Mom Starts Thoughtful Gift Box Service to Help Others Dealing with Pregnancy Loss


Image Source: J&J Brusie Photography/Kathleen Reed

On August 26, 2006, one day after my 30th birthday, I survived a miscarriage — and I use the word “survive” rather loosely. Without an ounce of grace or decorum, I did little but continue breathing in between fits of anger, sadness, and self-loathing throughout most of my 30th year.

I remember saying to my husband, “I wish it were a year from now. I wish I was on the other side of this.”

What I didn’t know then was how I’d mourn my due date, the anniversary of my loss, and all the foggy time in between. I didn’t know just how hard my heart would have to work to convince my head that my baby was more than just a jumble of very sad months — she was real. But perhaps worst of all, I didn’t know just how isolating my loss would feel.

My miscarriage remained so much a part of me that when I miscarried again years later, I knew better than to wish for time to pass. So instead, I wished for strength, knowing just how much I was going to need it

That’s precisely the mission behind Stay Strong Mom, an online community and gift box business designed for mothers who have recently endured a loss. [Read more …]


All I Want for Mother’s Day Is Not to Care About Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is nearly upon us, and as a mom, I should probably be pretty excited. After all, motherhood’s been really good to me. I’ve been blessed with two wonderful sons, an adoring husband, and a really cute dog. And while raising kids has been challenging in ways I never expected, it’s also been so incredible, I can’t help but thank my lucky stars.

Still, moms do a lot and their daily grind can feel really thankless at times; so it only makes sense that we celebrate them at least once a year, right? Of course! And that’s a good thing, too, because every mom enjoys Mother’s Day, right?

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How I Finally Purged My Inbox from 39K Emails to Zero

I went from 39,667 unread emails to ZERO in just six days — without setting my computer on fire.

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American Parents Shell Out $41 Billion a Year in Allowances, Says Study

Every Sunday, I raid my wallet for $10 to give my 15-year-old son for his allowance. Now $10 may not seem like a lot, but it actually is when neither myself nor my husband ever seem to have it. Cash-money is a real rarity in our house, and apparently giving a teen a measly $10 […]

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American Girl’s Latest Puberty Book Is Just for Boys — and I Need It as Much as My Son

  My soon-to-be 10-year-old son came to me yesterday and said, “Mom, I have a spider bite on my nose. It hurts.” That was no spider bite. It was a pimple. A BIG one. His first. “That, my friend, is a pimple,” I said with a lighthearted giggle. “Welcome to puberty!”

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7 Tips for Taking Your Teen to Disney That Will Clinch Your Status as the “Fun Mom”

You have a teen. A bored teen. A been-there-done-that-I’m-not-impressed-by-much teen. Maybe it’s time for a vacation. Maybe it’s time for fun. Or maybe it’s time for some much-needed, long overdue magic. I get it. As the mom of a 14-year-old son, coming up with new and fresh ways to connect and have fun with my […]

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There Is One Crucial Piece of Safety Gear So Many Baseball Parents Overlook

As a brand new baseball parent, there’s a lot I don’t know. How do you choose a proper glove? What size bat is best? How do you read this fancy playoff schedule bracket thingy? Of larger concern for any new baseball parent is the issue of safety. From helmets to jock straps and proper warm-ups […]

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Princess Diana for a Day

As a little girl, I had one big dream: to becoming a nurse-princess. Sure, it hadn’t been done before, but I could have certainly been the first. I’d wear scrubs by day and gowns by night, and it all sounded rather practical until I learned that nurses have to deal with…blood. The very word made […]

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Do You Check Your Kid’s Grades Online…Like, A Lot?

Step away from the grade portal…

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Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, Day 5

For the full DSMMC experience, click here for our pre-conference day, day 1, day 2 , day 3 , and day 4. We woke up Saturday morning docked at the beautiful Disney-owned island of Castaway Cay (pronounced “Key”) in the Bahamas. With perfect 75°F temps, white sand beaches, and crystal clear water, we were all […]

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