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Postpartum mood disorders are the most common complication of pregnancy !
Theraputic support group beginning March 1st at Bloom Family Wellness, lead by therapist Lana Shaw, ME.d, CCC
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User Image shaddawhoop Posted: Jan 20, 2018 5:00 AM (UTC)
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User Image fairystrong Posted: Jan 20, 2018 4:59 AM (UTC)

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DAY 323: One more detail about our fun fam photos...highlighting Jon’s great sewing!
As Phelan-McDermid throws challenges at Ada, we see Ada respond and are inspired to respond by equipping, supporting, empowering her as best we can. We have stumbled upon various ways of trying to rise to the occasion including holding an annual 5k WOM festival event, learning to sew & filling our life with music.
Due to Ada’s particular needs, Jon started making specifically designed bibs and shirts for her. His pieces are really nice and he started making shirts for all of us, some cute dresses for the girls and leggings too😉 He turned a super soft blue blanket into shirts and a little jumper for Oons. So for our photo sesh we decided to wear all our matching comfy shirts & he had made my leggings and his shirt out of the same material...so it all tied together.
In so many ways PMS has forced us to be creative and live outside of the box. I’m constantly in awe of how Jon creates beauty out of the details of our reality. His creativity and ingenuity is astounding. This picture of our sweeties symbolizes how tightly sown threads of #love carry us through the trickyness and highlight the magic of life in fairyland.
#slainte #totesadorbs #youareadreamtome #onelove #fairystrong #togetherforever #wehearyou #ittakesavillage #riseabove #thecurrentswillshift #nobodyisbetterthananybody
#overthehills #hopefloats
#standbyme #ivegotyoubabe #phelanlucky #ridethewave #phelanmcdermidsyndrome #PMSF #PMSFAus #PMSFUK #DisabilityRights #trifecta #sisterhood
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I have always been a flower child.
Someone who rejects the conventional, advocates love, peace and the simple things. Cherishing high principles, purposes and goals. A visionary, a dreamer. Representing things as they should be instead of as they are. Caring to a fault.
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Sometimes my mountain seems too big. There is too much on the path. Too many signs encouraging me to turn around and retreat. I’ve turned this quote into my personal mantra, “it’s not what happens to you but, how you react to it that matters”. Deep down I know it’s true. If I can hold on another hour, day, another week, the path will clear and the signs will change. They do. After every storm there is a rainbow.
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I’m thankful for everything I have. I have not had an easy path to follow but it is mine and, I wouldn’t change it. It has made me who I am. A resilient, hard-working woman.
A loving, listening ear. Someone who understand the struggle and appreciates the path. Even when it seems long and lonely.
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I’m thankful for the amazingly supportive friends I’ve made since moving to Victoria. The families that trust me to provide a nurturing and engaging environment for their most cherished miracles. For my own parents, who raised me to be a determined human; someone who keeps moving forward no matter what crosses or blocks the path ahead. I am #thankfulforyou
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Happy Friday Friends ❤️
I hope the sun shines for you. I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend
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#heartonmysleeve #thankyou #sappypost #thankfulteacher #weareallhuman #loveconquersall #youmatter #driven #actsofkindness #savetheworld #truthbetold #childhoodunplugged #teacherssupportteachers #lifehappensoutdoors #massechusetts #littlehippie #flowerchild #ittakesavillage
User Image fairystrong Posted: Jan 20, 2018 4:57 AM (UTC)

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#myheartonmyshirt
DAY 323: One more detail about our fun fam photos...highlighting Jon’s great sewing!
As Phelan-McDermid throws challenges at Ada, we see Ada respond and are inspired to respond by equipping, supporting, empowering her as best we can. We have stumbled upon various ways of trying to rise to the occasion including holding an annual 5k WOM festival event, learning to sew & filling our life with music.
Due to Ada’s particular needs, Jon started making specifically designed bibs and shirts for her. His pieces are really nice and he started making shirts for all of us, some cute dresses for the girls and leggings too😉 He turned a super soft blue blanket into shirts and a little jumper for Oons. So for our photo sesh we decided to wear all our matching comfy shirts & he had made my leggings and his shirt out of the same material...so it all tied together.
In so many ways PMS has forced us to be creative and live outside of the box. I’m constantly in awe of how Jon creates beauty out of the details of our reality. His #creativity and #ingenuity is astounding. This picture of our sweeties symbolizes how tightly sown threads of #love carry us through the trickyness and highlight the magic of life in fairyland.
#slainte #totesadorbs #youareadreamtome #onelove #fairystrong #togetherforever #wehearyou #ittakesavillage #riseabove #thecurrentswillshift #nobodyisbetterthananybody
#overthehills #hopefloats
#standbyme #ivegotyoubabe #phelanlucky #ridethewave #phelanmcdermidsyndrome #PMSF #PMSFAus #PMSFUK #DisabilityRights #loveforlola
User Image kelleydesmit Posted: Jan 20, 2018 4:44 AM (UTC)

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My. Carrot. Cake. Didn’t. Turn. Out. So I’m currently waiting to see how my “Simple White Cake” Pinterest discovered recipe turns out. Wish me luck people. Also, someone teach me how to make carrot cake.
User Image nubabywellness Posted: Jan 20, 2018 4:29 AM (UTC)

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🖤 This week’s #featurefriday goes out to @shopbelugababy 🖤 Not only do they have the cutest wraps, it also comes in a mini version for your littles to twin with ya as they practice being a future mommy or daddy.
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Serious #heartmelt watching kiddos nurture their dolls as they practice empathy & compassion! #raisinglittles
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📷: @shopbelugababy
celebrated 25 tonight with this guy and my family ♥️♥️♥️ felt so much love this week from everyone! thank you all! #birthdaygirl #party #family #friends #appreciatethelittlethings #thankful #yesisatonthesaddle #texasroadhouse #ittakesavillage
User Image twoplusthreeequalsfive Posted: Jan 20, 2018 4:23 AM (UTC)

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Mom brag! Today my friend, @mamatoeliandisaac had a root canal done. @abigail_patrick and I were talking about bringing soup or something over for Misty. Abby decided on her own to make a whole pot of potato soup for Misty and her family. I ran to Safeway for 7ups and sherbet while Abby made the soup from scratch, without any help at all and she even made the perfect amount to feed a family of five with leftovers. #ittakesavillage #mygirl #mybestie
If you don't have sisterhood in your life, you gotta get yo'self some! This week has been so encouraging as I've gathered with my ladies to collaborate and cheer one another on! ⠀

Women supporting women is 🙌🏽🙌🏽⠀

Today I had the pleasure of spending my morning with @emilyjudith_beauty, doing a brow touch up and pouring out our hearts to one another! Loooove that girl! ⠀

Then I hopped on a IG live call with @tayloraller to talk personal and professional growth as both a woman and a boss! Chats with that girl are always sooo energizing so be sure to check out the LIVE video on my profile for the next 24 hrs. ⠀

And I am so grateful for all these ladies in this photo shoot from Wednesday - even though we all met on Instagram (wha!!), there are REAL friendships here and I am blessed to know these babes. Together we are showing some love to Matthew's House for a Galentine's Day event by @sequel_events!! More details on that to come!
User Image ayanna_penn Posted: Jan 20, 2018 4:21 AM (UTC)
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Super proud of my big guy right here. This is his face just after sparring for the first-time with his Sensei. As a karate mom who herself engaged in the martial arts at one time i know the patience, the perserverance and courage it takes to not just fight but to do it with skill and heart.
And so just like that, my boys journey to black belt continues. Well done #geokidceo .
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#growinguptck #karatekid #dojobrothers #tckmom #ittakesavillage
Just a sneak peak. A huge thanks to our gorgeous mums who volunteered their time today to help. You are amazing!#communitylife #teamwork #ittakesavillage #communitychildcare
What an honor to be invited to share about James Storehouse at this incredible event @100menconejovalley! We spoke alongside such incredible orgs and can't believe we won! What an epic night! We are so excited to be able to help more foster youth in Ventura County and Los Angeles County with resources and opportunities to help them launch successfully to independence. What a joy! We have such grateful hearts!
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User Image sundayforfive Posted: Jan 20, 2018 4:09 AM (UTC)

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Gratitude://
The kids and I are finally getting better after battling the flu for the last 2 weeks. For a second there I thought I’d escaped flu fate because it hit each kid with a vengeance and after week one I was still standing without a sniffle or cough... but then week two came and the joke was on me, I was at work when it started and long story short I was a mess. When people say “it takes a village to raise a child” they aren’t kidding. I am so grateful for my mom who picked up right where I left off and helped with everything from getting the kids to the Dr., making meals, changing diapers, nursing me back to health all without a single complaint. As a single parent I rely on a community to help navigate these unpredictable moments. I am forever indebted to my mom who always gives her very best to help those in need. The kids wanted to get her an “unbirthday cake” to say thank you for all of her help, and before cutting it they literally sang “Happy Unbirthday to grandma” in their loudest most grateful voices. Life has it’s valley’s but I am thankful I have helping hands to guide me on this journey. #cake #unbirthday #ittakesavillage #grateful #singlemom #kids #justsaynototheflu #singleparentlife #family
User Image khloekares Posted: Jan 20, 2018 4:08 AM (UTC)

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User Image heiditsmith Posted: Jan 20, 2018 4:03 AM (UTC)

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Day Five - Still alive!! Barely. If you follow my Instagram Stories you will have seen that I struggled with leg day a little bit. ⭐️ I am definitely being challenged and working harder than I ever have. I knew this was going to be a challenge - all of it - the workouts, the timed nutrition meal plan (which is actually my new best friend!!), the strict schedule, the juggling of all the things. But it’s a challenge I proudly and confidently took on! ⭐️ but I will tell you this - any other time in my life, I would have quit on myself today. I maybe wouldn’t have even started because I was too sore and tired from yesterday or when I could barely get through the warm up today. And even if I had managed to push through to the midway point like I did today. I would have quit. ⭐️ but I didn’t today. And that’s what is so amazing about doing what I do is that I have this whole community of ladies behind me, cheering me on, pushing me through, pushing themselves through, and there is so much love and support going on that if I let me down, I’d also let them down. ⭐️ so midway through this leg day, I took a pause, had a quick chat full of giggles and motivation, and I got right back to it. ⭐️ this is the good life! When not everyone around you understands what you’re doing or why, or how important the discipline is, or the trials and successes (like making it through another day), there will always be my tribe of goal getters and awesome amazing kicks ass girls right there. ❤️ i know this for a fact : if I didn’t have this community around me, doing this with me, I’d probably have given up the first few day in all those months ago. There is something so empowering about teamwork. And there are laughs, oh my goodness do we laugh! But there is always positivity and encouragement and a row of high fives waiting as I warm up and when I’ve finished! ⭐️ this is where it’s at. Where our successes grow. Where our friendship becomes family. Where we all are winners. 🖐🏻 high five day five! You were awesome. I pushed through, I was so proud of myself. And I’m so proud of all my girls too! 🖐🏻

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