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Rachel Yanan

Rachel Yanan
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The Junk Drawer

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There is a junk drawer in my kitchen where things go to hide. It is the catch-all from various aspects of our life: stubs of movies seen over the years, single candles unlit from...

I’m a Hippie Mama, and That is Okay

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A close friend once called me a hippie mama. She wasn't wrong. I love being in nature, am a vegan, lean more toward holistic practices (but firmly believe in science), and enjoy the simpler, slower...

Unapologetic Boundaries

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This year, I decided that I was going to create (and enforce) boundaries within my life circles. I am a people pleaser at my core. A solid Enneagram 2, I base my interactions on...

Failed Resolutions

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I told myself that if I wrote down my New Year resolutions, they would happen, and so, there was a post-it note on my vanity, reminding me of what I promised myself this time...

Baking with Littles

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There is a mess on my counter: a mixture of flour, sugar, and sprinkles-the remnants of what is currently being mixed in the stainless steel bowl in front of us. Specks of butter are...

The One Where He Goes to School

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Black ink stains the red fabric of your first big kid backpack, marking it as yours; nestled against it is a green lunchbox and a Mario Kart water bottle. The sign for your first day...

Beyond June: Being A Better Ally

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Year after year, June comes, and suddenly corporations are invested in Pride Month, thus presenting themselves as an Ally. There are rainbows in stores, commercials featuring our LGBTQIA+ community, and this sense of allyship...

You Can Garden, I Promise!

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If you have ever gone to a farmers market and thought to yourself that you could grow your own food, you can. Drove past a home with what seemed like a bountiful yard, a...

Simply, Mama

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This is it, the final shift before I become simply a mama. The last time I’ll step into scrub shoes, the last time I’ll throw on hospital-laundered blue scrubs. I will no longer feel the...

Dear Lindsay Clancy

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*Please note that this post contains sensitive topics related to postpartum mental health (anxiety, depression, psychosis). If you are experiencing these, please call 988. You matter, and you are not alone * Dear Lindsay, Oh, Mama,...

Postpartum: This I Know For Sure

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Here's what I know: postpartum is this rollercoaster of chaos; one moment, you feel like you could fly and then the next, it's nothing but tears, doubt, and frustration. One week ago, our family went...

Real Kitchens Are Magic

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I was scrolling through TikTok last night, and I came across this gorgeous kitchen. Bright white walls, a beautiful and unblemished countertop; there wasn't a crumb in sight, and no dirty dishes lined up...

So There’s a Vegan at Your Table

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Navigating and planning the menus during the holiday season but when you add in someone who is vegan? It can throw a wrench in your plans and cause stress that honestly none of us...

Childless Bestie, I See You

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Hi. It's me, your Bestie. You have walked along a minefield that I have been fortunate not to have to navigate: pregnancy loss and being a childless woman. And despite this, there are seasons of life we...