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I'm a legally blind wife, mother and social worker living in chaotic New York City! With the help of my guide dog, Frances, "Mostly" wonderful husband, and some serious mommy instincts; I navigate my world "never losing sight of life, love and laughter."

Blind Mom Guilt: The Tale of the Big Girl Bed

Blind Mom Guilt: The Tale of the Big Girl Bed

Can I get real with you? Like, really, “R-E-A-L.”? I’m a total Type A, epic control freak. I’ll own it. When it comes to my daughters, I will literally drive myself crazy trying to make everything absolutely perfect for them – whether it’s planning their birthday parties or choosing just the right outfit for our […]

Crock Pot Old Fashioned Irish Stew

Crock Pot Old Fashioned Irish Stew

I grew up in a home where we cooked and ate a lot of Italian food. Any meal without homemade sauce and a side of pasta was highly unusual. So when “Mostly Wonderful” brought me home to meet my future in-laws, getting used to their traditional meals was a bit of a culture shock – […]

Vision Aware: “9” Tips for Toddler Potty Training For Blind/VI Parents

Vision Aware: “9” Tips for Toddler Potty Training For Blind/VI Parents

Potty training your toddler is an exciting time! On one hand, you’ve reached the point in parenthood when you’re ready to bid farewell to diaper duty. On the other hand, the realization that your baby isn’t really a “baby” anymore is enough to break any parent’s heart. Blind parents need to be organized and systematic […]

National Braille Press Valentine’s Card Spreads the Love

National Braille Press Valentine’s Card Spreads the Love

I’ll admit it; I’m a hopeless romantic! One of my absolute favorite holidays, Valentine’s Day, of course! Since becoming a mom, I’ve gotten my daughters into the spirit and together we make and mail dozens of Valentine’s Day cards every year. In our house, every recipient on our list receives “2” versions of Valentine’s – […]

To My Guide Dog’s Puppy Raisers: Thank You

To My Guide Dog’s Puppy Raisers: Thank You

I thought the sudden snow storm that Saturday morning was nature’s way of telling me I did not have to go tour pre-schools for my almost 4-year-old daughter. My husband, on the other hand, was hell-bent on not letting a little snow get in our way. We had arranged for baby-sitting with my in-laws and headed out […]

Vision Aware: Birth Options for Mothers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: “2” Cesarean Sections

Vision Aware: Birth Options for Mothers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: “2” Cesarean Sections

Once a woman learns she’s about to have a child, her attention is immediately directed towards prenatal care. At the mid-point of pregnancy, approximately 20 weeks, doctors will begin discussing a birth plan with the expectant parents. A birth plan is a document that lets your medical team know your preferences for your delivery, including […]

5 Years, 5 Poignant Lessons Learned Though Blindness

5 Years, 5 Poignant Lessons Learned Though Blindness

“Alive Day” is a term used by soldiers who have been wounded in battle physically, mentally, or sometimes both. It’s the anniversary of the day their lives changed, surviving the impossible, while being unprepared for the emotional aftermath that will undeniably follow. While I’m not a veteran, I too have a distinct “Alive Day.” January 3rd  2012 […]

“7” Tips for Blind Parents: Holiday Gift Wrapping & Organization

“7” Tips for Blind Parents: Holiday Gift Wrapping & Organization

Between “Santa’s” gifts for my two daughters and the presents we buy for family; I wrap a lot of packages throughout the holiday season. My visual impairment sometimes makes keeping track of who gets what a little challenging. While “Mostly Wonderful” reluctantly foots the bill for most of our Christmas expenses, making sure everything is […]

“8” Most Hazardous Kinds Of People You’ll Encounter With A Guide Dog

“8” Most Hazardous Kinds Of People You’ll Encounter With A Guide Dog

Frances and I were en route to my local hospital for a doctor’s appointment.  It was a cold, December night and we had taken a cab to our destination. Once arrived, Franny lead me towards the front door of the building. She stopped midway, indicating something was in our path. I extended my hand to […]

“7” Tree Trimming Tips for Blind & Visually Impaired Parents

“7” Tree Trimming Tips for Blind & Visually Impaired Parents

Tis’ the season for Christmas trees! Whether real or artificial, trimming a tree as a blind parent requires a little bit of ingenuity, especially if you have infants or toddlers under foot. Since having my first daughter in 2013, the ghosts of Christmas past have taught this mother a thing or two about safely managing her […]

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