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.