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My Postpartum Body Is Not Open to Comments

I am one of the countless women going through the process of learning to love my postpartum body. It’s a delicate process and I would like to kindly ask that you don’t interfere by adding your own commentary. This should go without saying, but for some reason, our society has an obsession with a woman’s […]

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I Am A Twin Cities Mom: Erica Hoese

{Photo credit: John Haynes Photography} Continuing our I Am A Twin Cities Mom series, we’re welcoming Erica Hoese, a wife, mother of three, Fitness & Wellness Coach, Natural Figure Competitor, author, and speaker. Erica’s been in the health and fitness industry for six years, and it was four years ago that she had her third child and […]

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Exercise Because You Love Yourself

As moms, we understand the importance of self-care, and we are here to help busy moms like you find time to prioritize your wellness. Our hope is that you feel encouraged and equipped to value and prioritize nutrition, self-care, fitness and a healthy body image through these personal stories from experts in the fitness industry […]

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Pageants, Daughters and Change

Full disclosure: I was Miss Minnesota 2003. {Photo credit: Paula Preston} Yup, that’s me in the hot pink satin, 15 years ago, 25 pounds ago, two kids and a marriage ago, becoming Miss Minnesota after an unlikely ascension through the pageant ranks.  I competed in my first pageant when I was 20, and by age […]

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Lift, Love, Mom, Repeat.

As moms, we understand the importance of self-care, and we are here to help busy moms like you find time to prioritize your wellness. Our hope is that you feel encouraged and equipped to value and prioritize nutrition, self-care, fitness and a healthy body image through these personal stories from experts in the fitness industry […]

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Feel Better, Do Better: A Health and Wellness Pep-Talk for Moms {Part 6}

Here is our sixth and final installment in our ongoing series with our partners at Harrington & Associates Plastic Surgery! Dr. Jennifer Harrington is here to discuss topics surrounding women’s health and wellness. Ladies, for my last post in this series, it’s time we talk about those lumps and bumps. Yes, I’m talking about cellulite. […]

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Feel Better, Do Better: A Health and Wellness Pep-Talk for Moms {Part 5}

Here is our fifth installment in our ongoing series with our partners at Harrington & Associates Plastic Surgery! Dr. Jennifer Harrington is here to discuss topics surrounding women’s health and wellness. Raise your hand if one of your New Year’s resolutions was to lose weight or achieve a certain fitness goal! Come on! Most of […]

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Diary of a Plus Size Mom

I sometimes struggle with my body image.  In my 33 years of life, I have seen bodies constantly judged near and far including my own.  In my case, always being judged for being too big or that dreaded “F” word….Fat.  It’s not a new world problem.  I have many memories that stem from my childhood.  […]

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Take Your Moments to Take Care of Yourself, Momma

Last week, after an exhausting day, I crawled into bed and laid right down onto of my son’s pee stain, cuddled up and went to bed. In peace. That’s when you know you’re a mom. That morning was one of those mornings. I was at my wits end with the boys and it took everything […]

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Ways to Gain in the New Year

During a new year, we are surrounded by constant messages to lose weight. Join a weight loss challenge, start an elimination diet, and workout until exhaustion. These are all common ways I’ve started a new year. Our perspective about an upcoming new year can get clouded with thoughts about how we aren’t good enough. Being […]

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Work Life Balance: Be Flexible or Be Dead

As moms, we understand the importance of self-care, and we are here to help busy moms like you find time to prioritize your wellness. Our hope is that you feel encouraged and equipped to value and prioritize nutrition, self-care, fitness and a healthy body image through these personal stories from experts in the fitness industry […]

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Feel Better, Do Better: A Health and Wellness Pep-Talk for Moms {Part 4}

Here is our fourth installment in our ongoing series with our partners at Harrington & Associates Plastic Surgery! Dr. Jennifer Harrington is here to discuss topics surrounding women’s health and wellness. In this installment of my series, I want to talk about something that’s on the minds of most of the moms I talk to […]

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