Mandy Benson

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Gluten-free: Our only way to be

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May is Celiac Awareness Month- and I'm happy to share a little bit more about it, because two of the people I love the most happen to have Celiac Disease. To start, Let's talk a...

I said yes instead.

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Let's just get right into it here, I've never felt like a bad mom until this virus came into our lives.  I have a good amount of patience, I live for spontaneous exploring and...

Your death brought me back to life.

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The older I get, the less I believe in the saying "everything happens for a reason."  My heart and head just can't quite wrap around why some things have to happen. One thing I...

Happy Kids, Happy Life- A tale of co-parenting.

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My family and I attended the Maverick hockey game for the first time this season a few weeks ago. Walking through the hallways and running into familiar faces, a pattern developed rather quickly.  Eye...

I had the most stressful year of my life. Here is how I survived,...

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A little over a year ago, I stumbled upon a stress inventory test on the American Institute of Stress website.  It ranks life events from 1-50, and based on a self-assessment of how much...

Mom’s off to the Bar(re) Again {Not Your Mama’s Workout Series}

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That's what I heard my five year old say to a few of her friends the other day, so matter of fact. What she meant was I was off to Barre Class.  I knew...

They will always know you.

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It's been said a great way to work through pain is to write about it, and this day still feels so fresh, and so full of pain. You physically left us a year ago,...

Inclusion is the New Black

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I can still feel the tears rolling down my face when the doctor told me our son likely had Celiac Disease.  " Anything over a 40 we consider to be a positive for Celiac,"...