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Mercedes Moore is a certified prenatal and postnatal fitness instructor setting out to help women on their health and fitness journey during pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond.

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Is there a magic spray that can make all my troubles go away? No? Well then... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At least I have @airscense to make the bad smells go away 🤷🏽‍♀️🙌🏽 They make non-aerosol air fresheners and toilet sprays using only the finest essential oils and plant extracts. The fact that it eliminates odors with the added benefit from breathing the essential oils is a win-win in my book. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We were #gifted a set of their air fresheners and toilet sprays in exchange for a review and I've got to say... I'm in love. The scents are amazing! I love that you only need a couple spritz to turn the room from smelling yuck to mmmmmm. Thanks to the kids, I'm using these sprays all the time! I keep lavender in Kiara's room, Vanilla in Kieran's, the Orange (which smells like an orange creamsicle, no joke!) in the bathroom, and the lime here in the living room for the common areas. And the toilet pre-sprays in the bathroom of course 😘 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's amazing how a good smell powered by essential oils and no harmful phthalates can change your mood around. I've honestly been on the hunt for a natural air freshener for a couple years. Other brands that I've tried have been too strong and perfumy but this is just a nice sweet scent that me and my husband (who is very sensitive to scents) both enjoy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have you ever tried @airscense? Which scent is your favorite or would you most like to try? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Available at @wegmans & @wholefoods⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

{ #fableticspartner } Today has been a day. Both kids have been acting up, it's raining, and the world is in mourning. Seriously debated posting at all today, but I need to do something that makes me feel good. Tell me something you did or are going to do to feel good today? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Working out in #MyFabletics makes me feel good. I'm glad I was able to get my workout in this morning before everyone in the house (animals included) started losing their marbles. My May Fabletics outfit isn't just cute, but comfortable, flexible, and breathable. Plus, it's perfect for this workout I'm going to challenge you all with. AND this top has thumb holes 😍 #movieinfabletics with me! Click the link in my bio to get 2 leggings for $24 with a VIP membership 🙌🏼 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dynamic Resistance Band Workout (10 reps of each move, repeat circuit 2 times min - 4 if you really want to feel the burn) * Squat walk & hop * Standing Knee to Elbow (alt) * Front and Back Lats Pull Down * Leg Press * Butterfly Abs * Bridges * Leg Lifts (I used a medium resistance band for the whole workout. If you don't have any bands, this entire circuit can be done without them.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

I never understood the bond between mother and son before having Kieran. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The way he looks at me and smiles. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When he wakes up in the early morning or late at night he's best comforted by laying close to mama. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When he coos and babbles and giggles. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Everything about this little guy has me so in love. Even though pregnancy was miserable and postpartum been hard. He makes it all worth it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy 4 months, Kieran. My sonshine ☀

Let's have a mental health check in. How are you doing lately? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've been taking medication for PPD for 2 weeks now. What the doctor prescribed is very mild so it takes a while to build up in your system, but is safe for me to take while breastfeeding. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since it takes a while to build up, it's not like I was going to feel the effects over night. But gradually, I'm beginning to feel like myself again. And not just me pre-depression. I mean me pre-pregnancy. I mean the me with energy, the me who loved fitness, the me who wanted to get out of the house and DO things (not that there's a whole lot we can do atm...) but just... ME. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And my gosh. It feels good. I keep hoping I'm not just on the high before the low again, but finding my way back to steady.

The darkness kind of snuck up on me. I was constantly fatigued. The idea of doing anything was exhausting. Of writing, of talking, of being here on the gram. The thought of having to get up in the morning or taking care of the kids. And for days I cried. I cried so I wouldn't scream or pull out all my hair. I cried so I didn't throw everything to the ground. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'd had some highs and lows since having Kieran, but this was the lowest I had felt. I was finding it hard to cope and I could see myself slipping further and further away. I didn't want to take care of myself. I was forcing myself to go through the motions when all I wanted to do was crawl into bed and close my eyes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When I reached out to my doctor, he said it sounded like I was on the bubble of PPD. That it was good I reached out when I did before it got really serious. It's easy for me to imagine where it could have ended up, if it got "really serious". And it's scary. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I know we've all had a good cry here and there when the kids are acting up and it's all too much. But if you're finding that's all too much all the time, if it's getting harder and harder to cope, please reach out to someone. You can message me, or a spouse, or a good friend, but most importantly, please reach out to a health care professional. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You never have to go through this alone.

{ #maryruthpartner } Lately, Kyle and I have been making pizza quesadillas and they are everything right now. I take my @maryruthsorganics Ultra Digestive Food Enzymes, a plant based formula packed with enzymes & vitamins, to help break down lactose, fat and prevent bloating. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since I started using these I have noticed less to no bloating which is a win! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What's one of your favorite quarantine snacks? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

I want to take a moment to appreciate this wonderful man. During this difficult time, Kyle's been so supportive. Even though I know he's tired and sore from work, from putting in our new floor, rearranging the living room, and cooking dinners, he helps me out when the kids are overwhelming me, surprises me with a glass of wine, and all his warm hugs. For all that and more I'm so grateful for him. ❤️ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ We're also grateful for our new TushBaby #gifted to us from @tushbabyshop . This awesome carrier helps support your back and prevents jelly arms 😅 It's got pockets galore for quick access to essentials, diapers, wipes, phone, etc. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Mostly, I keep it by Kieran's changing table because Kiara usually asks me to pick her up while I'm changing her so she can see what I'm doing. It's easy to adjust between Kyle and I, and can be used on our hips, in front, or as support when feeding. We love using it as a hip carrier and Kyle and Kiara love it most, honestly. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ The TushBaby is now available online at Target 🎯. Each purchase helps them donate a TushBaby to a family with special needs, which helps them carry their kids with comfort and ease and for the kid to see the world from a new perspective. ❤️ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ How would the TushBaby help make your days a little easier?

I thought Mother's Day morning was the perfect time to try my blooming tea from my @sipsby Floral Tea Box. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kiara has a play tea set and loves pretending to have tea so I thought she'd might like some for real. In this moment that I took this picture, I was so proud of her. Sitting there like a big girl, drinking out of a real tea cup. And then not long after this shot she had a fit as we tried to help her with the cup 🤦🏽‍♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So... if anyone knows of any kids tea sets so I don't have to worry about her breaking mine, I'm all ears! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Teas featured in the #sipsbyblooms box: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @davidsonsteas Spring Cup @churchillsteas White Peachberry Jasmine Pearls #strongbirdfarm Wild Violet @teafiori Tuscan Dreams ​ Order at : ​​https://utm.io/uvVG (link in bio) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The community I've worked hard to surround myself with here on IG is so supportive. I see everyone trying to educate themselves. Speak out. And take action. Thank you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you because it's not like this everywhere. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I cried this morning. 7am and I'm crying and my stomach is in knots and I feel sick. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm "light-skinned" a term I don't really care for. But what that means for me is I've had privilage. I've rarely if ever felt mistreated or prejudged by authority because of my skin color. What it also means for me is I'm still black enough that people do make stupid assumptions about me, but just white enough that they think they can say things to me that aren't ok. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've been told I must be good at basketball because I'm black. I've been told my hair looks like pubes. A kid has held up chocolate and said, "look it's your relatives." Kids on the bus used to throw paper in my hair. The boys used to think it was ok to "scoop" my breast (I believe because I'm a girl but also because I'm a black girl and less than them). An older woman at a clothing store (I used to work at and was often told I looked too young to work at) made a snap assumption that my younger sister who is white was my daughter because why? Because black girls all have kids young? Because she's white so she couldn't be my sister? People touch my hair without asking. People make snap assumptions and think it's OK. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So when a black man with darker skin than mine is killed. It's OK because he was black and I made the snap assumption that all black men are bad. Do you see what I'm getting at here? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ People will make assumptions about you on the way you dress, or music you listen to, or whatever. And those are things we chose to do. I didn't chose to be black. But I am proud that I am. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Help me make change. Help me educate. We need your voices to speak up and speak loud.

I haven't done an intro post in quite a while. I'm Mercedes. This is my family, my husband @thisishowyoudad , our nearly two year old daughter Kiara-Talia, and our four month old son Kieran. This is our interracial marriage & biracial family. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I grew up in a white home. Bless my mom for doing her best to tell me there were still people out there who might not like me just because of the color of my skin. Bless my grandparents who loved their two biracial grandchildren (me black & white, and my beautiful cousin who is white and asian), bless my aunts, bless my step-dad who loved my mother and her biracial child and didn't listen to anyone who didn't think that was right. Bless my step-family who opened their arms and hearts to me. Bless my step-grandma who treated me and loved me like she did all her grandkids. Blessed to be welcomed by my in-laws. And so many more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I was BLESSED. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That's where part of the problem with our society is. I shouldn't have to feel thankful to be accepted despite or regardless of what my color is. It shouldn't even be a factor. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And now, as a mom of two biracial children, I shouldn't have to wonder how they'll be treated in school and later in life because of their skin color or hair texture. If they'll be perceived as white and treated as such. Or if they'll be stuck between white and black like I was and always be a little bit misplaced. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Growing up, I always thought we had progressed as a society. As an adult I see that was naive and partially a product of where I grew up. Living in SC and especially here in VA my eyes have been opened. Especially with the murder of George Floyd, I see little has changed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let's be the change. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For people of color. For families like mine. For us all. Let's please make this a better and SAFER place. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you for the many of you who are breaking the silence. Thank you for my family. My followers. My friends. I love every single one of you.