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Is downward-facing dog your friend?  Some mama's love the feel of this stretch, while others find it bothers their wrists, shoulders or neck.  Maybe they have less-than-flexible hamstrings and instead of a nice release for the legs and low back, down-dog feels constricting. Many fitness-pros have suggestions for what you should and shouldn't do during pregnancy. While there are safe guidelines to follow that protect you and your baby, only YOU know what feels right in your body. And your body will tell you.  I craved the stretch of down-dog during pregnancy.  The release it gave my low back felt… Read More >>
It's baaaaack...  We live in one of the top 25 snowiest cities in the U.S. Many years we're 1st or 2nd on the list, something we Erie-ites take pride in.  Come on, ya gotta love that lake effect snow! I've grown up in this snow globe and honestly, you've just got to embrace it.  Snow forts, icicle "stores," sledding and walking on the frozen bay is what childhood is like here this time of year.  As an adult, you'll most likely hear a lot of grumbling complaints.  It's freezing, messy, dangerous and a pain in the snowflake to shovel....  But,… Read More >>
My husband and I have always loved seeing the world. Before (4) kids, we've been fortunate to see almost every state in the U.S. (Still need to check off Vermont, Rhode Island and Alaska from the list.) We've been to Ireland, Italy, Mexico and the Caribbean together. Australia and India separately.  Exploring new cities and cultures has taught us that the world is a friendly and beautiful place. (... deep down in my heart, I still believe this ...) Stepping out of our comfort zone (driving a rental car in Italy, riding a rickshaw in India, living in the rainforest… Read More >>
My husband and I have been surviving this first year with the twins (plus the 6 and 3 year old) with HELP.  I can't tell you how grateful we are for the help of family and friends to keep mommy and daddy sane and the household running.  A few of our star tribe members: * My mom - master of laundry, dishes, diaper changes, lullaby singing, you name it, she's on it. * My in laws - entertainers of the big kids, holders of the littlest ones, meal prep and cleanup superstars. * a Jill and a Sue - two… Read More >>
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