The Climb

On Saturday, June 21st, advocates around the world joined together to raise awareness of perinatal mood disorders during the 2nd Annual Climb Out of the Darkness.  Before I leap into the story of our climb with Team DFW a bit about the event from the Postpartum Progress website:

“Climb Out of the Darkness™ is the world’s largest event raising awareness of postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety/OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis and pregnancy depression. The event was created by and benefits Postpartum Progress Inc., a registered 501c3 nonprofit that raises awareness and supports pregnant and new moms with these illnesses. Women around the world participate in this grassroots event by going on a hike outside on the longest day of the year to shine a light on maternal mental illness. Climb Out of the Darkness is open to anyone and everyone who supports a healthy start for new families.”


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Maple Hill Naturals 

As a WAHM, I love to support small businesses and other WAHMs.  So, I was really excited when I got the opportunity to review Maple Hill Naturals, a company created and run by WAHMs looking to provide clean, safe alternatives for taking care of our families.  Plus, their products are handcrafted in the US, and a portion of every sale goes to charity.  How do you get better than that?!  Though they also make some lovely personal care items, like lip balm, soap and shampoo, for the purpose of this review, I received the XL Wool Dryer Balls and Natural Laundry Powder.  
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Climb Out Of Darkness 2014 Video

Please take two minutes to watch this video and/or share with the mothers in your life.  You never know who might be fighting a private battle and need a little inspiration.

Climbing Out of Darkness

Imagine that you’ve been pushed from an airplane with no parachute.  One minute, you’re resting peacefully in your seat, and the next you’re free-falling from cruising altitude into the ocean.  You’re terrified, and adrenaline is fire in your veins, but you can’t seem to get past the thoughts that (1) you’re fairly certain you left the toaster plugged in (those first 47 toaster checks were inconclusive), and (2) you don’t know how to swim.  Oh, and the house is dirty.  And, now that you think about it, that cough/sneeze thing you heard from your child this morning likely signifies pneumonia.  As ridiculous as that might sound to some, that’s exactly what Postpartum Anxiety (PPA) can do to you.  Thing 2 turns one this week, and the impending event has had me doing a lot of reflecting.  I’ve been thinking for a while about writing my experience with PPA, and my recent discovery of Postpartum Progress has been the impetus I needed to sit down and do it.  I’ve borrowed the name of their upcoming awareness event as the title of this post, because it’s so very perfect.
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Allergy Wars

I recently saw a comment on a parenting forum where someone suggested that children with food allergies be required to go to a “special” school to do away with the difficulty of things like nut free classrooms.  This immediately got my hackles up, but then I thought, “I bet they have no clue what parenting an allergic child is really like.” Since I happen to be a writer with my own forum AND a parent of not one, but TWO allergic children, I opted to take up the mantle of illumination.
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M is for Monster

As I’m sure you are all well aware, subscription boxes are a booming market right now.  It seems like there’s a box for everything these days…maybe even 3 or 5 boxes.  One box I’ve tried, however, that stands out from the rest is the Monster Box, which has, on more than one occasion, been a sanity saver for this tired mama.

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doTERRA:  Gift of the Earth…For Mommies

So, it’s 4:30 am, and I’ve been up since 2 dispersing essential oils to the household.  Everyone is settled back to sleep now, so the sensible thing for me to do would be to go back to sleep myself.  I’ve never really put too much stock in “the sensible thing”.  Instead, let me briefly share why I’m so amped about my essential oils (it could also be the sleep deprived delirium…).

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Rock It Up

When Thing 2 began to get horrible eczema patches along the diaper line of her sensitive formulation disposable diapers, we knew it was time to finally take the leap to cloth.  The biggest question was, what brand should we choose?  If you’ve ever looked into cloth diapers you know that, between commercial brands and WAHM diapers, there are about 3.7 million options, gave or take a million.  For us, the answer was, apparently, simple:  My husband chose Rock-A-Bums because, “They have one that looks like a storm trooper!”…Turns out, his logic was sound.  Read on to find out why, see the BRAND NEW PATTERNS, and enter to win your very own rockin’ stash.

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Extreme Parenting:  Vacation Edition

I used to think vacation was a fun, carefree thing, and I never understood why my dad would get so stressed and grumpy about traveling.  Now that I have my own kids?  I know the truth:  vacationing with kids is an extreme sport.  I guess that makes the hubby and I adrenaline junkies.

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19 Things People Swear They’ll Never Do Until They Have Kids

I had to share this because I think there’s way too much “I would never” parenting judgement going on these days.  Plus, some of these are worth a good snicker.  Now I want Snickers…

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/19-things-people-swear-theyll-never-do-until-they-have-kids

#1 Ok, I AM wearing my judgy pants on this one.  I would feel a little ridiculous doing this, not to mention my children have so much energy, I’d end up being drug along behind them.  Maybe I should do it…I could use some sidewalk exfoliation.
#2 Watson makes sleeplessness so sexy…
#3 Let’s just say there’s more of me to love than before I got pregnant with Thing 1.
#4 How’d they get this video of me?
#5 I’m torn on this one.  Social event?  What’s that?
#6 Thing 1 is watching TV right now so I can share my delightful commentary with you.
#7 Well, we’re an Android family, but the idea is the same.  Maintains sanity on car trips and in waiting rooms.
#8 That’s just a dumb thing to claim you’ll never do.
#9 If I didn’t post about my kids, I’d have no Facebook status.  Ponder that.
#10 Put on a bra and real pants, or stay home and relax?  Yeah.  That’s a toughie…
#11 Yeah, that’s like saying you won’t LET a tornado wreak havoc on your home.  Good luck with that.
#12 Ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat!
#13 Touchy subject, but it’s best to admit to yourself from Day 1 that, at some point, your child will think you’re mean.  Might as well take advantage of it.  Just sayin’.
#14 Ok, seriously.  How are they getting these videos of my family?
#15 It’s so much easier to paint your face with an ice cream bar than with tofu.
#16 Um, yeah.  That’s right up there with #8.
#17 Being a parent IS my job.
#18 They summed it up well with “cranky, tantrum-throwing little a-hole”.
#19 I would never.  Now, yoga pants and pj pants?  Oh yeah, I’m guilty.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/19-things-people-swear-theyll-never-do-until-they-have-kids