7 Sanity Saving Tips for Busy Moms in 2020

Do you ever feel like you’re spinning your wheels and never getting anywhere? You’re not alone! As a busy mom of 3 very active children (One of which is entering her first melodramatic teenage year) I fully understand how we can constantly rush and rush, yet never really achieve what we set out to do each day.

 

Not that anyone really notices, but we sure as hell bust our ass every day doing the little trivial things that if we did not get done, then the whole shit show would fall apart anyways. Do you see our dilemma? We are constantly running in circles barely getting traction while tiring ourselves out and it needs to stop!

 

Let’s make this our year to finally get our family life organized and I truly believe it’s possible with some much needed tweaks along the way. Although, I can maybe see hoarding a larger quantity of coffee & dry shampoo while we adjust to some things. (Just my personal tip) Although it may not seem doable most days, it’s still a possibility and I’m running with it…like a toddler trying to escape nap time. We got this!

 

I have put together a list of some crucial steps that must take place before we can get this “show to the production line” in 2020 and finally have productive and successful days as busy moms!

 

1. We must start our day as well rested as possible I understand wanting to stay up the night before indulging in every second of silence that we can…believe me, I do! But we are setting ourselves up for complete and utter failure by not resting our minds. Coffee is magical, but not that good! Sleep is vital to this whole operation. With little ones getting sleep can be difficult if not impossible. Incorporate help from family or friends to watch your little bundle of joy so you can catch some much needed Zzzz’s.

 

2. Give yourself time to get ready for the day FIRST Whether it’s having 30 minutes of silence to enjoy a cup of coffee while the sun rises, or brushing your hair and applying your makeup without having to rush and ultimately stabbing yourself with the mascara wand. Set your alarm to wake you early and allow yourself some extra time to set the tone of your day in a peaceful way. It actually does work very well with step #1!

 

3. Don’t snap at the first sign of struggle Kids will be kids and they seem to come programmed knowing exactly what buttons to push to trigger your last nerve. So set the morning vibes and don’t back down when the trouble or inevitable bickering amongst siblings starts to ensue. Be strong, Mama! You got this.

 

4. Sometimes we need to go with the flow Just as important as it is to not snap at the first sign of struggle, it’s also very important to learn to just go with the flow of things. “Picking your battles” is a very real thing with Motherhood. It allows you to not stress yourself out over every little mess or shout (even if you really want to react) it’s best to just pick your battles and go with the flow. You and your children will be much happier for it.

 

5. Have a routine set in place for the whole family By having a routine set in place, you can help eliminate confusion or too many options for things to not get taken care of. (Example: Have your children clean their plates/bowls from the table after finishing breakfast. Have them lay out their school clothes the night before school to avoid rushing in the mornings. Likewise, lay out your work clothes the night before and enjoy that extra time in the mornings. Sit your trash can out the night before it runs…this is a huge sanity saver! Taking some time to plan and establish a routine of getting things in place will definitely save you and your whole family the headache when time runs short and you will all be glad you did.

 

6. Understand that things will not always go as planned Even if you plan everything out and have it all done the night before, things can and still do go wrong. Your child wakes up sick and throws up on the way out the door on the morning of your business meeting. Your child tells you the morning of their science project being due that they “forgot” to tell you about. You spill coffee on your brand new outfit, you forget your wallet at home, someone cuts you off in the parking lot stealing your spot and now you have to circle it 27 more times. Life happens and it gives us plenty of opportunities to scream and curse the skies, but we can choose not to. Not that I always take the high road in that department, I am however realizing that taking the high road isn’t just for other people, it’s more importantly for me and my inner peace.

 

7. Forgive yourself and try again tomorrow There will be days where things are going to go smooth and you snap anyways. You have a moment of weakness and simply snap in the middle of your child starting his story over again for the 89th time because he left out yet another small detail. You’ll feel horrible because of it and ask for forgiveness and of course they forgive you, but ultimately you have to forgive yourself, too. We are all human and most of us try the very best we can to do right by other people in hopes they do the same for us. But, at the end of the day all you can control is how you react and respond and what you’re willing to do different the next time the opportunity presents itself. You are not a failure simply because you fail at something. The world is full of great people who have failed more times than I have even attempted something, but they would never have gotten to where they are if they accepted the mindset of failure. Forgive yourself for your short comings (because we all have them) and pick yourself up and try again tomorrow.

 

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As I always say, life is a journey and a roller coaster one at that. With each high and low comes the same gift, a lesson. Experience in something we gained as a result of having gone through it. Whether good or bad, we are stronger because of it.

Choose to accept that every day is going to have its own set of challenges with ups & downs. As long as you’re doing your part in minimizing the chances of things going crazy by planning, having a routine, remaining calm and going with the flow of things so when life throws you a curve ball (as it will) you can forgive yourself for reacting poorly in the moment of a tough situation and try again tomorrow.

Allow yourself grace and understanding that better days are coming and you will get through all of the tough days just like you have gotten through all of them before that you could not see a way out of or an end in sight. You’re stronger and more capable than you think and you totally got this!

 

 

 

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Practical Tips for Thriving as an Introverted Mom

I have been a mother for nearly 12 years and I have learned so much about myself during these years. However, I have always known that I was introverted. That was never a doubt or question in my mind. Raising my three children (who each have their own unique personality – a mix of future introverts & extroverts) has been extremely enlightening on so many levels.

 

I grew up being the quiet child that was labeled as shy or weird. I would watch as most of the other children would go on about their day without a care in the world. Laughing as loudly as they wanted without fear of looking silly or obnoxious.

Being an introverted person is different for every introvert and how they interact with the world is just as unique. However, being an introverted mom/parent can be even more challenging to maneuver in today’s society. I don’t mind being introverted. It’s where I draw most of my strength on my ability to inwardly think and process without the disruption of the outside world.

Before I share with you what has worked for me, I’d like to acknowledge that being a mother is wonderful, hard and a never ending learning experience. It doesn’t take away anything from being a mom whether you’re an introverted or extroverted mom.

 

Whether you are outgoing or more reserved and laid back, moms are constantly being judged no matter where we turn or what we do. I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say we are judged on literally everything! With a fine tooth comb – no less. But, why? No one is perfect and introverts understand this probably better than the rest because we are outside of the box thinkers, dreamers and we can understand and appreciate everyone’s uniqueness, gifts & abilities.

 

 

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PLAN & EXECUTE YOUR QUIET TIME –   It is so very important as a mom to have time to yourself. We are so busy raising the next generation that we forget we are still living ourselves. On top of that, there is the nagging guilt that if we do take time for ourselves we are somehow not doing our job as a mother of always putting our child first.

Just remember that it is impossible to pour out anything from an empty cup. This tip is “plan & execute” for a reason. Because as mom’s we are so quick to “plan” on taking time for ourselves that we forget to actually “execute” that plan and make it happen.

So, take that time for yourself momma. Go grab some coffee and enjoy a quiet trip in the car or crank up those tunes. Take a long hot bubble bath or read a good book in silence. Just remember to relax. Not think about what you should/could be doing or what are the kids doing… They are being kids and to be brutally honest, they are probably not even thinking about you.. So fill your cup momma! Your kids will benefit from a freshly renewed and relaxed mom, and so will you!

 

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UNDERSTAND YOUR LIMITS –   Don’t let anyone make you feel bad because you’re not constantly running up and down the road taking your child from one fun new adventure to the next. Understanding your limits will help you avoid mommy burnout and more than likely your child will appreciate it as well. Kids need rest, too!

It’s okay to simply enjoy each others company and talk and be silly without the need to compare how someone else is raising their kids or maybe you should be more “fun”…

No! Stop it! You are a fun mom. You are amazing. You do awesome things with your kids and you do them on terms and times when you know you’re able and what’s best for your family! 

It’s important to know your limits in life and when to take a break and when to push on further. Once you have a grasp on that and don’t let the voices of others influence you, you will be much happier.

 

 

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LOVE YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU’RE AMAZING –   You’re not perfect. No one is. So, love yourself! So what if you’re a little awkward or shy or don’t want to be the center of attention. You’re still amazing and you have so many wonderful gifts to share with your family and the world. And in your own time when you choose to do so.

Forgive yourself when you fall short or when you try too hard to be a perfectionist. Understand that your flaws are what make you so unique and embrace them completely.

Everyone learns things and copes with things differently. Being an introvert just means that you’re going to do things  differently than other’s. It doesn’t mean you’re doing them wrong or not good enough. You just do things to the beat of your own drum and that’s pretty awesome to me.

Don’t be afraid to stand out and be different. Don’t be afraid to try again when you fall. Each gift, talent and unique ability that you possess is what makes you amazing! Use those every day and you will not only be a better mother for it, but you will be a better person for it. It’s a beautiful thing when you can inspire someone else to let their own unique flame burn bright for the world to see.

 

 

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STOP OVERTHINKING EVERYTHING –   This should be interesting considering that introverts are naturally introspective and in-tune with ourselves. Which means we are often times more prone to overthinking. We seem to know when something is wrong with us even if we can’t pin point exactly what it might be.

We know these things because we have spent so much time thinking over each little detail time and time again. But, sometimes we benefit far more from things and certain situations if we just stop overthinking them.

It’s a hard feat to ask, especially from introspective people. Just think of it as learning something new, because who doesn’t like new things? Call it an experiment or whatever it is that you need to do to take your mind off overthinking things from motherhood, friendships, work or home… Just let it go and simply be in the moment. It’s okay!

 

 

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UNPLUG THE WHOLE FAMILY –    Whether your kids are too small to know what technology is or if you have teenagers whose smartphone has grown into a 6th finger on their hands… Make time for the whole family to unplug and spend some beneficial time together.

It can be so easy to let them play a video game so you can have a moment to yourself and trust me, I am not saying don’t do that. I do that plenty. But, there are times when everyone needs to come together as a family and actually interact with each other… (Cue every teenagers eye rolls…)

Social media and technology today has made some incredible breakthroughs, but it does come at a cost to how we interact with people. Especially how we interact with our family and friends. It’s easier now than ever to be so close to someone and yet so distant. To get wrapped up in comparison or the mindless scrolling and we forget that life isn’t on our smartphone. It is what is happening around us while we are busy looking at our phones.

So, get unplugged and start enjoying the things in life that really matters. Your family, friends and the precious time that you are blessed to be able to spend with them. You would be surprised at just how much time you waste (yes, waste!) on social media… It can be fun and sometimes rewarding to engage with technology. Just don’t forget to live your life!

 

 


 

As an introverted mom, I understand life’s challenges and the uphill battle that is sometimes unavoidable. However, I know how rewarding it can be to embrace who you are and the amazing things life has to offer once you’re comfortable in your own skin. Your spouse, kids, friends and most importantly you will benefit so much more by simply being yourself. Introverted or Extroverted or simply somewhere in between, we are all uniquely wonderful with truly amazing gifts and abilities to share with the world. Are you ready?

 

 

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30 Life Lessons I Learned By 30

I turn 30 in three weeks from today and boy have I learned a lot of things in these (almost) 30 years! Mostly, lessons learned the hard way. Is there any other way? (((sigh)))

 

I can tell you though that many of these lessons often came with huge beneficial gains for me mentally, physically and spiritually. Yet, sadly, sometimes it took learning some hard lessons more than once to really grasp the calamity of it all.

However, as I am quickly approaching thirty and getting ready to leave my twenties behind, I find it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on who I am as a person and just how far I have come from that young woman who entered into her twenties a decade ago.

 

So many lessons learned over these past three decades that I have been blessed to be alive, but in the spirit of “30”, here are thirty life lessons that really made a difference in who I am today and might help you going through something similar at your current stage in life.

 

 

1.) It’s okay to say no  – Those who truly respect and love you will understand.

2.) Get to know the real you – Take time to get to know who you really are. What are your likes, dislikes, goals, dreams. Not just what everyone else is doing. You do you! Trust me, it will pay off!

3.) You cannot make everyone happy – Trying to do so will only bring yourself misery. Not everyone will like you. They aren’t supposed to, and that’s okay!

4.) Having boundaries does not make you bad – It’s quite healthy and necessary and those who have issues with your boundaries do not respect you.

5.) Stand up for yourself – No one else can do it for you and if it costs you certain friendships, jobs or opportunities, then they weren’t worth your peace or your time to begin with.

6.) Forgive others – It’s not for them anyways, its for you and your peace!

7.) Don’t participate in toxic relationships – People will only treat you to the extent of how far you allow them. True friendships and relationships are mutually funded.

8.) Perfection does not exist – Trying to keep up with the Jones’s will only be a waste of your own good life. No one is perfect!

9.) True happiness is not found in material things – Having a nice house and a flashy car is wonderful, but don’t let your self-worth get wrapped up in what big or small material items that you do or do not possess.

10.) Change is inevitable – You can either embrace it or fight it, but change will come regardless and sometimes it can be a beautiful thing!

 

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11.) Be the bigger person – You cannot make everyone see your side of things or your perspective, whether right or wrong. Make peace with it and move on.

12.) Everyone makes mistakes – It’s part of life to make mistakes, but learning from them is a choice.

13.) Invest in your skin – Sure, a tan looks great, but healthy skin looks better! Invest in a proper day and night skin care regimen and your body will thank you for it.

14.) Diet & exercise do matter – Never underestimate how important diet and exercise can be for your health. Although, great for your body, it’s also beneficial to your mind.

15.) Sleep, sleep, sleep – As a life long insomniac this has been a hard lesson for me. Sleep is one of the most crucially important tools in your life and also one of which that controls many more mental and physical functions to boot. So, get that rest! Zzzzz…

16.) Knowledge is power – I say this with absolute humble intention. Reading is not something to do when you’re “bored”. Learning is crucial to your mental development. You’re never too old to learn something new. Now, get out there and explore!

17.) Do not conform – You were born to stand out with your own unique talents. Embrace them! Show your gifts to the world and inspire others to do the same.

18.) Not everyone is your friend – Not everyone who says they’re your friend is truly your friend. Some people seek only to bring you down to elevate themselves and weeding them out can sometimes be a heartbreaking but necessary experience in life.

19.) You cannot control everything –  Go ahead and give up that fantasy notion on being able to control every outcome. Learning to accept things in life especially difficult things is a hard but necessary life experience that everyone has to go through. Take what you learned from that experience and use it to your advantage the next time you’re approached with a similar opportunity and you will be all the wiser for it.

20.) Enjoy the little/simple things in life – It really is those simple moments in life that you will look back on and remember. Not that expensive purchase you made or that big promotion. It’s almost always a special dinner reservation with your significant other or family member. Or a simple and totally unexpected gift you will always cherish not because of its monetary worth, but the intrinsic value in which it holds! No one has ever been able to put a price on something I hold dear with sentimental value.

 

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21.) Stop planning and just do itAnother hard lesson for me being the natural planner that I am and my love to make a map and list for everything, is just do it! Sometimes you simply can’t plan for everything and coming to terms with this can eliminate your need for control and devastation when the outcome isn’t as you expected. Life is passing you by minute by minute, make the most of it and just do it!

22.) Make peace with your past – Everyone has a past and everyone has things in their past that they may not be particularly proud of. Forgive yourself for not knowing better at the time. You had to have lived what you did in order to know what you do now.

23.) Laugh every chance you get – Life is too short to be anything less than happy. Laugh as often as you can. Experience the silly and free side of life. It costs nothing to laugh and its good for your soul.

24.) Take pictures, but don’t forget to live in the moment – It’s important for me as a mother to capture pictures and video of my children every chance I get. Literally to the point of them thinking, oh my gosh another picture. It’s also equally important for you to be a part of those memories with your children or friends and family. So snap your pic if you must, but then join the fun!

25.) True character always reveals itself – People will always show you who they really are. Just pay attention to how they treat you or respond to you. If they’re always tearing you down to lift their own ego or agenda, then they’re toxic and need to go!

26.) Respect is earned –  This may conflict with some peoples standards, but for me respect is earned. I will respect someones good heart and hard work in life, but to truly respect someone is more than just a word. It’s also a mutually invested concept and feeling. Example: Would you automatically respect someone who held no regard or respect for you? Of course not! My point exactly. Respect. Is. Earned.

27.) Take the risk and go for it – Apply for that job you’ve always wanted or better yet become your own boss if that’s your dream. You will never get anywhere in life if you just sit on the sidelines doing nothing and being scared of what could go wrong. Go for it!

28.) Be yourself –  Be the true authentic version of yourself. Let others get to know the fun, quirky, creative and amazing person that you are. Those flaws that you may be so insecure over may inspire others to have the needed confidence to reach out and inspire someone else as well. Be yourself! Everyone else is already taken. You are the only you and that is your power!

29.) Don’t take criticism to heart – Especially from those who mean it to harm you or try and belittle you. The issue doesn’t lie with you, it’s their insecurities they need to deal with. Show them kindness and compassion and do not respond with ill intentions. Throwing gas on a fire has never solved anything. Take the high road!

30.) Do accept constructive criticism from the wise – It took me many years of having to do things “my way” and failing over and over before realizing that there are some people who truly have your best interest at heart and have only good intentions with helping you by sharing their wisdom and insight on lessons they too learned after many failed attempts in their own lives.

 

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I hope this list helps you in some way and I would love to hear what life lesson’s you have learned. The good and bad…Leave a comment or send me an email!

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How To Stay Focused & Slay Your Goals

Let’s be 100% real for a minute….Time management is an extremely crucial quality to have, and it is really simple to acquire if your goal is truly important to you!

 

Yes, sometimes things are out of our control completely and it makes it impossible for us to get everything (or maybe even just a couple of things) done that we planned to do. Ugh, I know the struggle!

I am a perfectionist to a fault. Meaning that it is both simultaneously my biggest strength and my greatest weakness. Yes, it will be correct! But, it may be delayed because I will go over and over it again with a fine tooth comb until I am completely satisfied with it.

It isn’t because I think I may have done it wrong, it’s because I am trying to do it better. I am constantly trying to improve on something that I haven’t even “finished” to begin with. Can you relate?

As funny and infuriating that this is to me on a daily basis, I have found certain things that help with focusing while allowing me to complete the task at hand quicker and with less distractions.

 

Procrastination & Time Management are two things that never work well together!

 

I often find myself reluctant to begin something simply because I know the amount of pressure that I put on myself with trying to perfect it along the way. So the task becomes paralyzing while I contemplate and overanalyze the infinite amount of ways to complete something, while at the same time sorting through potential solutions to figurative problems to begin with. Sounds crazy, right?  It’s mentally and physically exhausting! And I know I’m not alone!

 

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Here are a few steps that I have found help me to stay focused and slay my goals! 

 

1.) Make A List – A simple list. Lets not overcomplicate things by going into too much detail here. Just a simple list of the things you need to do to prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed by trying to multi-task on too many things. Lists create visual accountability and help create a solution for that annoying problematic feeling of  “What was I doing again? or  “What did I need to be doing?”

Stress happens when you become overwhelmed by trying to do too many things at once.

Lists will prevent this! If you stick with them!

Multi-tasking is something that automatically happens when you get in a situation where you need to do two things at once. Most of the time, this is a relatively easy thing to do. For example, talking on the phone while loading the dishwasher or being able to answer calls and take notes. There are times when multi-tasking is nearly impossible for anyone. (If you say it isn’t, I’d love to watch you listen to two different people tell you two different stories while you simultaneously write down both stories accurately.) It can be impossible. So, prioritizing is imperative…

 

2.) Do NOT Overcommit!  – As a reformed people pleaser my entire life, I realize the difficulty this step will bring. Will people hate me because I said no? Will they no longer want to be my friend because I last minute backed out of something for my mental health? Will saying no to adding on another task to my plate make my peers think I am not capable of performing my duties to the best of my ability. The answer to all of these questions and many more is a resounding, NO! On the contrary, taking on too many things at once can be counterproductive and cause more problems in the long run.

Other peoples annoyed perspective of you saying no by not wanting to add more stress on yourself and trying to maintain a healthy mental and physical balance in your life, is not your problem. Frankly, it’s theirs and to their detriment…their loss!!

Making sure you keep your plate in life balanced and not overwhelmed is key in being able to  keep things flowing properly. (Checkout this video Netflix – Dead to Me “Saying No” and watch how empowering it is to say NO to shit that you don’t want to do or just can’t mentally or physically allow yourself to take on!)

Saying no does not make you a bad person! And if those people truly care about you then they will understand.

 

3. Just DO IT! – My least favorite of all, just do it! Why is it my least favorite you ask? Because it calls me out on my BS and forces me to get off the couch and make it happen! You are and always will be your biggest accountability partner. There are no shortcuts to success or no magic pill to lose that extra weight. You have to do it yourself! You have to get up and make it happen! Rain or Shine!

You are your biggest supporter and your worst critic!

The only way to reach your goals is simply by starting! One. Little. Step. And it will add up to your finished goal and you will feel so incredibly proud of yourself. But, it starts by taking that first step. Have you ever noticed how awesome you feel after you finish doing something that you weren’t particularly thrilled about getting up and doing in the first place? Take that past feeling of accomplishment and use it as the needed fuel to take on this next task! You can do it! And I will promise you that it will be worth it!

You are capable of achieving great things in life if you truly believe you can and are willing to put in the long hours and the hard work to make it happen!

 

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Here are some simple items that I always keep in my home office space for a little mood pick-me-up that makes my inspiration vibes thrive:

 

1.) My organizer/planner – I have used Erin Condren planners for years & love them!

2.) Cute pens – They really do help inspire you to write and create those lists!

3.) Colorful highlighters – What better way to add color and happiness to those lists?!

4.) Scented hand lotion – Currently alternating the stress relief and focus lotion from BBW.  So relaxing!

5.) Message board or chalkboard – Keep inspiration everywhere in your life!

6.) Candle or wax warmer – I love it when my room smells fresh and inviting!

7.) My favorite book – Whatever inspirational book that I’m reading at the time.

8.) Mints/Gum – Silly, but effective! Try it!

 

 

At the end of the day, you and only you truly know what works best for you. Because only you know what is holding you back. Too much social media? Too much TV? Whatever your time sucking vice is, it can be beat and you can slay your goals!

 

 

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Until next time, Stay Blessed Beautiful Mommies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 Self-Care Ideas to Help Improve your Mental Health

No matter who you are, everyone needs time alone to recharge their batteries and to feel renewed in mind, body and spirit!

 

Life keeps you busy, day in and day out. There will always be a plethora of things to get  done and new things to learn. It’s a never ending cycle, really, and a beautiful one at that!

However, learning to take time for yourself is not only fun and relaxing, it’s also essential for your well being and for your peace of mind.

It may not come natural to you or you may think, I don’t have time for that. Well, you must make time for it and you will thank yourself later! As a mother of three, I understand that getting time alone is hard enough as it is, and to even think about creating “alone time” for myself can be quite laughable at times!

Whether you have newborns, toddlers, school aged children or work 60 hours a week. Making time for yourself is possible and can be quite easy when you start simple.

Time alone and caring for yourself does not have to be an extravagant expenditure. On the contrary, it’s easy and very affordable, if not completely free.

 

I have put together a list of 25 Self-Care Ideas that are simple and effective!

Try it for yourself and leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite self-care tip is!

 

1.) Start Your Day In Solitude

Whether you’re an early riser or you’re like me and find it hard to part with your pillow in the morning. Getting an early start on your day provides you the opportunity to enjoy some peace and quiet while you gather your thoughts for the day, and dare I say enjoy an entire cup of hot coffee in the process!

2.) Play With Makeup

You will feel more motivated to get up and enjoy your day when you feel great about yourself. And if you’re not into makeup, that’s okay, too! Invest in a great skin care routine!

3.) Have Some Coffee/Tea

Or whatever your favorite beverage of choice is, treat yourself to it!

4.) Take A Bath

There is just something so exquisitely calming about a hot aromatherapy bubble bath… It really calms your mind and body leaving you feeling like a new person when you step out!

5.) Give Yourself A Mani/Pedi 

Or treat yourself to one. It’s your choice! A fresh new update to your appearance is sure to boost your mood!

6.) Write In Your Journal

By writing your thoughts and goals down, it allows you the chance to better organize and prepare. Which, in my world is always a great thing! I’m all for trying anything to help keep me from being scatterbrained!

7.) Light A Candle

There is something about the soothing ambience that a flickering candle brings. Pick your favorite scent and let it fill the room with happiness!

8.) Read A Book

Whether you love reading inspirational books or crime thrillers, getting lost in a good book from time to time is good for the soul.

9.) Music

This is my  personal favorite of them all. Music is my go to for pretty much everything. I am obsessed with meaningful lyrics and the rhythms of a really good song!

10.) Meditate 

Taking time to meditate or just relaxing and focusing on your inner thoughts and emotions can be really beneficial to your health. By focusing on your feelings/emotions you can learn to spot solutions to problems or come up with great ideas. Thus, alleviating stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed.

11.) Watch Your Favorite Show

Watch a show you love. Whether its one you’ve seen 100 times or twice, it is sure to bring some nostalgia and a smile to your day.

12.) Take A Nap

This one speaks for itself. Taking a nap is great to soothe a tired mind or body.

13.) Silence Your Phone

If this is one you can get away with for a while, then I highly suggest it! Remove yourself from the constant noise of social media updates, never ending emails, and the ever annoying spam phone calls!

14.) Make Your Favorite Meal

Take the time to prepare/buy yourself your favorite dish! A well satisfied meal is a huge plus in a the midst of a busy chaotic day!

15.) Make A List

Lists get a bad rap, but they’re very handy, and plus, they’re super useful when your forgetful mommy brain decides to take over. And to some, making lists is just therapeutic! It’s like categorizing your mind, but on paper! Ha!

16.) Take A Mental Health Day

If you can, take a mental health day and get out of your normal routine and do something you’ve been wanting to do for a while.

17.) Do Yoga/Exercise

Exercise is great for your mind and body! Yes, you might be sore or tired afterwards, but it leaves you with a feeling of accomplishment and self satisfaction.

18.) Treat Yourself

Buy something you like. Starbucks coffee, a panini for lunch, new makeup, a new scented lotion. Whatever it is. Treat yourself! You deserve it!

19.) Explore Somewhere New

Take yourself somewhere you haven’t been before. Experience the thrill of a first time adventure by visiting a local attraction you have yet to see or explore another town or be bold and take a mini road trip. Just pick a place and GO!

20.) Eat Healthier

This is a no brainer. Eating a well balanced diet and staying hydrated is key to it all. Having a healthy mind, body and spirit starts with having a healthy gut!

21.) Create A Vision Board

This is fun to some and stressful to others. Make it simple. Your vision board doesn’t have to be in stone. Things change, so go with it and have fun and update it along the way.

22.) Play With Your Pet

There is something so sweet and innocent with playing with your furry friend. Or maybe yours is slimy or has scales. To each their own. My sweet frenchie loves to be rubbed and snuggled. And to be honest she is quite the furry therapist. She listens to me against her will and would sit in my lap for hours. A true furry friend!

23.) New Hairstyle

If you’re feeling bold and adventurous and wanting a change, try a new hairstyle! A trip to the hair salon always puts me in a good mood and my stylist is so good at what she does. Win! Win!

24.) Browse A Museum

I could walk around a museum for hours. I love looking at historic artifacts and reading about history and how people lived long ago. And I love browsing beautiful art! A trip to my local museum always puts me in a happy creative mood.

25.) Explore Nature

Go for a walk or a bike ride. Sit on a park bench and watch the clouds roll by. Nature is such a beautiful thing and the fresh air blowing through your hair is sure to put you in touch with your calmer side.

 

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5 Easy Steps for “Spring Cleaning” Every Bedroom in Your Home!

If you’re like me, when it comes to tackling Spring cleaning your home, it’s a little overwhelming at best, and you can easily get distracted if you don’t carry out the task in hand with an appropriate order that works for you.

 

I know what you’re thinking! There’s a “proper” order to cleaning? Get outta here! I fully believe that there is and disclaimer just because this works for me doesn’t mean it will work for you. However, as a mother of three and a human being, I feel I would be letting you down if I didn’t at least pass it on with hopes it helps someone else come up with their own best way to do it… Let’s dive in, shall we!!

 

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Here are the 5 ways “in order” that I have learned over the past nearly 12 years of being a wife and mother to quickly clean my home with minimal stress that really does work and helps….ALOT!

 

1.) Make Your Bed  Hear me out and don’t start laughing just yet. There’s a reason people have been saying for years to make your bed as soon as you get out of it in the morning. It really does provide a small sense of accomplishment before you have even begun your day, and can help set the tone for the rest of your day. Plus, it just helps your room appear more neat and tidy! Score!

Now, depending on your weekly cleaning routine and which day you prefer to change your bedding/linen, you may want to go ahead and tackle this now rather than later. A thought!

 

2.) Clear Out The Trash Picking up all empty water bottles, paper, wrappers or any other obvious broken or disposable items and quickly discarding them will add to your sense of accomplishment and bring joy to the situation.

Trust me! No one likes trash clutter and it is making your heart sad. 

 

3.) Clothes Now, this one for me is where I start to see my bedroom floor finally emerge again. By hanging up any coats, folding and putting away any clean clothes lying around and by picking up and putting your dirty clothes in the wash, you have now most likely eliminated the majority of clutter in your room!

Congratulations, but there is still more work to be done!

 

4.) Books/Paper/Supplies/Toys This step is as easy as it sounds. Books are to be shelved, papers to be filed, toys to be put in a bin (if it’s a child’s room) and office supplies to be placed away in their own designated spot. Don’t have a designated spot for it? With your room more than half way cleaned, now is a great time to find it one.

Feeling accomplished yet? I am! Don’t give up now! The finish line is so close! 

 

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5.) Miscellaneous Items Here it is, the final step.. We have made it! Although, sometimes, this can be the most tedious of all 5 steps. After the above previous 4 steps, this step brings us to all of the items that we have been passing over that just didn’t fit any of the aforementioned criteria slots. With your room now clean and clear of distractions, you should be able to easily find a spot for your miscellaneous item. Whether it be, electronic cords, electronics, photo frames to be hung, stuffed animals (yes, I’m a grown woman with stuffed bears, deal with it!), and any other random items you may have. Because, let’s gets real, we all have them!!

Now, depending on the severity of what you started with, it could 30 minutes later or 3 hours later….But, YOU DID IT!! 

 

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WooHoo!! Do a little happy dance, because you deserve it!! 

 

 

I truly hope this helps someone. Whether, this method works great or you tweak it to make it your own. If you did find it helpful or informative, please share this with family and friends! 

 

Until next time…Stay blessed my lovely mommies!! ♥