Birth photography – My Q&A with Briana founder of Shoots and Giggles photography

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The birth of your child is one will be one of the most special and important  days of your lives. Birth photography is a great way to capture all the magical  and tender moments. Over the years I have had the honor to do a few births where Briana was shooting it. She not only captures so much beauty but also holds amazing energetic space for the birthing parents as well. I asked Briana a few questions and wanted to share with you all some of the photos she has taken throughout the years. There are a few in the mix from one of my favorite home births I did almost a year ago. For more info check out her website Shoots and Giggles . I highly…

SAFE WORD FOR BIRTH

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When I prep people for birth one of the things I always create is a “SAFE WORD”. I remember first hearing about safe words from reading and watching  “50 shades of grey”. When Christen  first brought Anastasia into his “play room”. He told her at anytime she wanted him to stop or didn’t feel safe all she had to do was say the word and he would stop immediately. I started using safe words a few years back after hearing stories from women that asked for an epidural but their  birth support team ( with best intentions) kept pushing them even though they begged and pleated for help. They  all said the same thing that  they felt unheard, unsupported and traumatized. As a birth worker…

Post birth healing pads

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After taking a 2 month birth sabbatical to recharge my batteries, I am back in full blown birth mode. This past week I had 2 amazing and fast births and am on call for a bunch more. While on my break I made a big old batch of Sitz baths and post birth healing pads and spray for my  new mamas and their up coing births. I doctored up my original recipe that is in my book THE MINDFUL MOM TO BE . The cold from the freezer combined with the healing ingedients will help with inflammation, swelling and speed up the healing process.  WHAT YOU NEED: Organic Pantie liners  Witch Hazel  Organic lavender essential oil  Liquid vitiam E oil  Comfrey root leaves  Tea stainer or I…

Baby bonding love soak bath

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Personally for me I love a good old bath to help me relax. I always use yummy smelling bubble bath,  light a few candles, turn off my phone and either meditate, read or journal. The bath tub is one of my sacred spaces in my house where I go to find and be in peace. There are many ways to start connecting and forming a bond with your baby while they are in your womb. Here is a baby bonding bath ritual adapted from my book – THE MINDFUL MOM TO BE .  Roses are the flowers of love, and rose oil  is calming and softens the body and ones energy . Both grapefruit and geranium uplift the spirit and act as a natural anti depressant. Rose…

Postbirth Sitz Bath

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I have a few births this month and had some time to kill today so I made a big batch of post birth healing Sitz bath for my girls . This is amazing to help comfort and speed up the healing from birth.  RECIPE: 1/4 cup Lavender flowers  1/4 cup calendula leaves 1/4 cup comfrey leaves  10 drops liquid Vitaman E oil  1/2 cup witch hazel 1&1/2 cups Epsome salts mixed with 1&1/2 cups Himalayan sea salt HOW TO MAKE : In a mason jar mix together the herbs and salts  Add 1/2 cup of this mix to 1/2 cup of witch hazel and 10 drops of vitiamn E oil to warm bath water. Stir the water and soak in tub. Soak up to two…

Magnesium spray for restless leg syndrome

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So lately I have gotten lots of  messages from my clients and followers on what they can do for restless leg syndrome. For those of you who don’t know what RLS is it’s an annoying and disruptive disorder where one feels an urge to move their legs to stop an unpleasant sensation such as pain , tingling, prickling,  numbness, aching or itching while lying down or trying to sleep. I have had it before in it’s like you literally want to jump out of your skin. For many it can leave you restless causing  sleepless nights and leaving you  miserable, tired and fatigued.  Women are more likely to be affected with RLS especially towards  the end of pregnancy. Something I recommend to all my girls…

Kate’s green and delicious pancakes that your kids will go bananas over

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I just got back home from an amazing vacation visiting family back east. My sister in law Kate and I have the same taste and way of eating. We are always swapping healthy recipes , health tips, books and tips and tricks. When I was back there each morning for breakfast she made my nephew Oliver  these pancakes that he went bananas over. Not only are they packed full of good stuff they also taste delicious. Also you pregnant mamas that are having a hard time getting those greens in your body here is a good way to sneak them into your food.  RECIPE: Generous handful of baby spinach  1 banana 1 tsp of wheatgrass powder 1 cup steel cut oats 1 tbsp chia seeds …

LOVE WATER – Rose Quartz for healing the heart

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The other day when teaching fertility healing yoga, my client let go and purged so bravely  tons of emotional and energetic stuff she was holding onto…… Afterwards I made her a pitcher of love water to fill her up with some good nurturing love vibes. I first drank this magic water years ago at my dear friend Heather Askinosie (founder of Energy Muse Jewelry) house. she taught me how to make it and all about what it does. You need chunks of rose quartz crystals, filtered water , a glass pitcher , the sun and moonshine . Rose quartz is the stone of the heart. It Carries the vibration of unconditional love, compassion, feminine energy, peace, tenderness, nourishment, healing and speaks directly to the heart…

An adorable baby shower idea for your pet

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I’m a Huge animal lover and get asked a lot of questions from my peps on how to help their dogs with the transition when the new baby comes. My girl Claire showed me this amazing thoughtful gift idea that the person who threw her baby shower did for her and her dog Luke. On the invite it said to bring a dog toy and at the door when everyone walked in they put it in a basket which later the host wrapped up for Claire take home for her pup. The intention is When the baby comes each day he gets a toy from the basket so he feels loved and special too…. So sweet ! When your baby is born for the first…

PAMMY”S PALEO COOKIES

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I am back east right now Visiting my bestie Pam. She is one of the best cooks I know and has been spoiling me rotten with her delicious  healthy cooking. She made a batch of these insanely delicious Paleo cookies and I went nuts over them ! I asked her  to teach me how to make and to share her recipe with you all.  What I love about these cookies are they are totally healthy, gluten free, low in sugar and are SUPER easy to make.   RECIPE  INGREDIENCE : 3/4 cup of coconut sugar – Big tree farms  for brand  1/2 cup coconut oil  1 egg 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla – Ronald Reginald’s mexixcan vanilla is the best  2 & 1/8 cup of Almond flour…