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    A Word Of Encouragement For Breastfeeding Mothers

    “Always Trust Yourself More Than You Doubt Yourself.” I will always stand by the fact that Mothers need and deserve a consistent flow of assurance. As a Mother who is also going through the emotional roller coaster of breastfeeding, I understand the need and want for occasional up-lifting. I want you to understand that whether you have breastfed for a week or well over a year, you are doing absolutely incredible. It takes so much will-power, drive & determination to breastfeed, but your child will thank you one day for taking on this giant, highly-important journey with them. Breastfeeding comes with a whole slew of emotions and obstacles- From feeling…

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    Uplifting, Educational & Sensory-Sparking Shows For Tots

    “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Trust me when I say, I’m a HUGE advocate for less screen time & more outdoor play. But on the other hand, here in Alaska, when it’s below freezing 8 months out of the year, it’s nice to have a bit of entertainment indoors & something positive simply running in the background while your little one plays with toys or eats some lunch. One of my biggest pet-peeves with children’s shows, nowadays, is that they always seem to have at least one antagonist in the show, that represents behavior and characteristics that aren’t exactly what you want your child…

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    Why Its Okay To Not Be Happy All The Time

    “And If Today, All You Did Was Hold Yourself Together, I’m Proud Of You.” From one Mama to another, I know how hard we can be on ourselves. I am the person who constantly strives to stay positive & keep a smile on my face (I know, you may be rolling your eyes). BUT I am also beginning to understand that this ideology isn’t always realistic. Living this life can already be a struggle, at times & adding a little one to the mix can more times than not ramp up the emotions. I understand that many of you, including myself, want your babe to see you smiling rather than…

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    “Natural” Baby Health Care We Love

    “Nature, itself, is the best physician.” We are very fortunate to say that Atlas has only been sick once, so far, in his 14 months of life. Since birth, whether he was teething, had a stuffy nose or was running a little fever, I knew that I wanted to stick to using “natural” health products & remedies. These options make me feel 100x better than the “western” medicine alternatives that seem like they come with 1,001 side effects. When the time did come & Atlas came down with his first upper respiratory infection- it seemed like Mother Nature wanted to hit him with everything at once- Fever, an endless runny nose,…

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    All The Things You Thought You Needed-But Really Didn’t

    “It’s Okay To Be Happy With A Simple Life” I call this “First-Time-Mama Syndrome” : Thinking you need everything labeled “for baby” when you are expecting. “NEED” being a key word here. Of course, there is always going to be things that you splurge on or just want because it seems handy. Trust me, I’m a professional at finding things I do not need to buy. But sometimes, the things we want & truly need are split between a fine line. I was that Mama who thought I had to have everything labeled “for baby” & that we wouldn’t be able to get by without it. But as the first year flew past,…

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    The Turn Of A New Chapter

    “Life Is All About The Adventure”   On August 2nd, 2017 we hit the road- Starting the 4,500 mile road trip from Panama City, Florida to Wasilla, Alaska, with our 6 month old baby boy in tow. I can easily say that it was one of the most memorable, beautiful & courageous moments we have experienced together, as a family. Trust me when I say, coming to the conclusion to up-root & leave our family & friends behind was not an easy feat. Once we broke the news about the move, we heard things like “You can’t make a trip like that with a baby!” & “How are you going…

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    How To “Stay Sane” With A Wild Child

    “There Is Virtue In Work & There Is Virtue In Rest. Use Both & Overlook Neither.” When you first become a Mama & you see that beautiful face and gleaming eyes staring back at you with a hard-to-resist gummy smile, you couldnt possibly imagine that perfect baby one day driving you to the edge of high-tailing it to space for a year (not really.. but you get the point, haha!) I know it can be hard to believe, but once those babes get old enough to move around on their own, strap in for the ride! In saying this, here are some tips that have really helped me keep my…

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    Books We Adore

    “Reading Is Dreaming With Open Eyes” UP ON DENALI: ALASKA’S WILD MOUNTAIN “Up On Denali” by Shelley Gill is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL book & if you, yourself, are an Alaskan Mama, it is certainly a staple! This book shows beautiful illustrations of wildlife and has fun, “kid-friendly” depictions of the Story of Denali Mountain! It also withholds intricate drawings and descriptions of the different types of birds and fish that call Alaska their home. Above all, it educates children on different animal “scat” and plant life you will find throughout the state- its really rather interesting and all the bright, bold colors really draw Atlas in! I’m sure when he…

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    FREE Ways To Entertain Your Toddler

    “The Best Things In Life Are Free” THE LIBRARY One of the things Atlas & I have discovered to be a super fun time, is going to the the local library. Here, in Wasilla, AK, we have hit the  absolute jackpot. Along with the fact that you do not have to pay to enter and getting your library card is generally free the first go-around, they also host reading groups, twice a week, for various age groups. This is not only an awesome way for your kiddos to interact with new kids & listen to fun stories but its also an opportunity for you to make some new Mama Friends…