Category Archives: Postpartum

Writer Road Trip: 50 Shades of Mommy Wars

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Writer Road TripThis month has been a very trying month for me. First, all the sudden there is an uproar about moms wearing yoga pants, then there was a measles outbreak at Disneyland and the whole country went crazy and finally, the movie “50 Shades of Grey” came out in theaters and people POUNCED. I try really hard to remain neutral because I’m a blogger and I often have to represent both sides in my social media freelance work but when posts get completely overwhelming like they have been, I take a different approach: I leave social media altogether. No one in my real life is going to bring up these controversial topics and if they do, it’s with a mutual agreement that we love and care about each enough to empathize, respect and stop before feelings get hurt. Guess what? Posts on the internet that make money off of people viewing and sharing them aren’t too concerned about people’s feelings getting hurt. There are the few gems but let’s face it, anything you read in a blog should be taken in with a grain of salt. And I’m a blogger. I can say that.

Frustrated with the ongoing, never-ending mommy wars, I took a new fun spin on it and created my latest post for Mumbling Mommy. Go check it out, 50 Shades of Mommy Wars. You won’t regret it.

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May Health & Fitness Challenge (Week One Complete)

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May Health & Fitness Challenge (Week One Complete)

Week 1 is complete! My goals for this week were:

1. Complete 1 long run. DONE
2. Complete 1 long bike ride. DONE
3. Complete 1 yoga session. DONE
4. Complete 1 combo bike/run. DONE
5. Complete power walking video once. DONE
6. Drink more water. DONE
7. Try to limit post workout snacking. DONE

I am really excited about my progress this week. I have felt better this week than I have in a long time. Princess Daddy and I have been really supporting each other and getting control of our time management to make sure we each get our workouts in. (We did the powerwalking and yoga together after the girls went to bed.)

It’s amazing to me also how this extra energy and more positive mood has come across in other aspects of our lives. The house is staying cleaner. Our patience is more apparent. Things are just… Happier!

This weeks goals are going to be very similar. Next weekend we are running in our second 10k which will take the place of a long run. I am going to only plan for a short bike ride instead of long this week so I am race ready. And same for bike/run combo. I’ll skip that for an extra day of yoga ūüôā

A Birth Emergency: My C-section Story

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Princess Daddy and I Just Minutes Before My Surgery

Princess Daddy and I Just Minutes Before My Surgery

REBLOG: April is Cesarean Section Awareness Month. For more information on avoiding unnecessary c-sections, planning a vaginal birth after c-section (VBAC) or empowering women in the delivery room, please visit ICAN Online or find a local ICAN group in your area.

This post was originally written to be a guest post but I misunderstood the intentions of the blog host. She kindly offered to still use some of my pictures and quotes and while I greatly appreciate the offer and normally love my work to be spread around, I was worried that just one single quote from this piece could be taken the wrong way. Since a guest post wasn’t what she planned, I decided to still run this on my own blog. It has been sitting in my drafts for months but NOW is the time it needs to be shared. I want my story really told. The questions and titles belong to her so you may have seen them on her blog already. She get’s full credit for these ideas. Please go visit her site¬†as she’s a very lovely momma.¬†

In the past I’ve discussed one of my birth stories. I went into extreme detail about the emotions I felt and the weeks and hours leading up to the emergency C-section of my identical twin daughters. What I didn’t touch on very much though was the actual C-section itself. When Valerie¬†presented the idea of moms writing about this topic, I jumped on the opportunity because my life has been significantly impacted by this surgery that so many people take very lightly. Here are the questions I received from Val and my answers:

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Life Through Lyrics: Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars

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Chasing_CarsFor my latest installment in Life Through Lyrics, I bring to you ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol. This is a slightly older (a decade or so) song that I fell in love with as I sobbed watching Denny die on Grey’s Anatomy after everything Izzy tried to do to save him. To this day I still cannot wait that episode with bawling.

I revisited this song often during my days of infertility and after my miscarriages when I felt most alone in the world, I blasted it louder than my ears could handle and screamed along to it in my car on the highway. After years of listening to it and using it for every good, bad and ugly moment of my life, it is truly the one song I come back to over and over again as mine. It’s relatable to me in ways I don’t expect others to understand and that’s okay with me. Anyway… Read the rest of this entry

Marriage Post Kids: Free Date Nights

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20140117-141828.jpgIf there is one thing I’ve learned in seven years of marriage, it’s that love may come naturally but being married doesn’t. This isn’t to say that marriage is¬†hard¬†but it certainly isn’t easy either. And then there’s marriage post kids. Parents must find the time to take care of themselves both individually and as a couple.

Dating your spouse is a recent trending topic. I absolutely love the idea. Dates with Princess Daddy are cherished. We even have a separate checking account specifically devoted to saving up extra money here and there for dates so we have one less thing to stress about when we go out for a fancy dinner. But when it really comes down to business, our dates are only every couple of months and half the time we can’t agree on what to do or where to go so we are scrambling and end up in the same old place. Read the rest of this entry

Homemade Foaming Face Wash

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After trying this amazing foaming face wash from Pinterest, I am absolutely in love. As soon as I saw a combination of a foaming cleaner with natural products and essential oils I knew it was perfect for me. I did make some slight changes so here’s my blend:20131121-093732.jpg Read the rest of this entry

Review: Reusable Cloth Pads via Pampered Mama

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This post is Day 18 for National Blog Posting Month on Blogher.

Please note that while I do post many product reviews based on receiving products for free, this review is being done completely of my choice simply to tell you about a product and company I love. I have purchased all of my products and reviewed my own personal collection.

579701_558974344121724_1328241020_nI started using cloth pads about 4 months after my twins were born. I googled cloth products and compared the first two things that came up, picked a few and done. I didn’t ask my friends or talk to my mom. I was pretty secretive about it at first. I’m not so sure I was ashamed of what I was doing but rather I was just very new to this world of natural living.

About 3 months in, I was convinced. I didn’t have enough pads for my full cycle and I could easily tell the difference between my cloth days and disposable days. My cramps were different. My flow was different. My skin irritation was different. It was pretty miraculous. I knew I needed more and by this time, I was comfortable speaking up in some of my Facebook groups of crunchy moms. Read the rest of this entry

Protect Your Child’s Future

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This post is Day 17 for National Blog Posting Month on Blogher. 

This isn’t exactly a topic full of sunshine and roses but it’s one you need to read about. Life insurance. And while I could go into extreme detail about life insurance for yourself and your partner, that’s not what today is about. We are talking life insurance for your children.

No one wants to think about kids dying. It is never expected, always tragic. It leaves us hugging our little ones as tight as possible, praying to every God we know of to make sure it never happens to us. But it still happens. Read the rest of this entry

#MommyConKC Spotlight: January Harshe from Birth Without Fear

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e12cb8b5885eeb8aa178be2f8ad62333This post is Day 16 for National Blog Posting Month on Blogher.

Before Mommy Con, I had no idea what Birth Without Fear¬†was. I didn’t know who January Harshe was. I had no idea what to expect. So here I came in, blind and mostly unaware of what would happen over the next 45 minutes. I have three daughters. I’m not pregnant. I don’t really foresee having any more children… So you wouldn’t really think my take-away would be all that powerful.

But it was.

Oh. My. God. It was. Read the rest of this entry