Mom Community Monday – Round Up

Mom Community Monday – Round Up

Hey friends! Happy Monday and welcome back to this lovely, weekly round-up of articled that will inspire and inform your journey through motherhood. (At least, that’s what I hope.)

If you follow along with my day-to-day shenanigans on Instagram ( I hope you do! And if you don’t, come on, girl, you should) then you know that my household got hit with the flu and cold season HARD. We spent all of January and some of February sick; when I say “we” I mean, both kids and my husband. I don’t know how I didn’t get sick through it all but I was exhausted and stretched really thin. That whole experience inspired the first couple of articles in this round-up.

An article from The Atlantic speaks on how and why being vaccinated won’t stop the Coronavirus. Scary, I know. Also, how do you know whether or not you have the flu or a common cold this season? This year, it was even more tricky because the specific strain of the flu virus that was going around presented itself with common cold-like symptoms at first. Here is an age-by-age symptom guide by Parents Mag to help you sort through the details.

Serena Williams talked with Huffington Post about motherhood and her experiences in that particular journey of hers and I staaaannnnn. She is just an absolute light and I love here even more these days because Milly idolizes her and uses her as motivation every time she goes to tennis practice. Did I mention that my 5-year-old did her first successful serve and rally last week? I am so proud.

If you are a POC (person of color) then you already know how important it is to have diversity in everyday situations for the positive impact it has on your child. You probably also have very vibrant memories of the first time you felt seen somewhere or in a situation for the first time.  That is important. If you are not a POC, maybe it is something that you haven’t really taken a deep dive into understanding. If I’m honest, most of my white friends didn’t think much about it (because it wasn’t their experience) until the became parents to children of color. Kids can really open your mind, can’t they?! Here is an article by ‘Mother Mag’ that resonated with me and that really delves into why reading diverse books to your kids matters. Speaking of books, a fellow blogger just launched a children’s book focusing on body positivity and it is receiving rave reviews. Here is an awesome write up about ‘Her Body Can’ that I found on Shape Magazine’s website.

Well, that’s it for this week’s round-up. I have so many things planned for Alice On Sunday blog this year and I am so excited to get started now that my kids and my husband are healthy and functioning again. I can’t wait until you see what I have in store.

I hope you found something interesting and or inspiring this week in my Mom Community Monday Round-Up.

Until Next Time!

-Ashly

 

Mom Community Monday – A Weekly Round Up

Mom Community Monday – A Weekly Round Up

Happy Monday, Lovelies!

I hope the weekend did you well. Milly had her first private tennis lesson and it went so well. She really loves the game; it’s something special. That was Friday evening.

Friday night RJ came down with a cold or, rather, started showing obvious symptoms of his cold so that put a halt on all other plans for the weekend. But that’s OK. I finally got to the 5 piles of dirty laundry that have been staring at me for the last week so….glass half full.

Anyways, here is my round-up of articles that I read over this past week and really enjoyed.

Here is a list of ways to incorporate free self-care into your daily life from Mother Mag that includes some gems like ‘Take Yourself to a Museum’ and ‘Stretch’. I’ve got to say, I have started stretching every morning and it really has made a world of difference; both in my mood and my mobility.

Who has a tried-n-true multi-vitamin? I have been looking into adding one to my morning routine and I have been eyeing Ritual for awhile now. In doing that, I came across their blog and found an informative read for expecting mothers, “A Crash Course to All Things Pregnancy” when it comes to prenatal vitamins and what your body will need during those 9 months. Ritual also interviewed Lauryn Evarts Bosstick of The Skinny Confidential, whom I, if I’m honest, had never heard of until reading this interview about the things that surprised her about pregnancy, what she did (and didn’t do) to prepare, and all that good stuff.

Elle interviewed Beyonce. ‘Nuff said. She talks fashion, self-care, and shopping at Target. I stannnn.

I was very fortunate to have delivered both my children in a hospital that provided nursery care during my 3-day stay after giving birth. My husband was with me the entire time during both deliveries so I had live-in help but the nurses who came to give me a break and care for the babies while a rested awhile was a big help. Turns out, these nurseries are closing down far more often these days, forcing exhausted mothers, fresh off of hours of labor and/or heavily medicated to take care of their newborn around the clock. I think it’s really unfortunate and..a little scary because I know how exhausted I was during those points in my life. Here’s what’s happening at these hospitals.

I hope your week goes well. Set your intentions. Drink all your water. Love on yourself and your babies.

Until Next Time!

-Ashly

 

 

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