Unexpected Lessons From An Early Miscarriage

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By Kate Kole

Staring at the positive pregnancy stick this past summer was, simply put, surreal. My husband was tying his shoes to head out the door and I stopped him.

“Hey, I’m gonna take this test. I’m sure it’ll be nothing. But wait for just a minute.”

We stood, antsy. Pausing our lives for the result that promised to be ready in two minutes but felt more like 20.

“Pregnant.” Continue reading

This Year, Let’s…

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By Kate Kole

I’ve spent so many January 1st afternoons frustrated with myself. Because I already ate the row of brownies I vowed not to indulge in, or I lost the patience I promised I’d keep, or I skipped the morning meditation I resolved to stick to for 365 days. Less than 24 hours in, I’d already lost. Declared myself imperfect. Taken the inflated anticipation of a new year – a sparkling clean slate – and watched and felt as all its hope and all my eagerness slowly dwindled down to disappointment.

It seemed like I’d either a) set standards above myself or b) failed to meet the attainable standards I’d set. And either way, it felt really shitty. I felt really shitty. Continue reading

17 Things I Learned In 2017

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By Jillian Stacia

Part of my New Year’s tradition is to develop a list of things I’ve learned throughout the past twelve months. Each year is different and filled with unique challenges and opportunities, and it’s nice to look back and think about what I’ve learned throughout the process.

2017 was no exception. Personally, it was a year of massive change on many levels, capped off with the birth of my first child. And for America as a whole, it was a shit show of a year with natural disasters, social issues, and political drama at every turn.

But despite these challenges, 2017 taught me a great deal about life and the part I hope to play in it. Here are just some of the things I’ve learned over the course of this crazy year: Continue reading

8 Thoughtful Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Your Mom

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By Brigitte Evans

The holidays are just around the corner, and if you like the process of gift giving and making someone feel special and happy, this is your time of the year. Even though it might be somewhat easy to pick a Christmas gift for your special someone since you already know the things they like, buying a present for your family members can be a bit tricky.

One of the most important people in our lives is definitely our mom, and choosing the right gift for her could be a bit troublesome, as we don’t want to get her something she won’t absolutely love. Take a look at these 8 types of moms and choose a present accordingly. She will be more than grateful. Continue reading

4 New Year’s Resolutions to Make in the Name of Love

By Isabel F. William

I may be a little chubby on the hips and I may have made one too many promises to myself, like the one where I’m giving up chocolate and carbs altogether along with dropping the Netflix binge-watching. I may also have mentally committed to working out regularly, five times a week. Maybe I’ve even gone to the point of promising myself to keep the family gatherings (hint: mother-in-law visits) civil. And maybe, but just maybe – I’ve failed to do all of these altogether. Continue reading

What to Give Your Most Organized Friends For the Holidays

By Isabel F. William

If you enjoy giving presents as much as receiving them, you know how important and rewarding it is to find just the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Surprising them with presents that they really need and want, even when they themselves don’t know it, and putting smiles on their faces is the best part of giving presents. And if your friends are super organized, there’s plenty of great ideas that will make their lives a little less chaotic. Ahead, check out our gift guide for the most meticulously organized person in your life. Continue reading

16 Gifts For the BFF In Your Life

By De and Kate

The holiday season is finally here (although, let’s be real, we’ve been playing Christmas music and drinking gingerbread lattes since Halloween). Unless you’re a total scrooge, one of the best parts of this time of year is definitely shopping for gifts. As we get older, we find that gift-giving is even more rewarding than opening our own presents, especially when you find something that you just know the person will love.

But sometimes shopping can be difficult, which is why gift guides are the most important things ever to exist online. And if you’re in need of a super-cute present that’s just perfect for your best friend, we’ve got you covered. Ahead, check out 16 adorable gifts that you definitely won’t want to skimp on. Continue reading

A Crash Course in Buying The Perfect Holiday Gift for Your Partner

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By Brigitte Evans

The holidays are approaching and if you still haven’t planned out what to buy for your significant other, you may be starting to panic. Last-minute purchases can lead to some unfortunate choices, such as hair trimmers, ugly jewelry, self-help books, cellulite cream or unattractive sweaters. Unless your partner has been practicing the fake thank you smile and preparing for disappointment all year long, you will definitely see the look of horror if you surprise him or her with a poorly chosen gift. After all, you are in a relationship and you should know better. But don’t worry, here’s a crash course for buying the best gift ever. Continue reading