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Lauren Nelson resides in Midwest City with her husband and two bubbly and adorable children. She is an avid bibliophile, a lover of words, and an aspiring writer with a BA in English Lit. Her family spends their time laughing, praying, and exploring Oklahoma City together. She loves to run and workout and in her spare time does a lot of reading, writing, and training to run competitively. Aside from books and her family, Lauren is a Doula and is working on developing her own childbirth education curriculum. Beyond this she is passionate about unity among women of all ages and contributing to an attitude of sharing and community within her world. Her favorite quote is "We have no peace because we have forgotten that we belong to one another"-Mother Teresa.

Why We Celebrate Cheesy Hallmark Holidays

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It's common knowledge that Hallmark and other companies like it make a fortune on "holidays"- both the traditional and more manufactured celebration days. The collective beef with these more commercial and manufactured holidays is basically...

“Dear Grandma…” (A Holiday Gift Guide)

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Dear Grandma, You're probably expecting this letter to contain a list of all the things I want for Christmas. You probably already know that I like toys, and games, and technology. But there's stuff I...

Giving Back as a Family: Holiday Opportunities for Families in OKC

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One of the most important conversations my husband and I have ever had was about what kind of people we hope our kids will be as adults. We decided to begin with the end...

A Mom’s Response to Mass Violence

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When I saw the headlines about the shooting in Texas, I felt my stomach turn over. I don't think I can handle another one. It seems like 2017 has brought us a rash of mass human...

Dear Disney, I’m Sorry I Was Mean to You

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When my daughter was a baby, I had lots of opinions about the things I was going to allow her to watch, play with, and be exposed to. I was insistent that she not...

9 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Her Body Before She’s 9

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"Body-positive" "Body-confident" "Body-shaming" These are the body-buzz-words of our lives. Sorting through all of these image-related sound bites and messages is really difficult to do when everywhere you look the human body is on display for critique,...

I’m Pregnant, and I Really Wish I Wasn’t: How to Cope When it’s a...

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The little pink line. The little blue line. Nobody told us when we were little girls just how much a tiny splotch of dye in a tiny window on a "just peed on" stick would mean...

Sibling Rivalry: Are We Training Bullies at Home?

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Whenever I mention my thoughts about sibling rivalry to someone new, I always hear funny stories of the ways brothers and sisters tortured each other growing up. They don't usually seem to think that...

Letter to MY Single Parent Working Mom: A “Latchkey Kid” Looks Back

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I grew up a typical 1980's and 90's latch key kid in a single parent working home. My mother worked (and still does) in a job that deeply impacts the every day lives of many...

Make Mornings Magical Again: Part 2

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Three years ago, I started to realize that the way our mornings were starting out: cranky, confused, yell-y, and stressed, were contributing to a lack of joy and productivity in our day. I decided...

Having a Baby Boy Helped Me Trust Men Again

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I had a rough introduction to the male side of the human race from the get go. A series of unfortunate events beginning around the age of 4 years old left me feeling vulnerable...

Make Mornings Magical Again: Part 1

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Remember when you were a kid and as soon as the you saw the sun rising in the sky from your bed, you jumped up ready and excited to face the day? Anything could...