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My Kind of Valentine’s Day

I sat down to write a Valentine’s Day blog post about the best gifts to give the ones you love, but…I got stuck. The truth is, I kinda hate Valentine’s Day. It feels so manufactured and cheesy, with overpriced roses, cliché jewelry and gimmicky prix-fixe dinner menus. Sure, I dutifully arm the kids with cutesy cards for their fellow classmates. (I do have a soft spot for the elementary school

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Simple Ways to Practice Gratitude

Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to pause, sit down, and reflect on what we are thankful for. Every Thanksgiving, like many of you, my family has a tradition of going around the table to say what we’re grateful for. (Me? I’m most thankful when someone else does the cooking.) I know it’s a little cliché, but it’s a sweet ritual and I look forward to hearing what the boys come

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Celebrating Father’s Day

Marriage, like parenting, is messy, complicated, beautiful, emotional, and imperfectly perfect. We learn so much about ourselves through our relationships, for the people we do life with often hold up a mirror to our most triggering aspects. I experience wild comfort in knowing I married my best friend – someone who constantly reminds me that I’m enough, as I explore, evolve, and cultivate new sides of myself. As human beings,

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Self Love and Healthy Boundaries with Terri Cole

As women, we’re programmed to be caretakers, so much so that many of us put others’ needs way above our own, running ourselves ragged to make everyone around us happy. But when we’re stretched so thin, how are we supposed to take care of ourselves? Licensed psychotherapist and love and relationship expert Terri Cole calls this phenomenon the “disease to please.” Her passion is helping women set boundaries and live

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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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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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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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