The Mandy Moore Photo That’s Giving Me All The Feels Right Now

The Mandy Moore Photo That’s Giving Me All The Feels Right Now

Mandy Moores latest baby photo is giving me all the feels!

If there’s one person in the television industry who seems like the real deal, it’s Mandy Moore. I imagine her childhood to be filled with marshmallows and unicorns. She just seems so down home sweet.

Her adult life seems to be going pretty great, too. She has a hit television series (This is Us). A brand new home. Her first album in a decade. A talented (and based on everything she says on IG), good husband. And a brand new baby, too.

Girl is living in high cotton, as they say in the South. I’m divided between hashtag happy for her, and hashtag jealous.

Out of all her success the picture that sums up the meaning of love, life and family is this one. Her little guy smiling back at his daddy. Warning: it’ll melt your heart.

If that photo doesn’t do it for you, the next one is sure to. According to Mandys post.The couple named their baby boy early on in her pregnancy. In true “this is us” fashion, the way she got to that name is in a very Hallmark moment kind of way.

It was last August when @taylordawesgoldsmith and I found out we’re having a boy (it’s also Taylor’s birth month) and we always loved the name…so it was settled very early on in our book. Then for our anniversary in November, T gifted me with this blanket with the “A” (for Amanda) made from extra material from my wedding dress and “T” (for Taylor) from his wedding shirt. Felt like a very fitting amalgamation of our whole story. I can wait to pass this on to our sweet August one day. 💙💙💙💙


That is definitely a “This is Us” moment.


Do you have a favorite Mandy Moore OR This is Us moment?

At Your Cervix

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month.

Did you know?

  • Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.
  • The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes almost all cases of cervical cancer.
  • HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States.
  • While 79 million Americans currently have HPV, many of them don’t know they are infected with it. (Wow).
  • Early arrival, 90 percent survival—Fran Drescher, Cancer Schmancer

    According to the experts there’s a lot YOU CAN do to prevent cervical cancer.

    That’s encouraging!

    So how can I protect myself from HPV? The only sure way to prevent HPV is to not have sex.

    Since that’s probably not going to be the case for most, the following are a few ways to lower your chances of catching HPV (provided by the CDC).

    • Limit the number of partners you have. The fewer you have, the less likely you will be to get HPV.
    • Condoms may lower your risk when used every time, and worn properly. Having said this, HPV can infect areas not covered by a condom, so don’t expect it to be a guarantee.
    • HPV-Vaccine. The experts say teens and young adults need to get the HPV vaccine if they didn’t get it as pre-teens. Also, women up to age 26 and men up to age 21 can get it.

    You should know: HPV spreads through sexual contact — oral, vaginal or anal. So if you’re doing “it” on any level, you’re at risk!

    According the American Cancer Society: The most common form of cervical cancer starts with pre-cancerous changes, and there are ways to stop this disease from developing.

    The first way is to find and treat pre-cancers before they become true cancers, and the second is to prevent the pre-cancers.

    A well-proven way to prevent cervix cancer is to have testing (screening) to find pre-cancers before they can turn into invasive cancer. The Pap test (or Pap smear) and the HPV (human papillomavirus) test are used for this. If a pre-cancer is found, it can be treated, stopping cervical cancer before it really starts. Most invasive cervical cancers are found in women who have not had regular Pap tests.

    For more information on HPV, cervical health and prevention visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Cancer.Org Mayo Clinic

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    The Health Brief

    The Health Brief

    The F.D.A. has approved a generic epinephrine auto-injector

    Teva Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. has gained the F.D.A. approval to market their generic version of EpiPen.

    The need for a generic life-saving version of the EpiPen started in 2016 when Mylan Pharmaceuticals (a multibillion dollar pharmaceutical company and the owners of the brand name medication, Epipen) made a what were you thinking kind of move and drastically increased the price of the EpiPen medication from $100 for two pens to over $600 for two.

    (Someone had to be smoking some serious crack when they made that decision).

    Even with insurance the hefty increase in price made it virtually impossible for everyday people to buy the life-saving medication.

    Mylan’s disturbing increase combined with the upset of the people and the news coverage caught the attention of federal antitrust regulators.

    Regulators started an investigation that led to what some have called a “Mind-Blowing” antitrust scheme wherein 18 drug makers were accused of fixing generic drug prices.

    All together, the 18 companies worked together to falsely inflate the prices of 15 drugs to treat glaucoma, arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety and asthma as well as several other conditions, the attorneys general allege.

    Although there are other medications on the market none of them have been granted the title “Generic EpiPen” until now.

    This approval means patients living with severe allergies who require constant access to life-saving epinephrine should have a lower-cost option, as well as another approved product to help protect against potential drug shortages.— F.D.A. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in the statement.

    Hopefully, it will be far more affordable!

    More than 100 cases of Measles have been reported in the U.S.

    Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 100 cases of measles have been diagnosed this year in 21 states and the District of Columbia.

    How? A contributing factor to an increase in measles in the United States is that travelers visit countries where there’s a measles outbreak and then they bring them back.

    What can I do? If you already have measles, it’s important to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to other people. You should:

    • avoid work or school for at least 4 days from when you first developed the measles rash
    • try to avoid contact with people who are more vulnerable to the infection, such as young children and pregnant women, cancer fighters and the aging while you’re ill

    What about prevention? If you plan on traveling to other countries, see your doctor, first! You may need to be vaccinated. Whether you’re traveling or not according to the CDC, two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine are nearly 100 percent effective at preventing measles. (CDC)

    But I’m worried about the safety of vaccines. You’re not alone. Many of us are. As the years pass we get more information about the potential side effects. There are pros and cons to vaccination.

    I plan to discuss this more in a future article but for now my advice is that you do your research. Talk to your doctor. Don’t let others influence your decision. Trust your gut.

    Weed killer reported in breakfast foods? 

    The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently reported that Glyphosate, a weedkiller linked to cancer, was found in “hefty doses” in popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars.

    To my dismay, the weed killer was also found in about one-third of the samples made with organically grown oats. For the full story and the brands tested go to EWG.

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    Weekend Mom Moments

    Weekend Mom Moments

    Quick note: My apologies dear friends for any issues you experienced viewing this post. It’s fixed! Enjoy, and thanks for your patience.

    Always, April

    Over the weekend families everywhere gathered together to celebrate their moms. Here are just a few of my favorite publicly shared moments.

    Hoda Kotb posted this heartwarming, new mama moment.

    Natalie Morales from the Today Show.

    In true mama fashion SJP posted a video of this with the caption “The sound of practice, music to my ears.”

    Joanna Gaines of the hit T.V. show “Fixer Upper” posted this cool flashback.

    Kate Hudson is notorious for writing the most touching Instagram posts. She’s usually all heart. This year she kept it simple.

    One of my favorite country singers also a stepmom.

    Be sure to follow these beautiful moms for more.

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