#BigChange – The Whole Story

changeAs you may or may not know, I’ve been working away on a book entitled Peaceful Parents by Design; A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Creating Radical Changes in Your Family. It’s been a very exciting and life altering journey. I jumped into this adventure not only because I wanted to share these practices with you but also because I wanted to solidify my own practice. What better way to commit than to very publicly announce that this is what you want your life to look like, right? As I try to walk the talk I realized that my life style would need to undergo some changes to accommodate these goals.

As my partner, Darren and I discussed what we wanted and what was standing in our way we quickly came to the conclusion that my on-call schedule was a major barrier to creating the lifestyle we desired. We also discovered that our current living arrangements (location, mortgage, and townhouse) were not at all in line with our goals. So when Darren had a job opportunity on the Sunshine Coast present itself, we jumped at it. The universe had certainly heard our intention and had presented us with the opportunity to make the changes we so desired.

So we’ve manifested some pretty BIG life changes;

This also means some BIG changes for Prenatal to Parenting;

Wow, this is so exciting and so scary all at the same time!

We’ve come a long way together. Prenatal to parenting was created in 2009 to support parents through the transition to parenthood. After five years, 65 births, over 200 placentas and more than 150 couples attending my classes and workshops I couldn’t feel more blessed and certain that I am living my purpose. It has not been an easy decision to make these changes. I know I will be pulled to attended births again at some point but right now I need to focus on my own family.

I have some really exciting retreats in the planning stages including a Conscious Pregnancy and Birth retreat, and a Baby-Proof your Relationship retreat. Also some new Ecourse options are being designed including a 6 week Peaceful Parents by Design Ecourse. You’ll also see some new FREE offers coming your way soon. These changes will start being reflected on the website, blog and social media immediately. Stay tuned to see these exciting changes unfold.

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One of the things that I’m really excited to share with you is a copy of my new eBook; Peaceful Parents; 7 Strategies for Creating More Peace in Your Family. Download your FREE copy before August 7th and entered to win an Essential Oils for Healing Stress Relief Combo Pack. Download your FREE copy here http://bit.ly/PeacefulParenting

It is with much gratitude and love to all my past and current clients, fans and referral friends that I share this news. I feel so blessed to have worked with you all, to have been part of your journey from prenatal to parenting. Thank you!!! I hope you’ll join me on this new chapter.

In Peace, Love and Light,

Sarah

August 2nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

DYI: Orange Essential Oil Disinfectant Spray

 

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After another wonderful workout this morning at Life Designs Fitness & Nutrition, I was talking to Andrea about making a disinfectant spray for the mats and equipment at her fabulous studio. She was looking for something that smelled good and could disinfect. I suggested she make a Orange Oil Disinfectant Spray.

Orange oil is a natural cleanser and deodorizer. It’s also a good anti-bacterial and anti-septic agent. Orange oil is considered one of the most potent essential oils based on it’s disinfecting properties. With a rich, fresh citrus scent, the essential oil of Orange lifts the spirits yet is calming to the nerves.

orange oil is one of the most potent essential oils, based on its powerful disinfecting properties.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_7441238_disinfecting-power-orange-oil.html
orange oil is one of the most potent essential oils, based on its powerful disinfecting properties.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_7441238_disinfecting-power-orange-oil.html

orange oil is one of the most potent essential oils, based on its powerful disinfecting properties.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_7441238_disinfecting-power-orange-oil.html

orange oil is one of the most potent essential oils, based on its powerful disinfecting properties.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_7441238_disinfecting-power-orange-oil.html

orange oil is one of the most potent essential oils, based on its powerful disinfecting properties.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_7441238_disinfecting-power-orange-oil.html
Researchers at the Loyola College, Chennai, conducted an experiment to examine the antibacterial properties of pure orange oil. They concluded that orange oil is one of the most potent essential oils, based on its powerful disinfecting properties.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_7441238_disinfecting-power-orange-oil.html
Researchers at the Loyola College, Chennai, conducted an experiment to examine the antibacterial properties of pure orange oil. They concluded that orange oil is one of the most potent essential oils, based on its powerful disinfecting properties.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_7441238_disinfecting-power-orange-oil.html

Here’s how to make your own Orange essential oil disinfectant:

Fill the spray bottle nearly full with water (leave some air space so you can shake it to disperse the essential oil).

Add 20-25 drops of Orange essential oil, shake, and you’re ready to go!

That’s it! How quick & easy is that? And far healthier than a store-bought disinfectant.

How To Use Your Disinfectant Spray for Cleaning

Spray surfaces until damp, let it sit for a minute, wipe with a clean rag or sponge. This works perfectly for cleaning yoga mats, gym equipment, surfaces,  floors, counter-tops, toilet bowls, sinks, etc.

You can spritz around the base of the toilet too and let it air dry to kill any nasty smelling odors typical around the floor near toilets.

For harder to clean surfaces like tubs. Spray until moistened, sprinkle some Baking Soda and then rub clean and rinse.

Give your sinks and tubs a spritz of the spray after they’ve been cleaned and let it air-dry, this allows the essential oil in the spray mixture to continue disinfecting.

Order your here; http://www.prenataltoparenting.com/shop/organic-orange-oil-10ml/

Don’t love the smell of  Orange?

You could use Lemon Oil or Grapefruit Oil in your disinfectant spray instead.

July 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Trail Mix Clusters


These are one of my favourite treats. I keep a bag of them in my freezer and snack on one a day. Mostly it’s my after dinner, the kids are finally in bed, time for me treat. They are easy to make, pretty darn healthy and yet sweet enough to feel like a treat.

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Trail Mix Clusters Recipe:

Heat 1 cup of coconut oil, 1/4 cup of cocoa, 1 & 1/2 tbs agave syrup until melted.

Mix in 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds, cashews, almonds, dried cranberries and dried cherries.

Spoon approx 1 tbs into silicon muffin liners, sprinkle with sea salt, place in freezer until solid approx 15 mins.

Store in fridge or freezer. Makes approx 20 clusters.

Enjoy.

 

 

June 8th, 2014 · No Comments

The Importance of Fathers

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Fathers make unique contributions to their children:

A father’s emotion involvement, emotion coaching & style of play with his children predicts:

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Children aren’t the only ones who benefit from active, involved fathers. Women are happier with their relationships and their own parenting when dads are involved, warm and emotionally available with their kids.

That’s why this June in honor of Father’s Day I’m making 2 special offers to fathers;

1) For Dads-to-be I’m running a special Dads-to-be Workshop on June 14th from 2:00-4:00 PM at Destination Maternity Langley. This workshop was designed to put some focus on Dad. So much of our time preparing for the birth of a baby is focused on Mom but Dads have a lot to learn, go through significant changes and have a lot to offer. Join me on June 14th for some great tips for being the best Dad-t0-be & partner during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum.

2) I’m giving the gift of love to all the Dads-to-be and Fathers of young children by offering them a FREE Bringing Baby Home class. In order to receive your free class please email me by June 21st 2014. The BBH series offers couples research based information and skills on how to bring the focus back to their relationship and keep the magic alive after having kids.

May 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Positive Discipline Tool: Problem Solving

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Traditional discipline focuses on teaching kids what NOT to do or what to do because someone else “said so”. Positive Discipline focuses on teaching children what to do because they have been invited to think through the situation and use some basic guidelines (respect and helpfulness) to find a solution. They are active participants in the process, not passive and often resistant receivers.

Children start making better behaviour choices because it makes sense to them and because it feels good to be treated with respect and to treat others with respect.

The Three R’s and an H for Focusing on Solutions


When children decide (because you asked them to help solve the problem) to go get a sponge and towel when they spill their milk, that is RRR and H. You are teaching a life skill and providing an opportunity for them to develop the perception that they are capable. You can use this before your child can even talk! Simply show them how to be helpful and then the next time the problem occurs ask them what do we need to now?

It takes time for kids to pick up on this skill but we adults don’t usually learn things on the first try either.

Learn more Positive Discipline tools at my workshop on May 10th; get your tickets here https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/positive-discipline-workshop-tickets-10760170961?ref=ebapi

April 21st, 2014 · No Comments