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Spring Cleaning Tips for Moms of Infants and Small Children

Every mom with young children knows it’s important to Spring clean your house once in a while if you don’t want to wake up one day and realize something really gross is lurking under your refrigerator. For us moms, it can feel impossible to find the time or focus to get it done. However, there are tips for moms with young children that will help you get your Spring cleaning done in record time, and with your sanity intact. You can learn to make it easy with the right shortcuts, tools, and products. For example, just wait till you learn all the things that are safe to clean in the dishwasher, and how a single appliance can practically clean your whole house! This is going to amaze you.  Make It Easy and You Won’t Put It Off The big secret to making Spring cleaning manageable is to regularly clean in…

Fitness Gear For Moms Who Love The Outdoors

Don’t you just love getting outside in the fresh air and enjoying the beauty of nature all around you? Isn’t it sad thinking that many people are stuck indoors all day working at jobs in an office without so much as even a view of the outdoors? If you are the kind of gal that jumps at the chance to get outside on your own and breathe in the wholesome goodness of that fresh air and sunshine, and maybe even get in a quick work-out to shape and tone your body, then you’re in luck. This post is just for you! Whether it’s running, golfing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, or mountain climbing, you’ll find a bunch of affordable fitness gear products to assist moms (like you) who love the outdoors!  Fitness and Sports Gear for Moms Who Love Outdoor Workouts  Invincible Fitness Agility Ladder Training Equipment Set This equipment set help…

The #FITMOM Trend: Why Its A Good Thing

Recently, the “What’s Your Excuse?” Mom was re-circulating through social media and the news with her recent weight-gain admission. It brought me to thoughts on the whole #fitmom trend, and where we go as mothers with it. My immediate  reaction was, “how brave of her, to be honest, and brave to admit her mess when she subtly shamed mothers for not losing the weight.” She became humble and honest. We are all well aware of the #fitmom trend or dare I say pressure to be our own version of a #fitmom. Social media rewards and celebrates images of mom’s post-baby, looking fabulous and fit just days after giving birth. But, there are many moms also posting their scars, marks, and skin folds – triumphantly celebrating the birth of their baby. I think the whole #fitmom movement is fabulous because it encompasses so much of our desires as women, not moms.…

Gift Ideas for a New Mom’s First Mother’s Day

You might wonder what the best Mother’s Day gifts are for the new mom in your life. You know her best. She may not really need another coffee mug, even if it says something cute. But I bet she’d love it if you put some thought into what might make a new mom’s life more liveable right now. The best gift ideas for new moms on Mother’s Day are things that address the struggles of exhaustion, fear, loneliness, doubt, and anxiety. Also, anything that makes her feel pretty. Some good ideas are flower subscriptions, spa gift sets, Mani/Pedi gift certificates, a pendant with the baby’s birthstone, a fun t-shirt that advertises new-mom status, paid membership in a new mom’s group, or a class that will teach her everything she needs to know about infants, sleep cycles, and breastfeeding.  Pampering or Wearable Gift Ideas: Here are some gifts that will go…

Meal Planning Made Simple and Bonus Printable

Do you love the idea of meal planning but find it overwhelming? Look no further! In this post, I offer a handful of tried-and-true tips to simplify your meal planning.  What is meal planning?  First, it’s important to understand that meal planning has a broad definition. It looks different for everyone, and that is exactly the point. Meal planning is a method of preparing food for you and your family that simplifies the process, alleviates stress and worry about what to make for dinner, and even keeps you on budget.  Meal planning can be applied to any preferred method of cooking including the crockpot, Instapot, or lunches only.  Why are you meal planning?  Once you understand what meal planning is and what that may look like for you and your family, decide your purpose for it. Is it to save money? Eat healthier? Save time? Being able to identify your…

5 Ways You Must Pay Attention To Your Middle Child

It’s a special place to be the middle child, and there are some important ways you can give your middle child some special attention. First, Read Them Special Books Just as you maybe did with your oldest having a new sibling, your middle child can really benefit from being some books in being in the middle. Here are some great starters: My Middle Child, There’s No One Like You You’re All My Favorites The Middle Child Blues Little House on the Prairie Second, Give Them A Special Toy I remember getting a small toy when my younger sister was born. I’m actually the oldest, but the idea is great for the middle child. I gave each of my boys a special gift from our third baby in the hospital, so they could feel special. Some great ideas for this type of toy is a toy they can care for like…

6 Signs You’re Over Being Pregnant and Ready for Baby

The final stretch of being pregnant seems to last the longest. When I wrote this post originally, I was 36 weeks pregnant. After reviewing it, all the 6 signs still ring true for most pregnant mamas. These are the things that start to happen, to help you know you are totally over being pregnant. I think this is an important milestone in getting close to labor. Often times once the mama is over being pregnant (and close to the due date), the baby soon follows. Maybe pregnancy has been difficult for you, so you were mentally and emotionally done sooner, but usually, these funny little signs mean it is really close to the end. If you aren’t close to the end but have maybe gained too much weight, I highly recommend the Belly-Only Pregnancy program. It is a simple, fitness and nutrition program with recipe books to guide you on…

Camping Must Haves To Entertain and Protect Your Little Ones

Are you planning an exciting camping adventure in the great outdoors this year while bringing along your younger children? Do you find yourself asking the question, “Where do I begin when planning for safety and entertainment for my kids?” The idea of camping with little ones is something many parents may dream of, but may not necessarily know how to prepare properly for. Keeping your little ones safe and happily entertained is a critical component to maintaining your peaceful enjoyment of the trip when exploring nature’s beauty and the various elements that come with it.  Here is an arrangement of useful things to bring along to help with entertainment, sleeping comfortably, insects, and just plain having fun while camping with your infant, toddler, or young children. Infants and Toddlers Infants and younger toddlers require safe, teething-friendly toys and gear to bring along. You’ve got to keep in mind that a…

Tasty Lactation Shakes You Can’t Resist

Let’s picture a perfect world where you can snap your fingers and have someone bring you a tasty lactation shake to help you build your milk supply and nourish your body whenever you need one. As incredibly nice as that would be, the reality is we all need to be our own advocates for creating a fabulous diet of healthy eats, drinks, and tasty treats. If you are handy with a blender and can handle choosing a few fruits, liquid of choice, and some other helpful ingredients to taste, you are well on your way to making your tummy super happy while improving your daily milk production supply.  Find the 8 BEST lactation protein shakes for pumping up your milk supply while losing the baby weight here! The Magic is in the Right Ingredients  Here are some highly nutritious ingredients to use in creating your own delicious and healthy lactation…

Toddler Birthday Parties That Rock His World

Get ready to pull out the snacks and gear up for a fabulous time! Who’s ready to get creative and make a fun-loving birthday party that your toddler is sure to enjoy? We will go over a checklist of steps that will help you ensure your little one and their friends are having the time of their lives! We’ll also mention a few ways to make sure mom and dad are hanging in there and having some fun throughout the process as well. Let’s get our supply list in order and get ready to rumble with the toddlers!  Starting off on the right foot is important when it comes to party planning, especially when dealing with a bunch of energetic toddlers with short attention spans! Try following this list of suggested items to purchase, or tasks to complete, and you will find planning a toddler birthday or any party is…