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How Do You Do It All?

By Andrea Franklin / January 12, 2017 / 0 Comments

(Photo by Brenda Munoz Photography) “How do you do it all?” A friend asked me this at dinner a few weeks ago, and our conversation stuck with me like a magnet to a fridge. In the moment, I was quick to respond with an “I don’t!”— perfectly timed and delivered for comedic effect. I went on…

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Mamas Are Killing Themselves: We Cannot Continue To Ignore It

By Andrea Franklin / December 29, 2016 / 24 Comments

I wonder what photo they would use? Probably one I hate. Like that one where I’ve got that big goofy grin and you can see my baby fat and double chin. That’s the one they would grab, I’m sure. They would use that dopey face and vast dimples to paint me as a loving, caring, happy…

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When The Days Feel Longer Than The Years

By Andrea Franklin / December 16, 2016 / 14 Comments

Mommin’ 101 teaches us that “the days are long but the years are short”. Throughout the younger years of your children’s lives, especially, you will hear this countless times from older and wiser women in the grocery checkout line. From grandmothers at the park with their grandkids. From moms of teenagers. From pretty much everyone…

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Cheesy 80’s Christmas

By Andrea Franklin / December 12, 2016 / 14 Comments

  *All photos were taken by Brenda Munoz Photography* My husband isn’t much of a social media guy, which is hilarious considering the fact that I’ve made a career out of it. He pretty much only uses the internet to look at funny fail videos, read updates on the Steelers, and look at dream homes…

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Kindness Starts With You

By Andrea Franklin / November 28, 2016 / 14 Comments

I shutter to think of the hollow shell of a woman I was seven months ago. I was elbow deep in postpartum depression and I wrote something that had a much stronger impact than I ever could have anticipated. I can pinpoint this as my lowest moment— when my entire world was rocked by my…

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Hush, Little Woman

By Andrea Franklin / November 10, 2016 / 0 Comments

While Donald Trump was being announced as the next president of the United States, I was holding a nebulizer to my son’s face in the ER— singing the words of “Songbird” softly to him as he cried and begged and pleaded in fear of this foreign device on him. And though it was my delicate little…

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Halloween Recap: Hercules Family

By Andrea Franklin / November 1, 2016 / 0 Comments

Happy Candy Coma Day! But seriously, did you guys get Reese’s Pumpkin wasted last night once the kids went to bed? Ain’t no shame in the steal-your-kids-candy-game. You deserve it after all of the work you put in getting costumes together and going door to door! Whether you’re wearing your stretchy pants today or not,…

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A Costa Rican Anniversary

By Andrea Franklin / October 25, 2016 / 0 Comments

Hola, Pura Vida! I’m back from our nine day stay in Costa Rica, but it feels like a giant piece of me is still there. I remember feeling similarly last time we went. There was almost this state of mourning we went through for a few days upon returning, and I find myself going through those…

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Excuse Me While I Unplug

By Andrea Franklin / October 12, 2016 / 0 Comments

Guys, I’m not going to lie— I’ve totally checked out. Derek and I leave for Costa Rica tonight to celebrate our anniversary and it’s pretty much all I can think about. I started packing ten days ago, I’ve got checklists for my checklists, and when I close my eyes all I see is monkeys and sloths…

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How To Win At Family Halloween Costumes

By Andrea Franklin / September 27, 2016 / 5 Comments

To say I love Halloween would be a gross understatement. I was born only a few hours shy of the holiday, which is reason enough to love it. But, there’s something so magical about getting to pretend to be someone or something else for a day— which is probably why I spent a good 8+…

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