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All-Time Favorite Products For New Moms

Products for New Moms

products for new momsDo you know someone who is a new mom or expecting a baby?

Or maybe you’re a brand new mom yourself.

Do you want some seriously good gift ideas?

Join Christy Harvey, the Mommy Muse, and the makers of some of her all-time favorite products for new moms: Earth Mama Angel Baby, Bella Materna, Mamma’s Milk Slings, My Brest Friend nursing pillow & more. These are gifts that will help you or any new mom and baby feel far more comfortable.

Alchemy for Moms Radio Show

Kathy Ireland Brings Real Solutions for Busy Moms!

Supermodel Kathy Ireland is here to help!

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Do you need solutions for your busy life?

Kathy Ireland has listened to women from all walks of life who struggle with balancing the responsibilities of marriage, raising children and managing a household, often on top of a career, all while trying to find time to take care of themselves. She understands our challenges first-hand, and has dedicated herself to finding solutions for families, especially busy moms, through KathyIreland.com.

Listen in as this amazing woman joins Christy Harvey, the Mommy Muse, to learn about her powerful new book, Real Solutions for Busy Moms: Your Guide to Success and Sanity.

Alchemy for Moms Radio Show

Gifted Therapists from The Postpartum Stress Center Answer Your Questions

Are you ready to learn the truth about postpartum depression and the baby blues?

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Do you want to discover practical information to help you make informed choices?

Wherever you are in your prenatal or postpartum journey, tune in as Trish McGarrigle and Kate DeStefano-Torres of The Postpartum Stress Center (www.postpartumstress.com) join me the Mommy Muse, to empower your life with information you need to know now.

The Postpartum Stress Center was established to provide a better understanding and comprehensive clinical intervention for any woman who suffers from the range of prenatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Their objective is to provide support and treatment for the pregnant or postpartum woman and her family as well as guidance for her treating physician or therapist.  They are committed to providing excellent clinical care to both our clients and professionals who seek our expertise.

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Finding and Keeping Joy with Dr. Shoshanna Bennett

Exploring the Causes and Treatments of Postpartum Depression

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It’s O.K.! Dr. Shoshanna Bennett, author of Pregnant on Prozac and Postpartum Depression For Dummies, is joining us to help.

“Dr. Shosh” is the “go-to” expert for postpartum depression. She is a survivor of two life-threatening postpartum depressions. She founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987, and is a former president of Postpartum Support International. Dr. Shosh helped develop the official Postpartum Support International training curriculum for professionals which is now considered the gold standard in the field. She has helped over 19,000 women worldwide through individual consultations, support groups and wellness seminars. As a noted guest lecturer and keynote speaker, she travels throughout the US and abroad, training medical and mental health professionals to assess and treat postpartum depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. She earned three teaching credentials, two masters degrees, a Ph.D. and is licensed as a clinical psychologist.

We’ll explore the causes and treatments of postpartum depression and anxiety, conditions that affects over 500,000 women every year in the United States alone. No matter what your pregnant or postpartum journey has been to this point, tune in to learn how to become the best mother and the best person you can be.

Alchemy for Moms Book Reviews Radio Show The Alchemist's Heart

Find Your Right Life No Matter What with Martha Beck!

Martha Beck, Author of Steering by Starlight!

martha-beck-books-197x300Do you sometimes lose sight of who you really are?

Have you been so focused on taking care of others that you not only overlook your personal stress and unhappiness, but neglect to nourish yourself?

Do you know how to find your right life no matter what?

Now you can with Oprah columnist and New York Times best-selling author of Steering by Starlight! Join Martha Beck, of www.MarthaBeck.com, one of the best-known life coaches and authors in America, and me the Mommy Muse, as we discuss how to find your right life no matter what. Dr. Beck’s passion is reconnecting people with their essential selves. Let her gentle advice assist you in solving problems while fostering your strengths and creativity.

Alchemy for Moms Book Reviews Radio Show The Alchemist's Heart

Gentle Advice for Solving Problems with Martha Beck!

The Joy Diet & Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

books-joy-diet (1)Do you sometimes lose sight of who you really are?

Have you been so focused on taking care of others that you not only overlook your personal stress and unhappiness, but neglect to nourish yourself?

Or maybe you’ve experienced an unexpected pregnancy that completely unraveled life as you knew it.

Join Martha Beck (www.MarthaBeck.com), one of the best-know life coaches and authors in America, and me, the Mommy Muse, as we answer your questions and discuss Martha’s books The Joy Diet and Expecting Adam. Dr. Beck’s passion is reconnecting people with their essential selves. Let her gentle advice assist you in solving problems while fostering your strengths and creativity.

Alchemy for Moms The Alchemist's Heart

Blissfully Busted

Nurturing Your Spirit 

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I didn’t so much hear the whisper of her skirt sweeping against the doorway as feel her eyes upon me. Possibly the quietest 6 year old I’ve encountered. But she couldn’t hide her intention.

Busted.

A pint-sized pixie was peering up at me.

I had offered to run down three flights of stairs to fetch supplies for our visiting company.

Sounds selfless, right?

Except that I was seizing a brief moment alone.

That’s when I discovered the box of stone-ground crackers.

Ahhh, blessed carbs…in a paleo-oriented family.  Lots of protein and veggies going on here.  Light on the whole grain goodness.

So, what’s a girl to do but open the box and pop a couple…ok, a few…crackers into her mouth before trotting back up the stairs?

Which was going great until Miss Munchkin discovered me.

I tried to work up a pang of guilt. But I couldn’t.

Why?

Because I knew I was doing something I’d tell you to do.  Nurture yourself with whatever is to hand. Three minutes of quiet. A morsel of yumminess delighting your mouth.  Goodness for your spirit = increasing well-being and ability to show up in a space of love for others.

What did I do? I handed the box to pixie girl with a wink and asked her to show me how well she could climb right back up those stairs!

Have you ever been caught blissfully nourishing your spirit by someone who loved you but didn’t quite understand? I challenge you to share your story – and to do something small and beautiful for yourself again as soon as possible!

Alchemy for Moms The Alchemist's Heart

Organizing Chaotic Households

How to Transform A Chaotic Space

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got an area in your home you want to change.

Not just an area that needs a little tidying…a space that makes you cringe when you walk by.

Shocker! I have more than one.

Here is a panoramic pic the knot I tackled a week ago…..

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Awesome, isn’t it? Brings lots of creative swear words to mind.

I’m still kind of amazed it didn’t eat me while I was in there!

Here’s what I tried first…..

My Top 3 Knee-Jerk Strategies For Organizing Chaotic Households

1. Positive Thinking messes away. Want to try this with me?

Ready, set, AFFIRM: “My messes are gone and I live in a beautiful space now…..”

Now look around…..mess still there? Shit.

It’s OK, I’ve got your back.

2. Ignoring chaos, leaving the lights off and groping around for whatever I need in order to avoid witnessing the truth. (Feel totally free to extrapolate what this might look like as a metaphor for our unconscious minds….)

Effectiveness of this strategy? Dismal.

Works about as well as trying to make love without feeling confident enough to enjoy being seen in the buff.

Which leads to:

3. Mastering the fine art of guilting myself. You probably know the tactic – enforcing change through personal shame.

Honorary graduate degree, anyone?

Imagine my surprise to discover that despite incredible consistence in reaching for these strategies, for sustainable change, they’ve never worked!

Want to know what DOES? Here you go:

Kick-Ass Cleaning in 13 Simple Steps

  1. Get clear on the feeling you want in the arena you want to change. What would feel really GOOD to you instead of “Aaaccckk?”
  2. Dedicate limited time brackets for your project. I recommend no more than 3 hours in a day. No marathons – I’m serious. Consider what you would advise a friend!
  3. Give yourself the gift of an honest evaluation of the situation “on the ground” so you’ll know the difference once you’ve worked your magic. Considertaking a picture or one minute video complete with commentary.
  4. Call in help from people who are gifted in what you want to do.
    Living or not, you can request assistance from their hearts to yours.
    Seriously ~ I asked for guidance from my Grandma June. She was a masterful cleaner.
    I’ve since learned this is probably because she had OCD, but all I knew was that chaotic environments bowed under her glare and shifted into order.
  5. Declare your intention to safe people in the world to create accountability. We want people rooting for your success in REAL TIME if possible! My personal cheering team came via Anna Kunnecke’s Queen Sweep cohorts. Amazing women who made all the difference.
  6. Promise yourself a genuine treat at the flip side of your day. Something small, something sweet (for your soul, not just your tongue) something just for YOU. Alchemist’s ordersflirty-emoticon
  7. Invite a little (or a lot of) joy into the process – Turn on 80’s music, make your favorite tea or hot cocoa, pour some wine, put on your tiara, stick chocolate in your pocket, keep friends who make you laugh on speakerphone.
  8. Create work “bursts” (15 to 30 minutes) + mini breaks within the larger time frame. Stick to pieces of time even a squirrel could stay focused on.
  9. Gather as many sorting containers as you can lay your hands on – bags, boxes, you name it – grab it! And garbage bags – big ones!
  10. Sort the mess into the simplest possible categories – like with like – bedding, wrapping materials, party supplies, bathroom “goop,” hair doo-dads, pantry items, donations, and “never-ever-wanted-that-how-did-that-get-in-there?” sections. You can always fine tune later.
  11. Take pictures and video halfway through AND at the end of the day’s process. Share these with your support team.
  12. Celebrate your magic ~ Give yourself the promised treat(s) ~ YOU DID IT!
  13. Give yourself full permission to REST. This will feel SOOOO good 

And just the fact that you’re considering this transformative act of courage? Here’s my toast to you!

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Alchemy for Moms

You are Better than June Cleaver!

Finding Your Authentic Self

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A talented mom wrote me recently to say that she’s been a mother for 15 years, but she’s still “no June Cleaver.” This led me to an “ah-hah” moment:

Each and every one of us is better than any TV mom, June Cleaver or otherwise.

“Why?”

Because we are real parents nurturing real families the best we can with the resources we have.

In my book, authentic is always better. And this applies to our bodies as well as our souls. From a cosmetic perspective, implants may give the illusion of a generously endowed figure, but they have nothing to do with our ability to nourish and care for a family. Lip injections add temporary fullness, but they don’t do anything to enhance our ability to kiss our kids. Botox may erase lines for a time, but it can also give a stiff, unnatural appearance to an otherwise softly loving countenance.

Am I against cosmetic procedures?

No, I think they can be tremendously helpful in certain circumstances.

Do I think they’re overused?

Yes.

I believe we should honor our authentic selves, including our minds, bodies and spirits, and allow our innate beauty to shine through. Trying to be like someone else may give us a start in the right direction when we’re working to co-create a better life, but at some point, we have to trust ourselves from the inside out and take a leap of faith.

When you catch yourself thinking you should be more like another person, ask yourself this question: “What would that give me?” And then listen and feel for the answer.

If you come up with an answer that seems fairly superficial, ask the same question again: “What would that give me?”

If you follow the trail, you will eventually come up with an answer like “peace,” “love,” ” abundance,” ” a more harmonious life,” ” happiness,” etc.

In which case, it is time to honor your heart’s desire.  Like a seed preparing to sprout toward the sun, you are ready to begin manifesting that which you seek from the inside out. You, with all your perceived flaws, are beautiful and good enough just as you are. And you, not some social icon, are the amazing person your family actually needs!