No More Weight Stigma – Being a Better, Healthier Role Model for My Girls

No More Weight Stigma – Being a Better, Healthier Role Model for My Girls

I don’t want them to use the words “fat” and “skinny.” In fact, I don’t even want to use those words in our house. I want them to use positive words – strong, healthy, energetic, active. I don’t want them to hear me or Chris being negative about our bodies. I don’t want to put any of those negative thoughts in their head and I don’t want their internal dialogue to reflect their weight the way mine has for as long as I can remember. I want better for my girls. I do not want a number to define their self-worth. They are more than that.

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What You Should Know About Baby’s Gut Health

What You Should Know About Baby’s Gut Health

In concentrating on my health the past few years, one of the things I’ve really been looking at is gut health. It’s such a big factor in your overall health, and as a result, I’ve been taking a probiotic for a few years now to improve my own gut health. Since my own gut health is so important to me, it’s only natural that I think of my girls, and especially Ella. I’ve been nursing her for nearly 9 months now and feel like I’ve given her the best nutrition possible there, but that’s only one factor in setting her up for…

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When Motherhood is Hard

When Motherhood is Hard

I so often like to write as if everything is sunshine and rainbows. Look at me, being crazy busy and making it all work! Look at me – if I’m doing it, you can too! I like my writing to be a source of positivity and inspiration. I am always trying to find the positive spin on everything I’m going through. But the truth? The truth is that I’ve been having a hard time. Things have just been hard lately. I knew having a second baby would change things but had no idea just how much. We’re so much busier.…

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The Feel Beautiful Project

The Feel Beautiful Project

A few days ago, I was talking to a friend about our weight. We’re both trying to lose weight this year, and while we were talking, she did something so many of us do – she said something disparaging about herself. This friend of mine is a beautiful person, inside and out, so I immediately said so – and that got me thinking. Why is it that we, as women, are constantly putting ourselves down? Why is our first instinct to put ourselves down, rather than to build ourselves up? I know I’m guilty of it too. More times than I…

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Staying Healthy During Holiday Travel

Staying Healthy During Holiday Travel

Without a doubt, fall is my favorite time of year. The weather, the fashion, the comfort food – I just can’t get enough of it all. In my family, it also means birthday season is here since the vast majority of my family have fall and winter birthdays. It also means that the holidays are approaching faster than we ever expected, and along with it, holiday travel. I am very fortunate in that most of our family lives close by, so we don’t have to travel far during this season, but I know there are so many families that do travel for…

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Essential Oils For Pregnancy

Essential Oils For Pregnancy

I’ve finally reached the third trimester of pregnancy and the end is in sight. It’s so hard to believe that we’re so close to meeting this little girl, and 30 weeks of pregnancy are already behind me. Truthfully, I don’t usually have too hard of a time with pregnancy. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to not get really sick, and my weight gain and blood pressure have been right on target. I have friends that are sick their entire pregnancies, and hearing that makes me so thankful for the relatively easy time I’ve had. Even though it’s been fairly uneventful, this…

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4 Simple Healthy Pregnancy Snacks

4 Simple Healthy Pregnancy Snacks

Now that I’m finally in my last trimester of this pregnancy, I’m getting hungrier by the day. This babe keeps growing away in there, and it’s getting harder and harder to pre-plan my snacks every day. I used to pack different snacks in my lunch for work every day, but now? I need to have several of those snacks ready to go, already at work for me.   I’ve really been trying to watch what I eat this pregnancy and not gain too much weight. I did okay with Abbie (34 pounds) and would like to keep this one around…

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Keeping a Migraine Journal

Keeping a Migraine Journal

I created this post as part of a campaign by Teva Pharmaceuticals. I received an American Express gift card for participating. I’ve briefly talked about my migraines before on the blog, but today I wanted to share a few tips for dealing with them and find the best treatments for you. Every person (of the nearly 36 million Americans that suffer from migraines) has different symptoms and different ways to treat them effectively, but discovering those requires some insight. Fortunately, getting that insight just requires that you pay attention – and that you keep a migraine journal. A migraine journal is…

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Essential Oils for Spring Cleaning and Beyond

Essential Oils for Spring Cleaning and Beyond

Spring is officially here, and with it comes the annual chore of spring cleaning. I’m going to be honest here – cleaning is not my strong suit, and never has been. I continue to wish I would wake up one day with a magical cleaning fairy that would just do it all for me. Since that hasn’t happened yet, I’m teaming up with a few of my favorite ladies to bring you our BEST spring cleaning and organizational tips – see the list at the bottom of this post, as well as a giveaway! While cleaning is definitely still a…

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Tricks to Consistently Take Your Vitamins

Tricks to Consistently Take Your Vitamins

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. Something I’ve really been working on the past few years is leading a healthier lifestyle. Between watching what I eat, being more active (thanks to my Fitbit!), and adopting healthier habits, I feel I’ve made pretty good progress. One of the things I used to be pretty terrible at was taking vitamins every day. Seriously, I always forgot even though I had them in the house, and I knew I’d feel better taking them. I just couldn’t seem to remember, no matter what…

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