About Kimberly Morand & her Blog
Kimberly is a winner of Top 25 Postpartum Depression Blogs by Moms - 2012
What advice would you give to moms who are struggling with PPD?
Believe in yourself.
Believe in your strength.
Believe in the beauty in your soul underneath all the muck this illness creates.
Believe in your worth.
Believe that you are loved immensly.
Believe in victory over this beast.
Most of all, believe in hope and hang onto it with all of your might. There is always hope. Always.
A dear friend of mine sent me this quote that I have plastered all over my house:
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
At the end of the day, when PPD has worn down to your bones, I want you to say “Today, I won.” because you did.
Keep fighting. You are worth it.
When you're struggling with a physical or mental illness, how do you keep up with all the demands of motherhood?
Being a mother is extremely difficult whether you have a mental illness or not. I think that we want to be this fictional super Mom and we feel guilty if we don't meet those expectations.
During those times when I can't handle the responsibilites of being a mother, I ask for help.
Know that it's ok to reach out to family, friends and even our spouse for help. It doesn't mean that you can't handle being a mom, it means that you are human. We all have times when we need a hand. I know it's hard to, but if you need it, someone will always be there to give you a hand.
What's a mood booster that helps you get through a bad day?
There is just something about turning on a good song and dancing my heart out...no matter how silly I look. I remember during my darkest days dancing every single morning in the kitchen with my son.
Those moments were very precious to me.
What are your favorite blog posts?
What's your family's favorite recipe for chicken or tofu?
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My son is an extremely picky eater, but chicken is the one food that he'll eat. But that can get quite boring...
And since I am a Mom, I'm always looking for quick, easy and tasty ways at cooking chicken.
I found this awesome recipe from Rachel Ray's Magazine. I'm not sure what issue it was from but it was a huge hit with my husband and 3 year old.
No-Peeking Peking Chicken:
8 bone in chicken thighs (skins removed)
3/4 cup chopped scallions
4 cloves chopped garlic
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tbsp honey
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1/4 tsp sesame oil (we've made the recipe without and it turns out just as yummy)
Put the chicken in the slow cooker.
Mix the remaining ingredients and pour over chicken.
Cook on low setting (4 to 5 hours or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees)
Easy Peasy ;)