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An Interview with Vanessa R
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An Interview with Vanessa R

Vanessa Rapisarda is a 34 year old stay-at-home mom of three kids, ages 7, 5 & 2.  Since her battle with postpartum depression after the birth of her second child, Vanessa has become a strong advocate for postpartum depression awareness and helping other mothers tell their stories. How did your parenting journey start? My parenting…

How does exercise affect mental health?
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How does exercise affect mental health?

Some people meditate to relieve stress, whilst others turn to hobbies such as cooking, travelling and knitting. The mind-body connection is so significant that what we physically do with our body can impact our mental state, and vice versa–what we think and feel can affect our biological functioning. So it should come as no surprise…

It Starts with Asda
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It Starts with Asda

If I told you it takes about 5 minutes to prepare (from scratch) the best pesto you’ll ever have, would you believe me?  I too was skeptical, until I was put to the test.  And what if I told you that recipes like mango salsa, creamy hollandaise and guacamole were just as simplistic but tasted…

We Can Still Hope For Change
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We Can Still Hope For Change

It was March 1996, and I was 17 years old at the time. A man walked into an elementary school in Scotland and used a gun to kill 16 little kids, their teacher, and himself. I still remember how I cried, repeating to myself “but this doesn’t happen here!!!”. Because it didn’t. It only took…

This bubble hasn’t burst
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This bubble hasn’t burst

When Bubble first came out, I was skeptical.  The more I researched, the more of a cynic I became.  Don’t get me wrong, I thought the concept was pretty genius – but for a control freak with trust issues, aka me… did I really want to leave my child with someone I just booked via…

We Are All Bricking It
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We Are All Bricking It

Today I took the kids to the park. The park is about 5 blocks away, and as usual I put the 10 month old in the carrier, the two year old went in the front of the tank (double stroller), and the just turned 4 year old walked. I clunked the stroller down the 10 steps outside our building and put the baby in the back seat of the stroller. He weighs 24 lbs., I save my back for the moments when he’s fussy. We strolled over to the park and started over in the grassy bandstand area, where the girls drew pictures with chalk and I played with the baby. I decided to branch out a little and try my luck in the playground, much to the kids’ delight. With the stern command of “you have to choose either the slide or the swings and stay together” we walked over there.

The tumour I think I’m hoping to have…
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The tumour I think I’m hoping to have…

“I think you may have another tumour” are the words I heard from my doctor last week.  Wonderful I thought – at least the current one now has a twin, a friend, a companion.  That’s the thing really, I try not to take “these” things too seriously and my dark sense of humour tends to…