Meet Mandy

I am a navigator, and so are you. I say this because that’s what we are. Not only do we navigate through our motherhood experiences but we also navigate through our own lives. Some of us plot our course always steering steady and staying straight. Some of us never plan: we leave where we came from, headed to wherever we’re going and end up where we are at. Then there are others, (ME), whom plan as such:  be a virgin...

Lend Me A Hand

Let’s talk hands. I think I wash my hands at least 50 times a day. Okay, I maybe that’s an understatement…it’s probably more like 85. Between the students’ germs (from being a teacher), my kids’ germs, the public germs and all of the other life germs—my hands get scrubbed a lot. And, therefore, brutally dry. The winter certainly doesn’t help. Nonetheless, Neutrogena hand cream is my go to for all things dryness. Besides one in my bag, there is one...

Meet Mistye

  There is a lot in life we don’t ask for. Being born is just one of the many. So in my first 18 years of life, a lot was decided for me that I didn’t ask for. I was born and then adopted. I was raised by a wonderful family, helped decide to adopt a brother, and lived in the same house for 18 years. By 5 I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life, or...

Unzipped

Besides being a mom, wife, and teacher, I am obsessed with amazing products and great deals… A true loyalist. If a product is really good, I will certainly find a way to keep it in my life. And, of course, share my profound knowledge of the product with everyone. So how perfect is this?! I get to write about all of my favorite items and share them with you! So, here it is—each week I have the pleasure of divulging...

Mother Love

    I am currently hiding in the bathroom, with the door locked just to have five minutes of ME time. My children love me so much, they won’t leave me the fuck alone! I mean really, there is another adult in the house besides me, and they always seem to need me. Just to put this into context, I am a married mother of five and a full-time nurse. How crazy is that? My colleagues say I have six...

Detour

When I was 15, I was struggling with a lot of my family and feeling very alone.  I very much felt like they forgot me.  Just before my 16th birthday, I met a man. Not a guy my age, or even a bit older. He was a full-grown, over-thirty husband and father.  I lacked the confidence and sense to know I was being played a fool.  He said all the things a young girl whose feeling neglected wants to hear....

Meet Michelle

Growing in Love “It’s a BOY?!?!” Yep.  A mixture of surprise and confusion, those were a mother’s first words to her son. My words. My son. For some reason I thought it was going to be a girl, I just knew it in my heart.  Mother’s intuition, right?  WRONG. I wasn’t disappointed.  It was our first child, I didn’t care what it was going to be- I think it was just in my mind I was expecting someone else. But...

Intentionally Me

In 2004, I was finishing my last year in college. I lived at my parent’s house, and I had a mediocre job. I party hard, I drank a lot, and I had no cares in the world until the day I found out I was pregnant. Instantly my world came to a screeching halt. My life had changed forever. I tried to hide my belly, but soon it was too big to hide. With the belly came judgment, ridicule, hatefulness....

Meet EJ

  Becoming a mom was something I planned meticulously for. By the time we decided to get pregnant with Riley, I’d been married for four years. We’d enjoyed a lot of independence in our marriage. I went on Yoga Retreats and he took jobs out of state while I worked out of the country. Some out of necessity, but also because it was fun and we knew our marriage could survive it. Then Riley was a dream in our hearts...

Meet Channing

  My journey in motherhood has been demanding..physically and emotionally. I constantly ask my mother and sisters why they never prepared me for this. They always answer “no on wants to upset pregnant women..we knew you’d be okay..everyone feels that way..there’s no preparing for this Channing” and I guess mostly they’re right. It’s something you can’t understand until you go through it. You can’t ever feel the joy of having a child without actually having one. And you also can’t...