How to add an extra hour every day
Today’s post is a guest post by Rachel of OurStart.com. Rachel answers the question how to add an extra hour every day and shares 7 tips to make it happen!
I don’t know about you, but during the holiday season, I have even less time than usual. There are so many presents to buy, gifts to wrap, kids to shuttle, and trees to decorate. If there has ever been a time where we need to get an extra hour back, it’s in December. Today we are going to walk you through some little things you can do each day to get an extra hour of your time back.
What is self-care?
Self-care has been somewhat of a buzzword (phrase? buzzphrase?) lately. Self-care is simply doing things to take care of your mental, emotional or physical health. The idea of self-care can look different for everyone, but it isn’t something that should be ignored. Self-care isn’t just being selfish either. It isn’t only considering your own needs and ignoring anyone else. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Taking care of yourself, whether mentally, physically or emotionally, puts you in a better place to take care of others. Obviously, this is something that is incredibly important for moms. Self-care for moms doesn’t have to mean a week-long tropical vacation or a full spa day (although those things sound nice) it can be something as simple as taking 20 minutes to read a magazine that you enjoy.
Now that you have an idea of what self-care is, and what it isn’t, here are 10 self-care ideas for moms.
Healthy kid friendly recipes
It’s really easy to find recipes that are healthy, budget-friendly or kid-friendly. It’s a little harder to find all three! It can be difficult to cook for kids, they can be picky, and go through the weirdest food phases. I’m talking to you, toddler mom. If you’re looking for kid friendly recipes for picky eaters, you’re bound to find a winner here! You can mix and match these recipes for at least a weeks worth of yummy, healthy food that your kids will love.
If you’re struggling with meal planning, check out the bottom of this post for a free meal planning printable!
Recipe images belong to the bloggers who created them. All images used with permission.
5 steps to a more simple Christmas
I’m usually the kind of person who is almost finished Christmas shopping sometime in October. -shop all year and I finish very early. But not this year. This year, I wanted to do things more simply I wanted to declutter and simplify, not bring in more things to store. I wanted to have a simpler Christmas, with fewer gifts.
My sister recently shared a photo on Facebook. It was something that’s been going around for a while. The idea of 4 Christmas gifts, want, need, wear, read. This idea has been around for a while, and who wouldn’t want a simpler Christmas? If you ask yourself, do your kids really need a large number of gifts, the answer is probably not.
This blog post is not to shame anyone who wants to have a big Christmas. If you want a big Christmas with lavish gifts, that’s just fine! This particular post just isn’t for you. If you are struggling to get your kids to be grateful for what they have, live a more minimal lifestyle, or just cut some chaos out of Christmas, it’s for you.
7 reasons to start a mom blog today
Before I talk about the reasons to start a mom blog, I want to tell you a story. When I started this blog in 2016, I did not want to have a mom blog. I had a “mom blog” from 2009-2013 and I wanted to do something different. I wanted to write about simplifying life, healthy living, saving money, but I didn’t want it to be considered a mom blog. I signed up for a Peek User Test and the person testing said “Oh, it’s another mom blog.” I was horrified!
Fast forward to the next year. I realized that my readers were moms. I realized that my posts that were doing well were, for the most part, parenting related. Whether I wanted to or not, I had a mom blog. So I embraced it. There’s nothing wrong with having a “mom blog.” Some of the most popular blogs are indeed, mom blogs. I think that there are a lot of misconceptions about what a mom blog is, and isn’t. We’ll talk about those too. So why should you start a mom blog? Here are 7 reasons to start a mom blog today.