Family

Starting a family of your own is an exciting yet scary time. You worry if you’ll be a good parent or if you’ll be able to teach your child the things you want him or her to learn. While it’s one of the most rewarding things in life, at times you may need some help on how to advance your child through the stages of life. Whether it’s getting your baby to latch on for breastfeeding or potty training your toddler we’re here to support you through those struggles and give some advice.

Happy Planet Index List

World globe

The happy planet index, or HPI, is an index that determines a measure of happiness, per nation, based on environmental impact and well-being. What does it mean to be in the happy planet index? It doesn’t necessarily mean that the highest scoring country has the happiest people, or that by moving to that country you’ll …

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How to Make Drool-worthy Natural Baby Food Recipes

Baby eating spoon full of food: Baby Food Recipes

Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your baby’s food or even tasted it? Many parents say it tastes disgusting and includes extra ingredients. Making your own baby food isn’t as hard as it sounds. For the most part, you just purchase the ingredients and puree them. Another bonus, you can make extra servings and freeze the left overs. Similar to meal prep days for your work lunches, you can have baby food prep days…

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Green Burial Options: Eco-Friendly Life Afterlife

Person holding green urn: Green Burial Options

Picture this, instead of cemeteries we have memory forests. Doesn’t that sound beautiful? An eco-friendly burial option can give us a “second life” through nature. How cool is it that we can give back to Earth as we leave it by becoming a tree or reef?! There are a few options available for natural burial already and we’re sure more green burial options will sprout up in the coming years…

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Baby Carrier Reviews

Mom and baby in sling

I am pretty sure I have owned almost every baby wearing device (Baby wearing is strapping your baby into a carrier on your body rather than carrying them in your arms. It leaves your hands free while still keeping your baby close and secure.) out there from an old-fashioned Snugli, to a trendy Baby Bjorn, to a homemade sling. There are so many out there that it’s overwhelming and confusing, so I decided I am going to try to review the ones I have used and give my honest opinions based on fit, ease of use and, the most important aspect, how much my baby liked it…

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Encapsulating Placenta: A DIY Guide and Benefits

Encapsulating placenta pills

The placenta is full of iron to help new mom’s body recover after birth but should you encapsulate your baby’s placenta? I’ve encapsulated several placentas now and I don’t always find out whether the clients found it helped them or not. I figure the ones it did help will probably contact me (and they have). No one has come begging for their money back…

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My Beautiful Surrogate Baby Birth Story

Surrogate baby belly

Overall, surrogacy has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I would do it again tomorrow if I could. When people tell me what a wonderful thing I did, all I can think of is, selfishly, how wonderful it was for me too. What a blessing it was for me to be able to help, in such a huge way, create a family!

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Surrogate Pregnancy: A Nerve-racking Experience!

Surrogate mom selfie

The surrogate pregnancy process has been both more stressful than I ever could have imagined, but also more rewarding and meaningful to me too. It has been such a blessing to know that I am growing a person for another family to raise. A family that, without me, wouldn’t have had this chance. That feels pretty amazing. I will update once the baby is here and my emotions are all sorted out, but I’ll leave off with this quote that I love regarding surrogacy: “I make families! What’s your super power?”

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Becoming a Surrogate: Try, Try Again

Home pregnancy test

Where did we leave off in this journey? I had completed my first transfer in May and we were hopeful for a quick, painless success. My intended parents have been through so, so much that I so badly wanted this to be easy for them. I hadn’t had ever had a problem getting pregnant in the past (3 out of 4 babies were surprise blessings!) and I had never had a miscarriage. Failure, honestly, wasn’t on my radar at all…

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Doula Training: My First Birth

Pregnant woman on yoga ball

The birth I am referring to wasn’t mine at all. In no way was it mine. In no way did I do anything extraordinary. I didn’t feel any pain. I didn’t hold a baby in my arms seconds after birth. I really just stood there and uttered some words (to mom, dad, doctors and nurses), rubbed a back, suggested new positions, wet a wash cloth and shed a few tears when that sweet little girl entered the earth. This was my first birth I attended as a doula and a key milestone in my doula training. And, it was amazing! The rush I felt was second only to the birth of my own children. I’ll start from the beginning…

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Plan B: Gestational Surrogate

Plan B on a chalkboard

I saw a movie years and years ago about gestational surrogacy. As with most movies, it wouldn’t be any good if it wasn’t full of drama (well, according to producers anyway. After all, even “reality tv” has added drama. Life is typically, well, boring). The movie didn’t end well. But, it planted a little seed in my heart and mind. I was probably 10 or 12 (I just looked it up. I was 10.) with no idea of what it would all entail or even if it would be possible for me, but it intrigued me. The little seed stayed a seed for many, many years. I wanted my own children first and I wanted to be 100% sure I was done having my own children before I even really looked into how all of it worked…

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