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Back To Work: Motherhood Gets Lonely

Initially, it sounds like a dream come true…

All of your kids are finally in school. You’re FREE! You have the entire house to yourself for nearly eight whole hours. You can do whatever you’d like – take a morning yoga class, relax with a hot cup of coffee and a nice homemade breakfast, catch up on your soap…

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Added by Rachel Braun on April 14, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

My Caesarean Section Birth Story

Warning! This may be a little long, but it did take FOREVER for this little girl to grace us with her presence. And she was worth every bit of agony I went through.

My due date was November 12th, 2003. From the very beginning of my pregnancy, knowing my due date, I had…

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Added by Rachel Braun on February 15, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

In An Exercise Rut? Try Something New

As human beings, we are definitely creatures of habit. We find a routine we are comfortable with, one that fits into our daily lives, and we happily stick to it. Oftentimes to the point where we don’t even realize we have fallen into a rut, and have become uninspired and unmotivated. Many people are afraid to try…

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Added by Rachel Braun on February 1, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Chores: Skills To Last A Lifetime

People often wonder why I decided to have children, or more specifically so many children. The answer is quite simple, so that one day I could relax while someone else took care of the house. I hated doing dishes as a child, and I wanted to pass that experience along to my own kids.

Just kidding! I simply felt…

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Added by Rachel Braun on January 25, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Stomach Flu With Kids Is Miserable AF

It happens every winter and always at the worst possible moment. You’re just sitting down to watch a movie with your spouse, you’re getting ready to visit the in-laws at Christmas, or it’s the middle of the night, and you’re deep in a peaceful sleep. And suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, you find…

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Added by Rachel Braun on January 18, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Winter In Wisconsin: I Hate It And That's Okay

Winter in Wisconsin…what can I say? It sucks! I hate most everything about it! There is a brief moment following Thanksgiving where I envision a beautiful, white Christmas. But I guarantee you in that vision I am most certainly inside a warm house, sipping a hot beverage, simply admiring…

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Added by Rachel Braun on January 10, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

What I Have Learned In 2016: Lessons For A New Year

Whether you’ve been watching the news, surfing the web, checking Twitter or Facebook, or simply having a conversation with friends or family, I am certain you have heard that 2016 was the worst year ever. “It was a shit show!” “The new year can’t come soon enough!” “2016 was a dumpster fire!” “I…

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Added by Rachel Braun on December 30, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Holiday Stress: The Power Is In Your Hands

When I was growing up, the term holiday stress did not exist in my vocabulary. Christmas was fun, joyful, a time to see my entire family, (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents) and of course, get presents. And back then, it was easy to be with family during the…

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Added by Rachel Braun on December 20, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Holidays And Grief: Bittersweet Magical Moments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Your tree is up and decorated. The stockings are hung over the fireplace, and your home is twinkling with Christmas magic. Holiday music fills the air, and everywhere you go people are spreading holiday cheer. This is ordinarily a joyous time meant…

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Added by Rachel Braun on December 14, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Motherhood: Things I Wish I Had Been Told

There is nothing quite like being a parent for the first time. Holding your newborn baby, nuzzling your face into their tiny neck and inhaling their sweet smell. Gently rubbing your cheek against their skin and knowing you have never felt anything softer. Your heart simultaneously increasing in size and breaking…

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Added by Rachel Braun on December 7, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Holiday Traditions: Creating Magic At Home

Holiday traditions can be a tricky thing for new families to tackle. Each person coming into a marriage with their own sentimental attachments to everything they did as a child during the holiday season. Thankfully, my husband and I grew up with pretty similar traditions, so it was never a big issue. And…

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Added by Rachel Braun on December 5, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Mothers Are Human Beings: We All Make Mistakes

I have a shocking revelation for you. Although we often look like superheroes, mothers are in fact HUMAN! This means that we are fallible, we make mistakes. Yes, all of us! We lose a child at Target, we leave a hot cup of coffee unattended for a moment, we don’t realize the basement door is open when our…

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Added by Rachel Braun on December 2, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Dreams For My Children

Dear Children,

Before each one of you were born, I wished for you. As I carried each of you inside me, I spent many hours dreaming of what you might be like. I thought about whether you would be a boy or a girl. Would you look more like me or your father? Would your delivery be as we had planned, or…

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Added by Rachel Braun on December 1, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Holiday Shopping: Staying Organized And In Budget

Thanksgiving is over, the tree is up and twinkling with lights, your stockings are hung, and you have visions of a peaceful, relaxing holiday with your family. Singing Christmas carols, baking cookies, curling up under a warm blanket and drinking a hot cup of cocoa, maybe going on a sleigh ride or attending a…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 30, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Perseverance Over Injury: My First Triathlon

Wow! What a day! And it only took thirteen years to get here…

When I was about seven months pregnant with my first child, my husband and one of his good friends decided they would compete in the Devil's Lake Triathlon. I remember watching and cheering them on from the…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 23, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Thanksgiving: Focus On Gratitude

Thanksgiving is this week, and I am going to be honest with you. I’m not feeling very thankful. Things have been a little rough for me lately, and it’s not just the presidential election bumming me out. Every morning my kids head off to school, and I mindlessly go through the motions of my day. I exercise, I eat…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 21, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Running: Inspired By My Daughters

You know those bumper stickers, the ones that say “0.0 I DON’T RUN?” That was me until a couple years ago. Despite exercising nearly every day, I never considered myself a runner, nor did I have any desire to be one.

I knew people who were runners, and I thought they were crazy. These were people who yearned to…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 17, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Cycling: My World On Two Wheels

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike. -John F. Kennedy

As is true for most people, my relationship with cycling began as a young child. I remember pedaling up and down the block in front of my house nearly every day in the summer. In the second grade, I received my…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 14, 2016 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Swimming: Underwater Meditation

The water is your friend.  You don't have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move.  -Aleksandr Popov 

When you hear the words summer vacation, what is the one thing that comes to your mind? Water. Whether it’s traveling to the ocean, floating down a…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 10, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Don't Let Your Kids Roll in the Political Dirt

As I am writing this, we are less than a week away from Election Day, and unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you are probably well aware of the shitastic spectacle our 2016 presidential election has become. Typically, I am not one to talk politics on social media or my blog because I don’t…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 7, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

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