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Modern Day Meltdowns

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  If you’re like me, I was raised in the era of stern voices and spanking. Just the threat of the wooden spoon and we snapped into order. But what we know now begs for a different tactic on this discipline style. Spanking and yelling at kids teaches them that …

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Reclaiming My Identity with Water Therapy

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They say you can lose your identity when you become a mom, and I do feel that way, because I spend all day every day with my toddler daughter helping her learn and grow. The weekends when dad is home from work, I hope he takes her out of the …

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Date Night at The Zeppelin

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It’s finally here: date night. You’ve arranged a babysitter that is either your extended family that you’ve secured through begging and desperation, or it’s your Next-door neighbor acquired babysitter that comes complete with references, CPR training, and several comments agreeing that they are the best. In all reality, your babysitter …

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How a Social Media Fast and Life Coach Leveled-Up My Life

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A few months ago, I was invited to participate in a 10-day social media fast. I willingly agreed, not thinking it would have any impact on me because I spend such limited time on social media. I was wrong. The impact was far-reaching and life-changing. I had no idea how …

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Try Monaciello for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Small Plates. (But Only if You Like Food.)

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When Monaciello first opened its doors, I attended a media preview night; I recently dug out my notes from the event, and I noticed these words that I had scribbled down as I was sampling the night’s offerings: “Life-changing carrot.” It’s not often that a root veggie is preceded by …

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Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: Real Moms, Real Stories

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Postpartum depression and anxiety: Why doesn’t anyone talk about this? Well I’m talking about it now. Where to start… Loading up my toddler and all our stuff to leave the house triggered that anxious feeling. “I can’t fucking breathe!” I exclaimed, leaning against the car. It’s still morning. It’s too early …

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Date Night: Bocce Edition

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My husband Mike and I both grew up in Reno and have been dating for 14 years. That’s a lot of nights out, a lot of dinners and movies. We love to go out and explore Reno, but with kids, we have to decide what qualifies as a good enough night …

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Finding Grace In This Season Of Life

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We all strive to be the best parents we can be. What does “the best parents we can be” really mean, though? It’s easy to want to compare ourselves to friends or family who have been through the early stages of parenthood before, but how many of us take the time …

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My Facebook Detox

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It was March, and I was in about week 4 of my depression. I have always had a tendency toward depression, though in the last few years I had been pretty consistently happy. But then that kid shot up a high school in Florida. Of all the social media outlets, …

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