Ilyse Kaplan

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Putting Yourself First: Self Care for Every Mama

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Becoming a mom changed me in ways I could never imagine. I think back to pre-baby me and shake my head at how selfish I was. I thought I put other people first pre-baby, but...

The Mother Who Wasn’t There: Postpartum Depression

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While I was pregnant people would often ask me how I was feeling. They seemed genuinely concerned and willing to listen if my back was bothering me or I was being repeatedly kicked in...

On Being a Girl Mom

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My daughter is strong and brave. She will try anything once -- dirt, rocks, water from a hose, dog food.  She climbs past the big kids to slide down the slide herself at the...

Social Media Mom

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June 12th, 2015 I posted a chap-lipped, bags-under the eyes, selfie on Instagram of me and my 1-month-old baby and wrote the following for all the social media world to see: I told myself I...

10 (In Home) Date Night Ideas

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As mothers we are constantly busy -- changing diapers, getting kids dressed, getting kids fed, driving kids around, calming kids down, rolling around on the floor with kids, keeping kids entertained -- god forbid you get...
marriage

First Comes Baby Then Comes Marriage

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It isn't the fairytale we grew up hearing, or even what our parents described to us. No one told me I would fall in love one day, date that man for six years, and...

When Fed is Best

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Breastfeeding or not was never a question for me. I am an all natural mama. We eat organic, collecting fresh eggs from our backyard chickens each morning. We use natural soaps and stay away...
Babywearing

Babywearing 101

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The day I first wrapped my baby up close to my body and read a book as she slept, I had a whole new outlook on being a mom. Those first few weeks felt scary...

Learning from Dad

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  We did it. We've been parents for a year. I'm exhausted, but you seem to have boundless energy. I remember the early days, watching you look at her like you'd never seen anything so magnificent....
Best Drive-Thrus

Austin’s Best Drive-Thrus

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While I was pregnant, I tried my best to eat healthy but they say to give the baby what they want and sometimes, the baby wanted a cheeseburger. When the pangs of hunger struck...