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Since the Death of My Mother You Have Mothered Me

My mother died when I was 33. She was an overbearing, loud, feisty, Italian mother and she was my best friend. Looking back I was probably inappropriately co-dependent on my mother but being an only child, and a daughter no less, that was simply how our relationship existed. I went to my mother for everything. […]

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A Letter to My Husband on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a heart-warming holiday filled with flowers, chocolate and candlelit dinners. Our kids get excited about sharing valentines with their classmates. We try to decide if these valentines will be store-bought or Pinterest-worthy. There are many variations of the history of St. Valentine and how his story evolved into a production of love notes […]

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For the Love of a Real Dinner: When Dad Cooks

5:15 p.m.: The hubby realizes that he is the only adult in the household who will make a real dinner as his wife is only capable of warming up food or making quesadillas. 5:30 p.m.: He scours the Internet for the perfect recipe and heads down the street to Whole Foods (he is convinced that […]

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When Mom is Plagued with Self-Doubt

Sometime in my mid-twenties the carefree confidence that my mother so diligently nurtured in me went away, replaced by agonizing self-doubt. Around the time when I was first diagnosed with depression my confidence disappeared and has not been seen since. This abrupt absence in what I assumed was a core personality trait left a gaping hole in […]

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Cherish Your Favorite Messy Moments

Having been a mother now for over a year, I know I need to cherish every little moment. Believe me, I try to.  I cherish some more than others though.  Moments that delight me and stand out most in my mind, are not always those perfect “Hallmark” moments.  Rather, they are the messy moments; the […]

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Evolving Out of a Hot Temper

We are always teaching them something I remember very clearly how my temper was born. It had been blossoming inside me for as long as I could remember. I’d have frequent outbursts that told me I wasn’t in control of how to express anger. And then I became a teenager. My voice seemed to have […]

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Twelve Date Night Ideas for 2017

The beginning of every year is usually filled with all of us making resolutions we will never keep. Losing the holiday weight, learning a new language, taking that cooking class, or my personal favorite becoming more organized! So this year why not make it easier on ourselves and make a resolution that is both fun […]

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