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Pregnancy Workouts: How You Can Be BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK, too!

I’m not sure if I’ve made this abundantly clear or not, but I have a serious – and we’re talkingserious – obsession with all things chocolate. So when I heard that drinking lowfat chocolate milk is actually a way that athletes are refueling and rebuilding their bodies after strenuous workouts, you have to know that I was excited.

The first time I heard about this was during one of my early…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 30, 2014 at 5:12pm — 1 Comment

Ricky’s Birthday: Cowboys, Ponies and Trampolines Galore

So I went a little all out for Ricky’s birthday this year. Given how difficult the spring and summer were – and the fact that we barely had any barbeques this year – I just wanted to have a fun little celebration for my little guy turning two.

So…I may have ordered some ponies. But just for the day! Not to keep. Much as my husband would like to have a pony in the backyard.

And yes, that’s true. A hobby farm is definitely on his bucket list. But that’s a story for another…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 29, 2014 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Hair Video: The Quick Mom Up-do For Everyday Life

So, I have this thing during the week. I rarely wear my hair down, because it bothers me when it gets in my face while I’m working. I also have issues with actually styling my hair during the week, because…well, I’m short on time.

To help fix that, I’ve come up with several quick hair dos that make my mornings easier. And also prevent me from looking like the mom who literally just rolled out of bed to take her kid to school.

And because I love ya, I’m sharing one with you…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 29, 2014 at 11:35am — 1 Comment

Parenting Toddlers: Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

So summer is winding down, fall weather is starting to take hold, and while we probably still have a taste or two of summer left (it’s going to be in the 80’s this weekend here in the not-so-frigid tundra!), it really is time to start thinking about the colder months ahead. And with that comes…cold and flu season.

Yes, I know. NOT something you want to think about right now. But nonetheless, as parents, it’s time to start preparing for our most dreaded of days: when the little ones…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 25, 2014 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Parenting Toddlers: Teaching Your Little One About Healthy Baby Foods

I guess I am what you would call an ‘experienced’ Mom, my 3 daughters are now 8, 10 and 12 and I am well into my 40’s! I have the benefit of reflecting back and seeing if the choices I made when my babies were small have paid off as they enter their teen years. I am happy to be able to share some of that wisdom with you.

My personal website is called as that is what I am passionate about. We all start…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 24, 2014 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Cub Foods Days – Gift Card #Giveaway!

If you’re local to the Twin Cities – like me – then I know you’ve heard of Cub Foods, one of the biggest local grocers. And if you’ve been keeping up on the news, they recently bought out several of the old Rainbow Foods locations around the Cities to open up some new stores. In honor of their new stores – and in appreciation of their loyal customers – Cub is throwing a big, month long party called Cub Days!

Beginning this week through Oct. 11, Cub shoppers will be able to save big…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 23, 2014 at 8:17pm — No Comments

Pregnancy After Stillbirth: The Breakdown Point

I think I’m finally starting to realize just how much of an impact losing Addison is having on this pregnancy.

The last month was such a whirlwind – it’s been so packed with doctor’s appointments, work transitions, events and chasing after my rambunctious toddler that I really haven’t had a lot of time to think about things. Or how anxious I am to get through every little milestone that I set up for this pregnancy.

I’ve been super behind on reading my favorite blogs lately.…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 23, 2014 at 11:31am — No Comments

Exhaustion. And Going to the Shooting Range While Pregnant.

Have you ever had one of those moments – those days, or maybe those weeks – where you’re just so burnt out, you don’t even know what you should do next?

That’s how I felt on Saturday.

I hate that feeling. Mostly because you never know how long it’s going to last. It’s funny, because my doctor’s visit on Friday really precipitated the whole…unproductive afternoon.

On Friday, I was talking to one of the nurses about how this pregnancy has been so different – between the…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 22, 2014 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Healthy Snacks: 10 Easy Ideas to Always Keep on Hand (for Pregnancy AND for Toddlers)

When I’m not pregnant, I’m honestly not much of a snacky person. Being pregnant makes a whole different side of hunger come out – I’m basically ravenous all the damn time. I also have a toddler in the house, who LOVES snacks – and needs easy access to his favorite things. Because of this, I’ve had to come up with a stockpile that goes beyond the goldfish crackers to keep us both happy and full (have you ever seen a hungry, crabby toddler? Imagine the same thing in a grown woman with a baby…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 18, 2014 at 12:50pm — No Comments

8 Weeks Pregnant: What it Feels Like This Time Around

With my previous pregnancies – especially in the beginning – I would sometimes forget that I was pregnant. Just a slip of the mind, I didn’t always feel pregnant, so I just…didn’t always remember that I was pregnant.

This time around, even at 8 weeks pregnant, it’s so much different. I can barely go five minutes without thinking – has another day passed? Because I’ve been so worried about doing this pregnancy right, there’s not a moment that’s gone by that I don’t remember…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 17, 2014 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Blogging Tips: How to Find Brand Partners

I’ve gotten several messages over the last week from readers asking me one thing: how do I find the right brand partners for my blog? The truth is, there’s not one fit that works for everyone – but there’s certainly similar steps every blogger can take to find partners within their niche. So that’s where we’ll focus this week’s blogging tips: how to find great brand partners for your site.

1. Identify your niche.

This sounds basic, but it’s actually a step that…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 16, 2014 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Life After Child Loss: Four Months Later

This weekend, I went to the wedding of our friends. It was a beautiful wedding, full of life and laughter and love.

But something struck me as I watched Lisa’s mom be escorted to her seat at the front of the church. Followed by Lisa, in her beautiful gown, her dad by her side.

I’ll never see this for her. My little girl won’t get a wedding. We’ll never have a chance to talk about dresses, or flowers, or guest lists. Hell, I won’t even know if that’s what she wanted – the big…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 15, 2014 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Playdate IQ: Tips for Planning the Best Playdates for Moms and Kids

One of the biggest reasons why I left the “office” world to work for myself was to have more opportunities to spend quality time with my little guy. I love having the best of both worlds – being able to get tons of work done (and feel like a really productive mama) while still planning super fun days with him. And one of our favorite things to do on our days together is to plan a playdate with a friend or…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 15, 2014 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Pregnancy Workout Mama: The First Trimester

So, before we found out we were pregnant, I was really working hard on getting to the gym four or five times a week. And I was doing such an awesome job.

And then, we had a crazy week where Ricky was home for six days – no working breaks for mama – which meant mama got really behind. Which led to two weeks of playing catch up, and only two or three workouts.

Then there was this week, where I’ve basically been nauseous and just trying to figure out how to cope with severe…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 12, 2014 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Blogging Tips: Getting Back on a Fall Schedule

Happy fall!

Ok, it’s not really fall yet – we’ve still got another week. But it IS back to school time – which means it’s time to get out of summer break mode and start focusing on your blog again.

I know how it goes during the summer. The kids are home, you’ve got barbeques and bonfires to go to, vacations to maximize, beach trips to enjoy. Summer really is the time to get outside (and away from your computer) to enjoy everything that the outdoors has to offer.

Trust me…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 11, 2014 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Morning Sickness: So Bad I Scared Myself into Researching Twins

When I was pregnant with Ricky, I had moderate morning sickness. By four weeks, I felt a little nauseous in the afternoon, would lay down for 20 minutes and be fine.

When I was pregnant with Addison, I have some nasty morning sickness (relatively), and spent a lot of nights moaning about feeling like I was going to puke. But it was still workable – as in, I could work around it, and just rest in the evenings.

With this pregnancy, the morning sickness is not so fun. It’s not all…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 10, 2014 at 6:14pm — No Comments

Three Burglaries in 48 Hours: Time for a Neighborhood Watch

Today has been a challenge.

But let me back up.

On Sunday night/Monday morning (it was around 3 AM), I woke up because, well, I’m a light sleeper. And I could have sworn that I heard someone jiggling our front door. And then I heard Lucy making some noise, but she does have some pretty active dreams sometimes. I figured if someone was really at the door she would’ve been freaking out.

So I told myself I was crazy. In the morning, I told Rick – and then said that…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 9, 2014 at 10:24pm — No Comments

5 Must Buys for Every Mama’s Wardrobe This Fall

I am obsessed with fall. I like all of the seasons, to be honest. Even winter, believe it or not.

But there’s something about fall that just has my forever dying devotion. Between the weather, the clothes, the coffee drinks….it’s pretty much perfect.

I remember back in the “back to school” days. And it was so exciting to have new clothes to wear for the start of school. Except it was always still too hot to wear any of my new wardrobe items on the first few days.

Now I…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 9, 2014 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Pregnancy After Stillbirth: Breathing a Sigh of Relief

So today was the first big hump that we had to get over in this pregnancy: the viability scan.

I’ve basically spent the last 24 hours on pins and needles. I mean, this was all leading up to whether or not there was actually a baby in the womb and whether or not that baby had a heartbeat. Trust me. I’ve basically read up on anything and everything that could possibly go wrong in a pregnancy. I can’t seem to stop myself.

As today went on, I felt myself counting down the hours.…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 8, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Life After Child Loss: Erin’s Story (from Hope Mommies)

Erin is the founder of Hope Mommies, an organization that helps women find hope after miscarriage, stillbirth and early infant loss. I became forever connected to them when I got aHope Box – donated by an anonymous mama – while in the hospital. During some of our darkest days, this organization gave me hope. They’re a great resource for this community – you can find their contact information at the bottom of…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 8, 2014 at 12:10pm — No Comments



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