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7 Reasons You Should Have a Doula

March 13, 2016, Author: Stacy

dou·la /ˈdo͞olə/ noun: doula, plural noun: doulas 1. a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born I’ve only had 3 major fights with my husband in over a decade spent together. One was about artichokes. Another was about fabric […]

Parenting

The Paradox of the Lonely Mother

March 7, 2016, Author: Stacy

After becoming a mother you’re rarely alone. My son’s favorite place has always been pressed against me at all times. (I’m not sure how dads get a free solo pass to the bathroom but there has to be some mystery left in the universe.) Yet, at the same time, motherhood can be extremely isolating. We […]

Nutrition

One Month of Meal Planning (Gluten-Free and Vegetarian)

February 29, 2016, Author: Stacy

When I ran my January meal planning challenge, it was as much for me as for everyone else. I loved seeing what everyone else was making, what their goals were, and what changes they saw during the month. At our house, our goal was to save time, energy, and money – plus try to use […]

Babies, Parenting

The Biggest Secret of Parenting

February 25, 2016, Author: Stacy

Before my son was born I read a lot more about birth than parenting. Considering that information only covered about 12 hours from my first contraction, I had a lot of catch up to do once he arrived. And wow, the learning curve felt steep. When he was around 10 months old I finally read […]

Challenges

February Self Care Challenge

February 6, 2016, Author: Stacy

I had so much fun doing the

Nutrition

January Meal Planning Mama Challenge!

December 30, 2015, Author: Stacy

I took a little informal survey last month about what moms were struggling with, and so many of them listed meal prep and chores as a painful obstacle to happiness and fulfillment. Add to that the resentment of time spent shopping, cooking, and cleaning up afterward, plus the guilt after relying on not-so-healthy meals because […]

Birth, Pregnancy

Where Should I Give Birth?

October 14, 2015, Author: Stacy

“Oh, you had your baby at home? Yeah, we were gonna do that, but we wanted our baby to live.” – Jim Gaffigan, Mr. Universe How are you feeling, Mama? Let’s be honest: first trimester kinda sucks. Hormones flood your system. Your digestive system is on strike with each part protesting something different. You’re exhausted, […]

Pregnancy

The Sh*tty Side of Pregnancy (Literally)

August 27, 2015, Author: Stacy

On the other end… My last post covers what you may be putting into your body, but there’s also the topic of what comes out. Or doesn’t. Yep, I mean constipation, one of the most annoying side effects of pregnancy that hits you like a brick. A brick that won’t move. Right in your colon. […]

Pregnancy

Can I Eat That If I’m Pregnant?

June 5, 2015, Author: Stacy

Ok, let’s talk happy hour. By now the newness of pregnancy may be wearing off. How much reading have you done so far? The self-declared “bible” is What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The subtitle should be “Horror Stories to Keep You Up at Night Between Bathroom Trips for the Next Nine Months.” Instead they […]

Pregnancy

Congratulations, you’re growing a baby!

May 21, 2015, Author: Stacy

Isn’t that crazy? And exhausting! When you first get pregnant, your body kicks into baby-building mode by flooding your system with HCG. I like to think of it as a reverse hormone hangover (the higher your blood alcohol, the bigger the headache; the bigger the spike in hormones – twins, for example – the stronger […]