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A Tribute to My Therapy: The Humble Cookie (and, Of Course, Cookie Baking)

It was a dark and stormy night . . . a perfect night for baking cookies! All of those words are not actually mine, but they unquestionably embody my sentiments: There are no miserable situations that cannot be made at least a little better by an adventurous stretch in the kitchen. Be it skinned knees, bruised feelings, or …

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Navigating Body Image During the Holidays

In a society where multi-billion-dollar companies profit from our insecurities, we must actively work towards creating body-positive spaces to combat negative body image. On a good day, it’s important to practice habits that promote positive body image amongst your family, but during the holidays, it is critical. It is a time when marketers strategically plan …

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Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others—Then and Now.

When I was asked to write an article on “caring for ourselves while caring for others,” I thought about you, the reader, and what your life might be like, and what you might be needing to hear. I imagined myself back when I was in the thick of the early years of mothering and wondered what I would say …

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6 Simple Back-to-School Tips to Protect Your Mental Health

After a hot and hectic summer, it’s time for students to head back to school. If thoughts of the previous school year have you breaking out in a sweat, you’re not alone. Parents and students all over the country are dealing with the challenge of returning to school amid inconsistent masking requirements, blended learning, and …

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Behind The Book: Date Smart

Author, Dr. Carla Marie Manly, Ph.D., shares what inspired her to write Date Smart. Read along to learn how Dr. Carla created this guide to modern dating and building strong relationships. Dating pain points We all want a “happily ever after.” Regardless of gender, race, or age, finding that perfect soulmate—the ideal life-long companion—is often …

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10 Daily Activities for New Moms to Practice Self-Love.

Author Liz Swenson shares her ten tips and tricks for new moms to practice self-love because you can’t pour from an empty cup! Liz’s book You Got This, Mama! is the ultimate guide for new moms full of tips, advice, and encouragement. It’s the book sure to help you through your baby’s first year and …

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Love Together Requires Patience Together

If you are part of a family—any family—you’ve learned that patience is a tremendous virtue. To love other people requires patience. It’s difficult sometimes. In our age of immediate gratification, we can experience it all in seconds. Our culture seems to work against developing this essential attribute, but patience has long been considered a virtue …

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Self-Care for Mom Because You Deserve a Break!

Self-care for moms isn’t what it used to be. We used to think of self-care as engaging in activities or practices that feel especially good—perhaps a bit indulgent—and are somewhat stereotyped, like a bubble bath, pedicure, or treat (like a dark chocolate mocha latte). We know these are insubstantial yet yummy distractions that have their …

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