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  • Lady Lumps

    Lady Lumps

    I opted for reconstruction after my mastectomy. This process sure reminded me of the long, windy treatment road to success. After the initial surgery, expanders were put in to my chest to prepare the area for implants. This experience was… interesting. Many people had asked me what my Lady Lumps (no one knows what to […] Read full story

  • Gettin Ready to Radiate

    Gettin’ Ready to Radiate!

    One of the Silver Linings during my breast cancer journey was finding small ways to care for myself. It was the small, simple things, really (e.g., a cup of tea, watching a hummingbird outside my window, snuggling with my daughter) that buoyed my spirit and kept me hopeful. The Unexpected SL As I walked in […] Read full story

  • The Funk Zone-Sinister Sinusitis with a Side of Prunes

    The Funk Zone: Sinister Sinusitis with a Side of Prunes

    A few months after my breast cancer diagnosis and double mastectomy and reconstruction, I started on the brutal road known as Chemotherapy. Though I had been finding Silver Linings at each step of my breast cancer journey thus far, it certainly became harder at this point. After my 4th round of chemotherapy, I went into […] Read full story

  • The Silver Lining Philosophy

    The Silver Lining Philosophy

    I am Hollye Jacobs: speaker, nurse, social worker, child development specialist, and author. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, I speak publicly and write about my experience on my award-winning blog, The Silver Pen, and in my book, The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer. Three years after my breast cancer […] Read full story

  • The Key Ingredient to Growing Up Healthy

    1,000 Days: The Key Ingredient to Growing Up Healthy

    Parents want their children to grow up healthy and happy, to have strong bodies and smart minds, and to reach their full potential. It’s a universal wish of every parent. And thankfully putting kids on the right track toward achieving their dreams requires a universal key ingredient: good nutrition, right from the start. Good nutrition […] Read full story

  • Take Action

    I Found My Spark, Have You Found Yours?

    In December I was so honored to give my TedX Talk as part of TedWomen. On that day there were more than 150 TedX events around the world happening at the same time all featuring women speakers. What an awesome thing to be a part of. I was the youngest speaker at my event in […] Read full story

  • Outdoor Play

    Getting Out in Nature

    As a Mom of two school-aged girls it is a constant challenge to carve out the time to get them outside to play, but we try to make it a daily priority. Winter in our part of the country makes it even more challenging. When the real temperature is well below zero it’s tempting to […] Read full story

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    What Colors Have Your Little Ones Eaten Today?

    Through all of the information we receive on how to raise healthy children, we hear consistently that we should feed our families along the color spectrum. The reason is that colorful foods are often picked right from the earth. Plant foods contribute to our natural defense systems with their protective phytonutrients. Plus, we know as […] Read full story

  • Marketing Food to Children

    The Video That Coca-Cola And McDonald’s Hope You Never See and You Should Watch NOW!

    Can you guess how much money the food industry spends marketing to kids? It’s a shocking amount, but here’s the thing — it’s not enough to just turn off the television. Now kids are marketed to on every platform, including sponsored ads on some school’s workbooks. If that’s not bad enough some companies like Coca-Cola […] Read full story

  • The Truth And Nothing But The Truth About Successful Parents

    The Truth And Nothing But The Truth About Successful Parents

    What if I told you much of what you hear about parenting is not true? What if I told you the color of one’s skin, race, creed or national origin has no predictive value on their potential to be a good parent? What if I told you that neither gender, class, nor socio-economic status guarantee […] Read full story