Routines and systems are great ways to manage your time and home as a busy mom. They give structure and flow to your days, while still allowing flexibility. Your evenings can help you increase your productivity throughout the day, decrease stress, get the most important things done and have more time for things and people you love.
As busy moms, time can seem strained and very limited. Most days we are rushing to get ourselves, our kiddos and anything else out the door- on time. Can you relate? I surely can. As a work at home mom of 5, homeschooler and entrepreneur, I have spent a lot of time rushing, forgetting things or doing things that seemed to take much longer than they needed to. Some of the tasks were even unnecessary, but because I found myself feeling stressed and overwhelmed, I was spinning in circles and not fully accomplishing things on my to-do list.
I love to cook and feed my children healthy meals, but I don't have all day to spend in the kitchen. I always have Brown Basmati Rice in my pantry. It so easy to cook up and easy to use in so many dishes.
One of my go-to recipes for a quick and easy lunch or dinner is my Veggie "Fried" Rice. I love making this because its a great way to get some veggies into the bellies of your picky eaters, yet tasty, filling and satisfying for everyone else!
There's something special about feeling the warmth of the sun, when you've had to brave those cold, dreary winter months! It breathes new life into us and makes us want to make everything new and clean.. Makes you want to Spring Clean! Now, Spring Cleaning isn't a new concept. Of course you want to eliminate the dust pile that has accumulated on top of the ceiling fans, and let's not forget the "catch all" storage closet or space on your kitchen counters... but when you limit your "cleaning" to only the eye sores in your home begging to be relieved, you may be leaving much more undone. Why not Spring Clean your entire life?!
Mothering and Self-Care go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly.. (had to throw in a kid friendly snack/lunch idea for reference). It is so important to making sure we are able to live a happier, more fulfilled life. More importantly, practicing self-care as a mother allows us the freedom to take care of ourselves first, while we care for our little ones, spouses and fulfill all of our other responsibilities.
As busy moms, we spend a lot of our time and energy showing love and being attentive to others, especially our family. While this can be a wonderful thing, often times we tend to lose ourselves in the midst of our full schedules and with life simply demanding our attention a thousand different ways. However, instead of putting yourself on the back burner (yet again) I challenge you to take care of yourself and show yourself some love- in a way that works for you!
Goal setting is great way to create the life you want. As moms, we often can get caught up in the day to day tasks - appointments, laundry, homework, nursing, shopping, cleaning, pickups drops offs- etc. etc. etc. How often can you say that those tasks help you create or life you want? That you are fulfilled and pursuing your personal life goals? That you are setting goals that resonate with the most important areas of your life? Furthermore, that you are reaching those goals?
Many times we mamas commit to huge New Year’s resolutions and set goals that are difficult to achieve and even unrealistic with our current lifestyle. As the year changes so does our resolve and perspective. It's like we gain laser focus and look at things we want to change or add to our lives.
So here's a tip that is guaranteed to warm the heart of the busy mama in your life...when it comes to gifts, give gifts that are simple, thoughtful, and most of all, helpful. Gifts that keep giving and go beyond the commercialized holiday will give the busy mom in your life permission to slow down and take care of herself.
It's that time of year again! The air is crisp with notes of cinnamon and peppermint that fill your nostrils, and as you walk hurriedly to beat the cold, you can’t help but notice the festive holiday lights are already up and there are sales everywhere! Oh yes, holiday time is here!
We may all desire to have a smooth running day, without a single mistake, care, tantrum, spill, or raised voice; we want the perfect, seamless bedtime routine without yelling, tears and looking at the clock wishing the kiddos would literally just go to bed- and stay in it! - but the truth is motherhood has a learning curve.
Self-care is imperative for us mamas to live our happiest and most fulfilling life. When you take the time to focus on YOU, you can’t help but to feel more energized and better able to take on the day.
To me, achieving self love is an inside job and I believe that self love starts with self-care. At one point, I did not differentiate the two. I, like many, thought that self love and self care were the same thing, however, as I began to make self-care a lifestyle and daily practice, I began to recognize the difference between the two..
When starting on your daily self-care journey, you must remember that self-care looks different for everybody and there is no one size fits all! Just because all the moms from the local FB group are doing something, does not mean you have to… It may not even work for you. Why? Because