How to Checkout When Mental Health Break Are Necessary

How to Checkout When Mental Health Break Are Necessary

I've been away for awhile. This wasn't something that I planned... but it was definitely necessary. I had a lot going on. That's not an excuse, but life does happen. I have neglected a lot of aspects of my life... including this blog. It has been hard for me to juggle everything. I'm a mother, a full-time teacher, a doula, finishing up my masters, and also trying to maintain my mental. 

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Breastfeeding Update... and Rambles

Breastfeeding Update... and Rambles

Baby A and I are almost 15 months into this breastfeeding journey. I went from being very shaky (literally) and unsure of my ability to provide nourishment for my son to becoming a resource and a support to my friends, family, and even complete strangers. It's no secret that I support and encourage breastfeeding. I am very open about that. I have thoroughly enjoyed our breastfeeding experience through the ups and the downs.

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Beach, Please!... How to Kill a Beach Maternity Photo Shoot

Beach, Please!... How to Kill a Beach Maternity Photo Shoot

 

Babies are expensive! You get pregnant and a new set of bills and purchases start immediately. These bills and purchases range from gathering baby things, co-pays and prescription costs, to maternity photo shoots. All of these things really start to add up. 

If you're anything like me then you're trying to cut cost anyway that you can. One way that I was able to do that was by planning and shooting my own photo shoot. Here's what I did:

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Weird, but Normal Things that Happen while Breastfeeding

Weird, but Normal Things that Happen while Breastfeeding

Baby A is the big ONE! We made it past our 1 year goal for breastfeeding! I plan on breastfeeding until he self weans... or maybe until 2. We'll see. We're both going with the flow. As I reflect back on this year journey, I noticed some pretty weird things that's been happening during feedings... 

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Fav Brands for Baby Boys

Fav Brands for Baby Boys

I definitely wanted a boy, but I never knew how difficult it would be to find cute, good quality clothes for him. It only gets harder as they get older. The first few months was easy. You can put just about anything on a small baby and the outfit will look nice and cute on the baby. This time doesn't last. Cherish it! Here's a list of the best brands for baby boys:

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Couponing Wins... My 1st Experience Couponing

Couponing Wins... My 1st Experience Couponing

I recently had the opportunity to attend a couponing class hosted by Moms Who BOSS, a local social mom's group in Detroit. I had my reservations about attending, but I'm glad I did. I learned so much! The class included all the information you need to coupon such as coupon policies, tips, lingo breakdown, about 10 coupon inserts, and more. 

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Flying with a Newborn Baby

Flying with a Newborn Baby

We relocated back to Michigan when Baby A was two weeks old. This experience taught me a lot about traveling with a newborn. Older and/or more traditional people will have you to believe that you shouldn't travel with a newborn or that your baby shouldn't leave the house within the first 3 months of life. That was ridiculous to me. My doctor and our pediatrician gave us the go ahead so we went for it.  

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Five Feeding Time Necessities

Five Feeding Time Necessities

I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited for my son to finally turn 6 months old! I love breastfeeding and being his source of nutrients, but I was also ready to introduce new things to his diet. Baby A had been giving "signs" that he was ready to try new things. Those "signs" that I am referring to are: chewing (air), reaching for our food, picking up things using "pincer" grasp, sitting up without help, etc. His pediatrician gave us the okay to start with cereal when he was 4 months, but we were determined to go 6 months with exclusively breastfeeding.

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Six Months of Exclusively Breastfeeding, Crying over Spilled Milk, & More...

Six Months of Exclusively Breastfeeding, Crying over Spilled Milk, & More...

We struggled every so often making sure that Baby A had enough milk of the week if I decided to hang during the weekend. However, the milk continued to come out of my breast and he never went without or had to skip a meal. It's rewarding, refreshing, and even economical to be able to breastfeed my son. 

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Thirty by Thirty

Thirty by Thirty

When I shared the news that I was pregnant with my friends and family, I was met by mixed views. One in particular that stuck out to me was that my life was over. I refused to accept that. Becoming a mother would not end my life... my life would not be over! I will continue to live, experience, and have adventures. I'm 26 years old. I'm not where I want to be nor have I seen everything that I wanted to see yet, but I am determined to.

The birth of my son has enhanced my life and gave my life more purpose. I am and will continue to be a better woman, not only because of him, but especially for him. In order to hold myself accountable for such an important task, I created a 30 by 30 "bucket list."

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Why It's Important to Be Active Before Giving Birth

Why It's Important to Be Active Before Giving Birth

The best thing that I did to prepare myself for labor was to be active during my pregnancy. Labor is HARD work. Nothing compares to it. You literally have to use everything within yourself during labor. With that being said, I wholeheartedly believe that I would not have been able to do it in the shape that I was in prior to getting pregnant. Here’s how it happened:

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