Bananas always make an appearance on my weekly grocery list. It doesn’t matter if there is a stash of bananas sitting on the kitchen counter at home, it’s just the one item that you can’t leave the grocery store...
I was 39 years old when I had a stroke. That morning, the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2015, I woke around 6 a.m. and laid in bed considering whether I was going to take my 20-month-old for a run with...
It’s the topic dominating conversations in online forums and parenting groups, and with 764 cases confirmed nationwide, the 2019 measles outbreak is now the largest since the disease was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. Florida is among...
In an instant my life had paused. Everything I saw around me was happening in slow motion. I can see frame by frame the towels, toys, the pool, the faces of the parents standing nearby and then my girl....
Being a woman is wonderful. Being a woman is confusing. Being a woman is easy. Being a woman is hard. From an early age our bodies are changing — we develop in our preteen years and our hormones rage....
I grew up on the sunny beaches of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, in the '80s and '90s. If anyone has visited that idyllic resort town, it was no less magical as a year-round resident than it is as...
We're at the park or some equally crowded location. You don't see me yet. I have made zero effort to introduce myself to any other humans around me as I am too busy scanning the ever-busy children to check...
Parents Bethany Russel and Mikey Armanno had been anticipating the arrival of their third child on May 4. She was going to be their "Star Wars baby" but on Monday, April 29, their plan took an unexpected turn. After Bethany...
As an Ob/Gyn, expectant mothers frequently come to me with questions about what they are reading and hearing when it comes to pregnancy. In some cases, these myths may be misguided or create unnecessary concern. My goal here is...
Anxiety. It affects every part of my life and that includes how I mother. I wish I could say my mental health never caused me to lose my cool, but I believe being honest about motherhood and mental health...
One of the best things about spring in Jacksonville is getting outside again. The crisp, clean air after a dreary winter season fills my soul in such a timely way. There seems to be a sweet spot of several...
"This much I know. If you are what you eat, then I only wanna eat the good stuff." –Ratatouille You are on vacation. Forget the diets and enjoy your time off in the Happiest Place on Earth — which actually...

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