Hey mamas, we're back with another Monday Mom Meal! This month me and Chef Shayna are serving up a one-pan dinner! We know your time is limited in between kids, work, relationships, and everything else in life. Meals like this are great to have on hand because they generally take less than 30 minutes from start to finish!
We used salmon for this recipe, but you could totally switch it to chicken or another protein. You could also roast the vegetables by themselves to use as a side dish for another meal!
We hope you and your family love this meal! Let us know if you give it a try!
Happy Workout Wednesday, y'all! Today's workout is with the queen Christine Brown, aka CRB! She's a fierce Fresno creative that does many things in the Central Valley, including teaching yoga at Blue Moon Yoga.
For this month's Workout Wednesday, she's slowing things down with breathing exercises and hand + shoulder stretches. We carry a lot of tension in our neck and shoulders, so Christine walked us through each of these moves to relieve that stress. Do your best to go slow when practicing intentional breathing. It's been scientifically proven that when you take slower breaths, it sends signals to your brain to relax!
You can do these breathing exercises from anywhere! Whether it's at your desk, at home when the kids are driving you bananas (you can even try practicing breathing with them!), or when you're stuck in traffic on the way home.
PRO TIP: Practice your breathing and stretching regularly, even when you're not stressed or just a tiny bit stressed. This will help deescalate any stress before it gets too overwhelming.
Watch the full video below and follow CRB @hashtag.pretty to find out when she's teaching at Blue Moon Yoga!
Hey mamas! Happy KLSD Mama Monday! We're back with another interview for you. This one is all about the joys and challenges of breastfeeding. A lot of women love breastfeeding, and a lot of women struggle with it. So we sat down with a group of Fresno mamas to openly discuss their journeys during World Breastfeeding Week. Jordan, Danica, and Tia opened up to us about the strangest places they've breastfed, building a milk supply, their funniest moments breastfeeding, and so much more in hopes that other mamas won't feel alone.
Watch the full conversation below and give these awesome ladies a follow!
Hey guys, welcome to our new series: Monday Mom Meals! We teamed up with Chef Shayna to share a new recipe every month that's quick, easy, and delicious for the whole fam. Shayna has spent nearly a decade in Fresno teaching kids and parents how to cook! She also created Supper Club, a fun gathering for people to meal prep ten meals for the dinner table!
Our first recipe for Monday Mom Meals is chicken marsala! It's a little fancy but super easy to make in the slow cooker or Instant Pot. Pro tip: Make two batches so you have a meal ready for another day! Buy double the ingredients and freeze one set in a ziploc bag. When cooking from frozen, set the slow cooker on low for 5 hours and voila! dinner's ready!
Hey guys, welcome to our new series Workout Wednesday with KLSD! Every month we'll get our workout on with local badass women in health and fitness. First up is Heather McCann with a Tabata workout you can do from anywhere!
We meet again, ladies! Happy Mama Monday! This week to finish up the month of May we talk to Giovanna about Postpartum depression and how that has affected her life as a wife, mama and woman. Gio is the mama of two beautiful babies and dives in deep with us about how postpartum depression has trickled into her life.
According to the American Psychological Association, 1 in 7 women experience the extreme mood disorder known as "Postpartum depression". It's effect on women post birthing their children is debilitating and not something many feel comfortable discussing as the topic is still very taboo. Which is why we are so honored Gio shared her journey with us and the more we talk about this, the more awareness and understanding we bring to the topic. Women need to know they are not alone in this. Women need to know it is ok to speak on this and ask for help. Women need to know it is not abnormal and the feelings their experiencing are very real.
These interviews are meant to bring light to all different topics related to motherhood and I sincerely hope that if you have struggled with PPD or are currently struggling with it that you will find comfort in this interview and lean on us or Gio or your close loved ones for support. You DO NOT have to sustain this alone. Feel free to comment below, or on our youtube channel, we would love to chat!
Another amazing resource: National Postpartum Depression Hotline: 1-800-PPD-MOMS
Happy Mama Monday, ladies!! This week we're chatting with Chantea McIntyre, educator, blogger, and mom of 4, about the joys and struggles that come with adoption and infertility. She dives deep into the struggles behind infertility and the joy she has found through adoption. I myself have struggled with miscarriage and my husband and I often discuss adopting a child next rather than try and conceive again. Not because I have struggled an immense about but because I feel there are so many children who desperately need homes. This subject is something my husband and I still haven't decided on completely but is definitely something we have put our 100% faith in God to reveal his path for us in this regard.
Her unwavering spirit and dedication to her faith is the foundation to all that she does and I love this so much about this sweet soul. She talks all about her relationship with her husband through out the entire process of infertility and adoption and reveals some real truths behind infertility and adoption that most don't divulge.
We were so honored to hear from Chantea and feel so privileged to share her story. If you are one of the women who have struggled through infertility or are a woman currently in the process of adoption, are considering adoption or are currently an adoptive mama, this one is for you! We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Happy Mama Monday ladies! This week we are bringing you an interview with Rema Koligian, blogger and co-owner of Butterfish and Heirloom Eats, all about the life of a working mama! This interview was one I related to heavily as a working mama of three littles. Momming in general is plain HARD. Whether you're a stay-at-home-mama or an out of the house working mama, we all experience our own struggles!
There are so many stigmas associated with being a working mom. I am so happy to see that a lot of women in society have been working diligently to put an end to these, but they sadly still exist.
This interview covers all the bases of how Rema manages to run her businesses and blog successfully, all the while being an engaged mama. Something I know a ton of us working mamas struggle with. She talks about balance and grace, two factors woven so intricately into the everyday life of a mother.
If you're a working mama, stay at home mama or thinking about starting your journey into motherhood, we hope you love what Rema has to say about her experiences as a working mama and how she handles it like a straight #momboss!
We are SO excited to relaunch #klsdmamamonday you guys. For those who don't know, KLSD Mama Monday is an exclusive interview series, where we interview women in all stages of Motherhood. We interview new moms, seasoned moms, stay at home moms, and working moms. We cover topics such as single parenting, comparison, depression, birth, adoption and so much more. We launched back in August with a powerful interview with Tawona about single parenting. She spilled out her heart about her struggles and strengths being a single mother has brought her through and it was beautiful.
After launching a few interviews we decided to put our interviews on hold to launch them at a time where we could better focus and give them the love they deserve!
And here we are! We are so happy to being you an interview with Shelley about the mother she is now VS. the mother she thought she would be prior to children. Her words are so encouraging in reminding us that we have to do what we have to do as mamas to stay healthy and happy and not to let anyone make you feel less than for those choices. She touches on the overwhelming pressure of being a mama and how you are enough just as you are! That YOUR happiness is VITAL to being a good mama, and you have to prioritize that!
So, go ahead and check out the full interview below on our you tube channel and let us know what you think! We would love to connect with you here or on you tube about how this interview makes you feel!
Interviews will be live every Monday in May and once monthly starting in June so sit back, grab a glass of tea, wine or coffee, whatever your fancy and enjoy this honest, raw interview from one of the boldest, most hilarious souls I know!
"I lost myself. I was just their mom. I was just a wife. I had to become grounded again and figure out I come first. It's a constant struggle and I don't know if I will ever find balance, but we all try.