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November 26, 2014

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12/21/13

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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12/13/13

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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12/12/13

Snow Day 2013!

Oh boy, it's a snow day in Tulsa! I hope you all are finding constructive ways to keep all your kiddos occupied and safe today! When the kids are out of school, my work-at-home-mom schedule has to change. I am getting a few things done today, but mostly I'm slowing down and enjoying moments like this: Watching the kids mesmerized by the snow falling steadily outside.  Taking extra time to cook hot breakfast instead of the usual school day fare. Creative and not-so-messy craft projects like homemade silly putty! Get the Homemade Silly Putty Tutorial here! The kids are getting creative and making up their own games of tag, building forts and getting out the playing cards. I even stocked up on video game and dvd rentals from Family...

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11/15/13

A Sneak Peek of Whole Foods Yale

You might be living under a rock if you haven't heard the buzz about the new Whole Foods Market opening up in South Tulsa at 91st and Yale. It's been the subject of many conversations in mommy meet-ups and social media groups. At least, all the circles with whom I associate that involve eco-consciousness, breastfeeding, babywearing, cloth diapering, essential oil using, real food eating and fair trade purchasing, it seems like we've been anticipating this opening for-ev-er. And it's finally here...well, almost. Whole Foods Yale opens in just four measly days. But guess what. Someone you know and love received an exclusive invitation to the sneak peek for media and bloggers today. In fact, this was the PRE-sneak peek sneak peek! There's another huge event...

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11/05/13

Date Night Pt. 2 - Mary's Trattoria

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to have a date night with my husband and another couple. I shared part one of our date night yesterday, where we went to Dust Bowl, which was a blast.  After bowling, everyone else had to leave, but Marc and I were kidless and not ready to end the evening yet! As we left the lounge, we started talking about what to do next. We hadn't eaten yet and figured we might as well find some place we hadn't tried before. Marc said, "Hey, how about Mary's? We've been saying we'd try it for a while now." So we hopped in the car and headed over to Cherry Street. My parents rave about Mary's Trattoria, and everyone I know who's been there says it's amazing. That's enough to get me in the door!...

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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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