Are you getting the pre-baby jitters?

  I, Nicole, was pregnant with my first baby at a time in my life that felt very exciting. Newly married, promoted at my job, adopted a new puppy AND moved to a house in the suburbs with a big sparkly kitchen (Oh, how I love to cook). I was so excited to become a mother, but this whole birth thing perplexed me. How exactly was this going to happen? What was ...

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10 Keys to Getting Started With–And Sustaining–A Home Yoga Practice

  A home yoga practice is KEY for keeping you moving through pregnancy and postpartum because really...who can make it to class every single day? And what if you could just practice for 10 minutes, and be done?! Here are some of our best tips to make sure you make it onto your mat (or without your mat!) 1. Let go of class format/length Consider any amount of time you spend quieting yourself and ...

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How to Know You’re Doing Core Work Correctly (and Incorrectly!)

  ‘Gah, I’ve been doing core work wrong my ENTIRE life’ ‘I’m feeling muscles I didn’t even know were there!!’ ‘I’m sweating my a$$ off moving my hands 3 inches forward and back. WTH!’ I’ve taught hundreds of students and clients over the last 15 years. And you know what? I would guesstimate about 95% of them have said one of these things after putting them through a core workout.  (A workout that does ...

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2 Moves to Help Minimize Your Diastasis Recti Risk in Pregnancy

  I was teaching my prenatal & postpartum core essentials class earlier this week and we were talking about minimizing diastasis recti (or abdominal separation) IN PREGNANCY. Everyone was so shocked that there could be a solution before the problem even exists, because all we hear these days is how to fix diastasis recti after it's already an issue. What if you could minimize your risk of diastasis during your pregnancy? And ...

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Quiz: Do You Know Your Pregnancy Old Wives’ Tales?

Don’t go outside with wet hair or you’ll catch a cold. Feed a cold, starve a fever. Cows lie down when it’s going to rain. You’ve likely heard tons of old wives’ tales in your lifetime. Whether true or not, these little nuggets of information worm their ways into our brains and get stuck. There are old wives’ tales for everything - health, animals, food, even pregnancy. How well do you know your ...

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Pelvic Floor Safe Squatting Technique

Squatting is an essential part of postpartum repair and recovery. We squat hundreds of times every day - getting out of bed, going to the bathroom, sitting to work, sitting to eat, sitting to feed our babies, picking up laundry / grocery bags / children...you name it, it probably involves a squat. And you know what is really great? Because we squat so much during the day, it's a fantastic opportunity ...

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Super Easy Homemade Almond Milk

We go through 2 gallons of almond milk a week in our house. We put it in hot and iced coffee, on cereal, in tea and in smoothies, not to mention cooking with and drinking it. So when I heard there may be issues with carrageenan, an seaweed-derived additive that is used in a lot of non-milk milks (among other things), I decided it was time to try making my ...

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The Yummiest Greek Wrap You’ll Ever Eat

Are you hungry yet? This Greek Wrap is easy to make, perfect for lunch and super yummy! A shareable version of this recipe can be found at the bottom of this post. Prep Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: * 1 tablespoon lemon juice * dash of salt and pepper * 1 cup canned chickpea beans, drained and rinsed * 1 tsp black olives * 1 cup chopped tomato * spinach leaves * 1 wrap Preparation: In medium bowl, combine lemon juice, salt, pepper, ...

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Power Protein Balls Recipe

These delicious Power Balls will last in the refrigerator for a week and can also be made ahead of time and put in freezer. A shareable version of this recipe can be found at the bottom of this post. Ingredients: - 16 oz. almond butter (you can use peanut butter or cashew butter, too) - 14 oz. honey - 3/4 blender full of rolled oats (not the instant kind) - Bowl full of crispy rice, coconut ...

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