10 Ways To Use Essential Oils in Your Everyday Life

Recently people have started to explore many complementary therapies while seeking to improve their health and wellness, and essential oils are just one modality. I started using essential oils over 4 years ago as I was looking to better support my teenage daughter. Unfortunately, she is allergic to almost every indoor and outdoor allergen (pollen, … Continue Reading

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7 Straight Talking Tips For First-Time Moms

We’ve all heard the platitudes about parenting being the most important job you’ll ever have —and of course that is true. But most jobs come with a handbook, an employee manual or a job description. It’s a cruel fact of parenthood that this, the most important job ever, comes with no road map. Perhaps moms suffer … Continue Reading

An Open Letter to Anyone Who’s Lost Someone Too Soon

Dear friend, I know you’ve received your share of condolences. There have been enough letters, calls, texts, hugs and little cards on flower arrangements to last you a lifetime. I know those messages will keep appearing every time another person recognizes the hole in your life that this loss has left you with. I know … Continue Reading

An Open Letter to the Child I’ll Adopt One Day

Hello Beautiful Soul, Since I was fourteen, being a mother was one of my biggest dreams. It will probably be one of my biggest challenges too. I’ve learned that we cannot predict any of this. Before you even arrive in this world, you will have taught my heart, body, and spirit more than you can … Continue Reading

5 Things People With Anxiety Need to Hear

I am no stranger to anxiety. I have had thoughts so crippling and debilitating that I would cry until I felt physically sick. I have had panic attacks so severe that I would have to pull over and wait ten minutes until I could resume normal breathing and for the color to return to my … Continue Reading

My Daddy Raised A Feminist And I Couldn’t Be Happier

At midnight on Feb 15th, 2016, I got a call from my dad. Sometimes he calls for serious things like family emergencies or to remind me that I left a scented candle lit and unattended in my room, again. Other times he calls me for silly things like to remind me that I need to … Continue Reading

4 Ways My Relationship With My Mom Changed When I Became A Mom

Growing up, my mom wanted to give my brother and I the world. For the most part I would say she was quite successful at that. She gave us everything She let me see my first PG-13 movie in Theaters when I was only 12 (scandalous!). I had every toy and Barbie doll known to … Continue Reading

Why Adoptive Parents ARE Real Parents

This article is a part of the #ShareWhatMatters campaign, a movement dedicated to sharing positivity, gratitude, activism and the stories that really matter.  “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.” Al Trautwig, a commentator for NBC said, and in doing so degraded Olympic gold medalist, Simone Biles’ parents. When I … Continue Reading

How “Degrassi” Was The Most Progressive Show Of All Time

“Degrassi: The Next Generation” is one of the greatest exports from Canada, other than maple syrup lollipops and Justin Trudeau. But, in all honesty, “Degrassi” was one of the most progressive shows out there, complete with heroin addiction, sexting, abuse and Holly J getting a new kidney. Some might say that this show was over … Continue Reading

What No One Told Me About Losing My Mom

It’s been a month since my mom lost her fight with Multiple Myeloma, a type of blood cancer. Five weeks ago we were sharing a slice of my 23rd birthday cake and a week later I was picking out her coffin. While I received enormous support from family and friends, I wish someone had gone … Continue Reading