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Jessica Shyba  Dream life, with band aids. Five kids & a gang of shelter pets. Forbes List 2017

Do you remember seeing photos of Evvie winking? Well, she has strabismus and is wearing a patch to train her eye.

I noticed when she was brand new (doc at the time blew me off and suggested I have a beer to relax-I got a second opinion instead-trust your gut!). She’s been patching for about two years, and while she’s not a good candidate for surgery, this corrective training is helping a lot.

There’s nothing wrong with her. Being different is a good thing!

So many of you shared patching stories of your own, the amount of responses made me tear up. I’m sure others would appreciate them too.❤️

They now have pallid (breath-holding) episodes in common-An otherwise benign, but fairly quick way to bring me silver hair.

On Tuesday Demi was bouncing and hit her head, subsequently crying and fainting in my arms. The EMT on scene and in the ER were fantastic (they even reminded me to grab my shoes). Though we went through this with Zoe at Demi’s age, it’s absolutely terrifying.
Thank you to those who reached out with comforting words in my stories. Beau is now down with heat exhaustion. Life of a parent! They’re both on the mend and for that I’m most grateful.❤️🙏🏼

On the lookout for fresh, real faces. Please tag your favorite accounts in comments! I am personally hoping to find more of the crowd with REAL voices, real opinions-fearless accounts that are not overly curated or filtered. Excited to see who inspires you!

Patience, love, tolerance. Not always easy to live, teach, or practice. But so worth it. ❤️ #differentisbeautiful #rescuedog >>> P.S. Theo is eating Evvie’s bubbles. #soundon

Being able to conquer amusement parks with children is a parenting feat all on its own. When I remember to pack good snacks to stay away from the non-nutritious temptations around every corner, I feel like a superstar! #AD Evvie's actual favorite snacks are her #CLIFKidZbarFilled Chocolate Peanut Butter bars, so packing them for fun days out is a treat! @CLIFKid #FilledWith

Here’s to CELEBRATING our RIGHT to use our VOICES to demonstrate our INTEGRITY. 💪🏼
I see you.❤️🔥

That inside out kinda adoration. No one loves her like he loves her. ❤️

We had the most incredible experience at @NorthwesternMutual's Rose Buds Campout on the Field at the @RosebowlStadium in Pasadena. We were all inspired by the activities and opportunities for children and their families affected by #childhoodcancer, but also the kids we spent time with during the event.

We even got to me @UsTheDuo as they not only sang for the event, but they invited kids in recovery onto the stage to perform for us, too.
Additionally, to bring the fun and feeling of camping out to children who are unable to travel due to health status, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation is creating indoor camp experiences in select hospitals nationwide. These kits will be delivered to pediatric cancer units and help them bring camp-like experiences to those undergoing inpatient treatment.

And check this out! Northwestern Mutual is giving people the opportunity to bring camp joy to more kids: Visit to vote for the iconic venue where you’d most want to camp out. For every 25,000 votes cast July 6-20, Northwestern Mutual will donate an indoor camp experience to a pediatric cancer unit to help them bring camp-like activities to their patients. #NMPartner

I’m just now recognizing that positive self talk is something I’ve taught myself to do by emulating it for my children. As someone whose been derailed by post-partum depression and anxiety, it makes a huge difference. #raisingstronggirls ❤️

She’s blossoming from the inside out, getting ready to humble us all with her wingspan and strength. I am in cocoon mode, however. Possibly indefinitely. #motherhood

So far, we have been so lucky that Jack is the only child in our family to have (severe) food allergies. I have been deliberate about early introduction of peanuts with Evangeline and Demi, and in partnership with the @NationalPeanutBoard, I am thrilled to share a recipe substituting peanut powder for a bit of flour in banana muffins that Zoe and I made for the girl's breakfast! Check out the recipe on the blog and swipe up in my stories to learn more about how to help prevent peanut allergies. Link to post in my profile! #ad

Working from home (during summer) with 5 additional rotating schedules feels totally chaotic sometimes. They remind me to compartmentalize and focus when things feel haywire. ❤️

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