Breastfeeding is H-A-R-D. I’m not trying to scare you, it just is. I am so incredibly happy and proud that I chose to breastfeed my son, and that I stuck it out through the difficult times. Whether you decide to breastfeed or formula feed, you’re doing a great job, mama! You are providing nutrition […]
Becoming a mom is the most amazing, overwhelming, painful, and joyful experience all at the same time. There’s nothing that can describe it or prepare you for all it entails, but here are a few pieces of advice from this new mom. My hope is that you can find something here that resonates with […]
Post by Keely Julson of kiwimarie photography. Reposted with permission.
You recently had your baby’s newborn photos taken and absolutely love the memories and the experience. You love them so much that you are convinced that having your baby’s first year captured by a professional photographer who specializes in little ones is an absolute […]
As I gaze at my one year old son drinking from a sippy cup with his adorable little hands, I have a sense of joy and a touch of sadness as our breastfeeding relationship has slowly come to an end. A year ago I was blessed with becoming a first time mother of […]
My desk is a colorful explosion of receipts, torn pages from cooking magazines, books I am reading or plan to read next, this past month of drawings gifted from my kids, various bottles of essential oils, chicken scratches of lesson plan ideas, a mystery pile I haven’t unearthed in a while, and in preparation […]
If you’ve been practicing yoga for a while a home practice has probably crossed your mind. Seventeen years ago was when it first crossed mine. I was practicing regularly at a heated vinyasa flow studio when my teacher asked how my home practice was coming along. I’m pretty sure I had a deer caught […]
I began writing and shaping this by accident during a yoga class a year ago. It turns out that down dog is a fabulous place to notice legs, feet and chipped toenail polish. And tattoos. And that day I couldn’t take my eyes off the long, thin, timeless leg next to me. There are […]
By Jean Holthaus, LISW
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services Pella Clinic Therapist and Manager
We all have moments of absolute chaos…the kids are screaming, the phone is ringing, something is boiling over on the stove, and a major project must be completed for work. In moments like this, emotions quickly become overwhelming and […]
When I add up all the time I have nursed one of my three children it comes out to about five and half years. Wow!
I just gave my last baby her last mama’s milk. This is so bittersweet for me. I was thinking I would wait until around her third birthday to finish […]
We love this time of year with the shift to warmer days and plants beginning to bloom. One thing that can be challenging for many people in spring is experiencing seasonal discomforts. Seasonal discomforts are a result of the body reacting to foreign substances in the environment such as pollen, pet dander, dust or bee […]