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Are you crazy? Yeah, probably.

  I think at some point in our lives we’ve stopped all and thought, “I wonder if I’m a little…OCD? Anxious? Or…(Insert any mental illness you can think of here)”. You might be. Honestly, you probably are. Most of us are a little bit nuts in our own right. It’s[Read more]

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How Often do I Complain About Blessings?

  I had a significant realization recently. About something troubling. I complain about blessings. ALL THE TIME. This sounds ridiculous, but it happens to most of us. There is a beautiful, crazy, destructive, sweet, tiny human that entered my life almost two years ago. He is an ENORMOUS blessing, but[Read more]

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Advice Column-Future New Girl in Town

Dear Hailey, My family and I are moving to another state soon, and while I am very excited, I’m a little nervous too! I have lived in the same home my whole life except for while attending school and this is the first “real” move ever. I certainly won’t miss[Read more]

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The Self-Care Challenge

If you’ve been on Thoughts, Dots, and Tots before, you probably heard me talk about self-care before. And… I’m going to talk about it again. Its something that I absolutely cannot cover enough. It’s not because I’m out of ideas, or I’ve forgotten what I’ve written about before. This topic[Read more]

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Daycare isn’t a Curse Word

I’ve written about daycare on the blog before. About why I refuse to apologize for taking my son to daycare, and why I refuse to apologize for my decision to be a working mom. A list of tips for choosing quality daycare. In the broader scope of this topic, I[Read more]

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14 Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Anxiety

A dear friend asked me a couple months ago for suggestions with helping kids with anxiety. These suggestions come from my experience as a mental health professional, a mom, and a human with anxiety. Here is what you need to know, and some ideas on how to help your child[Read more]

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8 Tips for Dealing with a Jerk

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that we will encounter some jerks as we go about our lives. I had the displeasure of coming across one of the meanest people I have ever met this week. I am very proud to say that I kept my cool and I treated them with[Read more]

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7 Things to Say to Someone who is Struggling (Other than “What can I do for you?”)

We’ve all been in the situation where someone is struggling, and we say, “Let me know what I can do for you.” We walk away feeling charitable because we offered, and they leave feeling about the same because they almost definitely are NOT going to call. So, what’s a better[Read more]

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Advice Column: Dealing with Colossal Amounts of Stress

Dear Hailey, So. Stress. Seems I just can’t get enough. lol. I live with my dad. he does not require a lot of care, but none of us want him to be alone, and left to his own devises he would live on toast and butter and chocolate. He recently[Read more]

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The Best Pinterest Design Course

This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here. Pinterest is an awesome way to get free blog traffic, but it can be hard to figure out. I had done tons of guesswork with Pinterest, and I seemed to be putting in tons of work and not getting anything[Read more]

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