It’s no secret that pregnancy is a strain on a woman’s body. At times, I remember feeling like I was going to rip open if my baby grew one more inch, and all the extra weight caused seriously achy joints and muscles. Thus, there’s no better time to pamper yourself then during pregnancy! And since you’re saving money by not purchasing margaritas and merlot, why not splurge on a professional massage from time-to-time (or all the time)! It’s one of the simple pleasures that expectant mothers are actually allowed to indulge in.
I often receive emails and messages from readers requesting recipes that they may not be able to find on the blog. By far, the most sought after DIY recipe has been homemade hairspray ! And I can totally see why – hair spray is a toxic shit-storm! Even though aerosol cans no longer contain ozone depleting CFC’s (chlorofluorocarbons), and haven’t since the 70’s when ozone depletion was brought to public attention, the can itself is just another form of human waste, destined for the land-fill.
Not surprisingly, the majority of popular hairspray brands on the Environmental Working Group website are rated between an 8-10 out of 10. Ratings are based on the concern for cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies and immunotoxicity.
Common ingredients in hairspray, and ones that pose a health and environmental risks, include: [Read more…]
I think that most people would expect an “all-natural” kinda gal like myself to have a peaceful home birth equipt with a midwife, doula, and labour pool. A few people asked me who my midwife was and had curious questions about my home-birth plan – I suppose I just give off that kind of vibe, I don’t know. But no, I did not have a home birth. Instead, I had a naturally-mindful, modern hippie hospital birth.
Now don’t get me wrong – I’m totally supportive, and even a promoter, of home births, and considered it myself at one point, but there were several reasons why we decided that it wasn’t for us. But first, just for fun (and because mom’s love to talk about their labour experiences), here is the story of how Ruby Florence came into the world…
Our Birth Story…
Today’s guest post is written by my good friend and fellow Mompreneur, Lindyn Williams. She is someone who wholeheartedly understands the busyness that come with being a work-from-home-mom, and I love venting to her when my head is spinning because she always has something wise to say that brings me back down to earth. I hope you enjoy her 5 tips to balancing work/life harmony as a Momprenuer.
Intro from Lindyn: As working a mama, I can guarantee that not every day is going to go as planned. And that’s ok! When you feel like you’re spinning your wheels and need some clarity, save this post and re-read as necessary. Carly and I both felt the need to add that we try our best to follow the tips below- but life happens and we get off track. Writing this post has reminded me where I need to allocate my energy again. We hope you find some value in this post and feel free to let us know what works for you!
Have you ever had anyone say to you, “It must be so nice that you can work from home and be with the kids!” You look at them sweetly, but cringe inside, knowing full well that the kids were either at daycare all day, or spent a little more time than they should have watching Paw Patrol, while you sent off email replies and invoices, finalized a copy for your website, and planned a perfect post for your Facebook page.
Being a work-from-home mama definitely has its advantages, but it’s not always pretty.