Summertime Mom Squad on Fox 9 Good Day

I had the best time joining Miss Shannan Paul and the lovely Fox 9 Good Day hosts for another Good Day Mom Squad segment! This one was all about summer schedules, tips for limiting summer screen time, neighborhood play and so much more. Check it out!

The Only Me – Now Available!

I’m thrilled to share that my children’s book, The Only Me, is now available for purchase via Amazon! This has truly been my passion project over the last year, and I’m so eager to share this story about a little girl, who happens to be a fraternal twin, yearning to be seen as her her […]

Cover for The Only Me Complete

Here it is… the completed cover of my new children’s book, The Only Me, available for purchase on August 25th via Amazon and a host of other online retailers. I’m so thrilled to finally be able to share this book cover with you. Next up… the book! Stay tuned!

Cover Reveal – Piece by Piece

This has been a super fun week as I’m revealing my book cover (illustrated by the amazingly talented Arlene Soto of Intricate Designs) piece by piece… like a puzzle! If you aren’t already, I hope you’ll follow along as I uncover the cover (HA!) at my author Instagram page, @marissabaderwriter. From the initial book idea, […]

The Moby Wrap

I was on my 11th day past due, and was scheduled for an induction bright and early the next morning. I was… petrified. Not of the giving birth part, although I certainly wasn’t feeling confident about that either, but for the parenthood part – the part after my doctor was going to hand me a […]

Handling Life as it Comes

Living life off the cuff — that’s what this entire blog is about;  being able to go with the flow, take life as it comes, handle whatever comes my way. As I write those terribly cliche phrases, I can’t help but feel my anxiety rise up from the tips of my toes straight up my […]

Be Kind…Always

After I had my twins, life was…challenging. I had lined up helpers in advance, because I knew how hard it was going to be, and also because I knew me. I have a history of anxiety, and had already battled postpartum depression and anxiety. I know exactly what stress, busy-ness and lack of sleep does […]

When The Bug Strikes

Having a sick child? Sucks. Having two sick children? Sucks x2. Having three sick children? Sucks x a million. Yes, gang, it’s been a rough few weeks in our household.  When one goes down, they all go down. And in my family, they go dooooooooowwwwwwn. Like, a long way. All. The. Way. We don’t just […]

Fighting Parenting Anxiety and Learning to Back Off and Observe

When I was younger, I always wanted a twin sister. I didn’t actually realize this was an impossibility until I was maybe 7 or 8. And even then, this realization didn’t stop me from desiring it so, so badly. I was always a nervous, anxious kid. I didn’t have anxiety in the way that it […]

Dear First Born

Dear First Born, You amaze me. I meticulously tried to prepare you for the arrival of your twin sisters, now 11 months. I bought all the books. I brought you to ultrasound appointments so you could see the babies swimming around in Mommy’s belly. We took a Big Sibling class where you learned how to […]

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Stella’s Brave Voice follows the twins from The Only Me and has earned a 5-star Book Review Award from Litpick and Reader’s Favorite. 

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The Only Me was named one of the top 100 indie children’s books of 2022 by Kirkus Reviews and earned a 5-star Book Review Award from Litpick. 

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