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birth, compassion, imperfection, Jasmine Wood, love, memories, Rita -

“Do you remember being in my belly?” I asked little Rita Cassidy. She responded with a quick “Yes!” So I ventured further into the mysterious world of prenatal memories and asked “What were you doing while you were in there?” To this she replied “Rita was eating toast!”

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compassion, Donna Bruschi, gratitude, Jasmine Wood, keeping calm, mama, memories, new baby, Rita, summer -

As we came to the middle of a bridge over a pond, we were surprised to see that on the other side of the pond were a mama black bear and her small cub. At first, she didn't notice us and went about her business of teaching her cub how to forage for food. Being a safe distance and separated by water, we were in a perfect position to observe this black bear family for a while.

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Donna Bruschi, farmer's market, food, friends, joy, memories, mothering, parenting, shopping, summer, swimming, whole foods -

Spray bottles, baby pools, water tables and buckets of water all work for splashing and exploring the cooling and magical qualities of water. Is there an easier pastime than cooling oneself off on a hot day in a local pool, swimming hole, lake, or river? Our area is full of natural places to take a dip, wade and play. 

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Ember, expectations, friends, gratitude, kindness, language, Lisa Bullard, love, mama, memories, mothering, toddler -

Sometimes I like to think about some of my favorite things about being a mom. We know it can be a hard job, and for me, it’s important to think sometimes about the positive parts. Here are a few of the things I’ve thought about lately: 

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