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A Quick & Natural Birth Story

A Quick & Natural Birth Story

One year ago, Maxus Marat Kurliand came into this world with GUSTO! Here is the story of his journey Earthside. I wish you could hear Xavier tell it though, it’s sooooo much better 🙂 The day started out unusually busy. I was up early because […]

Parenting Without the Wine: Can it Be Done?

Parenting Without the Wine: Can it Be Done?

Yes, it can be! Reading this post the other day by Laura McKowen left me yelling YES! after every single sentence at my computer screen. The title of it, I’m Sorry, But What the Fuck is Going On? are literal words that I have spoken about […]

The Best Toddler Food at Trader Joes

The Best Toddler Food at Trader Joes

We all know and love our neighborhood Trader Joe’s…but did you know they have some really great kid food hidden amongst their crowded, delcious shelves? With a 7 and 1 year old in the house, I like to find foods that everyone enjoys so I […]

Love Stones

Love Stones

You may have heard of Worry Stones or Palm Stones before, yes? They are known to help adults with anxiety handle their emotions in public places in a discreet manner. You can place the smooth stone in your pocket and rub it, sometimes while repeating […]

Parenting In a Culture of Fear

Parenting In a Culture of Fear

I originally wrote this piece for A Child Grows in June, 2016. Sadly, it applies now more than ever. Sometimes we just want to crawl under a rock and not watch anything even resembling news for the rest of our lives. How DO we parent when […]

10 Books to Help Kids with Bullying

10 Books to Help Kids with Bullying

If you have school-aged kiddos, you understand how difficult it can be to help them navigate the friend scene these days. And when your kid comes home and tells you that someone was mean to them, we want to get all Mama Bear Mode on […]

3 Forests to Visit in San Diego

3 Forests to Visit in San Diego

We love living in San Diego. The people are friendly, the sun is always shining and there is SO much to explore in every direction you turn. If you could take away the traffic and the cost of living, it might be the perfect place […]

5 Ways to Fight Cold Season Naturally

5 Ways to Fight Cold Season Naturally

Back to school and the beginning of the colder months often bring BIG germs into our little people and the colds start rolling in. I don’t know about you, but losing sleep because of runny noses and fevers is not my favorite. So, I do […]

My Journey with Anxiety: Part II

My Journey with Anxiety: Part II

Last week, I got super vulnerable and opened up about my recent struggles with having anxiety attacks and how they snuck up on me here in sunny, beautiful SoCal. I really appreciate everyone who took the time to share their stories with me so so […]

My Journey with Anxiety: Part 1

My Journey with Anxiety: Part 1

To look at me, and even know me, you might believe that I am a pretty chill human, not easily rattled and able to keep my cool. And this used to be a pretty true assumption. Until it wasn’t. Sometime during our move, I started […]