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  1. Blessing Ways: Not Just for Hippies

    Blessing Ways: Not Just for Hippies

    Baby Showers are on their way out, and Blessing Ways (Also known as a Mother’s Blessing) are the latest trend.  In all actuality, they are not a trend, but a tradition that dates back to the beginning of pregnancy celebrations! It’s about time they become a more traditional and accepted means of celebration in our society! Continue reading

  2. Easter Crafts and Activities

    Easter Crafts and Activities
    RECORD YOU BABY'S HEARTBEAT IN AN ADORABLE STUFFED ANIMAL! I do not know how Easter snuck up so fast this year.  Maybe it's the craziness of life that made me think we still had another month?  I'll go ahead and blame the 'Mommy Brain' and call it a day. My 3 young ones (6,4,2 years old) love doing crafts...   and making messes.  I should have taken a picture of the patio covered in paint yesterday.  I almost lost it - instead, I snapped this picture of Lyle, my two year old, running around buck-naked, covered in paint, with a box on his head.  THIS is my life. This is why I don't have time to look at a calendar. Needless to say, I've got to jump on the Easter Train quick or it's going to pass us by.  We cut out the baskets and gifts this year, and decided to just do a big blow up pool and water item for each child.  The best part of Easter is the egg hunt and decorations anyway. Continue reading
  3. Dye-Free Easter Egg Decorating with Kids

    You know that food coloring is horrible to ingest.  But did you know that the same effects can happen just by allowing it to touch the skin?  The skin is the largest organ and acts as a sponge to anything that can be absorbed.  Did you know that the dye seeps through the shell of the eggs and will be eaten along with the hard boiled eggs?  Yep.  That's right - you may think you are just decorating the eggs, but reality is that you are allowing the dyes into your children (or yourself).

    I'm including information on why you should skip the food coloring at the end of this article.  That way you can sound completely educated on this topic if a friend starts telling you that you are ridiculous for not dying your eggs in the "normal" way. (I'll probably turn that into an entire blog soon) Continue reading

  4. The First 48 Hours Postpartum For Mom

    The First 48 Hours Postpartum For Mom

    As you’ve read, I had the baby.  (If you didn’t read yet, click HERE) While it was a rollercoaster of a ride – unassisted, on the bedroom floor – the last 48 hours seem to be a blur.  Just as my birth plan flew out the window, my golden hour was not as I had imagined it.  I had pictured this peaceful time bonding with my husband, children, and new baby boy, but in reality, I was trying to digest that we had just delivered our own child before a birth team could arrive.  Mix that in with it being the middle of the night, waking siblings up, and the high that comes with unmedicated child birth, and the golden hour was quite the experience.  The first twelve hours after Ollie arrived were spent “ooing and ahing” over him and trying to get all the kids back to sleep – and getting a few hours of sleep ourselves.  The midwife spent the night and made us breakfast the following morning.  (There are several unknown perks to homebirthing!) Continue reading

  5. Sex is Good For You

    Sex is Good For You

     I covered why you should be having sex while pregnant, but what about when you aren’t pregnant?  Of course you know that sex can be great, but do you actually know why sex should be part of your weekly (or more often) routine?

    Even if you think you know, read on!  I have some wonderful news about just how wonderful sex is for you. Continue reading

  6. Lying-In After Birth

    Lying-In After Birth

    Being Type A, and having a few other little ones running around, I have never stayed in bed for a prolonged period after birth.  In all actuality, I have done the opposite.  After our first baby, we grabbed lunch and a beer at a restaurant before she was a day old.  (I’m not kidding.)  Our second baby came with a BBQ at our house the next day, in which I helped cook and prepare.  Our third baby came before Thanksgiving, in which we hosted the family at our house.  I had never thought twice about any of these experiences.  That is, until now. Continue reading