35 Day Pushup Challenge

Push ups are a great exercise for toning, building strength, and recovering after an injury or postpartum. Try this work out challenge to work your way up to 30 pushups in a day.

Push ups are really as close to a perfect exercise as it gets. They are great for toning, strengthening, and building endurance. Just this one exercise works your arms, shoulders, back, abs, and legs. Doing push ups every day is an easy way to work exercise into your routine. This challenge will help you to grow the number of push ups that you can do at once while working on your strength. By the end of this challenge you will be doing thirty push ups in a day. read more

How to Sleep When You Have Anxiety

Whether you are regularly an anxiety sufferer or are suffering from postpartum anxiety, this post will give you ideas on how to relax for a better night's sleep.

As a new mom, I had a lot of trouble sleeping. I would have no energy during the day, and then lay down in bed at night and I could just not fall asleep. Some nights I would just be wide awake. Other nights I would be exhausted, but I could not get my mind to stop racing. All of the sudden, everything that I should have done during the day would pop into my head. Everything that I needed to get done tomorrow would just seem overwhelming. On top of all of that, the fact that I was not asleep was frustrating in itself. read more

Dads and Postpartum Mental Health

I asked a panel of dads what they remember bestsellers about having a newborn and their advice to a new dad. Here are their answers.

Allow me to state the obvious for a moment here: Being a new parent is hard! It doesn’t matter if you are a mom or a dad, if you are single or married, or what your support system is like – being a new parent is hard. Today we are going to focus on dads. If you are an expecting father yourself, you may be worried that your whole world is about to be flipped upside down! Well, it likely is, but that doesn’t need to send you into a panic. In this post, 6 dads will share their stories and advice for surviving the newborn phase.  read more

Healthy Homemade Apple Chips

Healthy homemade apple chip snack recipe from Mommy: Home Manager

Apple chips are a favorite healthy snack in our family. Every fall we go to an orchard and pick a bushel of apples and we make pie and apple chips out of them. We even went this past year when we had a one month old baby! It was a nice outing…but I’m not sure that we would do that again. That’s a story that I don’t need to get into now. 🙂 Anyway, apple chips are great. They are a healthy treat to replace either sweets or your crunchy snacks. They are also so simple to make. I know that some people add sugar to theirs, but I really don’t think that the apples need it. read more

What (really) Happened When I Started Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar

The real effects of starting an apple cider vinegar regimen

Some of you have probably seen posts, pins, statuses, etc. listing the merits and miracles associated with drinking apple cider vinegar everyday. It is claimed to help regulate your blood sugar, control appetite, promote regular digestion, improve your heart health…the list goes on and on. Since I am not qualified to talk about the science behind these claims, I will let you do your own research on this subject. (For some people this may include talking to your doctor. Please don’t take this post as medical advice of any sort. It is just my experience.) This post will tell you about my personal experience with drinking apple cider vinegar. read more

10 Tips for Living a Healthy Lifestyle

 I know that all of you have scoured the internet – blogs, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and everywhere in between – in search of the secret trick to being “healthy.” Now here’s the truth that no one wants to hear: being healthy means living a healthy lifestyle. It takes work, time, and making changes in every aspect of your life. read more

Pregnancy Fitness Timeline

 When I got pregnant, I was a 24-year-old fitness junky. I was spending at least 4-7 hours per week doing Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, the rowing machine, ballet class, and whatever other activities kept me moving. Like most new moms, I wondered how my fitness routine would change while I was pregnant and how much I would be able to handle after baby was born. read more