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WAHM: Finding the Right Flexibility for Your Family

I was reading this story on BlogHer today – and at first, I sat here thinking…I don’t get it.

And then, I started to really think about it. And now, I just feel lucky to be a work-at-home-mom. Or really, to have the right set up for our family.

Working a 9-5, Monday through Friday wouldn’t work for us. My husband works…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 27, 2014 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Preparing for Delivery: Do You Really Need Those Childbirth Classes?

The first thing Rick asked me when we found out we were pregnant with Addison was, “We don’t have to take those stupid classes again, right?”

I can’t help but laugh thinking back to our experience with Ricky’s pregnancy. I was adamant, from day one, that we needed to go through the classes. And in some ways, they were definitely helpful. But coming into parenthood with the experience that I’ve had – and being very logical people – they weren’t overly…informative.



Added by Cortney Galster on October 23, 2014 at 3:25pm — No Comments

13 Weeks Pregnant: I’ve Got a Baby Belly

Today I had lunch with a few friends after bible study. To clarify, I didn’t make it to bible study because my 2 year old decided that 5 AM is a completely appropriate time to start our day. And then he crashed for a morning nap around 8:30. So we just met up for the “social” side of the morning.

As I was leaving, one of my friends told me that I look good, she couldn’t tell I was pregnant. And inside I was like, “Score! I’m effectively dressing my prego bod!”

Because, you…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 22, 2014 at 4:50pm — No Comments

Blogging Tips: Why I Became a Freelance Blogger

If you didn’t already know this, I write for a living. Well, back that up. I consult for a living. And a big part of that is freelance blogging.

But this isn’t want I’ve always done. I have a strong background in marketing and finance, writing, public speaking and just generally running businesses.

Deciding to do what I do for a living wasn’t an easy jump. It took years of back and forth, being afraid of fully making that leap, dipping my toe in the water, walking…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 22, 2014 at 9:33am — 1 Comment

Toddler Meals: Start Healthy Habits Now

The moment you start feeding your baby you begin setting up eating habits that will hopefully last them a lifetime.   While habits are developed over time, starting your child on healthier foods right from the start is a great opportunity to help children understand the benefits of eating that is good for them.

It is surprising how quickly babies learn the…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 21, 2014 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Parenting Toddlers: Instilling Values When Kids Are Young

And that got me to thinking about how we’re teaching our own little guy real values and beliefs to fall back on. While it’s not a conversation we have all the time, Rick and I had some pretty serious talks about the values we wanted to emulate for our own children back when we first got pregnant with Ricky. They still come up from time to time – but I think the fact that we try to live through our values is more substantial than just talking about them.

So last night it kind of struck…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 21, 2014 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Pregnancy After Stillbirth on National Infant Loss Awareness Day: I’m Surviving.

Today, October 15, is National Infant Loss Awareness Day.

And to be perfectly honest, I don’t really know what to write about.

Right now, I’m in this medium between realizing the milestones that I’m currently missing with Addison and being pregnant with our next child. It seems ironic that today she would have been eight weeks old, and I am twelve weeks pregnant with another child.

It’s hard to think about pregnancy – even when you are pregnant – after you’ve lost a…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 15, 2014 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Style and Beauty: Five Products I’ll Actually Splurge On (and a Sephora Giveaway!)

Back in the day (and by back in the day, I mean in my mid-20’s), I was concerned about finding fab make up finds like products that produced the best smokey eye, bright lip stains and glosses and yummy smelling hair products that did the job well.

I also had no children, which meant lots of disposable income to spend on…me.

Now, I’m married with babies, which…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 14, 2014 at 5:41pm — 1 Comment

A Day in the Life of a Freelance Writer / Toddler Mommy / Pregnant Lady

So, I’ve been meaning to do a “Day in the Life” video for a while, but honestly, I keep forgetting to actually film it. But if you’re wondering what an actual day in the life of a freelance blogger (slash marketing consultant) actually looks like, let me tell you, it’s nothing glamorous. It’s full of the same rushed deadlines, conference calls and crazy hectic kid schedule that you’re facing. Trust me. Want to know more? Well, every day really is pretty different. But in an ideal…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 14, 2014 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Preparing for Delivery: What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

Sometimes lately, I feel like I’ve been pregnant for a million years.

Ok, not really a million years. But a long time. And when I really look at it, I have basically been pregnant for a year at this point – because even between losing Addison and getting pregnant again, I basically acted like I was pregnant. Because it felt wrong not to.

But that aside, I also have several mama friends who are currently pregnant or recently had babies. And between my own pregnancy (read:…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 13, 2014 at 1:39pm — No Comments

I Don’t Care What You Say – I Love My Uggs.

I was reading the other day about something I’ve heard for years: Uggs are SO not fashionable, omg stop wearing them.

Well, hear this person who hates Uggs: I am your nemesis.

Ok, maybe not that extreme. But seriously, I love my Uggs.

If you’re sitting at your computer groaning, hear me out. Because I’m guessing you’ve never survived a winter in the frigid tundra before.

I start wearing my nice warm boots about the same time the frost advisory alerts start pinging…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 10, 2014 at 2:15pm — 1 Comment

11 Weeks Pregnant: Finding Balance.

Ever since we lost Addison, my life became about finding this seemingly non-existent place of balance. It’s never been my strong suit. And I think that was really thrown in my face when we lost our sweet baby girl.

And with all the changes that we’ve gone through in the last five months – and yes, she was born five months ago today – it’s felt impossible to find that perfect spot between work, life, self, gym…

Sometimes, I think that’s the point: when your life is constantly…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 9, 2014 at 5:14pm — 1 Comment

Blogging for Money: How to Get Rich as a Blogger

I have people stop me every once in a while – usually people I know – to tell me, “I could do what you do, you know. I can write. I could be a blogger. And I would be rich.”

It sounds a little bitchy, doesn’t it? But I really don’t think people mean it that way. So I tell them, “yes, you can. And here’s how you do it.” And then I lay out for them 67 different things they could do to become a famous blogger. And then they go on their way, somewhat happier that I’ve given them my secret…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 8, 2014 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Life After Child Loss: Stillbirth From a Mother’s Perspective

Originally, when I was connected with David from Abigail’s Footsteps, I intended to share a bit of their story and what their organization does. And then David sent me this video that they created as part of a training program for clinics and maternity wards, to help the staff understand what it’s like to go through stillbirth as parents.

I’ve never really shared Addison’s birth story. To be…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 7, 2014 at 12:18pm — No Comments

The Third Pregnancy: Being Prepared – and Taking it in Stride

Being pregnant – no matter how many kids you already have had – isn’t an easy. The truth is, every pregnancy is different. And while there are some things you can plan for, especially since you’ve already been through the whole shebang before, the reality is that pregnancy isn’t something you can plan or schedule. Every pregnancy is different, which means every pregnancy can be unpredictable.

No, I’m not trying to scare you, mama. I’m just telling you the truth: preparing yourself…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 6, 2014 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Blog Better: Finding Your Niche

I know a lot of people who should write blogs. I tell them all the time – you should seriously consider starting one. And their response is always the same: “I just don’t know what to write about.”

Now, I’ve been doing this for so long – and worked with clients on creating niche blogs in so many different industries – that sometimes I feel like the blog whisperer. Tell me ten things about your life and I can tell you what your blogging niche should be. Heck, I can even rattle off what…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 6, 2014 at 11:48am — No Comments

Mom Fashion: 8 Items it’s Time to Retire From Your Closet – And What to Wear Instead

We’ve all been there – that moment when you walk into the ECEC or school or the grocery store – and you see the mom who’s still clad in her favorite items from the years before kids. And I’m not hating on anyone here: but the reality is that if you want to be taken seriously as a parent – or in your career – it’s time to get rid of some of the…less than classy items from your closet and invest in a few items (or find them at thrift shops or second hand stores, if you’re a thrifty mama). To…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 3, 2014 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Diary of a #YouthSports Mom: Why We’re Taking a Break from Hockey

Guest Post by Dr. Aaron Haight

I love sports. I have played sports my whole life. I was even the only girl on my rocket football team. I minored in sports studies. I interned for the Detroit Pistons and Joe Dumars. Sports are my thing and up until last week I was a Hockey Mom.

My son Jacek is my sports kid. Since age 2 he has been able to sit and watch an entire football game without getting up or whining. We have taken him to high school, college, and professional…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 2, 2014 at 1:57pm — No Comments

10 Weeks Pregnant: Starting to Feel Like This is Real

I can’t believe we’re here: ten weeks pregnant. And while I know that anything can happen…we’re officially quarter of the way through this pregnancy.

It feels crazy to say that.

For the past several weeks, I haven’t really believed that I’m pregnant. I’m just…going through morning sickness. Counting the weeks.

But it’s starting to get more real. As each day goes by, it feels more and more like a pregnancy and less like I’m just sick. The more that I can relax, the more I…


Added by Cortney Galster on October 1, 2014 at 4:35pm — No Comments

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


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