowing someone else to hold you was torture.  I treasured every literal second with you.  Everything in my […]

The One Who Made Me a Mama

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“Tomorrow is going to be the best day ever!” squealed my 3 year old daughter the night before Independence Day.  We were enjoying our nightly bedtime snuggles as I was explaining to her the importance of the 4th of July.  Bedtime is always our best quality bonding time – partly because of the opportunity to […]

When in Doubt, Hug them Tight

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This little girl is ONE today – the girl that completed our family.  My girls bring a joy and brightness to my life that is indescribable.  Sure, there are sleepless nights, a never ending to-do list, and eternal chaos in my home.  But none of that compares to the laughter, smiles, and unforgettable moments that […]

First Birthday

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Spring is officially here, and the weather is beautiful! I find myself yearning for sunshine to refresh and improve my mindset during these strange and uncertain times. For those of you who don’t know, I live in Sacramento, California – and our city is under quarantine for the coronavirus. Some days feel painfully slow as […]

Brighter Times Ahead

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Last night I cried.  My husband and I were watching a movie that I had surprisingly never seen before, Saving Private Ryan.  Attempting to look at the bright side of our situation, I thought it was a good time to catch up on things I don’t normally have time to enjoy.  Halfway through the film, […]

Last Night I Cried

COVID, Mindfulness, Motherhood

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When you hear the phrase “good mom”, what comes to mind?  Keeping your children safe? Being attentive and present? Enrolling them in a variety of extracurriculars?  Society (and especially other women) put so much pressure on one another to perform as mothers. We are expected to keep up with the doctor’s visits, the groceries, the […]

Am I A Good Mom?

Mindfulness, Motherhood, Parenting

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The river throws Tosses Grows Carving its way through. Courses Tangles In search of the current. I will come to shore with you. -Allison Davidson A few years ago, my husband suffered a frightening head injury on the river.  Since then, rivers have brought me a variety of complicated emotions. Rivers can offer a sense […]

The River

Photography, Romance

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You step into Target and you are surrounded by packages of character Valentine’s cards, big heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, and rows and rows of conversation hearts.  You may pick up a thing or two for your kids, because let’s be real – they love that stuff! But, why not add another tradition this year? Try […]

New Valentine’s Day Tradition for your Kids

Motherhood, Parenting

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