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Childbirth, Pregnancy, Press

Bringing Harmony and Balance into Motherhood

Today, I’ve invited Bailey Gaddis, author of the book, Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood – to join me for a dialogue about what it takes to create a balanced and harmonious experience as a mother. Her book was recently published by New World Library and is already receiving rave reviews.

Before she was a beloved pregnancy blogger, certified birthing doula and childbirth preparation educator, Bailey Gaddis met her own pregnancy by buying a bunch of books — which, for the most part, made her even more confused, insecure, and scared. So by adopting the principles and philosophy of feng shui, the Chinese system of a connected inner and outer harmony, she wrote her own book – one that guides women to their balanced center and supports them in tapping into the primal energies brought forth in the birthing and motherhood experience.

Here’s what she had to say on the topic of balance and harmony in motherhood.

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Childbirth, Pregnancy

11 Rainbow Baby Quotes To Remind You That You’re Never Alone

*Quoted as expert.

A rainbow baby is the life that follows the storm of a heartbreaking loss, and conceiving a rainbow baby is a testament of enormous faith in life and love. Whether you’ve trying to conceive your rainbow baby, or you’ve been enjoying the sunshine for a while, Romper reached out to experts willing to share their wisdom with us. The result is 11 rainbow baby quotes that may make you tear up — while hopefully helping you hold on.

With one in four pregnancies ending in miscarriage and 1 percent of all pregnancies in the United States ending with a stillbirth, it’s no wonder that parents of rainbow babies need support, love, and a lot of hope. That’s where rainbow baby quotes come in — you’re not alone, and you should be reminded of that every day. Your guilt, your anguish, your fear, and even your joy over your rainbow baby are all exemplified here, in these 11 quotes.

Read more on Romper!

Travel

The Essential Guide to Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort

Mammoth Mountain is an 11,053-foot-high active volcano that has an annual average of 400 inches of snow and 3,500 acres of skiable terrain. Originally a mining town, Mammoth is now a mecca for alpine skiers and lovers of the Sierra Nevada mountainscapes. A past host of the X Games and U.S. Freeski and Snowboard Grand Prix, and a favorite training locale for the U.S. Snowboarding Team, Mammoth is regarded as a premier destination for not only the young and extreme, but also those that enjoy a gentle day of exploring.

Terrain

3,500 skiable acres; over 3,100 vertical feet; 25% beginner, 40% intermediate, 20% advanced, 15% expert 

Gullies, groomers, bowls, bumps, jumps, and more can all be found at Mammoth, making it a mountain that caters to every skill level. With 162 trails and 28 lifts, there’s enough terrain for every skier and boarder to think the mountain was created with their exact abilities in mind.

Read more on Trip Savvy!

Career, Reviews and Giveaways

Entrepreneurial You

I’ve been doing a lot of business-y things wrong, without knowing it. As a mompreneur who needs to get healthy-ish cereal into the pantry, tuition checks into the hands of the people who teach my son all the things, and loan payments into the vaults of the loaners I need to be on my business A-game. And, thanks to the new book Entrepreneurial You, I discovered I’ve barely been in the game at all.
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This book (that provides frequent and clear to-do lists that the Type-A-er in me loves) helped me realize I needed to give a lot of lovin’ to my email list, seek out affiliate partnerships I could feel good about, and open my eyes (and bank account) to the fact that I could do more than get by with my expertise.
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The book has opened me up to, as Aladdin would sing, a whole new world.
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For all my fellow mompreneur, or just straight entrepreneurs, Dorie Clark’s new book needs to not only be on your bookshelf but in your purse as that book you read in moments when your phone dies and you have to wait for your kid to finish their karate class, or your partner is making you watch an action flick you were so over before the opening credits ended.
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But, buyer be warned, this book will light a fire under your tush, so be ready for the urge to act to hit you before you reach the end of the first chapter.
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To pre-order your copy (it comes out October 3rd) click here.
Childbirth, Pregnancy

How Does A Doula Help Throughout Your Pregnancy? The Benefits Are Real

*Quoted as expert in article.

Doulas aren’t medically trained, so they can’t provide medical advice, but there’s still a lot they can do to support your pregnancy — including helping you understand the advice your doctor gives you.

Bailey Gaddis, C.Ht, HBCE, of Your Serene Life, tells Romper that she offers two prenatal appointments lasting one-to-two hours. During this time, she helps new moms write their birth plans, and discusses any concerns they may have about labor. She helps moms prepare the house for baby, provides hypnotherapy (one of her specialties), and acts as a “sounding board” when moms have issues with their medical care provider. One of Gaddis’s major goals is to reduce anxiety, which is important, because chronic stress can negatively impact your pregnancy. She explains:

Family Entertainment, Reviews and Giveaways

Finally! More Female Superheroes

My superhero obsessed son is exposed almost exclusively to male superheroes – especially when it comes to superheroes who are in kid-approved cartoons. All dudes, all the time.
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I knew we needed another option when he came out with, “sorry mom, only guys are super” when I tried to join in on one of his superheroes games. Um, so not true kid.
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So, I was pleased to discover a new American-Canadian female superhero show on Nickelodeon: Mysticons.
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The show has been described as “Manhattan meets middle Earth” and showcases the inherent strength and confidence in girls by following four diverse young ladies who (like most heroes) are committed to saving a magical realm from evil. And, they fight said evil while wearing flashy form fitting duds that will make for fun Halloween costume options for little girls tired of only having a Wonder Woman option.
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I feel like I missed out as a little girl who grew up in an era when the pink Power Ranger was the only butt kicking female heroe to idolize. So, you might find me slipping back to my childhood ways by grabbing a big bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios and plopping on the couch for some Mysticons after my Flash and Spiderman loving boys go to sleep.
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This show is likely most appropriate for children 7 and older.
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You can catch Mysticons on Nickelodeaon on Sundays at noon (ET/PT) and encore episodes on Nicktoons on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) Until then, here’s a preview. 
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Weddings

Destination Wedding To-Do List: 8 Months Before

You’ve locked in your wedding venue of choice, committed to sticking to your budget (you can do it!), and hemmed and hawed over that tricky guest list until it was just right – congrats! You’ve got your momentum going and have tackled some of the biggest destination wedding question marks. Next up on your schedule . . . so much more. But, peeling back one layer of to-dos at a time, and not getting ahead of yourself, will ensure it all gets done in a calm and competent manner. And, if you’re a Type-A-er like me, you’ll be flooded with bliss every time you get to check a box – so, isn’t it great there are so many boxes?!

Let’s get started:

1. Make Your Online Registry.

You’re going to be doing a whole lot of organizing to make sure all your guests have an easy and enjoyable time while attending your destination wedding, so girl, you deserve gifts. And, it’s tradition – so yay!

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Mind-Body-Spirit, Self Love

Why the State of Awe Will Change Your Life

Little did I know that as my son and I sat in awe as we watched athletes dressed like Spider Man, Thor, Black Widow, and other Marvel characters flip motorcycles, spin on silks, and bend in every which way, we were slowing down our perception of time, enhancing our ability to be generous, and promoting our good health.

A study done at Stanford University [http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0956797612438731] found that when people are in a state of awe, they feel like they have more available time. In addition, the study, published in Sage Journals, reported that being in a state of awe also encourages people to prefer experiences more than material items, and promotes greater life satisfaction. They determined that “the power of the awe” primarily comes from a heightened ability to be in the present moment when experiencing something that makes the jaw drop and the mind pays attention.

Read more on Food N Health

Travel

As summer draws to a close, a primer on beating the post-vacation blues

*Article I was interviewed for, whose advice I desperately need right now.

Welcome back.

What’s that? You didn’t want to come home? You might have a touch of the post-vacation blues.

“It’s like an anxiety disorder,” explains Erika Martinez, a Miami psychologist who specializes in wellness issues. Symptoms, she says, include excessive worry, restlessness, irritability, headaches and poor attention or concentration.

Have you experienced these symptoms? As hundreds of thousands of Americans come home from their annual trips to the beaches and mountains, chances are many of them will. In a recent Wyndham Vacation Rentals study, 45 percent of respondents said the prospect of going home added to the stress of their vacation.

Read more on The Washington Post

Weddings

Destination Wedding To-Do List (12 Months Before)

The price you pay for a gorgeous destination wedding (beyond the actual price) is a lot of work on the front end, beginning about a year before your wedding date. The good news is everything doesn’t have to be done at once, as long as you spread out the to-dos over a 12-month period. To get you started, here’s a list of the top tasks to tackle one year prior to The Day.

1. Decide the Essence You Want Your Wedding to Exude. 

Getting clear on the vibe, theme, spirit, or whatever you want to call it, for your wedding will make all your other decisions easier because you’ll have a better sense of what you’re trying to create. For example, my fiancé and I wanted the essence of our wedding to be classic, nature inspired, and surf centered. We ended up getting married on the beach in Nicaragua with a driftwood and local flower backdrop while surfers rode an epic set of waves behind us. I chose a classic lace dress and had white roses in my hair. Deciding on our “essence” before planning made it easier to craft our dream wedding.
Childbirth, Pregnancy

Doulas Are F*cking Awesome

*Quoted as expert in article

Tracey O’Halloran had one C-section and didn’t want another, so she found a hospital that would respect her wishes — and a doula, Katie Prendergast.

Once labor began, Tracey says, “I was in full-blown freakout pain and fear … She encouraged me to get on top of the wave and ride it out and reminded me this was all normal and my body was designed to do this. I don’t know if the pain became more manageable or I became better at managing, but that was a game changer.” Katie rocked Tracey and her husband together in the midst of her contractions. She kept Tracey’s husband from chattering at her during contractions. “So many little and bigmoments, even to the gentle suggestion of using mineral oil when baby’s head got a little stuck,” Tracey tells Scary Mommy. “I am so, so so thankful.”

Tracey had it right: Doulas are amazing.

Read more on Scary Mommy!