The Blend by Nicole

The Blend by Nicole Follow

VBAC Mommy to 2 ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฝ | Empowering Women ๐Ÿšบ | Self Love โค๏ธ | Positive Vibes Only โ˜€๏ธโœจโœŒ๐Ÿผ | ๐Ÿ“Florida

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"Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women." - Maya Angelou 
New blog post up today for mothers of young children on International Day of the Girl (link in bio) ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿšบ What action, big or small, can you take to empower? Let me know in the comments, I'll take the first stab. ๐Ÿ“ธ: @jamiescarlettphotography 
#internationaldayofthegirl #momstyle #mommyandme #bodyimage #vbacmom #vbacbaby #womenempowerment #womenrising #dayofthegirl
But of course I wore a canopy from my baby's nursery for my maternity photos! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป๐ŸŒธ Please tag your pregnant ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿปfriends below โฌ‡๏ธ so they can check out my new post: 12 Tips For a Successful Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. These tips apply to ALL vaginal births, even with epidural ๐Ÿ’‰
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What did you do to prepare your mind and body for childbirth?
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๐Ÿ“ธ: @jamiescarlettphotography 
Outfit: @potterybarnkids .
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#vbac #vbacmom #vbacbaby #vbachopeful #childbirth #laboranddelivery #positivebirth #maternityshoot #midwife #doula #vaginalbirth
"You can always tell who the strong women are. They are the ones you see building each other up, instead of tearing each other down."
Ladies - if this resonates with you, I invite you to check out and join our private FB group (link in profile). We will be talking all things: women ๐Ÿšบ, motherhood ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿป, self love ๐Ÿ’—, body confidence ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป, positivity โœจ, spirituality ๐Ÿ”ฎ, and finding balance โ˜ฏ๏ธ. PS - it's national coffee day โ˜•๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ธ: @jamiescarlettphotography 
#nationalcoffeeday #womenempowerment #womenrising #bodyconfident #bodyconfidence #momsofinstagram #motherhood #spiritualgangster
My youngest love ๐Ÿ’— in her reading ๐Ÿ“šnook. Moms - What is your #1 game changing baby item? What do you tell your pregnant friends that they *have* to get? I just posted my top 6 (link in bio), check it out. I'd love to hear yours, always looking for better ways to do the mom things! .
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๐Ÿ“ธ: @jamiescarlettphotography 
Canopy: @potterybarnkids 
Pillows & tutu: @shopallthelittlethings 
Pillows & curtains: @westelm 
Unicorn: @target 
Floor pillow: @thelandofnod 
Blanket: #rhbabyandchild 
Headband: @amazon .
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#momsofinstagram #babyshowergifts #babyregistry #babymusthave #babymusthaves #mommyhood #babynursery
Try telling a 2 year old that a pumpkin ๐ŸŽƒ isn't a ball ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿคฃ... outtakes with my oldest from fall of 2015! How did I miss the first day of fall yesterday? Oh yeah, it still feels like summer โ˜€๏ธ. .
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Confession: I miss fall festivals in and around Chicago. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽ Anyone going to a fall festival this year? What are your fave fall traditions? Need some inspiration this year ๐Ÿ .
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PS got this glamorous dress at target and my son's outfit at a thrift store! ๐Ÿ“ธ: @jamiescarlettphotography 
#fallfashion #firstdayoffall #fallphotoshoot #pumpkinpatch #fallfestival #momstyle #momsofinstagram #momlife #everythingtribe
Heard this on a podcast this morning: What could you do with ALL of the time you've spent counting calories (both in and out) and worrying about having the *perfect* body? 
Would you read more, go back to school, be more *present* with your children? No really, what will you do with that time? 
I'll go first in the comments โฌ‡๏ธ
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PS - This dress is amazing for chasing babies ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป and deets are in my Instagram shop 
#momstyle #postbabybody #postpartumbody #momsofinstagram #becomingbodyconfident #womenempowerment #womenriseup
Can we embrace ๐Ÿ’•our post baby ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ bodies? New blog post โฌ†๏ธ today about how I'm becoming body confident after two kids (link in bio). Also, outfit deets are linked in Shop My Instagram on my site.

Challenge: tag a friend and tell them something that you LOVE about their body! And makes sure to include what you love about your own! I'll start.... #feelbeautiful #womenempowerment #womenrising 
#bodyconfident #postbabybody #postpartumbody #postpartumfashion #momsofinstagram #vbacmom #momstyle #mommyhood #floraldress #maxidress #leatherjacket #fallfashion ๐Ÿ“ธ: @jamiescarlettphotography
Post Hurricane Irma thoughts: I'm so grateful that my babies are safe. I'm thankful that my city was spared the worst of the storm. My heart aches for those that were injured, lost their homes, and are without power. You see, they are my neighbors, they are Floridians, they are Americans ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ. As a Mama bear, my instinct to protect my babies was in overdrive this week. It has been an emotional roller coaster. I'm just SO thankful that we are ok. 
Our power came back on Wednesday night, thank God (and the utility linemen that came from all over the country to help). No new blog posts this week, as I have been getting back into life post hurricane Irma. I have seen many new faces here, so I linked my Welcome post in my bio... allow me to reintroduce myself... ๐Ÿ–ค
#posthurricaneirma #hurricaneirma #momsofinstagram
Warning โš ๏ธ Caption has nothing to do with photo. I've been quiet on social media this week while we wait on Irma and hope for the best. To the mommies preparing for the storm... I've been told that #danieltiger has an episode that helps to prepare young children for storms... Season 6, Episode 4. Stay safe everyone! 
Photo is right after my VBAC ๐Ÿค— happier days .
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#irma #hurricaneirma #vbac #vbacmom #vbacbaby
They were having WAY too much fun while I was pushing! Funniest labor pic ever ๐Ÿคฃ My doula was taking the pics. 
Um is anyone preparing for Irma?! ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ’จ
#birthwithoutfear #vbac #vbacmom #vbacbaby #normalizebirth #midwife #irockedmyvbac #vaginalbirth #everythingtribe
Labor Day feels like the perfect day to share my birth story with my 2๏ธโƒฃnd ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ. Please tag anyone that might need to hear a positive birth story ๐Ÿค— 
Mamas: How long was your labor? Epidural or all natural? I love hearing your stories! ๐Ÿ’“
Link in bio โœ…
#vbac #vbacmom #vbacbaby #csection #normalizebirth #laboranddelivery #childbirth #birthwithoutfear #epidural #hospitalbirth #positivebirth #placenta #placentaencapsulation #everythingtribe
So my (almost) 4 year old son saw this pic on our wall and said "Mommy look you married Sabba (grandpa)!" ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜ฃ Son, this is NOT Game of Thrones! โš”๏ธ๐Ÿ‰
Side note: who designs the arm holes on kids pjs?! Anyone else feel like they're pulling fingers and arms through a straw?  #momlife #toddlermom