Bunny Cake

In 1988 my mom found a recipe for a bunny cake, she made it, we decorated it, we took photos, and we have done the same every year since.

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Directions:

•Heat oven and prepare two 9 inch round baking pans as directed on the cakebox. Prepare cake batter as directed on package. Divide batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake and cool cake as directed on package.

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The Expansion of My Body and Yoga Practice in Pregnancy

This is an article I wrote for Parvati Magazine when I was pregnant with Morris. 

Soon after I found out I was pregnant, my doctor advised me not to play volleyball as the contact could be dangerous and to stop running because I have exercise induced asthma. I have always led an active lifestyle and was initially discouraged about having to discontinue activities that I love. Thankfully she did not tell me to stop practicing yoga and instead encouraged it as ‘an excellent form of exercise during pregnancy’.

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Gentle Spirit Kind Heart

I ‘met’ Taylor on instagram about 6 months ago and we started chatting through social media.  I was instantly drawn to her sweet nature. As we got to know each other better and I learned about her life, I began to admire her.  Taylor recently graduated with a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas.  She is a single mom to her adorable son Jones and has her own Etsy shop: TayloredMade.  Taylor has worked hard to get where she is today. She is a recovering drug addict who has been sober for 8 years this coming April. After an almost fatal accidental overdose that her family was told she likely wouldn’t survive, she stopped using drugs. “I am thankful for God who was capable of proving the doctors wrong” she wrote me. She and Jones’s biological father (her first and only serious boyfriend) split shortly before she found out she was pregnant due to his own ongoing battle with addiction and mental health issues. “I have a special place in my heart for anyone who has been affected by the disease and would love to find a way to help others going through similar situations”. She feels that she has been given more grace then she deserves (I disagree) and is thankful for each and every second that she gets to spend with her boy.

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All The Right Ingredients

This is a guest post written by my good friend and work colleague Jasmine Gable about her experience with Postpartum Psychosis.

Just over 17 months ago I became a mother. I had a planned c-section so I knew the exact day my little one was arriving and my husband had arranged to take a month off work. I was looking forward to spending this time getting to know our daughter and adjusting to parenthood. Unfortunately fate had a different idea for those first few weeks. You see I have bi-polar, an illness where one’s mood can be extremely high (mania), or extremely low (depression). Some people with bi-polar can experience psychotic symptoms.

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photo by: Jennifer Klementti

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