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Resilience 101: How I am Raising Strong, Brave and Curious Kids

This is a sponsored post in partnership with the Nexcare Brand. All words and opinions are my own. When I was growing up in the Bay Area, we played outside constantly—climbing trees, making up games, riding bikes, you name it. My parents pushed us to go, go, go, to get out there, explore and be curious. With their guidance, I grew up with a fearless spirit that took me from

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Sex and Intimacy: A Conversation with Cindy Gallop

My desire to explore intimacy further sprung from an honest conversation with my girlfriends and what intimacy looks like for all of us—those with multiple kids, those with one kid, those with no kids—and how it’s changed over the years. I realized as we were talking that it’s a topic that I feel completely normal and natural discussing in my own home, but for whatever reason, in the public sphere,

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Hey Moms, Let’s Stop the Shaming

One of the things that surprised me the most about becoming a mother was how many people have opinions—and aren’t afraid to share them!—on how we choose to raise our kids. Women are seemingly more susceptible to the spectrum of scrutiny (I touched upon this in my May Mission letter), but I was slightly blindsided by how criticism and judgement increased when I became a mom. From the names we

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Sextrology: Superstar Astrologist Susan Miller on Love and Relationships

When things are feeling out of sorts, you’d think your phone would be the last place you’d find some much-needed grounding. But when I feel like I need a little guidance, I open up astrologist Susan Miller’s Astrology Zone app and check out my horoscope. (Full disclosure I read it everyday!) Susan’s readings have an uncanny way of being spot-on. Whenever I’m reading my Capricorn horoscope, I think to myself,

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Cheers to Inspiring Moms This Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, godmothers, aunts, and friend-aunts out there! It truly does take a village to raise a child, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am for all the strong, supportive, passionate, caring women in my life. I’m raising a glass of bubbly to all of you as we speak. Motherhood has changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. Having kids

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Gen’s May Lit List: Let’s Talk About Sex

One of the places we can feel the most self-conscious about our bodies is in the bedroom. Even if you’ve been with your partner for a long time, like I have, being naked physically still comes with a lot of emotional triggers. It takes time to be comfortable with yourself and with your partner, but it’s a journey that can have some mind-blowing rewards, once you’re able to free up

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Sunday Brunch Series: Eggs on Toast with Prosciutto, Roasted Asparagus and Caramelized Tomatoes

Since this month we’re talking about body positivity and what makes us feel good, here’s one thing I always look forward to: Sunday brunch. Not only is the food delicious, but it feeds the soul to catch up with family and friends. Life is a balancing act, and it’s important to splurge and find the positivity in things that make you happy. That leads me to today’s Sunday Brunch Series,

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Mindful Movement: The Workouts I Swear By

Exercise is one of the things I always carve out time for, because I feel like a better person—for my husband, my kids and myself!—when I’m able to work out on the regular. Yes, I work out to keep my body in shape, but I also workout for my sanity. Being a mom of three kids under six, exercise has become an incredible stress release. One of the added stresses

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Love, Gen: Let’s Celebrate Body Positivity This May

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My hands and my breasts. They’re the two parts of my body that—even on mornings when I look like garbage and the kids are throwing tantrums—I can say without an ounce of hesitation that I love. It’s taken me a long time to get there, but it’s because my hands remind me of the three babies I’ve held, of holding Jared’s hands on our wedding day, of the meals I’ve

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My At-Home Spa Day

When you’re a mom, it’s often hard to find peace, and with 3 kids, the juggle and hustle required can make me ache for quiet time. There are days when I do get lucky. Now that Tom is in elementary school and Shep is in preschool, me-time has become more of a possibility. When it’s just Odette and me, I can sometimes sneak off during her naptime for a short,

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