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Finn’s Birth Story

**(TRIGGER WARNING: This birth story discusses things related to preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM), an emergency c-section, birth trauma, postpartum depression (PPD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). If you believe that reading this will be comprising to your mental health, please feel free to skip this post. […]

Goodbye, plans! (And hello new ones)

“I think I want to wait until after Christmas next year to have another baby.” This was part of a conversation that I was having with my husband over breakfast the morning of December 5th. I had just received an email that StrongFirst was hosting a SFG 1 Kettlebell certification course in Seattle next September. […]

3 Ways I De-stress

Things are a little crazy right now. If you’ve been following Movement Duets for awhile you know that we’re continuing to expand our training options of  in-person and our online group training program Fit Mom Foundations, we’re in the middle of our 2nd annual Making Time for Mom 21-Day Challenge and we’re also preparing to host our […]

I’m Done with Trying to Be a Perfect Mom

Perfectionism and I go way, WAY back. Certainly way earlier than when I became a mother almost two years ago. I remember moving back home one summer in between semesters of college and getting bent out of shape because my boyfriend at the time had turned a box the “wrong way.” I mean, it was […]

The Top 3 Exercises that Directly Apply to #momlife

You’ve said it. I’ve said it. We’ve heard our other mom friends say it. “Chasing after my toddler all day is my exercise!” Isn’t that the truth? Those little rascals are always on the move and they’re quick! And Jack is no exception. He is on the move constantly, never content to just sit in […]

6 Ways to Get Your Workout in with a Toddler Around

Putting my phone, remote and keys as high as possible? Check. Bumps and bruises? Check. Crying when I take away the waffle iron that he just broke into small pieces and tried eating? Check. Mashed potatoes going everywhere on his body besides his mouth? Check. Yep. It’s been confirmed. We have arrived to toddler land. […]

7 Lessons from My 1st Year of Motherhood

One year ago today at 1:22 a.m., my son Jack came into the world. (Still a favorite time of day for him, unfortunately.) When I look back at the last year of his life I relive a lot of joy. The warmth that filled my chest when he smiled for the first time. Singing the […]

“She’s just a little girl!” – Breaking Gender Stereotypes

“She’s just a little girl!” the man kept yelling. I had joined up with my family for a camping trip at the Coast over Labor Day weekend. Our camp site was at an organized family camp, which means there were lots of other campers and a lot of family activities planned. One of those activities […]

Mom Guilt: The Definitive Guide to Mom Shaming

Motherhood. We don’t know any other aspect of life that brings on so many insecurities. When our baby makes his or her way into this world, we are suddenly faced with a very big and important job: caring for and raising another human being……and we really don’t want to screw it up. We walk around […]