Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Holidays are just around the corner! It’s time to start preparing gifts for your loved ones and finding the perfect one can be difficult. With our help, you’ll find that special something with our guide for her! Use the list below as a starting point, circle your favorites, add a few more, then number them in order to let your family know which ones you’d love most. (more…)

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My Journey Towards Mindful Parenting

By Cheryl Blackington from Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness

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Cheryl Blackington will be leading the Mindful Parenting Workshop November 4th at Renew Mama 12-5 PM.ReImagine bringing mindfulness into your parenting journey. Imagine finding a source of peace and acceptance with yourself and your kids, even at the worst of times.  Imagine being able to take a breath and pause before you react in an unhelpful way. Imagine developing a self care ritual so you don’t feel so overwhelmed and so stressed.  Parents have a huge impact on their children. Our kids watch us and model our actions, words, and emotions based on how we conduct ourselves.  It is not so much what you say, as what you do.

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Amanda’s Favorite Postpartum Essentials

The weeks are approaching fast, I can’t believe I only have 5 weeks left being pregnant with my 3rd baby. In honor of prepping for baby number 3, I’ve gathered some of my favorite postpartum essentials. I’m a girl of comfort and ease so comfy nursing bras, pajamas, and fuzzy socks are definitely on the list. Enjoy mamas! (more…)

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Why EVERY Woman Should Try Pilates!

Women of all ages and levels can do Pilates, it does not matter if you are 30 or 50 years old, just had a baby or out of shape… anyone can do Pilates! Pilates is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, as well as enhance mental awareness. It’s more than just a workout, it can help sculpt your body while giving you energy and inner serenity. (more…)

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PMAD… Be Informed!

PMAD (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders)… the most common complication of pregnancy and it’s more that just postpartum depression. 1 out of every 5 women can be affected by some form of perinatal mood or anxiety disorder during or after pregnancy. I had no idea what PMAD was and how many women it affected until a nurse from Pine Rest came to speak at one of our MOPs meetings. (more…)

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8 Things to Help You Prepare For Baby #2

When I saw our second child at the 12 week ultrasound a rush of emotions came over me! It made the pregnancy so much more real and it made me realize all the things I needed to do before baby #2 was born. The first trimester flew by chasing a toddler, so I knew the rest of my pregnancy would go even faster! Here is the list of things I came up with to prepare for Baby #2: (more…)

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Meet Our April Member of the Month!

Hi, I’m Brandy! I am married to my college sweetheart, and together we are raising four beautiful and busy daughters 🙂 

What I love most about Renew Mama is that it allows me to involve my entire family in yoga. My kids can participate in classes with me, my husband can come to special events with us, and I can go to classes alone for self care as well. 

I have taken just about every class that Renew has offered!! Currently, I like to go to Candlelight yoga on Monday (after the kids go to bed!!), Power Yoga on Wednesday evening, and Yoga Flow on Saturday morning.  I also like to drop in to Movers & Crawlers and Little Kids Yoga when the day allows for it 🙂 (more…)

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Safe Babymoon Destinations

Babymoon • a relaxing or romantic vacation taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born. A babymoon is a real thing and if you’re pregnant you should definitely go on one before baby comes! Disconnect from the stresses of everyday life, spend precious quality time with your partner and treat yourself! You will NEVER get this quality time back!

Wondering when to go? The second trimester is the best and most comfortable time to travel. (According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the safest time to travel is from 18 to 24 weeks.) Morning sickness is usually over, you tend to have a boost in energy, and your bump isn’t too big yet! Always check with your doctor prior to your trip just to be sure you’re safe to travel. (more…)

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4 Tips on Surviving Early Motherhood

Everyone always tells you what motherhood will be like, but you don’t truly know until you become one! It is the hardest, yet most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life. When you’re pregnant you wait in anticipation for approximately 40 weeks for your baby and to prepare you go to classes, decorate the nursery, read books, etc. However, I don’t think any of those things will ever really prepare you for motherhood, until you actually experience it. (more…)

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