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Is it a simple ear infection or a disaster waiting to happen?

January 20, 2015
Like many sandwich generation moms, I've been around the block when it comes to maladies of the ear. Both of my elderly parents are hard of hearing; and before my daughter reached 2nd grade, she had endured four ear surgeries. So I thought I'd seen it all. But the other day, I met a woman who forever changed my attitude about ears. Her name is Joie . At 38, Joie is the picture of health and good cheer. She works in a bright, colorful salon in the heart of Ballard, the Scandinavian neighborhood of Seattle. As she styles hair for clients of all varieties, Joie beams a ray of sunshine straight...
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BINGO anyone? Play During the State of the Union!

January 20, 2015
This Tuesday night (tomorrow night!) at 9pm ET / 6pm PT President Barack Obama will be giving the 2015 State of the Union. In order to make watching fun, we've created a BINGO card to help you track whether or not the issues of greatest concern to women, moms, and families are covered in the speech.
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Your First Four Years in Pennsylvania Can Change Lives

January 20, 2015
I have spent the past year visiting and advocating for high quality pre-k classrooms in Pennsylvania. In the Fall as election day neared, I would ask the children what they thought it meant to be a "Governor of Pennsylvania". The conversations were so engaging I kept using the question as a conversation starter well after election day was over!
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Awkward. Uncomfortable. Stumbling.

January 16, 2015
As a white woman who has lived almost my entire life in the South, conversations about race have never come easy to me. I grew up in east Tennessee in a very homogeneous community. With the exception of two families, all my classmates were white like me and the schools taught very little, if anything, about segregation or the Civil Rights Movement. My only personal connection to Dr. King was that my father and his brothers were deployed to Memphis with the Tennessee National Guard when Dr. King was murdered. To this day, confederate flags fly from hillsides and pickup trucks in the area where I was raised.
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Blog Carnival: A King's Work is Never Done - Continuing the legacy!

January 19, 2015
Today, January 19, 2015, we reflect on a hero for justice, a servant to all, and a giant among people. Dr. Martin Luther King lived and died guided by his passion for peace, truth, and equality. He and thousands of women and men of his generation led a movement that transformed the social and political landscape of the United States and arguably the world. Dr. King's work to undo centuries of racism, classism, and injustice was powerful and successful, but in many ways, that work is not yet done. How could it be? No one lifetime can break down generations of structural oppression, and yet, in...
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Tips for Healthy Meal Planning!

January 13, 2015
Meal planning is the most effective way to incorporate and budget healthy eating into your family’s meals. Typically, local supermarkets will share their upcoming sales and deals mid-week. Save the sale ad and begin drafting a shopping list of the meats, fruits and vegetables on sale that week. Browse your favorite blogs, Pinterest and cookbooks for low fat meals. I highly recommend The Skinnytaste Cookbook and Run DMT’s recipes. ;-) If you have picky eaters, get the kids involved to look through the cookbooks and search for recipes that look interesting to them. You’d be surprised as to what...
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A Real SUPER Mom: Running a marathon while pumping!

January 13, 2015
This weekend my friend Jenn ran her 23rd marathon....and stopped half way through to breast pump! Can you say Super Mom!?
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How much is breastmilk worth?

January 12, 2015
What is the value of breastfeeding? The answer to this question usually includes a rundown of the myriad health benefits for mothers and children, reduced healthcare costs or the intangible emotional connection nurtured in the mother-infant dyad. Now, a new program by a company called Medolac has given it a dollar amount: $1/ounce. According to a New York Times Motherlode Op-Ed by Kimberly Seals Allers , the Oregon-based company with support from the Clinton Global Initiative and high-profile institutions, has created a program they claim will increase Detroit’s African-American breastfeeding...
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