Category - Parenting

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Mother’s Day 2016: Reflections from local moms
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Pre/Post Baby Event comes to Leesburg on May 7
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Un-Breaking Birth – Showing Up for the Birth Revolution at BirthKeeper Summit 2016
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Tips to make it through allergy season + local resources
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Meet Jesse Straight, owner of Whiffletree Farm and father of five
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Surviving Snowzilla: an argument for self-care!
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Meet Contributor Cynthia Henry Thurlow
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Ditching Overwhelm: A first step toward health in the New Year
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Meet contributor Alexandra Hughes
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Transition comes to Tenley: lil omm closes studio, moves its yoga programs
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Traditional Nutrition Beginner’s Bundle Giveaway: Nourishing Traditions and membership to Weston A. Price Foundation
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Self-Regulation in the Digital World – A Necessary Balance (+ giveaway)
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Celebrate a Happy & Healthy Halloween with Teal Pumpkin and other tips (+ giveaway!)

Mother’s Day 2016: Reflections from local moms

The day is almost here when people will be posting images on social media of flowers and chubby-cheeked hugs and all kinds of joy for Mother’s Day. When we are feeling awesome about our parenting and our daughtering, and when we’re feeling like our cups are full with support from loved ones, our community, or something greater, these images warm hearts. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to see past the laundry and runny noses and night wakings.

So, as in 2014, I asked some local moms who work with or on behalf of moms to share their reflections on this holiday. Some shared two years ago, and some I’ve only met since then. What I wanted to know was: What does Mother’s Day mean to you? How do you hope to celebrate it and how do you expect to celebrate it? Here’s what they had to say!

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Pre/Post Baby Event comes to Leesburg on May 7

Baby Talk: Pre/Post Baby Event is a first-time event for new and expectant parents that will take place at the Douglass Community Center in Leesburg on Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organizer Jaclyn Perovich is a mom of two young boys who works in Northern Virginia as an Au Pair Consultant. Mindful Healthy Life had the chance to chat with Jaclyn to preview the event.
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Un-Breaking Birth – Showing Up for the Birth Revolution at BirthKeeper Summit 2016

The BirthKeeper movement was created to use the power of individuals and organizations to create a platform in which to improve the beginning of life for human beings. The inaugural gathering took place in 2015, and organizers are bringing the movement this spring to Washington, DC with a series of events May 14-16 happening in conjunction with the Annual Clinical Meeting of ACOG, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Read More

Tips to make it through allergy season + local resources

The pollen is a-fallin’ here in DC Metro, causing sniffles and congestion for lots of folks, some who regularly suffer seasonal allergies and some children who might be having their first bout of itchy eyes and drippy noses. To find out what’s blowing around today in our area, check out Pollen.com and Weather.com’s Pollen Forecast. And read on to find out how to naturally mitigate allergy symptoms and strengthen the body for next season! Read More

Meet Jesse Straight, owner of Whiffletree Farm and father of five

Jesse Straight of Whiffletree Farm in Warrenton,  Virginia  is one of several area farmers who drive into DC and its suburbs to deliver goods direct to consumers at central locations. For those who like to buy local, to meet their farmers, and the use of sustainable farming methods, the farm drop route is becoming a popular alternative to supermarket shopping.

Straight is the father of five children aged one and a half to almost 8. Having been a happy customer of Whiffletree’s for several months, I asked Jesse to share with Mindful Healthy Life readers a little bit more about his farming practices, his business, and how both influence his parenting. Read More

Surviving Snowzilla: an argument for self-care!

Today marks the fifth day children around Metro DC have been home from school for the snow in what is being called Snowzilla 2016. Where I live, school has already been called off for tomorrow, effectively making this experience a seven-day weekend! No on was surprised about the amount of snow, but the slowness of some counties to get their plows to neighborhoods has been filling my Facebook feed. Other frequent posts by parents? References to wine and coffee. Here’s the story of how I’ve managed a little better this year than with previous snowstorms. Read More

Meet Contributor Cynthia Henry Thurlow

The growing Mindful Healthy Life team is pleased to welcome wellness coach Cynthia Henry Thurlow of CHT Wellness to our group of contributors. Cynthia’s first post was about mindful holiday eating, and she’ll be sharing additional insights about food and health. Here’s a chance to get to know her! Read More

Ditching Overwhelm: A first step toward health in the New Year

As moms who aspire towards mindful healthy living, we work hard to eat healthy food, to exercise, to be responsible consumers. When it comes to detoxifying, we naturally think of cleansing our bodies and doing our utmost to keep a clean and healthy environment.

But if we take a closer look at what holistic really means, we see that holistic detoxification is something that goes deeper than this. A holistic detox is one that must consider mind as well as body. Read More

Meet contributor Alexandra Hughes

Alexandra Hughes of In Essence Coaching has made it her life’s work to help moms feel calm and grounded. A mom of three in D.C., Alexandria has been leading Calm Mom coaching circles at lil omm yoga studio in Tenley. She recently led a webinar titled “Ditch Overwhelm” webinar that I’m grateful I was able to make, and she is about to launch online Calm Mom Coaching Circles.

After the recent webinar, Alexandra and I spoke about the dovetailing interests of her coaching practice and Mindful Healthy Life to help parents find ways to be present and connected with their families. We’re excited to announce that Alexandra will be coming on board as a guest poster and eventually a regular contributor to Mindful Healthy Life. Get to know her in this Q&A! Read More

Transition comes to Tenley: lil omm closes studio, moves its yoga programs

Yoga-loving families in Metro D.C. learned on Monday that Tenleytown’s lil omm yoga studio is closing its doors at the end of the year, but owner Pleasance Silicki does not want them to have heavy hearts. She is, in fact, really exited about the next phase of life for the community she founded in 2009. Read More

Traditional Nutrition Beginner’s Bundle Giveaway: Nourishing Traditions and membership to Weston A. Price Foundation

If you enjoyed the Mindful Healthy Life interview with Weston A. Price Foundation president Sally Fallon Morell, you’re in luck: we’re offering a giveaway perfect for those beginning their traditional nutrition journeys.

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Self-Regulation in the Digital World – A Necessary Balance (+ giveaway)

Our world is becoming increasingly digital.  Technology is integrated into all aspects of our lives and has transformed how we engage in most of our activities – work, play, communication, entertainment, shopping, recording, and creating of all kinds.  How is this daily, hourly use of digital technology affecting us and our children?

Leah Kalish of Move with Me Yoga Adventures shares her insights in this guest post.

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Celebrate a Happy & Healthy Halloween with Teal Pumpkin and other tips (+ giveaway!)

As parents, we look forward to watching our children choose their Halloween costumes and map out the best neighborhood houses to visit for candy. However, for some parents Halloween can also bring anxiety if their children have food allergies or sensitivities. The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) TEAL Pumpkin Project is working to reduce that anxiety for families with food-related allergies in the D.C. Metro Area and across the country.

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