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From 'Project Runway' to Archery Fame: Laura Bennett Shelton

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 06.05.2015 | Fifty
Brandi Megan Granett

I find the less time I have, the less time I waste. I don't believe in finding time. You have to make time for the things you want to do.

Quantity vs. Quality

Jessica Hoefer-Land | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Jessica Hoefer-Land

Perhaps you are familiar with the term, "quality vs quantity." Often, it is associated with parenting in terms of which is more important -- the time you are with your child (quantity) or the attention given during the time you are with your child (quality).

5 Reasons Doing Dishes, Laundry and Cleaning Could Be Ruining Your Creative Flow

Sky Mandala Marcano | Posted 05.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Sky Mandala Marcano

I admire all the mothers and fathers who nurture and respect the home by cleaning and organizing. But some of us may benefit from letting go of a few tasks, to then benefit from being creative in other ways.

I Did it my Way. You Can Too.

Asha Ramakrishna | Posted 05.19.2015 | Small Business
Asha Ramakrishna

We have been taught businesses from the approach of men, but we are women. And sometimes we have seemingly conflicting priorities; however, I assure you, the priorities are not conflicting.

Thanks, Mom, I Needed That

Annie Fox | Posted 05.07.2015 | Fifty
Annie Fox

I think about Mom often and always in the spring. The fact that I love and care for a garden comes from being her daughter.

For Every Mother of the Past, Present and Future

Toni Hammer | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Toni Hammer

This day is for every mom who lectures her children with, "Back in my day, we didn't have a squeeze pouch for applesauce. We had to eat it with a spoon."

10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Infertility

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women
Melissa Miles McCarter

Women like me face Mother's Day with shades of shame, despair and silence. So, I would like to take this opportunity to speak up and share with those who know someone who has infertility or are experiencing it themselves. Here is what I wish someone had told me about about the disease.

Mothering Without A Past

Rachel Sherman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Rachel Sherman

All mothering attempts seem to be a reaction: you either emulate your own experience, or you rebel against it.

Running Our Way Through a Mother/Son Rut

Elizabeth McGuire | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Elizabeth McGuire

We have found a simple space that contains only joy and ease, and nothing could keep me from showing up there. I could run for miles in it.

Transform Your Inspiration Into Purpose

Rebecca Mckown | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Mckown

Inspiration is a calling, a voice inside us trying to be heard. When something inspires us it is time to listen. When we allow our inspirations to be recognized they will lead us toward our passions.

My Baby Girl Mimics My Mothering (And That's Not Always a Good Thing)

Melanie McKinnon | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
Melanie McKinnon

My adorable baby girl, barely broaching the world of full sentences, just taught me something I will never forget. She simply mirrored my own actions, and I did not like what I saw.

Why I Love That 2 A.M. Feeding

Rachel Toalson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

All day long, your brothers have pulled and demanded and captured my time while you have slept and dreamed and grown, little by little by little. But right now is our time, because brothers are sleeping and Daddy is sleeping and the whole world is silently breathing its way toward morning.

This Is What Burnout Looks Like

Emily Ballard | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Emily Ballard

I often daydream of giving away most of what we own and moving into a Tiny House of some kind, with clever storage everywhere and only the bare essentials surrounding us. "Ooh! Thank you! This is wonderful!" I imagine them saying.

Making Room for the Light

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 04.04.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

It's sad IVF didn't work for us. It's sad we lost our three babies. It's sad we lost those three dreams. Giving myself permission to continue to feel that sadness, as needed, will help to stave off that anger that seems to set me back so much every time.

'A Stronger Love': Alaska Teen Gives Breast Milk to the Baby She Gave Up for Adoption

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.04.2015 | Good News
Alaska Dispatch News

The news, delivered by a doctor at a routine appointment, was so startling it took two additional pregnancy tests at home before she believed it.

The Number One Mistake Even Good Moms Make

Heather Creekmore | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Heather Creekmore

We don't have to be perfect moms. There's no such thing. And, ironically, even if there was, I don't think we'd like being her as much as we think we would. No one actually likes a perfect woman, anyway.

My Ever Upward Mothering

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I mothered. I mothered not my own children, but I mothered nonetheless. I mothered in a way that I am accepting and embracing, but also defining for myself.

Being Mom: Why I Chose to Not Have Biological Children

Dylan Kendall | Posted 02.14.2015 | Parents
Dylan Kendall

I didn't choose to become a foster mom because I couldn't have my own children. I chose to become a foster mom because a young person needed me and my desire to mother has never been centered on my genetics, but on my ability to love and care for others.

The Side of Motherhood We Aren't Prepared to Discuss

Traci Bild | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Traci Bild

I treaded very lightly and explained that I was that mom at one time, but that I had found a way out of the daily grind. My passion and book, Get Your Girl Back, was to help their moms do the same.

10 Things I Want My Son To Know Before He Turns 10

Lindsey Mead | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

You can be strong and feel a lot at the same time. In fact, feeling a lot makes you stronger. That's true regardless of whether you're a boy or a girl.

Free Pizza and Gelato for Toddlers in Rome

Juliet Linley | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Juliet Linley

I can guarantee you that not once in the seven years since I have had small children in Rome have I ever been charged for the kids' milk. They brush it off with genuine kindness, almost as if they were offended by your offer to pay.

How We Handle the Halloween Candy Situation: The Great Switcheroo

Emily Ballard | Posted 01.01.2015 | Parents
Emily Ballard

My kids are eating all of their Halloween candy right now. Don't worry -- it's not like that. As we all know, however, trick-or-treating produces a Candy Situation. My kids aren't strangers to treats, but the onslaught of Kid Crack was overwhelming to me. So somehow, in a moment of divine grace, I thought up The Great Switcheroo.

10 Ways To Feel More Like A Woman And Less Like A Mom

Emily Ballard | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Emily Ballard

I needed pretense. I needed to feel like I was a real person even though I was really a milk machine. And for me, the way I dress has always been an outward extension of who I am, even as my style has changed.

A Story of Pregnancy Loss

Kelly Fig Smith | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Kelly Fig Smith

Many of the feelings I experienced soon after our loss were expected: sadness, deep grief, anger. But what surprised me most, and what I wasn't prepared for was the shame -- the overwhelming feeling that I had failed in the way that mattered most, and that it could never be forgiven.

50 Reasons To Have A Baby

Kimberly McLeod | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Kimberly McLeod

Throwing up because you're building a baby, not because you had one too many tequilas the night before.