You know the level-headed friend who keeps it real about the challenges of motherhood while somehow also taking the time to appreciate the beauty of each fleeting moment? The one who helps you keep everything in perspective and reminds you to take care of you? Writer/wordsmith and mama of two Ka’ala Byndon is our online version of that friend, filling our feed with daily inspiration, encouraging us to focus our lives around what matters most, and touching our souls with her words of wisdom. Below, she shares a spoken word piece that’ll feel like it was written for you, realistic self-care practices for postpartum mamas, and the motherhood mantras she has on heavy rotation.

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Kelsie Mae O’Connor is a spontaneous, optimistic Enneagram 7 (aka “The Enthusiast”) who is an event planner extraordinaire and seeker of beauty in all things. The founder of Burn + Bloom and host of Little Folk Club, she specializes in intimate + inspiring gatherings with ambiances that feel nothing short of magical. But when Covid-19 hit earlier this year and many events were put on hold, her focus shifted to family meals and eventually to conjuring up creative social distancing gathering ideas. Read on for how she creates beauty in the everyday, finds opportunities for safe but meaningful connection + community (including how to have a Covid-19 baby shower!), and why the pandemic changed her first year of motherhood for the better.

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We may be sheltering-in-place, but that doesn’t mean we can’t also celebrate-in-place. These quarantine-friendly ways to treat yourself on Mother’s Day require little to no advance planning, so you (or your partner 😉) can easily pull them off. I’m for sure doing 4, 6 (lol) and 9. What about you? 💆‍♀️🏽 You won’t regret any of them! 💕 Wishing you a special, memorable, relaxing Mother’s Day!

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Your newborn session might be cancelled due to Covid, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without memorable photos of your fresh and squishy baby. Whether you have a “fancy” camera or just a smartphone, you can capture sweet + special moments with your growing family on your own—and we’ve tapped our beautiful friend Alexandria Smith, a mom of three (with her fourth on the way!) and photographer in Central California to share her best tips. (Alex is also creator of Nurturing Home, a seasonal guide to cultivating abundance, including rhythms + routines, recipes and more. It’s so beautiful!) Ready to document those rolly wrists and tiny toes? Let’s get started… 

 

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While this is a time of letting go of what we thought our “fourth trimesters” after baby would be, there is still so much space to create something special and possibly even more beautiful and healing than you had planned. The key? Trust that this postpartum experience is exactly the experience you were always meant to have and that it will be for your ultimate good. Whether you are one week postpartum or twenty-one, jump in and find areas where you could incorporate some care.

photo: @taralynne.oha

 

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Our brains are made to protect us from danger, which is amazing, but they are not very good at recognizing when it is time to calm the freak down. Make sure you are in the driver’s seat, not your primal brain. How can you do that? Be intentional with your thoughts. Read empowering thoughts like these. (“Take it one day at a time.” is my favorite.) Read them again. Talk to yourself as much as you listen to yourself. You’ve got this.

photo: @raisingmaidens

 

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A baby on the way is a reason to celebrate—even if you can’t gather together in person. As a remote member of the Solly Team (I am on the east coast—everyone else is on the west!), I had a chance to be the guest of honor at the perfect virtual baby shower last summer, right before my second baby was born. While I can’t take credit for the sweet details the team put into making me feel extra special, I can pass them on to you. Virtual baby showers may be essential now more than ever, but they’re a super fun option anytime (and, I should mention, the ideal shower for introverts 😂). So whether your BFF is across the country or you’re simply maintaining a safe social distance with your neighborhood gang, here’s how to throw a thoughtful baby shower that’s safe, special and guaranteed to leave the mama-to-be feeling all the love. —Lauren

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