The Birth Story of Baby #4 {Part One}

To begin this story I guess I'll have to take you back to the Spring of 2015. (if you want to skip all of the pre-story, scroll down to where it says Coby's Birth Story)  We were busy with life, work, kids' school, a 1 year old running around and our "husband and wife" time had been lacking. So I was trying to be more intentional to make time for that! ;)  We weren't sure about having any more kids but I certainly had caught the baby bug. I just count imagine that we were … [Read more...]

Natural Labor And Delivery Plans

Written by Courtney @ A + Life (originally published in April of 2015) My Natural Birth Plans I don't have plans to take these to the hospital with me. I'm not going to be the girl who shows up with a bullet point, high lighted, step by step birth plan..... mostly because my plans are "hands off, please". But, that's easy enough to say, and not necessary to be printed out on a piece of paper. I remember when I got pregnant with my first daughter, Abigail. Even though it had taken us a … [Read more...]

Over the Rainbow {First Birthday Theme}

I cannot believe we actually have a ONE year old! Granted she's the 3rd baby, but only a few short years ago, I didn't know if we would have any more babies, then I got pregnant and after 40+ weeks she was welcomed into the world at home on March 5, 2014.  London is a vibrant little lady. She's full of life!  She adores her big brother and sister, she's into everything. Her laugh is contagious and only smiles when she feels like it (Hum, wonder what kind of teenager she'll be) … [Read more...]

1st Birthday Canvas

I absolutely love getting crafty.  Between part-time homeschooling, activities, and the regular day to day tasks I feel as though getting crafty has been put on the back burner. I have been more focused on getting the chores done, working around naptime, and so much more that I have forgotten to have a little fun.  So my mission as we enter Spring and on into Summer, is to have more fun!  And getting crafty is so much fun to me and my kids love it as well. So I … [Read more...]

The Birth Story of London Everleigh {Part Two}

I know, I know, I am very "fashionably late" with the 2nd part of London's birth story. But better late then never right?? London is only 8 months as of today :) If you haven't read part 1 yet, click on over to read the first part.  Now back to the birth story:  A little bit before my "Yes come!" text to my midwife that I told you about in part one of this story was when I realized this baby IS coming today, I could not wait to meet him or her. We never found out the gender … [Read more...]

DIY Hormone Balancing Tea

Written by Karli @ Feed Me Mama, Contributing Writer One of the very first areas of alternative medicine that I adopted into my own life was studying herbs and medicinal teas. Soon after I got married, I worked in a natural cosmetics shop, which introduced me to the benefits of healing and supporting your body with natural ingredients. I was fascinated with the properties of herbs- the way that chamomile tea could put me to sleep, and peppermint could wake me up, but both could help a … [Read more...]

115+ Reasons to LOVE Breastfeeding

I didn't realize that it was World Breastfeeding Week when I asked over 100+ women to participate in a survey questioning Mothers about feeding their babies, specifically breastfeeding.  Coincidentally, I am sharing these reasons why mothers love breastfeeding their babies but on the flip side, I feel for those who chose not to or just did not breastfeed for whatever reason and may feel judged, resented or hurt. And In no way is this post meant to do that!  In fact, only … [Read more...]

A Time and Place for Survival Mode

Written by Jenn @ A Simple Haven, Contributing Writer Survival mode. It doesn't sound particularly enticing, does it? It seems to be the antithesis of living intentionally, toward your goals and in line with your values. It sounds like just getting by. And who wants to do that? Not me. And yet, survival mode is where I find myself. In a season of being newly pregnant and feeling yuck, with my husband in summer school and working longer hours + traveling more than usual, I am just … [Read more...]

The Birth Story of London Everleigh {Part One}

A woman will never forget the moment she became a mother, for me that moment was 6, almost 7 years ago. I can hardly believe I am saying that, I have an almost 7 year old, what? Then a short 9 months later after my son was born I became pregnant with our daughter Julia and she was born 9 months later to the day.  They both share the 29th of the month's they we born- they're exactly 18 months apart. At that time my husband & I were both graduating with degrees. I graduated with my … [Read more...]

Educating Yourself for a Better Birth

Written by Kristen @ Smithspirations, Contributing Writer Like many moms, I don't think I'll ever forget my first pregnancy. My husband and I were young and utterly unprepared for what laid ahead of us! I was finishing up college, he was in his first year teaching, and neither of us gave much thought to preparing for birth. I decided at some point that I wanted us to go to the childbirth classes held at our local hospital, and my hubby dutifully came along. We listened to the instructor … [Read more...]