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141. Saying “Yes” to Yourself by Saying No

We all know we need good boundaries... but we're not so good at setting them by saying "no." The word no strikes fear in the heart of many mothers because ...

Episode 140. How to Explain Self-Care to Your Partner

It's hard enough to find time to take care of yourself each day, isn't it? And it gets even harder when you feel like you have to justify it to ...

Episode 139. Independent Play Essentials for More Me Time

In the last episode, we talked about how essential independent play (or "IP" for short) is to your own care. I also reviewed how to stay on track as add ...

Episode 138. Independent Play is a “Me Care” Power Move

'Ever feel like no matter how hard you try, your self-care seems to always get interrupted? Even when your child is "playing on their own?" Grrrr! What’s a mom to ...

Episode 137. Should I Quit Quarantine… or Just “Enjoy Every Moment?”

If there’s one thing that every mom knows, it’s decision fatigue (well, fatigue generally - but that’s another story). And one of the biggest decisions moms are facing right now ...

Episode 136. The Great White Wellness Gap (and Where We Go From Here)

Shocked. Horrified. Paralyzed. This is how many women describe their feelings about America's recent revolutionary uprising against racism. If you're White, this may be especially true - because it feels ...

6 Mindset Shifts to Make When You Feel Like You Can’t Do Another Day

** This post was originally a guest post published at The Everymom ** As I write this, I feel like I can’t do another day. As a result of the ...

Episode 135. Creating Shimmers In Chaos

How can we find light, goodness, and joy in the middle of chaos? Step by step, moment by moment, shimmer by shimmer. Today we'll talk about the concept of shimmers, ...

Episode 134. Recreating the Ritual of Mother’s Day

This weekend, much of the world is celebrating a weird version of Mother’s Day in social isolation. With most countries still in lockdown, let’s face it: we aren’t all going ...

Episode 133. Death by 1000 Tiny Cuts

Why do some days feel so hard, even when nothing's "really wrong?" Here's why: the small stuff matters, even when you think it shouldn't. And acknowledging our feelings about these ...

Episode 132. 3 Guilt-Free Ways to Ask for the Help You Need, NOW

Asking for help DOES NOT come naturally to most of us. Why? Because we want to look like we're coping. That we're these magical unicorn mamas who always have their ...

Episode 131. Surrender: The Secret Superpower to Not Losing Your Sh**

Fifteen years ago, I was in my mid-twenties going through an incredibly difficult time. I was in a successful job that I secretly knew I didn’t want anymore, in physical ...

13 Healthy Ways to Release Pressure Before You Pop

Take a moment. Breathe in. Breathe out. We're all going through some tough stuff right now, but we can do this. 100%. We're living through COVID-19 anxiety, and as I ...

My Daily Schedule with a 5- and 3-Year Old

As of the time of this writing, we're in the middle of this COVID-19 global pandemic scare. But it doesn't have to be a global pandemic. What we're going to ...

Episode 124. Dealing with Anxiety and Overwhelm During Covid-19

First, take a big, deep breath. We're gonna' talk about the hard stuff, but I promise, it's not gonna' be all bad. So keep reading... By now, every mom knows ...

My Top 6 Tools for Accidental Homeschooler Moms (2020 Edition)

Have you fallen into homeschooling, and find yourself feeling lost? As an accidental "part-time" homeschooler myself, I know how overwhelming it can all feel at first. But have courage -- ...

3 Ways to Sneak More Care Into Your Morning

If there's one question I get as a self-care educator for moms, it's how to find time for self-care in the middle of mom life. And here's my favorite flavor ...

Are You Overcomplicating This? Simplify Yo’self.

Today I'm sharing a {self} care mantra that can add more ease to your week, no matter what the situation. It's helped every client I've shared it with and, personally, ...

6 {Practical} Self-Care Tools I Can’t Live Without

If there's one thing I love, it's tools that make life easier, +more efficient = more ENJOYABLE. I'm talking about planners, task delegation, routines... all components of sanity-saving mom systems. ...

Beyond the Surface: My Post-Baby Body + Mind Transformation

I’m one of “those” women who lost the baby weight quickly. Case in point: the {never before shared} photos above. The left is me, exactly 2 weeks from giving birth. ...

How I’m Upgrading My Self-Care Game (Hint: You Can Too)

Today I went on a walk with my family in the forest near our home here in Provence, except there was one huge difference. We walk often (well, as often ...

Finding Time & Staying Calm with Ritual Care

** This post was originally published at Belabumbum by its author, Caitlin Kruse. The following is a repost of my interview with Caitlin. ** If you’re a mom with young ...

Mamas Don’t Get Sick Days (but This Might Help You Get Better)

Ever notice how we, as mothers, tend to get sick at the WORST TIME? That's because there really is no good time to be sick when you're a mama. The ...

How to Create Calmer Mornings with ‘Cues of Safety’

'You ever find yourself yourself feeling stressed in the morning, but you're not really sure why? Those days when you can't seem to shake the "small" stuff? There's some intuitive, ...
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Maybe It’s Them, Not You

Ever have one of those days where you feel like you're doing all the right things, but nothing is actually going right? AKA classic motherhood? You remember to change the ...
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We Aren’t Meant To Do This Alone

I’m going to tell you all something that you just may have a hard time believing, but I swear it’s true… Did you know, that even in the middle of ...
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Really Bad Day? Do this Next.

Have you ever had one of those days (nights? weeks? months?) where nothing seems to work out? A really, really just bad day? This happens to me (and, in my ...
deadline, worry

Say Buh-Bye to the Scary, No Good, Dreaded Imaginary Deadline

I'm a highly emotional person, which means diving into the natural highs and lows, the contrasts of life - and while contrast isn't always fun, it is an incredible teacher. ...
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Quick Self-Care Is Better Than No Self-Care

I have a quick tidbit of self-care for you today because, in fact, "quick" is the kind of self-care I'm rockin' lately. Quick because, "inbox zero" feels impossible when you're ...
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Sometimes It Feels Like Your Self-Care Isn’t Working… But Keep Going

It's time we talk about one of my all-time favorite topics... When you find time and energy to do your self-caring... but then it just doesn't work. It happens to ...

Knowing Your Personal Style Can Be the Key To Less Stress

Did you know there are different styles of stress? Do you know which one you exhibit when times get tough? Do you know why it matters so much? I’ve been ...
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Try This Strategy to Survive Mom Triage Mode

Want a quick run-down on the science behind self-caring? Now, I'm not gonna' lie - it's hard to keep it super quick - this stuff gets complicated. Heart rate variability, ...
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Bonding With Baby #1 When Baby #2 (or #3!) Comes Along

Just the other day, I was sitting at the table, watching my toddler and my baby interact. They've started to have "conversations" over meals, and it's absolutely hysterical. I've loved ...
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When Little Lies Become BIG Little Lies All Too Easily…

Just the other day, I was chatting with one of my CORECARE mamas, when she made a confession. She said someone had invited her family to a church event, and her ...
freedom, letting go

The Ultimate Form of Self-Care? Letting Go of What Others Think

There's a hot new self-care trend out there this season - and unlike most trends, I am here. for. all. of. it. Because I believe it's the best (and maybe only) ...
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Stop Focusing On Exercising and Weight… Just Move The Way You Wanna

It's time we chat about physical exercise and what exactly a “movement mindset” is, because guess what? There is some undeniable science about how it can be a serious game-changer ...
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Change Can Be Really, Really Good So Let’s Start Embracing It… With Your Inbox

If you've been here for a while, you know I've had my fair share of major moves in the past couple years. After three years of being a "single married ...
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When Everything Falls Apart, Remember This

Ever been working on something for months... and then just have it all fall apart? Well, happened to me recently. It was no one's fault, no one specific thing, no ...

Choose You. It’s As Simple As That (Even If It Isn’t Always Easy).

Last time I was in the French Alps, I had a bit of a situation (if you read this post, you know the French Alps aren't exactly my happy place). ...
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Mom Systems Run My World

I travel frequently with my tiny humans, often times to amazing places. Case in point: the French Alps. And I know this is going to sound a bit odd or ...

Why I Hate {the Term} ‘Self-Care’ – VIDEO

Press play below to watch the quick 60-second snapshot and learn why I, even as a self-care teacher, hate the term.
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It Can Feel Magical, But Even Self-Care Can’t Take Away All Bad Days

Ever have one of those days where you're doing everything "right", practicing all sorts of self-care rituals, but not exactly feeling all those great benefits? Are you wondering what you ...

Is Your Fear Keeping You From Dying…or Trying?

]Years ago, I was in Paris (long before I moved to France). I'd just arrived and was preparing for one of the most important meetings of my life. It was ...
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To Those Who Need a Real “Thank You”…

I was just sitting here, in awe of all the magic fairies in my house, and all that they do. They fold the never-ending piles of laundry. They put dirty ...
spring, flowers, season

Figuring Out What Season You’re In Just May Be The Ticket To Being Less Tired

As I type this, fresh laundry is blowing in the breeze on our terrace. Hot coffee is in my favorite cup. My husband and I just finished a massive, chock-full-of-everything ...

Perfect Motherhood Doesn’t Exist

I don't know about you, but I have not been at my best lately. I've missed deadlines. Let things fall by the wayside. Made questionable decisions. Just, generally, off my ...
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When Life Gets Rough, Choose Yourself Over Conflict

I love to use real-life examples whenever possible, from customers, friends, or my own life; real life examples just make all messages more relatable and understandable. And this one here, ...

Learn About PPD (and More Perinatal Moods) for Free

One of the most devastating facts about perinatal (postpartum) depression isn't just that it can be so painful -- it's that so many mothers don't get help unless they identify ...

Trying Everything to Feel Better but Nothing Works?

It all started with me falling to the floor of my old studio apartment in New York City. I lived in Hells Kitchen. It was a simple building, a small ...
Big Sur, coast, stress relief, calm, travel

A Fresh Approach For Dealing with Stress (Because Let’s Be Real, That Ain’t Ever Going Away) 

It's no secret that stress can make you sick. Everybody's talking about it and if you don't believe me, Google has over 300,000 articles to prove it. We live in ...

How Do I Stop Comparing Myself to Every Other Mother?

I love Beyoncé. While not a card-carrying member of the Hive, I admire her grit, her grace, her integrity, her groundbreaking vision in her craft. Recently, she exploded the Internets ...

Can You Send Me That Recipe?

How often have we said that to a friend or fellow mom, because what they made looked or sounded or felt so good? Here is a page with my favorite, ...

The Hidden Mental Health Mistake I Hear Moms Say Everyday

It was one of those days. The ones that poke holes in your mental health, and put your body through the wringer before you even step into the ring. I'd ...
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Want More Support? Share This Post With Your Partner

I love sharing my tips with you on how to take better care of yourself while you're taking care of your babies (and everything else), it's truly my life's work. But ...

Get Me Out of Mom Jail: Feeling Trapped in Motherhood

It was another bustling-at-the seams Sunday. The house was sunny, and the kitchen smelled like lunchtime -- miso-glazed salmon with rice, cucumber-sesame salad -- and it was full of people. ...

Slow Down, Do More, Stress Less (in Seconds)

Remember weekends before having babies? When you actually got a couple of days off, designed for you to rest before going back to work? Brunch with your girlfriends at that ...

4 Reasons to Do Yoga Before You Have Sex (After Having a Baby)

I’ve practiced yoga for 20 years. I was a private yoga teacher for nearly a decade. But no matter how many downward dogs I helped my prenatal and postpartum mom ...

When You’re Too Tired to Take Care

Have you ever had one of those conversations with someone where, within minutes into it, you just wanna' hold up a bright red stop sign and say "whoa, there's a ...
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For Best Results, Follow the 1% Rule

Sometimes it happens when we meet for the first time, after I say I'm a self-care teacher. Other times, it's when we're three months into private sessions, right in the ...

My Baby Won’t Give Me a Break (and 5 Ways to Take One)

It’s a taboo subject: feeling trapped in your life. But if you've felt this, you're in very good company. Motherhood, while full of joy and love and adorable baby giggles, ...

Ready (or Not) for Post-Baby Sex?

When you're a new mom, you have a habit of oversharing. Whether its your postpartum support group or the playground mom who's always there when you are, you're probably giving ...

When to Choose Other Priorities Over Your Child

It was one of those days. I woke up with 6 million things to do within 24 hours, a messy house, spotty wifi, and a printer that couldn't detect the ...

4 Brilliant Ways to Stop Overeating Without Wasting Food

How many times have you eaten something that you didn't really want, when you weren't really hungry, for the sake of not letting it go to waste? The rest of ...

Survival Mode Self-Care (in Baby Steps)

There's no escaping the truth: if you're taking care of tiny humans, chances are you have days where you are stressed the f*** out. every mom needs self-care for stress ...
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Need a Little Perspective? Consider This “Insulting” Idea…

Have you ever messed up, only to find out about it way after the fact... with no way to turn back the clock and fix it? That was me recently. ...

My Schedule Makes Self-Care Impossible

When you take care of yourself, is it a special occasion? Or an everyday event? "Is she serious? Every. Day?? There's no way I can take care of myself daily." ...

Productivity Must-Haves for Working at Home

We often think of productivity as only “work” related. But it can be about work product, or about home-and-family-related tasks. It can be you trying to get the laundry washed ...

How to Self-Care and Still Watch the News

Have you ever thought that self-care is a "luxury"? Or felt guilty about wanting to take care of yourself? Especially when there are "real" problems in the world? Today I ...

How I Trash My To-Do List + Still Get a Ton Done

Question: What do you have to do today? (Go ahead, take a moment and mentally run down the list). If your list is chock full of amazing, good on you, ...

The Secret for More Sleep That Could Save Your Sanity

If you're reading this, chances are you're pretty tired. Or full-on worn out. This happens in parenting -- tiny humans are tiring -- but there are tricks that can help ...

What’s Your Mental Screen Saver?

Have you ever had vacation with babies... without stress? (Ha! Say all of the "vacationing" mothers breastfeeding babies in airport bathrooms, desperately Googling "baby jet lag.") It doesn't matter where ...

How to Build Core Strength (Without Crunches)

First, let's get physical: Most people don't have favorite muscles, but as a former private yoga teacher, I do: the transversus abdominis (or "TVA"). It's the deep belly muscle that ...

Everything You Need to Know About Postpartum Depression

** This post was originally published at themamanotes.com by its author, Caitlin Kruse. The following is a repost of my interview with Caitlin, the first part of three on our ...