Category: Family

Postpartum was definitely on my mind a lot more with my third pregnancy! I guess I just felt this need to be extra prepared. I learned a lot about hormones after the birth of my second child so I’m really using what I’ve learned to help me this time. Grab my free Postpartum Health Guide. I’ve put together most of my “postpartum kit” and thought I’d share what I’m including.

Most postpartum blog posts I see just tell you to buy Depends and nipple cream but I think us moms deserve more than that.

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Rowan Cole Strout was born July 25th at 10:47am, weighing 9lbs. It was my longest but easiest labour! You can read about Finnley’s birth here. Each birth of my children was different but all three were unmedicated and out of hospital.

snapped one last pic of my bump at 3am.

I woke up at 12:30am on a Thursday with what I recognized as a contraction. It was enough to wake me up but felt like pre-labour not active labour.

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I love a good non fiction book! I have a whole bookcase dedicated to them on topics ranging from vegan food to holistic health to skincare to parenting to mindset to essential oils!  I’ve always loved to read and it’s one of my favourite ways to gain new knowledge.

Here are five of my favourite books- ones that I find myself recommending to other moms all the time!

  1. WomanCode

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I’ll admit I’ve become one of those “essential oil people” who have them in every room and use them daily. ha! Although, I understand the limits and safety precautions of essential oils (which not everyone seems to, unfortunately!).  They’ve become a very regular part of my life and well as my children’s lives.  At home we diffuse oils pretty regularly (this is my favourite diffuser but this one looks really cool too) and my son asks for his sleepy oil every night.

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Let/s talk about how to care for yourself as a mom. Being a mom means spending the majority of your time taking care of other people. It’s both fulfilling and exhausting.  We give a LOT of ourselves, every single day.  That’s why self care is so important.  That’s why we MUST do things for OURSELVES as well.  I’m not talking about a once a year massage or the odd pedicure either.  We have to do things for ourselves every day!

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I have a new series I want to introduce you to-  Matcha Mornings.  It’s basically chance for me to share some things I’ve been drinking, eating, wearing, buying, wanting etc This will be a monthly series! And yes, it’s a play off of “coffee chat” like some bloggers do… but since I don’t drink coffee that often I made it about matcha. I’ll share with you what I AM drinking though- all of the delicious coffee alternatives!

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I recently flew across the country with my two kids and when I told people I was going to do that they were all “…by yourself?!” and “omg, I could never do that” which seemed odd to me because I didn’t think it was that big of a deal.  I’d travelled with my son quite a bit but this was my first time flying with both kids. Still, I trusted it would go fairly smooth.

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For the past 3 or 4 years I’ve been choosing a word for the new year and I love it because it’s easy to remember and keeps me focused on all year. It’s also neat to see what focusing on that word brings into my life!

This year my word is COMMITMENT.

I thought about what I wanted to accomplish and focus on in 2019 and honestly it wasn’t that I wanted to make any huge changes,

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I feel like I’ve been building up to this shopping ban for a while. I attempted a 30 day “no buy” back in April but didn’t quite make it. I’ve just had this nagging feeling that I need to SHOP LESS. It has been showing up in different ways in my life lately- lots of signs!  I have multiple reasons for wanting to do it, which I’ll share below, but ultimately it’s about control. 

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