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Hello Leakies,

Hope you have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season, Facebook sharable and otherwise!  (See the Leakies' list of honest parenting gratitude here.)
Much has been written on surviving the holidays and because many of us continue to struggle, much will continue to be written on the topic for generations to come. On their own the holidays can easily become hectic and overwhelming, add in a baby and now you're juggling the hectic and overwhelming with the already chaotic and overwhelming.

But seriously though, surviving is for truly horrible circumstances. Things like war, genocide, plane crashes, disease, certainly not the holidays. What does it mean when the holidays are something we must survive? Isn't it a time to be thriving?

We think so. Parenting over the last 17 years has taught us that unless we are intentional in setting our families up to thrive during the holiday season, we slip all to easily into the insane pace that is expected as the norm. And the next thing we know we're getting bent out of shape over what kind of cookies to take to the holiday party.

From music concerts to Nutcracker performances, a Christmas baby to a all-hand-made giving, from joblessness to full work schedule, our family has run the gamut in holiday seasons experiences. We've done burn-out and recovery. We've gone overboard and pulled back. Surviving to thriving.

Here are 5 of our tips to move from surviving to thriving this holiday season.
  1. Remember why. Be it faith reasons, seasonal rhythm reasons, or simply time to celebrate family and the ones you love, remembering why you do the holidays in the first place can help put everything else in order.
  2. Be honest. What do you really enjoy? How do you like to celebrate? What truly makes your children happy? Say no to the opportunities that don't fit the bill, say yes to the ones that do. If baking 10 dozen cookies isn't something you enjoy, don't do it. If watching White Christmas with the family makes you want to sing and dance together, skip the party you don't want to bake for and opt for a holiday family movie night (and maybe these protein packed pumpkin chocolate lactation cookies.)
  3. Take care of you. There tends to be a rise in depression during the holidays and we all know that we're in the middle of cold and flu season. Take care of yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically. Get enough rest, eat well, and drink a lot of water. Here are some ideas to get you started.
  4. Get beyond yourself. Taking care of you and the ones you love is important but let's not stop there. Developing empathy in our children is a greater gift than any item wrapped under the tree. Do something for others and consider going beyond cleaning out their old toys and donating them, explore doing something that requires physical effort, emotional awareness, and maybe financial sacrifice. More than bringing 10 dozen cookies to an event where everyone has access to food, try giving to others that truly don't have such resources.
  5. Simplify. Gifts, celebrations, food, events, pictures, special clothes, we tend to go overboard. If you remember why you're doing it, are honest about what you really enjoy, take care of yourself (really), and do something for others will usually lead to a more simplified holiday season. And simple leaves much more room for thriving.
This year I opted for store bought pies for our family Thanksgiving celebration,  purchased from a friend who was doing a fundraiser for her school. Doing so relieved some stress even though I do enjoy making pies and it made it so our family can go and serve a hot meal down town to families that have found themselves without the resources to bake pies this year. It's worth it to remember what's truly important to us (not pie), share the time together as a family (without me stressing), and simplified our time together. From surviving to thriving. 

Here's to thriving!


Jessica Martin-Weber


Holiday Breastfeeding


Help!  My baby is suddenly super fussy and nursing all the time!

So it’s the holidays, and you’re spending them with, well, pretty much everyone you’ve ever met.  Ladies with babies are extra popular at the holidays.  We all want to hold, kiss, snuggle, and love your babies…and then hand them back as soon as they are fussy.

How to get through the pitfalls breastfeeding moms face...


The Infant Feeding Guide: breastfeeding, pumping, bottle feeding, solids, feeding in public, and more.

Welcome to our first ever infant feeding guide. Drawing on my own personal experience feeding 6 babies and supporting thousands of women in feeding their babies, we asked the Leakies for their input on what products, tips, and resources helped them in their infant feeding journey and put together this guide to help you in your own journey. This isn’t an exhaustive list, really just some highlights to get you started and while we don’t think there’s such thing as any one “best” anything, we hope to help you figure out what works best for you. Whatever your journey in feeding your baby, take each step confidently knowing that you are the best person for feeding your baby. You’ve got this and we’re honored to support you along the way.  READ MORE

Our kids are a delight, we are grateful, we recognize how blessed we are to have them, aware of how painful it would be to lose them. It goes without saying that we are grateful for our children. But there are some things we just didn’t appreciate fully until after having children.


Parenting and Feeding Around the Web

We have an amazing online community we'd love for you to join! Needing positive support in your feeding journey? Have questions about weaning? Supplementing? Breast Pain? We're here to help! Click on our logo to get added or Join The Leaky Boob Community HERE.

Not Quite Pie Gluten-free Pumpkin Cupcakes 

  • 1 can full fat unsweetened coconut milk (or 1 cup cream if you don’t mind dairy)
  • 1 15 oz can 100% pumpkin puree (no additives)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or whole milk)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 40 drops NuNaturals vanilla stevia
  • 1 cup sweetener of your choice (I like coconut sugar)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cardamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt


Beyond Moi

life. family. love.

This Week On Beyond Moi

Parenting Pioneers

Every national holiday, Americans are faced with the challenge to figure out how to celebrate the holiday while at the same time remembering our country’s history – except for those who don’t get on Facebook, or the internet at all, and don’t read or watch the news. The rest of us face a message that gets louder every year, claiming that the version of history that we know is flawed, has been tampered with to sound, look, feel, and even smell, better than it actually was. They use words like whitewashing, and revisionism.

And they stand for victims.

Which is really annoying, because Americans tend to think of themselves as people who help victims, people who care, but Americans are also very proud of, and attached to their traditions. Traditions that bring family together. Traditions that are defined by the enjoyment of life, of food, of giving, of family, of taking a moment to slow down, to watch some football, and buying things with major discounts. READ MORE

Improvising for the Holidays

(from 2 years ago)

Our Christmas plans are changing this year, whether we like it or not. No daily Christmas activity during Advent. No picture with Santa (first time – ever). No time to watch Christmas movies together. Very little time to craft, let alone shop. Very little resources for shopping.

All this thanks to our big move, and most recently, to ballet, which has proven to be an expensive and enormous time-sap.

We have already reduced our Christmas celebration to a minimum in the last few years, to focus more on family, our faith, and helping others, so it doesn’t feel like there is much more to trim away. And yet, thanks to limited cash and an impossible dance schedule, we are feeling the need to improvise, to be creative, once again. READ MORE


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Our School's Tardy Log

I glanced at the tardy log at school this morning and wondered if the staff ever rattles off a top 10 list of best reasons for being late this month in staff meetings. Someone has to get a kick out of the honest reasons why any family is ever late anywhere.

"Grumpy brother"

"Idk. We slept in I guess."

"A tickle fight happened."

And on and on for pages. Add your 2 cents!



How a young boy put a cat-caller in his place by defending this jogger's heart. Come Join the Conversation!

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