Author Archive | Amanda R.

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#metoo: Our Experiences, Our Every Day

Unless you have been on a social media cleanse (lucky you!), you’ve probably noticed numerous posts beginning with “#metoo” lately. This tag originated with Tarana Burke, a survivor of assault who was looking for a way to provide “empowerment through empathy” in her community in 2007. Like Burke, the young people of color in her […]

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The Elephant in the Birth Room

When you hear the news that your friend/sibling/child is pregnant, there’s a swell of emotions that crests in an explosion of joy, love, and sometimes a watery substance from your eyes. You might picture yourself holding a tiny baby, swaddled in a blanket wearing a hat; or imagine future birthday parties; or think about your […]

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Summer Survival Skills

The end of school is near. The dawn of long summer days beckons in the distance, with its crickets and somewhat cool nights. Sleeping in and staying up late. No plans, no rules.  In other words, the beginning of the Summer Parenting Gauntlet. It’s difficult enough on weekends to wrangle the kids, much like trying […]

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Talking to Your Kids About #CardboardKidsSA2017

Chances are you’re somewhat familiar with Cardboard Kids, the cute little cutouts shaped like gingerbread cookies often decorated in fun, whimsical ways seen throughout the city in the springtime. What you may not be familiar with is WHY they exist. Cardboard Kids strives to bring attention to the thousands of children abused each year in […]

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#CarbsPorVida!

This is me. I eat. I drink. I’ve had two babies. I’ve had fluff around my midsection since adolescence because of my genes. Oh, and because #CarbsPorVida.  Looking at me, you’d never think I’m overweight (I’m not). However, all kinds of charts and calculations say I am. And my pants. Ladies, how many different pairs […]

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Don’t Forget Santa’s Other Helpers!

It’s that time of year when we have a love-hate relationship with shopping… Christmas. I love the sparkle of tinsel and ornaments in stores, the music of the season playing, the overwhelming scent of cinnamon brooms burning my nostrils, the sweat on my back from wearing many layers to survive the strange weather in San […]

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Traditionally Untraditional

It’s beginning to look a lot like the time of year when I wish my house looked like something out of Southern Living or Martha Stewart’s Holiday Spectacular. And yet…in the midst of all the gleam and sparkle, under the ribbons and tinsel, there are Legos. And stickers. And old Cheerios. The occasional acorn. My […]

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