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Brynna

Brynna
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Originally from central Illinois, Brynna moved to Indy in 2008 to take a job with the NCAA. Since then, she’s added wife, breast cancer survivor and mom to her resume. She married her husband Case in September 2015, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2015, and gave birth to their miracle baby girl Siena in 2019. Her family is rounded out by two loveable but mischievous dogs, Wrigley and Ivy. In her free time, Brynna loves to host parties for family and friends, travel the world, drink fountain diet soda, run 5Ks with girlfriends, cook/bake, read and volunteer with the local non-profit Noble.

Beyond Laundry and Lunch: Reflecting on My Ego and Motherhood

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My four-year-old daughter recently gave me a gut punch straight to my ego. When asked what mommy is good at, she said - without hesitation - folding clothes and making food. That's it: laundry...

Dear Parents of School Aged Children: Do Lockdowns Get Easier?

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Dear Parents of School-Aged Children:  I really wish this wasn't a question I needed to ask. But here we are in America in 2024, and I just have to know. Do school lockdowns get any...
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Here I Go Again: Complicated Feelings About Training For A Half Marathons

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I just signed up for the 2024 Indy OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in May, and based on past experiences, I know my half-marathon training will be filled with lots of complicated feelings.  To be clear,...

10 Simple Things That Make My Life Better

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About a year ago, I - the old millennial in a fully committed relationship with Instagram - begrudgingly joined TikTok. To say the algorithm is impressive would be an understatement. My feed quickly filled...

Dear Mom In Line: I Saw You And You’re Doing An Awesome Job

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To the mom in line behind me for Santa's Workshop, I want you to know I saw you, and you're doing an awesome job.  Let me back up …  Last Friday night, I took my daughter...

How To Support Someone Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

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As a breast cancer survivor, I’m often asked by people with newly diagnosed friends, family, or colleagues: “What can I do to support them?”  Honestly, there’s no easy answer to this question because there are...

Welcome to Soup Season: Easy Vegetable Beef

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While Mother Nature has been doing her wacky Midwest thing with temperatures jumping between the 70s to the 90s, September is still the official start of fall, and fall means soup season! There is...

Is She Shy? No, She is Confident!

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Last week, we took my 3.5-year-old daughter to the state fair. She rode a pony, climbed through two funhouses, fed carrots to sheep and alpacas, rode with us on the Ferris wheel and big...

I Want My Daughter To Be Kind, Not Nice

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I am intentionally trying to ban the use of the word "nice" from our household vocabulary, particularly when it comes to describing my daughter. You may be thinking, "What? You don't want your daughter...
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A Midwest Staple: Homemade Ranch Dressing

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The statement I'm about to make will solidify my status as a born and raised Midwesterner: I have very strong feelings about ranch dressing. Like "Ope!" or a church potluck with casseroles, ranch dressing is...

I Want To Be Fun Again

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I'm usually not one for resolutions, but I have a singular focus for 2023: I want to be fun again.  I definitely used to be a fun person. In my 20s and early 30s, I...

Celebrate National Brownie Day With Your Favorite Box Mix

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While I personally believe every day should be filled with chocolatey goodness, today, it's especially true. Why? December 8th is National Brownie Day!  The origin of the brownie is not without controversy. Some believe the delectable...

Yes, I’m THAT Birthday Party Mom

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My daughter is turning three and I have a confession: I’ve been thinking about her birthday party for months. I’ve mailed the invitations, favorited items on Etsy, pinned a giraffe cake on Pinterest, tentatively...

Living Life in the In Between

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“Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each...