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First Day of School

First day of school! First day of school! I just dropped my kids off for their first day of school! I began the day jumping out of bed - it's the first day of school! - before both my kids were even awake. That may not mean a whole lot to some of you early risers, but it is a rare occurrence in our house. I am not a morning person. I regularly sleep in/stay in bed well past everyone else in my family. Kids are trained - in the morning they get dad - but...

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On Your Side

By Carly Marks

Who am I? This not an existential essay, so I will share what pertains to my work with Mamas & Milk. I am a mother of 2 delightful little girls, a Navy wife, a nurse who practices and teaches Yoga, and a Lactavist who holds the credential IBCLC. I am someone living with Multiple Sclerosis who employs plasma Apheresis (not well-documented for treatment of MS, I might add) and Pharmaceuticals to manage my disease and symptoms, but nothing can replace my Yoga (more on my Yoga practice, later). The evolution of this management has taught me...

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Love, Appreciation, and Power Tools

Over the past few weeks I have been wondering what I am going to do to celebrate and honor the dads in my life. What do they really want? A tie? They would probably give me a resounding, "Hell, no!" Or at least that is what they would be thinking if I asked them (although some are too kind to say it out loud). Power tools? Frankly I am more likely to ask for and get crazy excited about a new power drill or a belt sander than the hubby. So it would really be getting myself a...

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The Beginning (aka Damn You, Pandora)

I have noticed this new commercial floating around because those jewelry jerks over at Pandora are marketing geniuses. I am not a fan of marketing tactics in general, because, really, it's just a manipulative ploy to get you to buy something. But. If you haven't seen the ad, you can watch it using the link here to our YouTube channel or  here to our Facebook page (you see how I did that?), if not to have a good cry yourself, then maybe to get a glimpse...

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Waiting for Zen

I started Mamas & Milk to help support other families on their journeys through parenthood. What I needed during my journey was a safe and nonjudgemental space to laugh, cry, learn, reflect, and grow. I wanted to make sure others knew they were not alone. I know we humans love being unique, but we are also creatures that are comforted by knowing that our experience is shared. And we crave connection.

And let's face it - parenthood is filled with some of the most ridiculous and funny and embarrassing moments, some of the most heartbreaking and unfair moments, and...

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