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How To Raise Money for Your Climb Out of the Darkness

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Since many Warrior Moms have joined Climb Out of the Darkness to help raise money for two special projects to raise awareness for postpartum depression, we thought you might want some tips on how to get donations or sponsors for your “climb.” Here are some ideas I’ve gathered from a variety of sources: Have dinner [...]

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Friday Favorites: Birthdays All Around!

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Welcome to Friday favorites: a weekly linky for your favorite blog posts from the week co-hosted by Maya of Musings of a Marfan Mom and me!

Visit either here at Anktangle or over at Musings of a Marfan Mom every week on Friday to link up your favorite post from the week, and Maya and I will read and comment on them. Don’t forget to share the love by reading and commenting on a few of the other favorites in the list after you link up yours!

In addition to the linky, I’m taking this opportunity each week to write a little bit about a my favorite moments from the past week. I hope you’ll feel inspired to leave a comment telling me about your favorite thing(s) that happened this week, too!

These are a few of my favorite things:

Two of my favorite people had birthdays this week! 

Mmm, warm birthday brownie!

We celebrated Jaymz’s birthday (which was last Thursday) over the last several days of the week last week. We’ve all been a little under the weather lately, so it was nice to take the pressure off and spread out the celebration over a few days.

On Thursday, I baked a special birthday dessert for Jaymz. It’s our family custom to have a favorite meal and dessert cooked for you on your birthday, and I offered to bake J a cake like I have done the past few years. Instead, he requested that I choose a dessert that I could eat (with my gluten sensitivity) so that we could all enjoy it together. He’s so sweet! So I ended up making a pan of grain-free brownies that were delicious! (And a special thank you to my mom for pinning the brownie recipe that I used the very same day.)

The next night, I cooked his special meal of steak and veggies, and we all enjoyed a second helping of brownies with some homemade whipped cream. I really enjoyed our low-key, extended birthday celebration. 

I also learned something new: if you put a birthday candle in a hot pan of brownies, it might melt from the bottom… so sing fast! Now you know. (You’re welcome.)

Thank you, Aunt Suzanne, for the binoculars!

Daniel’s third birthday is today. I am (just a little) in disbelief that he’s three already, and as is my custom for his birthdays, I’ve been looking back at old photographs and remembering. It’s incredible how much little Daniel has grown and changed in these past three years; I can only imagine what he’ll be like in another three. Watching someone grow up is awesome!

If you’d like to take a stroll down memory lane with me, check out these posts:

As for Daniel’s birthday celebrations, I imagine we’ll draw it out in a similar fashion to Jaymz’s: another pan of brownies tonight (they were a hit!) and special dinner tomorrow (I think I’ll cook sausages and asparagus, if he doesn’t have another idea) with gifts throughout the weekend. We’ve already begun giving Daniel gifts sent by family to open, and I hope I’ll have enough time during nap today to finish the gift I started making for him.

I’m excited to see what this next year holds for Daniel!

What was one of your favorite moments from the week?

Grab the Friday Favorites button to display on your site:

Friday Favorites with Musings of a Marfan Mom & Anktangle

Link up your favorite blog posts from the week using the linky below! Remember to share the love by reading and commenting on a few other posts from the list after you enter your link. The linky will stay open until Monday afternoon.

{this moment}

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A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama

L takes flight


Mindful Parenting eBook Bundle

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Mindful Parenting eBundle Get your copy of the Mindful Parenting eBundle now!What’s in your bundle? 22 eProducts for $24.95, over $274 USD value, approximately $1.13 USD per product! eMagazines, eBooks, teleseminars, audio, workshops… topics include: peaceful guidance, creativity and play, stress relief for parents, mindful motherhood, divorce, coming of age, children and food The sale is… [read more]

Depression and Self Image

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Welcome to the May 2013 Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival: Self Love

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival hosted by Authentic Parenting and Living Peacefully with Children. This month our participants have written about their thoughts concerning self-love. We hope you enjoy this month’s posts and consider joining us next month when we share about Babywearing. 


 As you may have read here, I dealt with a severe depression last year. One of the symptoms I struggled with was self loathing. Now I’ve never really overflowed with self love, but this was bad! Don’t want to look in the mirror, pubescent self hate kinda bad. It didn’t really help that I broke two of my front teeth and got some facial depigmentation disease.

Not really the self image you want to portray for your children.

When I started healing from this depression, I knew that this lack of self love was something I had to tackle, for how can one enjoy life if you hate yourself?
I started taking Crab Apple flower essence and doing self acceptance meditations. I also tried to look at myself differently when I saw myself in the mirror, and when I felt that I was just not able to show any love towards my mirrored image, I just wouldn’t look.

We are often brought up with so much negative self talk, instilled by our parents, our peers and society at large, that it’s very hard to break the self destructive mental chatter. Yet as a parent, one of the most important things to model is self love, because our children learn by our image. If we portray an image of self care and self acceptance, they in turn will have that outlook on the world.

Check out the Mindful Parenting eBundle Sale for three lovely resources on self care for parents,

including my new eBook “Mommy Overwhelm: A Holistic Approach to Parental Stress and Depression“.


APBC - Authentic Parenting

Visit Living Peacefully with Children and Authentic Parenting to find out how you can participate in next month’s Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival, when we discuss babywearing!


Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

(This list will be live and updated by afternoon June 1 with all the carnival links.)

Link Love 5.31.13

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Holy Moly!  Moving is HARD!  I have not been this exhausted since Penelope was a newborn. So sorry I have been kind of slacking it on the blog post front. All of the packing and unpacking has proven to be very worthwhile. After only being here a week, and despite being very homesick and lonely,… [read more]

DIY Project: Shoe Box Phone and iPad Charging Station

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DagmarI haven’t shared my shoe box charging station with you yet! If you are like me, you are always looking for all those charging cables for your phone, iPad, and other devices. Well, search no more! I upcycled a shoe box that otherwise would’ve landed in the trash, and with a little bit of craftiness, [...]

What Would You Do in the Last Hour?

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In 1922, novelist Marcel Proust answered this question:


“If this prediction were confirmed [the world will end and that death will be the certain fate of hundreds of millions of people], what do you think would be its effects on people between the time when they acquired the aforementioned certainty and the moment of cataclysm? Finally, as far as you’re concerned, what would you do in this last hour?”


In this way:

“I think that life would suddenly seem wonderful to us if we were threatened to die as you say. Just think of how many projects, travels, love affairs, studies it – our life – hides from us, made invisible by our laziness which, certain of a future, delays them incessantly.

But let all this threaten to become impossible forever, how beautiful it would become again! Ah! If only the cataclysm doesn’t happen this time, we won’t miss visiting the new galleries of the Louvre, throwing ourselves at the feet of Miss X, making a trip to India.

The cataclysm doesn’t happen, we don’t do any of it, because we find ourselves back in the heart of normal life, where negligence deadens desire. And yet we shouldn’t have needed the cataclysm to love life today. It would have been enough to think that we are humans, and that death may come this evening.


To further emphasize the immaculateness of his answer, let  Alan Rickman read it to you…


So. Are you living today as if it were your last day?

Bringing Warrior Moms Together

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What I’m loving most about Climb Out of the Darkness is seeing Warrior Moms find other Warrior Moms to get together with to climb or hike. Over on our busy Facebook page people are realizing they live close and are asking to join each other. What an awesome thing! So below I’m going to list [...]

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Did You Know

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