Everything you need to know before you buy for your little one

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was confident that I wouldn’t fall for the marketing ploys of the baby product industry. Just hearing the word “registry” made me want to run in the other direction. I was sure that I would have a baby, and my home would remain exactly as it had always been, free of plastic contraptions and primary-colored baby accouterments. I would eat in restaurants without rolling in a huge stroller and diaper bag, just a simple baby wrap and a few diapers in my purse. …


Migraines are more than just bad headaches.

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I’ve suffered from migraines for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I’d play outside in the hot Texas sun, then spend afternoons curled up in bed with the lights off and a pillow over my head. Throbbing behind one eye, nausea, loss of appetite, freezing cold feet and hands, confusion, and, of course, pain are some of my symptoms.

As I grew up, I learned more about migraines from doctors and books. I learned that I wasn’t alone. However, as common as migraines are, there are a wide range of symptoms that different people experience. For example…


An accountability partner helps me read with intention.

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Midway through 2020, I realized I was in a reading rut, and I didn’t know how to climb out. I’ve always been one to read multiple books at once, and up until recently, it had been working well. But something about the pandemic, a sense of scarcity of reading time, and a jumbled-anxious brain sent my reading habits off the rails.

In June of 2020, I noticed I had 18 books in my “currently reading” list on Goodreads. And these were all books that had passed my “60 page rule,” that I was enjoying and intended to finish. Yet I…


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Raising our daughter to speak multiple languages is one of our top priorities as a family. The benefits have been well documented in research: richer social interactions, cognitive advantages, higher self-esteem, greater empathy and understanding, and many others. On a personal level, we want to provide our daughter with the opportunity to learn more easily while she is still young, as well as feel connected to her cultural identity.

I am a non-native Spanish speaker and my husband’s native Thai was getting rusty by the time our daughter was born. As we prepared for her birth and early years, we…


Why we have to stop “sucking in” and start breathing with our tummies

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It took 6 months of pelvic floor physical therapy for me to relearn how to breathe in a way that is absolutely natural for my toddler.

Like most women, I’ve always “held in” my stomach, which unfortunately began at a young age in an effort to look thin. After I had a baby, I began recovering from pelvic floor dysfunction and diastasis recti. I found a wonderful pelvic floor physical therapist who treated me for issues I incurred during pregnancy and birth. However, I was shocked when she also pointed out breathing issues I’ve had long before getting pregnant. …


A guide to making the right decision for your family

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When my daughter was born 18 months ago, I carefully considered whether or not to share her photos on my social media accounts. It’s a question that all parents in today’s society must grapple with on some level. Most would agree that there’s something wrong with the “pageant mom” variety of using children’s images, but there is a large grey area between sharing nothing at all and sharing at an exploitative level. I recently asked my social media followers for their opinions on the topic and have summarized my findings below. …


Forget about animal welfare; adopting an old dog is one of the most selfish decisions you can make. It’s so simple. One day you have no pets, and you’re happy. The next day, you have an old dog, and you’re still happy. The rest of your life is exactly the same, now with all of the benefits of unconditional love.

Let’s contrast that last scenario to that of getting a puppy. When you bring a young dog into your home, you effectively say goodbye to uninterrupted sleep, clean carpet, anything wooden, anything soft, anything leather that you might have owned…


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At the start of the new year, I typically set a reading goal of around 75 books. I usually meet or exceed this goal at year-end. This has been my comfortable reading capacity for years. However, with the birth of my daughter last year, my ability to read was greatly limited for the first time, and my thoughts on setting reading goals have shifted.

I’ve always had a more is better mentality when it comes to books. But recently, I have begun to see the wisdom of reading the right book at the right time. One of my favorite adages…

Catelyn Silapachai

Texan, plant-based, antiques dealer, compulsive reader.

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