#IMOMSOHARD – we mean, what mom doesn’t?? Well, a couple of moms decided to grab a camera, set the stage in the playroom, and talk about how they were screwing it all up – hard! Meet Jen Smedley and Kristen Hedley who discuss the ongoing cycle of criticism, whether real or perceived, that causes moms to lose their confidence. They paired up with Yoplait yogurt to discover new research that suggests moms are internalizing the judgment and even changing the way they are parenting as a result. To judge or not to judge, what’s funny about that? Well, if it has anything to do with these two… you might be surprised!
“Are you done yet?” After a cordial hello how are you, greeting, we’re then met with that direct and curious question my family hears quite often. Who in this day and age has a family with 9 children?! Sure, you could watch the amazing families on TV who are famous for their multiple children and the lives they lead, but what about the families in your own home town? We’re just like the neighbors next door, but we happen to celebrate more birthdays, more chairs around the dining room table, and believe it or not… more love and compassion to feel for each other.
Do you enjoy a glass of wine or two? Chardonnay? Cabernet? We start our day with coffee and end our days with wine. At the end of a particularly challenging day of wiping butts, negotiating with your little monsters, and enduring tantrums, wine can feel like a necessity. Don’t let the haters convince you that wine is just a mom trend or that you shouldn’t drink your beloved vino. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life! Wine does more than calm nerves, it packs a punch with some amazing health benefits. According to science, moms need to drink wine!
If you have ever thought that moving your body to the rhythm of music wasn’t worthwhile, you may want to think again. As a mom, we all know that a baby tends to relax and let go of tension in their little squishy bodies when you rock them (especially when rocked to music). There’s no good reason to let go of that natural-born instinct that movement (dance) and music can do to calm, relax, and rejuvenate you. Next time you hear the music playing, no need to deny your inner dance-freak any longer, because, Mom, here are five reasons you need to dance!
Sex: It feels great for some; other times, it may feel more dutiful than pleasurable and satisfying. If you are thinking that a “duty” has to be performed, then yes, it may not do much for you as far as getting to the pleasure-zone. However, what if you came to the realization that, Mom, you need sex in your life? You need to feel the proven health benefits of sex in order to complete you as a healthy holistic being… and yes, that includes you as a mother. Ready to explore the proven health benefits of why a mom needs sex and turn any feelings of ‘its a duty’ into a pleasure-prescription for lasting health and vitality?
When it comes to the summer vacation for the family, you’ve got a slew of options. Two of the most important: to go or not to go! According to actress, producer, host, New York Times Best-Selling Author, inspirational speaker, wife, and mother of 3, Candace Cameron Bure says the family summer vacation does not have to be stressful, boring, or consist of worrying about if everyone is happy. “Working in Hollywood, it’s essential to prioritize family time and create lasting memories with summer vacations that everyone in the family can enjoy,” Bure said. “Kalahari Resorts is a family-owned business, and they deeply understand the importance of family time. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the celebration as they expand their guest offerings nationwide.”
How in the world do you feed nine children!? AND organic foods at that? Prioritize. It really is that simple. Whether the children were planned or not, they’re here now, and beyond breastfeeding or formula, it’s now time to move them onto solids. Perhaps you’re one of those crunchy mommas who want nothing but the most naturally grown and chemical free foods to ever touch your child’s lips – or you’re just good with wholesome food, organic on occasion is fine. Either way, you really do want organic, but let’s be real. Organic foods are 40-100% MORE expensive than their conventional counterparts, so let’s set aside feeding one child organic, but NINE!? Yes, and with a budget most families are on for a family of 4-6!
Communication. It’s either pleasant, misunderstood, loving, hurtful, or just down right dirty! Any way you spin it, you have much more control over the conversation than you may realize. Consider how a response to certain words can be controlled through conscious, intentional thoughts, or a fly-by-the mill reaction I’ll-probably-regret-this-later-but-oh-well kind of response. Love talk – it’s keeping it real, honest, respectful, simple, and easy, especially with those you love the most.
The water is purified in the house, so there’s nothing in the water that is magically producing all these pregnancies. It’s simply straight up, good ‘ol fashioned sex. So you may be thinking, is it really that fun and pleasurable after having nine natural pregnancies and births to still have sex? Absolutely! If you’re thinking it has to do with just our feminine physiques, think again. Whether you are a multi-gal (now we’re talking orgasms), a singleton, or you want to explore the possibilities of making sex hot, fun, and pleasurable this year, you owe it to yourself to at least try over and over and over… again.
The summer driving season is fast approaching, and that means more young drivers will be on the roads than any other time of the year. If you are a parent, are you concerned about distracted driving or about your loved ones letting you know when they’ve arrived safely at their destination? We completely understand! That’s why we have teamed up with a dynamic duo, Johnny and Loni Unser, a father-daughter team of professional race cars drivers, to discuss driving and safety advice as well as the latest technology helping empower and educate young drivers.
If there’s not one million and one things to do, someone is asking you to do seven more things on top of that, all within the next hour! The last thing you want to do to start to lose weight with everything else going on is exercise. We get it. If we can give you the best advice, then don’t exercise! That’s boring. Instead, get a strong, sexy core without doing one sit-up or crunch while toning your arms, butt, and legs with Latin DanceSport, Jaana Kunitz. Experience the easiest eight to fifteen minutes you have in between your chaotic schedule (because we ALL really do have 8-15 minutes with the 10-minute abs workout; just time yourself going through Facebook feeds). Good; once you have that mapped out, you don’t even have to leave your bedroom; use a smartphone, tablet, iPad, or your computer, and roll those juicy hips of yours to the exciting and fun rhythm of the Figure 8 fitness program – we mean, who doesn’t want a sexy strong core, eliminating the belly fat after having some babies?
STRESS – let it go, and we’ll say it again – let it go! A world where you live (yes, the home with the little relaxation-suckers, aka your kids) – without stress actually does exist. If you have the theme song from Frozen in your head right now, you’re in the perfect place! It’s a place where you can magically create through your mind, fingertips, and choose to intentionally take the leap of de-stressing yourself in your own home. Stress can save your life or destroy it, and since there aren’t any saber-tooth tigers in your living room, we’re giving you five unique ways to make the bad stress – never really bother you anymore.
It’s the “consciousness” that you wish would dissipate every single time a negative thought came to fruition. The inner chatter that says, you’re not good enough, who are you to do or say something that isn’t worthwhile, you’re too ugly to be loved wholly, you don’t deserve a break because you don’t work hard enough, you’re too fat, you’re too skinny, your skin isn’t perfect… AWWHHHHH, SHUT UP!!! The ever-constant inner chatter, such a familiar voice, you begin to believe and live your life according to its seductive, yet debilitating suggestions. Your everyday decisions are based upon this perceived reality of the inner chatter and you don’t even realize it, but you can get rid of it.
Technology has made life extremely convenient in so many ways, yet, there may be a hefty price to pay for it. Cell phones, computers, tablets, laptops, electronics, wireless devices, and all the other snazzy electronic devices around us have one or more dangerous components about them: EMF’s (electromagnetic emission frequency). This leads to massive energy interference which have adverse effects on the health of you, your children, and your teenagers (whom of which are more vulnerable)… unless you arm yourself with some dot gadgets.
There’s certainly no shortage of “special moments” when you are raising a family with nine children. Those moments have brought laughter, tears, hugs, kisses, regrets, apologies, and my favorite: love. As parents, we just want the best for our children, just like parents of one or two children. However, when you have nine of them, those moments are expanded across nine little human beings, each with their own distinct personalities. If it wasn’t for some of the physical similarities, we’d even think that a couple of them were adopted… surely that one wasn’t from my side of the family!