Prepping for a Second Natural Birth

I was dead set on having a natural birth with my first baby, Liam. I wanted the sense of empowerment and accomplishment that came with a drug-free birth, and was very confident that I could do it. I watched positive birth videos on Youtube, took a childbirth class with a focus on breathing and coping […]

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10 Things All Moms Need to Do Before Baby Arrives

I’m almost full term (37.5 weeks!) and it’s checklist time. I have this uncontrollable urge to renovate, clean, organize, and nest, despite everyone telling me to lie down and stop moving so much! But, like I said, it’s uncontrollable. I realized that although there are some basic things we know we have to get done […]

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My Favorite Pregnancy Skincare Brands

Pregnancy should be, in my opinion, a time to detox. A time to pick and choose what you put in and on your body very, very wisely. You’re responsible for not just your health, but also your little one’s, and that should be motivation enough to read labels meticulously and search for clean ingredients. I […]

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5 Tips to Stay Healthy While Pregnant

As a second time mom, I’m realizing more and more the importance of a healthy lifestyle when it comes to fertility, pregnancy, and the postpartum months that follow. Many argue that it’s all about the baby, but I beg to differ: if Mom isn’t healthy and isn’t well, physically and mentally, baby can’t possibly thrive. […]

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Mama Naturelle’s Top Picks for the Family (November 2017)

Another month, another roundup! When you find a gem, it’s selfish not to share, right? Here are my picks for the month for November: I found this ArtNaturals set purely by accident and thought, why not? I’ll give it a shot. Turns out it has now become a staple in our home and an essential part […]

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5 Common Pregnancy Fears (And How to Get Over Them)

When I found out I was pregnant for the first time, three years ago exactly, I remember being flooded with clashing emotions that I had never experienced before in my life. Of course, I was ecstatic. But, deep down I felt a pinch of anxiety that didn’t fully go away until I delivered my son […]

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Pregnant With Number Two: Expectations vs. Reality

People are surprised when I tell them I am way more nervous this time around. When I was pregnant with Liam, I didn’t know many moms, or many babies for that matter, and the whole nine months was one big adventure. I didn’t know what to expect, so I rode the wave until delivery. Ignorance […]

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Second Pregnancy Must-Haves

Hi Mamas! Now that the cat’s out of the bag, I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to write from a pregnancy standpoint again. I loved sharing my journey towards a natural birth when I was pregnant with Liam, and am thrilled to be able to share some of my experiences […]

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It’s Our Wedding Anniversary! But That’s Not All…

Hi Mamas! Today, Joe and I are celebrating our relationship, our family, and the home we built together. Three years have flown by, and quite a lot has changed since that summer day we exchanged our vows with our feet in the sand and the push and pull of waves in the distance. Actually… Everything […]

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Heart to Heart: A Fit Pregnancy & The Road to Recovery

My good friend Steph, also a blogger @ Budget Friendly Fashionista, just gave birth to the most adorable baby boy a week ago. Yes, you heard that right… a week ago. And that (on the right) is her post baby body. You go, girl! Like me, Steph was blessed with an overall comfortable pregnancy and […]

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An Open Letter to All Expecting Mothers

At a baby shower I attended today, there was a little card on my plate that read, in squiggly, pink script, “Your Advice to the Mother-To-Be”. You’d think that as a new mom and blogger on everything pregnancy and motherhood-related, I’d have mounds of advice to give… right? But I didn’t. I had to think […]

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Natural Pain Relief for Pregnant and Nursing Moms

There is nothing worse than getting sick when you’re pregnant or nursing. Why, you ask? Because when it comes to pain relief, your safe options are beyond limited; whatever you put into your body (even popping a seemingly harmless Advil pill) goes right to your baby, whether through the placenta or directly in your breastmilk. Some […]

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Why Finding Yourself Post-Pregnancy Isn’t as Easy as it Looks

You know that moment (in college or maybe right after) when you get past your awkward stage and realize who you really are? Maybe it suddenly hits you that you’re that funny girl who likes to be surrounded by friends at all times, the free spirit who loves last minute impulse adventures and meeting new people, or maybe […]

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8 Things I Will Never Do Again Now That I’m a Mom

  Long gone are the days when I would roll out of bed at noon and spend the rest of the day  on the couch watching reruns of Vanderpump Rules. If I’m lucky, I get to sleep in until 8am. If I’m not, then 6:30 it is. Moms don’t have the luxury of sleeping in, and […]

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6 Things I Miss About Being Pregnant

I never thought I’d say this (especially when I was gagging over every meal during my entire first trimester), but there are some things I definitely do miss about being pregnant with Liam. At the end of the day, there is something magical about being the closest thing to your tiny little human for nine whole months. About […]

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10 Ways to Naturally Increase Your Fertility

Before becoming pregnant, I was so afraid of not being able to conceive. I kept thinking about what I would do if, month after month, the tests kept coming up negative. Would we look into other options? IVF? Surrogates? Adoption? I am grateful every day that nature cooperated and made us both fertile. That I was able […]

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5 Scary (But Totally Normal) Things That Happen to Your Body After Childbirth

Thought your baby was the only one going through monumental changes the first year? Think again! Mamas go through their fair share of changes during the first few months as well… and most of them are unfortunately not very pleasant (you can thank hormones for that!) The good thing is that these changes are totally normal and […]

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“Rookie Mom” Registry Mistakes : Here’s What You Really Need (And What You Can Do Without)

The Pack & Play pictured above was Liam’s crib for the first 3-4 months. Not only did it work perfectly as his bassinet, but it is also getting plenty of use now that he is older and more mobile. He sits in it with all of his toys while I cook, fold laundry, etc… and seems […]

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