The Only Thing in Life that is Truly Free

The Only Thing in Life that is Truly Free

I attend a Breastfeeding Support Group in Sandy Springs, Georgia where milk supply is a commonly discussed topic. Why is it that so many mothers question their ability to provide enough milk for their babies to thrive?  As I sit around the group and wonder why women think they aren’t producing enough, I remember what one of my girlfriends told me shortly after delivery…

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What is Hawaiian Sandalwood?

What is Hawaiian Sandalwood?

Beginner's Guide: How to use Hawaiian Sandalwood

♡ Diffuse or apply to your neck and shoulders at bedtime for a restful night’s sleep.

♡ Add 1–2 drops to your favorite moisturizer or night cream for smooth, glowing skin

♡ Add 1–2 drops to a hot bath to promote relaxation and lessen tension

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Mala Beads for Meditation, Courage, and Self-Love

Mala Beads for Meditation, Courage, and Self-Love

Recently I met Priscilla Mendez, Owner, and Designer of 100 Graces Jewelry. Priscilla started 100 Graces with the mission to create jewelry that not only makes women feel beautiful, but also has healing effects and carries a message of power and inspiration. Fellow mother, yogi, and entrepreneur, Priscilla gifted me the Blissfully Radiant Mala. The stones in my new mala serve as a reminder to let my creative juices flow, accept myself as I am, and remain courageous in my endeavors. I wear my mala to reinforce feelings of self-love and an open heart. Our little peanut Channing also loves to grab a hold of my mala, which is 1000x more adorable than a handful of my hair.  

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DIY Laundry Detergent infused with doTERRA Essential Oils

DIY Laundry Detergent infused with doTERRA Essential Oils

From Seventh Generation to Snuggle and everything in between nothing has worked better (or smelled better) than my homemade detergent. I'll admit, I was hesitant to make make my own detergent and a tad fearful that I'd miss the 'laundry scent' too much to stick with it. The good news is, if you like to change things up, you can use essential oils to change the fragrance from time to time. 


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Fast Track Your Postpartum Recovery

Shortly after delivering Channing, I got connected with an awesome company specializing in women's recovery pants, SRC Health.  I will admit, prior to trying a pair for myself, I was a bit iffy on whether or not recovery pants really worked.  Plenty of discomforts come along with delivery (both VBAC and C-Section); furthermore, postpartum contractions can be uncomfortable and pesky.  In the first few weeks of my recovery, I spent more time on my feet than expected. With a baby in the NICU, I had parking decks and hospital hallways to traverse multiple times every day. My SRC Health Recovery Pants helped provide support especially in the early days; additionally, as long as my pants were clean - I barely noticed the discomfort of postpartum contractions at all.  The only problem with my recovery pants, I only had one pair!

The SRC Health team created a fabric that offers insane compression without restriction. Additionally, the fabric blend used in the recovery pants returns to its original size and shape after wash & wear.  

 

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Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!

Yoga Poses for Better Breastfeeding

Yoga Poses for Better Breastfeeding

Yoga Poses for Better Breastfeeding

Many moms that are breastfeeding will experience pain in their neck, shoulders, and back. Nursing your baby is a beautiful gift but it does leave the upper body feeling taxed. There is a lot of hunching over involved in nursing. There is also the issue of not getting enough sleep. Sometimes, your baby is going to have you up in the middle of the night because it’s time to eat. There are yoga poses that can relieve the pain you’re experiencing as well as give you a little extra energy. 

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