Top 5 Must-Read Pregnancy Books

October 26, 2016

 

The Daily Soul Sessions For The Pregnant Mama is the most real and reflective pregnancy book I’ve ever read.”
~Chelsea Rothert, Los Angeles Yoga Teacher, Doula, Childbirth Educator

Newly Pregnant? You must read this book: The Daily Soul Sessions For The Pregnant Mama. It's 280 inspirations, one for every day of your pregnancy. This book is like a spiritual cup of coffee, helping you stay positive and connected to yourself during these crazy 9 months. The book is also a pregnancy journal, with space under each soul session to write down and remember all the special moments. New moms everywhere LOVE this must have book. Great baby shower gift! www.TheDailySoulSessions.com
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Top 5 Pregnancy Books – The Must Read Books for When You’re Expecting!

Have you googled “Must-Read Pregnancy Books” yet? During my first pregnancy, I wanted to read every book I could get my hands on. Books about what to expect, books that explained what my body was going through, books for my mind, books for my body, books for my baby. You name it!

But I also had a strong desire to find a book that would help me connect with myself during this pregnancy as well. Which is why I was attracted to both inspirational books and books that helped me decide methods for eating during pregnancy, how to approach sleep training, and what meditations and yoga poses to do during these 9 months.

So behold – Our list of the Top 5 Pregnancy Books on the market that aren’t on every book list. You need to know about these! These 5 pregnancy books are a great start to your “must-read” list and motherhood journey!

Newly Pregnant? You must read this book: The Daily Soul Sessions For The Pregnant Mama. It's 280 inspirations, one for every day of your pregnancy. This book is like a spiritual cup of coffee, helping you stay positive and connected to yourself during these crazy 9 months. The book is also a pregnancy journal, with space under each soul session to write down and remember all the special moments. New moms everywhere LOVE this must have book. Great baby shower gift! www.TheDailySoulSessions.com

1.) The Daily Soul Sessions for the Pregnant Mama: A Daily Dose of Soul and Inspiration for all Thrilled, Shocked, Excited, and Delighted Mamas To Be!

by Kacey Coppola Morreale, Kate Coppola Leiva, and Kara Coppola Schmahl

This book (obviously!) is one of my favorites. When my twin sister, Kacey, was pregnant with Stella, she really struggled with all the massive changes her life, body, soul, and spirit were going through at the time. As we are songwriters, she started writing all of her feelings down.

During my first pregnancy, I searched and searched for a pregnancy book or app that would speak to me and my soul and not just tell me all the clinical things going on with my body and what size fruit my baby is this week. I was yearning for something a bit more spiritual, a bit more inspiring. Something that would help cultivate my creativity.

I must have complained to Kacey a million times because she finally let me read some of her daily journal entries. BOOM. There it was. Exactly what I had been looking forThe Daily Soul Sessions For The Pregnant Mama is a collection of 280 daily inspirations. One for every single day of your pregnancy. In the words of the lovely mama and blogger Hannah Renee:

This book is a sweet and simple daily minute to yourself. It is full of wonderful inspirational quotes, reflections, and reminders. I am seriously loving the short, yet so on point, daily reflections and inspiration. It is such a great way for me to begin (or end) my day. I’ve appreciated the reminder to slow down and take a breath. It’s so important to stay positive and to let yourself rest and reflect on the changes you’re experiencing through this beautiful time. I believe this book is for any mama, whether it’s your first baby or your fifth. These ladies have made a simple book, aside from the how-tos, the guides, the birth books, etc. to give mama something just for her. Put simply, it’s a daily dose of positivity, especially made for pregnant mamas. It’s a breath of fresh air & totally worth the buy.”

2.) Bringing Up Bebe

by Pamela Druckerman

This book has gotten a lot of hype for the past few years, and personally I really enjoyed reading it. Even my husband read it! For starters, it gave me hope as a first time mom. I worried a lot during my first pregnancy about losing myself in the whole “mommy” world, afraid that I had to become a mama martyr, if you will, in order to be a good mother. This book helped me understand why we are hardwired to feel this way.

Ms. Druckerman offers a glimpse into the realities of French parenting, and she digs into the differences between American and French parenting. She also dives into why American moms tend to feel more guilt and more pressure to lose their entire identity inside their children. And she contrasts that with the French way of including their children in their already established lifestyle and routine. It was a refreshing and enjoyable read!

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3.) On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant The Gift of Nighttime Sleep

by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam

Ok, ok, ok, this one is suuuuuuupppppeeeeerrrrr controversial. There are so many different schools of thought on how to get your baby to sleep through the night. I personally come from the school of read and learn and educate myself as much as humanly possible, and then determine the best course of action for my family. With that in mind, I have to say that Baby Wise was a great fit for our family.

Now, my daughter was a good sleeper from the very beginning, so I realize I was blessed! (We’ll see how this little boy will do – in fact, I’ll be dusting off my copy of this book ASAP!) But the schedule that Baby Wise gets you on really worked for us! By 11 weeks, Sloane was sleeping from 11pm to 5 or 6am! Now my 2 and a half year old is a fantastic sleeper, she loves her bed, and she loves nap time. I really believe it is a “gift” we are giving our kids and ourselves when we take the time and the effort to teach our babies how to sleep. Anyway! You may love it or hate it – but try it out if you’re looking for sleep answers!

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4.) Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives: A Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth Through Meditation, Ayurveda, and Yoga Techniques

by Deepak Chopra, David Simon, and Vicki Abrams

I loved how this book integrated body, mind, and spirit with the latest Western scientific prenatal practices. It’s a practical AND inspirational look at the art of bringing a baby into this world. I’m a huge fan of yoga and meditation, and this book incorporates both into your pregnancy.

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5.) Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby’s First Foods

by Nina Planck

I first discovered author Nina Planck through her “The Real Food Cookbook” – devoted to serving only real foods and avoiding anything processed. The book describes itself as a “more old-fashioned and diverse way of eating…using fresh herbs, good butter, seasonal fruits and vegetables, grass-fed and pastured meats, and whole grains.” This method of approaching recipes and feeding my family is very attractive to me. I try to bring everything back to its most basic form, I try to shop the perimeter of the market, and I try to avoid processed foods as much as possible! (I lost a lot of my baby weight by eating this way, but that’s another post for another day!)

When I found her first 2 books, this one and its predecessor “Real Food”, I dove right in! She tells stories about her first pregnancy and encourages mamas to eat healthy, real foods that are good for you and for baby. She backs up all of her theories with facts and is a walking example of the lifestyle she touts.

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Newly Pregnant? You must read this book: The Daily Soul Sessions For The Pregnant Mama. It's 280 inspirations, one for every day of your pregnancy. This book is like a spiritual cup of coffee, helping you stay positive and connected to yourself during these crazy 9 months. The book is also a pregnancy journal, with space under each soul session to write down and remember all the special moments. New moms everywhere LOVE this must have book. Great baby shower gift! www.TheDailySoulSessions.com

My 5 Step Uplifting Daily Pregnancy Routine

October 18, 2016



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Why Cultivating A Daily Pregnancy Routine Is So Important…

There are apparently 2 types of women in this world. Those who love being pregnant. And those who don’t.

Ok, ok, fine. I’m sure there’s a lot of gray area here! But you get my gist. If I’m being completely honest, I have to admit that pregnancy is not my favorite time. I can recognize the miracle that is happening within me, I love feeling those first gentle kicks, and obviously the end prize is the BEST gift in the entire world.

But the day to day (month to month!) grind of pregnancy wears on me…

Big time. I mean, that’s the whole reason why The Daily Soul Sessions for the Pregnant Mama book came to be! First time around, Kacey was feeling completely overwhelmed by all the changes happening to her body, and she found an outlet by writing in her journal every day. It cleared out all the cobwebs, all the negative feelings, and helped her connect with her heart, mind, and soul again.

As my first pregnancy progressed, Kacey let me read a few of her journal-ings….and I. Loved. Them. They were exactly what I had been searching for and could not find! I immediately jumped on board, and viola The Daily Soul Sessions for the Pregnant Mama was born.

So cue up to this current pregnancy. Baby number 2

Feels a lot like my first pregnancy, yet I’m chasing after a toddler this time around. I know you second time mamas-to-be are pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down. It’s even harder this time to connect with my own spirit, heart, positivity, creativity because there is less time. I find myself wanting to give all my energy to my kid – after all, there’s not a ton of it these days! But I know deep in my soul that I have to take care of myself, too. Or else I’ll completely run out of steam and this mama train will grind to a stop.

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Now I Cultivate a Positive Pregnancy Every Day…

Behold! My daily pregnancy morning routine. The 5 things I do every morning to get my head straight. I always feel refreshed and connected to my inner selfsoul, and spirit when I commit to it. And when I’m lazy and don’t do it? My day feels hectic and harried, and I get exhausted waaaaaay too quickly!

5 Step Uplifting Daily Pregnancy Routine

 

1.) Wake up at least 30 minutes earlier than normal

I know, I know this can be really hard! But if you give yourself this extra “you” time in the morning, your day will go so much smoother. You’ll have time to meditate, pray, journal, or simply have your first cup of coffee in peace on your back porch.

2.) Breathe Consciously

Before I even get out of bed, I keep my eyes closed and I breathe consciously. I place one hand on my belly and the other hand on my heart, and I breathe in for 3 counts and out for 4 counts. After 4 or 5 cycles of this, I either continue to mediate (if it feels right) or I’ll pray and set an intention for the day. I come up with one positive affirmation to carry me through the day. I’ll say… I am blessed. Or I am creativeI am fearlessI am energized. Whatever word comes to my mind first, I go with it. It’s obviously what my soul has been craving. Then I thank God (or the universe, or whatever you believe in) for this day, because, you know, God should be thanked.

3.) Hydrate

Every evening I take a big glass of water to bed with me, but I rarely finish it during the night. So I immediately drink that glass of water. As I’m drinking it, I visualize the water cleansing me from the inside. (And it’s a great way to start my water intake for the day – which I struggle with!) Then if I’m really being good, I’ll follow it up with a cup of warm water + fresh lemon before I have a cup of coffee. Honestly, this doesn’t happen a lot, but when I do it I LOVE the way it makes me feel.

4.) Read my daily soul session

Next I read my Daily Soul Session for the day. The Daily Soul Sessions for the Pregnant Mama book is the numero uno way I connect with this pregnancy – Every. Single. Day. Because it goes day by day through pregnancy, it helps me make note of where I – and this little soul – are at, it guides me to start my day on a positive note, and it makes me thankful for the gifts I’ve been given in the form of this new life.

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5.) Self Growth Time

This changes from morning to morning, but it’s what I call my “Me Time”. I get out of bed and wander up to the coffee pot and press start! As it brews, I choose one of the following:

  • Practice morning yoga – basically just some gentle stretching to make space inside of my rapidly growing body. Mama needs some room to breathe!
  • Write in my journal. I love when I actually accomplish writing in my journal first thing, but this is hard for me. I tend to need direction when I write – I need a prompt! So I try to prepare for that and have a list of journal exercises inside my notebook to help trigger my brain. (Get your 3 FREE Journaling Exercise prompts below!)
  • Read from an inspirational book. I always have a book on hand that is more self-help, or poetry, or that guides me to connect to my creative, spiritual side. I’d much rather read this first thing in the morning than anything else. There is plenty of time to catch up on the rest of the outside world.

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So there you have it! My 5 Step Daily Pregnancy Routine that gets my day going in a positive, creative, and inspired direction from the very start. It works, mamas. When we cultivate this extra spiritual time, we feel it in everything we do. In how we say good morning to our husbands, in how we make breakfast for our kids, in how we face the day gracefully and thankfully.

Sending love to you!

xo, Kate

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DIY Speakeasy Costume Feather Headpiece

October 17, 2016



DIY Speakeasy Costume Feather Headpiece

This DIY Speakeasy Costume Feather Headpiece is the perfect addition to a flapper girl costume or a Great Gatsby theme party this Halloween. You should definitely make this easy DIY Speakeasy Costume Feather Headpiece because it’s a showstopper! As I’m sure you’re aware of, Halloween is just around the corner. It’s time to finish up your costume and your toddler’s costume and your teenager’s costume and your husband’s costume! I made this DIY Speakeasy Costume Feather Headpiece for a Great Gatsby themed wedding photo shoot a few years ago, and it seriously never goes out of style for these types of holidays. Plus saving a little bit of money by making your own hairpiece is always a win win, right?

DIY Speakeasy Costume Feather Headpiece
for a Speakeasy or Flapper Girl Halloween Costume
4-5 Peacock Feathers (mine are from Hobby Lobby)
1 plastic haircomb
scissors
hot glue and gun
brooch
bobby pins

1.) Cut the stem of each feather about 1.5″ below the main bloom with scissors.

2.) Then arrange the cut feathers on the hair comb.

3.) Next, glue the stem of the feather to the top of the comb.

4.) Allow the glue to dry, and then weave the comb into your hair.

5.) Using bobby pins, pin the brooch to the top of the hair comb and your hair to secure in place!

If you pin the brooch to the comb and your hair, as opposed to glueing the brooch to the comb, you will have the ability to easily change out the brooch at any time! This is a really fun DIY project you can do with your older kids. And the hairpiece goes with so many different costumes. Be sure to check out our other fun DIY projects – adorable painted shelves for your baby’s nursery.

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Thai Ginger Chicken Salad Recipe

October 12, 2016



Thai Ginger Chicken Salad Recipe

I know you will absolutely love making this delicious Thai Ginger Chicken Salad Recipe. Let’s get to the point, shall we? Being pregnant means one of two things: you’re either craving or you’re cringing. So, understandably, making dinners can be challenging.

This salad has it all! Veggies, healthy carbs, protein and a dash of yummy ginger soy sauce to make it all interesting!

Thai Ginger Chicken Salad Recipe

Serves 4-6

1 – 1.5 LB Chicken Breast, cut into bite size pieces
2 Bell Peppers, chopped bite size
1 can Garbanzo beans, rinsed
2 Romaine hearts, chopped
1 Avocado, diced
1 cup cooked quinoa
Garlic Powder
Salt
Pepper
Red Pepper flakes

Dressing:
4 TBSP Olive Oil
4 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
2 Teaspoon Rice Vinegar (optional)
2 TBSP Water
2 Teaspoon Ginger Paste (I had a Thai basil ginger paste on hand that was delish!)
2 TBSP low sodium Soy Sauce
2 Pinches Salt
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1.) Sauté chicken in a large skillet with some Olive Oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a dash of red pepper flakes for some heat!
2.) While the chicken is cooking, make the quinoa according to package instructions and chop up all veggies.
3.) When the chicken is 3/4 done, toss in bell peppers. Right before eating add the garbanzo beans to skillet to season and warm them up.
4.) Put your salad together! Lettuce, Quinoa, Chicken mixture – add some avocado on top – and dress it up with this yummy ginger dressing! Mangia Mangia!
xo,
Kacey
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Third Trimester Pregnancy Tips

October 3, 2016


*All of these tips and tricks are from The Daily Soul Sessions for the Pregnant Mama book – available on Amazon now. There are 280 soul sessions. One for every day of this crazy, wild ride called pregnancy! Stay positive, stay creative, stay you even as everything around you is changing…

 

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Well, mama, you did it!

You are officially in your 3rd trimester. We’ve put together our favorite third trimester pregnancy tips to help you with this last sprint to the finish line.

The third trimester of pregnancy is a time of great growth – both physically and mentally. So it’s time to accept all the changes your body is going through and truly embrace the beauty of bearing a new life.

It’s time to be brave, because you must acknowledge your fears of childbirth, and then figure out how you will move through that fear gracefully. It truly is within your power to do so.

So actively engage your mind, your heart, and your soul in this beautiful miracle, and CHOOSE to be a warrior mama goddess! You can do this, lady! Follow these third trimester pregnancy tips and mindfulness tricks to continue your journey to motherhood with grace, love, acceptance, and bravery.

If you’re in your 1st trimester click HERE for great first trimester tips. And 2nd trimester-ers…click HERE for yours!

Want to know the 5 things I do Every Single Day to help get my mind right, my soul steady, and my creativity flowing? Check out my 5 Step Daily Pregnancy Routine – HERE!

Third Trimester Pregnancy Tips

1.) Make Sure You Nest

Nesting: To create and settle into a warm and secure refuge. (Thefreedictionary.com) 

We’ve heard this term before. Expecting mamas nest. That’s what we are supposed to do during the months we wait for this baby to arrive.

I always found myself shying away from that term. It sounded so homely, kind of boring, and a little controlling. What did it mean anyway?

Now I find myself much more introverted than I ever used to be. The growing symptoms of pregnancy demand it in some ways. We get tired quicker, and our body doesn’t want to do the things it used to. There is so much going on inside, you can’t help but draw in on yourself during these last few months.

I’m coming to terms with this. Like a blazing fire that pulls at you on a chilly winter night…I’ve decided nesting is just what it says it is. Making your home into a warm and secure refuge. For you, for your husband, for your child – a place that is alluring and safe. And peaceful for all.

2.) Stay Creative

Do something creative today. Take time to write in your journal, paint a new picture for the baby’s room, dance in your kitchen, try a recipe you’ve never made before – whatever your creative spirit desires – give into it. So much of your energy is pulled toward that life inside. It’s nice to take a few moments of the day and focus on the life outside.

3.) Cry If You Want To!

Well…it’s happening. Perhaps the hormones are getting stronger and stronger, or perhaps we are just mourning the loss (or gain?) of another 10 pounds on the scale.

Either way, the tears and emotions are so close these days aren’t they? Try to ride the wave of feelings as best you can, but don’t hold it in. If you feel like crying, cry! Let those salty tears cleanse you from the inside out – you will feel washed clean, and you will breathe so much easier after they pass.

You are so strong! A warrior Goddess does not have to ignore her feminine, emotional side. It is learning to cope and to ride these waves that make us stronger and fiercer in the end.

4.) Say Your Positive Affirmations Every Day

How do we state positive affirmations as if they already exist? It’s more than just putting an assertive spin to your thoughts – it is truly believing in your dreams, in yourself, before they are actual reality.

“Ask yourself how you would feel if your wishes were granted, and then allow yourself to internalize that emotional state.” ~Madisyn Taylor, Daily Om

The idea is that if we can find that emotional state, truly feel it in our bones, then the universe recognizes it as reality, and your visions as fact! So. What affirmations about this baby, your new life, can you believe today? It’s a whole new world.

Meditation: Positive Affirmation
I am strong, I am beautiful, I am life. Close your eyes and start to breathe deeply. Repeat those three phrases several times as you feel yourself relaxing and believing what you are saying. Keep going, Mama. Keep going.

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5.) Combat Stress and Anxiety by Stretching

A woman holds stress and anxiety in her hip joints. So it is natural to assume that how you are feeling toward labor and childbirth is reflected in how sore your hips are. The tension will pool, collect, and become stagnant…trapping all those negative thoughts inside you.

Combat these feelings and free up anxiety by stretching out this area. Try pigeon pose, or cobblers pose to help you release tension today. Breathe in peace and courage, focusing on the hip joints. Imagine this cleansing breath swirling and soothing around the tension. Then acknowledge the fears and worries that are out of your control and breathe them out…sending them far away, sweeping the achiness with them. And leaving peace and calm in its wake.

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6.) Cultivate Calm

We cannot bring to the world what we don’t have within us. Or think about it this way: we cannot teach our children what we haven’t yet learned.

If you want to raise a peaceful child, you have to learn how to cultivate peace within yourself. If you want to raise a confident child, you have to learn to master confidence within yourself.

It’s so simple, yet it feels like constant chaos, doesn’t it? We are a never ending work in progress – don’t stop learning and changing, so you can bring the best to the next generation.

7.) Distract Yourself!

Distracting yourself may keep you sane during this last stage of pregnancy. Bonus points if you find a healthy way to do so! I’m looking at you, pancakes.

Here’s a fun one: Think of all the cheesy pregnancy movies that you watched before you were pregnant. At the time, we didn’t truly understand what those women were going through. Guess what? Now you’ll know every inside joke.

So queue up Father of The Bride Part II or What To Expect When You’re Expecting and have a movie marathon this weekend. You’ll laugh and cry – ah that music in Father of The Bride – and it’s not so close to your due date that the delivery will make you decide to keep that baby inside you forever.

Remember, it’s Hollywood! They take major dramatic liberties…right? RIGHT?

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