Nine Ways to Build Each Other Up

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 and […]

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Birth Trauma

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, […]

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How Do I Increase my Enjoyment as a Parent?

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 “good […]

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Bring On The Flavor! Positive aspects of a varied diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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 breast […]

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Why I Talk with My Kids About Race

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 silence […]

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Can We Slow Down Time?

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 of […]

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You can’t give what you don’t have. You can’t teach what you don’t practice.

As much as we would all love our words to take root and create actions, and attitudes on the part of others, they rarely do on their own. The old adage that “Actions speak louder than words.” is very true. Our behaviors, habits, and choices are especially prone to be passed down to our most captive audience – our children. These are easy to spot when we hear our little ones repeat our words or […]

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Mama, Your Ears Are So Big!

All of sudden, after the birth of your first baby, you are a parent. The day before you weren’t and now here you are with the greatest, most challenging job that exists. You’ve been warned about all the things that will happen, good and bad, from friends, family and especially strangers. You’ve been told strange and daunting tales of never sleeping again, committing to years without time alone (including bathroom time) and what can and […]

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Is Your Pooch After Pregnancy Diastasis Recti?

Many women come to me after a fitness class and ask why their belly never went back to normal after having a baby. They often tell me how much they exercise and how well they eat but still nothing can get rid of their belly pooch. If you are experiencing this too you should start to research Diastasis Recti. Diastasis Recti is when your abdominal muscles are separated by at least 2.7 cm. Diastasis means […]

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Loving Intention

“When you have the courage to open your heart completely to love, a miracle happens. You start perceiving the reflection of your love in everything. Then eating, walking, talking, singing, dancing, working, playing – everything you do becomes a ritual of love.” – Don Miguel Ruiz Well put. I thought Don Miguel Ruiz’s words would be an appropriate way to begin this article about the Fire element that shines throughout the summer months, highlighting love […]

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