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December 21, 2014

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Tulsa Youth Opera's Little Nemo in Slumberland


Tulsa Youth Opera's Little Nemo in Slumberland

Think opera's not your thing? Well, have you ever been to a youth opera? Did you know Tulsa has its own youth opera? I didn't until I got an email from my dad! My dad is so great about staying up on what's going on in the arts community in Tulsa, and often invites us to performances like The Nutcracker and many others. A couple of weeks ago, he sent me an email about Tulsa Youth Opera's performance of Little Nemo in Slumberland. He had put in the subject, "Wanna go? I'm buying." And, really, how can you say no to that? We got there as early as we could, but we still couldn't find seven seats next to each other, as the seats were general admission. The performance was in the John H. Williams theatre of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, the...

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Introducing Tulsa County BirthNetwork


Introducing Tulsa County BirthNetwork

Where do you go when you find out you're pregnant and need information? Most of us start with our doctors and then start asking our friends for information. It can be difficult navigating the world of pregnancy and childbirth, even in the information heavy world we live in! As a childbirth professional myself, I know there are several pockets in Tulsa and surrounding areas of educators and professionals whose passion is to assist and educate women during their pregnancies. For the layperson, so to speak, it can be next to impossible to find what you need and want unless you know the right people. Until now! I would like to introduce you to Tulsa County BirthNetwork. Imagine a one stop shop where childbirth educators, physicians, midwives, doulas, prenatal yoga...

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Success and Resolutions

I tend to not make New Year's Resolutions. Basically I don't want to disappoint myself with... myself. If I don't set goals, I don't have to feel like a failure when I don't reach them. Then by default I'm not a failure! Well last year, I actually made a resolution to choose happiness. I did set some specific and general goals for myself and although I didn't keep them perfectly, I did begin incorporating some better habits into my life. Which brings me to this blog post which involves successful people and the habits they exhibit. Recently one of friends posted this image on his Facebook page:  I do not know where this image originated but it has some insightful information. I began by reading the "Successful People" list....

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The Reason I Give at Christmas

Christmas giving is something very near and dear to my heart. I recently shared my personal story of how one person made all the difference for my family just a few years ago. As a single mother struggling to provide for my children while receiving no child support and facing mountains of debt and expenses, I had no idea how I would buy presents for my kids. One person gave me $100, which was a generous gift, enabling me to purchase a few gifts for each of my children and have memories for a lifetime. Since that year, I try to involve my children in giving each year. I used to work for a bank that held an annual toy drive. Each year, I volunteered to collect money from my co-workers to purchase gifts for the toy drive. I would my children with me and let...

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Life Lessons I've Learned from Childbirth

As a doula, I spend a lot of time thinking, talking, writing, studying and teaching about childbirth. I fit right in among others in the birth community, but to many (including my husband) I just seem like a real birth nerd. We often find the most analogies from our careers and for me it's no different. When friends call to vent or to ask for advice, I find myself saying things like, "You know, it's like in labor..." or "You know when you're having a contraction and..." To me, they all make perfect sense and to some of my friends at least, I think they are helpful. My apologies to all of you men I have attempted to console with birth analogies, though! I thought I'd share with you some of the life lessons I've learned from my seven years as...

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About This Blog

Having always said that life shouldn't get in the way of living, Missy strives to find adventure with her children even when things get hairy. Missy and her husband, Marc, have four children. With busy schedules and a small business to run, Missy is not lacking for things to occupy her time. She understands the challenges of being a single parent and is learning to be a stepmom. A Tulsa native, this mama loves exploring fun activities locally and shares her experiences with you in her blog. Upfront and honest, she doesn't pull any punches about meltdowns in the mall or potty accidents at public events. She carries her unique perspective into every challenge she encounters, sharing insights with her readers along the way.

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