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50 Self Care Ideas For Moms Who Do Not Have a Lot of Time

The demands placed on your life can make you think that you will NEVER EVER have time for yourself, but there are little things that you can do to treat yourself. Despite being an octopus, steal-away moments DO exist. Here are a few things you can do to show love to yourself! Self Care Ideas to Pick From Meditate for 5-10 minutes a day Write down three things you are grateful for Do at least 25 jumping jacks Sit down at the table for breakfast every morning Read for 15 minutes before bed each night Light incense or a candle when you get home Write a letter to someone every day Write down one thing each day you love about yourself Watch 30 minutes of that show you have wanted to catch up on Make the bed each morning first thing Cook a meal for yourself each day Take a…

Why It’s Important to Be Kind to Yourself as a Parent

As parents, we often get so completely wrapped up in our children that we forget to be kind to ourselves. And sure, that’s completely understandable – but it leaves us feeling tired, overspent, and often inadequate.  Let’s explore why it’s so important to be kind to yourself as a parent and how to practice that kindness every day.  Improve Your Mental and Physical Health  Being kind to ourselves has been shown to improve both our physical and our mental health. At times of heightened stress, self-love is crucial. It’s what empowers us to cope better with the situation at hand.  On the other hand, when we think self-deprecating thoughts, we become the one thing standing between ourselves and contentment. Feel More Energized  Being overly critical of your actions, thoughts, or emotions drains your energy. As a parent, you will already have less energy available as usual. If you…

How To Take Care of Your Newborn Baby

Coming home, now what? The day has finally arrived to bring your sweet newborn home!  You have the nursery decorated and well stocked with diapers, wipes, and more adorable tiny clothes than your baby will likely manage to wear before he or she outgrows them.  You have read all the parenting books, made a million and one lists and checked them all off, and now you are ready to take care of your darling little baby.  So what exactly do you need to do to take care of a newborn?  I mean, they just eat, sleep, potty, repeat right??  While this is the basic description of a newborn’s activities, there is more you can do than just change diapers, feed, and burp them! Constant Care There are the obvious doctor appointments beginning as early as two or three days after you bring your baby home, immunizations if you are choosing…

Purpose for Your Pain: First Guest Posts! Sarah Inman Founder of Career Renovations by Sarah

I am so excited to launch this series with Sarah Inman’s story. She is the founder of Career Renovations by Sarah, a mom and wife. She has a passion for helping others find the job of their dreams. Her story of pain and joy almost brought me to tears. It is a profound piece that illustrates the struggle, guilt and triumph we as mothers go through. Please read her story below, and don’t forget to read one of my favorite blog posts by Sarah, Top 5 Ways to Show Employees You’re Thankful. Don’t forget to follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest too! I have a confession: I don’t really remember the first two months of my son’s life.  Like, at all. There are a few moments of clarity that shine through now and again, but outside of photographs, I can’t really visualize what my little guy looked like…

6 Ways to Maintain Freedom as a New Mom

Although tiny humans are quite demanding, having a newborn doesn’t mean that you are locked down until they walk and talk! With a few lifestyle changes, you can get that breather you need to keep you from drowning your sorrows in chocolate covered everything! Don’t base what freedom is for you by the trends and fads of today’s motherhood world, either! You’ll end up thinking that your baby is a ball and chain and not a bundle of joy. Here are a few things to think about when working to regain or maintain your freedom: Let people help you! In these challenging times, this can be tough; however, if you HAVE help, USE IT! Those who are offering don’t see you as the burden that they think you are to them. Whether it’s uninterrupted shower time, a nap, or unaccompanied trip to the grocery store, take what they…

Postpartum Recovery First 3 Months

The day has finally arrived and you are holding your newborn baby for the first time!  Everything is a whirlwind from learning to feed your baby to the discharge instructions as you leave the hospital.  You get home, get settled in, and the next thing you know, it is the endless cycle of feed, change diaper, sleep, repeat.  You know that taking care of yourself is important too but it is SO hard when you are so tired and busy!  Believe it or not, every parent goes through some variation of this.  The important thing to remember is that while you may be feeling physically fine after a couple weeks, it actually takes months for our bodies to fully recover from giving birth!  However, the first 3 months are the time during which you will notice the most significant advances in your postpartum recovery as well as when you can…

17 Side Hustle Ideas For Moms To Make Money

Side hustles for moms have exploded in the past couple of years mainly due to the pandemic. The latest data from the United States Census Bureau found that over 10 million moms lost work due to the pandemic or because they had to stay at home with their children. Moms however are generally good at side hustling so it’s no surprise that many have explored new ideas to get paid whilst taking care of their families. Side hustles offer moms flexibility, and they allow you to work based on your schedule and terms. Your rate of success and income will be based on the amount of effort and investment you put in. Starting a side hustle can be daunting, with lots of unknowns to be discovered. However, with enough commitment, motivation, and resources, you can turn a hobby or idea into a successful side hustle that generates…

First Day Vitamins for Kids and Women: An Honest Review

Do your kids eat their vegetables and other foods that are good for them without a fuss?  They do? No way, how did you do that?…If you did’t answer yes to that first question, don’t worry you are not alone!  Most of us parents are in the same boat and we want to make sure they get the right nutrition for their growth and development, but it’s not always easy.  We try things like shredding and hiding vegetables in things we make from meatballs to muffins.   Kids Multi Vitamins While that sometimes works sometimes, more often at least one of my kids will somehow figure out the slight ‘difference’ they are tasting. A more reliable and consistent way to get the right mix of nutrients into your kids from fruits and vegetables is First Day Kids Multi Vitamins.  My kids love them and they are made from 12 real…

The Ultimate Guide to Family Finances

If there’s anything more challenging than managing a family, it’s managing finances. The financial world can be confusing and difficult to navigate, and with family finance there’s always added pressure to succeed. Whether you’re looking to clean up your finances or you’re starting to plan for your family’s future, we’ve got you covered with four tips for taking care of your family financial matters.  Communicate With Your Spouse Finances can be a taboo subject for some families. It can lead to parents feeling stressed and overwhelmed, and money can even be a common catalyst for arguments. An Ameriprise study found that three in ten couples argue about money at least once a month. When dealing with family finances, an open communication policy with your spouse can help eliminate any confusion and prevent feelings of burnout. To communicate more effectively about money, start by setting a time to sit down…

5 Ways to Instill Good Dental Habits in Your Child

Raising a kid is perhaps one of the hardest jobs in the world. At the same time, it is also the most satisfying, especially if you see your child healthy and happy.  Among others, one of the most difficult parts of being a parent is getting your child to develop a dental hygiene routine. A task as simple as toothbrushing can end up being a nightmare!  If you are clueless about how to help your child build a better habit for oral health, we’ve got you. Keep reading and learn from the tips we’ll be sharing.  Help Your Child Develop Good Dental Habits With These Five Tips  From keeping toddlers entertained to teaching kids to become more responsible, parents have a long list of seemingly endless tasks. Below, however, we will focus on making sure that your child grows up prioritizing oral health.    Go to the Dentist Early On …