The grass that never grew

Sometimes things have to die in order for you to live your best life... Old, negative, self-defeating thoughts about yourself must die in order for you to be the best woman, the best mother you can be. And guess what... YOUR BEST IS ENOUGH! Your best today may look a lot different than your best yesterday, BUT as long as you know and feel that you are committed, dedicated and determined to give it your all, there is a peace that comes over you and sustains you through those times that you think you are anything but stellar. It's not about being THE best; it's about being YOUR best. 

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Healthy YOU, Happy YOU: Women's Health Conversations has YOUR Back!

We Moms often put ourselves at the bottom of our priority list, especially whenever it comes to our health. But the truth of the matter is that without our health, we cannot be at our best and we cannot give our best to those we hold near and dear to our hearts. 

Last year, I had the incredible opportunity to attend Women's Health Conversations and I am even more excited to attend this year! Women make over 80% of the health care decisions in our country, not only for ourselves, but for everyone we touch in our lives - our spouses, children, parents, friends and other loved ones. Women's Health Conversations is a revolutionary conference that EDUCATES, EMPOWERS and ENTERTAINS, smart, savvy women like YOU who profoundly influence the health of everyone around them.

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If I Could Keep You Little Baby Girl...

Where does the time go? I mean, I hear people say that all the time, BUT I never truly felt the speed of time as I took my daughter to her first day of preschool...

As a mommy blogger, the expectation is for me to write about this experience, but even this chatterbox is at a loss for words...

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The MOMPRENEUR life: Life lessons I'm learning along the way

So here I am, two years later, and the founder/CEO of Mom Talk with Denise LaRosa, LLC. Much like being a mother, being an entrepreneur is full of its joys and challenges, ups and downs, naysayers and haters; and so many are quick to judge you and offer up their two cents or more. While I'm a newbie to the world of motherhood and entrepreneurship, I have already learned a wealth of life lessons to last me for a lifetime. Here are just a handful of them...

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The last thing a mom wants to face: How Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh blessed my family

The last thing a mother wants to face is a medical emergency with her child. There are no words in the dictionary that can adequately describe the sheer terror I experienced in those two long minutes. I called my pediatrician's emergency line, and after responding to a series of questions, he informed me that my child may have had a seizure and I was to take her to the emergency room. I called my husband, who was at work, and we rushed to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The staff at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh provided our daughter with the best of medical care, while also providing us all comfort and reassurance every step of the way. 

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EQT Children's Theater Festival: Entertaining and enlightening families for the 29th year!

I am so excited about this year'sEQT Children's Theater Festival, that I want you to come join me and my family! I am giving away a family 4-pack of tickets for you to attend a theater performance of your choice! The theater festival itself is free, but attendance to all performances require a ticket. So, treat yourself and your family by entering my contest! The winner will announced on Wednesday, May 13th! Good luck!

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The 7 biggest mistakes women make when they become mothers

I am presenting this list to moms-to-be and moms of children of all ages, races and backgrounds - single moms, divorced moms, working moms, stay-at-home moms...You get the idea. I present this list with love and the hope that you will truly embrace the journey! 

Here are the 7 biggest mistakes women make when they become moms...

 

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STOP blaming kids!

STOP blaming kids for your adult problems!!! Here's the deal. I don't rely on my children for my happiness nor do I blame them for my "problems." Chances are if you look closely and reflect on your life, most of those "problems" you're experiencing were already there long before your children were even conceived. If not, then I encourage you to not consider them "problems." You see, life requires you to constantly make adjustments along the journey.

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I wish I had known to feel

I encourage you to keep it real and don't forget to feel! Be present, I mean really present. You will soon discover some of the most magical moments you will ever experience on this earth! Actively make the choice to be you, and let your children bring you as much as you bring them. It's not selfish. That's love! You deserve it as much as they do! 

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How did I almost lose my best friend?

Somewhere between our wedding day and baby #2 we lost each other. What can I say? Life happened! Like everyone else, life circumstances have brought us plenty of highs and plenty of lows. We've lost loved ones and brought two precious little lives into this world. There have been career changes, job losses, financial ups and downs and just about everything else you can imagine. 

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Why I am supporting the #BurghBaby Diaper Drive

Diapers are not a luxury, but a necessity for our little ones. Unless you are living through the journey of diapers, a person may not fully realize just how much of a financial strain diapers can be for a family. I get it and I encourage you to put yourself in the shoes of families who may find themselves unable to afford diapers for their baby. What would you do? 

Fortunately, The Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Diaper Bank Network, has launched its Burgh Baby Diaper Drive for the month of February. Here are 10 reasons why I am teaming up with Diary of a First Time Mom to support the #BurghBaby Diaper Drive:

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Why am I being punished for staying home with my kids?

When you feel all alone and like no one knows nor appreciates your value, take a deep breath, look to God and exhale. God knows your value, your children need you and you ARE amazing! You are so amazing that you don't need the approval or affirmation from others to know your worth. Instead, you can look at those beautiful little lives you brought into the world and nothing more needs to be thought or said. 

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