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10 Best Paleo Snacks for Moms

When I was a new mom and my husband was deployed I struggled to get the grocery shopping done. You see- going to the grocery store was a CHORE. A HUGE chore. The baby was almost guaranteed to have to nurse 10 times, spit up all over me and the groceries, and the lines- let’s not talk about the lines. Not to mention- where exactly does a baby go when you have to go to the bathroom. Grocery delivery became my saving grace. One of my favorite ways to grocery delivery is Amazon. We have prime- so it’s always free …

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Birthday Gift Hacks

We’re just now getting to that “age” where my kid has “friends” (aka the friends I pick for her) and now the birthday parties are coming out of the woodwork. It almost feels like every other week we’re getting invited to yet another birthday party. It’s getting a little overwhelming if I’m being honest. While most parents say on the invite “don’t worry about gifts”- we showed up without a gift once….never again. It was embarrassing and the parents knew we were the only ones there that didn’t bring a gift. Here’s the problem with all these parties: Birthday gifts …

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Guest Blog: Wendi Huskins

1 Year Later: Reflecting on Loss, Postpartum Depression, and Healing from Miscarriage I remember that January day we found out we were pregnant. I have never felt joy, like I did in that moment with my husband. We both had smiles, a glow, and tears of joy running down our faces. It never crossed my mind, even for a second that we would lose our baby three weeks after that joyful moment. I battled extreme depression for an entire year after losing our son. Many told me it was Post-Partum Depression.  I ignored it because I thought that was only …

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Guest Blog: Depression and How to Pull Out of It

I got a phone call from someone very dear to me the other day. She felt really down and in a dark place. It took me back to a time when I struggled badly with depression myself. It started in 2009 when I was a new military wife with a husband who was gone A LOT. We had just gotten married and had recently moved away from my family in Nebraska for the first time to the rainy and gloomy Seattle, WA area. I also just had my first child. I felt alone. I felt sad. I felt depressed. Let …

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Guest Blog: Don’t Deny the Signs

Most people think that becoming a mom is the happiest times of a woman’s life. Babies are cute- tiny fingers and toes, those cute cooing sounds, the adorable clothes. Sometimes people forget the other not so cute side of having a baby- the hormonal changes, being tired from lack of sleep, the visual changes in a woman’s body. These things and more can lead to Post-Partum Depression (PPD). This can happen after the birth of a first child or fourth, it doesn’t matter. There is a larger possibility if the mom has had issues with PPD after a previous pregnancy, …

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Meal Tips for New Moms

I’ve spoken to quite a few overwhelmed mamas who have newborns at home lately. They’re struggling to get in the nutrition they need or are struggling finding the time to eat when it’s all said and done. They’re hungry, exhausted, and life with a newborn is constantly changing- so it’s super challenging. I have a few tricks up my sleeve that are easy for new moms to implement without it taking a whole lot of time or brain power. First: Convenience snacks are your best friend. The first few months with a new baby I like to view as “transition”. …

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Why Fresh 48 Sessions Matter – Becci Ravera Photography

Roseville, Sacramento and Northern CA Photographer | Family and Newborn Lifestyle Photographer I was talking to a friend the other day. This friend is a beautiful soul and mama to two little ones. We were talking about all the things that mom friends talk about, how we manage to juggle everything, how we used to be cool a long time ago, but how we wouldn’t change any of it for the world. Then we started chatting about those first few special moments in the hospital after a little’s were born. My sweet friend looked at me and said “Do you know …

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