Recover Your Mama Mojo

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Having one of those days? Find empowering words of wisdom and inspiration from moms like you.

Browse our Inspiration Channel, or browse the latest reader favorites:

It DOES Get Easier: A Message to Moms with (Very) Young Children
“I suppose I feel compelled to say all of this because when we can see a light at the end of the tunnel, it makes it easier to settle into our days and to enjoy them, just the way they are…”

Creative Rainbow Mother
Shelby Murphy on Earth Mothers…and those of us from other planets. A must read!

Silence is Golden, and So is a Child’s Chatter “It’s ironic how much we adults crave silence, until we get it and realize the cost…”

Life is Practice
“La vida verdadera es la practica — life is practice. Common knowledge to the average four-year-old. It’s too bad we adults speak a different language.” Read this and get in the game…

Zen and the Art of Folding Laundry
“Somewhere in the years of Cold Wash with Like Colors Only and Tumble Dry Low I changed. My monkey mind calmed to meet the slower pace of my life with small children. I stopped behaving like a hyperactive adolescent, always trying to numb the pain of self-induced boredom with stimulation, and started finding joy in the ordinary.”

Revering the Crayon Marks
Recapturing the magic that is motherhood.

Simple Living
Eliza Bloom on simplifying the simple life.

Finding Your Spirit in the Kitchen Sink
A reminder that a mother’s self-nurturing rarely occurs at a day spa.

Drifting, Rushing, Slipping Time
An essay for parents of small children, by Susie Cortright.

Freedom Through Forgiveness
20 life-changing quotes to read, remember, and share.

The Love Focus
A remarkable meditation for those times when you can feel resentment building. By Robert Elias Najem.

Why a Mother’s Happiness Matters
Studies show that happiness creates higher incomes, stronger relationships, more friends, greater self-confidence, better physical health and a longer life. That sounds like what we want for our children. But where do they learn how to be happy? From us. Our children model our behavior. Being happy is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children.

Be Well

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Since Momscape’s beginnings more than a decade ago, we have focused on providing wellness resources. Ideas and inspiration to help you achieve optimal wellness for yourself – as well as resources for conscious, creative parenting.

Browse the Wellness Channel at Momscape or browse reader favorites below:

Simple Secrets that Create Happy Family Memories
Research has found that doing simple rituals enhances our feelings of togetherness and family belonging by almost 20 percent. And those home traditions and customs also increase our kids’ social skills and development. Here are nine simple, no-cost secrets moms are using to create happy memories. By Dr. Michele Borba.

Ordinary is the New Extraordinary
In this time of hyper speed lives where everything is new, better, different, and faster (at a rate that would’ve made our ancestors faint), we have a chance to take a stand for an ordinary life. This life can feed our soul, but in order for it to do so, we have to recognize that everything is not equally important. We must sit with the paradox of being an insignificant grain of sand and yet also knowing how much it matters for us to use our gifts to make a difference, to serve. Here are seven points to consider, from Jennifer Louden.

Attention
“My child calls me back to the present moment. He can be a strict teacher who points out all my weak points and shows me the art of being in the here and now—the most important art of all.” An excerpt from Piero Ferrucci’s charming  book, What Our Children Teach Us: Lessons in Joy, Love, and Awareness

7 Secrets to Staying Positive in the Face of Negativity
“Whether your child or spouse has an occasional negative day or you deal with a family member, friend or co-worker that is chronically negative, there are things you can do to remain positive in the face of negativity…”

Journaling for Kids
Encouraging your children to keep their own personal journals.

Ten Ways to Live in Creative “Flow” A step-by-step guide for a more fulfilled creative life.

Get Strong, Fit, Lean & Healthy

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Kick start a healthy lifestyle with these tips and ideas. You’ll find everything from fitness tips to health & nutrition news, diet reviews and recommendations plus loads of motivation.

Browse the Health & Fitness Channel at Momscape, or get started with these reader favorites:

How Many Calories to Lose Weight?
How to ensure adequate nutrition without inviting deprivation. Here’s how to calculate your daily caloric needs for weight loss.

Top Celebrity Workouts
Celebrities work hard to stay in peak shape for the camera. Here, some top celebrities and what they do to look so good.

Online Fitness Tools that Motivate and Inspire
Whether you’re streaming a new Yoga class each day or just finding a new group of friends to work out with, you might be amazed at the new tools and resources available online. Here are some of our personal favorites.

BMI Calculator
Body Mass Index Basics, including the BMI Formula and BMI Calculators as well as BMI information for children and teens.

Exercise Tips: 25 Ways to Stay Motivated
How do you go from a sporadic, on-again, off-again exerciser to someone for whom exercise is a lifelong habit, as natural and necessary as going to work and eating regular meals? Here are 25 tips from someone who has been on both sides.

Nutrition for Kids: Make the Most of Your Child’s Day
It’s a fact: good eating habits can make you and your children brighter and better throughout the day. Here are a few tips that will help you and your family make the most out of each day.

Nutrition Happens
“If you can offer [healthy] foods to your child more than half of the time, nutrition will happen even when fun foods are part of your child’s regular diet.” An encouraging article for parents of picky eaters, from dieteician and author Beverly Pressey.

Natural Anti-Inflammatories
Are there any foods that help alleviate muscle stiffness, aches, and pains? Clinical nutritionist and author Kymythy Schultze gives us some ideas for natural anti-inflammatories.

Kids’ Brain Boosters
Many factors affect brain health. Here, what you can do to make a positive difference in your child’s learning and memory function.

Budget Organics
Many of us would love to go “all organic” with their food choices, but that can be a pricey proposition. Here’s how to prioritize your organic food purchase.

Healthy Eating for Families: 20 Quick and Easy Dinnertime Tips
By the end of any given weekday, we have packed lunches, kissed foreheads, gone to work, driven carpool all over town, and now…now it is time to cook dinner. Here are twenty quick and easy tips that can also make for magical family memories.

Mindful Eating: Redefining “Enough”
“What if you redefine the portion size from how many mouthfuls you can have to how many mindfuls you need to feel full, if you shift your attention from a mouthful to a mindful, from a serving to a savoring?” An intriguing take on mindful eating from author Pavel Somov.

Save Money on Just About Everything

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Each day, we hand pick the very best online coupons and special offers from our favorite stores and online retailers.

Momscape’s Coupons Blog features the latest online coupons, and we have partnered with Coupons.com to bring you all the latest printable grocery coupons.

We also have a series of practical articles to help you save money on just about anything.

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Weight Watchers PointsPlus Program

You may have already read this Weight Watchers review, but I wanted to call your attention to something new that has become very popular. It’s called the Weight Watchers PointsPlus program, and it is the weight loss giant’s biggest change in 13 years.

The PointsPlus program combines the latest nutritional science with the tried-and-true Weight Watchers approach. This new Points Plus program works by emphasizing simple ways that you can make healthier, more satisfying choices. There are no required foods – just an easy-to-follow plan (and you’ll have room for the occasional indulgence, too.)

On this program, you’ll learn about Weight Watchers Power Foods, healthy and satisfying foods that can really help you keep hunger in check. Focusing on these foods helps you to maintain your focus on healthy weight loss, and helps you fight temptation when it strikes.

As soon as you get started, you’ll be given a daily “PointsPlus Target”, which you use along with the PointsPlus values of foods so you can make sure you’re eating the proper amount for effective, healthy weight loss. Your PointsPlus Target is personalized for you, and you’ll receive this target after you sign up for Weight Watchers Online or join Weight Watchers at a meeting.

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