Living With My Eating Disorder

It's hard for people to understand what it's like to have an eating disorder unless they've actually been there. Today, Bethany continues her story by sharing what her daily life is like and views of food as a lifelong sufferer of body image issues and eating disorders. If you didn't read yesterday's post, The Origin of My Eating Disorder, it is an intimate look at how Bethany's story, and struggle, began. ~Jessi~ I don’t have the luxury of a treat being just a treat, or taking a little taste. If I have a fry--I blew it. If I eat something more than what I a lot myself--I blew it. … [Read more...]

The Origin of My Eating Disorder

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), eating disorders effect up to 24,000,000 men, women and children of all ages. Today, we'd like to welcome Bethany, an MGF reader who bravely came forward to share the origin of her lifelong struggle with eating disorders. Because her story is extremely personal and honest, we've changed her name for her privacy. ~Jessi~ No one is certain what causes an individual to suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, etc. There are many types of eating disorders … [Read more...]

Arias New Year’s Eve: Together and Safe

When I was a kid, my parents threw outrageous New Year's Eve parties. Family and friends would flock to our home and a good time was always had by all. There were always two stipulations for my siblings and me--no drinking and we could invite friends, but we were never to leave the house. No parties elsewhere. No babysitting engagements. We were to stay home where they knew we were safe. Pretty smart. And we never questioned it. Now that I'm older, with kidlets of my own, I observe a similar philosophy. We don't throw parties, because neither my husband nor I really drink, but we want … [Read more...]

Keep Track of Your Blog Ideas When Inspiration Strikes

When I sit down at my computer, I have a tendency to totally blank out when trying to think of blog topics. If you're a blogger, you totally know what I'm talking about. On the other hand, if I'm driving to the grocery store, taking a bath or making dinner, 10 awesome ideas are sure to hit me out of absolutely nowhere. Then, by the time I'm back at my computer--POOF!!--back to blanksville. It took me a long time to get into a habit of recording ideas whenever they strike. It seems simple, but if you write an idea down when it smacks you in the noggin, chances are way better that that … [Read more...]

Pretzels, Pepsi and Pee

Everyone needs a good laugh from time to time. It frees the spirit and detracts from finance woes and mounting laundry. And since all modesty flew out the window after delivering my first child, I'm not embarrassed to set aside my pride for others' amusement. In my list of personal confessions on the Flair Brained Facts page, I mentioned a story about Pretzels and Pepsi. I think now's the time to share this little gem. It's important to know I have an experimental mind. Even when I was little, my mom would catch me taking things apart and then putting them back together again. As I grew … [Read more...]

Lindsay’s Story

I'm so pleased to present to you another "Mama's Story" Wednesday.  This post is from my bloggy bestie, Lindsay, of A New Breed of Mom. She's a total sweetheart, super supportive, so funny, completely genuine and we have a ton in common. I'd go into it more, but she tells it better than I do. Thank you so much, Ms. Lindsay, for sharing with us. Just a Mom…Seeking to Encourage and Inspire Other Moms to Dream Big My name is Lindsay Williams and I am the woman behind A New Breed of Mom. I am a 'has been' single mom who's always been a working mom, a wanna-be stay-at-home mom, learning to … [Read more...]