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Angela England

Mother of five living in rural Oklahoma with her husband and children, Angela is the Founder of Untrained Housewife, co-founder of Homestead Bloggers Network and full-time Director of Content and Social Strategy with Element Associates Digital Marketing Agency. She is a CAPPA-trained childbirth educator and labor support doula who loves empowering women through knowledge and understanding to take the next step in their motherhood journey, whatever that step may be.

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Easing Back Pain While Pregnant
February 16, 2017 8:00 am | by

Pregnancy brings many changes to the body of the expecting mother in a brief amount of time, which can cause some discomforts. Back pain during pregnancy is a very common occurrence with over 75% of expectant mothers experiencing it at one point or another. Back pain can be triggered from the rapid weight gain during pregnancy. Pain in the hips is especially common during the first trimester as the uterus begins to grow, but is not yet big enough to be supported by the pelvic girdle. Lumbar pain can return in the third trimester when the mother’s center of gravity changes.

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Baby Nursery Wall Decor for Girls
February 15, 2017 8:30 am | by

One of the best parts of preparing for a new baby is getting the baby’s room ready! I think I started planning the room décor as soon as I announced my pregnancy and created a baby registry. Here are some of our favorite baby girl nursery DIYs and resources for incredible wall art. Animal Wall Art for a Girl’s Room I love this Lewis Carroll inspired wall art – grab the digital file and then print out for a quick and easy wall décor. © Cotton Babies   This pretty silhouette is created with a customized treatment of a photograph.

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Gender Reveal Announcements
February 13, 2017 8:00 am | by

After a Pregnancy Announcement, you might choose to do a Gender Reveal if you want to make a celebration out of announcing the sex of your baby. Here are some gorgeous, or adorable, gender reveal announcement inspirations shared by some of our Cotton Baby Community Members. Gender Reveal Photos Using Balloons © Candy Warner © Mariah Winter McDougal © Whitney Dickson Gender Reveal Announcement Ideas With Food © Jennifer Tomblin © Kim Striegler Webster © Scholastica Beer Gender Reveal Announcements With Siblings or Family © Destiny Sage © Chelsea Salas © Holly Thannum © Whitney Dickson © Stephanie Ruth Ramirez

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Labor Affirmations – With Free Printable Download
January 13, 2017 8:00 am | by

Childbirth can be a little scary to prepare for, especially for first time mothers. We worry so much about preparing bags for the hospital, getting the nursery room ready, and making sure that baby registry is perfect. But do we think about preparing ourselves for the actual labor? One of the labor coping techniques that can be so powerful, is labor affirmations. These phrases, sayings, or even words, can be held in your mind as something to meditate on, or spoken aloud like a chant or a mantra. For myself, I found myself saying the word Open a lot…strung out

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25 Freezer-Friendly Recipes
January 8, 2017 8:00 am | by

Having a new baby can be exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time. One of the things you can do to simplify your time postpartum is to prepare freezer meals so they are ready and waiting when you bring home the baby. Here are some of our favorite freezer-friendly recipes to make ahead and help you plan your postpartum meals. Or put some together to give to a friend who is expecting her own baby. Pizza Casserole Recipe by Beauty Through Imperfection – Fast, easy and delicious recipe that can be easily be a family favorite. Chelo Kebabs and

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Picking a Pregnancy Caregiver: How to Interview an OB or Midwife
January 3, 2017 8:30 am | by

One of the biggest decisions you face when you’re having a baby is which healthcare provider you should choose to deliver your baby. Whatever birth place you choose, you’ll still need to settle on a specific person to be your primary caregiver. One way to get to know potential healthcare professionals before you decide which one to pick, is through an interview. Why Interview a Doctor or Midwife While Pregnant? Many health care providers have different philosophies of birth and care in general. If you’re pregnant, before taking off your clothes and submitting to a physical exam, it’s a good

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50+ Pregnancy and Baby Announcement Ideas
January 2, 2017 8:30 am | by

Are you expecting a new arrival and looking for some fun baby announcement inspirations? Well look no further – our Cotton Babies Mob Facebook Group members have shared some amazing ideas – everything from heart-warming to clever. Announce your new arrival, sign up for our free baby registry, and enjoy this time of celebration. Congrats on your big news! Seasonal Baby Announcement Ideas Lots of our inspirations centered around the time of the year and playing with themes from the season or holidays. © Nikki Campbell Jeffords © Mandy Determann © Katie Danielle Whiddon © Elizabeth Croinex © Kara Wade ©

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Bringing the Baby Home With Free Baby Announcement Printable
December 30, 2016 8:00 am | by

Bringing home a new baby from the hospital can feel overwhelming. I feel like I was better prepared than most first-time moms as the oldest of 8 children. I wasn’t new to babies but I was new to this baby. I remember when the midwives left thinking to myself, “They left me with this entire human being. Shouldn’t there be a test for this?” Settling into the new routine of parenthood can be a tough transition, I’ve been through it five times, so here are some of my favorite tips for that first week. 1. Protect Your Time With the

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Surviving Holiday Travel With Lots of Little Ones
December 16, 2016 8:00 am | by

When the number of kids is greater than the number of hands, the holiday season isn’t quite as magical, 24/7. What do you do when there are five kids, two hands, and ten packages to get into the post slot? How do you shop for Christmas presents when you have three of the kids in the buggy? As a mother of five children, 8 years and under at one point, I am going to share my survival tactics and hope that it will make your holiday season just a little bit merrier. Do Not Expect Picture Perfect Whoops, did I

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10 Best Stocking Stuffers for Breastfeeding Moms
December 2, 2016 12:27 pm | by

Let’s all just get this out in the open: the hardest working people in your lives are moms. Breastfeeding moms in particular can get overwhelmed and touched out quickly. With that little bundle of joy by their side and non-stop pumping or nursing draining what energy they have to spare, they deserve a little something that’s just for them. You already know this, because you’re here looking for something to make their day extra special. 1. Stay-Dry Nursing Pads No breastfeeding mom ever has enough of these. Trust me. And these MilkDaze nursing pads are especially handy, with a unique shape

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