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Happy April! It's finally feeling like Spring and we are so excited for all the new classes being added to our in-person AND virtual schedule! We're also so excited to introduce you to our Motivational Mom of the Month, and newest instructor, Allie Smith!

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

I heard about FIT4MOM Richmond from Lindsey Brown, a childhood friend of...

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How is this month March when last month was also March!? Anyone else feel that way?? Where has the time gone? So much has changed and yet, some things remain the same. Like, our awesome Mamas! Join me in getting to know Lindsay Sproat, our March Motivational Mom of the Month!

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

I am new to Richmond and was looking for mommy and me...

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It's the month of L O V E and we're crushin on our Motivational Mom of the Month, Erin! Erin is one of our fabulous Southside instructors who is full of so much energy and does so much while juggling 3 kiddos...we honestly don't know how she does it all!

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

I found fit4mom Richmond when I was pregnant with my daughter, Poppy. We...

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Happy New Year! 2021 is here and I think we're all feeling hopeful! It has to be a better year than last, right?!

Let's start the year off with our Motivational Mom of the Month, Grace Festa! Grace has been a member of FIT4MOM for for-ev-ver (*Squints circa The Sandlot) You can always count on Grace to a) make you laugh b) show up with a smile on her face and c) show up late - but that's just one of the reasons we love her!

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DECEMBER!? I know I say it every month but like really, how are we already here? 2020 has been a doozy for sure but we can't help but feel so grateful for our amazing Village who has supported us along the way! Without you Mamas, FIT4MOM Richmond wouldn't be the same.

And without one special lady, FIT4MOM RVA would be nothing! I introduce to you the ULTIMATE MOTIVATIONAL MOM OF THE MONTH. Our very own. The one and only. The head Mama....

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Happy November y'all! Another month means another Motivational Mom that we are T H A N K F U L for! Join me in getting to know Caroline!

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

I found Fit4Baby during my first pregnancy. We had recently moved to Richmond and I was interested in making friends with other soon-to-be moms in addition to getting into a workout routine that...

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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,...

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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!

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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!

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“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...

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“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...

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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....

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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....

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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!

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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“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...

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