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Working Out Week Two: Tossing in Some Cardio

I’m just coming up on my two week marker on this whole “jumping back on the gym train” thing. And I’m still killing it.

I’m averaging about five to six workouts a week, which is pretty amazing – especially considering that a month ago I was happy with one halfway hard workout a week. I’m by no means at my fighting weight yet – I haven’t even gotten my regular pants to fit regular yet, but I do feel better. I can tell that my anemia is pretty much gone, because I have a lot more…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 15, 2014 at 11:33am — No Comments

Life After Child Loss: Talking to Someone Who’s Lost a Baby

When you first lose a baby, and are thrown into the child loss community, it’s a little overwhelming. The outreach, support, people who’ve been there…it’s just a lot to take in, especially because you’re not expecting to become overnight bosom buddies with people around the world. But that’s what happens – you join the club that no one ever wants to join, and it becomes a huge source of support – because everyone in that group knows what it feels like to walk over the hot coals of pain that…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 14, 2014 at 2:23pm — No Comments

The 4 Things I’m Loving in My Beauty Bag Right Now

Some of you know this, some of you don’t – but I am so addicted to beauty products that I’m surprised they don’t come up more often around here. But here’s the thing with my obsession: I don’t want to try everything and everything. I want to use only the stuff that works, period, the end. I don’t like having a million bottles jammed up in my cabinet, I don’t want to remove seventy-six shampoos and scrubs and conditioners from my shower every time my kid takes a bath. Seriously: give me the…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 13, 2014 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Blogging Better: Why to take on guest posters and how to do it best

You hear me (see me?) writing fairly regularly about why guest blogging for other sites can have such a big impact on your own blog. Let me tell you some truth about this: I’ve always been open to guest blogging for other sites. But I’ve never been super into taking on guest bloggers for my own site, at least until recently. I think that it was just a “I don’t have time to deal with it” excuse that kept me from dipping my toes in the guest blogging waters. But now that I’m here, I’m…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 13, 2014 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Weird Homeschoolers

When folks see me out and about, with the five Minions in tow, they aren’t horribly surprised to discover I’m also ‘one of those weird homeschool people’.

I’ve been known to correct them. Yeah, I’m weird, but that existed long before our decision to homeschool.

I’d started considering homeschooling when my son, now nine, was a toddler. I knew, that unless aliens came down and fried his brain, he was the kind of kid teachers get medicated over.

Or, I’d be getting letters…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 12, 2014 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Life After Child Loss: Paulina’s Story

To read more from the Life After Child Loss series, click here.

Hello everyone! I am very happy to be a guest here at The Mommyhood Project, thank you Cortney for having me.

My name is Paulina. I’ve been married to my husband Bruce for 5 years during which we’ve experienced VERY high highs, VERY low lows and everything in between. I am happy to say that what we’ve gone through has only…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 11, 2014 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Baby loss, three months later.

This weekend marked three months since we lost our sweet baby girl. Three months that flew by in an instant, yet left me feeling about thirty years older. It’s like that old saying – the days pass slowly but the weeks go by so quickly.

Knowing that a week from Tuesday, she was supposed to be born. That’s when her c-section was scheduled for, you know. Tuesday August 19 at 9:30 AM. It’s the day that’s staring me in the face right now. Part of me feels like getting over that hump is…

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

DIY Necklace Stand – A Guest Post by Becky @bybmg

I'm so grateful to Cortney for having me here at the Mommyhood Project! Today I'm going to share a simple tutorial with you on how I made this one…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 8, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Working Out: Week One of the Killer Booty Quest

You guys. I have some exciting news to share. Well, at least it’s exciting to me. I have been to the gym five times in the last seven days. FIVE TIMES. That’s HUGE. Before this past week, I hadn’t been to the gym five times in the last year.

I know it’s only been a week, but doing hardcore workouts is making me feel like a new person. I have so much more energy, I feel better, I’m sleeping better. I’m even craving healthier foods, believe it or not. I hate to act like I’m…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 7, 2014 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Honesty’s the Best Policy

My son, Levi, has formed a new habit: waking up at 4:45 a.m.

That’s early. In my mind, anything before 5 a.m. is still night time. And night time is for sleeping. Not playing. Levi, on the other hand, has decided that 4:45 is the perfect time to begin his day.

He is wrong.

I have no problem getting up in the middle of the night to comfort my babies if they’re sick or teething or they pooped. I mean, I’m not exactly stoked about it when it happens, but if they have a…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 7, 2014 at 10:28am — No Comments

Parenting Toddlers: Our Five Favorite Books Right Now

Growing up, reading was a huge part of my life. My parents were really into books and my ultimate dream house has always had a family library as part of the floor plan. Reading is still a big part of my life, but it’s rare that I actually get to pick out books for myself. Most of my reading time these days is spent with my toddler, who is actually a pretty big book addict himself.

So much so, in fact, that our favorite books tend to rotate every few months. And since we do read so…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 6, 2014 at 9:35pm — No Comments

Blogging Better: Find the Right Hosting Plan for Your Site

When you’re ready to make the switch to a self hosted site, it can be a little overwhelming. There are so many packages out there – and all with different names and “benefits – that it can be hard to determine what you really need, especially if you’re newer to the self-hosted site world. Based on my vast, many years of experience, let me tell you the

1. Know your visitors: If you don’t already have Google Analytics installed on your site, add it today. It’s a free…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 6, 2014 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Baby Loss: I can write about it. I can’t really talk about it. Le sigh.

Today was one of those days where the grief just hit me out of nowhere.

Ok, not out of nowhere. I had to make some calls because our medical bills have started coming in, and most of them aren’t accurate or haven’t been sent through our insurance or were sent through our insurance and then retracted – ugh. It’s not fun, let’s just say that. And every single time I call to talk to someone, I have to explain my story.

I can write about Addison until my fingers bleed. And if I…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 4, 2014 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Becoming a fit mommy is a little painful – but it is so, SO worth it

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen last week that I decided to become a fit mommy. And given my propensity to say that I’m just way too busy to work out, you may have found that to be a little…strange. So here’s the beef:

Back before we had Ricky, I was a workout queen. I worked out several times a week, had a gym membership, elliptical in the basement, the works. Most of the…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 3, 2014 at 11:12am — No Comments

Apparently, crazy is my life.

So I’ve been super lacking in the whole “posting” department this week. Full disclosure: I have been an absolute wreck all week. I have some many things going on – most of them positive – and it’s just been hard for me to keep up with everything. You know those moments where you just kind of get overwhelmed to the point where you don’t even know where to start? Yeah, that’s where I’ve been at for about three days. The problem is that this makes it hard to get everything accomplished that I…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 3, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments

WAHM: How We Found the Right Work and Child Care Balance for Our Family

Back when Rick and I were just married, before Ricky was born, I had this great idea: I was going to work from home full time with NO HELP once we had kids. An infant can’t be that hard to take care of, right? Looking back, I really can’t believe that either of us were so naive to think that was actually going to work. But after he was born, we tried.

We tried, and tried, and tried. And surprise of all surprises, it didn’t work.

Here’s the thing: no matter how little or…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 29, 2014 at 5:36pm — No Comments

#ShopCartons to Save Trees This Month (aka Get a Tree Planted Just for Tweeting!)

ChooseCartons contacted me a couple of weeks ago to share an initiative that they’re running during the month of July to help raise awareness about recycling and food packaging – while planting trees at the same time. Being a household that’s pretty good about recycling (we try our best!) and choosing the eco-friendly option, it seemed like a pretty cool campaign to participate in.

Please note that I was compensated for participating in this campaign. They also planted a tree for me.…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 22, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

We Keep Moving.

Last night I had a mini breakdown. And what triggered it made me feel so guilty. I saw all of these beautiful pregnant mamas all over my Facebook feed. And that’s when it hit me: I should be 36 weeks pregnant. I should be glowing and happy and getting ready to deliver my baby in just a few short weeks via c-section.

August 19th. That’s when it was scheduled for...Continue reading at The Mommyhood Project

Added by Cortney Galster on July 21, 2014 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Three Things I Never Expected My Mom Self To Be…And Yet I Am

Before you have kids, you have this vision of who you’ll be when you actually do have kids. You tell yourself that your kids will be perfect, you’ll always have fresh food on the table and sweets will be off limits. That you’ll never fall into the “frumpy mom” category, will have the smartest and most social kid in the class and your life will basically be one blissful moment over and over for the rest of your life, the end.

And then you become a mom. And that moment…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 18, 2014 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Blogging Tips: Ten Things You Should Be Doing Right Now

Did ya’ll know that part of my day job involves teaching people all about blogging and social media? Well, it does. Which makes me at least a semi-expert in what you should be doing right now to improve your blog, curate your audience and just generally leave a larger impact on the world wide web. So what does this mean today? Well, it means I’m going to sit here on my couch, eat some Cheez-Its and tell you ten ways to help you do all of the above.

1. Get your own…

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Added by Cortney Galster on September 2, 2013 at 3:40pm — 3 Comments

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