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Natalie Magee writes a regular column for Happiness Series about what motherhood and beyond - from prenatal to postpartum. Her intention with her column, "Baby & Beyond - What No One Else Will Tell You" is to give practical advice and tips to the busy mom and mom-to-be. She also shares her experiences good, bad and ugly as a woman, wife, mom, flight attendant and fitness instructor. Natalie is also a regular fitness contributor on Happiness Series. She will continue to create great, effective workouts for anyone - including the busy moms out there - who wants to get fit and stay in shape.

Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells

Never say never. Five years ago when I was just getting into my journey hiking the 14ers of Colorado I wrote this blog about the mountains I feared I’d never hike, including North Maroon Peak.  I also posted photos of Maroon Peak and underneath wrote, “not for me but they sure are beautiful to photograph.” This past […]

I'm a Bad Mom

I’m a Bad Mom

Almost 4 weeks have passed since my two year old daughter, Charlotte, broke her leg. By the time most people read this she will already have her cast off. The accident hasn’t been something I’ve wanted to talk about even though I’m reminded of it daily. The hot pink cast goes all the way up […]

Belize!

Belize!

Around October of 2014 my friend and fellow yoga instructor Erin asked me if I’d be interested in hosting a yoga retreat with her. She wanted to go someplace international for her first retreat and she thought we’d work well together. To be honest, I hesitated. Not because I didn’t want to work with Erin […]

Ain't Life Grand

Ain’t Life Grand

Hello my friends, my fellow happiness seekers, I have a truth bomb to drop on you, and I want you allow it to absorb into every aspect of your life. Ready? It’s not that bad. Let that sink in a minute, ok? Take a deep breath and inhale the meaning of this. Let this be your […]

Parents Bullying Parents - The Great Vaccine Debate

Parents Bullying Parents – The Great Vaccine Debate

There’ve been a lot of postings on social media and commentary on the news lately about vaccines. I see postings from my friends with the captions, “Idiots vaccinate your damn children!” and “I wouldn’t let my kids near anyone who chooses not to vaccinate.” It’s a heated debate, and I truly believe trying to sway […]

Trying New Things

Trying New Things

“You have to try the Lobster Pot,” my husband says. “Go on. No one is over there.” At approximately 114 degrees, the aptly named Lobster Pot was the hottest pool at the Orvis Hot Springs. We had taken a family vacation to Telluride and made a side trip visiting Ouray for the annual Ice Climbing […]

The Harder the Journey, the Bigger the Reward

The Harder the Journey, the Bigger the Reward

Dear Readers, as your best friend, the one who will tell you the hard truths no one else will, I have something to tell you. I know I’m taking a risk here that you’ll hate me after I say what I’m about to say, but as someone who cares about you, I think this is […]

2014: The Year of Letting GO

2014: The Year of Letting GO

At the end of 2013 I made a decision that 2014 would be the year of letting go. I had no idea just how much I’d continue to go of throughout the year in order to create space for better things to take their places. In some aspects letting go was good for me – […]

Raising Good Kids

Raising Good Kids

This morning I was at Walgreens ordering some prints through the photo kiosk with Charlotte. Errands like this I try to steer clear of with her because her attention span can be short. After sitting quietly in the chair by the photo booth a few minutes she wanted down so I let her play in […]

Moving...

Moving…

Moving has to be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. When I first moved to Colorado I had three suitcases and that was all. I slept on an air mattress in a two bedroom apartment I shared with three other girls with sheets from Wal-Mart. Almost ten years later I’ve moved […]

My Baby's Got No Hair

My Baby’s Got No Hair

Hair. We cut it, color it, shave it, wax it, pin it up and let it down. Hair can be our become the calling card, who we are, or something we hide behind. We make many judgments about others, both men and women based on their hair. I know whenever I see someone else with […]

Oops, I did it again... Saturn Return

Oops, I did it again… Saturn Return

Welcome back Saturn. In case you don’t follow astrology, Saturn has returned. To me, astrology is like a handbook for life. Many times I feel I’m wandering aimlessly through my life making irrational, self-destructive decisions, worrying and holding on to people, ideas, and possessions I shouldn’t. I have had moments lately where I put my […]

Fall Is In The Air

Fall Is In The Air

One can’t deny that fall is in the air. Somewhere in the beginning of September it begins to creep in whether that’s through pumpkin spice latte’s at Starbuck’s or the cooler nights. Colorado’s Aspen trees change from green to a brilliant yellowish gold seemingly overnight and people flock from all over to see them. I […]

Hiking Pyramid Peak

Hiking Pyramid Peak

One of the reasons I enjoy blogging is that I can look back on my past thoughts and see just how far I’ve come. In 2010, when I first started my journey hiking Colorado’s 14ers, I wrote a blog on the hardest peaks in the state. In the blog I wrote doubtfully that I could […]

Telluride... Where I Left My Heart

Telluride… Where I Left My Heart

Telluride, Colorado. Ever since I saw pictures of this town in a wedding magazine 5 years ago I’ve been drawn to this town. It’s where I wanted to get married but couldn’t due to logistics and cost. The first time I ever stepped foot in the town was about two years after I’d first been […]

How to Stay Married...

How to Stay Married…

Patience A few weeks ago my husband and I celebrated our five year anniversary. When I measure the time in years it doesn’t seem like that much has passed. If I measured it in months, weeks or minutes it seems a lot longer. What I remember of our time being married aren’t the days but […]

When Hiking a Mountain, Pay Attention to Signs

When Hiking a Mountain, Pay Attention to Signs

Ever since my first 14er climb in 2010 I have had a mild obsession with hiking all of Colorado’s peaks over 14,000 feet (of which there are 58). This personal goal  and journey is one I can only begin to attempt when the temperature rises and snow melts here in the high country. When I […]

Last Week I Had MY Aura Read

Last Week I Had MY Aura Read

Last week I had my aura read. An aura is a field of subtle luminous radiation surrounding a person or object, and the color of you aura can range from red to purple and is often a mix of one or more colors. I have never had my aura read, but was given a chance […]

Selfies... Self-Love or Self-Loathing? Respect Yourself Enough to Change

Selfies… Self-Love or Self-Loathing? Respect Yourself Enough to Change

Selfies. The urban dictionary term for taking a picture of yourself at arm’s length, usually with the intent to post on a social media site. We’ve entered a new era of self-love, and we’ve gotten really good at it. We’re looking in the lens of the camera, and we’re liking what we see. We want […]

Motherhood... A Competitive Sport

Motherhood… A Competitive Sport

For all my childless friends out there, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I had no idea about this until I had a baby. It’s a secret most mothers know, but few will admit to. You’ve probably witnessed it, but had no idea how deep this particular ocean is. Men don’t […]