• blog.jpg

Our Corner

Kristen1.jpeg

Happy October, y'all!

October brings me so much joy! Great weather, college football, pumpkin patches, Halloween, candy upon candy AND a new Motivational Mom of the Month! Let's give it up for Kristen!

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

My first stint of Body Back was back in 2015 I believe. Back when I was a mom of one. The session was in my neighborhood,...

more
Sam1.jpg

How is it already September!? I feel like I say that every month but, let's be real, how can it already be September!?!

The stress of the upcoming school year probably has us all over the place so let's take a minute to recenter and come back to something that's always a constant at FIT4MOM Richmond, our Motivational Mom of the Month! Please enjoy getting to know more about Sam!

...

more
DadBlog.png

Family life has significantly shifted since COVID-19. People are working remotely, have been furloughed, or lost jobs. Childcare centers have closed. Schools have moved to virtual learning. Masks are a thing. Zoom meetings are booming. And screens are unavoidable. All the while, parents are frantically piecing together ways to keep the family and kids afloat.

While a father’s role in the family has undoubtedly...

more
Jen1.jpg

Happy...what month is this? I know moms everywhere are gearing up to make really tough decisions so let's take a moment and enjoy a little bright spot, our August Motivational Mom of the Month, Jen Salang!

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

I found FIT4MOM through a post from ACAC Short Pump for a stroller strides class. I really wanted to join stroller strides as a...

more
Guilt.png

While chatting with a group of moms, both new and seasoned, full-time working and stay-at-home, I felt a sting of guilt and a fear of judgement when disclosing my family’s decision to restart our biweekly house cleaning service since COVID-19 hit in March. My mind raced about whether or not I am being indulgent. Do I really have justification for this expense? Why can I not take on this task for my family by myself? I must be an incapable...

more
Angie1.jpg

Happy July 1st Mamas! We're halfway through the craziest year ever and it's hard to believe! What's not hard to believe...we've got the BEST village out there filled with the BEST moms! Like our mom this month, Angie! Join me in getting to know a little more about Angie!

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

I found FIT4MOM on Instagram. I saw a picture of a group of...

more
Wild.png

Girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. What a statement! This well-known nursery rhyme really set the stage for what is expected of little girls. We are to be sweet but also spicy and always, always nice. We are to be “good girls.” What exactly does that mean though? Is it being quiet and polite? Always soft spoken? Always kind? Is it being selfless? Focusing solely on making others happy, ignoring our own wants and needs? Is...

more
RollerCoaster.png

The world is a confusing and scary place right now. Nowhere feels totally safe and secure. Even inside of our own homes, even inside our own heads. Most of us feel like we are on an emotional roller coaster hit with another loop after every turn sending us emotionally upside down all over again. 2020 has quite literally been a roller coaster. Who knows what will come next?

In March, we were informed of a lethal...

more
ErinSorkin1.jpg

We're half way through the year...the weirdest year ever. But even with all the unknowns, one thing is always constant. We. Have. Some. Awesome. Moms. Erin has been with our village for a long time and was once our Play Group Captain and blog writer! We can credit her to the creative questions we ask our moms each month! It's long overdue so join me in getting to know Erin a little bit more!

...

more
BoysFeelings.png

“He’s going to get bullied,” I was told. If I allow my son to continue to cry the result would be bullying. And while I usually have a lot to say, I was speechless. It infuriated me that already, as toddlers, it was expected that I teach my boys how to NOT have any feelings that are considered anything other than “masculine.” Unfortunately, that has not been the only time that cultural gender norms have already played a role in the lives of...

more
SeeingRed.png

“It’s time to go to sleep. Goodnight sweetie. I love you” I say for the twentieth time. I say it through a clenched jaw and with tightened fists.I can feel my skin start to boil with rage. We have been to the bathroom at least ten times with no success. He tells me there are spiders in the ceiling vents - validated that fear and got creative with some so-called spider spray. He needs me to sing him our song again. He wants me to lay by him...

more
Couples.png

Stuck Together Stick Together: A couples guide to staying together during the quarantine.

“In general, when people live in acute stress, either cracks in their relationship will be amplified or the light that shines through the cracks will be amplified” - Esther Perell

Do you remember the days when you first decided to live with your partner? There is a reason that they used to say that the first year of marriage was the hardest....

more
Emotions.png

What is this new normal that is happening around us? A new normal that is aimed at physically protecting us from a global pandemic that is resulting in the isolated loss of so many across the world. Necessary steps like staying home, social distancing, quarantining, and flattening the curve, are all in place to guard our own physical well-being. Just one problem...this new norm is also resulting in another pandemic of emotional unrest....

more
Althea1.jpg

Happy May Mamas! Some things change: like spending Mother's Day in social distancing. Some things remain the same: we've got some amazing Mamas in Our Village. This month's amazing mom is Althea! Peep the pictures at the end of the interview to see Althea reaching major goals of getting back to pre-baby weight with the help of our virtual village!

...

more
pelvicfloor2.png

It was a rainy Thursday afternoon. The morning was made up of obstacle courses, tears, legos, tears, painting, yelling, tears, a stroller walk to let off steam and to see some construction vehicles, and then of course some tears. Rice Krispie treats were mentioned at lunch (no idea where that came from) which led to excessive excitement followed by excessive disappointment after finding out that we did not have marshmallows in the house....

more
Blog2.png

Mama, you are NOT alone.

What if I’m not a good mom? What if she stops breathing? I need to go check if she’s breathing. What if it’s too cold in the room? No, it’s too hot in the room. Is she buckled in correctly? What if she’s sick? Am I feeding her too much? Why isn’t my milk coming in? I hate breastfeeding. Am I failing? Why is she crying? She’s always crying. I’m not good at this. I feel so alone. Why don’t I like my baby yet? I’m...

more
Blog1.png

So much change is happening in our world right now. This is true on a large societal scale, in our individual homes, and in our own thoughts and feelings. Am I going to get sick? Will I lose my job? How is this impacting our economy? What is this summer going to look like? When will things go back to normal? There is an unfathomable amount of uncertainty that we each are trying to cope with in our own individual ways.

Our kids are...

more
BlogPost2Image.png

Can we talk about what it means to be a mom in today’s world? Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a full-time working mom, a part-time working mom, a step-mom, a single mom, a dog mom (yeah, that’s not REALLY the same), you are expected to wear so many hats. Being a mom can be the hottest hat and the ugliest hat to wear. And yet still we wear the hat of a daughter, sister, employee, chef, chauffeur, booboo healer, planner, lego builder,...

more
BlogPostPic1.JPG

“Stay positive” they say. Okay, sure. It would be great if we could all stay positive all the time, especially during this pandemic. And despite the Coronavirus and social distancing, there are still a lot of positive things happening in the world, in our neighborhoods, and in our homes. But, let’s be real about it, there are a lot of things that also suck. It is essential that we acknowledge and accept the sucky parts just as much as we...

more
SaraWillPic.jpg

It's April, y'all! March felt like the looooongest month ever and I take back all the bad things I said about January. Our Village (and the world) has seen a lot of changes these past couple of weeks but our mamas have been rolling with the punches and have stayed as connected as ever!

This is no April Fools joke when I say this mama we are showcasing today is motivational! I planned to showcase her this month specifically to highlight...

more
Susan1.jpeg

Happy March Mamas! It's really starting to feel like spring out there! Are you bummed we haven't had a good snow or are you team #spring? No matter which side you're on, I think we can all agree that the best part of our blog each month is featuring a new mama! Join me this month in getting to know Susan Bond, our March Motivational Mom of the Month!

...

more
photo_2020-01-31_15-54-37.jpg

Can we all take a moment of silence for the relief we feel now that January is over?! The “Monday” of the year! With a new month brings us a new mom to love on and this month’s motivational mom is Hina!

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

I was googling gyms to join while being postpartum and then I found Fit4mom. Less than a year, can’t remember when I joined. But...

more
IMG_6539.JPG

Happy New Year Mamas! 2019 was a good year for us and we had some pretty awesome Motivational Moms! Join me in welcoming our first Motivational Mom of the Month of the new year, Samantha Baker!

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

I found Fit4Mom through Google! I was looking for a way to exercise with my new baby and Stroller Strides came up! I've been attending SS...

more
IMG_0437.JPG

Happy December Y’all! It’s the last month of the year AND the last month of THE DECADE! I’ll wait while you let that sink in for a second.

This month we wanted to spotlight TWO mamas who have shown up and shown out in our Body Back Transformation sessions! Working out with a friend helps keep you accountable and getting a little kid-free time with a fellow mom friend can do wonders for you.

Join me in getting to know our Body...

more