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Everything in Moderation
this month i started grad school. i'm officially on my way to becoming a master of nutrition. while not something that was obvious to me growing up or even five years ago, the realm of nutrition has been in the background of so much of my life choices. from becoming a vegetarian at the age of twelve (? 13? 11? whatever it was: very young) and living in a predominately meat-loving household, nutrition has been a struggle ever since ...
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... often when things get like this, when i let life weigh this much on me and let life happen to me, i reevaluate everything in my life. 'why am i even doing this?' 'what does this even matter?' 'do i even like avocado?!' *i do. don't worry. smoothies on the other hand ... i think i like because they're hip and trendy and i'm saying peace out. so i had one of my major meltdowns, let everything out, ugly-cried until i had no more tears ...
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each morning before my little ones wake, i take a few moments to center myself. i wouldn't call this 'meditation' exactly, but it is an exercise in mindfulness. i take a few deep breaths, listen to the silence, stretch and take everything in. no judgement or preconception. just take everything in as it is.
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i never wanted to be a mother. i didn't dream of having children, i never stuffed pillows under my dress to pretend as a child. i barely knew how to take care of myself let alone another tiny human. but when it happened, when i learned of the baby growing inside of me, i was a mother. i won't get in to discussions about when that life began, but my life as a mother began when i saw that positive pregnancy test. and when that baby was no...
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Our bedtime routine
coming back from a trip (brad and i were in california last weekend. just us. no kids!), can always throw us for a loop. throw in a time change and three little ones, it's definitely a challenge to get everyone settled and then back on track. this month is full of travel for us which means everyone is a little stressed and exhausted. just a few short months ago i would have let my exhaustion get in the way of everything i did. i'd snap ...
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Creating and finding community
november is one of my favorite months of the year. i love thanksgiving, the start of the holiday season, gathering loved ones around a table for good food, wine and conversation. backyard football, crunchy walks. there's such a beautiful sense of community around this time of year. before the stress of the december holidays and the bleak winter that follows. everyone is out and about shopping, cooking, walking and just in a friendly and...
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et cetera

what are you?
this community is called 'oh mama, etc' for the very simple reason that every mama is more than just a mama. we are lovers and creators and makers and movers and so so much more. there are communities for mamas, there are communities for creatives, there are communities for businesswomen, there are communities for yogis and athletes and photographers and designers and teachers. but one woman can be all of those things. priorities asi...
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Root Where You're Planted - And Our Big Move Back to California!
i feel like i should explain myself. but on the other hand, i don't owe anyone an explanation. so instead, i just have some jumbled thoughts that have spilled out on to this page. the past year has been a strange one. we moved to ohio last august but didn't really feel settled until the snow started to thaw and the temperatures started rising. until theodore was born in april we barely knew our neighbors and didn't have many fr...
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Christmas Tree Farm 2016!
some days we're totally in sync and i'm like 'yeah, mama of the year!' and others i'm totally drowning. lately most of the days have been fantastic. like really really great. but there's still times where i think to myself 'how did i get here? why am i a mama? who let this happen?' i know i'll never have the answers to those questions. but i'm working towards accepting that this is how my life is and i'm endlessly happy with where we ...
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DIY household cleaners
we've been experimenting with making our own household cleaners and i thought i'd share a few of our go-tos. because essential oils are what started this DIY frenzy, i use them in all of my cleaners so they're included in these recipes. in most cases they're totally optional and mostly are just there to cover up the vinegar and alcohol smell because no one wants their house smelling like that all the time, am i right? right.
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My first time ... voting
today is election day. eight years ago i participated in my first election. i was ecstatic to finally be able to partake in the electoral process. i remember voting with my mom when i was little, waiting in line, filling out my kid ballot, getting my 'i voted' sticker. everything about it was exciting and even at a young age, i knew how important it was.
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Halloween 2016
halloween this year was a good one. we finally got together our family theme (brad - not pictured - was christopher robin), and everyone was warm enough in their costumes. definitely a plus as it was a pretty chilly evening. i love all things fall: pumpkin picking, hay rides, thanksgiving, squash, bonfires, oktobesfest, and even halloween. but halloween with kids i something else. a whole other league of amazement.
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Life. By Bri
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A lifestyle blog by Bri Towne.
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professional mama, novice crafter, avid coffee, chocolate, and cheese snob
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    Creative Director & Founder, 2012 - present
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