When In Doubt

Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed by the demands of parenting and being an entrepreneur, I like to retreat a little. And not in a way where isolation and depression creep in, but in a really mindful way where solitude and silence become moments of reflection and clarity.

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I think back to the first 6 months postpartum after I had Owen. Everything was a blur, I was sleep deprived, my postpartum depression was awful....I didn't feel like myself at all.

But in those moments of silence when I could sit quietly with myself, I did.

I was me again.

And I didn't feel isolated at all. In fact, I was pretty great company!

And to be honest, that's when Sweet Stella's started. In a moment of quiet, sitting quietly by myself, in the thick of my depression and anxiety and rage. Something just for me that I could pour my heart in to.

Try it. You never know where it might take you!

You Deserve Love

As mothers we give so freely of ourselves

Our time

Our space

Our hearts

Our Love

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What if you gave to yourself the love that you so freely give to everyone else? What if you put your own heart first and filled it up, before giving so freely?

What if you looked in the mirror and said I deserve the love I so freely give to others?

Because the truth is...you do.

You deserve the love that you freely give to others. Period. End of Story.

There's really no other option. If we turn oursevles off from love, and completely empty ourselves of it...what's left at the end of the day? Make sure to refill you own tank first, because you are so deserving of that love.

The Best, by far, Is You

Do you ever have those moments where you stand slightly in awe of the little human beings that you've created?

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Motherhood certainly has its full share of ups and downs. One moment your children are praising you for your mad parenting skills, and the next moment you're not entirely sure they are human.

But then there are the quiet moments when you are snuggled up for bed or watching a movie, and you look down to see their fingers curled around yours. Or the moments when they are sweetly playing on their own, with no fear and completely just enjoying the moment.

The moments that make you catch your breath a little and your heart skip a beat.

Where you realize that by far, the best thing your hands have ever held is....them.

Those are the moments of triumph in motherhood. Hold them close!

xoxo

Shannon

Why I Care More About Your Brain Than Your Boobs

Hey Mamas! Today I wanted to talk about something and be super real with you about a sometimes controversial topic: breastfeeding.

The main thing that has been on my mind lately is how many moms we see go through a tough labour and birth, and immediately the focus is on breastfeeding. All too often do I hear let's get baby to breast while mom is delivering a placenta and sometimes a bit groggy from birth.

For some women, that works incredibly well and is exactly what they want. For others, it is an overwhelming thought and can cause a huge amount of mental spiraling to happen. Add in hormones that are out of whack due to a steep drop in estrogen, spike in adrenaline, flowing prolactin (sometimes)....

I care more about your brain than your boobs

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Don't get me wrong, I care about your boobs too and supporting your efforts in breastfeeding is crazy important to us, but we care so so so much more about your mental health and helping you adjust to the demands of parenting and supporting you through transitions like sleep deprivation, mom guilt, relationship struggles, and self care routines.

And I care about your brain because if your brain isn't in it, your boobs aren't going to work.

Your mental health as a parent is instrumental to how you will function as a parent. And I say this as a mom who's mental health was not working after her first birth experience, and it deeply damaged my relationship with breastfeeding, my body, my spouse, and my baby.

If your brain isn't working...if something is happening that is preventing you from processing your birth experience, from taking care of your own needs, from interacting with your baby or your spouse....your boobs aren't going to work.

Making sure that your mental health is supported, that you have a nurturing and comforting person to go to that you can trust and unload things to, that you feel confident and wonderful in your role as a parent...that's what we care about.

Your boobs are great, hell...they're glorious and can do amazing things. But your brain...your brain is incredible and we want to make sure it is strong, balanced, grounded and able to function so the rest of your body follows suit.

xoxo

Shannon

No Apologies Necessary

Our conversations about the kind of parents we wanted to be often consisted of us using the word flexible. We shared a mutual understanding that just because we were parents, didn’t mean we were going to stop doing things – within reason, of course. We were looking to establish a routine that was, dare I say it…flexible.

As a Registered Early Childhood Educator (and now Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula), I know how important sleep is, each age/stage requires a certain amount of sleep and naps are essential if you want children to be more successful in sleeping through the night. I am well aware of all this, educated and fairly experienced – I think.

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Our first babe created her own schedule and it took her some time before she began sleeping 7pm-7am each night; but now at 2.5 years old she sleeps through the night and is pretty flexible in terms of her day to day routine. Last Fall she began taking part in classes that would make her late getting to bed, but she adapted and we’ve had no issues.

But now we’re parents of TWO. Our second babe has completely thrown us for a loop (which everyone says happens). She came home from the hospital waking only once or twice through the night – then she hit sleep regressions, milestones, teething and sometimes, quite frankly – we’ve just had a busy day and now she’s waking more through the night.
So, we began slowing down. We drew our attention back to her cues, focused more on what she was needing. Oppose to assuming she could keep up with our previously established routines. We also reached out to Sleep Consultant – Lindsey Smith.
Our babe is now 9months old and we are facing the reality that we are not at a stage to be a flexible family.

And guess what? I’m not going to apologize for that.

We’re a newly family of four, functioning with two different sleeping schedules, we do what we have to do! This may mean we can’t fly by the seat of our pants, we’re unable to stay late at family functions and we’re certainly unable to appease every single person in our lives.
Again, ain’t nobody got time to apologize for that! It’s unnecessary!
This Mama now does her grocery shopping online, it’s a quick and easy pick up! We’ve now become even more appreciative of those friends who drop what they’re doing to bring us Advil, when we have one babe with a fever and another one sound asleep. Or the family members who add a few of our errands to their list so we can insure the babes are fitting in both naps in their own beds. It’s a beautiful thing when you’re able to create this supportive village who understands your family comes first; and that you may (for the time being), not be very flexible.


Please do not forget, we’re never alone through these experiences. We all have our struggles. Just know – we don’t have to struggle through them alone. We’re here for you!

 

  • Amanda
    XO

Why We Can't Live Without Our Snuggle Me Organic

As I was nearing the end of my second pregnancy, I was doing a lot of research into products such as baby nests and the Dockatot, they all seemed so unattainable as they were crazy expensive and I never truly fell in love with anything but the prints some companies had to offer.


My daughter was born and I still had nothing aside from a swing to use while I ran to the washroom, made something to eat or while trying to divide my attention between my new born and my toddler. Sharing my struggle amongst my girlfriends, one of them suggested I look into the Snuggle Me.

Here is what I discovered;
The Snuggle me was created by a Mom (of seven) and her mother-in-law, about eleven years ago when she experienced an overwhelming sense of guilt that there never seemed to be enough of her and she had little to no help.
She states, “I needed someone to just come in and hold a baby for me. That was it. Someone who could relieve this sense of guilt I felt when I had to lay these babies down.” – Mia Carr
With that, these Moms went to work to create a sensory lounger that could snuggle babies when Moms just simply need a moment.


Here it was, The Snuggle Me. I hadn’t even purchased the product, but I fell so deeply for this family, the love and the passion this Mom had behind creating a product that gave the support to a child that every Mom longs for.

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Our family purchased a Snuggle Me Organic, which is made in the USA. It was to be a Christmas present for our daughter, but let’s be honest… it was truly a gift for all of us.
We instantly fell in love with the softness, the ease it brought to washing and keeping it clean; but most importantly the sense of security and calmness it brought to her while she laid snuggled inside. It is something that is also so easy to travel with. We began napping her throughout the day in the Snuggle Me. It fit perfectly inside her bassinet and while we jumped into the hustle and bustle of the holidays, no matter where we went she had a little piece of home that brought the comfort she need to drift off to sleep while celebrations occurred all around her.

Our little love is just over eight months old now, sleeping in her crib, but still within the Snuggle Me. This was another huge bonus to this product, children tend to not outgrow it. The design allows them to be snuggled securely around their torso (like they're being held), while their legs eventually stretch out and hang over. Even our preschooler sneaks in from time to time to take a rest, it is just that cozy.

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We certainly all have our products as Moms, which we cannot live and/or survive without. I’d have to say this is definitely mine, being a Mom of two. Which is why it has been so important for me to share with you all AND why it was of utmost important for me to reach out to this fellow Mama and ask for a Snuggle Me that we could use with our clients. Many families would prefer not to drop money on products they’re unsure they or their children may not enjoy, so we’re here to help with that; supporting you however we can.


Have any questions?
Don’t hesitate to reach out, amanda@sweetstellas.com
Want to look into this particular product yourself, check out snuggle_me_organic on Instagram, our their website at www.snugglemeorganic.com/

You Are Exactly The Mother Your Children Need

On the off chance that you are doubting yourself lately....

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A good friend once told me that when she was angry or upset or simply feeling overwhelmed and doubting herself as a parent, she will take a look at her children when they are sleeping.

It's so easy to doubt ourselves as parents these days.

Are we doing enough?

Teaching enough?

Spending enough quality time with them?

Feeding them well?

Setting a good enough example?

The truth is, every single parent on the planet worries about these things and the mere fact that we worry means that we are good parents. It means that we care about the little people are we raising.

It means that we are exactly the mothers that our children need.

xoxo

Shannon

What Goes into an Overnight Package, and Why?

So you want to engage in some Overnight Doula Care, but you're not entirely sure how to proceed. Well, it all begins with a conversation to assess your needs!

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We start our overnight care with a free consultation where I am able to obtain a clear picture of what your family’s needs are going to be and how I can make this a positive experience. The next step is to doing some nighttime planning! This is where we will talk about sleep routines, bed time, feedings etc. Setting up a schedule is next on the agenda. As an overnight care client, you have continuous support via text and phone from me for the duration of our time together. You would also have access to the Client PDF handbook, checklists and referral on our Sweet Stella's website. Your doula will listen to any concerns you may have, answer any questions and develop a plan to help you lighten the load.

I often put self-care packages together for my clients to help them get in to a routine of taking care of themselves. These packages, specifically for overnight care, can include eye mask, ear plugs, Essential Oils Lavender Roller Balm, Bath Bombs or Shower Melts, Sleepy Tea, and Sleepy Lotion. I make these packages with items from Local Vendors who value Self Care just as much as I do. I choose items specifically based on my individual clients, and no care package is ever the same!

I find putting these special care packages together, regardless of the reason, to be so important. I always want my clients to know and feel important, valued, cared for. Our parents’ take so much time caring for their littles’, it’s my job to take care of everyone!

A significant amount of time goes in to overnight care, as your Doula will meal prep, do some light housekeeping, and baby care, including bottle preparation and sterilization, all while you get a peaceful nights rest. That means, you indulge in a full night of sleep (ear plugs in and dreamy music on), while your baby is tended to. If there are overnight feeds or changes that need to happen, I tend to that. If baby is going through teething or growth spurts and is particularly fussy, I tend to that. Your doula is there to tend to every need baby has while you take care of yourself

xo

Kerri

Rest Peacefully and Be Still

Whether you are a brand new mom, or you have kids who are moving out of the house and are off to college, university or the next phase of life....this month we encourage you to take a few moments to rest peacefully and be still.

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It can be hard to find these moments, and sometimes actually taking them for ourselves feels selfish. But here's a secret (that's maybe not so secret)....it's not selfish at all.

Personally, I like to take the 15-25minutes between my kids bedtime for myself. I get the little one to bed, and then sometimes just go and sit in my office. If I'm really lucky, I might even sneak into bed with the iPad and watch a show for a half an hour...uninterrupted and in silence. Sure, I'll get a text from my husband wondering where I am or what I'm doing...but it can wait.

In that moment, I need to rest peacefully and be still.

I need that moment of silence and peace to decompress after a long day. I need that moment of stillness to reset my brain and breathe.

And that is perfectly ok.

So the next time you're feeling a bit overwhelmed, take a few moments to rest and be still.

xoxo

Shannon

How an Overnight Doula Set You Up for a Positive Day

It's so much more than making sure you get a full night of sleep! Your overnight doula is in constant contact with you throughout the day to ensure you are having a positive day, and to help you navigate the points of the day that aren't so awesome. But how do we do that?

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After getting a full night of uninterrupted sleep, parents wake up to fresh coffee, breakfast and a well-rested baby. Your overnight doula helps around the house with some light housekeeping, to help get you caught up on those daily chores that can easily get pushed to the side.

I often see parents struggle with anxiety, frustration and depression that can be caused by sleep deprivation. Parents can be very emotional, irritable and tired. Any feelings that develop due to lack of sleep can be so exhausting on the entire family, putting extra strain on those relationships. Overnight care can help alleviate the stress by taking away the responsibilities of parenthood as there is someone there specifically to take that role on and allow you to take care of you. We take the baby monitor out of your room and allow you to have a full night of rest.

We all know how important eating a well-balanced healthy diet is to our mental well-being. Making a healthy and yummy breakfast for my clients each morning gets everyone started with a full belly and ready to take on the day. Coffee and tea are also made fresh for you to enjoy!

I like to prepare delicious and healthy breakfasts each morning that are quick and easy to prepare. Some of my favorite recipes are Brown Sugar Oatmeal Stuffed Apples, Pancakes and 5 minute Quiche Cups. I come prepared with a book of recipes that I have collected over the years and make breakfast based on what is available in the kitchen. Families are able to make special requests that can usually be accommodated.

xo

Kerri

The Only Way Out Is Through

Sometimes motherhood means breaking down the walls that we put up, and allow society to put up, around us.

Sometimes it means breaking through, pushing past our limitations and finding out who we are now that we are parents.

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We've spent a great deal of time talking to our clients lately about expectations and limitations. And the one thing that we always come back to is validating how you are feeling, when you are feeling it, and breaking down the walls that surround you.

Truly, the only way out is through and we will be damned if we let others put us into a box.

Mom your own way.

Care your own path.

Live by your own rules.

And know that you are loved.

xoxo

Shannon

What Does Overnight Care Look Like?

We often hear from parents that they are interested in Overnight Doula Care, but wonder what exactly an 8 hour shift looks like.

Typically an overnight shift is 8 hours, and begins around 10 or 11pm. When I arrive at a family’s house, I get an update on the day and identify any concerns that may be helpful for me to know as I begin a night of caring for your baby. Once that is done, I take the reins with baby and send the parents off to bed for a good nights’ sleep.

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Once everyone is off to bed, I get coffee ready for the morning, and do some breakfast preparation. I am often throwing in some laundry and if there are dishes in the sink, you can rest assured I will get them done for you! I will then settle in close to baby so that I may tend to any of babes needs throughout the night. In the case of a bottle fed babe, I prepare bottles, including sterilization and preparing formula. Throughout the night, I tend to all of babes needs such as diaper changes and feedings. When a momma is nursing, I will bring the baby in to mom when baby wakes for her to feed and then I take baby back, once again, tending to all other needs.

As an overnight doula, I am completely supportive of whatever type of feeding, sleeping, bedtime and diaper routine parents have established. My job is to come in and keep everything the same as what is done when I am not there. This helps to reduce any anxiety or stress the baby may feel being around someone who is not a parent. During our time together, if a family has identified anything that they are requiring help with, I will work with the family to work through whatever might be happening and make suggestions where I can. Most of my experience with overnight care has been with sleep training.

In the morning, parents wake up to freshly made coffee and breakfast. Parents are also encouraged to make special breakfast requests! I come prepared with a book of recipes that I have collected over the years and make breakfast based on what is available in the kitchen. Before leaving, I give an update of the night and see myself out, wishing you a great day.

xo

Kerri

Caution? Meet Wind

Can you feel it? Summer is so-incredibly-close. The warmth of the sun is returning, the flowers are raising their sleepy heads and soon it will be time to throw caution to the wind.

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How, right here and now...here in this moment, can you throw caution to the wind? At the yoga studio, we often talk of maven energy a being those moments where you are carefree, liberated and a little bit reckless.

Those moments where you sing in the car to your very favourite songs (much to the embarrassment of your children who are in the back seat), or where you strut your beautiful mom-bod to the pool and order up a daiquiri on vacation so you can enjoy it on a lounger, or even when you run out into the rain to jump into puddles with your kids.

Caution? Meet wind.

This month, throw caution to the wind. Let down your guard, get a wee bit vulnerable and have fun for the sake of having fun.

Top 5 Calming Songs for Birth

It's been a while since we chatted about some of our favourite things to have on hand for labour and birth, so we thought it was high time to talk about one of them: music! Music is such an integral part of our lives and it evokes such incredible memories that can really get those happy love hormones (oxytocin) flowing!

When we are doing a bit of birthPrep with our clients, we talk to them about setting up two playlists on their phone; 1 for high energy (early labour when things are exciting and 1 calming playlist that will be helpful during the more active stages of labour and the quiet moments where mom might need some rest.

Today, we are going to talk about the latter of those playlists, the calming playlist. This is where we love to use instrumental music, ballads, soft voices to really bring the energy down and give mom some space. The use of privacy and the bath (or shower) or even just some along time in the bathroom goes along really nicely with a calming playlist, as well!

1. Volume 1: Joshua Stoddard

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This album is comprised by 4 song that flow seamlessly into one another. It is very airy and light; almost ethereal and it is one of my favourites to fall asleep to at night. He also has chakra clearing tracks that are about 5-7 minutes in length if you like the sound of chanting here and there!

2. Black Sea Waves Symphony: Francios Tresorier

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If nature sounds are more your thing (and personally, I think  they're really amazing if you're labouring in the tub!), this track is over an hour of the sound of waves. At times they are powerful, and other times they lull out and are super peaceful. Again, this is a track that I love listening to at bedtime and has been specifically helpful in encouraging our little guys to settle down for the night.

3. Relaxing Within: Pablo Arellano

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Created with pad and piano, this 87 minute track is the epitome of serenity. It transports you to a more spa like environment, takes the energy down and inspires a sense of peace and calm like I have never found in another track. It is one of my most used pieces of music.

4. Closing Meditation: Shantala

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There's something really hypnotic about the deep, consistent lull of this track. The music is eastern, I couldn't even tell you the instruments used if I tried but they are definitely from a kirtan background. There is a bit of chanting and melodic singing in the track as well. It is truly beautiful! If you do any type of yoga, this would be the type of song you would hear during savasana.

5. Miracle: Nina Lee

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A gorgeous song about birth, Miracle is actually from an album dedicated to pregnancy. The songs are incredibly moving, which is exactly the type of music to play during early labour when you're excited and filled with anticipation. It's an emotional time to connect to the final moments of your pregnancy, and to gear up for the moment of birth. This album is beautiful and will carry you there.

Whatever music you find the most soothing, whether a tranquil instrumental, classical music or a lyrical album that you feel emotionally connected to, load it up on your phone and have it ready for labour. You may just find that it speeds things up when you allow those emotions to flow easily!

xo

Shannon

Being Present

Ah, being present. This is something that I struggle with from time to time, and as a meditation teacher is something that I have learned over and over again....yet still find difficult to implement.

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Being present.

Is it a challenge for you? I often find that with being a business owner, mentor, teacher, mother, wife, friend....etc....that I struggle. I get wrapped up in our schedule of hockey and tutoring and daycare and who needs to be dropped off here and at what time, that I forget that there are small moments in between the travel time that I should be taking notice of.

The moment he gets in my car after getting off the bus and he excitedly tells me about his day. 

The moment just before I fall asleep at the end of the day, when I can feel my body melt into the mattress.

The moment my youngest gets home and runs to me with a big smile, for a huge hug...even before taking his boots off.

Those moments, because I'm wrapped up in the schedules and to-do lists, I struggle to be present.

So this month, I challenge you! I challenge you to be present and stay present. Just one moment each day, but be there. Fully and completely there.

Indoor Faux Plants - All You Need to Reinvent Your Corporate Spaces

Do you think your corporate environment needs a transformation to make it an inviting and interesting space? Well, corporate space especially indoors needs to be highly enthusiastic and energetic as disinteresting and unappealing interior can generate boredom among employees, visitors, customers and all. This boredom gives rise to lower performance, absenteeism, stressful minds of people and all. Faux plants and trees give you low maintenance, cost-effective and highly elegant solution for your corporate interior space with which you can eliminate that boredom out of your space and bring an essence of appeal and attractiveness. The artificial landscape is quite popular in corporate environments especially for indoors due to their almost negligible maintenance needs.

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Get Your Space Refreshed and Filled With Energy

Continuously studies have shown that a good and greener office environment can enhance the productivity of your business. This is because a greener environment can make your workforce feel refreshed and energetic while also interested in the office. Studies also reveal that a good workplace can reduce the stress in employees and reduced stress give rise to improved health and performance. This way you can also reduce absenteeism and encourage employees to give their best while being in the office. Living plants are really difficult to be incorporated into your indoor area still you can enjoy the same benefits without maintenance needs with faux indoor plants phoenix. Just choose the type of plant you need as per your architectural design and see how you can take your business to next level.

Add Vibrant Colors with Indoor Faux Flowers

Along with adding greenery, a blend of colors is a must for any commercial indoor environment. Colors give a vibrant appearance to the place making it more lively and encouraging. Not only your employees but your customers and all of your visitors will get a positive feel there. Faux landscaping products offer you a great range of artificial flowers that you can pdf to make your space a colorful and elegant one. You can choose from different varieties of orchids, dahlias, roses, ficus, flower vines, money plants, sunflowers and many more. In other words, in artificial landscaping industry, you can have replication of most of the kinds of flowers that exist in real plants. These flowers can be used for special occasions as well as day to day office decorations.

Lineup Your Lobby and Reception With Large Trees and Plants

Reception area is the foremost area of your building that a visitor will notice. Hence it is obvious to make it inviting and appealing so that people may find it a good place to sit, wait or deal with people there. You can decorate your reception and lobby area with faux plants and trees. If you think your reception or lobby has huge area that gives the feeling of emptiness then it is a good idea to lineup the area with large artificial interior plants decoration. If you have smaller lobby or reception area, you can make use of small potted plants, flowers, foliage, vines and small greenery to decorate the space perfectly. There are numerous options that you can utilize to make your reception area one of the most appealing place.

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Make Every Cabin Look Pleasant With Flower Arrangements

You will have a wide kind of cabins and rooms in your corporate space ranging from that reception area to waiting room, conference room, meeting room, dining room or more. All these can be decorated with lovely faux flower arrangements available in the market. You can choose from a variety of flowers from dahlias to orchids, lotus, flower vines, flower plants with fancy vases and many more. Placing a suitable flower plant on the table of every cabin will add a touch of elegant colors to your indoor. Lovely flower is hanging baskets also work perfectly for cabins where you want to complement your walls. Upon exploration, you will find countless options in faux flowers that you can apply to your corporate indoors.

Choose Flowers and Plants According to the Natural Lighting

The extent to which you can make your indoor area inviting and appealing depends upon how well you utilize these artificial plants, trees, and flowers. The idea behind decorating the office rooms with these plants should be generated according to the natural lighting of the room. For example, the dark rooms can be enhanced with bright and light flowers to create an illusion of brightness. Similarly, bright rooms can be decorated with dark colored flowers or plants. Also, dark-leafed plants and trees can be placed in bright rooms to balance the natural lighting effects. With your creative vision and a little bit interior decoration tricks applied, you can transform your corporate interior space into a mesmerizing and energizing place to work at.

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Add Topiaries to Your Interior and Showcase Creativity

Topiaries are always being most popular and elegant solutions to enhance the beauty of any space. Now live topiaries have been replaced by faux topiaries as these are easy to craft, design and customize as per particular requirements. Topiaries can be used indoors as well as outdoors, and their size may vary from small 3 feet to large 6 feet of height. Place topiaries in the empty corners, reception area, along with the indoor walkways and see how these will add grace to your indoor corporate area. Even if you need occasional decoration of your office, topiaries can work best for this as well. Just find the right office plant rentals provider for your occasional decorations and choose the most suitable topiary for your indoor area.

This post was sponsored by Plantscape Inc. and contain affiliate links. We were compensated for publishing this content, and maintain the view that plants make all spaces better! Do what you can to incorporate them into your home. Our favourites are potted herbs in the window, and lavendar trees!

Why Every Parent Needs a Mini Fridge in Their Room

Four AM Mom thought, “I wish we had a mini fridge in our bedroom.”

I’d have bottles of water, juice boxes, oh my goodness and my favourite snack – energy bites!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites

1 1/2c old fashioned rolled oats
1/2c peanut butter
1/3c pure maple syrup
1/3c semi-sweet chocolate chips

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It's honestly not that my kitchen is super far away, but I wouldn’t have to walk up and down all those stairs, I wouldn’t have to worry about making any extra noise that could wake either of my daughters, dogs or husband. Plus, I’m also sore from my caesarean and would rather not have to leave my room in the middle of the night.

Oh, and how could I have not thought about bottles? I could store my breast milk for the hubby to do a night feed.

Genius! Pure genius!

Why didn’t I think of this sooner?

And what else is brilliant? Trading your night side table for a mini fridge for the first few months postpartum! Everything is within reach, right when you need it!

xoxo

Amanda

What Placenta Encapsulation Really Looks Like

Don’t worry. I am not going to be showing photos of placentas, or blood or anything else of that matter in this blog. While placentas are fascinating and wondrous, they do bring a cringe to most people’s faces when they are talked about. Admit it, it is pretty amazing that our body grows this whole extra organ to grow and support life and then completely discarded after birth. It deserves, at the very least, a round of applause. It was the best friend to your little one for nine months.

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While placenta pills are the base of this service, this is all about support. Putting a moms mind at ease that she has a knowledgeable and understanding person she can contact to answer questions, to get professional referrals or just someone to say that ’this is totally normal’. Sometimes just knowing that you can call or text someone who has the knowledge of a postpartum doula can lessen stress. Because whoever posts on mom boards or groups and gets one straight answer and solved the problem without causing MORE stress. While they can be a great resource, it can also be very intimidating to put yourself out there on the internet if there is an issue or you are afraid that it may be a ‘stupid’ question.

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Our placenta encapsulation service includes six weeks of text support, weekly check-ins by a doula, and an in home visit. We want to ensure you are taking the proper dosage, there are no complications with taking your pills or otherwise and that your questions as a new mom can be answered without judgement. Whether it is needed more in home support, a referral to an osteopath, recipes for amazing lactation aids or just an ear to vent. Some days it’s the simple things that can bring a new mom joy, like a shower, ALONE! Every new family is different in their needs but we want to make sure that you know you are supported and have someone to reach out to.

This is what we are here to do for you!

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Placenta encapsulation isn’t just about ingesting this organ to help with numerous things including energy, healing, hormone levels and milk production. It is part of planning for your postpartum period and having the needed support in place while getting to know your newborn, learning to breastfeed, allowing time for your body to heal and keeping up with everyday chores.

Call in all the help you can get, you deserve it!

If you think that this service would be helpful for you during your postpartum, book your free consultation today!

Be Your Own Hero

Do you ever get that feeling like you're waiting for someone to come in and save you? I don't mean when the kids are acting like rabid animals and it's 10 minutes until dinner time and your spouse walks through the door...

Not that kind of saving.

But the kind where you feel like something big is going to happen and you're not entirely sure how you're going to get through it.

That.

In those moments, did you know that the very best hero that can do the very best saving lives inside of your soul?

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You have all of the power that you need deep down inside of your soul. You don't need anybody else!

Take a deep breath and, just for a moment, picture yourself standing on top of a mountain. The air is cool and crisp. The wind, ever so gently, washing over your face. You're not afraid, but you know that something is coming. Something big.

Change.

The air brings change with it. It fills our lungs with fresh, clean, new air. It breathes life into our being.

In amongst that change, standing on the edge of something great, you might feel like you need a hero. That hero is you.

You.

Perfectly perfect, just the way that you are. Standing there on your mountain, in all of your power and glory.

You don't need anybody else.

Slow Down. Be Still.

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over. Life is starting to settle down. Depending on where you are geographically, the world may still be laden with snow, the skies still grey and the nights incredibly cold.

This month in Mindful Motherhood, we are encouraging you to slow down. To be still.

And to hold onto the moments that matter.

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The things that truly matter. Sometimes, those things are the tiny feet of our baby's. Other times, it's the quiet moments when they're napping and we are cuddled up on the couch binging our latest Netflix find.

The slow, still moments.

Hold on to them.

They matter so very much and in a world that is often chaotic and negative....they matter.

Hold onto them.