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July 27, 2017

Welcome to the New Site!

Hello and welcome to The New Mystique! I am so overjoyed to welcome you to our new home online. We have worked hard to design a space that is welcoming, beautiful, and encouraging for every single mother that may stop by. It has been over one year in the making, and we couldn’t be more […]

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February 28, 2017

In Defense of The Good Enough Mother

“Every life is a piece of art, put together with all means available”. -Pierre Janet Before I begin this post, please know that I am not a child psychologist, and I have no training in child development. I am simply a mother who wants to do the best job of parenting my children that I […]

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January 25, 2017

Book Review: Birthed, by Elizabeth Hagan

I met Elizabeth Hagan on Twitter. Yes, I know. No matter how many friends I can trace back to social media, it still seems strange. But then I am reminded that ultimately, that’s the whole point. The people behind the avatars, and their stories, are what have the power to shape us. I posted a […]

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January 24, 2017

A Beautiful Forging.

It’s yet again a battle to get the kids into pjs, teeth brushed, and have them safely tucked into bed (and willing to stay there). I’ve been cranky again, and I know it doesn’t help the process, but they seem to make it difficult every. single. night. As a mother who’s been out all day, […]

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October 31, 2016

How to Be a Safe Space for Another Mom.

In the world of mommy wars, mom-shaming, and the endless competitiveness and comparison that consumes so much of the media conversation around motherhood, it is more important than ever that we remind each other that this is not the reality. I have been blessed with a handful of very close mama friends. Some of them […]

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October 11, 2016

Embracing Selflessness and Self-Care

The month that I became a mom was hard, wonderful, and everything in between. I couldn’t believe how much I could love someone or how I would do anything to protect and love them. I also couldn’t believe how tired I could be after a few weeks of broken sleep, and how much I needed […]

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September 26, 2016

On Making Childcare Work.

Childcare. It’s a pretty fraught subject. Just the word can send shivers down the spine of even the most courageous new mother. The thought of leaving your tiny, helpless baby with anyone but you sounds like a total impossibility. They need you, physically, emotionally, psychologically. Stories like this wreck us and leave us wondering why […]

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September 13, 2016

It’s Not “Just” Anything.

I did not realize, when my first daughter was born, that babies sometimes make terrible conversation starters. I don’t mean that babies are terrible at conversation (though they don’t have a lot to say about books or current events, to be honest). I’m talking about the conversations other people start with you when you have […]

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September 1, 2016

20 Self-Care Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

Self-care is a trending topic these days. We see it everywhere, but it can be difficult to actually practice it. It seems like an indulgence, doesn’t it? Something we should have to earn. I used to see it that way. I wore myself out pleasing everyone and meeting everyone’s needs before my own- my husband’s, […]

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