Get Outdoors More!

We know we need to get outside more, but bringing kids, especially infants, can make some of us feel overwhelmed and unsure where to get started. Spending time outdoors from infancy is a great way to start a healthy habit as a family. Most locations are free to visit and you don’t need anything special to get outside! The fresh air and sunshine promote better sleep and exposure to microbes in the dirt help build the immune system and can even help prevent allergies and asthma. The variety of textures, sounds and colors outdoors are great for cognitive development and uneven terrain helps build motor skills. Tips for getting outside with infants Sunscreen is not recommended for children under 6 […]

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Thriving in Community

by Nancy Peplinsky, Founder, Holistic Moms Network In a hectic and anxious world often dominated by screens and schedules, there’s a quiet but profound force that holds the key to well-being: community. For mothers and individuals invested in natural and holistic living, this sense of connection goes beyond social interaction. It becomes a lifeline for navigating parenthood and powerful source of support, wisdom, and inspiration. Motherhood, with all its joys and challenges, can sometimes feel isolating, especially as a holistic-minded parent. In the pursuit of raising children, maintaining a household, and perhaps even balancing a career, mothers often find themselves stretched much too thin. With the additional layer of navigating holistic and natural options for their families and dealing with […]

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Sowing Seeds: Seed sourcing and saving

Some of the healthiest food we can find is what we grow ourselves. Even in the tiniest of spaces we can produce some amount of food to eat. Whether you are growing in pots on your patio, have a community garden plot or your own substantial home garden, seeds are where it all begins. In addition to the care of our plants during the growing season, the quality of the seeds we choose is important. Where your seeds are sourced from and what you grow can be just as important as how you grow it! When selecting seeds consider choosing diverse varieties to increase the genetic diversity in your garden. If you have space, plant a couple types of each […]

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Happy 20th Anniversary HMN!

Dear Holistic Moms Network Community, What a time of gratitude it is as we come together to celebrate two decades of nurturing, supporting, and empowering our incredible community! I am honored to have been a part of the journey for the past 11 years as a member, a volunteer, and as Executive Director. From the moment our nonprofit was founded, it became clear that we were not just creating an organization; we were building a family. The love and care that each one of you has poured into our community has made it into a haven of holistic wellness, support, and immense compassion. For two decades, we have been on a shared mission to create a healthier, more harmonious world […]

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Reconnect with Nature: The Benefits to Getting Outdoors

Many of us feel a deep connection to nature and can sense the calming effect that spending time outdoors has on ourselves and our family. Intuitively it makes sense, we evolved over thousands of years living among nature and have only recently have separated our daily lives from the outdoors. Its fascinating to learn the science behind why we feel that way and to hear about all the benefits that nature has on our minds and bodies that we might not immediately recognize. The amazing thing is that these benefits are so accessible, you might already be doing some of these things every day. Beyond our own awareness of the mindfulness and calm that being outdoors can bring, science has […]

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Achieving Flow State

It’s May, when we intentionally celebrate moms in every form. Mothering and motherhood is so much about caring for others, understanding others’ needs and wants, learning and doing for our kids, laughing and crying, investing time and energy, and giving of our physical and mental being. We wanted to talk about something that isn’t always part of the mothering conversation, but it can make it all even more rewarding and fulfilling: achieving flow state. This is, of course, beneficial to everyone, but can be particularly important for moms. Flow state, also known as being “in the zone,” is a state of mind in which you are fully immersed in a task or activity, experiencing complete focus and deep enjoyment of […]

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Connecting with Our Mother Earth

As Earth Day approaches many of us focus on doing. Lists of ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle are abundant, and it’s a necessary piece of our responsibilities as we mark Earth Day each year. We created this resource a couple of years ago to help with just that. This year, however, we would like to go a bit deeper, and reflect on our relationship with the planet that sustains us, specifically from the perspective of mothers and motherhood. As mothers, there is nothing more precious to us than the bond we share with our children. It’s a connection that runs deep, built on a foundation of unconditional love, nurturing, and protection. As we celebrate Earth Day, we are reminded […]

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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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light shining through the pine trees covered in snow

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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