Stay With You

Every night before I go to sleep I peak in the kid’s rooms. Mostly this ritual started because Gigi sleeps in a toddler bed now, and had a habit of falling asleep in her reading chair or on the floor. Of course if I was up checking on her I had to check on Zeke too. Even though Gigi seems to have grown out of falling asleep on the floor (not before I got some great pictures, don’t worry!),  I still like to check on them before I climb into our bed. Sleeping babies and toddlers look so sweet and perfect, it kind of relaxes me to see them so peaceful.

Gigi’s door tends to stick when I close it, usually it doesn’t wake her up. Last night as I left Gigi’s room and made my way to Zeke’s door I heard it, the scream. She was awake. I quickly checked on Zeke then made my way back to her, hoping to calm her down in time to avoid a meltdown. Too late.

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A Practice Returning

Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit. -Mary Lou Retton

If you read my last post Take Care of Yourself you know that I have made a commitment to, as the title suggests, taking better care of myself. I’ve gotten off to an okay start. I’m not exactly cooking veggie filled gourmet meals every day, but I’m getting better. The biggest thing I’d say I’ve done is taking time out for myself and returning to the things I loved to do before my daughter was born. Specifically yoga & meditation.

Before I got pregnant I had a wonderful job at a yoga studio, which led me to attend and complete an even more wonderful Yoga Teacher Training (YTT). I taught for a few months before I found out I was pregnant and plans changed.

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Take Care of Yourself

Hello out there, I haven’t posted in almost two months! I had mentioned previously I was taking time to be with my family and I’m happy to say it was well worth it. My husband has been at his dream job for a little over a month now, and I couldn’t be prouder of him. The strength and determination that man embodies is something to be admired that’s for sure.

Even though I brainstorm blog posts in my mind, usually while I’m trying to fall asleep, I couldn’t decide what would be a good topic for me to write about as I get back into the swing of things. I looked over some of my old ideas and came across the words “Take Care of Yourself”. Seeing as it is the beginning of a new year and being healthy and happy is at the forefront of my mind, taking care of myself seems like the perfect way to kick off 2015 on ohmMother.  Continue reading

Ahimsa

“I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more.” – Chief Joseph

Last night I checked my Facebook around 9 PM and read an update from a friend regarding looting, and another update expressing concern for the police. I immediately understood I was missing a major breaking news story and turned on CNN. All eyes were on Ferguson.

I started watching the news after the verdict announcement was made, and just before the real rioting started. I watched the crowds get tear gassed, I watched the flash bangs. I watched people running in fear. Every reporter was visibly shaken, it was impossible to be calm. Cars were on fire, buildings were on fire. I was in tears watching the scene unfold and I wasn’t even there. The violence and anger were real, and I could feel it.

I went back to Facebook and saw even more updates on Ferguson. Mostly people’s opinions on the matter. And they were angry. SO angry. People judging and cursing the protesters. Other people judging and cursing the people judging and cursing the protesters. Posting articles that proved only their opinion was right. Sharing pictures and memes attacking the ‘other’ side’s view point. The violence and anger were real, and I could feel it.

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Be Present

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. – Edward Everett Hale

I have been writing this post for a few weeks it seems. Well, technically I wasn’t writing anything down, it was all in my head. But I’ve had the intention of writing this post for weeks, that much I know. I just haven’t had the energy, the inspiration or the desire to actually sit down and get this all out. Tonight my house is quiet, I’ve made myself a cup of chamomile tea and I’m getting to work.

You see, Gigi is starting the teething phase. And while I can’t exactly blame Gigi teething for my lack of posting, it is definitely a contributor. All my energy was going to trying to help her feel better. I tried almost every ‘remedy’ I could find. Tylenol and those dissolving teething pellets didn’t seem to make much of a difference. Out of all the chewy teether thingies I bought her, I’ve narrowed it down to the two she loves the most. Sophie the giraffe is a regular in the rotation obviously. I even ordered her one of those amber necklaces (with a matching bracelet for me of course) in a moment of despair.

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Good Morning

If you had talked to me a few years ago I would have told you I never eat breakfast. All I needed was a Diet Coke and I was set. Luckily I’ve seen the light, and I now understand a good start to my day is essential.

Before I went vegan/vegetarian I ate those Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches like it was my job. Then I turned into a cereal girl. I only ate the “healthiest” options, or so I thought. (I’ll admit when I was pregnant I went through a Kix phase, who knows why.) I eventually landed on Special K Red Berries. Now, while Special K isn’t the worst cereal to eat, it is still processed and full of sugar.

These days, I’ve found a much better option that is easy and delicious. It is slightly more time-consuming than a bowl of cereal, but the health benefits make it SO worth it. Plus I’ve found taking the time to whip up a healthy breakfast is extremely relaxing. Instead of one hand on my spoon and one hand on my phone, I actually have time to clear my mind within the first twenty minutes of my day while I prepare my food.

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