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Mother's Day has come and gone. Hopefully, all mothers spent the day doing exactly what they wanted; they got all the love that they deserve for just being themselves and having the wonderful opportunity to be one of the most super-star things out there-a MOM. Really, is one day a year enough to say thank you and show your love and appreciation for one of the most important relationships you will ever have? Definitely not. Here are a few reasons why you should be thankful for your mother each and every day: -She loved you first and she'll love you for the rest of her life. Regardless of the type of relationship you have with your mother, she loves you. Not everyone has the best relationship with their mother. Sure, sometimes you may fight and disagree, but that will never change the love that...

Before having children-the truth about becoming a mother Becoming a mother is one of life's most life-changing events.  The truth is, no one knows beforehand or can imagine how having a child changes you in so many ways.  Before having children, I had no idea what my life would be like in my future or how much I would understand the true meaning of unconditional love, sacrifice and hard work. Before having children I understood what too much sleep was like, my weekends were many times lazy, sleeping wonders.  I slept when I wanted, ate when I wanted, went out when I wanted, and did whatever I wanted with little or no pre-planning, organizing and preparing.  I carried myself, my keys, my bag and went about my day. After having children, my bags got bigger, my planning got longer and more involved, my organizing and preparing for the simplest of trips, included check...

I dragged myself out of bed this morning with only one thought on my mind - how to get a good nights sleep with my terrible, third trimester heartburn!  I spent the entire night struggling to sleep while sitting bolt upright, supported by a stack of pillows. In case you are not lucky enough to ever have this wonderful experience, take it from me, it is almost an impossible task. When trying this incredible new sleep position, if you start to drift off, your head slumps uncomfortably to the side and, when you give in to temptation and cuddle up on your side, your back dips into the black hole that exists between the towering stack of pillows and the mattress below. Up until this point I have been taking as few meds as possible for pregnancy side effects - even those touted to be safe like Tylenol and Tums. I...

As a new mom to a 4-month old boy, my creative mind has been going wild with what to paint on his nursery walls! I know what you’re probably thinking, “You have a 4 month old and you haven’t finished his nursery yet?” Yes, it’s true, BUT I have a good excuse. We have only just moved into our new house 2 weeks ago, which means hubby, baby and myself lived with my parents while the renovations were taking place. I will save that experience for another post, but I am sure you can imagine what that was like! When my sister had her daughter almost 3 years ago, she went with a Woodland Creatures theme for her nursery mural and I think it came out great! I come from a very artsy family, so, my parents, sister and I all got together one Sunday afternoon and painted the walls. Check it out: For...

I have wanted to paint my door for what feels like, years!!  I know it doesn't seem like a big deal, but for me, deciding on a color was super frustrating and even more, getting my husband on the same color page as me, was a major challenge. After months of pondering and pinterest-ing, I found a blog post that had instructions on a DIY turquoise and brown glaze door.  Immediately, I fell in love, and most importantly, my husband loves turquoise, making it an easy sell. Here is the inspiration behind the door: http://www.beyondthescreendoor.com/2010/09/turquoise-front-door.html This door had several things I love:  it's a bright color, it compliments the yellow color of my home, it gives a visual textured look, it's rustic and antique looking  (which matches perfectly with the "antique-looking" door hardware that has been on the door for probably, 15 years.)  My porch pendant light is also an antique brown finish...

Thankfully we live in a world that is starting to embrace or is becoming more tolerant to differences. With many schools around the world participating in "Wacky Week," we can definitely see how the paradigm has shifted to embracing ones uniqueness and eccentricities. I am definitely a fan of people being authentic and being true to who they are. I'm a fan of the underdog and love to see people express themselves. I especially enjoy encouraging kids to embrace who they are, and develop a healthy self esteem. Here are 5 things that you can do to embrace your child's uniqueness. - Parent for the child, not for you: All children are different and all parents have different parenting styles. There are many different ways to parent successfully, it's more important to be guided by your ideals and by your children's needs. The most successful parents are the ones that have...