We all know how empowering it can be to work out and feel strong. And a key part of doing that, on the reg, is loving the workouts and exercise you’re doing. For tips on how to help your kids find that love and joy, we’ve got a guest post from Kim Holmes, an online fitness coach and founder of My Fit Coach. As a mom of two young sons herself, Kim helps busy working moms care for their bodies (and minds) through online fitness, nutrition, and mindset coaching. Check out and join her free Facebook community, The Fit Mama…

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What does your kids’ play room or area look like? Is it tidy? Chaotic? Fun? A design and look you love … or just totally for them? Maud Maciak, toddler mom and busy business owner of Magnifique Homes, has real-world and functional design tips on how to make it an area you and your kids both love — including easy tricks to keep it organized and engaging. 5 Design Tips for an Awesome Kids’ Play Room, by Maud Maciak 1. Real furniture for a real mess. One of the first thing to remember is that although it is a kid’s…

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One of the things I thought a lot about when pregnant with twins was food. Not only because my appetite was off the charts, but also because it was hard to imagine what dinnertime would look like once we added two newborns in to the mix. When I had my daughter, I learned (the hard way) that on many nights, even the simplest of dishes was almost impossible to cook — and maybe even harder to eat — when you had a little one cluster feeding or teething or going through a developmental leap or just needing extra comfort (read:…

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They say no pregnancy is the same. And I can tell you from personal experience that this is true. And it’s extra true when you’re comparing your first singleton pregnancy with a second one with twins. Here are all of the ways one was NOT like the other. 13 Ways My Twin Pregnancy Was Way Different Than My First 1. More symptoms. Not only did I feel like I had every pregnancy symptom and side effect known to woman with twins, but I also felt like they were more intense. Sure, with my daughter I had nausea that wasn’t fun,…

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Trigger warning: While the title of this post may be lighthearted — and it does end with two happy and healthy babies — this story contains a fair amount of discussion about birth trauma and my experience with it. It’s taken me weeks to sit down to write this post. Sure, some of that is because of sleep deprivation. And massive life changes. And cluster feeding. And everything else that comes with bringing home not just one, but two newborns. But, if I’m honest with myself, that’s not why I’ve put off writing my birth story. It’s because I’ve been…

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After doing this post on the first trimester in GIFs, I was going to write a post with the second trimester in GIFs, but once I started thinking about it, it really boiled down to this: via GIPHY Because, really, in the second tri, you feel pretty good, you can move around as you’d like, you get to rock cute maternity clothes with a bump that shows but doesn’t, like, attract signs of pity from others, and you’re going in for appointments for fun stuff — like possibly your first detailed sonogram and gender reveal — and you’re starting to…

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Fact: I (Jenn) am not a pregnant vegan. But we know that we have pregnant readers who are (or who like to eat vegan meals regularly), which is exactly why we’re sharing this excerpt from the book Your Complete Vegan Pregnancy. The book shows vegan moms-to-be everything they need to know regarding keeping themselves and their babies strong and healthy through all three trimesters. Read on for how much protein to eat and the best vegan sources to get it when pregnant. Really great info if you are vegan — or just looking to eat more plant-based! How Much Protein…

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In general, sports can be AWESOME for kids — especially young girls. I know for myself (and Kristen!), being active in athletics when we were younger gave us confidence, built inner and outer strength, and helped us to form friendships and support networks that existed far off the courts we were playing on. But — there is a darker side to some sports. A side that puts too much pressure on winning and/or maintaining a certain body weight or shape. Sometimes, there’s a focus on both of those things — which is a toxic and scary combination, especially when you’re…

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At the time of this writing, I am happy to say that I am officially in my third trimester with twins! And, if I thought I was tired or uncomfortable before, well, that ain’t nothing compared to measuring well over full-term with — hopefully — still weeks to go! While some days I’ve had decent energy, other days I’ve been WIPED. And, really, each and every day being on my feet for any extended period of time (say, more than 10 minutes) has been uncomfortable. So, as you’d expect, workouts have continued to ramp way, way down and are highly…

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My twin pregnancy has been REAL. Real tough. Real fun. Real long (even though it’s actually really shorter than my last one). And, really, really something. Because I’m so, so grateful to be carrying two babies (as I’m writing this, I’m currently past week 30). And it’s special. But, man, a twin pregnancy is not for the faint of heart. Here are 13 things only moms pregnant with twins will understand … No shirt will ever be long enough to cover the bump, it seems. via GIPHY No built-in belly band has enough stretch in it. via GIPHY The silliness…

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