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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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anxiety, breastfeeding, communication, emotions, empathy, expectations, guilt, Jasmine Wood, love, Rita, separation, summer, transitions, traveling, worry -

“Would we be able to enjoy ourselves at the concert if our minds were elsewhere thinking about our baby and her well being?” An answer that could not be determined…For 6 months leading up to the concerts, July 4th weekend, I had mini panic attacks filled with separation anxiety at the mere thought of leaving little Rita.

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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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earth, farmer's market, food, friends, garden, gratitude, Jasmine Wood, joy, love, summer -

This is the time of year you will most likely find my family in one of two places: in the garden, or out by the grill. For me, nothing beats a long weekend morning filled with the work of tending to the garden, followed by a restful afternoon under a shady oak tree, then finally, finishing up the day by grilling our dinner and dining outdoors!

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