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June 4th, 2014 Dancing For Birth!

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Dancing For Birth ™ prenatal/postpartum dance classes offer a fun and relaxing atmosphere for you to prepare for, connect and celebrate your birth. Classes are designed to increase your comfort and confidence while gaining childbirth preparation skills and pain coping techniques that ready you for your unique birth experience. Weekly classes are offered to keep […]

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May 26th, 2014 Music Therapy Assisted-Childbirth

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Many couples today choose to have a natural childbirth.  It has been substantiated by research that birth outcomes for mother and baby can be greatly enhanced through the natural childbirth process.  Several nonpharmacological interventions are available to laboring mothers including: hypnosis, touch and massage, hydrotherapy, and acupuncture. Another successful discomfort management technique being explored is […]

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May 12th, 2014 One Small Change

cayla garcia

We’re all familiar with the old adage, ‘Slow and steady wins the race.’ The tortoise in the legendary fairy tale really does have it right. When it comes to adjusting our lifestyle to improve wellness and health, lasting change is typically implemented slowly over time. In my family, that is often the only way to […]

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May 12th, 2014 The Birth Plan Myth Introduction

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Are you pregnant or trying to conceive?   Have you heard about birth plans?  Are you planning to prepare a birth plan?  Have you googled “Birth Plan” recently?  I did and I found over 147,000,000 results!! In the United States, over 4 million women give birth each year.  Many have an expectation of how they want […]

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May 6th, 2014 Lookie What I See – Baby’s Eye Development in the First Year


Mommy, I am ready for you to help me learn about my new world. Did you know that vision is the most powerful of my seven senses? As I grow, I will be able to recall 30% of what I see, but only 20% of what I hear, and 10% of what I read. Good […]

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April 29th, 2014 Screen Free Week May 5-11th

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Next week is Screen Free Week, the international celebration where children, families, schools, and communities spend seven days turning OFF entertainment screen media and turning ON life! It’s a time to unplug and play, read, daydream, create, explore nature, and spend time with family and friends. If you are reading this then you are on […]

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April 25th, 2014 The Real Diaper Association – Advocating for Real Diapers Everyday

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                The Real Diaper Association is the nonprofit organization that helps families use reusable cloth diapers.  They do outreach all year long by compiling evidence-based information by conducting research,  training and supporting volunteers to work directly to educate families in their communities, and through events like The Great […]

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April 14th, 2014 A New Mom’s Cloth Diaper Journey

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When we first considered cloth diapering our Baby Cuttlefish, it was financial. With my husband in nursing school, and my humble paycheck in mind, I did the math.  I figured that we would change about 12 diapers a day, which would be about 80 diapers a week, 360 diapers a month. The biggest box of […]

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March 21st, 2014 An Egg-cellent Easter

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By Jessica Tomes, Guest Blogger Spring…synonymous with showers (especially in the south) and of course Easter, is one of my favorite times of the year. Baby animals, sweet smelling flowers in bloom, a chance to break out your favorite little sundress and those killer high heeled wedges you bought on final clearance last fall…what’s not […]

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March 14th, 2014 Green Foods for Saint Patrick’s Day

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Food is more than just the nutrients it contains.  Food is (and should be) about pleasure, community, family, ritual and identity.  With St. Patrick’s Day approaching and the famous Irish Channel Parade happening this weekend, it is a festive time for food. Since the parade throws cabbages I will share a favorite nutrient dense food […]

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