Last week, I bundled up my morning early-bird baby into the stroller on a dark, blustery, rainy morning, and we strolled through the doors of the local community college to register for classes.
After about 11 years of rich life experiences, full with the depth of emotion, growth, and priceless memories, our family has decided that it
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Mother’s Day always brings myriad emotions and memories. The “what ifs” and “if onlys” seem to sneak their way in.
The years of infertility and miscarriage are part of our story. The heartache molded us, changed us, and deepened life- even today.
Adoption, Pregnancy and Birth are now also part of our story… chapters we imagined
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My midwife and chiropractor each have given me the same encouragement over the past year: “Exercise/Stretch for Healing; Repair that Muscle Damage!”
(“Ok, thanks,” I said. And proceeded to do nothing.)
But by the time my maternity clothes were packed away (Thanks, Trina), my abdominal muscles still hadn’t healed. It’s called Diastasis Recti; that separation
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When I discover a new book that I love, I get excited to share it with you!
Angie Tolpin, author of Redeeming Childbirth, has offered to give away a signed copy of her book to one Frugal Granola reader.
If you are expecting (or hoping to be), or planning on participating in a friend/family member’s birth soon,
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My friend Donielle from Naturally Knocked Up is sharing a guest post today. I have loved reading her new book, as well as all the healthy living tips she has posted over the years! Her knowledgeable advice has helped me through two pregnancies now (after several years of infertility).
Our days are short and ever so chilly
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Going through the journeys of pregnancies and childbirth have been transformative for me. Each time, it has been a refining, deepening season of faith and, most of all, surrender.
I have chosen to give God everything in my life (oh, yes, there are times when I am reminded of something I’ve selfishly held back,
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("Before" Photo: 1 month before I gave birth to our 2nd son!)
Having lost 50+ lbs of baby weight after each birth so far, I’m following up from Part 1 last week on Healthy Weight Loss, with some specific tips for mamas.
For those of you who are still pregnant, now is a great time to make
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Before I ever began pursuing a “real food” lifestyle, I was still discerning about the salt I purchased for our table. The real stuff just tasted better!
Real Salt has been a staple item in my kitchen for years. It provides an amazing sweet-salty flavor that enhances the taste of any meal, and goes unmatched
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I’m finally sharing the birth story for our new little boy, born last month! We had another wonderful home waterbirth experience, and a fairly smooth babymoon season these past weeks.
On the Friday night before Haven was born, we had family over for a popcorn & board game night. We all got so involved
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Our baby boy is here!
Haven Luke arrived in a gentle home waterbirth into his Daddy’s arms on Saturday afternoon 3/24 at 12:38. He’s 8 lbs 2 oz, 20.5 inches, and was born “in the caul.”
His siblings adore him, and we are all settling in well at home together. We’re thankful
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