Lessons
Ashlen "the Kidspert" Sheaffer

Let Go Of The Day

Once I became a mom, I discovered that my brain never shuts itself off. Thoughts, to do lists, guilt, worry, happiness, fear, sadness, endless joy, check lists, all consume my head from the moment I wake up to the moment sleep comes.  Sometimes it is all too difficult to let go of the days emotions and thoughts, the days many perfect imperfections. Before I had kids, I never dreamed I could feel so many emotions, think so many thoughts, and do it all at the same time.  READ MORE

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    Father’s Day Recipe Gallery

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