Best Postpartum Clothes— Nursing Friendly Fashion

Here is some postpartum nursing style inspiration for you Jewels and Gems! I thought I would share this awesome mom’s great tips on what to wear when you are nursing your baby from the Low Country Wife Life blog! She looks great, and I think you should consider some of her tips! Have a look to share? Comment Below!

One of the biggest challenges of being a new mom for me has been nursing. It’s one of the difficulties of what I call the 4th trimester. You can read more about that in this post. In addition to learning how to breastfeed, you have to learn how to make it fit into your life. One of […]

via Nursing Friendly Fashion — Lowcountry Wife Life

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Natural Beauty – DIY – Face Masks

Here is a great DIY for you Jewels and Gems! I thought I would share this awesome wellness bloggers great tips on creating a natural face mask from the  Art of Being Fabulous blog! Her skin looks great, and I think you should consider some of her tips! Have a DIY to share? Ever tried something like this? Comment Below!

My skin has gone through difficult times during the last few months coming from work and social schedules. What I really mean is that less sleep and a change in diet has affected everything. So it’s “take charge time” again, or would that be considered “recharge time”? Is recharge time a thing? Sorry, I’m writing […]

via DIY natural facial masks for any skin type — art of being fabulous

Healthy Family Dinners

Here is a quick and healthy family dinner idea for you Jewels and Gems! I thought I would share this awesome mom’s recipe with you all from The Purple Almond blog! It looks like so much fun to make not to mention healthy!

Below is a video blog for you from The Purple Almond blog, veggie burgers! Yum! It is something quick and healthy that you can eat with your kids! Have one to share? Would you love to make this? Comment below!

This week’s one minute recipes will be “cooking with kids”. Today’s recipe is a black bean veggie burger! ENJOY & have a great day!

via One Minute Videos: Cooking with kids ~ Veggie Burgers — The Purple Almond

Halloween Photos – Baby First Trick or Treat

This week was so much fun preparing our little lady bug for her first halloween. We went Trick or Treating, and I was a proud new mom.

Baby Celina did so well with her thank you’s. She really did not want me to hold her pail. She wanted to do it all herself.

David and I had a blast, while Baby Eden slept peacefully for a nap with her granny! I thought I would share some photos! I hope you guys enjoy!

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What’s in My Diaper Bag – Natural Mama – Christian Mom

In this video I share what’s in my diaper bag! I am a natural mama and needed a change. This diaper bag really has made such a difference for this Christian mom. See what I have inside! Watch!

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My Other What’s in My Diaper Bag Video: https://youtu.be/VqSupMT34l8

How I Weaned My Toddler – How to Wean Your Toddler

In this video I share my experience with weaning my two year old daughter from breastfeeding. As a natural mom who valued the breastfeeding experience weaning my toddler was very emotional. I found it very challenging to say no as breastfeeding was such a huge part of our relationship. It had become routine for us to breastfeed throughout the day, and I did not want to make her feel unloved in the process of weaning her.

Watch the video for weaning tips and my experience as a new mom weaning my toddler.

Confessions of a Mommy Blogger – The Emotional Scars of Being a Therapist

Happy Monday Jewels and Gems!

Todays walk down memory lane takes us to the moment that I had decided that Clinical Psychology was not for me.

If you are just beginning to read these blogs, be sure to go back and read the other entries under the Confessions category of the blog!

So, as I participated in the my psychology internship, I quickly learned that there are many aspects to the Clinical Psychology profession that just didn’t mesh well with my personality.

My main concern was that the internship was emotionally taxing for me. I found myself having a hard time separating work from home. I was bringing all of those emotions of sadness home with me, even at the intern level. Becoming a therapist, would mean more emotional encounters, and I did not want to be sad all of the time.

Also, when I participated in the intake interviews, I was able to get the feel of a therapy session. I did enjoy helping the families, but their situations and what they were going through also made me sad. It was hard to find joy in what I was doing.

In addition to being sad from the the Intake Interviews and Monitored Visitations, the phone calls and interactions that I had with customers were usually unpleasant.

The frustration that the families felt was understandable, but I didn’t feel that I should be punished for the system and what they were going through. However, I felt attacked most of the time, and I was unable to help them out of there situation.

In addition to my hands on experience at the internship. I was also surrounded with Marriage and Family Therapy(MFT) students who were in their Masters Programs, and I was of course still in my Bachelor’s Program at CSUF. So, being the inquisitive girl that I am, I began asking them questions.

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I also had some heart-to-heart conversations with some of the students who were completing an internship in counseling, while I was completing my undergrad psychology internship.

Many of these interns were struggling financially because I believe they  were working for free, just like me. They also had to pay the bills, so they were also working part time and going to school.

These MFT students soon taught me that getting your MFT is at least a 4-year-program. Not only did you have to complete your masters program, which takes about 2.5 years. You also had to complete a huge number of internship hours, that took most people about 2 years to complete. Most of the students I ran into told me they had to complete something like 3,000 hours of internship. Their internship including giving therapy sessions and shadowing a MFT. They also got feedback from their MFT after playing back some of their therapy sessions.

To me, it made more sense to get my doctorate than it would to get my masters since it is more of an advanced degree, and takes about the same amount of time to complete, 4 to 5

Next week, I will explain how these experience propelled me to the next stage of my career!

Please let me know what you think if you would like to share your thoughts!

Lots of Love

xoxo

Chauntel