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Breast Cancer and Boudoir Photos

The first time I posed in my bra and panties I giggled at the absurdity of standing nearly naked in front of a stranger who was taking my photo. The second time, I felt incredibly comfortable and confident wearing lingerie, even though my body was a wreck. The third and most recent time, I felt […]

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Lessons in Red Lipstick and Mothering

I have always struggled with self-doubt and low self-esteem. My teenage years were extremely uncomfortable. Not only did I feel different because of my family and ethnicity, but I was one of the tallest girls in my class, often towering over many of the guys. I always felt awkward, like I didn’t fit. So I […]

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A Mama’s Bill of Rights

As moms, we’re really good at putting ourselves last. We’re great at playing the martyr. We’re terrible at treating ourselves with the care and dignity that we give to everyone around us. This has got to change. We cannot keep running ourselves ragged. We are no good to anyone if we are not good to ourselves. So, […]

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Coffee Alternatives That Are Worth a Shot

I couldn’t imagine motherhood without coffee—nor do I want to! But I’ll grudgingly admit that there are times in one’s life when it’s worth exploring alternatives to the usual cup of joe. Take last month for example: I had a bad cold, and suddenly my usual morning coffee was strangely unappealing. Plain herbal tea wasn’t cutting it, […]

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