Super simple is how I roll right now. . Simple meals, simple stretches, simple exercises, simple hairstyle (#mombun daily ✌🏼) . This is an example of how I incorporate some ✨simple✨ toning for the legs while I prep food, which feels like 80% of my day 😳 . Tree pose 🙌🏼 Sounds silly, but give it a try. Place the lifted foot at your ankle, calf or above the knee of your standing leg (*note: above or below the knee, not pressing on the joint). . The standing leg receives the benefit of subtle toning for the feet, ankles, calves, all the way up to your glutes. This can also help stabilize the pelvis. The lifted leg, turned out at the hip, receives a little stretch. . Try this pose while you’re doing some mundane kitchen work, like the never-ending assembly of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches... Hold for as long as you’re comfortable, then switch sides. . Since structured exercise doesn’t really happen for me right now, I’ve got to get creative. And tree pose is great for pregnant mommies too! . Here’s to better balance ✌🏼💛🌳
A glimpse of one of my pre-mom, extra-curricular activities, art museum wandering. This fed my soul today.... . What is something you loved doing before having kids that might have come to a (temporary) halt? Can you carve out some guilt-free time for it this week? You deserve it ❤️ . p.s. it took me a few days of pity parties to realize I needed this little escape from momming. I’m not always a pro at this stuff either. Just floundering right along with you. 🙃
Can I get an “Amen!” 🙌🏼 . You are worthy and deserving of care too. . “Moms are not giving machines.” and yet, we all feel this way. We give from morning to night, and through the night. . Who’s a tapped out, tired mama too? ✋🏼 Take a moment to figure out how you can feel cared for. . Today (and tomorrow) I set up a sitter. Yoga+solo lunch+time for my brain and body to have a break from the non-stop mom-demands. [19 month old twins are cray cray!] . Please remember that you are human and deserve care too. 🙏🏼💕💕💕
[Before you 😱, this is a THROWBACK to my first trimester with the twins. We are not expecting again 😅] . To the mama who recently learned that she’s expecting a sweet little babe... . I know your excitement and I also understand your feeling of overwhelm. Motherhood is the full spectrum of emotions. . I feel how bone-tired you are, because you’re growing another human! It’s super hero status ⚡️ . This might be something you’ve waited years for, or maybe you were completely surprised. Either way, it’s life changing in the wildest of ways. . You might not have shared the news with anyone but your partner yet. You’re probably caring around this super-special-secret with tired but hopeful eyes. Because, as many of us know, this is such a fragile time. Every nausea-filled day is a reminder that this is real. It’s actually happening. Baby is growing! (p.s., the BEST remedy for morning sickness - Morning Wellness Spray and Organic Tea from @earthmamaorganics) . Even if this is your first baby, your body knows exactly what to do to grow this new life. Your body shifts and adjusts miraculously week to week. . You’re officially a mother. . I hope you remain in awe of your body and ✨trust it completely✨during this experience. . You have wisdom within. . Earth Mama Organics is selecting mama’s in their first trimester for the next Mama’s Bump Squad! Head to mamasbumpsquad.com where you can apply to join. If selected, you’ll receive the most amazing products to support you throughout your pregnancy, birth and postpartum. And today is the LAST day to enter! . Sending love and best wishes for lots of naps, SuperMom 🙏🏼💕💕💕💕
On the heels of my last post, part of what has knocked me down has been the virus hitting all 4 kids. . Here’s a #ProMomTip for raw bums from unpleasant diapers (that’s saying it nicely 😷) After a bath, I let the babies run around without a diaper for awhile. The fresh air on their skin seems to make a big difference when they have a bad rash. Then some healing from @earthmamaorganics This diaper balm is amazing because it’s safe, really works 🌱 and smells soooo nice 💛 . I think and hope and pray that the virus has made it’s way through everyone and we should be in the clear 🙏🏼
Sometimes the rough bits are part of the story. . As much as we see, share and celebrate the happy moments in life, don’t be fooled by the highlight reel, the low points are in there too. And guess what, they’re supposed to be. These moments that challenge us, knock us down, drag us around for a bit are part of the human experience. . Nobody likes it. It feels pretty shitty, but that’s part of the story. . As my wise friend Kelly @ritualcarewithkelly reminded me, “Feel it and let it move through.” . Things will move on and move forward. They always do. Change is inevitable. It’s one constant we can rely on. The other constant? 👉🏼 Mom-life is haaaaaard 😭 . If you’re currently “digging through the mud”, be gentle with yourself. Rest. Feel what you need to feel. And more rest. . Slowing down and being extra-gentle with yourself is a great sign of strength. 🙏🏼✨✨✨ This is just part of your story, it has beauty and purpose too.
Happy St Patrick’s Day! ☘️ From me and my non-Irish food. But, green is my favorite color. 💚 . Kiwi fruit is high in Vitamin C, so we buy the family pack this time of year to try and keep everyone healthy (But we still had another round of vomiting strike the kids this past week 🙄) I’m soooo ready for spring. . Did you know you can eat the skin?! Somehow I am just learning this fun fact! There is even more fiber and VitC in the skin. So, give it a good scrub, slice or dice it and enjoy this juicy baby. ✌🏼💚🥝
My “crafty” contribution for this St Patty’s Day weekend was in the kitchen. “Sweet Spinach Muffins” from @superhealthykids 💚 . While I normally try to bake with my kids for the learning experience, I didn’t have the energy today. Baking is therapeutic for me, and frankly, I just wanted to be alone in the kitchen. . These were really easy, super tasty and 3 out of my 4 munchkins loved them. R is so picky! . Give these a try this weekend for a festive treat. Bake with your kids or without and they’ll never know you snuck spinach in there! Mama-magic 💚
Puppy dog pose has become a popular choice in my local classes at @yogaerie This is a gentler expression of downward-facing dog, suitable for prenatal and postnatal yoga. (Swipe to see knees-bent variation and dolphin pose.) . Unsure if you’re practicing safe alignment in your downward-facing dog? Check out my latest blog post [link in bio]. I share alignment cues and modifications you can adapt to your individual needs, because prenatal and postpartum exercises require day to day adjustments. I want to help you feel better along your journey. And guess what, it’s ok to be gentle with yourself, to slow down and modify 💞 . You can also shop my Pre/Postnatal Yoga DVD’s at exercisingbalance.com where you’ll find more information, inspiration and overall good mama-vibes. 😘 ✌🏼 💛
Monday morning.... . One of the twins pooped. . Unsure which one. . Lift up closest twin and sniff his bum. . 1st discovery: confirmed he is the poopy one. . 2nd discovery: this was one of those delightful bowel movements that has leaked out of his diaper... making his pj’s wet... which means I just pressed my face into wet poop. . Lesson learned: the sniff test works without connecting to the clothing. You’d think I would have known this after having 4 kids. Have you ever done this? 🤦🏼♀️ . Reminder: we’re all a bit of a mess in the Mother-Hood. Happy Monday 😜
I grew up with some strong females in my life who taught me that strength comes in many forms: generosity, kindness, honesty, forgiveness... . Here’s to all the women and girls 💪🏼💕💕💕 Keep following your heart, speaking your truth and leading with love. I hope you recognize the power you possess. #GirlPower . I feel strong in this picture because: I grew 4 humans, I’ve learned that asking for help is a sign of strength, and laughter & love are powerful forces. . Happy International Women’s Day! 💫
I wish we could have coffee together... . We’d escape the everyday-mom-schedule, commiserate, then gush over our babies kissable-cuteness. . I wish we could hug, sit, laugh, cry and feel like a crazy person together. Because motherhood makes us feel all of it. . I would remind you ✨you’re enough✨ You’re doing enough. . We’d chat about what book you’re reading during your pregnancy (after #InaMay of course 🤩) or where you got that gorgeous scarf, or how you get your kids to eat something green or that latest episode of the Bachelor. (OMG, I’m not even a fan but somehow I caught that final episode! 😳 wth?!) . So tell me, what book are you reading now? Pregnancy or non-pregnancy related? . Did you purchase something fabulous for yourself? . Do you make green smoothies as much as we do around here? . And the Bachelor, I don’t even know what to say but, “Go away, Arie”. . Whatever’s going on in your world, mama, I’m cheering for you. You’re amazing. You’re more than enough. Cheers ☕️ ☕️
That one time... eight and a half years ago, when my sister and I flew to the other side of the globe and met up in India 📿 . This was a trip I wanted to take before having babies. The experience was life changing, as all world travel is. . How great it is to step way outside of your comfort zone. To throw your arms wide open and allow yourself to see, hear, smell, taste and touch life in a new way. Because, in India, all of our senses were heightened. . Everything felt different: eating without utensils, horns blaring constantly, incense wafting from every structure, the quiet calm of the ashram, sunrise hearing roosters crow then lions roar during yoga, the warmth of the people we connected with, and of course, using the toilet. It doesn’t look like this 👉🏼 🚽 . Today is the Holi Festival in the Hindu religion. It is known as the “Festival of Colors” and signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and celebrates unity, love, happiness, and color! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Now if that doesn’t make you smile.... 🌈 . One day we’ll be in this beautiful country for Holi Festival. For now, I celebrate today with you. A happy, joy-filled, colorful day ✨🙏🏼✨ Om shanti.
7 years with this guy. My oldest. My sidekick. The one who first made me a mama 💞 . Being my firstborn, we had lots of time together, just the two of us. Just as I knew we were the perfect team during our pregnancy and birth, I knew we’d be a perfect team once he was in my arms. . Since that day, 7 years ago, we haven’t done everything perfectly. We were (are) both learning. We don’t learn by doing everything easily the first time around. It’s a messy process. That’s how we grow. . So now he’s growing into an amazingly kind, creative, energetic and loving boy and I’m growing into a mama who recognizes that hugs heal, listening works best, sleep saves sanity and forgiveness is a powerful tool. . Forgive yourself for not being perfect. For not knowing how to do it all. For not wanting to do it all. . You’ve got an amazing little teammate right by your side, believing in you and cheering you on 💞 . Prepare to be unprepared. Enjoy the ride as you slip, trip, stumble and soar together. Because all of the struggles are backed up by the strongest love you’ll ever experience. Promise❣️ . Grateful doesn’t even come close to how I feel for this boy 💞 Thanks for choosing me, buddy 💞
I hope I remember these simple moments just as much as the big ones. . Simple Saturday mornings playing together with no schedule. I love watching the twins discover and the big kids encouraging and teaching them. Then someone wanders off and gets lost in thought playing with a flashlight, sitting in a box or flipping through a book. Or bickering over a toy, but, ya know, that’s temporary. Then they’re back to these magical sibling moments 💞 . These experiences aren’t as grand as the beach vacation or day trip to the zoo, but I cherish them just as much. The sweet simplicity of a morning with my family makes me pause and take in a deep breath of gratitude.. . Look for the little things today. Pause. Breathe. Find gratitude.
On days when I can’t hit my mat, get out for a run or make it to my fav barre class, I squeeze in a little workout in the kitchen while prepping the endless meals for my growing clan. Someone’s ALWAYS eating 😳 . I’ve started to get into the habit of beginning and ending each session of food prep with push-ups on the counter. Because every bit of movement counts. Whether you do 5 minutes or 50 minutes, it makes a difference. 💪🏼 . This is a fun variation where you can draw your knee in as you bend your elbows. Makes it more challenging. 🙌🏼 . Want to learn more of my kitchen-approved exercises? Join Helen of @pronutritionconsulting and myself, tomorrow, 2/22 6:30-7:45 pm at the Whole Foods Co-Op @wfcerie . We’ll be making up some of our favorite healthy snacks while incorporating exercises into our food prep. . Email Helen to reserve your spot. firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $15 per person. 💚