The Importance of Digging Beyond the Headlines

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I love this line from a Maren Morris song:

“When the bones are good, the rest don’t matter.”

This pretty much sums up how I feel about nutrition. Stress management, sleep, movement and mindfulness are all important parts of a healthy lifestyle, but I believe without whole foods and a nutritious diet we won’t have a strong foundation to build from. And if the foundation is not good, the rest doesn’t matter. This is why it’s so important to start healthy eating habits from an early age.

Healthy Eating Habits from an early age can help ensure a solid foundation for good health.
Healthy Eating Habits from an early age can help ensure a solid foundation for good health.
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So when a friend recently asked if I thought PediaSure was a good…


When my heart and head disagree in a relationship

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Monday 6:05 am

My heart flutters as I leave his condo. I feel like skipping to my car and singing at the top of my lungs. The rain has nothing on me today. I LOVE rain!

My heart feels full.

Monday 9:35 am

I try to focus on the computer in front of me but my mind wanders back to last night, to this morning. The hair on my arm stands up. My excitement is palpable.

Tuesday 11:05 am

The flutters have been replaced with doubt. I try to compartmentalize my feelings in little boxes that can be neatly placed on the shelf.

The wall begins to erect. It…


Learning To Love All Of Me.

And why this time is different.

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I panicked but instead of pushing away, I unconsciously detached “physical me” from “emotional me” and “spiritual me”.

Internally I was screaming RUN, but externally my body would not listen.

It had other plans.

Other needs, perhaps?

Regardless, the connection had been severed.

I felt shame, weak, and vulnerable.

And then the anger came.

The Light.

It didn’t appear as a flash of lightning, but more of a gradual glow, that one day yielded an “a-ha!”

My lack of trust and fear of opening up had left me stifled when it came to intimate relationships. What I wanted was not what I…


And his responsibility to the collective.

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We moved into our townhouse five years ago. After seeing and closing on a property in a matter of weeks, and jumping through hoops to ensure the purchase happened, it was now ours.

Thankfully moving day was not a foreshadowing or indicative of our experiences to come. If you are familiar with the West Coast, you understand what a rainy day can look like.

Moving is not fun on the best of days, but moving in the rain can be worse, much worse. And depending on how well you packed, can also get messy. …


The “3 R’s” are not enough — here are the skills that kids really need

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We like to predict the future.

After all, we are a species that thrives on certainty, yet we live in a world where change is the only constant.

Many of us are parenting through unprecedented times, and as the rate of change increases, it is nearly impossible for anyone to fully comprehend what the future will look like.

So how do I guide my son and help him navigate the future when I have no idea what his future will look like?

Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube did not even exist when I was younger, yet now they are a primary…


How my Christmas wish came true this holiday season.

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’Twas the night before DWD and my stomach was turning,

Uncertain what to expect, but anticipating many learnings.

It was a dream to attend that came out of the blue,

I was extremely grateful to see what we’d do.

The first day was amazing with values and beliefs,

15 hours passed quickly to my great relief.

Turns out my problems were just meaning’s I gave,

In order to change course, I needed to be brave.

We DANCED! learned the triad and 6 human needs,

Tony laid the groundwork and planted the seeds.

The path of meaning was quite a trip,


I Had Homeschooling All Wrong

And Working From Home.

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“We can do this!”

I reiterated this mantra multiple times a day during the first few weeks of homeschooling. It often followed a heated discussion, baked in frustration, and sometimes ending in tears.

“You are the worst Mommy in the world.”

Over the last couple of months, I have heard that phrase more than I care to admit. There are still days I question my ability to homeschool and my son’s ability to learn anything from me.

Can I teach my son?

Is homeschooling healthy for my son and me?

Will homeschooling harm our relationship?

Can I effectively work from…


Is It Possible Anymore To Disagree and Still be Friends?

Is it possible we are not that different after all?

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I am that one.

You know the one.

The one who simply can’t accept the status quo.

The one who asks too many questions.

The one who digs until she understands the who, what, when, where, why, and how.

The one who is often swimming upstream in the amazon river.

As I read his message, a nauseous feeling emerges in the pit of my stomach.

His vulgarities evoke anger. His accusations are hurtful.

I reread the last line.

“You are a selfish, ignorant bit** who should shut the f*** up!”


Exploring New Things and Getting Uncomfortable is Part of a Happy Family Life

The surprising joy of my family bucket bathing for three weeks.

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“Mommy — you better come quick!”

Those words are enough to make any parent’s heart race and mine was no different.

I raced up the stairs — sprinting two at a time. When I walked into the bathroom, I was pleasantly surprised.

  1. He was not hurt. At least not noticeably.
  2. The bathroom appeared to be relatively intact.
  3. His new kitten was not trapped in the shower.

I breathed a sigh of relief.

“The water won’t shut off.”

I looked at him perplexed while watching the water gush out of the shower faucet. Surely this was a user error.

I reached…


How Happiness Became A Habit.

Until I would run.

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Will today be the day?

I begin to feel the daily rhythm settle in what some refer to as ‘normal life’.

This is my warning.

The calm before the storm.

A glimpse into the future as I desperately grasp to the past. I do not want to let go and fall into the abyss.

Routine. Monotony. The plug pulled on adventure, novelty, and freedom.

Like every other time, I struggle to hang on.

I start by finding little things wrong with nothing. My mind creates stories that don’t represent reality.

I pretend not to notice and instead play into the narrative.

What was once enjoyable, begins to feel uninspiring and what emerges is a mix of annoying habits, tedious tasks, and…

Shelley Moore

Nutrition Nerd 🥑 Outdoor Enthusiast 🏞 Grateful Mama 👶🏻 Lifelong Learner 📚 World Traveler 🌍 Connector 🔗 — Join me! 💛🙏🏼✨☀️!

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