Happy 1st Birthday, Lucca!

HOW IS MY BABY ONE YEAR OLD? These past weeks have flown by as I have slightly dreaded Lucca turning one year old.  Of course, I want him to grow and am beyond grateful for his life.  However, his time as a baby is moving way too swiftly for my liking.  As a typical new... Continue Reading →

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NO MORE DIETING! Join me!

I have been on numerous diets and will never go on one again.  Let me tell you why. As someone who struggled in the past with insecurities and poor body-image, my heart hurts when I hear of people going on "diets."  Food and the thought of food controlled me years ago.  I'm not talking about... Continue Reading →

10 Years Without Meat

Happy Anniversary to me!!! This spring marks TEN YEARS without eating meat!  That includes seafood as well.  And I celebrate my choice every single day, and really, every meal. People ask if it was hard, where do I get my protein, if I miss meat, and why I gave it up.  To answer those loaded... Continue Reading →

How Yoga Has Helped Me: Deeper Than Poses

Back in high school, I struggled to find confidence and acceptance for myself and turned to eating disorders.  I worked out far too much and even did yoga, but I did not understand much about the ancient practice.  Feeling inadequate for 8 years, I battled bulimia on and off. I was never neglected or abused... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk Self-LOVE

Self-love comes easily for some, and no so much for others.  It's my mission to create that healthy, loving space for Lucca.  When he learns to love and accept himself, he will be confident, caring, compassionate, kind, and generous.  He will thrive and succeed. Many of us have been surrounded by negative self-talk, society and... Continue Reading →

Putting Value in The Self

Our society, very unfortunately, puts a lot of pressure and focus on outer appearances.  We are told by companies and advertisements to lose weight, change our hair, buy these pants, use this makeup, and on and on and on.  Basically, we are told we are not enough.  It is untrue, and frankly, exhausting. We are... Continue Reading →

2019 Intentions

I say it regularly, and I'll say it again: I prefer to set intentions instead of goals or resolutions.  Intentions come from a place of compassion and positivity, igniting hope for change.  Resolutions can stem from a place of judgment or the thought that we are not complete as we are. So my intentions are... Continue Reading →

Social Media Cleanse

With a few days left of the year, I have mindfully decided to step back from social media, particularly Instagram and Facebook.  While I enjoy being in touch with friends, finding yoga inspiration, and communication, I need a break.  Some days, I'll scroll endlessly.  Sometimes I'll get pissed at the amount of judgement, consumerism, and... Continue Reading →

A call for Christians to be more ‘Christ-like’

As someone who identifies with Christianity, I have become increasingly triggered as of lately. There are everyday people, public figures, leaders in the community and country, and all over social media who claim to be Christian, but are forgetting what the whole religion is based upon.  This religion, and the associated beliefs, is centered around... Continue Reading →

Yoga + Journaling on a Saturday morning

This morning's class was Kapha. Grounding, acknowledging feelings, and preparing for the upcoming full moon. 🌕 Lately I've been irritable, not towards my baby, but towards everyone else.  I've gotten lost in my emotions and annoyed with how I've been mistreated.  Then, this morning, I made the connection to LET IT GO.  I realized I... Continue Reading →

How Cloth Diapering is going

Years before we found out we were pregnant, I envisioned using cloth diapers for my babies.  Once I became pregnant, I decided to begin with disposable diapers until the baby's BMs got more solid and less frequent - easier and less to clean.  So about 4 months into motherhood, we were full fledge cloth diapering. ... Continue Reading →

Mentone + Desoto State Park

Fall has been here for a few weeks, but with the weather finally cooling down, it FEELS like autumn is officially here!  Some people enjoy pumpkin spice everything, and while I can appreciate that, I'm excited to get outside in the fresh air! Friday afternoon, my husband, baby and puppy took a short drive to... Continue Reading →

6 months of motherhood

I cannot believe my baby is half a year old!  He seems so big, and has grown so much... but he's still a baby.  Thank God! Babies are my favorite; infant age is my favorite phase but it has been much harder with my own child.  I never expected being a mother would be simple,... Continue Reading →

Then and now, same, but different

Hey there! I know I have not been posting regularly (due to that mom life), but if this blog is helping me work through feelings and share my experiences, it has to be a priority. To see where I am, it's interesting to go back through older posts to see where I've been.   I... Continue Reading →

New Moon Monday crazies

Goodness gracious. Sunday night was the new moon, and apparently I thought it was a good time to adjust Lucca's sleeping routines.  We bed share, and even though it is controversial, it works for us.  We do it as safe as possible, and I do not see it as an issue.  What needs to change... Continue Reading →

Honoring your time and yourself

There are days in all our lives when we feel run down, spread too thin, lost, without purpose, or just tired.  I become tired often, so often it is as though I live in a perpetual state of tiredness.  During these times or days or maybe weeks, it is common to question personal decisions.  I... Continue Reading →

Yoga Poses for Every Day

The summer days are busy with vacations, road trips, camps, family time, swimming, and work!  How can we manage to give time to ourselves when the days seem to get away from us?  And now school is beginning and activities are picking up.  Where does the time go and how do we make time for... Continue Reading →

Breastfeeding love

Some people are weird about breastfeeding, especially in public.  I believe I was even raised to think the same thing, it should be in private.  Did you know it is much more accepted in Europe and Africa?  Most people don't give it a second thought if they spot you nursing your child on a park... Continue Reading →

Importance of Positive Thoughts

The Importance of Positive Self Talk. How you talk to yourself and about yourself affects how you act and speak around others.  Are you loving towards yourself or do you have a tendency to get down and harsh when you stumble?  Do you give yourself room to breathe and compassion or immediately turn to self-pity? ... Continue Reading →

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Being a mother is never easy.  Even when days, or more likely moments of the day, run smoothly, there is always a chance of that changing.  Here are a few truths I have learned with my three- month old boy:   The Good Lucca naps lying on my chest, and I have just gotten used... Continue Reading →

Postpartum Yoga + Life

Nothing could prepare me for motherhood or a postpartum yoga practice.  People warned me, but motherhood is something no one really understands until it's experienced on a personal level (like many life phases).  I was told numerous times how hard, wonderful, and tiring having a baby would be.  I was prepared as much as possible... Continue Reading →

Lucca’s Birth Story

It has taken me quite a while to write this story.  Nothing went as I planned (even though I was open-minded), and I think I have been feeling slightly guilty and embarrassed since I gave birth.  Lucca arrived perfectly, and all is well now.  But I am still not content in how it all happened,... Continue Reading →

How diverse is your diet?

I just finished up watching Queer Eye, and it really inspired me to get in the kitchen!  Antony (the chef) and I would be best friends if he knew me!  He would probably be annoyed with my veganism and allergies, but love me as a person.  Or that is what I'm telling myself!  Anyway, I... Continue Reading →

Am I the Problem?

We all question ourselves and our abilities.  Am I doing a good job? Am I doing this wrong?  What can I do better?  Am I the problem?   The first night home from the hospital, I was a mess.  Mainly due to the fact I slept 2-3 hours a day for our 3 day stay... Continue Reading →

A heart of gratitude

A few nights ago: Sitting quietly, watching The Office (what else), enjoying a beer, and being so thankful. We have gotten into a routine, and I think it helps baby bear.  Each night at 8:30, Lucca gets a bath or showers with me, pajamas, big bottle of breastmilk from Papa, snuggles, and falls asleep on... Continue Reading →

Acceptance

Ther other day I listened to a webinar that really resonated with me. One of the topics was body positivity versus acceptance and reality.  What one of the women said spoke directly to me.  Here is what I took from the conversation... We don't have to LOVE our flaws, we just have to find PEACE... Continue Reading →

Dearest Lucca

Dearest Lucca,   You coming into our lives has been a gift. You try my patience as you teach me infinite love. You worry me with your crying while you warm my heart with snuggles. You have stolen sleep from my nights, but I get to watch you sleep and make precious breathing sounds. You... Continue Reading →

For my [future] daughter:

I saw this cycling around Facebook a while ago and wanted to save and share it.  Whenever we do have a girl, this will be helpful. *Also, I do not know who originated this, but if you do, please let me know so I can credit them! Rules For My Daughter:  1. Make your bed... Continue Reading →

Help! I need somebody!

Help!  Not just anybody. It is SO hard for me to ask for help. One of my go-to themes in my personal yoga practice and classes is surrender.  To let go.  It is exactly what I need to work on now and is becoming increasingly more difficult.  Having control makes me feel organized, put together. ... Continue Reading →

Rough day

It has been a day. Prepare for some candid, colorful language... Holy shit, motherhood is hard.  My sweet baby and I drove to Springville (about 30 minutes away) and back this morning.  He cried loudly at least 85% of the drives.  Today was one of those days he hated the car.  I have listened to... Continue Reading →

Yogi diaries 6

Postpartum   Finding time to practice yoga with a 2 month old baby is hard enough.  Add in the facts that there are VERY few options in a small town, and I am not willing to leave my baby with anyone other than my husband, yet... There's very little asana these days. Yoga also looks... Continue Reading →

5 reminders for mamas

With a 2 month old, a working husband, a puppy, two kitties, yoga classes to teach, and a house to take care of, life tends to become a little hectic.  Days might run together and I can feel as though nothing has been accomplished.  What is important to remember: if the baby is well fed,... Continue Reading →

Crazy mom alert!

I have been HIGHLY frustrated recently.  Being a new mom is no joke.  I am aware of my insanity, but I cannot seem to let it go... I think the mama bear in me is roaring.   I am tired. Tired of people hovering over MY baby.  Tired of people calling my baby their baby. ... Continue Reading →

From a mother of an infant

On any given day, I will have breastmilk spilled on me.  And a boob out.  Maybe both.  Sometimes I forget... I may also forget I have to pee because I can't set him down.  Or I put him in a wrap, and we go together. There isn't much time to answer texts or have a... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Mamahood!

Our baby is one month old. A lot of people say they cannot remember the time before the baby was born, but I definitely do.  I remember sleeping a lot during my pregnancy, because I thought I was tired then.  Now, I am consumed with everything baby.  And I honestly, truly wouldn't have it any... Continue Reading →

33-40 weeks pregnant

First of all, HAPPY DUE DATE TO BABY BEAR!!!!!!!!! Even though I have been blogging about my pregnancy for 4 weeks at a time, these last many weeks will be clumped into one post. Many pregnant women say the second trimester is the most enjoyable, the first being difficult because of morning sickness and the... Continue Reading →

29-32 weeks pregnant

Welcome to the THIRD and final trimester! We settled on our OB/GYN, a really kind and supportive woman in the city.  Originally I wanted a midwife and doula, but there are not any in are immediate area, the closest being at least 45 minutes away.  And there are no birthing centers either.  We went to... Continue Reading →

Uncertainties of Motherhood

The other night, I let it all come in... The fear, anxiety, uncertainty, nervousness, and lack of control. All I have ever known is that I want to be a mom.  I have a natural adoration for little ones, especially babies, and am honestly really good at caring for them. But not knowing when baby... Continue Reading →

A love note to Baby Bear.

My little baby bear, I promise to let you dream. Big, wild, magical dreams. I vow to protect you, but let you think and grow on your own. I will always hug you and tell you how much I love you. I vow to teach you about compassion, tolerance, ahimsa, and enjoying the simple things... Continue Reading →

Observations and fears while being pregnant

I have recently made the mistake of asking some questions or for advice for my baby on social media.  While most people are kind and helpful, there are a few that have no place in giving their opinions.  Men (no uterus, no opinion about pregnancy or breastfeeding).  Women that have never experienced pregnancy, have no... Continue Reading →

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