Since last week, I’ve decided to do a regular Reviews series that will help me navigate the do’s and don’t’s of a successful small business online. We have a shop. We have items listed in the shop. Now what? That’s what I will be exploring with my blog. And the best way to learn is by example. I will be reviewing Blogs, Apps, Etsy Shops, and more. So you, lucky reader, have a front row seat to our beginnings. Perhaps we will even inspire you to go out there and do the same. We started from scratch, so can you. Last week, I reviewed Happy Little Bento, a simple food blog.
Obviously, since I found out I was pregnant, I started reading more mommy blogs. But this one I actually found interesting before I ever thought of having babies: Mama and Baby Love.
To my surprise, Mama and Baby Love is more than a blog. Stephanie Brandt Cornais, the blogger, has expanded her business to include her holistic healing services and more. The list of her skills is exhausting to read on her “About” page:
The long is story is that I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Yoga Instructor, Certified Itsy Bitsy Yoga Facilitator, Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Certified Prenatal and Postpartum Massage Therapist, Certified Reiki Master Energy Healer, Arvigo Mayan Abdominal Therapy Practitioner, Trauma Release Excercise Practitioner, Certified Doula, and Ordained Minister through Alliance of Divine Love. I also apprenticed with an Acupuncture Dr and learned Cupping, Acupressure and allergy clearing healing techniques. I was a Birthing From Within Mentor from 2005 to 2010. By the end of 2014, I will be a Certified Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Educator and be a Certified Functional Diganostic Nutrition Practioner. All these trainings and certifications have greatly influenced my life and parenting style. I am so passionate about sharing information with other mothers and helping them to heal and supporting them along their parenting and personal growth journey. I offer these healing modalities to clients because they actually work.
She sells books, she has a newsletter, she holds summits, etc. She even has a staff now helping her write content for the different sections available: Real Food, Health + Wellness, Natural Parenting, and Lifestyle. But to most people on the Internet, she’s known as the Slow Cooker Freezer Lady. If you’ve ever spent 5 minutes on Pinterest, you have probably seen her Slow Cooker Freezer pins. Perhaps, like me, you’ve also bought her e-cookbooks! Her recipes are healthy, generally gluten-free, and so easy to do it’s almost boring. She’s a great source of inspiration for overall web presence and content marketing.
These days, I’ve been spending more time reading her baby section. Although Stephanie and her writers usually adopt an uplifting tone, some of their posts reveal the tougher side of pregnancy and parenthood. She shared with her readers her experience with miscarriages. I had trouble reading that post during my first trimester. After her child’s birth, she explained the red flags of sensory processing disorder, a disorder I didn’t even know existed, and so on. I sometimes tell myself I should stop reading mommy blogs because they make me worry and panic more, but yesterday, I read one post from one of her contributors that helped me cope with the overwhelming amount of information out there. I can’t remember how she phrased it exactly, but basically she said that you can’t have faith and fear. You must have faith over fear. Not faith in the sense of God necessarily. But faith that good things will come. Like Greg says, it’s those who worry too much about being sick that end up always sick. It’s good to be informed, but it’s equally good or even better to keep a positive mind and to nurture positive energy throughout your body.
Overall, I’m amazed at what this lady has done to take control of her life. I hope we’ll be able to do the same.