Mother’s Day Kindness Challenge!

Apr 23, 2014 by

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Mother’s Day will be the one-year anniversary of the first time I ever encouraged my daughter engage in random acts of kindness. We picked up a bunch of carnations at the store and went to our local playground and she happily handed single flowers the moms we encountered. It was awesome to see how happy this simple act made people and I felt really good teaching her about the importance of kindness.

I love doing random acts of kindness any time of the year but doing something around Mother’s Day feels extra special to me. I like the idea of celebrating moms (because MOMS ROCK!) and I like thinking about the day as something that’s not just for me, as one individual mom, but a day for all of us.

Judging Less Takes Practice – No One’s Perfect

Apr 15, 2014 by

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Throughout our Campaign for Judgement-Free Motherhood I’ve tried to emphasize that for those who see the value in judging other moms less, the way to start is by simply noticing when we’re doing it. From my personal experience, it’s easy to go down a dark rabbit hole of judgment and negativity if I choose to follow those kinds of thoughts and honestly, I don’t like the way I feel when I’m in that kind of head space.

I deeply believe in universal compassion, kindness and seeing the good in other people. But still sometimes I falter. I’ve noticed in the past few weeks that I’ve been judging people more than usual, which I think is a result of some negative stuff that’s been going on in my personal life. It’s definitely harder to let judgmental thoughts go when your mind isn’t in the greatest place.

Remembering a Family Member Lost

Apr 9, 2014 by

I’m really lucky that I’ve been blessed with incredible in-laws. My father-in-law (FIL) and mother-in-law (MIL) are awesome and my grams-in-law was too. Unfortunately grams passed away this past Thursday and we laid her to rest yesterday. I was inspired by many of the posts here last week about remembering loved ones and the importance of story telling so I want to tell you a little bit about someone who meant a lot to me and my husband.

Grams was a really fantastic lady. While I’m not her blood related granddaughter, she always treated me like I was. I remember the first time I met her. I was so nervous because it’s kind of a big deal to start meeting your partner’s extended family and I didn’t know what to expect. We pulled up to her house and when I opened the door, the first thing she said to me was “Oh my gosh you are BEAUTIFUL!” I was instantly captivated by her spunky personality and felt completely accepted by her.

Tips for a Toxic-Free Spring/Summer

Apr 3, 2014 by

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I’m so ready for warmer weather – and so is my girl!

Now that it’s Spring and warmer weather is (hopefully) on its way, there are some things to be aware of when it comes to purchasing products that are safe (non-toxic) for our families. I am constantly shocked that there is little to no regulation of the chemicals used in our every day products and until that changes, it means that we as the consumers have to be diligent about researching what we buy. In truth, that’s basically impossible to do all of the time – we’re busy and it’s just not feasible to look up what’s in every single item we buy, so here’s my list of a few of the more important items to watch out for as you and your kiddos get ready for sunny afternoons playing outside.

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Read This When You Need a Virtual Mom Hug

Mar 24, 2014 by

In case you missed it, back in early March we held a special day called Moms for Moms Day as part of a collaboration between us and The Bump. It was a day meant to highlight CT Working Moms Campaign for Judgement-Free Motherhood and moms from across the U.S. helped us spread a message of love and compassion by taking to social media. Moms (and a few dads) snapped photos of themselves holding supportive statements for other moms as a show of sisterhood, and the result was simply beautiful.

I made a mental note to myself after that wonderful yet crazy day to visit our Facebook photo album anytime I felt like I needed a pick-me-up. So today I want to share some of my favorite photos from that day in hopes of putting a smile on your face and some extra love in your heart. (We also compiled a bunch of the wonderful blog posts written elsewhere, these will brighten your day too!)

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