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A couple of years before G was born, I fell in love with paint your own pottery places. There was one not far from where I lived and I found myself visiting them when life got too hectic for me (like at Christmastime when my anxiety tends to be through the roof). At first I felt weird being there by myself. If anyone else was there it was parents with their children or a group of friends getting together for something fun.

But then the world around me would melt away while I was dipping a brush into paint and gliding it across a ceramic cup or dish. For two or three hours I forgot about everything that was stressing me out, focused only on what I was creating in front of me. I always left feeling more relaxed and my head was a little clearer.

Without knowing it, I was actually doing a form of self-care.


When I started looking into a public fundraiser for this year’s Climb Out of the Darkness I had those painting sessions in mind. I wanted to give others a chance to take a little bit of time out for themselves and maybe let the craziness of the world melt away for a little bit while they created something beautiful.

So I’d like to invite you to join me in a little bit of self-care on Tuesday, May 3. Grab a beverage and join me for a Paint-it-Forward event at Wine & Design Fredericksburg. We’ll paint and take home our own Summershine Tree to hang on our walls or give to someone we love. (Personally, I am hoping to add the names of my kids along the branches to make it into a family tree.)


30% of the proceeds from the tickets sold will be donated to Postpartum Progress. Space is limited, so please make sure you reserve your seat ASAP. I hope to see you there! 

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About Emma

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Emma is married to her high school sweetheart and is a stay at home mom of two boys: G and L. A wanna-be professional writer and photographer, she can often be found following her boys around with a camera. When she isn’t chasing after her kids, Emma writes about her motherhood journey on her personal blog, Muddy Boots and Diamonds.

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Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area Splash EventMassadYMCA

For the past seven years, Smart Beginnings has thrown the Splash Pool Party fundraiser. This summer, the event will be held on June 24, 2018 from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Steve & Cheri Thurston Water Park at the Massad Family YMCA. Tickets range in price from $12 for a single ticket, $20 for couples and $35 for a family/group of four and each ticket also covers a hot dog, bag of chips and a drink.