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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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A Tribute to My Mother on Her Birthday

March 16, 2016

I love this photograph that was taken when my Mom was about the same age I am, and I was about the same age Benjamin is. The love and appreciation of my mother has continued to grow over the years, especially since having children of my own. She is mother to three daughters, grandmother to six. Family always comes first, and she graciously sacrifices her time whenever we need her. Whether it was driving carpool, volunteering in the classroom, organizing parties or…

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Unsolicited Parenting Advice

February 16, 2016

My blog is in no way intended to tell anyone how to birth, feed, parent, diaper, educate, etc their kids. My goal is to share information with those interested in learning about whatever topic I’m writing about and to make their own decisions for their unique and individual families. That said, there are people who like to share unsolicited parenting advice. We’ve all received it from someone… perfect strangers, family members, in-laws, friends, people without kids, and even (gasp!) other moms. I…

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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 Judah’s 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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The Illusion of Perfect Parenting

August 11, 2015

My goals as a parent are to build strong relationships with my children by nurturing them with love, respect and guidance. To set boundaries, but without too much interference. I want to be close and trusted enough that they feel comfortable coming to me with their problems and will want to spend time with me when they’re older. In hindsight, the first three years of Judah’s life didn’t seem too challenging in the way of parenting. I read parenting books…

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As We Are

July 13, 2015

Sundays are my favorite days. They are slow days. Jeff makes his morning coffee and breakfast for the boys, while I cuddle up with them in bed. After they eat and get dressed, we walk over to the farmer’s market and gather fruits and vegetables that will be used to prepare nourishing meals throughout the week. The kids have so much fun sampling what’s in season and have come to know our local farmers and vendors. When we get back…

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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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Benjamin’s Birth Story

January 29, 2015

Not too soon before Benjamin was conceived, I miscarried. It was an early loss, but I was devastated. As a birth worker, I knew miscarriages weren’t uncommon and believed it was nature’s way of making sure that the baby was compatible with life. Still, I couldn’t help but wonder if it was something I did. As a Lactation Educator, I believe the vast majority of women are able to conceive and sustain pregnancies while breastfeeding, but the intense contractions I experienced in those early weeks of pregnancy while…

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