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ENERGY MUSE Mindful Mom Mala Necklace Review & Giveaway

April 24, 2016

Hey mamas! I’m starting off the week with a giveaway and special offer you don’t want to miss! A long-time Energy Muse devotee, I was excited to receive their new Mindful Mom Mala Necklace and Bracelet. Co-created by Lori Bregman (fellow doula, life coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be) and Heather Askinosie, these pieces help to promote mindfulness for mothers during pregnancy and motherhood. As a birth doula, wife and mother of two boys, I give a lot of energy to others. Practicing self-care,…

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Raising Earth Conscious Children

April 22, 2016

Teaching a child how to be eco-conscious can be challenging because the concept is a bit abstract, but as soon as your baby is born, he or she can begin to develop an awareness and appreciation of the Earth when you make green living part of his or her daily life. Children also naturally love to observe and emulate their parents, so leading by example by being good to the Earth in your daily actions is very impactful. Here are 10…

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Hands Free Mama

October 26, 2015

I first came across Hands Free Mama and her journey to slow down in a post called, The Day I Stopped Saying Hurry Up. Her words hit like a ton of bricks: “When you’re living a distracted life, every minute must be accounted for. You feel like you must be checking something off the list, staring at a screen, or rushing off to the next destination. And no matter how many ways you divide your time and attention, no matter…

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A Breastfeeding Journey

September 2, 2015

As many mothers know, breastfeeding is natural but it doesn’t always come so naturally. My mom and two older sisters didn’t breastfeed so I prepared myself by reading a few books and taking a class. I wasn’t however, prepared for the bumps in the road that would soon lie ahead. After a long and challenging birth, we did skin-to-skin and roomed-in. He nuzzled up to my breast but didn’t latch on. Exhausted from his treacherous journey into the world, we…

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Bringing Sexy Back… After Baby

February 3, 2015

Let’s face it. I’m exhausted and overwhelmed by the demands of being a new mother… so feeling sexy isn’t the first thing on my mind.  It’s easy to get stuck in sweats and breastmilk-stained shirts, but taking some self-care has helped boost my confidence and reignite my inner spark. Start the day off right Take a small amount of time for a morning routine. Even if it means putting baby in a bouncy seat in the bathroom, start off the day with…

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Family Glamping Roundup

January 18, 2015

Glamping, a popular portmanteau for “glamorous camping,” essentially takes a hotel room and puts it in the middle of nature. It’s a nice compromise for parents who can’t agree on how to introduce their children to the great outdoors. Simply put, my husband would love to rough it for a weekend in the middle of nowhere with a tent and sleeping bag, whereas I tend to favor a comfortable bed, indoor plumbing and civilization. Destinations El Capitan Canyon Resort, located 20 miles…

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Breastfeeding As Birth Control?

January 10, 2015

It is a well known fact that breastfeeding suppresses a woman’s fertility in the early months after giving birth. However, many women do not feel comfortable relying on breastfeeding as a form of birth control or natural family planning because they have been told it is unreliable, or perhaps because they know someone who became pregnant while breastfeeding. As a Certified Lactation Educator, I can tell you breastfeeding alone is not fool-proof. Many women mistake breastfeeding with the Lactational Amenorrhoea Method (LAM). How…

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10 Non-Toy Gifts & Ideas for Kids

December 23, 2014

Life is an adventure for little ones! My boys have fun playing and learning with everything around them, from sticks and rocks to kitchen gadgets. Having few actual toys means their imaginations have room to work instead of the toy doing the work for them. It’s especially challenging when special days like birthdays and holidays come around we want to give gifts to our children in addition to the ones they receive from friends and family. We take this opportunity to gather previously…

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Acupuncture for Fertility, Conception, Pregnancy & Childbirth

March 1, 2014

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine? Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is an ancient healing art and one of the oldest forms of healing, dating back to over 3,000 years. TCM is based on ancient Chinese Theories that focus on the whole body, by stimulating the body’s own innate healing abilities. What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a natural approach to diagnosing, treating, preventing disease and promoting our well-being as well as addressing the causes and symptoms of illness. This occurs by…

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Homeopathic Remedies for Pregnancy & Childbirth

January 5, 2014

Homeopathic remedies have a 200 year history of use during pregnancy and childbirth and are rendered safe, gentle, non-toxic, FDA approved and and when correctly chosen, energetically stimulates the body’s natural defenses to heal itself. Homeopathy can help tremendously leading up to the birth of a baby, avoiding or reducing some of the problems associated with labor and in dealing with post-natal symptoms. Homeopathy uses ultra dilute “micro” doses in which the original substance (usually derived from a plant or mineral) is…

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