Find Your Mom Groove

Find Your Mom Groove

Find Your Mom Groove

Find Your Mom Groove

We all know motherhood is amazing . But becoming a SAHM can seem a little crazy. Iv been a SAHM now for 21 months and I LOVE it, but I agree that it is not for everyone . Some of my friends are just starting to have their kids and they always ask me ” what do you do all day , do you go crazy?!” You have to find your mom groove . This might take some time and that’s okay.

Don’t be fooled by the moms that look like their lives are totally amazing. Remember social media is a place that people post their BEST pictures so stop comparing your life to theirs . Life isn’t always having the best behaved kids, cleanest house on the block or always looking like you just stepped out of a salon! But you can feel good & have some awesome days with your kids as a SAHM.

Id love to share with you how I found my groove and how you can too.  Below are my tips for:

  • getting a schedule together
  • when to clean/organize
  • you time
  • schedule for your kids
  • taking back your mornings

Find Your Mom Groove

  1. Getting a schedule together : It might not sound fun , but having a daily schedule can make your life so much easier.  I like to plan my weekly menu on Sundays or Mondays and meal prep to make things a bit easier. I wake up every morning around the same time ( before your kids if you can ) While having my morning coffee and doing my MM I try to plan my day.  Now that the cooler weather is here its easier for me to stick to mine and Brodys schedule.  ( more on his schedule below ) We eat lunch and dinner the same times each day to help keep the day predictable . You need to find a schedule that works for you and your family.
  2. When to clean : I like to clean and organize the house all day, ha! We try to clean up all the toys before we move onto something else. It sounds weird but Brody loves to help clean, we vacuum & mop the floors together 2-3 times a week after breakfast. While Brody eats lunch I quickly pick up the house and then do laundry once he goes down for a nap , this doesn’t take long so I still have time for other things while he naps. I also like to get dinner ready during his nap time.  After dinner I make sure to clean the kitchen, waking up to a clean kitchen will make your morning stress free! As soon as Brody goes to bed at 7 I do another quick clean up.  Since I kind of pick up throughout the day the house never feels totally out of control
  3. You time. You need time for yourself . Make some YOU time in the am or pm before your kids wake up or after they go to sleep.  Even if you take time for you a few times a week it can help. You need to feel good to get your groove back! Every morning make sure you get dressed , wash your face and throw on some mascara , staying in your PJ’s all day is never a good idea. Make sure you are also putting your health first and eat a balanced healthy diet.
  4. Schedule for your kids. Again this might not sound fun but get your kids on a schedule. Eat and sleep around the same times everyday. This is Brodys schedule now but I will change things up as he gets older.
  5. Take back your mornings. This one sounds the hardest but trust me it is worth it.  Wake up before your kids and your day will be a little less stressful.  I wake up and do a miracle morning and I highly suggest you do some version of this!

Clean Swaps, Face Scrub, Hand Soap and Cleaners

Clean Swaps, Face Scrub, Hand Soap and Cleaners

Clean Swaps, Face Scrub, Hand Soap and Cleaners

Clean Swaps, Face Scrub, Hand Soap and Cleaners

 

I have been a super busy DIY mom! If you saw my post from  last month then you know I am trying to use healthier products around my house. Today I am excited to share my clean swaps, face scrub, hand soap and cleaners with you!

First I made an all purpose cleaner that I have been using for about a month and I find it works great. This is not for granite. I use it on my wooden surfaces, mirrors and windows.  I put it in an old makers mark container . I knew had to use glass but I didn’t want to go buy a new glass bottle . The spray top came from the dollar store.

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 20 drops of lemon essential oil

Mix all ingredients in your glass container. Shake gently before each use

Next up I made my own hand soap for our bathroom. Again I re-used an old glass container and a pump from and empty soap container .

Clean Swaps, Face Scrub, Hand Soap and Cleaners

 

Ingredients :

  • 1/2 cup liquid castile soap – I used the lavender-scented one
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1 TBS sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil

Add your water first , then the castile soap. Next add your oils then gently shake.

Clean Swaps, Face Scrub, Hand Soap and Cleaners

I just recently made two scrubs . One is for my face and the other can be used everywhere . I bought some jars for my scrubs at target in the sale section of the store.  I used sweat orange &  frankincense essential oils for my face scrub. These oils help increase circulation,  are a mood lifter, help brighten skin, helps with wrinkles ,  reduces dark/sun spots & scars… I feel like I could keep on listing benefits!! For the body scrub I used lime & frankincense essential oils.

Ingredients: 

Face scrub

  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 TBS raw honey
  • 2 TBS cumin
  • 1/4 up sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops frankincense essential oils
  • 10 drops sweat orange essential oils

Clean Swaps, Face Scrub, Hand Soap and Cleaners

Body scrub 

  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 TBS raw honey
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops frankincense essential oils
  • 10 drops lime essential oils

Clean Swaps, Face Scrub, Hand Soap and Cleaners

Remember , I run a FREE group on Facebook full of moms who are working towards a healthy lifestyle for them and their families . I would love for YOU to be apart of our MomUnity!!!  Find me insta ,  FB or comment below and I can add to you fitfam or we can just connect and chat

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April Monthly Round Up

April Monthly Round Up

April Monthly Round Up

April Monthly Round Up

 

April was a busy month! We finally announced that we are having baby number TWO! I am so excited to share this pregnancy with you all! I hope you find my workouts, recipes and fit tips helpful . My April Monthly Round Up is here and I’m excited to share it with you.

Bump & Brody: 

We had a  check up at 13 weeks , we heard the  heart beat and everything was great. I can’t wait for next month when we have another ultra sound. We are going to hopefully find out the gender at that appointment.

My workouts are going so much better this month, finally ! I have learned that I HAVE to do my workout before lunch time or they won’t get done. When I wait too long  my workouts end up being terrible. I lack motivation in the afternoon, even half way through the workouts I want to stop. I have been doing 3-5 workouts a week and lots of talking now that the weather is nice.

As for my nutrition, it  is back on track and I feel so much better. The first two months were a struggle! All I wanted was carbs , bread, cereal, snacks… nothing nutritious and I was feeling terrible because of it. We bought an insta pot and that has helped a ton with meal prep and making healthy recipes . Always having something healthy to grab makes life so much easier.

Brody had his 15 month check up. I can’t believe he is only 21 lbs! Who else has a little baby ?? Lucky for Brody is loving lots of different foods and he is not too picky. Going out to dinner with him is hit or miss. We have to go right at 5 and we have about an hour before he’s over it!!

Life & Products:

 

This month I have started using some new hair products and curling my hair a little different. I started using deva curl and doing the scrunch method while washing and applying gel. I googled it , saw some youtube vids and got started right away. I have to saw my hair has been curling better! Not sure if it’s the deva curl that’s helping or the scrunch method

I bought a diffuser and some essential oils and I have been loving them both! I mad some DIY face scrubs , lotions and cleaners ( will share soon!) I also love using my diffuser in the morning when doing my miracle morning .

 

I read Miracle Morning for parents and families . I highly recommend this book and the other Miracle Morning books. I know get up before Brody and do a miracle morning S.A.V.E.R.S . Each morning I start the day with Silence/meditation then move on to Affirmations & Visualizations. I affirm my greatness and visualize my day/month.year/dream life! After that I go out-of-order and do some Reading and Scribing . I save my Exercise for later in the day. I highly recommend reading the book and doing a 30 day challenge! If you commit to doing a miracle morning please let me know!!! Id love to chat more about it with you.

I finally made some of my own safe products ! I will be sharing all the things I made next week, so make sure you check out that post. I made a safe all-purpose cleaner, hand soap, face scrub and body scrub. I can’t wait for you to try out the recipes I used . I love that I get to make my house a bit safer by ditching all those chemicals and dyes.

I bought some new re usable pouches for Brody and metal straws for us! We are trying to cut down on plastic & waste. I love these pouches for yogurt. Brody doesn’t like me spoon-feeding him so it’s always hard for me to get yogurt into him. These bags are super easy to fill and very easy to clean.


I FINALLY got new sneakers! I have been wearing the same nike shoes for over two years now . They were so worn out . It took me forever to find a pair that I love. We went to some stores so I could try them on and then I ended up buying them online for cheaper!! I am loving these metcon flyknits from nike. I picked a super girly color which is totally different from my normal black!!


 

Remember , I run a FREE group on Facebook full of moms who are working towards a healthy lifestyle for them and their families . I would love for YOU to be apart of our MomUnity!!!  Find me insta ,  FB or comment below and I can add to you fitfam or we can just connect and chat

 

 

 

 

 

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Chocolate Almond Banana Bites

Chocolate Almond Banana Bites

Perfect energy bites for picky eaters and moms on the go! These taste great and only take about 5 minute to make ! My son loves them and would eat them all at once if I let him! I added in peanut butter and cocoa powder but you can leave those out and just have banana almond bites. Next time I was thinking off adding some honey!

 

ingredients : 

  • one banana
  • 1.5 cups of almond flour
  • 1 tbs peanut butter  * optional
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder

blend or mix all ingredients . Refrigerate 10 min then roll into balls. If mixture is too sticky add some more almond flour till you can roll it into balls. Store in refrigerator for 2-3 days

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Workouts To Try This Week

Workouts To Try This Week

Happy Sunday! Here are the some of the  workouts I did this week. I hope you get to try them. Let me know when you do. All the workouts can be done right from home  .  I shared some clips and pix of the moves to help you incase you don’t know some of the moves. But remember you can always google a move if you’re not sure what it is!

Check out these chocolate almond banana bites that are perfect  for picky eaters and moms on the go!

Lower Body Dumbbell Workout by Whitney Simmons ( video below)

 

  • 4 squat walks into 4 sumo squats

x3

  • 8 reverse lunge each leg
  • 10 straight leg deadlift

x3

  • 10 goblet squats – added a band
  • 10-12 single leg hamstring raise

x3

  • 20 hip thrusts on bench with abductor ( band on )

x2

Click here for Whitneys video

 

Shoulder & Biceps

  • 10 dumbbell shoulder press
  • 8 reverse grip press

x4

  • 10 incline bar curls
  • 15 up right row

x3

  • 10 around the word
  • 10 wide grip bar curls

x3

  • 10 rear delt raise
  • 10 single arm band curl

x3

 

Lower Body HIIT

Add a barbell or dumbbells when you can. Click here for video how too

  • 10 weighted split lunge per leg
  • 15 dumbbell squat hop

x3

  • 10 stiff leg deadlift
  • 15 sumo squat pulse

x3

  • 10 kneeling hip thrust
  • 15 split lunge jump

x3

Set timer for 30:30:30 – no rest

  • skater lunge jumps
  • squat jacks
  • double sqaut

rest one min: repeat 2-3x

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Four Workouts I Did This Week

Four  Workouts I Did This Week

Happy Easter! Here are the four workouts I did this week! I hope you get to try them. Let me know when you do. All the workouts can be done right from home and the last HIIT workout can be done with no equipment .  I shared some clips and pix of the moves to help you incase you don’t know some of the moves. But remember you can always google a move if you’re not sure what it is!

Booty Day

do all the moves for 15 reps then repeat all moves at 10 reps. Add weights when you can. Heres a clip of a few of the moves! 

  • squat hop side to side
  • half surrender – I added a band & dumbbell
  • glute bridge with dumbbells
  • split jump lunge – right then left
  • single leg hip hinge ( deadlift ) with a band- right then left
  • reverse lunge
  • narrow squats with dumbbells
  • side lunge + curtsey lunge – right then left

Upper Body Circuit

  • 3×10 chest press + close grip press
  • 3×10 plyo pushup + 8 single arm to double arm flys
  • french press drop set – pick a heavy weight and do as many reps as you can- then lower the weight and repeat – keep lowering and adding reps 3-4x
  • 3×10 single arm press + single arm front raise

Leg Day

this took me less than 30 minutes. I added weight to all the moves

  • side to side squat
  • band kicks
  • squat hops

2 sets of 10 ( 2×10 ) I added a band to all thee moves

  • side lunge
  •  lunge jump single leg

2×10

  • split lunge jump
  • goblet squat
  • squat cross leg jumps

2×10

Bonus: repeat all the moves one time through with no rest, 10 reps each.

 

Quick HIIT Today Body

Set your timer for 45 seconds on 5 seconds rest for 6 rounds. Rest & repeat . For round three I had to set the timer for 10 seconds rest!

  • starter lunge hop left
  • kettlebell swings or high knees
  • starter lunge hop right
  • burpees
  • soccer taps
  • squat hops

Click here for a quick demo of all the moves! 

 

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Making The Clean Swap In My Home

Making The Clean Swap In My Home

 

I have decided to swap out A LOT of things in my house for cleaner healthier options, and I’m not just talking about food! I made a post on my Facebook and instagram about how I am ready to buy safer products for my family, and my FB post exploded!!! I want to do it all, cleaning products , make ups, lotions, nail polish, baby products … you name it!

I am overwhelmed with all the info! People gave me so many different companies and products,  I wasn’t even know where to even begin.

From what I read every site told me  to stop buying any products that have artificial fragrance ( check the ingredients list & avoid  if it  says ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum,’  that means it’s probably an artificial fragrance) We need to  look for products that are scented with essential oils ( or make my own )  or products that says something like ‘proprietary blend of essential oils’ , these are generally safe to use.

I have decided that I’m going to start with my cleaning products and then lotions . Sounds weird but let me tell you how. I am going to make my own using oils! I have wanted to get into essential oils for a while and this seems like the perfect time.

There are TONS of recipes on google about how to make your own safe cleaning products that actually work.  So that is what I am doing!

I have ordered my oils , saved a bunch of recipes and made a list of things I need. I’m starting with an all-purpose cleaner , a glass cleaner and dish soap. Then I am moving onto  hand soap and lotions for me and Brody. Since a lot of the recipes call for the same ingredients I’ll be able to make soaps, face wash and lotions for me and Brody without buying a ton of different things.

This is not  happening over night! This is going to take me some time and I’m excited to share this whole process with you all. Once I’m all set with my above activities I will move onto to make up which is going to be an investment !

If you have a favorite homemade recipe Id love to know it! Comment below, leave me links to your fav sites , tell me your favorite essential oils . I know nothing and want to learn everything!!!