Self Care Tips for Moms

Self Care Tips for Moms

Self Care Tips for Moms

Self Care Tips for Moms

Putting yourself first isn’t always easy, especially for busy moms. We  tend to put  house work, kids, spouse, dogs first but somehow forget about how important it is to take care of ourselves.  It’s okay to feel healthy, look awesome &  feel awesome all while taking care of your family.  Below are some of my favorite self-care tips for moms . Id love to hear your go to tips , comment below and get the convo started.

Self Care Tips for Moms

  • make sleep a priority
  • start your day with “you” time  & gratitude . Wake up before your kids and have time for yourself.  Set the  intention for the day to make it a good one.
  • 20/80 your eat healthy & workouts  ( stay hydrated )
  • pamper yourself at least once a month ( more if you can! ) You don’t have to go crazy. Take a hot shower & use an essential oil scrub,  use a face mask, get your hair done or relax with some coffee ( or wine ) and a diffuser .  Sneak in a nap if you can!
  • make time with your friends . Go out to lunch, take a walk , join a mom book club or take a cooking class with friends!
  • unwind at night. After your kids go to bed take time for you to unwind. Put the phone down and unplug for a bit, connect with your spouse, get comfy and watch a movie. It’s okay to relax and forget about what needs to be done!
  • try meditating or other “self-care ” aps. I love using simple habit to do quick guided meditations.
  • get dressed every morning.  Get out of your pjs and throw some mascara on! Even if you are not leaving the house, it will make you feel better
  • ask for help! I know this is easier said then done but sometimes us moms need help so don’t be afraid to ask.
  • keep a gratitude  journal . If you are having a bad day you can always go back and read through it

 

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Get Out of Your Funk and Back To Healthy Living

Get Out of Your Funk and Back To Healthy Living

Get Out of Your Funk and Back To Healthy Living

Get Out of Your Funk and Back To Healthy Living

Sadly Labor day has passed , summer is over and the kids are back to school . ( and I’m still pregnant ! ) Almost everyone I know is ready to for  change !  Who else had too much ice cream, pasta , bread and cocktails??! By the end of summer we are all in a funk and ready to get back to our normal healthy lifestyles . I know I’m craving normal meals and my daily workouts . When was the last time you got a good workout in? If you said June , trust me you are not alone!

Get Out of Your Funk and Back To Healthy Living

  • set small goals. Set some daily , weekly and monthly goals. Set goals you know you are going to crush! This will give a confidence boost and help you to get out of that funk and to keep going!
  • figure out your biggest challenges. What is going to be your biggest obstacle ? Workouts, nutrition, meal prep, motivation ect . It’s best to figure out your biggest challenge and come up with a plan to get past it.
  • be honest with yourself about how you go to this point. Be honest, maybe you enjoyed ice cream every night, skipped your workouts most days, had  too many cocktails . Being honest with yourself and how you are going to make a change will help you get back to feeling great a lot quicker .
  • simplify your life/meals/workouts.  Make it simple. Don’t get crazy and find some over complicated recipes and meal prep ideas on pinterest. Keep everything easy and make your workouts fun till you get back to a good routine
  • get outside. Take a morning walk or after dinner walk. Getting fresh air & exercise is a great way to boost your mood
  • buy some new things ! Get a new workout outfit, water bottle, sneakers or something fun to make meal prep more fun. Adding something new is exciting and can help get you out of that funk. You don’t have to go crazy, sometimes just a new water bottle is enough for me!
  • start small. Don’t go crazy and throw away all the food in the house and sing up for workout classes 7 days a week. Take it slow. Maybe start with some walks and clean up your diet slowly . Going from 0 to 100 is not going to help you make this healthy lifestyle a long-term thing.
  • focus on one thing at a time. workouts / nutrition. If you have to start with one thing at a time. Take a week a focus on nutrition . Get back to feeling good , heal your gut  and then add in your workouts .
  • track your foods. I know this isn’t always fun! But tracking what you eat even for a few days can give you a lot of perspective about what needs to be changed.
  • finish the day the right way.  Relax, take a hot shower, stretch if you need too. Get your workouts ready for the next day so you have no excuses. Pour a big glass of water and have it ready for when you wake up.  Organize the house a bit so you don’t wake up to chaos. And don’t forget to go to bed early!
  • talk about it/ find an accountability partner. Sharing your new goals with somewhere is a great way to help keep you on track. You can help keep each other accountable and help each other out when things get tough.

Id love to hear your best tips for getting out of a funk! Comment below and let me know .

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Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

These Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats have to be one of the easiest meals I have ever made!  They tasted great and I was able to save some for lunch the next day. They stayed fine overnight in the fridge.

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

 

Ingredients :

  • 4 zucchini
  • ground chicken
  • buffalo sauce
  • cheese
  • Optional: avocado & fresh tomato

Preheat oven to 350. While the over heats up cook your chicken , adding your buffalo sauce while the chicken cooks. If you want to make this a more traditional healthy buffalo chicken recipe you can add plain greek yogurt & cheese to your chicken mixture, I however did not.

While chicken is cooking prep your zucchini . Cutest hem length wise and then scrap out the seeds .

Spray pan with oil and add your boats ( zucchini ) top with the cooked chicken , cheese , tomato and more buffalo sauce if you want it extra hot. Bake uncovered for 10-15 minutes .

Top with avocado and enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

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Before Baby Freezer Meals

Before Baby Freezer Meals

Before Baby Freezer Meals

Before Baby Freezer Meals

When I was pregnant with Brody I had big plans to make some freezer meals for after but I never got around to it! Now that I have my insta pot meal prep is so EASY that I had no excuses this time around. Below are the meals & recipes  that I have made , most are pretty healthy and will serve me, my husband and Brody.

I have been making double batches of the meals below, one for us to eat now and one to freeze so I feel like I am a meal prep queen!

Before Baby Freezer Meals & Recipes 

I made this in my insta pot. I followed the directions for the meat balls but made some changes for the rest. I plan to reheat on the stove tope so I will be adding 2 cups chicken broth, zucchini, carrots and pasta  on the day we eat this!  Everything else got frozen.

There are tons of recipes out there for pie. Mine is my mother in laws recipe . I made the pie but did not bake it. I will bake from frozen the day we eat it.

these are mainly for Brody but will be great if we are in a pinch or to add to a meal/salad for lunch

I did a double batch of this because we love taco soup!! On the day we eat this  I will add avocado and some more cheese .

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I also frozen some plain shredded chicken , I plan to make buffalo chicken zucchini boats with it but it can be used for other recipes .

Everytime I make kodiak pancakes I make a double batch and freeze them for post baby. Just heat up from frozen in the microwave. These will be perfect for me or Brody for a quick breakfast.

Id love to know your favorite make ahead & freeze recipes! Share some below .

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Hospital Bag Must Haves, Round Two

Hospital Bag Must Haves, Round Two

Hospital Bag Must Haves, Round Two

Want to know whats in my hospital bag this time around? Well nothing yet because I haven’t packed!!! But I will be doing that soon and leaving my bag in my car. I had packed my nag for Brody but since my water broke early it was in the car yet ( neither was the car seat! ) So this time around I’m thinking I should prepare a little sooner . Below are my hospital bag must haves for baby number two. I’m sure I’m forgetting something , Id love to hear what you brought! Comment below things I need that I’m missing.

Hospital Bag Must Haves, Round Two

 

  • clothes for me and baby. Newborn and 0-3 months. Luckily with Brody I threw in a newborn outfit last-minute because he was too small to fit into 0-3 months.
  • shower stuff. That first shower with your own things is so good!
  • pineapple juice ( Pineapples are a natural anti-inflammatory that can help with blocked ducts!   pineapple juice is also loaded with fiber and vitamin C )
  • light weight robe. I was SO hot after having Brody, the hospital felt like it was 200 degrees! A light robe is a must
  • lotion for hands and face , tooth-brush & paste ,  brush
  • phone charger for me and Shane
  • chap stick
  • wallet with ID & insurance card
  • protein bars
  • nursing bra  ( I don’t think I ever put this on last time but I’ll pack one just incase )

My list seems small but I think that is all I am bringing. Last time I brought all sorts of after birth care items but the hospital had everything I needed so I will leave those at home this time. Am I forgetting anything?? Please let me know below!

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Second Baby To Do List

Second Baby To Do List

Second Baby To Do List

Second Baby To Do List

 

Now that I’m 32 weeks pregnant and Brody came early I should probably get stuff ready! Before Brody I had plans to make some freezer meals but I never got around to it. Making some meals is definitely on my to do list this time around. Id love hear from you, what I am forgetting?! Comment below with some ideas for me, I appreciate it.

Second Baby To Do List: 

  • finish her room. I still need to paint
  • wash things that have been stored. Clothes, blankets, swing cover ect
  • get size one diapers. Its been awhile since I bought small diapers!
  • clean carseat + install base ( we didn’t have it in the car with Brody because he came early! )
  • set up a plan for Brody while we are gone. I am hoping someone will come stay at our house with Brody & the dogs
  • freezer meals
  • pack a bag for me and Shane
  • set up crib ( after I paint )  and pack and play. We used the pack and play a lot with Brody, it has a seat and a changing table on top.
  • make sure I have enough dog food
  • supplies for the house. I want to make sure I have enough coffee, dish soap, tooth paste , shampoo paper towels ect. I know those things are easy to buy on amazon but its nice to have a stock pile. Plus people will be stopping by and it’s always nice to have extra coffee to offer
  • baby proof for when I am nursing. I need to make sure Brody can’t get into anything while I feed the new baby.
  • pick up some of my favorite red wine

Things I have done already

  • stroller set up. I have the uppa baby vista and I already have a rumble seat that come with one set of attachments. I just need to get a second set which isn’t totally necessary but does add extra room.

Ha! I haven’t done a lot ! Id love to know how you prepared for baby. Comment below and get the convo started.

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Zucchini Noodle Bowls

Zucchini Noodle Bowl

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Zucchini Noodle Bowl

These bowls are so tasty and thanks to Trader Joes ( and most stores ) , extra easy to make!! Sometimes life with Brody can be difficult , especially around dinner time!! Getting the pre cut, almost ready foods are not my fav but I do love almost anything from TJ and these things are simple and clean. So I bought some guac, already zoodled zucchini and some already pealed & cubed sweet potatoes to make life easier.

The sweet potatoes come all peeled and cut, all you have to do is cook them. I like to heat them in the microwave for about 2-3 min then add them to a skillet to make them crispy. The zucchini is these bowls are not cooked! How easy is that!! And since the guac comes already made all you have to do is mix it with the zoodles.

I like to top mine with hard-boiled eggs and tomatoes to make it a little more filling.

Zucchini Noodle Bowl

  •  cooked & cubed sweet potato
  • zoodles
  • guacamole
  • salt & pepper
  • Optional, eggs & tomatoes

Mix the zoodles, guacamole , slat & pepper . Add the cooked sweet potatoes , and egg and tomatoes !  Garnish  & enjoy!!!

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Summer Toddler Schedule

Summer Toddler Schedule + My Day

Summer Toddler Schedule

Brody  is 19  months now , I can’t believe how he is growing so fast! Summer can be a crazy busy time but we still like to keep Brody on some what of a schedule. I find that when we follow a schedule Brody has better days and sleeps great too. Below I talk about my summer toddle schedule  + my day. We do not follow this 100% all the time! We try are hardest but things come up and we go with the flow. As long has he has some type of structure and one good nap a day he is a happy kid ( and I’m a happy mom! )

Some days ( like today ) we do our structured play at the beach! I shared a little about it on my instagram. Here is what we did .

 Summer Toddler Schedule

Summer Toddler Schedule 

6:00 – 6:45 am – Miracle morning before he wakes up.  Brody wakes up + breakfast ( of course I wrote this last week and this week he has been sleeping till 715!!! )

– I work- Mon- tuesday- Wed- thursday  7-8am out of house Brody hangs with dad or one of his grandparents .

8:30 – 9:30 am – free play, outside time, beach if its low tide  – Workout if I can

9:30 – 10:30 am – structured play, activity, more purposeful time. Sometimes we do our structured play at the beach!

10:30 – 11:15– independent play time with age appropriate toys . Brody has always been good at playing with his toys by himself.

11:30 am – 11:45 pm – outside time, free play while I make lunch

11:45- 12:20 pm – lunch then nap. Workout if I didn’t get it in earlier.  Prep dinner if needed. Tidy up the  house & blog work . Sometimes I nap too! Brody sleeps 2+ hours here.

2- 2:30 pm – wake up from nap and have a snack

3:00 – 5:00 pm – beach time,  free play,  outside time and sometimes we go for a walk or bike ride

5:15 – 5:30 pm – dinner then we sometimes play outside one last time

6:00 – 6:45 pm – bath, get on pajamas, wind down. Movie  while I clean up dinner

6:45 – 7:00 pm – read books

7:00 pm – bed

After Brody goes down I clean up the house + blog work. I always pick up Brody’s toys, put the puzzles back together, set up his play kitchen ect!

Structured play ideas  

Again , sometimes I switch my days around but I do try to do a different structured play activity each day. Below are some ideas that we like! Id love to hear from you, what are your favorites? Comment below so we can try them too.

Monday: ABCs, numbers , nursery rhymes , naming objects , finding objects , shapes . I made a toy out of a box with different color holes and Brody matches the colors with balls.

Tuesday: motor skills, filling , dumping, throwing while counting, shapes, stacking, play dough. We use the water table a lot here and fill cups & bowls and transfer to new cups .

Wednesday : jumping, crawl through things, follower the leader, throw pillows, build forts, climb things . He loves to throw things! We throw pillows around , throw the ball to the dogs , climb under pool noodles ect

Thursday : Art, color, paint , play dough, music

Friday : Pick one form above , sensory toys

 

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Summer Car Kit

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Summer Car Kit

Summer is in full swing and you need this summer car kit to make your life easier ! We like to spend our days at the beach and nothing is worse than being out and deciding its time to hit the beach but realizing you forgot something! That Is why I always keep a beach bag all packed in my car. My bag is perfect for the beach whether we go during the day or at night for dinner. Also remember to pack things for you too!

Id love to hear what you keep in your car. Get the convo started below .

My go to Summer Car Kit :

  • sunscreen
  • diapers
  • wipes
  • extra bathing suit
  • extra set of clothes
  • pjs
  • hat
  • shoes
  • sippy cup
  •  beach toys
  • bug spay
  • towels
  • snacks that can stand the heat
  • bug spray
  • clothes for YOU!
  • a few bottles of water or Gatorade
  • we also keep a life jacket for Brody incase we decide to go for a last min boat ride.

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How To Get A Perky Chest

How To Get A Perky Chest

How To Get A Perky Chest

The number one question I get from new moms is how do I get my perky chest back after having kids ?! Between pregnancy and nursing are chest goes through a major transformation and many off us are left with “flat saggy ” boobs! But there is good news! We can train our chest muscles and bring some life back in them.

How To Get A Perky Chest

2-3 times a week add in 3-5 of these moves to your workout or carve out one day a week specially for a chest workout

10 Moves:

  • Chest press- amp it up by doing these on a stability ball
  • Pull overs
  • Arnold Press
  • Uneven push ups
  • T- plank – make it harder by adding in a push up
  • Flys- on a ball or with a band
  • Lat pull down – works your back and helps with posture
  • Pull over half moon
  • Y raises
  • Plank raise

How To Get A Perky Chest

 

Sample workout:

5-10 min warm up

  • 12 dumbbell T- plank
  • 15 Flys
  • 15 band or machine pull down

x2-3

  • 12 half moon
  • 15 chest press
  • 15 pull over

x2-3

  • 10 push ups

x2-3

 

 

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