10 Gifs That Perfectly Sum Up the Third Trimester

By De Elizabeth

Let’s be real: the first trimester of pregnancy is pretty terrible, but the second is like a little vacation. You feel energetic and hungry again, and basically like your normal self. But then comes the third trimester, which is a whole other beast entirely. In some ways, you find yourself nostalgic for the first few weeks; sure you were nauseous as hell, but at least you could move around, tie your shoes, and sleep through the night without getting up seven million times to pee. You know, the good ol’ days. With that in mind, here are some gifs that just perfectly describe the last stage of pregnancy. Continue reading

10 Things No One Tells You About Your First Trimester

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By Jillian Stacia

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Pregnancy is different for everyone, but all can agree that it’s an intense, life altering experience. Having just made it through the first trimester myself, the one thing I appreciated the most was honesty. And because we believe in keeping it real, here’s a no BS, tried and true list of what you can actually expect during your first few months of pregnancy: Continue reading

The Gifts I Gained Through Minimizing

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By Kate Kole

I’ve experienced the craving to live with less for a while. Not to create scarcity or restriction in my life, but rather, to live simply and more intentionally. Put in the kitchiest of ways, to have a place for everything, everything in its place, and for all of those deliberately chosen and placed items to have a purpose.

So, room by room, closet by closet, and drawer by drawer, I set out to trash, recycle, and donate all the excess stuff I’ve managed to accumulate in the last 30 years. When I habitually found myself unable to sleep at 4 am, I rolled out of bed and began tackling one project at a time. Surprisingly, the sorting, decluttering, and tossing became therapeutic. It felt freeing to quite literally let shit go. Continue reading

Dear Siblings…

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By Jillian Stacia

Dear Siblings,

It’s National Sibling Day, and I was going to write an essay about the importance of siblings or maybe a listicle about how to strengthen your relationship, but instead I decided to write you a letter. I’m not sure why, but it felt right.  And I’m trying to do more of the things that just feel right these days.

I don’t know where to begin other than, I love being your sister. Being your sister is the role of a lifetime. I say it often, but I truly believe we won the sibling jackpot. You are all such fantastic, deeply good people in your own ways, and it is a true honor just to know you. Continue reading

Life In A Military Family

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By Joanna Grey Talbot

Family vacations usually include detours for breathtaking, natural wonders or a restaurant with amazing reviews. Mine usually included detours to the nearby Marine Corps base that my father had been stationed at so he could give us a driving tour of his old haunts. As we drove past the parade deck (the large, paved area where ceremonies and training took place), his old office building, and the O-Course (obstacle course) that he ran many times he would be transported to a previous life that he viewed with a great sense of pride and nostalgia. My brothers and I would be wondering, “When’s lunch?” Continue reading

To All The Pregnant Ladies Who Are Officially Over Unsolicited Advice

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By Vanessa Sams

Greetings to all amazing women out there! I’m here to talk about something that is relatively less accepted as an open topic at dinner parties; namely what happens when you are pregnant and not gushing around with giddiness.

Now, this post isn’t about downright misery. This is about when you are at a dinner and you stare at a bottle of wine longingly, and someone (who of course must be the Dalai Lama) wisely tells you, “oh but think of how you’re growing a little life!” And you instantly want to stab them. However, instead you feel compelled to nod and smile and say, “you are so right!”. Or, this might be a post about those times when you can’t walk around unassumingly without someone announcing horrible things that could be happening to you. These times may go something like, … you are walking… a random stranger approaches… they stop to say, “are you ready for all of that sleeplessness and diaper changing Mama?!” Give me a break. Continue reading

To My Father, On His Birthday

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By Jillian Stacia

There are certain people you could write books about.

Certain people who bring out stories inside you. They fill you with words and hopes and dreams. They inspire and awe you. They fill you to the brim.

My father is one of those people. He is a person worthy of a novel.

So to try to encapsulate him in a blog post seems frivolous. I need more than 800 words to describe the man who taught me about life and the way I want to live it. You can’t sum up your father in a blog post. You can’t describe a parent in an essay. Especially mine. Continue reading

For Thanksgiving This Year, Embrace Simple Gratitude

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By De and Kate

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s been quite a month. In fact, it’s been quite a year. And we’re fairly certain you don’t need us to remind you of that. While tensions are likely high amongst many households today, for various and good reasons, we hope that feelings of gratitude, community, and love have the power to prevail and take precedence. In spite of the pain, disappointment, and differences we feel, may we also take the time to focus on and remember all the people, things, and experiences worthy of our appreciation. Continue reading

On Navigating The Post-Election Thanksgiving of 2016

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By Mary Van de Graaf

Like nearly everyone else on the planet, I’ve spent the past week thinking long and hard about this election, going through every single emotion, trying to make sense of what happened, while simultaneously mourning the loss of all that could have been. I’ve been thinking about the deep discontentment and alarming hatred in this country that brought us to where we now stand, and how we can possibly start to mend the divide. I’ve gone through the very troubling reasons why our country couldn’t get behind Hillary Clinton, behind a woman, behind someone who was so qualified, so smart, dedicated, and so equipped to lead. I’ve thought about what we are supposed to tell our children, whether this electoral college petition thing could actually get Hillary in office (probably not), and of course, what we do now. Continue reading