Rachael Rahrig

Rachael is an old soul with a passion for great stories, and the people that tell them. Mom to Titus, age 4, Rachael married her high school sweetheart, Andrew, nine years ago, and life has taken them on some wild, beautiful rides since. Originally from the Midwest, they have relocated to three different states in the last four years, living in South Tampa since the spring of 2017. A homeschool graduate, Rachael holds a bachelors degree in communications & political science and is a former PR pro. During downtime, she enjoys classic films and literature, history, great food, design, working with service organizations, and being active. You can follow Rachael’s personal blog at FreshlyMintedLiving.com.
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Tips for Hosting a Special Needs-Friendly Holiday

Every parent knows that the holidays are a mixed bag of delight and exhaustion.  Road trips and family and gifts and friends, the end of the year is full to the brim, and at...
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Social Media Mamas – Just Let Them LIVE!

We've all seen them. Those sugary-sweet, picture-perfect Insta posts with smiling kids, and exotic vacations-ugh… We’ve also seen those sick kids, tired mom, messy house pictures. Like, that’s ALL that mom posts... Ugh. It’s...
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The Bed-Making Hack that will Change Your Life

Everyone knows that making your bed each day is supposed to basically change your life. You’ll be happier, you’ll be more productive, it will benefit your marriage, you’ll lose 10 lbs, it will clear...
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5 Important Mantras to Ease Back-To-School Worry

For many, back to school can mean back to school STRESS. As a mama to a little one starting Kindergarten, and who has special needs, I know that changing routines and getting into a...
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Reading Aloud – Now It’s Not Just for the Kids!

Some of my earliest memories are of my dad telling me bedtime stories. He paraphrased Jurassic Park for me around age six, we worked our way through a vintage set of the original Oz books, and...
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How the Right Hobbies Can Make You a Better Mama

A few years into motherhood, I didn’t recognize myself. Obviously, life was drastically different than it was pre-baby. And for me personally, this period of my life also meant quitting a job I loved....

5 Reasons Being a Much Older Sibling is Awesome

When I was almost four, my very first memory was of running to the car to go meet my new brother at the hospital. Little did I know I would be making that walk to...

How to Host a Crowd (and Live to Tell About it)

When you live in the sunshine state, you can count on three things: Amazing weather, weird news stories, and lots of northern visitors. Over time, I have figured out a few things about successful...

How to Go From “Survival Mode” to Dreaming Big

I’ve said it a million times, and I’m sure you have as well: “We’re just living in ‘survival mode’ right now”…  It can be painful, it can be taxing, and it can feel never-ending; particularly...

Want to be a Happier Mom? Let Dad be Dad

I thought – for an exceedingly brief period time– that I would be one of those chill moms. You know, the carefree, adventurous mom with bright, outdoorsy children, unconcerned with the minutiae that consumed...