Providing Professional Doula Services to Families in Greenwich, Westchester and NYC

December 2015

New Year Resolutions and the pressure to execute them can be overwhelming. Self negativity is often induced as you reflect on the previous year, emotionally punishing yourself for things that didn't go as you planned. These feelings are ugly.

They feel ugly! They sound ugly! These feelings don't deserve to be what defines you. 

To help you start 2016 with a new mindset, we've constructed a list of things to "kick to the curb" in 2015.

SELF DOUBT

There is nothing more paralyzing than self doubt. 

Self doubt is crippling and is the root of most dilemmas. Self doubt makes decision making virtually impossible. If we begin with self doubt, the ability to make even the simplest of choices will hold us at a stalemate. Instead of doubting yourself, weigh out the pros and cons and avoid lingering at all cost. Base your decisions on what is right for you and have faith in yourself.

Trust your own judgment. Believe it.

NEGATIVE THINKING

Negative thinking is the first level that self doubt trickles down to. Negativity is a vicious force and can be paralyzing. Seeing the positive in even the darkest hour is not impossible. Reminding yourself of that daily can play a huge role in becoming more positive. Your energy is immediately transferred into all that surrounds you so stop dimming the lights...Read more

If you're hosting the holidays this year, we're sure that you have constructed the perfect holiday menu for your family.

But Christmas wouldn't be the same without these 3 classic holiday beverages!

Hot Chocolate, Eggnog and Punch!

We have reached out to Chef Joe Cardinale to provide you with some instruction on how to create the perfect Holiday Cheer(s)! 

 

Holiday Hot Chocolate

2 c half and half
1 c milk
1/3 c sugar
1/2 c cocoa powder
Pinch of ground clove
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Whipped Cream
Cinnamon Sugar
Kahlua (optional)

In a saucepan gently heat the milk and the half and half. Whisk in the sugar and the cocoa powder. Add the spices and continue whisking until the mixture is heated through. You don't want the mixture to simmer. If you're using the Kahlua you can add 1-2 ounces to each mug before pouring over the hot chocolate mixture. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle of cinnamon-sugar.

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Egg Nog

6 egg yolks
3/4 c sugar
1/4 c cognac
1/4 c + 2 T Bourbon
1/2 t ground nutmeg
1/4 t salt
1 c milk
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As moms, we set the bar pretty high when it comes to our baby's first Christmas.

From preparation to completion, our baby's first Christmas MUST BE PERFECT!

We spend hours shopping for the most adorable outfit for him or her to wear on Christmas Day.

We shop for Christmas presents that he or she will not comprehend or appreciate.

We invest our time in creating special first Christmas ornaments, we visit Santa Claus, we take pictures with our little one in a hat or stuffed in a stocking, we send out Christmas cards with said photo of baby in hat or stuffed in the stocking... The list goes on and on! 

The truth is, your baby's first Christmas will likely not meet your standards of 'perfect'. 

Here at Northeast Doulas, we have decided to shed some (Christmas) light on the "unrealistic expectations" mothers set for their baby's first Christmas.

1) Baby's First Christmas Outfit  

Expectation: Have your little angel deck the halls in this adorable Christmas outfit from MyLittleMissCo on Etsy. Adorable, great for pictures and comfortable for your little one! 

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Makeup empowers women by allowing us to enhance our appearance. The entire process of makeup is exciting. Whether you wear makeup every day, or not so often, it is undeniably fun! From going to the store and choosing your cosmetics, to applying them, to feeling confident all day long with a fresh face of new makeup. 

What memories come to mind when you think about makeup? 

Do you remember that Mary Kay party that you once went to and bought a bunch of stuff you didn't need? 

Do you flash back to a slumber party where you and your besties did makeovers and painted each others nails? 

Do you think about the time your sister was getting ready for her first date so you gave her a pep talk while helping her apply her lipstick?

Aside from the personal empowerment makeup can give to us it also brings us back to a time in our lives where we were young, wild and free. It makes us look good, feel good and it brings women together. 

We have asked a few of the Northeast Doulas to share their very first memory of makeup.

 

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Randy Rock'n'Roll Doula 

When I was a little girl my mother didn't wear makeup a lot but every now and then she did. She had this beat up, old, case...Read more