all she is & all she is not

Analise was born 1 month and 3 days after my 4th birthday. I do not have any recollection of her as an infant so I will not type here pretending to know what it was like to bring home a newborn with Down’s syndrome or to have that newborn have open heart surgery a few […]

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things i can’t carry

About two months ago, I was talking with an old friend over drinks. He and I have been friends for 8 years so you could say he knows me fairly well. Our conversations usually take a turn for the deep so we tend to move through topics such as friends, jobs, ex’s, and disappointments pretty […]

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my eating disorder story

I want to always be honest and authentic with you guys. I want my blog to be a safe zone for myself and anyone who stumbles onto it because if it isn’t honest and safe, why would anyone want to stay? And why would I? Besides, I don’t know what it is about sharing, but […]

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do we want to be mothers or do we want to be like our mothers?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. “This” being motherhood. As some of you may know I adopted a puppy back in May which means I have joined the club of “furmoms” or “pupmoms” or whatever you want to call it. Puppy-motherhood destroys your life in a very specific way. I do not leave […]

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vegan & grain-free coconut brownie bites

I cannot tell you how excited I am to say that I finally came up with a brownie recipe using Medjool dates that finally worked. I have been experimenting with dates forever now and could never get the recipe for brownie bites right. The mixture would either come out too soupy, or wouldn’t blend smoothly, […]

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post-accutane: update & skin care routine

After my Accutane treatment, I thought my days of pimples, spot treatments, and heavy concealers were behind me, but these past 9 months have proven me very wrong. If you have read my Accutane story, you’ll know that I started my treatment in May 2015 and ended it in November of 2015. At the time that I […]

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all for the full, none for the empty

Recently my family and I had to make the gut-wrenching decision to put our oldest dog down. Sophie was 17 years old. She spent those years being tortured and loved by 3 girls. She was dressed up, picked up, accidentally stepped on and purposely hugged on. As we moved from toddlers to young children, to […]

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25 truths

I am impatient with both myself and others. This has led me to make many hasty and rushed decisions —of which have resulted in regret sometimes and elation others. I will expend most, if not all of my energy before asking for help. There is something very therapeutic to me about packing. I am happy to […]

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6 healthy habits i formed while on accutane

6 months sounds like a long time to be on a medicine. Well trust me, it seems much longer when that medicine has side effects that include: dry & peeling skin, eczema, increased sensitivity to the sun, muscle and joint pain, dry eyes & scalp, & tangly hair. For the 6 months that I was […]

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gluten free black bean brownies

I find myself craving chocolate about 84% of the time. So as you can imagine, I’m a huge fan of anything containing chocolate. And brownies they usually contain a little bit of chocolate 🙂 which makes them one of my favorites. Brownies are rich, chocolatey, sweet, decadent, and sadly loaded with sugar, carbs, and calories. […]

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