Hello from Ives & Christy
Our desire is that the ula and us blog inspires, educates, and provides practical tips and tricks to help you conquer your individual summits.
Last week I posed the question, “How many of you have tried apple cider vinegar to boost metabolism?” The majority of those that responded (~70%) said you had not. A lot of you did not respond at all and some members of the community messaged me sharing other reasons why they took apple cider vinegar daily. These included, but weren’t limited to: improved complexion, mosquito prevention, anti-inflammatory properties, gut health, and as a colon cleanse. Even more of you slid into our DMs saying you wanted us to research the impact of ACV on weight loss. So let’s dive in...
Let's be real, a mom can do more in five minutes than seems possible.
Or at least it feels like we are always juggling our daily activities with a newborn, a toddler, or a child in tow.
Christy and I want to share our mama morning routines with you.
What our "self-care" morning ritual looks like and how we get ready to take on all the beautiful messes the day will bring.
2020. What. A. Year. Honestly, our nation, our world probably needed 2020 to happen. It forced us to open our eyes and ears.
In the Tuesday Talk section of our newsletter last week, we shared just that. How to really listen. The week prior we recognized we can do better as a brand and as individuals when it comes to anti-racism and supporting the BIPOC community. Our first step was listening and educating ourselves --both of which are not one time actions. We included resources in our last 2 newsletters, but want this to be a living document that both of us can access and that we can share with our ULA community. If you have other resources or workshops that you have found beneficial, please share them with us. If you want to have an open conversation about anti-racism and how to better support the BIPOC community, please engage with us.
EYES OPEN. EARS LISTENING.
How to really listen.
During a time of radical change, this is a simple reminder on how to connect with people who have different perspectives and views than your own. Not just now, but always. You have something to learn from every human you interact with, but you have to listen.
The following list is from @werenotreallystrangers and it may be back to basics, but it's also such an important reminder.
1. Limit distractions.
2. Ask follow-up questions before rushing to make a point.
3. View disagreements as opportunities to grow.
4. Be open to changing your mind when receiving new information, even if it makes you uncomfortable.
5. Listen to learn. Even if what you're hearing contradicts your current view of the world.
6. Resist the urge to make it about you.
7. Be more interested in understanding others than being understood.
8. Admit when you're wrong. Your ego wants you to be right. Your higher self wants you to evolve.
Seattle Health & Wellness
Ashely Davies, Instagram handle is @dreambigdavies. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7AM and 8AM find her on Instagram Live for a 30 minutes workout. She alternates body part focus. Mondays are upper body + abs, Wednesdays are lower body, and Fridays are total body. I know because I do her workouts on the regular! The fact that she smiles for most of the workout is motivation alone. Once we aren't working out at home, you can find her at Shred415, FlyWheel, and leading CSRD community FREE runs.
Brittany Love, Instagram handle is @curvycurl. You can find her schedule over on her Instagram page where she offers strength, cardio, mobility, and barre classes Monday-Saturday. She is an Athleta Ambassador and we have had the honor of partnering with her for a Stronger Together themed workout and LOVE LOVE her vibe and message she puts out. If you need some good resistance bands, you can also check out her love bands.
Athletic Form, Instagram handle is @trainathleticform. Their studio is one of the largest in Seattle and you will get nothing short of a fun, upbeat, and well thought out functional workout. Robel the owner is as great as they come and their bootcamp style and strength classes are worth a drive to SODO once they open their doors post shelter in place.
City Sweats, Instagram handle is @citysweats. They are officially open and both of these mamas will need an infrared sauna treatment STAT. I have had the opportunity to sit in on a few panels to hear the owner, Dee Alams, speak on topics related to health and wellness and oh man is she is a gem! If you need another way to sweat besides movement, this is where it's at.
White Fragility: Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by DiAngelo Robin
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
Hood Feminism Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot by Mikki Knedall
Anti-racist Children Books and Parenting Resources:
Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham
The Color of Us by Karen Katz
The Skin I'm in: A First Look at Racism by Pat Thomas
Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
A is for Activist (board book) by Innosanto Nagara
Brick by Brick (board book) by Giuliano Ferri
This list from embracerace.com, which includes 31 books to support conversations on race, racism, and resistance. Most of these books are for ages 3/4+, but you can never start too young. The board books are a great place to start for your early reader and there are TONS more out there, so do your research.
IG account @theconsciouskid is a great resource and their Patreon page includes a list of 41 titles of critically-curated books. The book list can be accessed at the $5/mo book club tier ($1 if you are low-income). Joining their community includes increased access to tools and resources that support anti-racist action.
IG Black Activists and Creators to Follow:
(credit to @jessicawilson.msrd and @blackandembodied for most of these accounts for the #AMPLIFYMELANATEDVOICES challenge that took place from June 1st-7th):
IG Black Outdoor Enthusiast to Follow (list provided by Outdoorsy.com):
BIPOC Food Bloggers and Local Restaurants
Accounts to Follow for Recipe Inspo:
Seattle Restaurants to Support*:
Fat's Fried Chicken & Waffles
The Wandering Goose
Meskel Ethiopian on Cherry St
*This is not an all-inclusive list but we tried to include a variety of cuisine and neighborhoods
Organizations to Support/Donate To
From Town & Country Magazine Online:
Black Lives Matter
George Floyd Memorial Fund
The Love Land Foundation
The NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Color of Change
In addition to the lists complied above, Brittany Packnett Cunningham (@mspackyetti) created the following GoogleDoc here and it includes resources for white parents, articles to read, videos to watch, podcasts to subscribe to, books to read, films and TV series to watch, and additional organizations to follow on social media. It is important that we reiterate we did not compile this list, but Brittany did and we accessed it through Claire Gold.
As always, feel free to message us with any additional resources you have found helpful.
"THE TEMPTATION TO QUIT WILL BE GREATEST JUST BEFORE YOU ARE ABOUT TO SUCCEED."
If there ever was a quote to sum up our birth story that would be it.
Some of you have followed along my pregnancy from the beginning, so you know that I did not find out the gender of our sweet babe until the delivery. Luka Hot Halverson entered this world on Monday, May 18th 2020 at 4:07 PM weighing 8 lb 3.4 oz and measuring 20.5 inches. Our world has forever changed for the better and despite such a small package, my heart and Andy's is overflowing with love. I believe every birth story is beautiful and unique and I wanted to share my experience with the ULA community.
Okay friends! Hiking with a baby is absolutely doable. It gets me excited just thinking about more of you being empowered to hit the trails and knowing that motherhood doesn’t mean adventures need to take a halt. In fact, I would argue that you have even more of a reason to get outdoors. Because hey, it’s good for the whole family! Kaila has loved the outdoors from the beginning and I am sure most babies are the same way. Yes, it will absolutely look different and there are a few things you should consider before hitting the trails with your littles, so let’s jump right in and talk through 8 tips to consider!
1. Take advantage of hiking while they are younger and smaller.
It's easier to hike and/or do longer hikes the smaller they are. The reason you ask? It may be intuitive, but I bring this up so you take advantage while they are small. They sleep anywhere (including your front pack) and you don’t have to worry about bringing extra food and water if they are nursing. Yes it may feel weird pulling to the side of a trail to nurse your babe, but it's pretty magical. The older they get, the heavier both they and your load become! Now that Kaila can walk, we have to consider what hikes we choose and when we let her down to roam, given we would not want to risk her running off the side of a mountain. I see us picking hikes with a lake at the top over a summit going forward.