Mommy Maintenance Hour 101

I may be a mother, but that’s not the only piece in the puzzle of my identity. As much as I love taking care of my children and spending time with them, the girl who likes sweet treats and loves to dance is still a huge part of me. She needs to see the light of day, and my kids need to know that there is more to me than the woman who helps them with homework and tucks them in at night. Being the mom of four young kids can be grueling, and for years I didn’t understand the importance of taking good care of myself. I was happy enough, but I wasn’t having fun. We all need joy and fun in our lives, and I realized it was up to me to find ways, both little and big, to inject it in the grind of my daily routine. Moms, generally speaking, put their families before themselves at every turn, sacrificing their own comfort so that their loved ones can have the things that are important to them. I’m no different, and it took me getting completely run-down, both mentally and physically, before I realized that taking great care…

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Candida Detoxing: The Hellaciously Hard Process That Heals

If you ever wonder why your energy and focus have all but vanished, it might be more than just sleep deprivation. Over the past few months I’ve been living it up. We’ve had tons of fun with family and friends over the summer months at cookouts and the lake, among other places, all while eating deliciously addictive food. I ended up paying dearly for the unbridled feasting in the form of my body rebelling against me in a variety of ways, but the worst parts have been the fatigue and “Brain Fog”. If you’ve never lived through the hell of Brain Fog you can trust me when I say you don’t want to; it’s like trying to move while stuck in glue, except your mind, focus and memory are being held hostage instead of your feet. I feel spacey and air-headed, like I’m in la-la land, and mentally numb. Sometimes this mess creeps up on me slowly, so that I don’t notice the effects at first. I chalk it up to being overwhelmed and tired, and then usually comfort eat things that I shouldn’t, which winds up making the situation even worse. Last week I finally hit rock bottom and…

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“The Day I Brought My Kids to My Psychiatrist Appointment” on Scary Mommy!

This piece was an important one for me to write, even though the situation was nerve-wracking for me at the time. In order to tear down those walls erected by stigma, we have to take advantage of these situations with our kids! The Day I Brought My Kids to my Psychiatrist Appointment is on Scary Mommy, and I hope it will resonate with you! If it does, please share it on your favorite form of social media.

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