Finding Magic in Motherhood: Facing Your Fears During Pregnancy

This week’s feature is from Amanda Pruett, a wife, mother, and entrepreneur. Amanda was diagnosed with a rare condition in the early weeks of her first pregnancy, called a bicornuate uterus. She will be sharing her story of pregnancy and conceiving with this condition, and how it has shaped her journey into motherhood. Amanda spends her days enjoying little moments with her family such as splashing in the pool with her boys and playing with her chocolate lab Emmy when she is not at her full time day job. Amanda also has a creative side, and enjoys crafting for her business Simply Sweet Designs.  You can find her watching movies with her husband, cutting/staining/making custom signs in her garage, or baking in the kitchen when she isn’t wrangling her two littles, Ryker (age 2) and Rowan (age 1).

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Finding Magic in Motherhood: 5 tips on how to embrace your postpartum body from a health coach

This week’s feature is from Cassandra Padgett, a health coach at ViVfit (www.vivfitness.com). I first met Cassie on the Peanut app, which is where I met  most of my new mom friends actually! Cassie is dedicated to making healthy choices EASY for the busy modern moms. She spends her days coaching part time in a pediatric clinic, and coaching her own clients through simple but powerful nutritional habit changes. She loves hanging out with her husband, her (almost) two-year old daughter, Elle, and their bulldog Buddha. You can find her eating, cooking, and lounging in leggings when she isn’t at work!

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The Best Sales to Shop During Memorial Day Weekend 2018

If you are looking for more than just free shipping over memorial day weekend, I’ve rounded up some amazing deals with big savings at a few of my favorite stores such as Anthropologie, Gap, and Target! From home decor to summer wardrobe essentials to fun clothes for the kids, I’ve got you covered on the best bang for your buck. Here are my top picks for what to buy if you’re wanting to shop the sales while you soak up the sun this weekend!

Target
Up to 30% off all home (excludes Opalhouse, dang!), 40% off family sandals, 10% off Cloud Island baby items, and family tees and shorts from $5-$12.

What to buy: Update your basic summer wardrobe with new shorts (only $12!), layering tees ($5), a new bathing suit (separates start at $12), and some sandals (40% off!). Continue reading

My First Mother’s Day and a Letter to my Daughter

Even though we celebrated Mother’s Day together with my bump last year, this year marks my very first Mother’s Day with my very first baby out of my tummy!! It’s so weird to get my own Mother’s Day cards, because in my head I’m like “wait, that’s my MOM, not me! Am I really a mother now?!” Every day is full of new appreciations and joys being able to stay home with my baby and watch her grow, so really for me, every day is “mother’s day!” But, I’ll take a hallmark holiday for it too 😉 I can’t even sum up how wonderful my motherhood experience has been, ever since we found out in October 2016 that we were expecting a baby…talk about a life-changing moment. Continue reading

Finding Magic in Motherhood: Motherhood After Infidelity and Divorce

“This week’s feature is from Lindsay Kelleher, owner of Ink & Oak Design Co. – a Northern California based calligraphy and signage service. Lindsay is one of the most gifted mamas I have ever met, and I was blown away by her nurturing spirit with her two girls when we first met. I remember thinking, “wow this is the kind of mother I want to be when my babies are older!!” We met off the app Peanut, which is an app that takes the awkward out of finding new mama friends. Unfortunately for me, she moved just after we met. But, she’s the kind of person you’d want to keep close to your heart, no matter how far away she lives! She will be sharing a story that might be all too familiar to some mamas: one that stems from brokenness, but is laced with grace, hope, and resilience.

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