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If you’re having an experience like Dish-y Author Michelle's and feeling downright dreadfully uncomfortable during pregnancy, maybe it’s time to pull out the big guns and take hostage some reminiscent semblance of comfort. 0

Dreadfully Uncomfortable During Pregnancy? 9 Ultra Helpful Luxuries

Gosh, if it weren’t for the adorable results that I have running around the house, I’d say that I’m not very good at pregging. I know it’s common to be uncomfortable during pregnancy, but my experience seems like it surely would be worse than many. I’ve already written about my most ridiculous pregnancy experiences, and that article details many of my worst pregnancy discomforts. You’ll get a few good laughs for the day if you check it out. If you’re having an experience like mine and feeling downright dreadfully uncomfortable during pregnancy, maybe it’s time to pull out the big...

If I could take a mulligan on my first pregnancy, there are a few things I’d like to take a second shot at doing better. 0

If I Could Take a Mulligan on My First Pregnancy

If I could take a mulligan on my first pregnancy, there are a few things I’d like to take a second shot at doing better. Setting up the reasons for a second shot at my first pregnancy My first pregnancy resulted in a c-section. The possibility of going through a cesarean came as a total shock to me at 32 weeks when my third diagnostic ultrasound revealed that my son had found himself in a comfortable breech position. I was totally unprepared for that news, despite the fact that a friend of mine had just gone through the same experience...

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My Top 5 Most Ridiculous Pregnancy Experiences

Let me start by saying that I know I am incredibly blessed to be able to get pregnant and have children. I have never taken that for granted. It is a wonderful thing. Let me continue by saying that pregnancy hasn’t exactly agreed with me. Having done this twice now is enough for me to recognize a pattern! The first time around, my “issues” seemed fairly normal—at least normal enough not to immediately label them as ridiculous. But with some of the experiences I have had this time around, I feel like I’m living out The Divine Pregnancy Comedy. I’m...

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Five Tips for Toddler Parenting

Right now, we’re raising a toddler. It is a delightful time in the development of a child. Cooper is so curious and creative. He surprises us almost every day. When Cooper was just a baby, I was a bit apprehensive about the toddler parenting phase. It’s the time when kids begin to develop their own opinions and become big enough to get into more dangerous trouble around the house. One thing I can say is that I’ve been surprised at how much my instincts have taken over. I find comfort in trusting my own instincts about a lot of aspects...

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Learning to love life again after a crushing blow

It was May 4, 2012, and I woke up with a bit of a nagging worry in my heart. But I really didn’t think for a minute that this particular Friday would turn out to be the worst day of my life. I had planned to take a half day from work that day. My son, Cooper, and I were headed to a friend’s house that afternoon for a girls’ reunion—we had two good friends in town for a long-awaited visit. We were really looking forward to the playdate. The reason for my worry that morning was because my dad...

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7 Ways to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy

I’m now 12 weeks into my pregnancy with our second child. Even though I learned a lot being pregnant with Cooper, I’ve been thrust into the discovery mode again. I’m realizing new things about being pregnant every day! Goes to show that there’s always something to learn. I wanted to share some advice about preparing for pregnancy that I carried with me from the first time around. And I’m throwing in some bonus tips that I wish someone had shared with me leading up to this pregnancy (or even the first). It’s amazing to me how different separate pregnancies can...

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What I believe about Santa Claus

When I was a kid, I was fairly familiar with both Jesus and Santa Claus at Christmas time. Faith was a pretty standard part of our family life. We celebrated Christmas from a Christian perspective, and I can remember how much I loved all of the songs about the savior who was born on Christmas Day. I still do. But I also fully expected Santa Claus to show up every Christmas Eve bearing gifts at grandma’s house like he always did. Santa Claus and I had a bit of a rough start. I have no memory of this story, but...

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Goat Cheese with Cracked Peppercorn Cranberry Relish

Last year at Thanksgiving, we enjoyed a nice goat cheese that was covered in a simple cranberry sauce. That in itself was a nice pairing of flavors. The cranberries were the perfect sweet and tart complement for the creamy tang of the goat cheese. The hostess served the cranberry crusted goat cheese with a few types of crackers, one of which was the Cracked Pepper and Olive Oil flavor of Triscuits. You know the intense satisfaction of stumbling upon that rare food and wine pairing that brings out hidden flavors and excites the senses? Well, the cranberry goat cheese on...

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So You’re Hosting Your First Thanksgiving

With Turkey Day right around the corner, I’m thinking of all of the young ladies who, like me about eight years ago, will be getting ready to host their first Thanksgiving dinner. Even though it’s exciting and sort of a “rite of passage” for any aspiring cook, it can also feel overwhelming and taxing on the nerves. Looking back to the first Thanksgiving I hosted, I was a bit lucky. I was living in Nashville away from my family, and my job situation at the time required me to choose between time off at Thanksgiving or Christmas. I couldn’t have...

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For the love of gardening

With the exception of the year that I harvested an engagement ring from my garden, I must say that this has been one of the most exceptional years I have ever planted stuff. I love gardening, and I had two gardens this year. But I think I only spent a grand total of about 30 minutes watering and weeding either one of them the whole season. (Thanks, God!) My friends and family were certain I had gone crazy this past spring, with my grand plans of tackling two gardens separated by about six and a half miles of earth. One...