Archive for March 2013

An Easter Lesson for my Children: When Faith and Forgiveness are Tested on Easter

An Easter Lesson for my Children: When Faith and Forgiveness are Tested on Easter
My life is in upheaval. My world is a carnival funhouse, and I struggle to navigate my way through the path of distorted mirrors and uncomfortable darkness. I’ve been placed in a snow globe, vigorously shaken; and as soon as the hard, white plastic pieces of faux snow fall to the ground, my life is... Read more »

Life Outside of the Baby Aisle: Living My Middle

by Brandi Lee, Parenting Without A Parachute Contributor Do you remember being pregnant? Did you sign up for the newsletter that would email you a weekly estimate of the size of your baby?  As the weeks went by, your baby would be a compared to a grape, a fig, an avocado, a spaghetti squash, a pineapple.... Read more »

Faux Farms

I want a faux farm. I dream of skipping about with Midwest wildflowers in one hand and feeding chickens with the other. I long to pause and reflect about life while leaning by a rusted silo or a red paint chipped barn. This song from Sesame Street’s Follow That Bird plays on repeat in the... Read more »
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Tips for the Perfect Maternity Photo Shoot

Tips for the Perfect Maternity Photo Shoot
For Christmas last year my mom gave Hubs and I a maternity photo shoot with the amazing and talented Jenelle Kappe Photography. A few weeks ago we cashed in our gift and I couldn’t be happier with the results. While Jenelle has incredible talent, I had to bring myself to the party for these photos... Read more »

I Have a Fever, and the Only Cure is More Throw Pillows

I Have a Fever, and the Only Cure is More Throw Pillows
If only the proverbial cowbell could cure my fever! I could ring it every now and again, channeling Will Ferrell in the old SNL skit. I have a real problem, and the problem is that I could spend all of my discretionary income on throw pillows. I used to care about things like the environment... Read more »

Trusting My Instincts

I am an obsessive researcher and throughout my pregnancy I have researched absolutely everything from normal pregnancy symptoms to strollers to baby led weaning ad nauseum. Officially, I have reached my research limit. I cannot read another breastfeeding book, tummy time pamphlet or cloth diaper diagram. So what now? What if I didn’t learn the... Read more »
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The Magic Wand Fails: Parenting Requires More Than Essential Oils

My coping mechanisms to help me live through an overly chaotic day include: tea, a lot of deep breathing and inhaling stress-fix concentrate from Aveda. When lavender, lavandin and clary sage disperses onto my skin and into my nose, life seems a little more manageable. One particular day proved to be uncontrollably difficult. I found... Read more »

Victoria’s Secret vs. Hanes

I’ve said goodbye to my last pair of Victoria’s Secret skivvies. Maybe one day I will say hello to them again, but alas, the idea of comfort supersedes sexy. I used to strut into Vicki’s with bold confidence, until one less-than-pleasant experience left me frowning and a little disgruntled. It was 7 years ago and... Read more »

Still Keeping it a Secret? Tips on How to Hide Your Baby Bump

Still Keeping it a Secret? Tips on How to Hide Your Baby Bump
About two weeks ago, my bump has popped out. I can’t comfortably wear my regular attire. Reluctantly, I have started to wear maternity clothes. I have decided not to share the information of my pregnancy at my places of business yet. I’m trying to hide my bump as much and as long as possible. If... Read more »
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