Anna

Anna
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Anna likes to think she’s rooted in the Wild, Wild West, as she was born in California and grew up in Colorado. She married a big-bearded Texan, and together they have a two-year-old daughter and a son due to arrive Summer 2018. She’s an easy crier, particularly when it comes to beautiful stories about people with a lot of heart, a lot of courage or a lot of character. Motherhood has affected her deeply and reinforced the importance of creating a life of intentionality and joy. She and her husband Chris love a good story, a good laugh, and a good song. You can find her on Instagram @annaclonts.
chemical exposure

Chemical Exposure: Burned by Oven Cleaner

As I write this, my husband is in bed for the fourth day in a row, on oxygen and recovering from a significant chemical burn to his lungs and mucous membranes. He was strong,...
Research

Research, Research, Research: The Age of the Over-Researched Mom

You’re a mom, and maybe you thought that being a mom was all about children. Well, it’s not. It’s about science. It’s about finding, reading, interpreting, and then sharing the original scientific research about...
beauty routine

The Everyday Mom’s Guide to Beauty

This beauty guide is for the everyday basic mom, living the everyday kind of life. It’s practical.  We want to feel and look our best every day. This doesn’t mean you look better than you’ve...

Dear Worry: No.

Last summer, we learned we were pregnant days before the doctors told my dad he had stage 4 cancer with weeks to live. Fast-forward six weeks. We found no heartbeat on the ultrasound only a few days before learning that Dad’s volleyball-size liver tumor was gone. Gone. We lost our precious baby, but got to keep my dad. With the same tears, I both grieved and celebrated.
self care

A Self Care Tune-Up

Ahh, self-care. It feels good, doesn’t it? It feels dutiful, responsible, and oh so Instagrammable. And it feels like at last, someone is thinking about me, even if it’s only me. The importance of...
Craigslist

How to Win at Craigslist

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. We love a good deal; we don’t love hassle. We love to make a buck on stuff we’re getting rid of, but...

When Joy Looked like a List: My Stress Test

It happened on the day that everyone needed everything. My babies woke up crying before 6:00 a.m. The attitudes, the crying, the  struggle with breastfeeding, my baby awake while my toddler slept and vice...

With a Look, She Changed the World

Hey there, influencer. That’s right. You’re an influencer. You’re a woman, you’re a mother, and you have a say. For most of us, every day just feels like the everyday. It’s normal. It’s ordinary. We...

A Miscarriage Story: When Someone You Love Loses a Baby

Miscarriage. It's common, yet somehow a dark mystery, a distant grief, a great unknown...until you have one. And then even though it's common, it's very uncommon to you. If you're like I was and know...

Life Together: Building a Village

They used to say it took a village to raise a child. Is that still true, or is one maxed-out set of parents all that's needed? I read that in raising children today, more...