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How To Be A Mom, Run A Business + Still Have Fun!

Being a #Mompreneur isn't just something that is trending. It is a movement that is becoming a real source of income for mama's who want to stay home with their kids. Whether it is working for a company or starting your own business, finding balance between your work + your family can be challenging ... but more so, it can be fun! 
 
I have learned a few things over the years as Pink Stork has expanded and my family has grown. And I don't want to keep it all to myself, so I hope you find it helpful! 
 
Be clear on your vision + do it. Set your goals. Plan your days + weeks so that you don't lose sight of that vision. But stay flexible. Roll with it. Things happen. Kids get sick, kids need extra snuggles, kids argue, and sometimes kids just need to burn off energy by running around outside. It is ok to be with your kids for a moment. Work can wait. Your kids are the reason you are home in the first place! 
 
Be organized. Find a system that works for you and get organized! Maybe it is a paper calendar or a running task list on an app on your phone. There are SO many resources out there that can help you organize your business, family, and life. Or maybe you are at a place in your business where you can bring on team members to help you get organized. (I am so thankful for the awesome Pink Stork team - they truly keep me organized!) Building a team is an investment, but it is worth it. Think of it this way: it is less stress on you + more time with your kids! 
 
Be able to multi-task when needed. I cannot tell you how many times I have been on a work call while changing a diaper. Mom's are super multi-taskers! 
 
Plan buffer times. This one saves me ... daily! If I know I have a meeting at 12:00 pm, then I give myself a 10 minute window to gather my thoughts + take a moment to breathe before the meeting. There is nothing worse than being out a breathe for a meeting because I was frantically running around! 
 
Keep your marriage a priority. Build in time for one another that doesn't involve the kids or work. Maybe this is a weekly date night or a 30 minute time frame every evening where you sit and catch up. Pour into one another + invest time into being together. 
 
Make mundane moments fun. You know those daily or weekly tasks that can be so mundane ... like grocery shopping? Make those fun! If you take your kids to the store with you, give them all a list of items they are responsible for spotting as you walk up + down the aisles. Or if you get to go the store alone, put on some music, listen to a podcast, or call a friend to catch up. Make those mundane, every day/week tasks fun for you! 
 
This last one isn't for everyone, but for me it is huge. I am Christian so keeping my relationship with the Lord is a key. It sets the tone for my day, my month, and my life. 
 
It is important that you love what you do and do what you love. If you don't, then it could all feel like a burden. Nobody wants that! I hope you connected with this post on some level + find these tips helpful. 
 
Mama, you can do it! You can run your business, manage your family, and have fun. It is possible! Don't give up, the world needs more mama's like you. Mama's who work hard at what they do so they can be at home with their families.
 
Myself + the Pink Stork Team are always here to encourage you! So, if you are a business owner or a work from home mama, we want to know! Tell us the name of your business + your social media handle below. We want to follow you + encourage you! 

Amy’s #Bumpdate (7 months)

This pregnancy seems to be flying by for Amy! She is 7 months pregnant and glowing! You might not know this, but the Upchurch family is not finding out the gender of the baby. They already have 2 boys and 2 girls ... so what will baby #5 be? Comment your guess below! 

What has been the best part of this month?

I love feeling the baby flip, turn, move, and dance in my belly! It is so fun to sit and watch this little miracle try to push out of my belly. My kids are loving it too! 

What has been the most challenging part of this month?

If you read my last pregnancy update, you would know that we have moved 3 times since October. Well ... we are moving again! (We discovered some mold in the house + office and have to relocate). Just when I started to unpack our boxes - for the first time since October - we are packing them back up again! Although on a positive note, I feel completely free from the nesting-bug. I haven't had the itch yet, and it is probably because I am too tired from all this moving!
 
What have you been craving?
Maybe it is being back in Florida, but shrimp has tasted like Heaven this last month! Don't worry it's cooked 🙂 

Do you have any go-to products?

Due to the mold in our house and office, we have all been feeling sick. So, we have all been filling up with Cocolaurin and Apple Cider Vinegar. Together, they have worked so great and have been so helpful in making us all feel better! 

Amy is getting closer to her due date. If you want to make sure you see all her updates, head over to our Instagram!

Healthy Mama, Healthy Baby

Happy New Year!

The holidays have flown by for us busy mama’s and 2018 is officially here! We are excited to be a part of your health resolutions this year - whether you are trying to become a mother, a mama-to-be, or a new mom in the new year.  A new year is the perfect time to check in with our bodies and minds to make sure we are giving ourselves and our babies the best care and love possible!  Actively taking part in your wellness journey during pregnancy is an essential part of keeping yourself and your baby happy and healthy.  With our Pink Stork products, we want to provide women with natural and effective solutions to incorporate into their health routines.  So no matter what stage you are as a mama, keep reading to see where you can incorporate Pink Stork into your 2018 and beyond!

Pink Stork Fertility Tea:

When you’re trying to conceive, it has the ability to take over your life. This is where Pink Stork Fertility Tea comes in. This tea was created with the ability to help improve your fertility, aid in balancing your hormones, and regulate your menstrual cycles.  Pink Stork’s Fertility Tea has combined 7 powerful fertility approved herbs that are not only organic and non-GMO, but have been scientifically studied and proven to assist women during the conception process. One of our herbs included is chasteberry, which balances progesterone and estrogen levels and helps stimulate the hormones involved during ovulation. According to a study performed by the Stanford University of Medicine1, chasteberry showed to be a well-tolerated supplement that could be an attractive option for the optimization of reproductive health. And according to another study on chasteberry, it was found to significantly reduce the number of PMS symptoms including depression, anxiety, and cravings.2  Let us help you get ready for that baby!

Pink Stork Mist:

Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms so many of us mamas experience in our first trimester (or sometimes all).  It can be debilitating, taking us away from our daily life activities and making it difficult to function when you are first starting to grow that little babe.  One of the main causes of morning sickness has been found to be a decrease in magnesium.  However, our morning sickness spray, containing magnesium from the Dead Sea in Israel, quickly absorbs into your skin, giving you fast relief of lingering nausea.  Studies have shown that magnesium supplementation during pregnancy likely decreases the occurrence of many complications during pregnancy.3 If you are experiencing nausea or vomiting, make sure to let your physician know how you are feeling so they can be a part of your treatment plan as well. 

True Milk:

When you are a breastfeeding mama, you are part of a wonderful bonding experience with your baby.  During the journey of breastfeeding, it can be a struggle to provide enough milk for your growing babe.  In our Pink Stork True Milk, our key ingredient, organic and non-gmo herb fenugreek, has been used for centuries to increase milk production for breastfeeding.  A key component of fenugreek, diosgenin, is linked to the increase milk flow.  Fenugreek has been shown to be effective in enhancing women’s breastfeeding adequacy.4  (Same can be said of our Pink Stork Liquid GoldAnd of course, we always recommend consulting with your physician or lactation consultant before beginning any supplement.  Cheers babies!

 

 

 

This blog was written in collaboration with Laura Vorozilchak, PharmD. She is a certified Pharmacist who has a passion for writing. Her insights to this product are not only helpful, but reliable. Thank you Laura!

 

 

Sources: 

  1. Westphal L, Polon MK, Trant A, et al. A Nutritional Supplement for Improving Fertility in Women. J Reprod Med. 2004 Apr:289-293.
  2. Loch EG, Selle H, Boblitz N. Treatment of premenstrual syndrome with a   phytopharmaceutical formulation containing Vitex agnus castos. J Womens Health Gend Based Med. 2000 Apr;(3):315-20.
  3. Zarean E, Tarjan A. Effect of Magnesium Supplement on Pregnancy Outcomes: A randomized Control Trial. Adv Biomed Res. 2017 Aug 31;6:109.
  4. Tin Fei Sim, H Laetitia Hattingh, et al. The Use, Perceived Effectiveness and Safety of Herbal Galactagogues During Breastfeeding: A Qualitative Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Sep; 12(9):11050-11071.

Improve Your Fertility!

It’s Tea Time!

When you’re trying to conceive, it has the ability to take over your life. As women, when the desire to have a baby hits, we are immediately ready and don't want to wait one minute longer to start trying. Being a woman is hard with so many responsibilities in this life! Not to mention, adding stress to the process of conception often creates obstacles in making that baby. With so many tips on how to help with conception (from what to eat, how to sleep, what not to drink ... the list goes on ...) we are often left wondering what really works and grasping for something that is simple, natural and helpful. This is where Pink Stork Fertility Tea comes in. This tea was created with the ability to help improve your fertility, aid in balancing your hormones, and regulate your menstrual cycles.

Pink Stork’s Fertility Tea has combined 7 powerful fertility approved herbs that are not only organic and non-GMO, but have been scientifically studied and proven to assist women during the conception process. One of our herbs included is chasteberry, which balances progesterone and estrogen levels and helps stimulate the hormones involved during ovulation. According to a study performed by the Stanford University of Medicine1, chasteberry showed to be a well-tolerated supplement that could be an attractive option for the optimization of reproductive health. And according to another study on chasteberry, it was found to significantly reduce the number of PMS symptoms including depression, anxiety, and cravings.2 #winning

Two other herbs included are ladies mantle, which can help regulate a woman’s monthly cycle, and nettle leaf, which contains a variety of vitamins and minerals that promote human growth and health. We also included the herb red raspberry leaf, which has been long demonstrated by many studies and sources to tone the uterus and promote overall uterine health. We’ve also included a favorite, passion flower, to decrease anxiety and insomnia, (both symptoms that we are plagued with when trying to conceive).

Our Fertility Tea is finished off with some peppermint and stevia for added taste and sweetness, giving the flavors of love and kindness to you and your body. Our tea is prepared with big chunks of herbs in biodegradable sachets so the medicinal effects of each ingredient is fully absorbed. Brewed hot or cold, it’s a satisfying cup of tea to boost your reproductive system. So, while you are enjoying our tea, you can allow yourself to savor a cup of natural health and fertility.

XOXO!

Amy Upchurch & The Pink Stork Team

 

This blog was written in collaboration with Laura Vorozilchak, PharmD. She is a certified Pharmacist who has a passion for writing. Her insights to this product are not only helpful, but reliable. Thank you Laura!

 

 

Sources:
  1. Westphal L, Polon MK, Trant A, et al. A Nutritional Supplement for Improving Fertility in Women. J Reprod Med. 2004 Apr:289-293.
  2. Loch EG, Selle H, Boblitz N. Treatment of premenstrual syndrome with a phytopharmaceutical formulation containing Vitex agnus castos. J Womens Health Gend Based Med. 2000 Apr;(3):315-20.

Amy’s #Bumpdate (6 Months)

At 6 months pregnant, Amy is looking & feeling great! She is enjoying food, has successfully moved her family to Florida, and is gearing up for Christmas. Keep reading to hear more from Amy!

What has been the best part of this month?

Eating. Everything just tastes so good! In my previous pregnancies, food wasn't so appetizing. But with this pregnancy I am enjoying the fact that I want to eat!

What has been the most challenging part of this month?

We have successfully completed 3 BIG moves in 3 weeks & that has been ... a lot! We moved to Florida, into a condo, and into a new office.  To say the least, that has been challenging & exhausting but we are settling into our new space just in time for Christmas! 

What have you been craving?

I still walk around with a cup of ice in my hand all day - Thomas laughs at me! But I have also been carrying Away Bars in my purse. While I am not struggling with morning sickness, they are a yummy snack full of protein! 

Do you have any go-to products?

All month, I have been loving the Burt Bee's Chapstick. It is like my lips have their own pregnancy craving! I am also obsessed with to Ogx Sparkling Cider Shampoo & Conditioner. This stuff smells amazing - too bad it is limited edition! I could use it all year around.  With all the holiday parties & events, I have been wearing my aromatherapy necklace a lot lately. It is a great accessory for any outfit! (And I have added some oil ,which continues to spread Christmas cheer with a peppermint scent!) Lastly, I am drinking about 3 cups of the Labor Prep Tea every day. So yummy! 

Have you been following Amy's daily posts on Pink Stork's Instagram Stories? She posts a lot of behind the scenes content of Pink Stork & her life as a mama of 4 little ones. Plus, who wouldn't want to live vicariously through her videos at the beach?  

XOXO!
Amy UpChurch & The Pink Stork Team

Surviving the Holidays … While Pregnant!

The holidays are officially in full swing! Can you believe it? It truly feels like the year has flown by.

Being pregnant during the holidays isn’t an easy task! On top of the aches & pains, the swelling & stretching, the growing belly, and the exhaustion … you have to decorate your house, go Christmas shopping, plan/attend family gatherings, continue managing your everyday life … oh, and grow a little one! It is a lot. I get it. I am there with you, mama!

But if there is anything I am learning this year it is this … I can survive AND thrive in the holiday season. How? Well, it isn’t easy. But with these tips, I hope you find it a little easier to enjoy your holidays!

Say no to overwhelming your schedule. Don’t feel the pressure to attend every holiday party or Christmas event. I know, this one is hard. How can you say no during the hustle & bustle of the holiday spirit? But trust me, your body will thank you if you choose to rest & take it easy some days.

Take FULL advantage of the Expectant Mother’s/Family parking spots! You earned that spot - it is like employee of the month parking for mom’s! And you won’t have to carry your shopping bags to the end of the aisle - win!

Two words. Online. Shopping. Enough said! (This is especially great when you are pregnant because you can sit at home with your feet up, enjoy some hot coco, and get all your shopping done … in your pajamas!).

And last, but definitely not least, treat yourself. Remember to take care of your body during the business. If you can’t minimize the events on your calendar, park in the mom spot at Target, or shop online … at the very least, treat yourself. Take a warm bath (psst..our flakes are great!), read a book, enjoy a warm cup of tea (we have plenty of flavors!), put some calming oils in a diffuser (peppermint is great!), getting a mani/pedi … do whatever you need to do to listen to your body when it needs to relax.

I hope that you find yourself thriving this holiday season, not just surviving! Bake some cookies, watch tons of Christmas movies, blast Christmas carols … and enjoy that little one you are growing in your belly. After all, next Christmas you will have a lot more shopping to do (oh, the toys!).

XOXO!

Amy Upchurch

Amy’s #BumpUpdate (4.5 Months Pregnant!)

Amy is officially 4.5 months pregnant! And as you will read below, she is loving this pregnancy!

Did you know that Amy gives behind the scenes exclusives to her life as a wife, mom & business woman? Check out Pink Stork’s Instagram - she posts daily on our insta-story!

What has been the best part of this month?

I love watching my belly grow! I know it sounds cliche, but with my previous pregnancies I was too sick to appreciate my growing bump. So this time around, I am loving it! Although, finding clothes is quite the challenge! (Why did I give away my maternity clothes again??)

What has been the most challenging part of this month?

Besides finding clothes that fit me, sleep has been tough. I require more sleep than the average person the combination of being pregnant, chasing 4 others kids & running Pink Stork .... I am exhausted! Oh and pregnancy brain ... it has kicked in full gear! Let me be honest with you - the other day I went to the store with my slippers on! #PregnancyBrain

What have you been craving?

Ice! All day, everyday. I literally walk around the house with a cup of ice all day!  

Do you have any go-to products?

Every night I wind down with a cup of Labor Prep Tea. It's so good & I know it's preparing my body for labor. Another product I make sure to take every day is Cocolaurin - it is so good for your body, helps kill off bad bacteria & fights sickness. 

Amy is on the hunt for the best natural/organic lotion. Do you have any suggestions? Comment below!

XOXO!
Amy UpChurch & The Pink Stork Team

 

Special Halloween Treat!

Happy Halloween!

Our kids love Halloween - they love carving pumpkins, going to fall festivals, and trick or treating, of course! How do you celebrate Halloween? Do you have any fun traditions you do as a family? We want to hear them! Comment below & share your Halloween fun with us!

And because it is Halloween, want to give you a little treat - use the code BOO30 for 30% of any product at Pinkstork.com (code is limited to 1 product).

Have a great Halloween & enjoy some of your kids candy - you deserve it!

XOXO! Amy Upchurch

SURPRISE … Amy is Pregnant!

Amy is pregnant with baby #5! And we’ve got the scoop on how her pregnancy has been going so far.

How did you find out you were pregnant? Well it all started this summer … I was testing out flavors for the our new product - Fertility Tea. After passing out from exhaustion a few nights in a row (way wayyy wayyyyy) before my normal bedtime and having that metal taste in my mouth I kinda just knew, you know? The next day while shopping at Target, I grabbed a pregnancy test to confirm what I already thought! I’M PREGNANT! Safe to say, our fertility tea worked for me!

How did you tell Thomas? I thought really hard about a cute way to tell Thomas, but when I called him at work, he said I was acting really weird. So, he came home early! I ended up showing him the positive pregnancy test right when he walked in the door! I cannot hide anything from him! He knows me so well. Haha!

How did you tell the kids? Once Thomas knew, we decided to tell the kids. We went in the living room & sat them on the couch. We told them I was pregnant & we were going to add another brother or sister to the family. Of course, America & Victoria want a little sister and John Hamilton & Christian want a little brother! We will see - tiebreaker!

How did everyone react? Beyond excited and very surprised!

What is your due date? Late March, early April... Spring baby!

How far along are you? At the start of my second trimester! Whew!

What products have you been loving? I have been loving the Magnesium Mist, Morning Sickness Tea, Cocolaurin, and PRO for daily use! They’ve really helped with my morning sickness. Oh, the Away Bars too! Those are yummy! I have also been enjoying baths using our flakes - so relaxing & really helps me to unwind at the end of the day.

Any cravings? I have been craving milk … and I don’t normally like milk!

Stay tuned for monthly #bumpdates from Amy on her pregnancy. We will chat about the things she is craving, what products she is loving, and more!

XOXO!

Amy Upchurch

Pink Stork Story: Bekkah Jurna

You know those pregnancy stories that tug at your heart while you reach over for a tissue to dry your eyes? Well, Bekkah Jurna’s story is one of those stories! She has such a beautiful story about her pregnancy journey that we couldn’t NOT share it with you! So sit back, grab your coffee, and enjoy hearing about Bekkah’s pregnancy & Pink Stork journey.

Bekkah Jurna : wife / mama-to-be / overcomer

Bekkah Jurna is from Yuba City, California (itty bitty town North of Sacramento). She just had her little girl, Scarlett Rose, at the beginning of August! She sure is beautiful! Bekkah & her husband considered their little girl a miracle. You see Bekkah was told she wouldn't be able to have children due to a few medical conditions (Bekkah has Crohn's disease & battled liver cancer). But, to their surprise, they found out they were pregnant the SAME DAY they found out her cancer went into remission - WHAT A CELEBRATION!!

How did you discover Pink Stork?

Funny thing, I was "Googling" nausea remedies, because I had been suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (extreme nausea I had my entire pregnancy & was hospitalized for a few times). Well, Pink Stork popped up! So, I clicked on the link and started reading about Amy's pregnancies, essentially motivating her to build this company. I just felt so in tune with her on how she felt that I HAD to try some products, because I was getting desperate for any type of relief.

What was your life like prior to Pink Stork and how has your life changed since using the products?

Before Pink Stork, I was being hospitalized because I couldn’t keep liquids or food down, I was losing instead of gaining weight, and I was just so miserable. I couldn’t believe I was going through all this because this is not how pictured pregnancy! After a few weeks of using Pink Stork products, I had less hospitalizations, I was able to cave into my pregnancy cravings without total regret, and I was finally feeling a little more at ease. I still had my good and bad days, but the good days outnumbered the bad ones thanks to Pink Stork products!

What is your favorite product and why?

I have 2 products I have to mention because they both are my favorite! The Mist and the Bath Flakes! The Mist I kept on hand at all times. When I started to feel like nausea was coming on, I spritzed myself and focused on breathing and relaxing. The Mist helps keep it all manageable!! The Bath Flakes were so great at the end of the day when I was feeling restless and couldn’t get comfortable. I would add some Flakes to the bath tub & soak away my cares! It gave me total relaxation and helped me get settled enough to fall asleep.

In the future, what products would you like to see from Pink Stork?

I'd love to maybe see more aromatherapy jewelry, oils, and different flavored teas! I have the necklace, and it's just so pretty as much as it is useful.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Bekkah! We are celebrating a healthy mama & baby girl, and hope you are continuing to enjoy those Pink Stork Products.

Have a fantastic week mama’s!

XOXO!

Amy Upchurch