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This week is Thanksgiving and although I'm not an American, I do celebrate Thanksgiving as if I were :)  After spending 7 years living in the U.S. you kind of pick up on a few things and adapt it to your life.  Things like tailgating, holiday decorating, monogramming, cheese grits, biscuits and gravy, and THANKSGIVING made their mark on me and that good ol' Southern charm will forever be close to my heart. This year, I am thankful for so much!  Here are my 5 things to be thankful for: My imperfect but perfect life.  As we've seen recently, the world is not a peaceful place at the moment, albeit war has been a part of the world since the beginning, it just feels a little too close for comfort at the moment. My life is not perfect, I have ups and downs like everyone and I can get down in the...

The Secret "M" word- Miscarriage.  Like postpartum depression, miscarriage is not openly talked about; not with our peers, or even our family sometimes.  In the aftermath of a miscarriage, I imagine that it's  a dark and lonely place and unfortunately even riddled with guilt and shame. I have a couple of friends that have experienced the pain and sadness that comes from having a miscarriage, even several of them.  I have heard and seen the despair and disappointment reflected when recounting those events, and me not knowing how to really comfort them; torn between wondering if a giant hug would be of any help to them or if it's more important for them to have an ear and open heart, to-just listen.  What struck me as synonymous between my friends was this air of secrecy that surrounded them.  They wanted to keep it private and to themselves, to almost suffer in...

You may be tired of thinking and hearing about all the things to do before baby arrives. I must admit, there are a ton of things to do to prepare for your baby's arrival and it can be overwhelming, especially since having to remember it all is quite challenging for women who suffer from what I call, "preggie brain." If you've ever been pregnant, you'll remember how challenging it was to remember anything. "Babymoon" is a trendy term adapted from the more traditional Honeymoon that many couples take shortly after getting married. It's a trip to commemorate the last couple vacation before becoming parents. If you have the ability to do it, you definitely should. Even a quick day trip is a great idea. We have many quick and easy options here at home, in our backyard. Taking an out-island trip or even "island hopping" would be a great option. It's a...