Sharon Munroe

Sharon Munroe owns Little Green Beans, a unique children's and maternity consignment shop, and lives with her husband and 3 young children in Austin, Texas. She blogs for each business and is thrilled to be working on this exciting research and writing effort called The Advanced Maternal Age Project, which is now seeking stories from first-time mothers of age 35 or better.

The Birth of an Idea in Midlife

Many of us are inspired to begin businesses when we have children due to our new life perspectives and experiences.75 weeks ago, in the spring of 2012 I gave birth to an idea that has grown to over a hundred articles and contributors.At age 40 my life changed with the birth of my first son and by age 44, life looked completely different with two more children (a girl and a boy) in our family. I had been part of a childless couple for many years so one might say the change was drastic. Along the four-year journey I took some time to reflect.In my midlife, I’ve learned to better trust my intuition more than any other time in my life.Over and over I reminded myself that when I am positive and optimistic, great things happen. During my first pregnancy, a traditionally trained obstetrician overtly gave me the “advanced maternal age” stamp. Somehow she felt compelled to share general risk statistics with me at each prenatal visit though they were at complete odds with my health and medical history; she had been my gynecologist for over 10 years. If I listened to her, I certainly would have developed a stress-induced condition. Instead, I was empowered to overcome any barrier that came my way. How could I improve the odds of not developing one of many conditions that rise with pregnancy after 35 such as hypertension or gestational diabetes?I took care of myself with ample sleep, water, a healthy diet and exercise, including brisk walking, swimming and yoga.Being older meant that I knew myself better and was more resourceful and determined to be healthy. I felt compelled to tell people that I was 40 and having my first child. Once born, I showed him off, raved about his APGAR scores, our glowing health, and told a story of risk factors unfulfilled.By age 43 I was pregnant with my second son (surprise!) and wanted the same healthy outcome. I the challenges were greater. This time, our first son was 3 years old and we cared for an infant girl who we were fostering and trying to adopt. I had founded one business and was recruited to help start a second one that same year. Wow, what a busy time it was!Again, I surrounded myself with resources, more than the first time, including a very supportive team of an OB, midwife, massage therapist, doctor of oriental medicine (for acupuncture) and a prenatal yoga instructor.With another healthy outcome under my belt just one month shy of my 44th birthday, I was proud of myself, my bundle of joy, and even more vocal....more

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10 Reasons Everyone Should Shop Resale

There are many great resale stores throughout the world and many provide tips on how to consign and why you should consider shopping resale. Below are 10 reasons you should shop resale from Previously Adored, they are located in Alberta, Canada and like Little Green Beans in Austin, Texas they specialize in childrenswear....more