pregnancy and postpartum

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Sharing my full birth story for baby #3!

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Baby # T H R E E We are pregnant. It’s crazy because we knew we really wanted a third, but I think after having two close in age, 18 months apart, we were just….tired. I grew up one of four, but I was the youngest. My sister was the closest in age to me, […]

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nap time salon Dying your hair yourself can feel overwhelming, but at this point in my life, it is my only option. I have been blessed with Irish genes and with those genes comes gray hair that can start sprouting for some as early as high school. I’m not nearly ready to go gray all […]

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MRS.NIPPLE MAMA TIPS When purchasing a shampoo and conditioner make sure the product is free of: Sodium lauryl sulfate, a popular surfactant found in shampoos, has been linked to birth defects in animal studies.   Parabens Synthetic fragrances which may contain phthalates (Phthalates may alter hormone levels) The preservative, methylisothiazolinone (MIT) In scientific studies, MIT […]

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Mama Reads THE LIST DEBUNKING THE BUMP ABOUT: When Daphne Adler, a mother and mathematician, was pregnant a colleague scolded her for sprinkling Parmesan cheese on her pasta. After dutifully dumping her dinner in the trash, she decided to investigate to find out whether the admonishment and similar warnings were based on fact. What she […]

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Having a low milk supply is stressful, luckily there are cookies to help!

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Breastfeeding & Weight loss While reading this post, please keep in mind ALL women are different. Breastfeeding will help many women drop the postpartum weight quickly. However, that was not my experience. That being said, I also want to point out that it might have taken longer to get my post pregnancy body back if […]

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Anti-inflammatory Eating  I tried these recipes for the first time over ten years ago. The great thing about this anti-inflammatory diet is that you never feel like you are on a diet. The meals are so delicious, even when I don’t stick to this plan I will still cook recipes from this book because they […]

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Leggings for the NEW Mamas

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WELCOME TO THE WORLD  The newest addition of the Ariola clan arrived on Thursday, April 12th at 7:41 pm. He came in very fast, we barely made it to the hospital (more on that later). We decided to take the week as a family, unplug, and soak up these first few early days with our […]