It’s something many of us dream about and long for, for different reasons and in different seasons of motherhood… a Total Mom Makeover!! When Diasy Teh of The It Mom put out a call searching for moms to tell their stories and share why they wanted a Total Mom Makeover, I jumped on it! I won’t share my whole story or it will spoil the show but between diving head first into the trenches of motherhood, homeschooling, running a business and taking care of an ailing parent, I neglected myself and my well being. I needed help to turn things around and I didn’t know where to start. If you are a single mom let me tell you that not only you can get that first date but also a second date with this makeover.
I was blessed to have been chosen as one of four moms to be included on The Total Mom Makeover Influencer Panel, together we chose the 8 moms that would join us for a Total Mom Makeover. Their stories touched me and made a lasting impression in more ways than one, you will get to meet each of these moms in their own show each week starting TONIGHT!!
In a whirlwind of a weekend, 12 moms were whisked off to California for a weekend of pampering, connecting and growing – we also learned the how-to’s of how to apply the very same makeover techniques so we could use all of the info we had gathered once we returned home. But that’s not all!! We were surprised with luxe products and outfits in a personalized kit that we brought home! Once we were transformed with the new hair, makeup and outfits, we had photo shoots and…. no more spoilers!! If you wan to get the best fashion accessories visit Blue Bungalow which has the most beautiful outfits. For those moms out there I recommend using natural skincare which is one of the healthiest ways to take care of your skin.
This reality webshow airs its season premiere on April 6th, 2017 and every Thursday at 8/7pm Central beginning April 6, 2017. Each episode will feature one mom’s unique story and their vow to stand out from the crowd with the opportunity to travel to a new location for an all expense paid weekend getaway and head-to-toe makeover transformation by the The It Mom’s “Dream Team” – some of the most elite fashion, beauty and style experts from around the county.
I hope you’ll take the time to watch and be inspired by each moms transformation. This experience was about so much more than getting pampered and receiving free products, it was truly a once in a lifetime experience. The Total Mom Makeover was an experience that I would like to pay forward….. soooo…. stay tuned for details because Baton Rouge Moms is going to bless TWO moms with their very own Total Mom Makeovers right here in Baton Rouge!! More details to come, but for now, be sure to watch the Total Mom Makeover TONIGHT April 6th, 2017 and every Thursday at 8/7pm Central!
Nurturing healthy, happy kids in the age of digital technology can be a bit of a struggle at times. Today’s kids would spend hours on end in front of screens if we let them. Thanks to Healthy BR, we have been given a fun opportunity to get outdoors with the whole family and the community. On May 21st from 7:30am to 12:30pm Healthy BR will host their third annual Family Fit Day, a combination health fair and field day with something for every member of the family.
FREE open streets initiative centered around BREC City-Brooks Park to create temporary paved parks for running, walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing on May 21st from 7:30AM-12:30PM and You’re Invited!!
During the event local organizations will offer fitness classes, speakers, healthy cooking demonstrations, kids activities, bike safety classes, runs, bike rides and much more. Fitness classes and fitness events include a Varsity Sports run, Tai Chi, the Mayor’s Bike Ride, yoga, HIIT, karate, hip hop dancing, kid fit events, dance aerobics, circuit training, Zumba, cardio kickboxing, and a hula hoop contest. BREC will be bringing their ever-popular Hamster Balls to Family Fit Day this year for people to use in the City-Brooks Community Park, they will also have inflatables, tennis activities, foot golf, land boarding, kids’ relays and much more!
The goal of this initiative is to provide a fun, citywide event for all ages to encourage sustained physical activity, increase community engagement, and build support for active, healthy families in Baton Rouge.
Baton Rouge joins over 90 other cities hosting Open Streets initiatives in the United States and Canada. The streets are open to all abilities to encourage everyone in Baton Rouge who wants to improve their mental, physical, and emotional health to come out, bring their families, and even pets too!
TWO winners will win a Family Fit Day Prize Pack – Tumbler, T-shirt and $20 Red Stick Farmers Market Gift Card Giveaway!
Mother’s Day is almost here! What are you doing to treat the moms in your life? Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift, or hoping to receive one, you’ll want to enter our Mother’s Day Spa Giveaway. One lucky mom will win one $125 spa gift certificate to use towards spa services at Vida Pura Spa, by appointment only. Plus, a Detox Health Guide valued at over $100 from Kelly’s Kures Health & Detox.
$125 spa gift certificate to use towards spa services at Vida Pura Spa, by appointment only , plus a Detox Health Guide valued at over $100!! Enter via the Rafflcopter below to enter multiple entries!
Vida Pura Spa utilizes holistic wellness therapies and organic skin care to enhance the physical, mental, and spiritual well being for each individual person. Cut out a typical cookie-cutter routine; each session is specifically tailored to the guest’s needs for that day, and treatment products are custom blended from their apothecary bar. Stepping into the earthy, tranquil lobby, your spa day will begin with a consult by a licensed professional in order to achieve your goals. Warm stones are used for a neck release during the massage, and light stretching is integrated during the massage. Custom blended essential oils enhance each service. The ambiance, music, and table warmth is accommodated to the client’s preferences. Vida Pura Spa is a private, by appointment only spa, open 7 days a week, so booking at least 2-3 days ahead of time to reserve a spot is recommended to ensure an availability. Custom blended essential oils and hot towels are a part of every treatment, and achieving the client’s goals is a priority.
Rebecca Brumfield, owner/ manager of Vida Pura Spa, always new that healing was her passion. She concentrates on relieving stress and pain to balance out mental, physical, and emotional over all well being. Rebecca’s goal is to hep client’s achieve their own goals, highly focusing on preventative care. She is a soon-to-be licensed holistic health practitioner. Rebecca focuses mainly with specific medical issues, 90-120 minute sessions, and deep therapy. Having experience working with a chiropractor and physical therapist, she doesn’t offer the typical cookie cutter routine. Rebecca is a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, and is constantly earning specialized CEU’s to further her career. Rebecca’s specialty treatment is Fire Cupping, which was featured on the Local 33 News HERE. She is fluent in Spanish and loves to volunteer, cook, and ride horses in her spare time.
Kelly is a Family and Business mentor and Health and Life Coach & global entrepreneur that is known as the Creator of “Solutions A to Z. She will help you transform your life one smart proactive decision at a time. She is a family and childcare expert that utilizes a clinical psychology approach to healing and growth. She is an Integrative/Functional Medicine and Lifestyle Educator that is an educated Healing Touch empath teaching others to self – hypnosis. She is also a Behavioral Health Specialist, a regular blogger for The Huffington Post and a Contributing Expert for WatchFit. She is the Author of four books, “Walking In Our Children’s Shoes”, “My Global Advice As Featured In The HuffPost & WatchFit”, “Marriages Don’t Crumble In One Day” and Recipes For A Vibrant Successful Life being sold on Amazon. She is the founder of “Moms and Dads Really Matter, where she teaches people how to be the best parent by building solid foundations to teach kids to be successful in all areas and work together as a team! She speaks at treatment facilities and counsels women with alcohol and addiction problems using the 12 – Step protocol. She is the founder and global blogger @ The Power of You – blog on FB. She has a Protecting God’s Children Certification & also a member of PAAO (Parental Alienation Awareness Organization). She also has Alzheimer’s training. Kelly has two college degrees in behavioral and social sciences, specializing in the study of Child Development, Family Studies, Behavioral Sciences and Clinical Psychology and graduated with honors.
All moms have experienced aching feet, many of us have experience aching, swollen feet, especially when pregnant. Tired, hurting feet are a common complaint for most people, especially those who have to stand for long periods of time, as moms, I think we can all relate! There are days when I feel as though I am on my feet from the time I hit the ground until I go to bed at night, I even eat meals standing!
These long days and extended periods of time on our feet can actually damage our feet, causing conditions like plantar fasciitis that lead to pain after a long day. I recently learned about a new shoe, a southern favorite, a flip-flop, created right here in Baton Rouge that is designed to help your feet recover after a long day of hard work or heavy activity.
The Healing Sole has been getting some much needed media attention in recent weeks, you might have caught Dr. Meredith Warner interview on WAFB’s Healthline, where she discussed the launch of her new groundbreaking invention and the many benefits it provides.
Dr. Warner realized that healthcare was becoming extremely expensive for her patients. With a high deductible plan, most of her patients had to pay for the treatment of their pain with cash for months before insurance would help. It is Dr. Warner’s goal to educate patients and to design, produce and provide consumer medical products to allow patients to take control of their own care. Often a foot doctor may charge a patient thousands of dollars to treat heal pain. Treatment usually involves expensive x-rays and physical therapy, painful injections and even surgery.
Dr. Meredith Warner designed a flip flop that incorporates a variety of treatment methods within one simple structure that is portable, affordable and may be used repeatedly over time. This means that there is now available a flip-flop that is actually a part of the treatment process for this painful condition. This flip flop was designed to allow the foot to recover naturally. The flip-flop is to be worn after the work day to enhance tissue rest and allow the body’s natural healing mechanisms to work. In addition, The Healing Sole flip flop was designed to be compatible with a physician’s treatment program; it does not necessarily replace that program.
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It is important to get an EXACT FIT of The Healing Sole for it be effective, you can find a list of retail locations here—> https://www.thehealingsole.com/retail-locations/ or you can visit an upcoming event with Dr. Warner at the Flip Flop Shop in Perkins Rowe, this Saturday, April 2, from noon until 3 p.m. Dr. Warner will be there to answer questions about heel pain and plantar fasciitis, as well as help with flip-flop fittings.
Mommy judgement. Mommy guilt. These are constant topics in magazines and blogs aimed at mothers and they need to be. So many moms, myself included, need daily reminders that we are all doing ok and there’s nothing to feel guilty about.
One of the hardest lessons for me to learn as a mom is the advice we have been told over and over since we were children ourselves – be yourself. It seems so simple, but it’s harder than many realize. Whether you’re a single mom, married mom, older mom, younger mom, working mom, stay at home mom, there is always some ideal we formulate that we never seem to attain. We are often convinced we are inadequate, a failure, clueless, different, weird. We are an embarrassment to little Johnny who is going to move across the country as soon as he graduates from high school, only call at Christmas, and write about how his mother screwed him up in his memoirs.
Some of the judgement we feel is completely fabricated in our own imagination. Sometimes it is all too real. But there are more important consequences of denying your own voice than condescending side eyes when you bring Walmart cupcakes to the bake sale. Not being authentic and true to yourself robs you of your joy and deprives your children of the gift of knowing who you really are.
As someone who has struggled with depression, I know there is no faster way down that path than by denying your own needs and desires. Once the perfect 2.5 kids and a dog life I always wanted fell apart, I was lost. I was torn apart with guilt for not being able to give my kids the perfect life. I stopped listening to my own voice and tried to live up to the expectations of others, sometimes real, sometimes imagined. I tried desperately to shove myself into a mold I didn’t fit in. I was an expert level player of the comparison game. My perfectionism paralyzed me with fear.
Then I woke up one day and wondered why I felt so empty and miserable. It has been a long journey, but my path back to happiness has centered around accepting my quirky, weird, wonderful, authentic self and learning to listen to my own voice. Once I committed to doing that, it is like a light turned on with my life, especially as a mother. I see it in my kids and it is a wonderful feeling knowing I am a better mom because I have embraced my own, authentic values.
But perhaps the most important thing about giving our children the gift of authenticity is by doing so, we give our children permission to also be their true selves. Whether it’s embracing their own quirks, or the courage to pursue a talent, our kids will always shine brightest when they are true to themselves. As mothers we can help bring that light out into the world by being brave enough to do the same.
We are so excited to be bringing LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER back to Baton Rouge for a second year!
Every year in the two weeks leading up to Mother’s Day, in cities across the nation, locals tell their own stories in a 90 minute live-reading show celebrating and validating motherhood. The mission of each LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER show is to take audiences on a well-crafted journey giving voice to motherhood in all of its complexity, diversity and humor. They include hyper-local sponsorship and give back financially to a local non-profit, in our case, the Emerge Center.
Does this sound like something you want to see? How about participate in? Auditions are being scheduled right now!
Whether you had a mom, are a mom, know a mom, were raised by a grandma/auntie/sister/friend, wherever you come from and whoever you are, your story matters and we would love to hear it!
LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: Baton Rouge is looking for a diverse collection of people to read their own words about motherhood at the Manship Theatre on May 1, 2016. All ages and experience levels are invited to audition and non-mothers are welcome (yes- men, too)!! This isn’t just for bloggers or professional writers; this show is for anyone with a story to tell about motherhood, whatever that looks like to you.
Make sure motherhood is the star focus of your piece. It can be glorious and gutsy, hilarious or heart-wrenching, and it must be a true story written by you. Previously published work is accepted if you retain the rights/have express permission to use the piece. Your piece should last no more than 5 minutes spoken aloud. Less is fine! Do not memorize your work.
You must be able to commit to two rehearsals (March 19 & April 16) as well as be available from 11am-7pm on show day, May 1, 2016. Auditions are by APPOINTMENT ONLY on Thursday, February 11 from 4-8pm and Saturday, February 13 from 10am-2pm in Baton Rouge. Bring your own original humorous, poignant, or soulful words about any variation of motherhood as you know it.
**TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT** send an email to Meghan at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Audition” as the subject line. Please include your name and availability during the listed times. Appointments will be first come, first served until all slots are filled. Or feel free to fill out this online form and the director will get back with you to schedule your audition!
So what are you waiting for! Grab your audition spot today!
Baton Rouge Moms Contributors,
Meghan Matt – LTYM Director & Audrey Hayworth LTYM Producer
The Zika virus is currently being seen in epidemic numbers in at least 22 countries, some of which are popular tropical travel destinations. In fact, the Center for Disease Control for the first time ever issued a travel warning specifically for pregnant women last week cautioning about travel to areas where the Zika virus is rampant. Here is what you might want to know about the Zika virus.
The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that was first discovered in 1947 in Uganda, but until 2007, the virus really was not seen in humans. The Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of the Aedes mosquito, which is also the mosquito responsible for transmitting Chikungunya and Dengue viruses as well. Unlike the Culex species of mosquito that transmits West Nile Virus and mainly likes to bite in the dawn and dusk hours, the Aedes mosquito prefers to feed on its host during the daytime hours.
It is estimated that 80% of people who are infected with the Zika virus will have no symptoms at all, and the other 20% could have a very mild illness with symptoms such as fever, rash, red eyes and joint pain. These symptoms generally occur within 2-7 days after a person is infected with the virus, and the illness likely will last a few days to a week. There is concern about a possible link between the Zika virus and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which is an autoimmune related neurologic disease that may lead to paralysis.
There has been an alarming increase in a birth defect known as microcephaly, or babies being born with abnormally small heads, in countries where the Zika virus is very common. Infants born with microcephaly may also have abnormalities of their brain because of incomplete development. Brazil, in particular, has seen more than 3,800 cases of microcephaly since October 2015, which is more than a 25-fold increase in the rates of microcephaly when compared to previous years. There is also concern that the Zika virus could cause loss of pregnancy. Scientist are feverishly working to determine just how strong the link between the Zika virus and microcephaly and pregnancy loss is, but the trend is concerning enough that health officials have taken notice.
No. Viruses causing birth defects are nothing new. Viruses such as rubella, cytomegalovirus, parvo B19 and even chickenpox can be transmitted from a pregnant mother to the fetus and can cause a host of problems in a baby ranging from hearing loss to anemia to small size of the baby. However, most women have had either been vaccinated against (think MMR and chickenpox vaccine) or have had these virus by the time they reach childbearing age, and therefore, already have immunity from these illnesses. Since the Zika virus is just emerging and there is no preventative vaccine, we do not have any protection from this virus.
No…and yes! 234 pregnant women in the US have been diagnosed with Zika virus, acording to the CDC. The CDC hasn’t disclosed where any of these women were infected with the virus, or how they came in contact with it. So far, three babies have been born in the US with Zika-linked birth defect microcephaly. The defects were also seen in three other pregnancies that ended. All the cases are connected to travel to areas with outbreaks of the mosquito-borne virus, primarily Latin America and the Caribbean. There’s been no local spread of Zika in the U.S.
If you were planning a trip to one of the areas on the CDC travel advisory list, I would put those travel plans on hold! We spend 9 months doing everything in our power to protect our growing little bundles of joy possibly giving up our favorite raw sushi roll, our morning extra venti caffeinated latte, or foregoing your next skydiving adventure (not sure that I would ever be brave enough for that one honestly). There is so much about pregnancy that we cannot predict, so in my opinion, we should try to limit those things that are known risks. Until more is know about the Zika virus and how it may specifically affect a growing fetus, I would encourage pregnant women to err on the side of abundant caution and avoid travel to those areas inundated with the Zika virus.
You must make sure to take precautions against mosquito bites. Use either a DEET or Picaridin containing mosquito repellent at all times (remember, the Aedes mosquito likes to bite during the day and not only dusk ‘till dawn like other mosquitoes). Also, wear lightweight long sleeves and pants and even clothing that is permethrin-treated to cover as much of the skin as possible. Finally, if your lodging is open to the outdoors, make sure to have a mosquito bed net over where you will be sleeping.
I am not usually one to “sound the alarm” before I have a wealth of data and information in front of me, but the Zika virus and its possible association with a severe birth defect warrants our attention. While a change to travel plans is not convenient (especially when you have been looking forward to crystal blue water, a beach chair and a virgin pina colada), the beaches will still be there in a few months and scientist will have had the time to further research how a tiny virus from a pesky mosquito could cause lifelong problems for your still growing baby.
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I’ve spent a lot of time praying lately. I mean, I’ve always prayed, but these prayers seem to be deeper, more honest, more open even. As soon as I’m up it’s the first thing I do. And then it seems throughout the rest of my day I’m just having these honest talks with God and sending up prayers.
Many of the prayers aren’t even for me, they’re for others. Other families who are grieving, friends, teachers, leaders, parents etc. Two people in particular are my children. I start to think about how much my mom must have and still does pray for us. It’s much like loving them, and nurturing them. No matter how old they get, you just never stop Doing it. My next thoughts are my fellow moms friends and how much they must pray for their children. The next is the mom I don’t even know when I wonder how much time in the carpool line is spent in prayer(because sometimes that’s the only time we get)!
And then finally I conclude that there is probably nobody that prays more than a mama. We’re praying that the kids make it to school safe, that they are safe once there, that the teachers are loving and caring, that their little brains absorb whatever they’re being taught, that they’re healthy, and that they’re kind to others.
I’m always praying for my children. I can’t think of a time when I’m not. Of course I pray that they are intelligent and bright, but I’m also praying that they know, love, and follow Christ. That is more important to me than anything. I know I’m not alone in this. If it’s one thing that all of us moms can agree on it’s that we are always, always praying for our little (and big) ones.
Who prays for us mamas? Our mamas, I’m sure. Motherhood is hard. Parenting is hard. Praying moms, pray for other moms. Pray that she has patience, that she has strength, and that she is loved. If there’s one thing that everyone needs that they can never have too much of, it’s prayer!
*****After this was written one of our Baton Rouge Moms Co-Founders lost her husband, Sean Cruz, unexpectedly after complications from a liver biopsy, he was 35 years old. Sean was the primary breadwinner and leaves behind Tiffany and their two adoring children, 8 and 4 years old. If you are a praying mama. This is a prime example of a time when we must rally around a fellow mama and cover her with prayer. Please keep Tiffany and the children in your prayers during this incredibly difficult time. A memorial fund has been set up for Tiffany and the children. *****
Mark your calendars for Vintage Market Days® of Southeast Louisiana! We are so excited to share that this unique market is coming March 11-13 at the Florida Parishes Arena in Amite. Vintage Market Days is a weekend of shopping, food & music in a charming atmosphere. Recently named as one of “7 Flea Markets & Barn Sales You Won’t Want To Miss in 2015” by Country Living Magazine.
Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. Vintage Market Days events are so much more than a flea market, it’s truly an experience. The Vintage Market Days event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in creative venues.
Early Buying Event on Friday, March 11, 2016
10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday, March 12, 2016
10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, March 13, 2016
10:00am – 4:00pm
Early Buying Event (3-Day Pass) $10
General Admission (Sat/Sun) $5
Admission for children under 12 is free.
Cash only at the gate please.
Once purchased, your ticket is good for re-entry into the event all weekend.