Brenda Saville

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Brenda is a working wife and mother of 3 daughters. Almost an empty-nester, Brenda will be adjusting to a quieter home-life by trying her hand at writing about her motherhood experiences. She attended the University of MN-Duluth with a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Art and Interior Design graduating in 1986 and marrying her husband of 26 years, Scott in 1990. After moving around a bit for her husband’s job, they settled in Cedar Rapids for good in 1996. Currently working as a high school secretary and holding down a part-time job as well, Brenda still finds time to enjoy her daughters’ track meets, scrap-booking, tending to her 2 dogs Tucker and JJ, and attempting to show some swagger in Zumba class!
Accepting My Body: Post-Baby + Beyond

Accepting My Body: Post-Baby + Beyond

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Post-baby bodies can be devastating to many women, while others seem to be blessed with bodies that "bounce" back almost immediately.  My journey to being able to accept my body as it is has...
Missing my Mom Friends

Missing My Mom Friends

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Friendships come and go. That is the one thing I have learned over the years.  Now that my kids are away, I am faced with finding ways to keep in touch with my "mom friends." After...
Traditions...The Real Magic of Christmas

Tradition…The Real Magic of Christmas

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Wanting to make your child's holiday special can be an exhausting task.  After years of trying to make the holidays magical for my kids, I finally learned where the magic really was. Let the Christmas...
Adventures in Daddy Daycare

Adventures in Daddy Daycare

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Let's get this out of the way now...I am not dissing dads.  I'm not even dissing my husband.  I'm simply stating facts here.  Daddy Daycare at my house was banana-nuts with a cherry on top!  Testing...
Being Known as "The Strict Mom"

Being Known as “The Strict Mom”

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This summer I was able to get together with some friends for a night of catching up. We enjoyed each others' company over a glass of wine out by the fire pit on a...
Raising Three Girls...Oh Boy!

Raising Three Girls…Oh Boy!

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For anyone who had been blessed with raising girls, you know the sweetness and joy that comes with it. I have been blessed with raising three girls. Here's what I've learned looking back: Embracing their...
Becoming an Empty-Nester...What Do I Do Now?

Becoming an Empty Nester: What Do I Do Now?

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It's happened.  The day I have been dreading for eighteen years is here....my baby, Hanna, is graduating.  I will officially be an "empty nester" in August.  Sigh. How on Earth did this happen? It's not rocket...
I've Become my Mother and I'm OK with it!

I’ve Become My Mother & I’m OK With It!

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I remember vividly the day I uttered those infamous words... "I will never become my mother!"  Some things my mom did seemed so odd, over-protective, and sometimes just downright gross.   Where on earth did she...
The Birthday Party Wars: Waving the White Flag!

The Birthday Party Wars: Waving the White Flag!

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Lessons on motherhood come in all shapes and sizes, even ones that are disguised as something as harmless as a birthday invitation. When my oldest daughter’s first birthday rolled around, we planned a family get-together...
postpartum depression

20 Years After Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: What I Wish I Knew Then

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I wish I knew then what I know now.  Oh, how I wish. After the birth of my first daughter in 1993, I struggled with a botched C-section and was bed ridden for 4 weeks. ...