Hey Mamas, I'm going to get real with you today. For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with anxiety. I always blamed it on my fairly traumatic childhood, but then I had children of my own, and man, it was an eye-opener.

My husband and I created a stable home our kids, full of love, trust and laughter. Somehow though, I still have two very anxious children (The jury is still out on the little one.), who struggle with transitions, change and the unknown.


It's almost St. Patrick's Day! Skip the green beer and green bagels this year and get festive the healthy way with these scrumptious salads!


Ladies, being a mom can be a thankless and exhausting job. I don't know about you, but I sure as shit don't have the patience or the unlimited energy to live up to the American fantasy of a "good mom". A good mom makes healthy and nutritious meals for her family and serves them with a smile. A good mom keeps the house clean, does crafts, bakes cookies and still finds the time to drive her husband wild in the bedroom. Good lord, no one can honestly do all of that, day in and day out, at least not without some serious help. On bad days in my house, I keep the kids alive and don't run down the street screaming, and I consider that a major win.

We all have days when we feel like we've got this parenting thing nailed, but there are always the flip-side days, the days when we JUST. CAN'T. EVEN. On those days, be kind to yourself. Ignore that voice in your head, you know the one, the one that says you're a bad mom and that you're doing it all wrong. Tell that hussy to shut up! Instead, try one of the strategies below. Pretty soon, the storm will pass and you'll have discovered...


How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

I found FIT4MOM online and joined last February. My first class was Stroller Strides which I loved, but Charlotte has never been a huge fan of being strapped into a stroller (or anything else, for that matter). I quickly joined Body Back and was hooked!

What do you love most about FIT4MOM?

I love it’s mission to include all moms, and that the goal of workouts is to feel better (rather than look better, although that happens too!) I find that the workouts are fun, but challenging and not overly serious, which is nice.

What is your role at FIT4MOM?

I recently started teaching FIT4BABY.

How and why did you decide to become a FIT4BABY instructor?

I really fell in love with Body Back...


When my youngest daughter, Nora, was 18 months old, I was watching an old video of my other daughter, Violet, from when she was a bit younger than that. She was talking so clearly and suddenly it made me realize that Nora really wasn't. In fact, she was really only saying a few basic words (mom, uh-oh, no) and had actually stopped saying a word or two that she'd been saying before. Instantly, all of the mom-guilt started kicking in. How had I not noticed sooner? What had I failed to do with Nora that I must have done with my other two kids? But the truth is, every kid is different. Some kids will have delays no matter what you do and no matter how soon you notice. What's important is what you do once you realize there is a problem.

Here are some red flags to look out for, along with steps to take if you notice a delay.

Language Delay Red Flags



I don't know about you ladies, but I'm getting a little tired of all of this rain! This February, with its crazy weather and copious amounts of precipitation, has felt an awful lot more like April. My three kids have spent way too much time indoors, and that's made for some really long days. Keep your kids busy and avoid the "I'm bored!" chorus with these inspired indoor ideas.

Ten Boredom Busting Rainy Day Activities:

1. Make Taste-Safe Playdough, Slime, or Paint- It often only takes five minutes and three ingredients to create hours of fun for toddlers. Check out some of my favorite ideas below.

Marshmallow Playdough

3 Ingredient Slime

Taste-Safe Paint



How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

I heard about Stroller Strides from someone in a moms meetup group. I attended one of the ACAC classes in November 2016 when Ella was just 9 weeks old. I joined in January and then became an instructor in March.

What do you love most about FIT4MOM?

I love that FIT4MOM tailors their workouts to the pregnant and postpartum mom and the issues we face. That is not something you find anywhere else.

How and why did you decide to become a FIT4MOM instructor?

I actually got an email that Natalie was hiring instructors a month after my first class. I hadn't been back to class again yet, but knew that as a fitness instructor, this would be the perfect class to teach with my baby. I emailed Natalie and went back to class the next...


For all those married ladies out there, do you get a little disappointed on Valentine's Day? Are you and your spouse so tired by the end of the day that you have a hard time having a conversation with each other, let alone time for romance? Before kids, my husband and I used to make super romantic plans every year. We'd each plan a night out and try to top each other's ideas. Valentine's Day might look a little different now, and actual date nights out may be few and far between, but you can still have a great time with your spouse even if you spend the evening at home. Put the kids to bed and try one of these date night ideas.

♥ 14 Stay At Home Date Night Ideas ♥

1.Cook Something Together. Getting into the kitchen and creating together forces you to communicate in a different, more organic way. Put on some music and have fun shimmying around the kitchen. I recommend signing up for Cook In, a 12 month subscription service that sends out monthly date boxes that include: A themed menu, recipes with...


I know we're still deep in the middle of winter, but this milder weather we've had over the last few weeks has me dreaming of Spring Break! Richmond is a great city in its own right, but it's also within short driving distance to many popular family-friendly destinations like Washington D.C., Baltimore, Charlotte, the Outer Banks and Myrtle Beach. Believe it or not, there are even more great places that you might not have thought of, and they can all be reached in four hours or less. Check out our ideas below and start planning your next adventure today!

1.Yorktown, VA- I've heard great things about Yorktown Beach, and you can get there without the traffic of Virginia Beach and OBX. Yorktown also has many historical attractions including the American Revolution Museum and Yorktown Battlefield. After you've taken in some sun and some...

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