Creating a Vision Board

The new year brings thoughts of goals and and visions for the coming months as well as a reflection on what has past. Spending time thoughtfully checking in with yourself, understanding where you are, what you want and setting intentions for the year can be a powerful step towards manifesting those goals into reality. Making a vision board enables you to visualize those goals and by placing it in a prominent spot that you see everyday can help inspire you to take continual small steps resulting in big changes over time!   You can use a vision board to focus on just one area of your life, the bigger picture, or specific long or short term goals. Get started by […]

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Celebrating Winter Solstice

“The winter solstice celebrates the return of hope to our land as our planet experiences the first slow turn toward greater daylight. Soon we will welcome the return of the sun and the coming of springtime. As we do so, let us remember and embrace the positive, enriching aspects of winter’s darkness. Pause now to sit in silence in the darkness of this space. Let this space be a safe enclosure of creative gestation for you.” Excerpt from ‘The Circle of Life’ by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr The winter solstice, the darkest night of the year, is a time of reflection, looking inward and gathering courage and hope to sustain us through the remaining long nights of winter. It […]

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The Essential Role of Support in Breastfeeding

“Breast is Best”. “Breastfeeding is Natural.” As accurate as these slogans may be, breastfeeding doesn’t always come easily for many women. From latch challenges to supply problems, any mom – first time or not – can run into hurdles when it comes to breastfeeding. Our culture and the lack of support around breastfeeding can exacerbate the situation and make staying the course even harder. Without the pillars of support and community, moms face both obstacles and social pressures that often deter them from nursing their children. As the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) rightly notes, moms need support every step of the way.

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It’s Plastic Free July. Plastic: Problems and Solutions

We all know the general issues with single-use plastics, but it is always staggering to revisit some of the statistics, and good to share solutions we can implement personally, and within our communities. One of the Holistic Moms Network’s Guiding Principles is teaching our children to respect and care about the natural world. Another is living more simply and consuming less in an effort to reduce our impact on the environment and to emphasize non-material values. Teaching our kids about the issues with plastic, and how to reduce our use, as well as how to help bring change, is an important piece of these principles.

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Holistic Moms Network Names New Officers

The Holistic Moms Network (HMN) has recently seated a new Board of Trustees and named three new officers to lead the organization. Board Members include Barbara Arango, CAE, of Palatine, IL, Michael Connolly of Glen Gardner, NJ, and Megan Strauss, LMSW, of Salida, CO. Ms. Arango, a current Executive Director in the association space, has assumed the role of Chair. Mr. Connolly, retired VP-Treasurer of Tiffany & Co, was chosen as HMN Treasurer. Mrs. Strauss, a current Executive Director and Founder of a Colorado non-profit has been named Secretary. 

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The Science of Nature: Why Being Outdoors Matters

by Nancy Peplinsky, Founder, Holistic Moms Network “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”                                                                                                                                                                     -Khalil Gibran If there can be silver linings for the pandemic […]

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Our Journey Together

May is a month when moms are celebrated. At HMN we celebrate moms every day of the year! Join us as we strive to be that space full of mamas and families who are… open to learning and sharing knowledge, who are accepting of others’ wisdom, who understand the immense benefit of belonging to something you are invested in, to building a village that is a safe space, a respite from the division, a comforting space of understanding. We welcome you wherever you are on your journey. We invite you to join our nonprofit organization as a supporting community member… to be a part of the space we provide for intentional holistic community to share a piece of yourself with […]

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HMN Member Jessica

Tell us about your family: My husband and I have 3 children, my stepdaughter who is 14, my son who is two and a half, and my daughter who is 9 months.  How long have you been a co-leader of HMN? I have been a co-leader of the MN-St. Cloud HMN Community for only a little while but look to getting more involved. What brought you to HMN? Wanting to connect with the local community and like-minded families My holistic passions are… Supporting local, community connectedness, and making informed choices I’m a chapter co-leader because… I want to help those in the community get connected and supported Get to know Kari: “Fear of the unknown. They are afraid of new […]

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