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We’ve all been there. Work was busy, kids had afterschool soccer, you got caught in the driveway with the chatty neighbor, and before you know it, you hear the dreaded, "Mom, what’s for dinner? I’m starving!!!" Somehow you’ve got to...
My son loves Encanto. I mean he LOVES it (who doesn't?). Of all the characters, Luisa resonates with me for a number of reasons. First of all, her song is my favorite. Secondly, my lovely friend Blair and I...
Heart disease can affect even the littlest hearts, which is why it is so crucial to understand and recognize some of the more common cardiac symptoms in children. Heart problems can be separated into two categories: 1. Congenital heart disease: Congenital...
Did the title make you do a double-take? Same! Even though I penned it myself, I am still shocked that suffering through an awful virus has completely changed my life for the better. I was once a woman plagued...
Let’s talk about one of my least favorite acronyms: TBI. For those fortunately not in the know, it stands for “Traumatic Brain Injury.”  Unfortunately, I am in the know. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a sudden injury that causes...
Clay County folks don’t have to venture out of the county line to enjoy a good cup of Joe. Whether seeking a spot to meet up with friends, take your kids on a mommy-and-me date, get coffee in a...
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,'" said Fred Rogers, the iconic creator and...
I held my breath when we had the amniocentesis. The scans weren't looking good, and the doctor had many concerns. He looked up at me with heavy eyes and said that this life was not going to be an...
I’ve likely had endometriosis most of my life but didn’t know it. I remember having painful cramps, leg pains, and heavy periods as a teenager that caused me to miss school and extracurricular activities. At the time, my ob/gyn...
“I think my child has an eating disorder.” Just this week, I’ve talked to multiple Jacksonville moms with children experiencing eating disorders. Each mother and father explain in detail the distress their child and family are going through. I quietly...
Hi. My name is Brittany, and I am a recovering people-pleasing perfectionist. I rely heavily on social media and magazines to tell me what is "in." Even though I try my hardest to fit in with the newest styles...
When you were pregnant, were you worried that your baby might have special needs? I was. Were you relieved when you found out that your baby would be typical? I was. Well, for many of us mamas in Jacksonville...

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