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#METOO

I had worn the dress several times before; to a funeral, a couple of weddings, and a charity gala. It was nothing spectacular, but it always made me feel good about myself. It was black, with a flattering fit that covered all of my trouble spots. That night, accessorized it with Spanx and pantyhose, the […]

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MY {UNCONVENTIONAL} BREASTFEEDING JOURNEY

Breastfeeding has always been intimidating to me. Before having my daughter, my thought on it was always: Good for the moms who rock breastfeeding, but I’m just going to try to keep my life together for like 5 seconds. Because of this, my husband and I decided to attend a breastfeeding class together.  I thought […]

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KIDS’ ARTWORK: KEEP IT FROM TAKING OVER YOUR HOUSE

Little did I know when my heart swelled with happiness with my son Charles’ first scribbles from daycare that one day these same projects and papers – this childhood artwork – would literally take over my house. I won’t lie, I still love looking through my boys’ papers, however, then, I want to recycle 99% […]

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THE MORNING I FAILED

We are now full swing into summer but just a couple weeks ago we were hanging on by a thread. Our family of five was burnt out. Tired. Over it. The morning grind was exhausting and on one particular Thursday morning we hit a new low. I snapped a picture of the uneaten cereal bowl left […]

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THE SURPRISE BABY

It was 2:30 in the morning a couple months ago. I had been tossing and turning for a couple hours thinking about the possibility that I had been considering the last day or so. And I couldn’t get comfortable because, well, I was feeling really uncomfortable. The thoughts kept coming… Could I be? No, I […]

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TO THE MOM IN A FUNK

Dear Moms, It’s January.  It’s grey and cold and the holidays are over.  There are toys all the places, thank you notes that aren’t writing themselves, and a stretch of indoor play that seems potentially endless.  And those are some prime ingredients for a good, solid funk, if I ever did see them. A funk […]

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SCREEN TIME FOR KIDS – THOUGHTS ABOUT THE NEW AAP RECOMMENDATIONS

Note from QCMB: We love sharing stories and ideas that may help you as a parent. And today, we’re thrilled to share some thoughts from a local dad! Thanks to Michael Carton, director of education and outreach for WQPT – Quad Cities PBS (and dad to Bubba, age 5),  for sharing this post about a question many parents have in lights […]

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