Steffany Duke

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Lean Back and Let Them Be Little

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When my twins were about 16 months old, I had a light bulb moment. I had been researching early potty training, and I had this grand plan to have them introduced at 18 months....

Dear Uninvited Mom

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Raise your hand if you've ever felt that way. ::raises hands:: Listen, I know how it feels to be the uninvited mom, and I also know how it feels to be the person doing...

My Husband is a Hands-on Dad

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I often get told how lucky I am that I have a husband who is hands-on and helps out, but am I really all that lucky? Yes, my husband is an amazing father. He...

I Won’t Pierce My Baby’s Ears (My Easy Alternative!)

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Earrings on baby girls make me swoon! I think it’s the perfect accessory for every outfit. But, I cannot bring myself to pierce my daughters’ ears. I know parents do it all the time,...
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How My Brother’s Death Haunts My Parenting

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Something happens when you become a parent. You love more. You worry more. You feel a lot more. For me, parenting has triggered an anxiety over losing a child. Maybe it’s because my brother passed...

Mommy Burnout: The Mom Who Lost Herself

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Laughter filled her house. She heard tiny footsteps pitter-patter down the hall as children played happily together, imagining they were explorers on a hunt for the lost treasure. Her heart swelled with joy at...

Where to Take Swim Lessons in Austin

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School is almost out. Summer is nearly here. The pool is open, and the kids are begging to dive in! Am I the only one feeling completely unprepared and like this snuck up on...

Surviving Infertility and Not Losing Faith

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Infertility is not something many openly talk about. It’s personal. It’s heartbreaking. Often, people say nasty things to couples pursuing treatment. I’ve heard it all, even from those so close to me that I...

Meet Steffany Duke

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Hey there! I’m Steffany, mom to twins, plus one, ovarian cancer survivor, former journalist and public relations professional turned Matilda Jane Trunk Keeper. I like to pretend that I’m a master of the Crock...