Summer is on the way which means many of us will end up at the playground or in other social gatherings more often than usual. There’s a pretty good chance you’ll be among other mamas in those situations and I see it as the perfect opportunity to build each other up. Days can be hard and the last thing we need is to feel worse. Let’s get in the habit of sharing kindness, compassion andRead More
Birth Trauma. Two words that feel like they should not be paired. Birth trauma is yet another paradoxical experience in the mud that is mothering. Birth “should” be joyous, peaceful, supported, and maybe (a little) painful. Drugs or the body’s natural endorphins can numb the pain. My mom always says, “You forget the pain of child birth.” But, what if you can’t? What if the pain, emotional or physical, creates anxiety or panic, insomnia, flashbacks,Read More
I have two boys…I find myself frustrated and feeling guilty much of the time because I am not having fun being a parent these days! A mother of a 2 and 4-year-old. This parent was being brave by revealing how hard parenting of toddlers can be. Some want to judge her, some want to say, “me too,” and I say, “I understand.” Here are four simple steps increase your fun level: 1. Be a “goodRead More

Spring Vegetables!

Posted by Jodie Popma   on April 11, 2017
Category :Diet & Nutrition
Every season has its own wonderful uniqueness. Summer provides us with amazing produce and long days. Fall has cool nights and pumpkin patches, winter is cold and soups always hit the spot. Farmers markets start opening in spring and berries appear at grocery stores. I love making a Saturday morning trip to the Farmers Market with my family, it is a wonderful way to connect with the community and meet local farmers. It is soRead More
At this time of year many people tend to do “spring cleaning” in the home, so I thought it would be fun to share some information about the importance of spring cleaning to help keep our mind and body happy and healthy. According to Chinese Medicine, the Liver and Gallbladder are the internal organs associated with spring. This article will provide background and discuss the importance of taking special care of these vital organs throughoutRead More
One of the best ways we can expose our children to a variety of healthy foods is by eating them during pregnancy as well as while breastfeeding. Julie Mennella, a biopsychologist at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philidellphia, has been one of the leading researchers investigating the effect of early exposures on the development of taste . Since 1991, she has published a range of studies from the affects of maternal garlic intake on breastRead More
Here are some musical activities to keep in your tool bag to pull when you see the crankys setting in with your children. (and yourself!) 1. Have some plastic food storage containers, big plastic or wooden spoons, plastic ice trays… handy in your kitchen for the children to play on while you sing or listen to music in the kitchen. 2. Put them on your lap and bounce and sway while you sing songs likeRead More


Posted by Kelly McConnell   on March 23, 2017
Category :Fitness, Yoga
If you are reading this there is a good chance you are an athlete who is curious about how yoga will help you recover after your training sessions. As a Massage Therapist for athletes I have multiple clients coming into my office in pain or with injuries from sports training. I also have many students come into my Yoga Sculpt Class (a very fitness oriented yoga class with weights) that skip the yoga to addRead More
What do white folks mean when we say we “don’t see color” when it comes to race? Or when we tell our kids “we are all the same”? I can recall these sorts of proclamations made by the adults in my life—parents, teachers, family friends—and how they quickly taught me to pretend not to see what I was really seeing about others, as well as what I was internalizing about my own whiteness. The silenceRead More
Recently I have been noticing a trend on social media that has been making me wonder. I see photos with a hashtag; slow down and many versions of this: #slowdownbaby, #slowdownlittleone #slowdowntime.  I was thinking it was appearing a lot and thought well before I write about this let me see, I was shocked with a very quick search when I found over 30 different versions of this hashtag on Instagram, with quick math ofRead More