It feels like the body positivity movement has picked up a ton of steam online lately and I think, for the most part, it's pretty incredible. It hopefully means that the next generation of girls will grow up loving their bodies and not tying their self worth and self love to society's insane beauty standards. … Continue reading Can you still be “body positive” and have fitness goals?
If you follow Kayla Itsines on Instagram, chances are you've heard of BBG. I did BBG for a year before my wedding and slowly got back into it at 12 weeks postpartum. Fast-forward to 10 months postpartum and I hit a major fitness wall. I hadn't seen much progress in my strength for 6 months. … Continue reading Fierce by Chontel Duncan Review: 12 week before and after progress
I come from an insanely long line of stay-at-home moms. My mom stayed home, her mom stayed home and I can almost guarantee that all the cute little Italian ladies back in Europe stayed home too. So when I broke the mold by deciding not only to go back to work but forfeit my last … Continue reading How Going Back to Work Made me a Better Mom
We've all done it. Referred to a mom that seems to be able to juggle a million things while making it look easy as a 'supermom'. Kickass career, super clean meals on the table every night, crushing 5am workouts before most people have had their morning coffee, and nothing but engaging activities for their kids … Continue reading Why I Don’t Aspire to be a ‘Supermom’
Before I became a mom, I was aware of the "classic" postpartum depression (PPD) symptoms. Severe depression. Crying all the time. Not being able to bond with your baby, etc., etc. I also knew it was a fairly common condition, affecting between 10-20 per cent of moms in the first year of their baby's life. … Continue reading What No One Told Me about Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
Look, I get it. People have the BEST intentions when they ask you if your baby sleeps through the night because they ultimately know how important a good night's sleep is to both a parent and baby's wellbeing. But as someone with a VERY wakeful baby, this question always sends me into a complete tailspin … Continue reading Can We Stop Asking Parents If Their Babies Are Sleeping Through the Night?
We all know that a baby's first "toy" is mom & dad. Which is great because that's free! Even in those teeny newborn days, I made sure to interact with Ollie as much as possible (without overwhelming him) to help nurture his language and motor skills development from an early age. This meant a lot … Continue reading The 5 Best Toys for Young Babies
For most new parents, feeding becomes the first major area of focus as it is essential to their baby's growth and overall development. (If you’re breastfeeding, check out this article on how to overcome some common struggles). Once feeding has been mastered, the next big hurdle parents face is sleep. Or lack therof. If you're … Continue reading Your Newborn Baby’s Sleep: What You Need to Know
As a mom-to-be you often get bombarded with information on what you need and it can be overwhelming to try and decide what's important- especially when you start considering non-essential items (i.e. things that aren't meeting a direct need for warmth, food, safe sleep and a clean bum let's say) that cost a lot of … Continue reading Essential “Non-Essential” Items for Your Newborn
I used to find it silly how people referred to the first 12 weeks in the postpartum period as "the fourth trimester" in baby's development. Now I think its quite relevant seeing as no matter what you experienced during your pregnancy it all (mostly) pales in comparison to adjusting to life with a newborn. Your … Continue reading 0-3 Months Postpartum: What to Expect