I’m Better Than You Mother-in-Law.

Wait, wait, now hear me out before you get offended. I’m quite sure (or at least very hopeful) that your mother-in-law is wonderful. And, there is definitely a spot for her on your new mama Dream Team, if you’d like. But, there are also some very valid reasons to hire a New Parent Coach instead of just relying on family. {1} I’m an expert. I went to school to hone my expertise, I’ve been working with brand new parents since Day #1 of my career and I know all of the latest baby-related recommendations. This is my zone of genius.…

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Grieving Something that was Never Yours.

It might seem silly to be upset over something that you never had. Who does that, right? Well, I do. :: When I was single and aching to find my soul mate, I grieved for the relationship that I didn’t have. :: When I was looking for the perfect job and it didn’t exist, I grieved for the opportunity that hadn’t presented itself. :: Last week, when our deal to buy a house was shattered the day of the closing, I grieved for the home that never even belonged to us. Whether it’s a house, a relationship, a pregnancy, a…

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My Date with Batman

I wore a summer dress & heels. He wore hiking boots and a batman shirt. I wanted to talk about my business. He wanted to talk about ninja turtles. I said I was trying to improve my knife skills in the kitchen. He said he was trying to get better at sounding like Mickey Mouse (and then spent the rest of the night practicing voices). Reading this, you’re probably thinking that I took my 6-year-old nephew out to dinner, right? Well, guess again because I don’t have nephew and my date was six twenty-something years ago. Though that first (and…

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Rewriting the New Mama Handbook.

Pressure is ON to be Wonder Woman. Everywhere you look, media, society & even our peers are asking us to do more, be more. They glorify the perfectly put-together, do-it-all woman and perpetuate this impossible standard. The pressure, in many ways, is even more potent for moms because in addition to this unreachable “ideal”, there’s also an insane amount of criticism and judgment about every single thing that they do (or don’t do). According to the media, the New Mama Handbook reads something like this: “It is your womanly duty to work your butt off on your business until you…

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We should all be more like kangaroos.

I delight in cuddling babies. Have you ever done kangaroo care? If you haven’t, you’re totally missing out. If you have, then you know the joy that is cuddling a newborn (or two!). Kangaroo care is the extremely beneficial practice of providing newborns (especially preemies) with skin-to-skin contact by snuggling them against mom or dad’s chest. The baby generally wears only a diaper and hat to maximize the contact with mom or dad’s bare chest. Then parent and baby are swaddled together to provide support and proper positioning for baby. Benefits for Baby: This skin-to-skin contact helps to stabilize baby’s temperature,…

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Your baby won’t sleep. Here’s why.

I’m just going to get right to it…here are 5 reasons that baby struggles with sleep. If you figure out which one is throwing a wrench in the works, it’ll be so much easier to fix the issue and help your little one to get some more shut eye! :: Overtired: Though it seems contradictory, babies that are overtired actually have a much harder time calming down, falling asleep and staying asleep. By the time that your baby is acting sleepy, rubbing eyes and fussing, she’s already overtired. The easiest & quickest way to fix this? Try putting your babe…

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Permission Granted: To do Things the Way You Want!

Way too often, mama, we allow other people, the media, and society at large to influence our decisions. We get caught on the newest trends. We worry about going against the grain and being different. We try to fit in. We try to please others. We let what they say change what we’re doing. We allow them to label us. We allow them to shame us. Throughout pregnancy and new mamahood, this kicks into high gear. You have to sleep-train. You should co-sleep. Cloth diapering is the way to go. Cloth diapering is only for “crunchy” moms. Vaccinating is horrible.…

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Beep…beep…beep. Let’s back up.

Take a minute to visualize yourself with your brand new baby. I want you to think about the GOOD stuff–like the rose-colored, picture perfect version of how you ideally want things to be. Think about how you’re feeling, the people that are surrounding you, what’s going on with your relationships, what’s happening with your biz and in your life. Allow your imagination to run wild & paint a vivid picture of exactly what YOU want for this special time in your life.   Take a minute to just savor this vision. Imagine it being your reality. That feels good, doesn’t it?!…

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Dream Team: Get One Now.

I love to daydream. Most mornings, I start out my day with some meditation and I allow my mind to wander. I visualize my dream house, amazing trips around the world, romantic date nights at some of the best restaurants, my business crossing continents and seas. Oh goodness, it’s wonderful! Lately, I’ve also been thinking a lot about my dream team. At this phase in my life, many of the members would ideally support my biz. I’ve been a one-woman show since I launched and it would be lovely to pass off some tasks–website upkeep, tech support, facebook advertising–to someone…

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Birth, it’s not just for babies.

You know how entrepreneurs talk about “birthing” their biz and say that their biz is their baby? Well, it’s with good reason! There are so many parallels and similarities between launching a business and creating a baby. For real. Check them out below! {1} Planning: You start thinking about what you want for your future, come up with an ideal timeline, allow yourself to live in possibility! Right now your biz & your baby are basically in the vision board phase! {2} Creating: The fun part 😉 You decide to make this dream a reality and put in the hard work to…

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