What I Pack in My Birth Center Bag

What I Pack in My Birth Center Bag

+J.M.J.+ My first two births were wonderful homebirths in Ohio, and I had a super basic emergency bag packed for them in case we had needed to transfer during or after them. Due to a relocation to a state with non-evidence based birthing laws, we are going to be using a free-standing birth center for [...]

How I Prepare for Postpartum / the 4th Trimester

How I Prepare for Postpartum / the 4th Trimester

+J.M.J.+ There is a lot of information out there on how to prepare for birth (and I have a whole post about how I prep here!), but I feel like a huge aspect of getting ready to welcome a baby is getting ready for the incredibly beautiful and simultaneously challenging postpartum period. Here are the [...]

How I Prepare for Natural Childbirth {And Why it Matters to Me}

How I Prepare for Natural Childbirth {And Why it Matters to Me}

+J.M.J.+ I have had two completely natural childbirths, and am preparing for my third soon. (You can read my home birth stories here.) I'm going to share everything I do to prepare for birth, and at the end a list of why birthing naturally is a priority for me in the first place. Prepare Mentally [...]

What We Eat: Dinner Edition

What We Eat: Dinner Edition

+J.M.J.+ I shared our favorite breakfasts here, and lunches over here. Now let's get to some of our most beloved dinners to hopefully give you some inspiration for your own menu plans! Chicken Piccata This is the *best* grain/gluten free chicken piccata on page 139 of the Wellness Mama cookbook. I served it here with [...]

What My Family Eats – Breakfast Edition (10 Real Food Meals + Recipes to Inspire You)

What My Family Eats – Breakfast Edition (10 Real Food Meals + Recipes to Inspire You)

+J.M.J.+ I know I love seeing what other people are eating when I'm stuck in a food rut, so I hope this gives you some inspiration! Below I have photos of many of our breakfasts, along with links to where you can find the recipes or simple instructions to make them. Our girls eat what [...]

Why I Hire A Doula For Every Birth

Why I Hire A Doula For Every Birth

+J.M.J.+ Doulas are not yet mainstream - with only 7% of mother using them there are a lot of misconceptions and confusion surrounding them. Why would you hire a complete stranger to be with you during birth? Why not just rely on your husband? Plus, I’m not a first-time mom anymore - why would I [...]

Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pads 101

Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pads 101

+J.M.J.+ I haven't bought disposable menstrual pads for 2.5 years now (well, aside from one package to use while traveling without access to laundry). I asked on social media for your questions on reusable pads, and I'm ready to answer them and give you the 4-11 on this super easy to care for, better for [...]

My Favorite Babywearing Carriers

My Favorite Babywearing Carriers

+J.M.J.+ Second only to nursing, babywearing has been the most life-changing help in parenting for me thus far. Truly, I don't know how we would be able to function without it sometimes, and that isn't hyperbole. From grocery shopping and errand running with ease, no stroller necessary - And facilitating nap time anytime, anywhere - [...]

To The Mom Belittled For Her Healthy Choices: Your Work Matters

To The Mom Belittled For Her Healthy Choices: Your Work Matters

+J.M.J.+ The crunchy mom is often teased as if we're all stuck up, holier-than-thou snobs who want to put others down for their Happy Meal habits. Sometimes it's perceived as cruel to often deny kids junk food that's so mainstream in our society. Furthering this attitude, there are multiple memes going around online right now that [...]