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Uncluttering our Christmas

Let’s chat about parenting guilt for a few minutes. Who has ever experienced the soul-crushing guilt of not giving your children the childhood or life you expected? Sure, it’s often out of our control, and it’s not realistic to provide them with perfection, but that does not stop the guilt from coming! There are so many reasons us parents carry …

Healing From Trauma – Why You Shouldn’t Leave the Body Behind

It’s time we STOP believing that all trauma healing work happens in our minds, we must reconnect the body, and it’s rightful place on our healing journey. ~Michelle Steinke-Baumgard, One Fit Widow When I got a phone call that would forever shape my world, I instinctively turned to fitness to handle my stress, trauma, and grief. I was called to …

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Dear Widow Police – I Won’t Revoke My Card

Nearly ten years ago, I was given exclusive membership to one of the world’s crappiest clubs. October 9th, 2009 – the day I went from being half of M & M, Mrs. Michelle Steinke, and the wife of Mitchel Steinke to becoming a widow. No thanks. You can keep your membership card because at 36, with a one and nearly …

10 Ways You Can Help A Grieving Solo Parent This Holiday Season

I became a solo parent in the blink of an eye on a cool October morning. I woke up as a family of four and went to bed that night, a mother of two, very young children who had a dead Dad.   The shift in personal reality is beyond startling; it’s life-altering, dark, all consuming, and throws your body into …

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Banana Bites: Dessert That Mom and the Kids Both Love

Want to give your kids a wonderful tasting dessert without all the added sugar and colorings?  This is whole food goodness at its absolute best!   Your kids will love this quick, easy, and delicious recipe! Ingredients Banana Organic Peanut Butter or Almond Butter Cacao Chocolate Chips Slice the Bananas and spread on a thin layer of peanut butter.  Top …

7 Ingredient Potato Leek Soup Made in Minutes – Vegan Optional!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, soup!!! I especially love soup when it’s fast, easy, cheap, healthy and delicious! Potato Leek Soup is one of my personal favorites, but as someone who can’t do cream or milk, I struggle to find good comfort soup recipes that still taste great! I’ve played around a lot with this recipe, and it’s finally to a …

Recent Parkland and Sandy Hook Suicides Prove: There is No Timeline for Grief

By Guest Contributor – Mary Kate Tischler https://badasswidow.wordpress.com When I’m not playing the role of the Badass Widow, I am a lawyer for network news. That means I read more than my fair share about death. So much so that I’m largely desensitized to it at this point, as I’m sure many of you are, too. Even working on reports about …

Amazing, Delicious, Soft, Chewy and HEALTHY – My Favorite Avocado Cookies

Who doesn’t love cookies? I mean, my kiddos could LIVE on them…literally. What’s not to love? They are so soft, yummy, and if you are like me, just the right amount of sweet. Even though we love cookies they aren’t the pinnacle of health food so here is my favorite recipe that takes a twist on an old favorite and …

Warm and Toasty Chicken Tortilla Soup

I LOVE chicken tortilla soup! It’s one of my favorites because it’s quick, it’s super easy and it’s chalked full of goodness. All in one neat little soup you get protein, good fats, lots of veggies, and warm tasty goodness. This recipe can be thrown together in about ten minutes and left to simmer for the day in your slow …