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Mom Squad with Michelle Tirmandi (Holistic Nutritionist)

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October 2, 2017
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I met Michelle last year when she was pregnant and launching her Nourish & Glow her meal planning website. Nowadays she’s taking care of her little girl, running her empire, and making all the meals on her Instagram look completely delicious. I believe that children thrive when mom thrives – and an easy way to do that is through eating healthy! Which is why I enlisted a holistic nutritionist to explain why eating healthy is so critical. 

What problem are you solving?

As a holistic nutritionist, I help busy women (especially new mamas and mamapreneurs) help to plan and prepare healthy and simple meals.

I also specialize in teaching women about the best foods to eat for energy and skin, and more importantly, how to actually put it all together to live a more holistic (yet, realistic!) lifestyle. 

When should a woman access your services?

Most of us already know that eating a healthy diet will help us to feel better and more energized. However, with such busy lives, it can be hard to prioritize meal planning and to always prepare healthy food. If you are feeling ready and willing to make changes to your diet but are not sure exactly where to begin, or if you are looking for meal planning help and inspiration, I provide the practical steps in moving forward towards a more holistic lifestyle.

What’s your personal or professional motto?

Every day is a new day full of possibility.
You do not need to be perfect. 
Enjoy the moment. 

Do you have one kitchen tool that you can’t live without?

Hands down, my Vitamix. 

What’s the one meal that is consistently part of your routine?

Smooothies! I make a new smoothie almost every day!

What’s the first thing you do every morning to start your day off right?

The first thing I do when I wake up is drink a giant glass of water from beside my bed. Then I go downstairs to make smoothies for my hubby and daughter, Isla. 

What’s your favourite self-care practice?

I love yoga and wine – depending on mood 🙂

How can moms connect with you?

Website: www.michellenutrition.ca and www.nourishandglow.ca 

Instagram: @michellenutrition @nourishandglow_

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Mom Squad with Emily D (Mommy Connections East)

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November 6, 2017
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I met Emily when I was a guest speaker at her Mommy Connections group many months ago. After that, I reached out again to learn about why mom groups are so essential to motherhood! We bonded over coffee and chatted about how her group is working to help moms in both the prepartum and postpartum! 

Why do you think it’s important for women to be part of a community like Mommy Connections after giving birth?

Being a new mother is hard. The transition is huge. It’s lonely and isolating – largely because you’re not only overwhelmed by your new role but new motherhood brings with it a cocktail of hormones that make understanding your role and expectations of yourself wonderfully overwhelming.

Do you offer any programs for pregnant moms?

Yes. Many. We try to host a monthly birth prep each month starring Olivia Scobie – postpartum therapist and overall champion of all pre and postnatal women. We are in the process of developing a day long session in partnership with Bloom.

When and where do your programs take place?

All over the East End. Currently they are taking place at Sprouts on Carlaw in Leslieville and at Main and Danforth at Upper Beaches Music Studio.

Can you take us through how each class is structured?

Our Mom and Baby classes have two presenters who discuss topics relevant to Moms – from pelvic floor rehabilitation to books to read to your kids.

What’s the first thing you do every morning to start your day off right?

Smooothies! I make a new smoothie almost every day!

What’s the first thing you do every morning to start your day off right?

The minute I wake up I turn on a leadership program called Thinking Into Results.

What’s your favourite self-care practice?

Leaving my kids with my husband at bedtime and wandering around without a schedule – sometimes I’ll get a pedicure, other days I’ll poke around a book store or just go for a walk and lose myself in a good book.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

My business coach always says – when you’re planning something doesn’t worry about the how it’s a dream killer.

How can moms connect with you?

Website: www.mommyconnections.ca/east

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MommyConnectionsEastTO/

Instagram: @mommy_connections_east_end

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Mom Squad with Lindsay Forsey (Tenth Moon Mothercare)

September 5, 2017
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A few months ago, I stumbled across Tenth Moon Mothercare on Instagram and fell down the rabbit hole. It’s a company that promotes self care for mom in the postpartum period and covers all aspects of discomforts after childbirth! While I don’t have a baby registry (nor a baby), when that time comes this package is going to be first on my list! Blend up a bulletproof coffee and learn why Lindsay of Tenth Moon Mothercare cares so much about your postpartum experience, and why you should too!

What inspired you to start this company?

Let’s face it: in most of Western culture, nearly all attention falls to preparing for and caring for our babies. A new mom’s wellbeing is so often overlooked, but the reality is that it’s absolutely essential to the wellbeing of her family, and her newborn. (That’s not just my opinion; there are studies that prove it.)  

Tenth Moon Mothercare is Canada’s first postnatal care package company. In different cultures around the world, there are beautiful traditions of mothering the mother and making sure that women are taken care of so that they’re best able to thrive and care for their newborn. I find this hugely inspiring and want to create a new tradition of care for moms in Canada.

My postpartum experience with my first baby was nothing like what I had imagined. I’d ended up having an emergency caesarean and found myself physical and emotionally depleted in a way I didn’t know was possible. Even though I was a doula, I was prepared for how challenging new motherhood would be. I had tons of support from my husband and my mum, and I remember thinking, “How would I possibly be surviving right now without this encouragement and care?” A few months later, the idea for Tenth Moon started to blossom. I started making small care packages for friends, and getting requests from friends of friends. Eventually I began connecting with suppliers and fine-tuning the details and I was seven months pregnant with my second baby with I officially launched Tenth Moon Mothercare.

The business is and always has been about maternal health and wellness, with a vision to change the way we think about postpartum care in Canada. The heart-warming feedback I get from women who receive Tenth Moon packages is an amazing source of inspiration for me now.

What was your favourite product to create?

I love all of the products in our packages, but when it comes to “creation” I’d say my favourite is our Yummy Mama granola. It’s addictively delicious. It’s packed with nutrient-dense organic oats, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, coconut and pecans, and toasted in maple syrup. Oats and pecans are considered galactagogues, or foods that help to promote a healthy breastmilk supply, so it’s perfect for nursing moms. But even if someone isn’t breastfeeding, for whatever reason, it’s a super nutritious, easy snack that’s yummy any time of the day or night. Our mamas love it.   

Which of your packages is the most popular?

Tenth Moon Essentials is our most popular. It includes our Herbal Sitz Bath, Lavender Mineral Soak, Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea, Yummy Mama Organic Granola, Organic Coconut Oil and Shoosha Rescue Nipple Balm. The Essentials are included in all of our bigger packages as well.

What’s the first thing you do every morning to start your day off right?

My day pretty much always starts with my youngest daughter crawling into our bed for snuggles around 6.30 a.m. Her big sis isn’t an early riser, but she and I have a morning cuddle, too, when she wakes up. We talk about our dreams, if we can remember them. Aside from that, I start the week with sunrise yoga at 6.30 a.m. every Monday.   

What’s your favourite self-care practice?

I try to keep it simple with self-care. For the past few months I’ve been listening to a yoga nidra mediation at bedtime. I love it, because it requires me to do nothing and helps me to fall asleep with a calm mind, rather than rethinking the zillion items on my to-do list.   

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

I’ve done a lot of travelling and spent a few years living abroad in different places. In my early twenties, when I was getting ready to leave on my first epic backpacking adventure, my mum gave me a card with this quote by Henry David Thoreau on it:

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”

It meant so much to me to receive that from her at the time, and I’m still living my life that way. (Thanks, Mum!!)  

What’s your personal or professional motto?

No official motto, but I do love listening to the super quirky 80s one-hit-wonder Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder when I’m working, whether it’s a personal project or Tenth Moon Mothercare.  

Nobody’s gonna break my stride/

Nobody’s gonna slow me down/

Oh, no. I’ve got to keep on moving/

The video features dancers in sparkly green leotards, for extra inspiration. If you’ve ever heard this song before it’ll likely be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. I hope that’s a good thing! 

How can moms connect with you?

Website:  tenthmoonmothercare.com
Facebook:  tenthmoonmothercare
Instagram:  @tenthmoonmothercare

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