The Brilliant Mama Blog Tour

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Mother’s Circle: Release Your Fears

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Will my baby be OK?  Will I need a Cesarean section? How many more nights will this baby want to nurse every hour? How am I going to make it through the day? Can we afford that?   Will my job still be there? Will I have a good relationship with my kids when they grow up? Does my spouse even like me any more?! What are we going to do when... {sign up for the 'releasing fears' mother's circle below!} Breathe, mama. Enjoy a soft sigh, and let yourself rest a minute. The endless questions, anxieties, and worries are expressions of fear. Some fears are personal, reflections of our own … [Read more...]

Body Image and My Sweet 6-year-old

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Sitting in the doctor’s office waiting area, I notice that my 6 year old has picked up a copy of Us Weekly. She is fixated on the beautiful starlets in their gala gowns. “You know what the funny thing is about those pictures?” I ask. “What?” “Every one of those pictures was put into a computer and made to look like a perfect drawing instead of a real woman,” I say, keeping my tone easy. “You know how many people it took to get the ladies ready for their pictures?” “How many?” she inquires. “Oh, so many,” I say. “One to fix her hair. One to do her makeup. Someone else to pick out … [Read more...]

Giveaway: massage OR online gift card

Mamahhh Nashville Giveaway

I don't know about you, but I could use a great massage! Which leads me to this: As the new year gets rolling, I’m tweaking my yoga class schedule and workshop offerings to better meet the needs of women in Nashville. I’m also working on a few new online offerings for the year. I’d love to have your guidance about how to be a useful part of your pregnancy, parenting, and self-care experience. So I’m asking whether you can spare a few minutes to complete the following survey about in-person Nashville classes and online events open to mamas everywhere: http://bit.ly/MamahhhSurvey For your … [Read more...]

Motherhood Pains? 4 Ways to Feel Better

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Birth changes you forever in myriad ways. Serious lifestyle changes demand your energy: Staying up all night nursing a baby, rather than say, nursing a sweet glass of wine with dinner. And then there are the physical changes—too numerous to list, really. Breasts, belly, lady parts, all so very, very different, although those changes are not all that unexpected. What can catch you by surprise are the random body aches and pains that come from bearing and raising children. Belly Button Bliss birth story contributor Kara Douglass Thom, who is the author of the book & blog Hot (Sweaty) … [Read more...]