Friday Five

Last week found me curled up in bed with one of the worst colds I've had in quite a while. By day three, my homeopathic attempts to heal without conventional medicine gave way to a throat culture and a positive diagnosis of strep throat. Which means this week has found me curled up in bed taking dose upon dose of amoxicillin and ginger tea. The sole comfort I've found is in the strong punches and kicks this little baby has been using to remind momma (me!) that all is well.

It ain't easy being sick and pregnant--your defenses are down, you can't roll over in bed like you used to and you find yourself reading crazy message boards on BabyCenter every time you want some Tylenol. My care providers recommended tons water to keep the oxygen flowing to baby and most importantly, to stress less. Moms get sick, babies continue to thrive and even though it might seem impossible now, you will feel well again soon. I'm wishing you all good health as you navigate this crazy city this winter.

Here are a few fun links I've found in between naps and Netflix binges. Happy Weekend!

My mom pals have encouraged me with good health vibes all week, with one even calling to detail that time she wound up in the hospital with the stomach flu (and then went on to deliver a healthy baby girl!) which makes me wonder: can’t we all just get along?

These are bookmarked for the year that I can make them with Baby. But until then, I think there are a few that my 2015 Valentine (read: husband) would enjoy.

Although knowing my guy, a big batch of wings might be the best route to his heart.

Simple gray slippers might not be the prettiest addition to your wardrobe, but I can guarantee your feet have never felt this good! Bonus: no sweaty feet when your heat kicks on.

A Sunday sneak preview.

Raising a mentally strong kid doesn't mean he won't cry when he's sad or that he won't fail sometimes. Mental strength won't make your child immune to hardship—but it also won't cause him to suppress his emotions.

In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It gives them the strength to keep going, even when they're plagued with self-doubt. A strong mental muscle is the key to helping kids reach their greatest potential in life.

But raising a mentally strong kid requires parents to avoid the common yet unhealthy parenting practices that rob kids of mental strength. In my book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, I identify 13 things to avoid if you want to raise a mentally strong kid equipped to tackle life's toughest challenges:

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