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10 Really Easy Kids Crafts For Christmas

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10 Really Easy Kids Crafts For Christmas
This time of year is all about cosy evenings and weekends at home. It’s also all about the festivities and getting ready for Christmas. The build up to Christmas is as exciting as Christmas Day itself, and none more so than for the kids. Over the past week I’ve been scouring Pinterest looking for some […]

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They Say That Time Flies..

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They Say That Time Flies..
They say that time flies, that you’ll grow so quick and to make the most of it before the years fly past. And I think that they might be right. Ethan, you’re five and a half and Logan you’re now three and yet here I am still feeling like a new Mum because, despite us […]

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How to Survive Moving House Fast Whilst Pregnant

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How to Survive Moving House Fast Whilst Pregnant
Moving house at any time is stressful. But, even more so when it’s time-limited and you’re pregnant. But as we all know, life doesn’t always go to plan. And, if you have to sell and move home quickly during your pregnancy (maybe for a new job or before the baby arrives)—don’t panic. There are lots of companies […]

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How to Add a Touch of Romance to Your Marriage

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How to Add a Touch of Romance to Your Marriage
Look at a woman’s Pinterest boards and you will see how she hopes to achieve perfection in many areas of her life. You will see boards detailing how to decorate your home for St. Patrick’s Day cleverly. You will see boards advising what type of shoe to wear with tapered jeans. And you will find […]

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9 Tips For Throwing A First Birthday Party

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9 Tips For Throwing A First Birthday Party
I always look back on my boys first birthday’s with a smile. It’s an emotional day when your baby has his or her first birthday and officially becomes a one year old. For both of our boys on their first birthdays we decided to have a little party at our house and we invited family […]

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Honest Birth #24 featuring Ashley Olsen

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Honest Birth #24 featuring Ashley Olsen
Hey mamas! Welcome to the twenty-fourth post in my Honest Birth series! I’m excited to share another real mama’s birth story, because I think it’s so important to share our childbirth experiences with each other. My goal with this series is to provide a place for women to share their birth stories without holding anything back, […]

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You Have Permission

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You Have Permission
Dear Mama, This one’s for you. You who may have given up on herself. You who may feel overwhelmed. You who may feel unappreciated. You who may be struggling. This post is for you. I give you permission to do the following: To want to improve yourself. For the last few years, you’ve been making […]

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Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids

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Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids
This post contains affiliate links. This year we’ve decided we’re putting our feet down. Every year our kids get way too many toys, play with them for a few weeks, and then they get stuffed in the closet never to see the light of day again. It’s frustrating, creates clutter, and is a big waste […]

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Ways to Cope with a Surprise Pregnancy

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Ways to Cope with a Surprise Pregnancy
This post contains affiliate links. The week after we got back from my husband’s medical school graduation, I took a pregnancy test and found out we were going to have another baby. We were happy with the two kids we had, had just moved to Texas and bought our first house, and were not planning […]

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Ways Motherhood Changes You

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Ways Motherhood Changes You
I’ve experienced a lot of things in my life that have changed me, but nothing has changed me as deeply as motherhood. From the day I found out I was pregnant with my first baby to the day I die, motherhood will always be molding me, shaping me, teaching me. There are hundreds (probably thousands) of […]

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Lovely Things // Miffy at John Lewis

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Lovely Things // Miffy at John Lewis
I turn 37 weeks on Sunday, which means I’ll be full-term and Bun could arrive at any point from now… The post Lovely Things // Miffy at John Lewis appeared first on Make, Do & Push!.

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Pregnancy // Bravado Nursing Bras

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Pregnancy // Bravado Nursing Bras
I had my first Bravado bra experience during H-Bear’s pregnancy, and I have to admit that I continued to wear… The post Pregnancy // Bravado Nursing Bras appeared first on Make, Do & Push!.

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Baking a Bun // 38 weeks pregnant

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Baking a Bun // 38 weeks pregnant
Monday 19th November 2018 So 38 weeks! Wow! According to my app, Bun is the size of a Pomeranian dog… The post Baking a Bun // 38 weeks pregnant appeared first on Make, Do & Push!.

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Pregnancy // Why I’m planning another home birth

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Pregnancy // Why I’m planning another home birth
Giving birth to H-Bear in a pool at home was one of the most empowering moments of my life. And… The post Pregnancy // Why I’m planning another home birth appeared first on Make, Do & Push!.

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Siblings // November 2018

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Siblings // November 2018
Well, this is almost certainly the final Siblings Project post featuring two children… next month (unless she is extremely overdue)… The post Siblings // November 2018 appeared first on Make, Do & Push!.

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Post-Birth Surgery

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Post-Birth Surgery
After Lou was born, I had the usual pains and bleeding associated with birth. However, my bleeding stopped before I even left the hospital. The midwife told me this was likely due to how I was letting her nurse around the clock, and that we were doing a great job at helping me heal up […]

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My Chronic Illness and My Only Child

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My Chronic Illness and My Only Child
Along my chronic illness parenting journey, I’ve learned some things I didn’t expect: like that I wish I would have gotten an epidural sooner while in labor, and that I would have used formula from the start instead of my painful and ultimately failed breastfeeding events. These lessons are somewhat controversial, but I wholeheartedly believe […]

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Monthly Meal Prep – Feeding our Family of 6 as Simply as Possible

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Monthly Meal Prep – Feeding our Family of 6 as Simply as Possible
One of the most difficult parts of being a larger family is planning what we are all going to eat. Now that there are 6 of us, we have to be a lot more intentional about planning our meals ahead. This summer, I started a new meal prep process that has simplified the dinner rush […]

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How to forgive yourself — as a mom.

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How to forgive yourself — as a mom.
“You are extremely hard on yourself,” people have told me again and again throughout my life. Growing up in a traditional Chinese-American upbringing, I’ve internalized a lot of the Tiger Mom expectations my mother set to show up as more than perfect: I was supposed to get straight A+’s, rather than just A’s; to never make […]

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Holiday Gift Guide – Experience Gifts

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Holiday Gift Guide – Experience Gifts
One of the things I have been hearing a lot of lately is that my friends with kids want to get their older kids experience gifts rather than your typical possession gifts. This got me thinking about what kind of experience gifts could be good for my kids or younger kids. 1) Zoo pass – […]

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Stepping on the Scale

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Stepping on the Scale
There was a period of many, many years where I would wake up in the morning, get on the scale, and the number reflected back at me would either make my day or ruin it. Each morning, I would hold my breath and feel the fear in my body as I stepped on and whispered […]

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What is Intuitive Eating and will it help me lose baby weight?

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What is Intuitive Eating and will it help me lose baby weight?
My coaching practice is almost wholly made up of me teaching women how to do one thing – eat normally. It’s an epidemic: diet culture has stripped away of our inherent, naturally-balanced eating habits and made us more confused than ever. If you’re like the women I speak with daily, you’re probably confused and frustrated […]

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Why “No Excuses” Doesn’t Work Postpartum (or ever)

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Why “No Excuses” Doesn’t Work Postpartum (or ever)
If you know me or have been in this space with me long enough, you probably know that I hate the phrase “no excuses”. I hate it so much that I have banned it from my Facebook groups. It’s literally rule #6. And as a coach, I am CONSTANTLY working to un-do the damage that […]

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Whose Body Is it Anyways?

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Whose Body Is it Anyways?
Body autonomy: the concept that my body is my own. “Of course it’s my own”, you may be thinking (or maybe you’re thinking, nope it belongs to my baby/kids, but that’s a different article). But maybe, like me just a few years ago, you’ve never stopped to consider all the pervasive ways we have been conditioned […]

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Tamara Ecclestone, breastfeeding, and how it feels to see representations of love that you’re unable to give

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Tamara Ecclestone, breastfeeding, and how it feels to see representations of love that you’re unable to give
Last week I was interested to see a picture of celebrity Tamara Ecclestone pop up on my newsfeed.   Source: BBC.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/38932320 Tamara was shocked. Shocked and saddened that her valiant attempt to normalise breastfeeding through a stunning photoshoot had not been received with the blanket adulation that she had expected. More than that though, for […]

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Full response to “An Effort to Increase Breastfeeding” in the Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2016

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Full response to “An Effort to Increase Breastfeeding” in the Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2016
An abridged version of this letter appeared in on Philly.com on June 19, mind 2016.  Breastfeeding has been a journalistic topic du jour for years now. As an author of a book about breastfeeding promotion, viagra the founder of a website supporting all methods of infant feeding, and a trained breastfeeding counselor, I read every […]

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Pregnancy And Breastfeeding Gave Me Osteoporosis At 38

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Pregnancy And Breastfeeding Gave Me Osteoporosis At 38
I expected some changes when I first became pregnant, but never imagined that my bones would begin to fail me well before the onset of menopause. I was healthy and was following my doctor’s advice, so chronic illness wasn’t something I considered. I was wrong. Over the next 6 years, I had two more babies […]

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These Mermaid Gifts Are Perfect For The Ariels In Your Life

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These Mermaid Gifts Are Perfect For The Ariels In Your Life
These sparkly mermaid gifts will deliver all of the under the sea magic At a loss for what you should buy your best friend for the holidays this year? I’d like to turn your attention to some of the sparkliest, prettiest, comfiest mermaid-themed gifts out there. Your BFF will feel like Ariel in the best […]

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Umbilical Cord Blood & Tissue – How Collection & Storage Works

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Umbilical Cord Blood & Tissue – How Collection & Storage Works
Your baby’s stem cells are powerful, unique cells that have the ability to create and regenerate the organs, blood, tissue and immune system that make up our bodies. They have the function of growth and healing throughout life. There is only one opportunity to collect your baby’s cord blood and tissue – at birth. Therefore, […]

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Bottle Feeding and Returning to Work

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Bottle Feeding and Returning to Work
There’s lots of information around for mothers who plan to continue breastfeeding when they return to paid work. But there’s less when it comes to bottle feeding. Perhaps because the practicalities seem a whole lot easier.  After all, what could be simpler than making up a couple of bottles in advance and keeping them in […]

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