7 ways to add an extra hour every day

how to add an extra hour every day

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.

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10 Self care ideas for moms

10 self care ideas for busy moms

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.

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10 Frugal and healthy recipes your kids will LOVE! Plus a free meal planning printable.

healthy kid friendly recipes

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.

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Learn how starting a mom blog could change your life! 7 reasons to start today.

reasons to start a mom blog today

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.

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Age appropriate chores for kids + a free printable chore chart!

age appropriate kids chores plus a free chore chart printable

This age appropriate chores list has been highly requested since I wrote “How to get kids to do chores.” This is just a guideline, and every household and every child are different! However, this is a great starting point to figuring out age appropriate chores for kids.

My daughter was able to do most chores at a much younger age than either of my sons. My youngest is no where near where either of his siblings were at his age. You know your child best, and you will be able to figure out what they’re ready for. If they’ve never done a chore in their life, don’t expect them to pick up and do everything perfectly from the start. This is why it’s so important to start early! If you haven’t, that’s okay too, just start slowly wherever you’re at.

I created a free printable of this list, along with a free chore chart that can be customized for your child! Make sure to read to the bottom of the page, so that you don’t miss it!

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