We make so many shopping lists when preparing to welcome a new baby into the world. Baby registries and birth supplies often take center stage, but your list of supplies for postpartum should also be given top priority. Below you will find a clean, minimal list for all the essentials you will need.Read More
This is the face of postpartum depression. I may look happy, but moments before I was crying to my friend Cori about how hard motherhood was. After calming down, she took this picture of me. I am grateful for this picture because it reminds me of the delicate state we are in as mothers, and it reminds me of the invisibility of postpartum depression.Read More
For me, having some balance provides me the mind space to be present for my family. I am currently thinking a lot about how I can find a balance that feels right in my life. I don't think I am alone in wanting it all - self care, exercise, rewarding work, uninterrupted time with family, time to clean the house, homemade food that the whole family can eat, alone time with my significant other...and so much more. Balance doesn’t come from having everything, rather from having enough of what we need, when we need it. How can we do that?Read More
You are a loving, dedicated mother who works inside or outside the home. You have strong intentions to be present with your children while you also have to (or choose to) work. The demands from work require your time, presence, and attention. The demands from home require your time, presence, and attention. These worlds need and want you to be available 100% of the time and yet there is only one you… whew! What is a working mama to do!?Read More
I lost myself in motherhood. Everything I did revolved around mothering. It began when my first child was a few months old. I took care of my baby. I read about mothering in my spare time. I researched everything: feeding, diapering, sleep, all of it. The act of researching mothering consumed what little spare time I had outside of actually mothering.Read More
Resilience is the term used to describe an individual’s ability to “bounce back” from stress and adversity. Resilience is not something we are born with. It is something we learn through practicing positive coping skills.Read More
It’s only been in this last year that I have consciously been practicing the art of establishing and maintaining boundaries—and this practice is truly transformative.Read More
There is so much information out there right now about how to live a “cleaner lifestyle” and how important that is for so many reasons. I don’t know about you, but sometimes this stresses me out! Where do I start? Do I need to change everything I am doing right now? Am I a bad person for using a plastic straw or using a plastic zip lock bag? This idea of changing your lifestyle can span so many areas of our life—food, motherhood, our use of plastics. Today I am just going to focus on a few swaps you can make in your house.Read More
Whether you have had kids before or not, having a newborn can be stressful and chaotic. It takes a village, which is where you come in. Below are some ideas for ways you can support new parents through the transition of life with a baby. Use them as a starting place and get as creative as you want, no gesture is too small. If you are a new parent yourself, put this list on your fridge for a friendly reminder for anyone stopping by. It always helps to have ideas ready to go.Read More
It’s so easy to feel like we are alone and have failed.
If you are that mother feeling flustered, judged, and overwhelmed, know that you are not alone.Read More
Why would a nerdy science mom without a hippy bone in her body want to write for a mindfulness blog? Mindfulness isn’t always about communing with nature, or finding your heart center while balancing in downward dog. Mindfulness is being in the moment, letting go of mental distractions, and appreciating the details of life.Read More
I’ve heard that it’s normal to worry more as we enter parenthood, but I wanted to reduce the constant feeling of unease and replace it with joy about being a mother. I worked hard to squash the worry bug. I think some fear can serve a purpose, but this worry that was dictating my thoughts was not how I wanted to live.Read More
The other day I was walking down the grocery store aisle and saw not one, but three magazines with the word “Mindfulness” on the front cover. My smile widened as I picked up the magazines to browse the headlines. Mindfulness is catching on like wildfire and The Mindful Mamas Club is working hard to make sure this life-changing practice is truly accessible to ALL moms in every stage of motherhood, from trying to conceive all the way through empty nesting.
What is all this buzz about and why does The Mindful Mamas Club feel so passionate about it?Read More
I propose that we have taught ourselves to learn in a 4 year long cycle (approximately). Hear me out. The phases of our lives can be broken down into approximately 4-5 year learning cycles.Read More