Non candy school valentine ideas are a fun way for your kids to give Valentine cards at school without all of the sugar or allergy concerns. All of these are easy, DIY school Valentine’s that any kid would love to give OR receive and have free printables to get you going. Don’t spend money on those cheesy character Valentine cards – make your own homemade school valentines this year! [Read more…]
Self care tips are something all moms can use – these self care tips are written specifically with moms in mind. Self care doesn’t have to take a huge time commitment – you can take care of your mental and emotional health simply by devoting small snippets of time to improving your own well being. By valuing yourself, you are training those around you that you also need self care. Use these simple self care tips to get you on the right track.
This is a sponsored post I wrote on behalf of BJ’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own!
You guys, babies have a lot of stuff. Like, a lot of stuff. And I’m not even talking about the number of appliances or equipment that can make life easier, like swings and bouncers and wipes warmers – I’m talking about the actual, sheet number of STUFF they need.
Like a billion and seven onesies, because poo-splosions will happen. Oh, and if you have a little with reflux, double that – at least.
Diapers. And diaper rash cream. And wipes. And nipple cream and boob pads and bibs and bottles and pacifiers and formula. And cleaning supplies – both for icky baby booties and your house which at some point will feel like it has a layer of yuck on it.
And that’s not even considering what happens when they get a little bigger.
We try to be ~minimalist~ in our house. not by choice but because our home does NOT have to room for anything more than that. With that in mind with both boys we kept the ‘stuff’ to a minimum and I realized that while babies do go through so.much.stuff, they don’t necessarily NEED a ton of stuff.
And when you have 2 under 2 you need to know what is ESSENTIAL and what isn’t, or else you’ll be drowning in baby AND toddler stuff. Because while babies need a ton of stuff, so do toddlers- and sometimes it doesn’t even overlap.
When I first got pregnant with Ryan, I felt heavy with the knowledge that my friends – fresh out of college and starting exciting careers, enjoying the dating scene, and generally enjoying being young – would have a hard time identifying with my from then on out. As someone who has a hard time making friends, this honestly seemed crippling. Just the thought of having to go into the world and make even one new friend who understood me and what I was going through on top of learning how to be a mom and handle a newborn? It kind of sounded like the worse case scenario.
Thankfully, I eventually found my group of people that I could chat with about being a mom – and some of those people are YOU awesome people who come here and chat with me 😉
Now, I’m not sitting here saying I have a million and seven mom friends. If I did the whole MOPS or joined a baby gym or mommy and me classes or something similar, I’m sure I would have a few more, but the reality is that, besides the handful of awesome ladies that I can reach out to and chat with, I have one really good mom friend – my mom BFF – who I rely on for my parenting companionship.
And I really, really, really need her in my life to keep me sane.
Because here’s the truth: your partner is amazing. I won’t take that away from them. But sometimes you need another mom in your life for something – things only another mom will understand. A mom who doesn’t have to sleep next to you at night and who you can complain to when needed. If you’re sitting there thinking that you’re doing just fine without a mom BFF, I’m coming at you with reasons you absolutely, irrevocably need a mom BFF in your life – like, yesterday.
PS – make sure you stay through to the bottom of this post where I’m giving you a free cheat sheet of do’s and don’t for meeting new moms and conversation starters to take the stress out of making a new friend!
When you’re stressed and out of time, it can be hard to find time for reading. Read on to get tips on how to find more time for reading!
As a kid, I always had my nose in a book. If you ask my parents, they’ll tell you stories of my walking down sidewalks barely looking because I was reading. (Not my best idea, since I’m pretty clumsy.) Reading was my thing. I never understood the kids that despised reading – to me there is nothing better. I would stay up incredibly late, well past my bedtime, a clip-on book light lighting the words, and finish a book a day. It drove my love for writing and is probably what pushed me to become a journalism major.
And then I had kids. For a while, I was still reading a lot – Alex had bought me a for my 21st birthday (I; ve recently converted to a Kindle, though) and I would prop it up on something and read in the dark hours of the night, trying to rock Ryan to sleep. But as he got older, and especially once we added Owen to the mix, late night reading sessions become less and less and my daytime sessions evaporated completely – between ensuring that Ryan didn’t get into God knows what and using my ‘free’ time when the boys are sleeping catching up on cleaning or blogging, I just hadn’t made the time.
Which is a shame.
In January, I made myself promise to read more – I’d been way too stressed at the time and reading is something that always mellows me. When we went on our vacation in January, I devoted a good chunk of driving and down time to reading and immediately saw a difference. I now am reading a few books a month that I consider to be my ‘me’ time – something crazy important for stress mommas!
Struggling with the same thing? Have no fear! I’m sharing my favorite tips for how to find more time for reading!