What to Expect When You’re Expecting is on your bookshelf. You’ve leafed through Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. You’ve even devoured The Happiest Baby on the Block. But what other books should you check out as a parent-to-be or new parent? Well, there are lots of awesome new pregnancy (and beyond!) books out there now that are fresh, fun, ground-breaking, helpful — and some are downright hilarious. Consider these required reading, whether you’re newly knocked up (congrats!), about to pop a baby out (go you!), or have an itty bitty at home already (it’s fun, right?!). Part helpful, part essential,…

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Pregnancy is a truly personal experience, and every mama should do what feels right for her (and what her doc recommends, of course). But it’s always interesting to see how different women handle the various challenges that each trimester has to offer — and what felt right for our contributor Nichole, who just happens to also be a two-time Ironman finisher, was fascinating! –Jenn & Kristen  One might think I was crazy if I told them I ran 4 miles a couple of days a week, did 60-minute intense weight lifting classes several days a week, and filled in the…

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Have a kiddo whose love of the water is second only to a fish, mermaid or — my daughter’s fave — a Mer-pup? Or, wish your little one loved the water more? If so, and you live in the Kansas City area, you are IN LUCK! Because today’s giveaway (see the rest of them here) will do just that: it’s two free months of swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School in Overland Park, Kan. Plus … Here’s exactly what the lucky winner will get: 2 months of group swim lessons from Goldfish Swim School in Overland Park, Kan. (only location offered for…

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This year, you might be working on ways to sleep more, sneak in more fruits and veggies, or get a few more steps in. And, while those are all healthy pursuits we applaud, the one thing you need to make them a reality is to have more time set aside for you. Just. For. You. via GIPHY So today, we’re sharing seven tips to do just that. (And, yeah, it can mean time to take a bubble bath, but it can also mean ANYTHING you’d like to do and enjoy!) 7 Ways to Make More Time for Yourself as a…

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When you first get that double line on a pregnancy test it can be all kinds of exciting and scary and everything in between. via GIPHY And soon — lots of planning and preparing begins. Picking a name. Starting a registry. Getting the nursery ready. via GIPHY And, if you’re planning to be a working mom (or just want some extra help with childcare — um, full support for that here!), now is also the time to start your childcare search. The childcare search may seem overwhelming at first, but if you start early and plan ahead, you’ll save yourself…

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San Francisco-based Meghan Litchfield is a former e-commerce executive turned entrepreneur who was fed up with clothes that didn’t fit. After having two kids, her proportions had naturally changed — as had those of most of her friends. Rather than blame her body, she asked the radical question, “WTF is wrong with clothes?” First, Meghan grilled designers and manufacturers to figure out how sizing really works and why it fails women. Then, she threw herself into a year of R+D to re-imagine the traditional supply chain. The result was RedThread: the first apparel company that creates custom-fit garments to each…

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If you’ve got a kiddo who’s gluten-free or celiac snack-time can be, well, a bit of a minefield. via GIPHY Because you want your kiddo to feel included and normal — but when they can’t eat the animal crackers being passed around playgroup … via GIPHY Not to mention that the same ol’ gluten-free snacks day in and day out can get pretty boring. via GIPHY So, to help you freshen up what’s in that spill-proof snack-cup, here are a whopping 75 gluten-free snacks for kids. (And, as always, double-check labels to make sure there’s no gluten in any of…

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Adita Yrizarry-Lang is a SuperPower aficionado and mother of 2. With more than 30 years of experience in health and wellness, her endeavors include everything from biomechanics and resistance training expert to being a mind-body coach and author of SuperPowers: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Health and Happiness. Adita holds a degree in Holistic Nutrition, is also a certified holistic lifestyle coach. She has trained thousands of fitness professionals worldwide and often speaks at schools, Fortune 500 companies, and private organizations. Today, she’s sharing with us five ways to take your superpowers as a mom (yes, you have them — even…

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If you’ve been following us on Instagram (@FitBottomedMama), you may seen a few posts or Insta stories about my daughter’s experience (and mine as well) at Goldfish Swim School. (Spoiler: They let her try a few months of swim lessons on the house, and it’s been so awesome that we’ve kept our partnership going!) And, today, in addition to those behind-the-scenes glimpses, we’re sharing five awesome gift ideas for kids that aren’t toys — including Goldfish Swim School lessons, of course. All of them are great kids gift ideas to bookmark for the holidays, birthdays, or any special occasion!   Gift Ideas…

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How would you describe your mornings as a mom? via GIPHY Yeah, yeah, I hear you, mama. via GIPHY So, when I started to attempt to create a morning ritual for myself, I had this expectation. via GIPHY But it ended up more like this. via GIPHY Because my little would wake up early, or the dog would freak out, or just reasons, reasons, reasons. (Like, hitting snooze 20 times after being up with the baby all night.) via GIPHY So, instead of fighting to put something in practice that obviously wasn’t working for me or my family, I tweaked…

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