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Welcome this sweet baby into the world!

Holly from Integrative Mom is a writer here at the perch. We love having Holly as a part of our team and welcome her new little boy into this world.

Hollys' two handsome boys with their Nesting Pillow!

I think her new little one is going to be a soon as he arrived, Holly "birthed" more amazing blog posts..nothing like " a little inspiration". Hollys' blog Integrative Mom is the best place to visit for natural parenting! Here is her latest post "Labor and Childbirth"



Interview with Integrative Mom~ A new member of our Blessed Nest team

         We are more then thrilled to introduce to you, Holly Shore from Integrative Mom. Holly is joining our team here at the Blessed Nest Perch as a monthly contributor in the category of holistic nutrition & lifestyle information. 

 Holly is a baby wearing, breastfeeding, organic loving, green building living, attachment parenting, slow/ waldorf inspired/holistic/integrative mom. WOW...she  is also an inspiration. Coming from the "no guilt" angle that we do here at the perch; we are excited to gain from her wisdom, teaching without the feeling of being lesser then!  Holly is so kind and simply passionate about all that she has become. We need more women who mentor us through blogging as she does.

Thank you Holly for teaching and gently  guiding us into a natural, holistic lifestyle which is better for Mom, baby and the planet!

        Holly,  your site Integrative Mom provides relevant and targeted holistic nutrition and lifestyle information to moms giving them the resources, recommendations, and encouragement needed to take responsibility for their health and the health of their families.


Please join us as we chat....enjoy my interview with Intergrative Mom~

  <Donna~Blessed Nest> 1.   How did you become so knowledgeable about holistic nutrition?

<Holly Intergrative Mom> I have been interested in it my whole life- growing up, my dad instilled in us that anything we need for healing can be found in nature, and my Hawaiian-Chinese grandmother was an avid reader and researcher on health and nutrition and passed her knowledge on to me when I spent my summers visiting her in Hawaii. Looking back, this makes me realize that parents have a huge impact on their children's future choices and lifestyle habits- and should offer encouragement to those who wonder if their "healthy" efforts matter!  After years of devouring every book about holistic living I could get my hands on, I trained to become a Holistic Health Counselor in New York City in 2005.

<Donna~Blessed Nest> 2.  You're passionate about breastfeeding. What is the one most important tip you would give to a new mom about nursing her baby. 

<Holly Intergrative Mom> The most important tip I want to give new moms about breastfeeding is to get support in the beginning.  We think it's supposed to be this innate knowledge, that we will just instinctively know what to do and it will be easy.  For some people it is, but for most of us, it's difficult and we have very real issues and don't know what we're doing.  Don't give up- it is the most important thing you can do for your child's health.


  <Donna~Blessed Nest> 3.  You are a work at home mom. How do you find a work-life balance?   

<Holly Intergrative Mom> We are practicing attachment parenting, which makes a work-life balance even more challenging!  But there are creative ways to make things happen, and the majority of my writing has been done while my baby naps on my lap, as I type with one hand on my laptop.  Ok fine, all of my writing has been done this way!  I also continually remind myself that he's only "this age" once, and I won't sacrifice quality moments with him to finish a post, or answer emails.  My readers can wait- and since they're moms, I know they understand.


  <Donna~Blessed Nest> 4.  Motherhood is full of ups and downs. What is the most challenging aspect of being a mom and the most joyful aspect? 


<Holly Intergrative Mom>  When  my son was 3 months old a friend asked me how my life had changed since having him- i found this question to be ridiculous!  There was not one thing the same in my life.  I really had no idea how hard it would be- my sister says if anyone could get it across to you how hard it would be, no one would ever have children!  but the craziest part about the whole thing is that it's been the absolute most incredible experience of my entire life- so you have this juxtaposition of hardest and most amazing and wonderful thing ever.  I don't think I was prepared for how it truly is a more than 24 hour a day job. That being said, every second of every day is a joy upon joys.  Watching the light bulb go off in his head when he learns or connects something new, hearing him say mommy, seeing his smile.  Even when life doesn't go the way I think it should, I take one look at my child and think, "This precious being is  such a gift-How can I ever have a bad day when I'm surrounded by true love?"

Love to the moon and back,