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September 2, 2015

Setting Intentions in the Fall

Autumn...it's my absolute favorite time of the year, and not just because it means that my birthday is around the corner.

Apple cider
Warm socks
Scarves
Leggings
Boots
Sweaters
Crisp air
Brightly coloured leaves

It means change and the start of something new, all over again. There are cool mornings, warm afternoons and fireflies at night.


This month, set the intention for change.

Imagine the life that you so badly desire. What does it look like? Where are you standing? What are you wearing?

Lead with intention, be open to change, and know that there is a constant flow. The leaves on the summer trees change colors in the fall, so why can't we? Why do we have to stay stuck in the same place, day after day?

The answer is that we don't. But we do because we choose to, or because we are afraid of the alternative.

Be less afraid.
Set the intention for change.
Grow.

xoxo
Shannon

September 1, 2015

Self Care Challenge....CHANGES!

This month in self care, we encourage you to try something new. Have you always wanted to take up quilting, but aren't sure where to start? Are you terrified by the looks of crossfit, but intrigued at what your body might be able to do?


Often, the really awesome stuff happens when we step out of our comfort zones and we challenge ourselves to something new. We are so much more open to possibility when we are uncomfortable and vulnerable, so try something new this month.

Run
Crochet
Hike
Quilt
Paint
Box
Crossfit

Whatever it is that makes you go Hmm...that might be fun...stop hmmming and start doing!


xoxo
Shannon

August 31, 2015

Self Care Checkin....did you take your quiet time?

If you haven't had a few moments of peace and quiet yet this month, now is your last chance before we turn a new page in the Self Care Challenge for September!


This month we found peace and quiet in a variety of places.

In the car on the way home from an early morning birth
At Starbucks, with an iced coffee in hand
In my home studio office, with head phones on and calm birth techniques in my ears
In the still of the night while meditating

Each and every single day, make sure you take at least five minutes of quiet time for yourself. Close your eyes if you need to, imagine that beach you so badly want to sit on with a handsome cabana boy delivering you drinks per your request.

If you have a home office, or favourite reading chair, go there. Close the door. Put your feet up. And just sit.

You don't even have to do anything. Just be quiet. Enjoy the quiet.

August 25, 2015

Biting during Breastfeeding: Tips and Advice from a Doula



So you’ve made it this far, way to go! You’ve overcome the sleepless nights, the tender nipples, the cluster feeds, and any other challenges that your milk-filled, leaky breasts have presented to you. Everything is going well, you and your baby have figured each other out, and then it happens. You are happily nursing when you feel the most unbelievable pain! You swear your entire nipple is gone.


The truth is, it may or may not happen to you. But if it does, know that biting does not need to be your reason to stop breastfeeding. There are many things that you can do to protect your supply, end the biting, and thereby continue nursing your precious baby. The following are tips you can try if you experience biting during breastfeeding.

1. Be mindful of your tone: High-pitched tones are associated with positive emotions while lower tones are associated with negative emotions. Listen to your tone of voice when you are happy versus when you are not; I promise you will notice the difference. And so will your baby. Your tone of voice must match the words you are speaking.

2. Speak firmly: You would not sweetly tell your child not to run in front of an oncoming car, you would sternly yell NO, STOP! Now, I’m not telling you to yell at your baby, instead, speak firmly and sternly and raise your voice slightly if needed (which will likely be one of your first reactions anyways). Your baby will know you mean business.

3. Pull baby into breast: It sounds mean, but keep in mind that it will only last a second… and babies are much tougher than we give them credit for. When your baby bites, pull his/her face into your breast immediately. Your baby will associate this sense of panic with the biting. 

4. Do not reward: Continuing to nurse immediately after your baby has bit will send the message that what he/she did was okay. Taking away the food temporarily will tell baby that it is not okay for he/she to bite you. Continue your next feeding as normal.

5. Unlatch when finished feeding or falling asleep: Sometimes your baby will remain on the breast even after he/she has finished feeding. This is a good time for baby to bite as he/she is simply playing around and experimenting. When baby is biting, he/she is not latched correctly, which explains why your baby may bite as they fall asleep.


xoxo
Ashley

August 20, 2015

5 Ideas for Summer Self Care

Self care is something that we take very seriously here...I mean...we give all of ourselves to our children and our spouse, our employer, the community (and the list goes on and on)...so what is left for us at the end of the day?

Not a whole lot.

If you are struggling to work in some self care this summer, we have a list of 5 Ideas for Summer Self Care that are quick, easy and fun! Things that will make you abundantly happy, which is always a great thing.



1. Get to the water

If you live near a lake or the ocean, I strongly encourage you to get to the water. There is just something so freeing about being near a body of water, walking in the sand with your shoes in your hand. If you don't live near a larger body of water, I'm sure that there is a river or even a little stream near you. Take a book, or a sketch pad and some pencils, and just sit. Enjoy the surroundings and the sounds.

2. Take yourself out for lunch

It's doesn't have to be anywhere extravagant, but take yourself somewhere with a patio. A Sunday works really well for this, as they are usually bustling with activity when the weather is nice. Get a cool drink, indulge in a dessert and enjoy some time alone.

3. Treat yourself to something new

Have your eye on a new pair of sandals, or need a pair of shorts, bathing suit, or tank top? Go get it. I find that the number one thing mom's sacrifice when they have their babies is their individual style. We get the kids new clothes all the time, but what about us? We deserve it too! Find something that makes you feel really great, and don't feel guilty about getting it for yourself!

4. Go out for ice cream

Sounds simple, right? Well...it is. Take the family out for ice cream cones, and have fun sitting at a picnic table or on the grass. Put your sunglasses on, enjoy the sunshine, and feel like a five year old with bubblegum or cotton candy ice cream.

5. S-P-A

I'm not talking about the mani-pedi day, even though those are super nice and relaxing. I'm talking about pools and hot tubs. If you have a pool, have a day lounging in it. Crank your favourite tunes, slather on the sunscreen, and float away in an innertube. Bonus points for inviting other moms over to lounge with you! No pool or hot tub? Grab your girl friends and hit the splash pad. Who says they're just for kids?

Five easy ways to incorporate some fun and self care this summer. Enjoy it. Get outside. Be your and embrace it!

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