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Body-Positive Songs To Add To Your Playlist

Posted by Live Love Mom on November 30, 2021 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (5)

By: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




There are bullies out there that want to make women feel bad for their weight. BBWs, which stands for Big Beautiful Women, are beautiful and whole just the way they are. Sometimes they need to be reminded just how magical their curves are. To help lift yourself up and remind you of how gorgeous you are, here are a list of songs that are fat-positive and body-positive. 


 

  1. Just A Lil Thick by Trinidad James
  2. BBW by J-Roc
  3. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran
  4. Fat Hungry Chick by Tyga
  5. Look But Don't Touch by Empire Cast
  6. Thick by Trisha Paytas
  7. All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
  8. Fat Girls by Briki Fa President
  9. In Love With A Fat Girl by Prissy P
  10. Big Girl Workout by Prissy P
  11. Big Girl Movement by Prissy P
  12. Thunder Thighs by Missy Eaves
  13. Thicky Thighday by Lardi B
  14. Bodak Jello by Lardi B
  15. BBW by Fresh x Okey x Feezy Houdini
  16. Go Big Girl by Jadablaze
  17. Fluffy Girl Anthem by Lady Essence
  18. Big Girl by MIKA
  19. They Like That I'm Fat by Lardi B
  20. Lardi Pop by Lardi B
  21. Cinderella by Trisha Paytas
  22. Playground by Trisha Paytas
  23. I'm Fluffy by Lardi B
  24. Fat Chicks by Trisha Paytas

 

 Got any other songs you'd like to suggest? Comment below!

Spring Wedding Savings

Posted by Live Love Mom on November 23, 2021 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (10)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




The days are longer, the nights are shortened. The snow melts, and the promise of rebirth and new life bears fruit. The buds appear in the trees, the flowers grow under the trees, the air is warm and welcoming. It’s a good time to tie the knot with your soul mate.

 

 

With melted snow, it can be a possibility to have a wedding and a reception outside. Discover your options for sites, whether exterior or interior. This season is scheduled out of season for weddings, so the discounts will be abundant for anything related to the wedding, or at least the prices will not be inflated.

 

 

Do you have really helpful parents? Ask them to present instead of a gift. They can help set up tables and chairs, place decorations, even distribute wedding programs. This will save you hundreds on hiring others for work, and you will save time in doing it yourself.

 

 

Do you have talented friends? Ask them to help you with everything you need instead of getting a gift. Ask your makeup artist to make up your cosmetic hairdresser your hair and your neighbor decorator to make your wedding cake. Even better if you know someone who can make your nails, even pluck your eyebrows or wax your upper lip for the occasion.

 

 

Know the people that recently has tied the knot? Ask them if they have any marriage remnants they offer. All of the decoration, chairs and extra tables, even silk flowers or centerpieces. Get their second hand of dollars worth. Plus, your friends will be grateful for the space, and happy with their items will help you end up in the trash.

 

 

Why get a wedding cake at 7 levels when 4 levels will end up in your fridge anyway. Get a detailed cupcake to cut in front of the guests, then take it to the back in the kitchen to be sliced. Have a leaf cake waiting in the back to cut extra slices if your cupcake can not serve all your guests. You can even get a false-layered cake that has a real coat, cut this diaper, then take it back and serve as slices of grocery leaf cake. Nobody needs to know!

 

 

Why waste hundreds of fancy invitations that always ends up in garbage anyway? You can invite guests by email instead. For informal for you? Create a facebook event or wedding site. You still save on paper, but still get that personal touch, and you can design your own event or website for free!

 

 

Pluck fresh flowers in a meadow for free. You will have fresh wildflowers for the bouquets, and also spare you a trip to the florist. You can even plant and grow yours, then re-plant the bulbs for a long reminder of your special day!

 

 

Do you have other tips and tricks to save a lot of money for a spring wedding? Comments below!

Top 10 Pregnancy Myths Debunked

Posted by Live Love Mom on November 16, 2021 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (2)

By: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




There are plenty of old wives tales circulating about. Well-meaning people who swear by them often give these myths as advice for pregnant women. However, is there any truth to them? Here the top pregnancy myths are examined for any evidence.


1. ''Sex during pregnancy will poke the baby.''

Intercourse occurs in the vagina, and your baby is in your uterus. Between the uterus and the vagina is your cervix, which remains firmly closed throughout your pregnancy. It is impossible for a penis or toy to penetrate the cervix. The fetus is perfectly protected in the uterus and surrounded by the amniotic sac filled with amniotic fluid. Barring instructions from your doctor or midwife stating otherwise, you can have sex during pregnancy.


2. ''Pregnant women need to eat twice as much.''

While a pregnant woman of normal weight does need to consume more calories, she should not eat twice the amount of food she ate before she concieved. She should only consume about 300 more calories than usual, the equivilent of an extra glass of milk and an apple. The average non-pregnant woman eats about 1,800 calories a day. She should eat 300 extra calories per day, per fetus. If she is pregnant with sextuplets, then this myth would hold true: she would need to eat 3600 calories a day. However, women who are overweight or obese should eat less than 300 extra calories. Be sure to talk to your doctor who may suggest a referral to a nutritionist to be sure you get all the nutrition you need with the food you do eat.


3. ''Dying your hair can hurt your baby.''

It is thought that the chemicals seep through the scalp, into a pregnant woman's bloodstream, and absorbed by the baby which poisons the fetus. This is completely false. There is no evidence to suggest this is even a possibility. It's recommended women in general dye their hair in a well-ventilated area, even those who aren't pregnant. 


4. ''Cesarians are mandatory for breech births.''

Plenty of breech babies were born naturally before cesarians were even invented. A version can be performed to put the fetus in the proper position for birth. If this doesn't work or isn't possible, you can always go with a provider that has experience with a breech birth, or knows exactly what to do when faced with one. A breech birth is not an emergency by itself. Although many providers in the states do opt for a cesarian when faced with a patient with a breech fetus, it's not mandatory at all.


5. ''Breastfeeding while pregnant will cause you to have a premature baby.''

It is true that breastfeeding contracts the uterus, however it will not cause you to go into labor prematurally. Your body is already used to your uterus contracting many times a day, so it won't take the contractions as a sign that it's time to go into labor. Feel free to breastfeed as often and as much as you want during your pregnancy, unless told differently by a medical professional. Breastfeeding does not mean you will have a premature baby and there is no evidence to suggest that this myth is true.


6. ''It's okay to have a glass of wine while pregnant.''

This is false. It doesn't matter if your grandmother did it and your parent turned out ''fine''. It's simply not worth the risk. FAS, also known as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, is a very real disorder that can be prevented. Pregnant women should steer clear of alcohol throughout their pregnancy.


7. ''Pregnant women shouldn't drink any coffee.''

Women who are pregnant aren't required to completely give up on coffee during their pregnancy. They should take it easy, especially during the first trimester since high caffeine intake can increase the risk of miscarriage. It's said that you can safely have one cup of coffee a day, especially during the first trimester. You can increase the amount as your pregnancy advances, just don't go crazy.


8. ''Expectant mothers should get rid of their cats.''

Please don't do this, it can't be further from the truth. The only concern is the risk of toxoplasmosis which can be contracted by touching infected feces of cats in the litter. This can easily be avoided by changing the litter with gloves, or having your partner change the litter. If you've had cats for years, you've probably already been exposed to it and developped antibodies against it. You shouldn't garden without gloves either, because outdoor cats can and will poop in gardens. You should also wash these vegetables you harvest so you don't get the infection. Keep your cats and love on them. Don't ever abandon your cats once you get pregnant.


9. ''Pregnant women shouldn't get on an airplane.''

This is false. As long as pregnant women stay hydrated and get up every hour or so to pace the aisle, there is no danger in pregnant women flying. If you have a history of blood clots in your family or you personally do, wear some support hose. There are some myths saying that the pressure in the cabin will cause your water to break, but this is simply not true. The metal detectors also do not carry nearly enough radiation to harm you or your fetus.


10. ''Expectant mothers should only sleep on their left side.''

There is no truth to this at all. This myth stems from pregnant women sleeping on their backs can feel nauseous or light-headed due to the weight on a vein that brings blood back to the heart and brain. However, often women just turn on their own in their sleep, so it isn't really an issue. You don't want to scare pregnant women when they wake up on their belly, to wonder if their baby is still alive. They should sleep how they are comfortable. 


Have you heard of any ot these myths? Comment below!

How to have a budget-friendly weekend wedding

Posted by Live Love Mom on November 9, 2021 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (1)
by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




Anyone can dream of having their special day last longer than a mere 24 hours. Many couples are opting for weekend weddings, 2-day or even 3-day weddings. Is it your dream to celebrate your vows for the whole weekend? Are you worried making it happen will inch you towards bankrupcy? Look no further! Here are some life-saving cost-cutting tips to throw the wedding weekend of your dreams while saving thousands of dollars in the process!


 

First, what is a weekend wedding? A weekend wedding often consists of the following timeline:

 


-Friday dinner

-Saturday breakfast

-Saturday activity with a lunch break

-Saturday afternoon ceremony

-Saturday wedding dinner

-Sunday breakfast/brunch



Fridays dinner is often the rehearsal dinner. You cam rehearse the wedding for an hour or two and then have a dinner and toast with the wedding party.


 

Saturday can be a brunch or breakfast for the guests. You can have lawn games at an outdoor wedding, which are easily set up and an be bough at dollar stores or discount stores. Want an indoor wedding? Have it somewhere known for an activity, such as a bowling alley, movie theatre or sports arena. Entertainment for your guests won’t be hard to come by.


 

Have the wedding activities nearby, if not in the same venue. This will save your guests from traveling a lot, which an be ime consuming and frustrating.


 

If you want everyone to attend your friday dinner, it’s nice if you limit your guest list to little more than the wedding party. It will be MUCH less expensive as well!


 

Opt for cheaper food options, such as buffet meals, potato bar, pasta bar, even belly-filling hors d’oeuvres. This will cut down on the staff you need at your wedding as well as cost much less in food. Want to save even more? Make one or most of the meals potlucks. You can even have a BYOB wedding and save on alcohol or a bar altogether.


 

Make your wedding cake according to the guest list and not outrageously big that will leave you with too many leftovers. Don’t get a 5 tier cake for only 25 guests.


 

Ask your friend to officiate. They can become legally ordained online easily. Just be sure they check their state marriage laws to assure their clergy standing.


 

Don’t pay for other’s formalwear. Bridesmaids dresses are crazy expensive. Get decent dresses at Sears for much less, or have your party choose and buy their own. Have the groomsmen rent their tuxes in lieu of a gift, or just wear a nice dress shirt with trousers and a bowtie.


 

Got more weekend wedding advice? Comment below!


Ways To Surprise Your Partner

Posted by Live Love Mom on November 2, 2021 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




Treat them. Treat them to a dinner at a nice restaurant and foot the bill. It's almost expected nowadays that the man pays all the time. Unless it's something that he feels he must do every time, pay for your meal out together. It's a nice change of pace and he won't have to worry about anything other than enjoying himself.


Gifts. You can give them a surprise gift just because! You can spoil your partner just like they spoil you, even for no reason at all other than you love them, or if you're impatient like me and can't wait until a holiday or special occasion. Be sure to pay attention to your partner; has he been eyeing something at the mall or online that he wants but doesn't buy? Get it for him!


Surprise party. These are great for special occasions. Gather family and friends together and organize a surprise party with decorations, gifts and cake. Be sure that your partner enjoys surprises and they are sure to have a blast. Make sure no one tells him and he will be pleasantly surprised!


Make a romantic dinner. Light some candles and bust out the nice china and fancy napkins and make a nice dinner. Serve it on your dining room table and eat it together. You can make his favorite dish, or even a three-course meal if you're up for it. 


Breakfast in bed. Wake up earlier than your partner and start cooking some breakfast and be as quiet as possible. Then, serve your partner some delicious breakfast in bed! If your partner wakes up in the middle of it, simply set the table and eat it together. Not much of a cook? Run out and get his favorite breakfast from a fast food place or at the grocery store.


Seduce them. Put on some sexy lingerie and turn on the slow music. Dim the lights and sprinkle some rose petals on the bed, and draw a hot bubble bath. Bust out the massage oil and rub away all that tension in your partner's body. Make love together and cuddle in each other's arms.


Getaway. Book your partner a much-anticipated vacation, no matter what your budget is. It can be at a hotel room in town, a rustic little bed and breakfast, or that second honeymoon trip to a tropical location you always wanted to take together. Enlist the help of friends and family to keep you posted on any plans he makes so you know to avoid those specific dates to book your trip. You can always rent a cottage or log cabin somewhere remote and be just the two of you together for a weekend.


Tickets. Is there a sports game, an opera, a movie, a play that your partner really wants to see? Get some tickets and surprise your partner with them. They will be so happy and find it so thoughtful that you thought to surprise them like this. Be sure your partner hasn't already bought the tickets though! Just in case you end up with two pairs of tickets, make it a double-date and invite your best friends!


Got any more ideas? Comment below!



Backyard Gazebo Wedding

Posted by Live Love Mom on October 26, 2021 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




 

Spring is coming up, and therefore wedding season is beginning, and having a wedding can be expensive. The venue itself can easily cost your entire budget. Why not save thousands of dollars by having a charming backyard gazebo wedding? Why get a big venue when you can save thousands of dollars by getting married in your own backyard?


Now, if you’re not a homeowner, don’t falter. Ask a family member or a friend if you can get married in their backyard! Imagine all the possibilities for food; brunch with mimosas and fresh fruit and waffles; mid-afternoon reception with cocktail party food assortments of cheese, meats, grapes and wine; a festive evening buffet with a salad bar. The possibilities are endless!


Backyard. Many backyards can have eyesores, like if you live next to or near a commercial building, the neighbors have some unsightly decorations in their own yard, or your neighbor’s house is obviously worse for wear. There are a few ways you can keep your backyard enclosed and private. Consider getting a tall wooden fence to maintain privacy and focus on your event. If you’re planning years ahead of time, you can also plant hedges for a privacy screen along the border of your yard for a natural, eco-friendly touch. In a pinch? Get posts and attach clotheslines to them, or onto existing trees or fences, and tie streamers! You can also get inexpensive curtains to go on the clotheslines for a more opaque backdrop. It’s a great way to keep the focus on the ceremony, and you can easily replace your current curtains with your brand new ones afterwards for a lasting reminder of your special day.

 


Backdrop. Lots of weddings have a specific backdrop just for where they get married. Others also have backdrops specifically for photo-ops, others at the bride and groom’s table for the sit-down meal. On board with this idea? Why not! The cheapest option is to tie paper streamers on a clothes line. You can pick different hues that match your color scheme as well as different shades. Want other ideas? Here are some more.

 

 


The Gazebo. If you or your friends don’t have a gazebo, you can either get a tent for the outdoors, rent a canopy, or even buy or borrow a temporary gazebo. You can even just use a simple archway in a pinch. Gazebos are so elegant that you can often leave them undecorated. An enclosed gazebo is ideal for winter weddings, during the rainy season, or nighttime weddings. They can help mask an ugly backdrop in a backyard in the wedding photos.

 

 


Furniture. You can easily pull out foldable chairs and tables. Use white tablecloths to help mask the fact that the tables are foldable, and add a touch of elegance to the party. Want to go all out? Get chair covers as well. It’ll also prevent your chairs from getting stained with food or drinks during the reception.




Food. You can hire a restaurant to set up in the backyard to feed the guests. You can put your own drinks or food in an outdoor cooler so it’s in hand’s reach and easily accessible. You can also hire a food truck to hang out in your backyard and feed the guests on the go. You can also set up a buffet table and lay out all the food the guests could ever want. Want to save even more money? Have your wedding right after mealtime, so all you’ll have to serve is snacks and hors d’oeuvres!

 

 


Flowers. You can never go wrong with flowers! Grow your own blooms by planting them in your backyard or front yard so they’re ready to be picked by the time your wedding day rolls around. You can also get some silk floral beauties at your local dollar store. Dead-set on getting flowers from a florist? Tell them it’s for an anniversary party or a birthday party. Never utter the word wedding, or they will double or triple the price.




Decor. Tulle and anything white will look elegant in the backyard. Get creative; paper lanterns, white Christmas lights, banners, and more! You can even add little accents with white bird cages and rose petals, or lanterns with candles. Loop white streamers around branches of your mature trees. Hang paper hearts from the roof of your gazebo. Whatever your heart desires, make it happen!




Cake. Did you know you can even have a gazebo-themed wedding cake? Get a cake stand online or at a second-hand store and make a small cake look huge and elegant. Why not make a statement that highlights your wedding day? Also; if you know anyone that bakes well in your family or friends circle, ask them to make your cake in lieu of a gift. You will save hundreds of dollars this way! Feeling crafty? Get a cake decorating kit from Michael’s and practice, practice, practice! You may be able to make your own wedding cake when the time comes!

 


Photographer. It’s important not to skimp in this aspect, since a great photographer and camera can turn drab into fab. A good way to save money but keep the quality is to see if friends, family or a friend of a friend can be the photographer at your wedding. Some cameras are expensive, but take amazing photos almost no matter what. Know someone artistic that’s interested in photography? Look at their snaps and ask what type of camera they have. They can even take informative free classes online. Can’t afford a professional? Go to your local art school and hire a photography student. They will be thrilled to add to their portfolio and will charge you a fraction of the price.

 


Invitations. To save money, you can always make e-invites or make your own wedding website to invite guests. If you’re more traditional, you can always DIY. Open up Microsoft Powerpoint and copy-paste a blank wedding invitation template from google images. Select the font and colors that you want and go from there! Print them out at home on fancy paper or go to your local Staples to have them printed. Cheap, easy and time-saving.

 


Backyard gazebo weddings are charming, down-to-earth and endearing. They are perfect for intimate weddings, since almost every home owner has at least a small front or backyard. They can be fancy and cost thousands of dollars, or they can be simple and cost just a few hundred dollars. Remember, at the end of the day you are just as much married as the couple that spent six figures on their wedding.


Did you like our ideas? Got more advice on backyard gazebo weddings? Do you have questions or concerns? Comment below!


Theme Ideas For Fun Parties

Posted by Live Love Mom on October 19, 2021 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev. Dr. Stéphanie Noircent



Want to throw a party but don't know which theme to use? Here are some theme ideas for fun parties you can use!


Winter Wonderland. Decorate with some paper snowflakes, pine trees and pine cones. The main colors used are often light blue, white and silver. You can even get food with frosting this color like cakes, cupcakes and cookies to match the theme. You can play winter songs and even have a dry ice machine.


Out of this World. This is an outer space theme and the main colors are violet, silver and black. You can print out pictures of planets and hang them from the cieling as decorations and use dark purple table cloths.


Roaring 1920s. Bring back the swing dancing and decorate in gold, white, black and silver. This theme is becoming more and more popular since people love to dress pin-up. 


1980s. Poofy hair-dos and oldies blasting on the radio makes you want to throw an 80's themed party! Neon colors often come with this theme as color clash was common in outfits in this era. Bonus if you can whip out some vintage wear like bell-bottomed pants!


Feel the Heat. Summer theme with little umbrellas in drinks, floral and fruit decorations. Even the dollar store has items for sale for this theme. This is a perfect theme to go with a pool party. 


Rave. People can wear things with bright lights and techno-themed. The dollar store also sells head gear and accessories with blinking lights that change colors, so you can be dressed the part for cheap!


Movie. It can be a Harry Potter theme, Star Wars, or any other popular movie or movie that you enjoy. 


Tv show. Star Trek, or kids shows like Dora the Explorer for kids are some good examples.


Murder Mystery. Dress up like the old times and enjoy a murder mystery party. This theme is for those who love mystery books and movies.


Under the sea. With an ocean theme, you can use some beach decorations with sand, seashells, and twine. 


Princess. A traditional party theme for birthdays of young girls, this is the perfect excuse to pull out that princess costume and wear it at the party. You can even hire princess impersonators. 


Superhero. Popular for the birthdays of young boys, invite friends over and dress up as your favorite superheros. You can also hire an animator dressed as a favorite superhero.


Costume. A costume party is popular for halloween, but is also a great occasion for cosplayers alike to wear their costumes to a party.


Got more party theme ideas? Comment below!



Mason Jar Wedding Centerpiece

Posted by Live Love Mom on October 12, 2021 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)
by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




Mason jars have gained in popuarity for decorations and their many uses. Even in weddings, they make themselves known as rustic decorations. Here are some ideas of making your own mason jar wedding centerpiece on a shoestring budget.

 


 

Already decorated mason jars of all sizes can be found in your local dollar store. Small mason jars with lace cost only $2 and are large enough to accomodate small bouquets. There are even pre-made white silk flower bouquets at the dollar store for about $4 each.

 


You can fill up the mason jars with water and leave it at that. However, you can add some food coloring to the water to make it look a little extra colorful.

 


You can also buy vase-fillers for $2 per bag. They are often small crystals, colored granulated sand, or even seashells or pebbles. There are also jars filled with seashells or pebbles already for sale at the dollar store. You can buy them like that and just stick in the bouquet and you’re done!

 


You can even get tinted wine bottles with LED lights inside for about $4 each. They come in all different colors such as pink, green and blue. However, the lids are sealed shut as inside the lids are where the batteries are for the lights. If you find the bottles are not enough as a centerpiece, you can always include a floral candle ring around the bottle, or flowers, candles or crystals around the bottles.


 

If you’re having a low-budget and casual wedding, or even a fancy one, you can go with these white party centerpieces. Available at every dollar store, they are pre-made and are easy to set up. Simply plop them on the spot where you want them and voila!


 

Got other money-saving wedding centerpiece ideas? Comment below!


80+ free weekend activities

Posted by Live Love Mom on October 5, 2021 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




1. Park. Take your kids out to a park nearby and watch them play. You can even join them and swing next to them or chase them around the playground.


2. Picnic. Pack a nice homemade lunch, even just sandwiches, and eat on a blanket outside with your family. Most parks also have picnic benches you can use to eat on.


3. Pool. Plenty of neighborhoods have free community pools. Grab your family and your bathing suits with some sunscreen and towels and you're good to go.


4, Water park. Some neighborhoods also have parks that spray water so kids can cool down in the summer. 


5. Dog park. Bring the family dog along and go to the dog park. You can pet dogs and interact with fellow dog owners.


6. Pick flowers. Find an empty field full of wildflowers and pick them together as a family. You can fill vases with them at home, tie them in ribbon and offer them to neighbors, friends and family. 


7. Nature Park. Many nature parks are free, even some national parks. Go for a walk and enjoy the natural beauty. Nature reserves and nature preservations are also free to explore and protect species of animals as well.


8. Hiking. Go to your closest hill or mountain and go for a hike. Go as high up as you safely can and enjoy the breath-taking view.


9. Watch the sunset. Whether the sunset or sunrise, cuddle together under a blanket on the porch drinking some hot chocolate and watch the sky be painted with the most vivid and gorgeous colors.


10. Bird-Watching. Whip out those binoculars and watch birds. Try to identify or guess which types of birds they are. Even visually impaired people can participate by listening to the chirping and bird calls and try to guess which type of bird it belongs to.


11. Play games. Bust out the dusty board games or card deck that you haven't used in a while. You can also take out puzzles and do them together.


12. Volunteer. It can be as simple as babysitting for friends or family who need a break, or as big as volunteering in a soup kitchen or pet shelter. You can also organize a neighborhood cleanup. You can also organize a talent show to perform for at a local nursing home. 


13. Donate. Go through your clothes and your children's old toys that they never use and pack them up. You can donate them as hand-me-downs to family and friends, or to a discount store.


14. Scavenger hunt. Make a list of items and have a scavenger hunt. You can do one while driving and stopping to find things on the side of the road, or you can do it in one single area.


15. See the lights. If it's around November and December, drive around and look at the Christmas lights. If it's October, look at the Halloween decorations.


16. Potluck party. Throw a potluck party and invite your friends, family and neighbors. You can share in food, drinks, laughter and games and have a grand old time.


17. Go camping in your backyard. Have a campfire, roast marshmallows and hot dogs, and have some singalongs. Pitch a tent if you own one and sleep under the stars.


18. Have a bonfire. Got any old wood that needs to go? Burn it in a bonfire and enjoy the blazing warmth that comes with it.

 

19. Try a new recipe. There are websites that come up with recipes according to what you have in your fridge and cupboard already. Type in the ingredients you have and you'll find some yummy recipes waiting to be made!

 

20. Pick fruit. People who own fruit trees in their backyard often have an over-production problem. Some will offer to let the public pick fruit for free. You can also go over to your friends or family's places where they have fruit trees or bushes and pick there.


21. Forage. Look up edible plants and weeds that are common and teach your kids about them. Dandelion and clover are two examples.


22. Plant indentification. Teach yourself and your family how to identify different plants, especially the harmful ones. You don't want anyone getting poison ivy by accident!

 

23. Bake. If you have the ingredients, bake something sweet. You can make cookies, brownies, cake, cupcakes, muffins or pie and you can make it all together.

 

24. Have a play date. Invite your friends or family over that have kids of their own as well. Let the kids play and have some much-needed catching up and adult conversation.

 

25. Fish. If you already own fishing gear, go to a local river, pond or lake and fish. Public water bodies are free. Just make sure you have a fishing permit or license if that's required in your area.

 

26. Visit the beach. Grab some towels, bathing suits, sunscreen, sunglasses and hats and you are good to go. You can bring some plastic buckets and mini-shovels if you have them so the kids can make sand castles.

 

27. Have a movie marathon. Choose a series of movies, pop some popcorn and cuddle up with your family so you can all watch them together.

 

28. Star-gaze. If you have a telescope, star-gaze as a family and identify constellations and planets. There are also shooting stars in August, so be sure to look out for them. Even without a telescope, put a blanket on the ground with some pillows and look up at the sky.

 

29. Ride your bikes. Go cycling down the neighborhood together. You can drive somewhere so you can bike in a scenic location such as by a body of water.

 

30. Sign up for an online class. Some are just for fun, while others can actually improve your resume. Harvard even offers free online classes, so go sign up now!

 

31. Visit the Fire Station. Call ahead of time and schedule a tour. Your kids will love sitting in the fire truck and seeing what goes on behind the scenes.


32. Plant a garden. Whether you have land or some spare flower pots, plant some flowers, shrubs, trees, vegetables or fruit. Watch them grow year after year and teach your kids how to grow their own food.

 

33. Dance like no one's watching. There are plenty of bars and clubs that don't have a cover fee. Go out with your friends and have a girl's night and dance to your heart's content!


34. Play charades. Invite your neighbors, friends or family over and play charades. Guess what the other person is acting out!

 

35. Write a letter. Whether you want to send a letter to the military overseas, a friend or family member, do so. There are even penpal websites where kids ask to have another child to write in another country or state. This is free if you already have stamps lying around, if not then send an email.


36. Visit your city's website. They often list attractions and upcoming events, most of which are free.

 

37. Go to the library. You can check out books for free as long as you return them on time, and some even let you rent a few movies for free as well.

 

38. Watch a local game. Some practice games of college or high school football or baseball is free, so stop by and cheer them on.

 

39. Give podcasts a listen. Look up podcasts on your favorite subjects and find some that you are interested in. You'll have something to pass the time and you can even play it while you wait out traffick on weekdays.

 

40. Listen to an audiobook. You get a free audio book a month on kindle and you can listen to them for hours so you can keep your hands free.

 

41. Introduce yourself. Talk and get to know your neighbors. You just might make some new friends!

 

42. Teach yourself something. Learn to play an instrument, to knit, crochet, or another skill. You can even learn a new language on free apps like FreeRice or DuoLingo. You can learn oregami, a new dance from an online tutorial, or how to quilt. The possibilities are endless!


43. Take pictures. Memories are the best things to look back on. Take photos of places you visit, your kids playing, or a couple's selfie. Always take pictures.

 

44. Museum. I've heard of some museums being free, or having free days. Call and inquire about them, or visit museum's websites to see when those days are.


45. Zoo. I read that some zoos offer free days as well, or ''open to the public'' you just need to ask around and do your research.

  

46. Play a sport. Get your kids together and play a sport together. It can be football, soccer, kickball, or anything you want.

 

47. Make a time capsule. Find a shoebox and gather items you think will be fun to see years from now. Tape it up and bury it, or hide it somewhere you'll remember to check in a few years.

 

48. Look at photo albums. Sit down with your family and show your kids their baby pictures. You can look at memories together from when you and your partner first got together, your wedding album, anything really.


49. Host a film festival. Sort of like a potluck, but everyone brings their favorite movie instead. 

 

50. Try yoga. Use something as simple as a bathroom mat, and look at a Youtube tutorial video and strike some posts. Remember to breathe slowly to keep yourself nice and calm and relaxed.

 

51. Build some paper airplanes. Teach your kids how to make paper airplanes and fly them together indoors.


52. Make paper snowflakes. You can print out different types of designs from online and cut them out with your family. Tape them to windows or to string and to the cieling for some free decorations.

  

53. Read a book. Develop a love of literature in your child and have them pick up a book and read it. You can read one to them, or have them read one to you. 

 

54. Make a blanket fort. Use everything you can find; pillows, blankets, chairs, couch cushions and more! Make a big fort together and crawl in there together. You can also let your kids play around in it for a while so you can curl up with your favorite novel for a bit.

 

55. Call someone. Call your friend or a family member and check up on them. Reach out to everyone and catch up and talk about anything. They will greatly appreciate it.


56. Have a yard sale. Gather some items you are no longer using and sell them at a yard sale. 

  

57. Make cards. Grab some paper, markers and crayons and make some cards with your kids. Send them for birthdays, well-wishes or holidays. They're much more special when they are hand-made.

 

58. Take a nap. Get some rest and nap while your children nap. You'll feel refreshed, energized, and ready to run after those kiddos again once they wake up.

 

59. Make a family tree. You can do some light research on your genealogy and find out where you and your kids came from. You can do your spouse's as well so your kids will have a full picture of their ancestry. You might discover some surprising things!

 

60. Turn on the sprinklers. Put on your bathing suits and run around the back and front yard and cool off on those hot summer days.

 

61. Try meditation. Teach it to your children as well and see if this is something you all enjoy together.

 

62. Go to a religious service. Whether you go to church, temple or anywhere else, it's free and full of community and faith.

 

63. Exercise. If you and your spouse start exercising together, the kids are sure to join in. Use your own body weight as resistance, such as push-ups, sit-ups, squats and lunges.


64. Blow some bubbles. Some soapy water is all you need! If you already have some in the house, even better! Go outside and blow some bubbles and watch your kids go crazy running around after them.

 

65. Write it down. Find a notebook you haven't used yet and start a journal. You can also make one online such as a private blog or just a file you keep on your computer. It can be just to keep track of what you do each day, or you can write down thoughts and reflections. 

 

66. Massage night. After the kids are asleep, your partner can give you a massage. In return, you can give them a massage as well. This is a great way to unwind and connect as a couple.

 

67. Join a book club. They often have some in your local library, and if they don't, you can always start one of your own.


68. Watch TV. You can start a new tv series and watch it together as a family, or just you and your partner once the kids are asleep.

 

69. Make a castle. Grab some leftover cardboard and empty toilet paper rolls and make a castle out of cardboard with the kids.

 

70. Video game console. Nintendo 64, game cube, Playstation 1, Playstation 2, Xbox; they're all incredibly old. If you still have one, take it out and play your favorite game. You can also teach your kids how to play as well.

 

71. Make snow angels. Lay in the snow and make some snow angels with your kids! You can fondly look at them in the morning while you drink your coffee.

 

72. Snowball fight. Make some snowballs and throw them at each other! You can even build walls out of snow to hide behind and duck attacks from the other end of the yard.


73. Pillow fight. Grab some pillows, jump on the bed and whack each other. This is sure to make everyone laugh and have a great time!


74. Water gun fight. Grab some water guns and have fun getting wet to cool off in the summer heat!


75. Catch fireflies. Go out at night with some jars and catch some fireflies. Watch them glow in the jars and enjoy their beauty and take some pictures. Remember to release them soon after.


76. Start an ant farm. Grab a jar and fill it up with sand and then place a few ants inside. Wait a few hours or days and you will see the ants start to dig tunnels. This is a great educational oppurtunity for your kids too. Remember to set them free afterwards!


77. Attend a festival. Medieval festivals are free, all you need to do is walk around and enjoy the sights and smells. You can even dress up for the occasion.


78. Watch a parade. Often there are free parades such as on independence day or christmas. They are always free, even in neighboring towns. Go as a family, and bring folding chairs so you can sit up front and rest your legs.


79. Make impromptu costumes. Grab some sheets and use them as capes, use underwear as hats, or whatever you want! The more creative, the better!


80. Build an ingloo. Grab some of the snow outside and start packing it together to make bricks. Bonus if you already have a plastic playhouse outside, just put snow around it to make it look like an igloo.


81. Start an art project. Pick up some egg cartons, empty paper towel rolls, and cereal boxes and make an art project out of it. 


82. Make a snowman. Big or small, make a snowman together as a family. Grab some branches, a carrot and some buttons to make the face, arms and nose. Add a scarf and a hat and you're done! 


83. Go sledding. Grab a sled if you have one and go to a hill. Sled with your kids and have a blast!


Got any more ideas? Comment below!

Have A Green Earth Day Wedding

Posted by Live Love Mom on September 28, 2021 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev. Dr. Stéphanie Noircent



 

Are you all about being green? Are you very eco-friendly? Do you recycle and compost regularly? Then why not have your wedding on Earth Day?


 

 

 

Use recycled items. This is a bit if a no-brainer. Do you have someone in your entourage that got married recently? Ask to borrow or buy their leftover decor and more. This way you save the items from getting in the trash and you save yourself lots of time and effort looking for similar things in stores.


 

 

 

Throw birdseed instead of rice. Rice is incredibly bad for birds, who will eat it unknowingly. Throw bird seed instead of rice and let the birds feast!


 

 

 

Offer plants or seeds as favors. This encourages planting, the nurturing of plant life as well as helping the environment. Plants filter out the toxins in the air and purifies oxygen. You are helping your loved ones breathe better by offering them their very own plant!


 

 

 

Save on paper and save trees by forgoing menus, invitations, thank you cards, save the dates and table name tags and numbers. Create a wedding website, do email invites, or even just by phone. You will save tons of paper and in turn, save plenty of trees! Tell guests that they can sit wherever since they are all family now!


 

Donate leftover food to local soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food banks. The homeless and less fortunate will be able to eat quality food thanks to you! What a way to celebrate love; by giving it back to the community!

 


 

Donate leftover items to second-hand stores, or sell hem to make your money back. Either way, you give your items a second life and encourage reusing. This minimizes waste and filling the dumpsters and landfills.

 


 

If you use real blooms, use the bouquets as the centerpieces for the reception. Less flowers will be cut and uprooted in the process and you save tons of money!

 


 

Got more green tips for an earth day wedding? Comment below!


Refreshing Alcohol-Free Summer Drinks

Posted by Live Love Mom on September 21, 2021 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




Are you missing the warmer months already? I know I am! Here are some refreshing summer drinks to sip during the Indian summer, and stir some nostalgia for those warmer days a few weeks ago.


Lemonade. Always a classic, this has a mixture of acidity along with sweetness with the lemons and sugar. You can buy some flavor packs and mix it with water, or you can always make some yourself. You can even make a sugar-free version with lemon juice, water and stevia. There are also plenty of variations in flavors such as strawberry lemonade, pink lemonade, even limade. You can use a soda machine to make some sparkling lemonade as well to carbonate your drinks. The possibilities are endless!


Fruit smoothies. Grab some fruit, put it in the blender with some ice and milk, and mix them all together. For dairy intolerance, you can mix fruit with fruit juice and ice to make some delicious smoothies. Some popular choices are strawberry-banana, apple-strawberry, and blueberry-pomegranate. You can add some raspberries, oranges, pineapple, kiwi, or whatever fruit you want. Add some sugar for extra sweetness.


Milkshakes. Strawberry, chocolate and vanilla are the most popular flavors. Add some ice cream and some milk, and maybe a fruit if you want to add a fruit serving in there. My husband loves his chocolate banana milkshakes. It gives him some nutrition along with that chocolate flavor he loves. You can also add some caramel syrup to your vanilla milkshake for a wonderful combination of flavors. 


Punch. You can mix some fruit juice and some sparkling juice or some sodas to make some delicious punch. Cranberry-orange is one of my personal favorites, mixed with some sprite. Some people like to mix some pepsi or cola with some cherry juice to make a cherry pepsi or cola flavor. It all depends on your personal tastes and what you would prefer to drink.


Slush. You can grab some fresh snow from a recent snowfall and add your favorite fruit juice and voila; you have a slush! We always have orange juice on hand, so this is often what we go with. Every time it snows now, my kids ask if we can make a slush. More often than not, I'm happy to make them! I've even discovered I can use flavored packets as well with some water to pack a potent flavored punch. 


Mocktail. My personal favorite mocktail is an alcohol-free mimosa: half orange juice, half sprite. It tastes great and is a great pick-me-up for those slow mornings. You can have some tomato juice for a virgin mary with some celery. Dollar stores even sell syrups and fruit mixes needed for margaritas, daiquiries and pina coladas. Simply blend these mixes with sprite and you're good to go. Just because you don't drink alcohol, doesn't mean you can't enjoy the great flavors that cocktails usually come with.


What's your favorite drinks recipe? Comment below!

Steps Required To Get Married

Posted by Live Love Mom on September 14, 2021 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev. Dr. Stéphanie Noircent



 

So you want to get married? Congratulations! Now, how do you start? What are the first steps? Here are the requirements to be married legally.


 

Be at least 18 years old or be the minimum required age with parental consent from both parents of both children.


 

Do your research. How much will the marriage licence cost? Where do you need to go to apply for it? What is the delay between the application and the response? When would you recieve the marriage licence? How long is your marriage licence valid for?


 

Order your birth certificates and proof of no marriage. Have the required funds to order them. If this is your second wedding, provide your divorce certificate or decree of divorce. If you are widowed, bring your wedding certificate as well as your late spouse’s death certificate. If you are annulled, bring your proof of annullment. This is to prove that your marriage would not be commiting bigamy. Have these documents ready before going to the courthouse.


 

You will need to both take your photo ID cards, preferrably driver’s license since it doubles as proof of residence. You will both need to go to your county of residence’s courthouse or city hall with your IDs and the fees for a marriage licence. Be sure to know your social security number by heart or to have your social security card with you.


 

Ask for a marriage licence application and both fill out the forms honestly. Submit the forms together. Depending on your state or country, you can obtain your marriage licence in a few hours or a few months.


 

Be sure to check the mail or p.o. box often so you are sure to recieve your marriage licence. Check the expiration date so you know by which date you have to marry. Will it expire before your wedding date? Either move the wedding date up sooner, get married legally before and just have a reception after, or just get a new marriage licence after the expiration date.


 

Find an officiant. Check their credentials to make sure that they’re allowed to preform legal marriage ceremonies in your state or country. To be sure they can, you can always get a judge or a justice of the peace, or a practicing religious minister to marry you. Check how much their fee is, and have the money ready to pay them in advance to reserve them for your wedding day.


 

Choose two witnesses that are willing to be present during the ceremony and sign as witnesses. Usually they re the maid of honor and the best man, but they can be any gender. Make sure they will be available on your wedding day. You need hese two witnesses to get married. If you are eloping, make sure the wo witnesses are included in the package.


 

Vows can be either written by you or provided by the person marrying you in a standard ceremony. If you are a non-romantic couple and are unreligious, you can simply state that you agree to take each other as spouses. This is the whole point of the ceremony, to allow surity that the couple indeed wishes to be wed, that no one was threatened, bribed or inebriated; and that no one has justifiable objections to the union. If you think anyone will object, it’s best to elope so no one will know where to go to stop you.


 

Sign the marriage licence and certificate after the ceremony and the vows. Have the person who married you sign the papers as well as the two witnesses. Don’t forget to date the papers as well.

 

 

Turn in the signed licence and certificate to be officially declared as married. If possible, bring the person that married you and have them bring their birth certificate, driver’s licence and credentials. You can also bring your two witnesses with their birth certificates and driver’s licences to prove that no fraud was committed and everyone consents.


 

Literally everything else is optional! Congratulations, you’re married! Unable to afford a lavish wedding of your dreams? Relax, you are just as married as the couple who spent $50k on their wedding. Your wedding is just as meaningful and you sign the same papers.


 

In the case of marriage of immigrants, such as a natural born citizen and a tourist, you will need to take photos of your wedding and honeymoon. If the tourist wants to immigrate into the citizen’s country, an immigration lawyer will want lots of pictures to prove the authenticity of your marriage and relationship.


 

Does your state or country require something else? Comment below!


Why Self Care Is So Important

Posted by Live Love Mom on September 7, 2021 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (4)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent



More and more articles and shows are talking about self-care. But what exactly makes it so important? And just what is self-care? 


Self-care is the act of caring for yourself. You can practice self-care in many different ways, which I've listed in a previous blog post. There are many different benefits to self-care, including lowered stress levels, better mood, and higher relaxation.


Mental health. You need to be able to feel that your batteries are charged in order to function. Mental health is so often overlooked, as people usually treat what they can see. However, your brain is what controls the rest of your body. If your mind is unwell, the rest of your body can't be well either. Self-care promotes better moods, relaxation, and higher confidence and self-esteem. It also eliminates stress, which stablizes blood pressure and heart rates. When you feel mentally well, you can do anything. When you are emotionally exhausted or depleted, your body can't follow what you want to do. Take care of your mind, your psyche, and your brain. You've only got one.


Physical health. Caring for yourself is also nurturing your body. Feeding yourself the neccessary nutrients to survive is the bare minimum. Your body also needs to be healthy, to move, and to be functioning properly. It's important to cut out bad habits such as smoking, alcohol abuse or drug abuse to keep your body as healthy as possible. You want to get all of the vitamins and minerals that you need to function, even if that means taking a multi-vitamin. If you have any health problems or ailments, it's important to treat those as well. When all that is done, it's always a good idea to keep your physical health at it's peak by letting yourself feel good. Get a massage, soak in a hot tub, smell your favorite scents. You can give yourself a rush of endorphins as you exercise, and produce seratonin doing things that you enjoy doing. Indulge in your hobbies and keep yourself entertained and happy. Don't injure yourself, and stretch before exercise. Look out for yourself. Your body is your temple, it's only right you treat it right.


Spiritual health. Whether you believe in a soul or a spirit or not, we all have spiritual health that we need to address. Once all our basic needs are met, we become aware of other needs we didn't even know existed. One of them is spiritual health. We are all spiritual beings on one level or another, even if your spirituality is aetheism or the absense of one. It's important to listen to yoruself and to respect yourself and your beliefs. Don't let others pressure you into conversion or doing things you don't agree with. You have control over yourself and what you do, and you do have a choice. For some people, spirituality is as simple as going outside every day. Others prefer to visit their religious institutions and pray together. Spiritual practices often come with a community of like-minded people, which also fulfill our basic human need for connection and social interaction. Togetherness and support are important and both are often interconnected. Light some candles, burn some incense, garden; whatever makes you feel at peace. 


Got more to add? Comment below!




Cheap And Simple Wedding Centerpiece

Posted by Live Love Mom on August 31, 2021 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)
by: Rev. Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




This wedding centerpiece is so simple! Just buy long fake vines from discount online stores and websites such as ebay or wish, or even pick some up at the local dollar store during spring or summertime. Just drape them across your tables end to end and voila!

 

 

This wedding centerpiece is so simple! Just buy long fake vines from discount online stores and websites such as ebay or wish, or even pick some up at the local dollar store during spring or summertime. Just drape them across your tables end to end and voila!

 

 

This wedding had a medieval theme, so this goes well for all medieval theme weddings. It also goes well with garden weddings, tea party weddings, nature-based weddings, and honestly all kinds of themes. Vines are gorgeous, easy to lay out on tables, and don’t block people’s faces when trying to carry out a conversation.

 

 

Coupled with chair covers, bows and tablecloths, this would look just as chic as a blowout shingding. Remember, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on centerpieces you’ll only use once.


Gift ideas for best friends

Posted by Live Love Mom on August 24, 2021 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (1)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




Don't know what to get as a gift for your best friend? After gift-giving for so many years, we all come up empty on ideas once in a while on what to give our best friends. When they already have everything they need or want, you're not sure what to get them. Here is a list of ideas for a meaningful gift your best friend will love.


Friendship Lamp. Connected by wifi, these lamps light up when you touch them. No matter how far away you are, when you touch your lamp, your friend's lamp will also light up. This way they will know you are thinking of them.


Touch Bracelets. Similar concept of the lamps, these are bracelets that you can wear on your wrist. If you touch yours, your friend's bracelet will light up and vibrate. You can use it as a secret signal, like you need to talk to the other and to get online or check their instant messager.


Portraits. Cartoon portraits are being sold where you can customize it to look like you and your friend. You can even get the portraits on mugs, or on a canvas. Your friend will have a reminder of you always.


Location map. Maps can be customized showing the location you both live, and join them together in the shape of a heart. Or, it can be the outline of the country you live in and your friends' with a heart at the city where you reside, and a line connecting you two. You can frame it and your friend can hang it up and remember they are always in your heart.


Night Lamp. You can get a photo printed on a night lamp of you and your best friend together. Choose a good quality photo of you two having a good time. They will be able to see it every night and it will make them smile.


Sky art. Some online stores sell personalized star charts according to your birth days and put them next to your friend's birthday with a cute message. It's something thoughtful, beautiful and easy to frame to put on a dresser or display on a wall.


Got any more gift ideas? Comment below!


$3 Simple Wedding Centerpiece

Posted by Live Love Mom on August 17, 2021 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)
by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




Is your wedding budget reaching it’s limit? Are you struggling to squeeze a gorgeous wedding centerpiece for minimal cost into your decorations? Look no further! Here you can make this wedding centerpiece for just over $3 including shipping!

 


 

You can get flower crowns at your local dollar store around the summertime. You can also buy them on ebay for less than $2. If you include shipping, it’s about $2.08, which is totally worth it!

 


Next, get some tall candles form your local dollar store, they usually aren’t more than $1 each. Just slide the candle on top of the candle ring and arrange the blooms accordingly. Light the candle and you have a romantic and simple wedding centerpiece.

 


To save even more money, keep it at one centerpiece per table. Some people put two or three centerpieces per table if it’s a long one. However, they’re called a centerpiece for a reason. Just buy one and put it in the center of the table.

 


 

This is also a great money-saving trick if you are having many guests, you get to spend less on centerpieces per table. Besides, guests will be too busy enjoying themselves, eating food and dancing to pay much attention to a centerpiece. What guests remember most is the food and the music!


What Questions To Ask A Doula

Posted by Live Love Mom on August 10, 2021 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




Expectant parents will want to ask questions before hiring a doula, so they can pick one that best suits their wishes. Always choose one that you feel comfortable with and see yourself spending time with her for the upcoming months. Here is a list of questions you should ask doulas.


 

  1. Are you certified? This is the most important question. You need to make sure that your doula has had formal training and passed her courses.
  2. How many years of experience do you have? You want to get an idea if your doula is fresh out of school with a head full of knowledge, or has worked for years and is a veteran doula. 
  3. What inspired you to become a doula? If you agree or can resonate with her answer, it's always a good sign.
  4.  Do you work as a dyad with another doula? If so, when can I meet her? A dyad is very important, since if your doula cannot make your birth, the other doula will be able to.
  5. Do you offer prenatal courses? Most birth doulas learn prenatal courses and how to offer them in training, so most often they will offer them.
  6. Do you offer breastfeeding support? If you plan on breastfeeding, it's good to have a person who will know what to do and how to support you.
  7. Do you offer postpartum services? This is probably depending on the packages they offer or if they are a birth doula or also a postpartum doula. Be sure to ask.
  8. Do you work with a doctor or a midwife? Depending on who you chose or will choose as your practitioner or midwife, you will want a doula that works with them or with someone with the same job title.
  9. How do you support a laboring mother? Pay attention to her answers and decide if this is the type of support you want for yourself.
  10. Are you always on call? It's best to know how busy your midwife will be and if you can reach her at anytime.
  11. Do you visit mothers before the birth? This way you will know what to expect with your doula during your pregnancy. 
  12. How many births have you attended since you became a doula? A doula could have 6 months of experience but have already attended 50 births. It's an important question to ask to guage her experience.
  13. What kind of packages do you offer? This question prepares you to know what kind of services you can have for which price.
  14. What is your fee? You will know right away whether the doula is in your price range.
  15. How do you relieve mothers' pain during labor? There are many different ways to relieve pain during labor. Find out what this doula does and see if you are comfortable with these methods. 
  16. Have you had clients who had home births? This mostly needs to be asked if you yourself are considering, or have decided on, having a home birth.
  17. What is your philosophy on birth? It's best if the doula's view of birth is similar to your own.
  18. If complications occur, do you accompany clients to the hospital? You don't want a doula that will leave you hanging if you have to go into surgery or anything else.
  19. Do you also offer partner support? If your partner has questions, will he be able to contact the doula as well as yourself?
  20. Do you offer any other services? If you are looking for additional services such as placenta encapsulation, belly casting or more, then it's smart to hire one person.


Have any more questions you've asked or think others would benefit from asking a doula? Comment below!

 

DIY First Fight Box

Posted by Live Love Mom on August 3, 2021 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




A first fight box is a great idea to put together. It strengthens your marriage, solidifies your relationship, and reminds you not to give up after just an argument. If you’re a woodworker, you can even make the box yourself!

 

Items needed:

 

-1 wooden box

-1 lid for wooden box

-4 nails

-1 hammer

-2 love letters, one for the groom and one for the bride

-1 bottle of wine, a type that you both like

-Optional: 2 plastic wine glasses (plastic to avoid breakage)


Instructions:


 

Take some paper and pen and write a love letter to your spouse. Have your spouse write one for you. List what you love about them, the reasons you married them, anything lovey-dovey and sweet.


Fold up your letters and write your spouse’s name on the outside. Optional: put them in a sealed envelope with your spouse’s name on it.


Place the letters inside the wodden box.


Place the bottle of wine in the box. Optional: put 2 plastic wine glasses inside.


Place the cover of the box on top of the box.


Place a nail on each corner of the box and hammer the nails in. If the box has an attached lid, simply close it and lock it.


Put it in a place where you will both remember where it is.


When you have your first fight, remove all 4 nails with the forked end of the hammer. Pour the wine and read the letters and remember how much your marriage means to each other.



Differences Between Doulas and Midwives

Posted by Live Love Mom on July 27, 2021 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree



 

Even in this day and age, people are still getting the two terms confused. Some people believe they are one and the same, and will hire a doula thinking she is a midwife, but at a lower price. This couldn't be further from the truth. Here is how to tell the difference between a doula and a midwife, their jobs, and more.



Midwife.


A midwife is a medical practitioner who has medical training on many things. She knows infant CPR, how to measure the uterus and determine baby's position, monitor the fetal heart rate, preform ultrasounds, and more. She can do cervical checks, prescribe medications and medical procedures, and adds this information into your medical records. She knows how to spot and prevent medical complications in both babies and mothers. She is recognized in the medical community and is just as informed as doctors. She can work in a birth center, a hospital, and even go to your home for you to give birth there. She takes your blood pressure, weighs you, administers urine and blood tests. They are experts in the care of low-risk and healthy pregnancies and mothers. They can also do health checks, such as if you got an episiotomy or c-section, they can tell if the scars are healing properly. They also offer newborn checks and visits up to 6 weeks postpartum. She can also refer you to a nutritionist or OB-GYN if you need it. 



Doula. 


A doula is a support person and is not a medical professional. They are trained for up to a year about pregnancy, birth, postpartum and breastfeeding. A doula will focus on the health of the mother, even after the baby is born. She will ask you questions about your mood and thoughts, and make sure you are healthy. She can inform you on everything you want to know about pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. She will teach your partner how he can help you and teach pressure points he can use to help your pain during labor. She will encourage you and empower you as a person and as a mother. A doula will give you massage, acupressure, and physical support during labor. She can use many different methods to make you as comfortable as possible during labor. She can even use a TENS machine if you want, and she holds space for you. They don't judge and are your own personal cheerleader. After the birth, they can help you establish a routine as a family and check in with you to see how you are. She sticks around as long as you need her and can prepare meals and do some light housework to lighten your load. She can also watch your newborn so you can shower or get some sleep, or watch your older children so you can get some one-on-one time with your newborn. 



What they have in common.


They both get to know you, your family and your birth preferences. They also both offer prenatal courses and postpartum visits. They can both ask you questions and help you make your birth plan. They are both very well informed on birth, pregnancy, postpartum period and breastfeeding. They can both work in birth centers and have connections and resources in the community. 



Got more to add or any experiences with a midwife or a doula? Comment below!






Free Wedding Table Numbers

Posted by Live Love Mom on July 20, 2021 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




Table numbers make it easier for guests to know where they are seated. They will know which table to look for once they view the seating chart, or you let them know some other way that they will be sitting at a certain table. It will make things much less hectic for you and for your guests on your special day.



One of the best part about table numbers is that they are easily recyclable. You can either put them in the recycling bin after your wedding, or you can simply reuse them for a different event. You could also give them to a friend or family member for their wedding day. 



Before you use table numbers, be sure to have a seating chart and let your venue know how many people and tables you will need. You will also need to know the number of chairs you will need as well. Once that is all settled, be sure to seat strategically so divorced people don't have to sit next to each other or across from each other. You want your reception to be peaceful and fun, not turn into a brawl or a shouting match.



Don’t break the bank getting custom-made numbers designed by a graphic artist or spending hundreds on premade ones. Choose a design and print them off for free at your home printer, or for less than $20 for 12 at Staples!


 

Here is one place to get some gorgeous, free table numbers:

 www.invitationsbydawn.com/content/printable-wedding-table-numbers/


 

Check out this site for different free designs:

 www.weddingchicks.com/84_table-numbers.html


 

Got any other ideas? Comment below!



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