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I Didn't Ask For Your Opinion On My Psych Meds

Whenever I mention that I’m taking an anti-psychotic to manage symptoms of mental illness, there’s always that person who has to give me a 10,000 word essay on the dangers of my medications and all the TOTALLY COMPARABLE, 100% natural alternatives that I should try.Natural. Interesting....more

Why Taking Care of Your Back Is Important

Back problems are extremely common. In fact, researches show that around eight out of ten people in the UK will suffer from bouts of back pain at some point in their lives. From heavy lifting, to slouching in chairs, to carrying heavy bags, there are many everyday activities that can wreak havoc on our spines. If you have ever experienced problems in this area of your body, you’ll understand how debilitating it can be....more

The BEST Lava Cakes (with a gluten-free option!)

These lava cakes have been a staple in my family since my awesome sister-in-law introduced them to us about 10 years ago (maybe even longer?). They were always a go-to for dinner parties I hosted and friends always wanted the recipe and were...more

Best Solution to Get Rid of Stretch Marks Once and For All

Stretch marks, those unsightly white or red lines on your skin, plague women of all ages and even men too. Also called striae, stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched too fast as can often happen during pregnancy, weight gain, puberty and even breast augmentation. Bodybuilders are also known to develop stretch marks from rapid stretching of their dermis as they quickly grow their muscles. Stretch marks can occur anywhere on the body including thighs, arms, abdomen, breasts and more. In a nutshell they occur when the deeper layers of the skin are torn....more

An Open Letter to the Mama of a Highly Functioning Autistic Child

Dear Autism Mama, You have become so well versed in putting on a brave face, and are so convincin...more

Which of These Peri-Menopause Symptoms Do You Have?

I look back at the SEVEN years I went through perimenopause as one of the hardest times of my life. But now I know that everything about my experience was 100% normal.  When it comes to finding relief from perimenopausal symptoms, there are several approaches women can take. The important thing to remember is that you definitely don't have to just lay there and take it! ...more

Pregnancy: Week 20

I'm solidly in week 20 of my pregnancy, so I think it's safe to safe I'm halfway there. With Ada, I went into (fast) labor just a couple days over 38 weeks. I'm wondering what that means for this time around ....more

Be on the lookout for swimmer's ear

You’ve been on a trip to the public pool, to the beach or hot tubs. You enjoyed yourself ! You swam! You splashed! You’re back home now, it's time to just back and relax, right? YOW! what? your ears hurt ? you know what, MAYBE you have it!A swimming nuisance both kids and adults experience is swimmer's ear (technically called "otitis externa," or "outer ear infection"). ...more

Crispy shrimp, rice, and veggies with soy ginger sauce

Sounds good, right? Being pregnant and becoming a mom changed me in a lot of ways. Yes, it made me more patient, my heart more full, and my days more busy (yet fun!) ....more

Feeding Tube Awareness Week

On July 14, 2011, my youngest daughter had a g-tube (gastrostomy tube) placed in her abdomen.  The g-tube was surgically inserted through the abdomen into the stomach to deliver nutrition.  She was 6 months old.  Even then we weren’t strangers to a feeding tube.  Being born extremely premature, she had been fed through various feeding tubes her entire life (OG, OJ, NG).  Lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, cerebral palsy, sensory issues, oral aversions, and silent reflux all aided in her ina...more