Christina Carrell

Freelance Writer

Copywriter. Bookworm. Foodie. Mom.
MA in English, Rutgers University
Covering women's and social issues, health, parenting, and food

Contributor for The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Jersey Bites. Featured on BlogHer.

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When Mom's Migraines Attack, it's OK, Dad is There
Overwhelmed with nausea, I sit down on one of our kitchen chairs. My fingers fumble with my medication injection pack as I open it, remove one of the cartridges, and insert it...
Marlton's OSushi Deserves an 'OYes'
Upon entering Marlton's new Japanese restaurant OSushi , you might think you've stepped into a relaxing spa-if you haven't already heard the buzz about the food. OSushi's...
15 Cringeworthy Pieces of Advice People With Chronic Illness Have Received
Moms with Pain (@momswithpain) August 1, 2016 As you can imagine, my followers have been on the receiving end of some pretty terrible advice. Some of the responses are downright...
6 Things To Know When You're Parenting Through Chronic Pain
I'd already lived with chronic migraines, occipital neuralgia, and thoracic outlet syndrome for seven years. When I learned I was pregnant, I knew that my pain would affect my...
A 'Local' Lunch at Harvest Seasonal Grill And Wine Bar
You might think words like "local" and "seasonal" don't belong in the same sentence with shopping mall. Harvest Seasonal Bar and Grill , with six locations and two in the works,...
Vincentown Diner: A Jersey Fresh Spin on Classic Diner Cuisine
The drive to the Vincentown Diner always feels vintage, like a trip to a place time forgot. Farm stands, endless fields of crops, farmhouses, more farm stands, dairy bars...
To Fix Migraine's Unfair Reputation, Let's Rebrand It
People who don't get migraines don't always "get" migraines. Sure, they might get the occasional one every so often, but you cannot fully comprehend what it's like to live with...
Burlington County Farmers Market: Season 10!
If there's one word that describes the Burlington County Farmers Market best, it's community. During my first visit of the 2016 season, my husband, toddler, and I watched from a...
What 'The Middle' Got Wrong About Daily Life With Chronic Illness
I know, I know. It's a comedy. I need to "lighten up." I love "The Middle." I really do. I think it's one of the most genuine sitcoms on television today, reminiscent of the...
Why I Got Rid of All My High Heels
Using a local yard sale page, I recently sold every pair of high heels I own. Knowing I'd never wear any of them again, I felt a bit of regret as I handed off the last pair.
Coping with 'Mom Guilt': Colleen's Story
Each month, Mothering with Chronic Pain will feature a different mom's story of life with illness. In June, we are featuring Colleen, who suffers from chiari malformation and...
6 Things Moms With Chronic Pain Should Know
I'd already lived with chronic migraine, occipital neuralgia and thoracic outlet syndrome for seven years. When I learned I was pregnant, I knew my pain would affect my...
5 South Jersey Culinary Gems
South Jersey features an eclectic blend of culinary delights from off-the-beaten-track diners to exotic, high-end cuisine. Here are a few of my favorites. El Mariachi L oco, 101...
Why Breast Isn't Always Best for Moms with Chronic Illness
I'm a breastfeeding mom. I fought hard to nurse my son. And I believe in a woman's right to breastfeed. But I don't call myself a breastfeeding proponent. Instead, I prefer to...
5 Reasons You Can't Assume a Person Isn't in Pain
I was sitting in one of those canvas painting classes, waving a paintbrush back and forth in a very amateur attempt to recreate Monet's Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies....
Engage Your Nonprofit Audience with Better Font Choices: The Psychology of Typography
Mostly, I'm a copywriter. But as a writer, I know that writing cannot be separated from design, especially on the web. If your content isn't clean, readable, and visually...
Why I Can't Support Mandatory High Heel Policies as a Woman With Chronic Illness
Using a local yard sale page, I recently sold every pair of high heels I own. Knowing I'd never wear any of them again, I felt a bit of regret as I handed off the last pair.
Why Migraine Needs a Rebranding
People who don't get migraines don't always "get" migraines. Sure, they might get the occasional one every so often, but you cannot fully comprehend what it's like to live with...
5 Best Infant Feeding Resources for Moms with Chronic Illness
Infant Risk Center - Anyone who has ever researched the safety of medications during lactation has probably heard the name "Dr. Hale" evoked. Dr. Thomas Hale, Ph.D, R.Ph.,...
Crafting Social Media Posts Using Audience Awareness
My educational background is in English Literature. A lifelong devotee of the written word, my insatiable appetite for language and voracious love for reading ultimately lead me...
5 Reasons We Should Never Assume Someone Isn't in Pain
I was sitting in one of those canvas painting classes, waving a paintbrush back and forth in a very amateur attempt to recreate Monet's "Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies"...
3 Ways to Support Moms With Chronic Pain
Teething, tantrums, sleep deprivation.Being a mom is hard work -- for all moms. But for moms with chronic pain, parenting can sometimes feel impossible. If you live every day...
The Anti-Bullying Meme I Think All Special Needs Moms Could Benefit From
A popular anti-bullying meme has been making the rounds on social media for a while now. Several variations of it exist, but usually it begins something like, "That girl you...

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