Giving Thanks.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. If you’re anything like me, after Halloween, the weekends begin to fill up with fall activities and you can get into a cycle of being “busy.” Things to do, presents to buy, gatherings to plan, parties to attend, friends to see, family to care for, work to accomplish, to-do lists to complete, and it goes on and on. This “busy” often trickles into how we feel, how much effort we put into tasks, and how much patience we have with others. And, on days like today,…

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Chaos and Confusion.

Before you had your baby, you were totally rocking at life. You’d found your stride and were thriving in your routine. Life was good. Business was good. Relationships, health, creativity, mindset—all good. But then you had a baby and things became confusing, unbalanced, chaotic and overwhelming. Want to know why? It’s because that person that you once were—the organized, happy, in-control person—feels like she is nowhere to be found or that she only makes an occasional appearance in your new mama life. And that feels uncomfortable. Don’t worry, that gal is still in there, but you’re putting her up to…

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Let’s Get Cozy: My Obsession With Swaddling

It’s fall and I’m loving this cooler weather. It makes me want to go for long walks with a pumpkin spice latte, rock out in cute sweaters & boots and, of course, cozy up with a nice blanket by the fire. Ahh, that feels so good! I hope you’re soaking up this lovely autumn too! Just like I enjoy being all cuddled up, your baby does too! I have yet to meet a babe that didn’t LOVE being swaddled, so, before the winter weather kicks in, make sure you’ve got plenty of swaddling blankets, cozy clothes and cocoa (for you,…

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Are you selfish? You should be.

You know, I’m not a huge fan of the word “selfish.” It has pretty yucky connotations–self-absorbed, lacking consideration for others, egotistical. Because of this, people avoid it like the plague, right?! No one wants to be labeled as a selfish person. I get that. Honestly, I don’t want that label either. Somehow though, this “selfish” monster has spread out it’s ugly wings, gotten a hold of normal, necessary, and vital life acts and experiences and slapped a big, old, ugly “selfish” label on them. Let me explain… In everyday life, would you consider these things “selfish”? :: speaking up for…

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Unstick Me: Removing the Labels that Just Aren’t True.

We all have labels. Think about it. Maybe even take a few minutes to list them out. Single. Married. Parent. Female. Male. White. Asian. Hispanic. Tall. Short. Slim. Curvy. Smart. Funny. Republican. Overweight. Democrat. Religious. Atheist. Homeowner. Renter. Mother. Daughter. Cousin. Wife. Good. Bad. Sexy. Reserved. Creative. Hard-working. Worry-wart. Procrastinator. Straight. Homosexual. Lazy. Fit. Boring. Intelligent. Loving. Kind. Stupid. Selfish… the list goes on and on. Then when you become a new mom, the world tries to stick a whole new set of labels to you. You’re a good mom because you do things they like. You’re a bad mom…

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Sleep Fave: Aden & Anais Swaddles

It’s fall and I’m loving this cooler weather. It makes me want to go for long walks with a pumpkin spice latte, rock out in cute sweaters and boots and, of course, cozy up with a nice blanket by the fire. Ahh, that feels so good! Just like I enjoy being all cuddled up, your baby does too! I have yet to meet a babe that didn’t LOVE being swaddled, so, before the winter weather kicks in, make sure you’ve got plenty of swaddling blankets, cozy clothes and cocoa (for you, not the baby ;). I am utterly obsessed with…

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Common Sleep Q’s, Answered!

Q: Okay for baby to sleep in the bedroom for naps & nights? A: Absolutely. As long as you create a safe, sleep-conducive environment (dark, cool, white noise, sleep space free of blankets, toys, soft bedding) and have a nice sleepy time routine in place, sharing a room with your newborn is great! If/when your sleep habits start to effect baby or vice versa, you can reevaluate and think about transitioning baby to her own room.   Q: Is the cat napping habit going to take a while to break? How do I break the cycle of cat napping and…

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Want a good sleeper? Start Early!

If you want a good sleeper, you need to start good sleep habits as early as possible. Ideally, this means you prep to set a great sleep foundation *while you’re still pregnant!* That way, you can begin on DAY 1 with your sweet baby.I know that this can be tough since you might just want to cuddle your baby 24/7.  But, just know that the earlier you start these good habits, and the more consistent you are, the faster you and baby will be able to get adequate, good quality sleep!   This can include: :: Sleepytime routine: something simple…

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Let’s Talk about Sleep, Baby.

Here are a few things to try to help your little one to self-soothe, settle, and more easily avoid the “witching hour”: :: Create a Routine with Sleep Triggers: If your little one doesn’t have a sleep routine yet, now is the time to start! If you consistently use the same routine to get baby down for naps and bed, he will start to associate parts of that routine with going to sleep and they will actually become signals for his body to start relaxing! Just like you might have morning routine (get up, brush teeth, coffee, etc) that gets…

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Common Sleep Myths…Debunked!

There’s so much mis-information out there, especially when it comes to baby’s sleep! Here are some common misconceptions and the truths behind them!   Myth: If you keep baby up during the day, he’ll sleep better at night. Reality: No, no, no, no, no! (Can you tell that I feel strongly about this?!) Daytime sleep begets nighttime sleep. So, the only thing that you’ll accomplish by forcing baby to stay awake during the day is a very grumpy and overtired kid. It’s possible that after a lots of stress, fussing and craziness, he’ll finally crash and pass out. But, that…

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