Sanity Saving Tips for Life with a Newborn & Toddler

Sanity Saving Tips for Life with a Newborn & Toddler

Being a mom is hard ! Once you add a new baby to your family it can get even harder and more stressful . Moms are constantly wondering why the new baby is crying, is she hungry, tired, sick… And if you have more kids at home you worry about them too. Are they dealing with the new baby okay? Are they getting enough attention ect! The worries are endless but I hope to help you release some of that stress with my sanity saving tips for life with a newborn & toddler below. Life is definitely different now that baby number two is here !

Mom Tip: A friend told me if both kids are crying grab the older one first, the baby is okay, but the older one will remember this moment and might be feeling neglected, if possible tend to the older kids needs first!

Id love to know your tips for surviving with a newborn! Get the convo started below .

Sanity Saving Tips for Life with a Newborn & Toddler

  • develop a routine & stick to it. I’m sure you have heard this before a 100 times… and that’s because it works! I know plenty of families with no routine and I’m not sure how they get through the day but I can tell you they seem more stressed then me! This will be a life save for you and your toddler. My almost 2-year-old is a creature of habit so jumping back into a routine after having our daughter was a must.
  • if you can, have your partner take your toddler for an hour a few mornings ( even just one or two will help )  a week so you can catch up with an am cat nap those first few months. Newborns sleep a lot and that’s the perfect time for a quick nap ( or shower! )
  • nap when your kids nap . Take time to rest during ONE of your newborn naps.  If your toddler doesn’t nap anymore pick a time to have quiet time during one of the new babies naps where you just relax and watch a movie on the couch!
  • exercise once you are ready. Listen to your body ( and doctor ) you don’t want to jump back into your workouts too soon but exercise is a great way to boost your mood and give you more energy. Plus you want to be in great shape now that you have kids to chase around. Our daily walks started as soon as we got home from the hospital and we all love them.
  • carve out time to do things you love/ spend time with just your spouse. Hopefully your toddlers goes to bed early like mine! That way you have time at night to relax with your partner . Pick a night once a month if you can for date night or time away with a friend .
  • stay connected with your friends. This is so important! You can’t spend all your time with only your kids. Make sure to stay connected with your friends. Make plans once a month, text daily to say hi and if you can plan a get a way with some friends, you deserve it ! Some mom friends and I went out last week at 5 and were home in time to help with bedtime! Even if it’s just a quick night out, its worth it.
  • be kind to yourself. Always remember you are doing an awesome job! Being a mom is tough work and newborns are so unpredictable until they are on a great schedule. Be nice to yourself !
  • involve your toddler when you can. Brody loves to help me clean , throw things away, take the trash out ect. When I am busy with the new baby I give him a towel and his own bottle of “cleaning ” spray ( it’s just water ) and have him clean the windows & tables . He also loves to go tot he fridge and get us waters , when I see him about to break down I quickly ask him to go grab me a water, works every time!
  • spend time outside when you can. Fresh air is a must for me! We try to get outside for at least 30 minutes a day to burn off some energy. Bored toddlers are no fun! Getting them outside will help them burn some energy & have some fun. I wear the new baby so I can still play with Brody. Lately we have been loving obstacle courses . Brody and my you get boxer like to do them together !!

 

Postpartum Life Tips

Postpartum Life Tips

Postpartum Life Tips

Postpartum Life Tips

 

I can’t believe its been one week since having Remi! Coming home from the hospital after having a baby can be scary! Not only do you now have a new life to take care of, you have to take care of yourself as well ( and siblings!)  If you are not feeling great postpartum , caring for your newborn can be even more difficult and stressful. If you are feeling not so great always remember you are NOT alone! Are you are looking for a fun community of moms Id love for you to join my private face group . We share lots of workouts, recipes, tips and best of all we all support each other . Just send me a friend request and a message and I can add you!! Below are some of my postpartum life tips that helped me when I had my son and just recently after having my daughter.  You’ll notice I didn’t write sleep as a tip, I feel like everyone tells you to sleep when you can, we all know that!

Postpartum recovery isn’t always easy but you can thrive with a little self-care and some help of course!

Postpartum Life Tips

Right after coming home:

  • Use the perri  bottle from the hospital when going to the bathroom ( take the bottle home too ) especially if you have a tear ( you don’t want to be wiping
  • Take  sitz baths. My Dr told me ten min a day is long enough , no need to sit for too long
  • Make padsicles if you are swollen ( google it ! )
  • Buy those sprays/ witch hazel ect you see all over pinterest !
  • Take as much stuff from the hospital as you can , then use amazon for things you still need. I bought a bunch of stuff before having Brody then got doubles of almost everything at the hospital . Wait to buy things till you know what you’ll need. You can always amazon in the hospital and you know it will be at your house when you get home!

After a few day: 

  • Eat “healing” foods . Our bodies will not heal properly if we are not eating right. Eat foods full of vitamins, antioxidants  and minerals  and eat clean protein , fats and carbs . You and your baby need all those nutrients
  • Drink a TON of water ( and pineapple juice if nursing )
  • Bend over correctly . Your muscles are tight , sore and maybe weak. Remember to always use proper form with picking things up.
  • Wear a belly band. I wear mine for about 45 min a day
  • Walk around. Sitting around all day will leave you sore, tight and tired!
  • Stretch daily, add yoga when you feel up to it
  • Say YES to help with meals . If someone offers to bring a meal over say yes! You can always freeze it and have it handy when in a pinch
  • Create a routine that works for you and your family & stick to it
  • Self Care. Make sure you are taking care of YOU! Shower when you can. Wash your face and brush teeth right when you wake up. Change out of your pjs! Throw some mascara on. Have a glass of wine & relax at night
  • Enjoy your newborn and new way of living!

Id love to know how you survived after having a baby? Share below your go to postpartum tips .

Healthy Energy Snacks For Tired Moms

Healthy Energy Snacks For Tired Moms

12 Healthy Energy Snacks For Tired Moms

Healthy Energy Snacks For Tired Moms

Having the right snacks in the house is a must for us tired moms! Quick & easy snacks are a must around here, anyone else love to snack?! These healthy energy snacks for tired moms are a life saver for my family & I hope they help yours too!

The best part about the snacks below is they are not loaded with sugar so you are not going to crash after eating them . There is nothing worse than eating unhealthy foods then feeling worse than ever about 20 minutes later! Maintaining a healthy life for me and my family is number one on my list and I know when I make better food choices I am a better mom and wife!

Bonus , these snacks are great for busy kids too!!

12 Healthy Energy Snacks For Tired Moms

  • Nuts. Almonds , walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds. Remember to go for the unsalted ones.
  • Fresh , frozen or dried fruit
  • Avocado , plain or on toast
  • Hummus on pita bread
  • Yogurt – I like full fat and unflavored . Lookout for sugar content , most flavored yogurts are full of sugar.
  • Hard boiled eggs . Every week I make a bunch of eggs in my insta pot. This is an everyday go to snack in our house !
  • Peanut butter on rice cakes – add a banana for even more flavor
  • Energy balls
  • Protein smoothie
  • Chia seed pudding
  • Tuna
  • String cheese

Do you have a favorite go to snack to help boost your energy? Get the convo started below , Id love to try your snacks!!

 

 

Three Home HIIT Workouts

Three Home HIIT Workouts

Three Home HIIT Workouts

Three Home HIIT Workouts

Who else loves quick HIIT workouts? Quick effective workouts are my jam, there is no need to spend hours working out to see results . Add these three home HIIT workouts to your routine to help push you past your comfort zone. These quick workouts are perfect to do while your little ones nap!

Do you have a favorite HIIT workout ?? Id Love to hear about it. Comment below so I can give it a try!

Three Home HIIT Workouts

Workout one: 

one minute each move: take 10-15 seconds between moves: repeat 3-4 times

  • curl & press
  • kbs
  • dips
  • mt climb
  • deadlift highball with kettlebell
  • high knees
  • dumbbell squat
  • jumping jax
  • alternating dumbbell lunge
  • quick skater lunges
  • sumo squat hops

Workout Two: 

15 minute HIIT ABS:

30 seconds each move : NO rest between moves.

  • plank jax
  • high knees
  • mt climbers
  • v – ups
  • bike abs
  • legs up crunch

Rest one minute repeat 5 times

Workout Three:

Tabatas: 20 seconds on: 10 seconds rest x8.  Rest no longer then 60 seconds between circuits .

circuit one:

  • frog hops
  • jumping jax

circuit two:

  • kettlebell swings
  • standing mt climbers

circuit three:

  • squat hops
  • plank up downs

circuit four:

  • figure 8 lunge
  • star jumps or tuck jumps

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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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Become A Morning Person

Become A Morning Person

Become A Morning Person

Become A Morning Person

Are you trying to become a morning person ? Maybe you are looking to take control of your day by taking control of your morning. That was my plan when I started googling  reasons to become a morning person. Being a SAHM has made it difficult for me to get up before my son. Instead I was waking to the sound of my son yelling for me ( sound familiar ?) . It wasn’t till I read the miracle morning that I realized I needed to take control of my mornings.

I was doing so well with my morning routine ..until summer hit and trouble sleeping happened due to this growing belly! But its time for me to get back to my morning routine and I’m super excited to get started and share with you how I plan to do it!

There are tons of benefits of waking up early. Research shows that people who wake up early are happier and healthier, that should be reason enough to get up !! Waking up early can lead to a more productive and stress free day. Mornings can be the BEST time of your day . Take the challenge with me and become a morning person!!!

Become A Morning Person

  • Go to bed earlier Duh! But the best way to wake up early is to go to bed early ( and ready for the next day ) Give yourself a bed time and stick to it! If you have to set an alarm in your phone to go off every night to remind you to get ready for bed.
  • Put your phone down before bed & establish a routine ( and don’t start scrolling as soon as you wake )
  • Set your alarm for the same time everyday. Make it your schedule & turn it into a habit. We thrive on schedules. STOP hitting that snooze button , it is not helping you at all, instead its making you grumpy that the alarm keeps going off so now you are starting your day grumpy… no one needs that.
  • Set your coffee maker . I set my coffee maker to go off every morning at the same time. It’s about 30 minutes before my son normally wakes up . The smell of the coffee is enough for me to get up! Plus theres nothing better then enjoying some hot coffee alone 
  • Wash your face right away. Even if you just splash some water on, it will wake you right up
  • Start your day with a GIANT glass of water ( before coffee )
  • Make stretching part or your am routine. If you are like me and cannot workout first thing in the morning try doing some light stretching 
  • Try doing A miracle morning  .

Remember , waking up early is hard at first but it WILL get easier when it starts to become a habit you love. It won’t take long to so just keeping going!! Id love to hear from you , what has worked to help you become a morning person??

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Third Trimester Check List

Third Trimester Check List

Third Trimester Check List

Third Trimester Check List

Whether you are a new mom or already have one at home getting your house ready in the third trimester is a must! Below is my third trimester check list to help you prepare to bring your new baby home . Id love to hear from you , how did you prepare to bring baby home? Comment below and get the convo started!

Third Trimester Check List

  • A lot of people make a birth plan… I am not one of them! My plan is to go to the hospital and have a baby!
  • clean the house .Declutter as much as you can . People will bring you flowers, food,  gifts , you’re going  drop your hospital stuff as soon as you walk in so having a clutter free home before you head to the hospital will make life a little easier when you get home
  • stock up on supplies . Make sure you have coffee, wine, paper towels , toilet paper ect. I know its easy to order on amazon and have everything the next day but it is nice to have everything you need when you need it.
  • freeze some meals . Also make sure you have food in the fridge ready to eat  for when you get home you will be hungry!
  • pack your hospital bag and put it in the CAR!
  • install the car seat
  • find a pediatrician
  • have diapers and wipes ready, you don’t want to run out at 2 am!
  • stock up on batteries for swings , sound machines ect
  • wash baby clothes,  blankets and bottles
  • prepare an at home post birth recover kit . Think pads, witch hazel, peri bottle ect
  • make plans for your other children and pets ( make sure you have food for your pets! )

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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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My Favorite Personal Development Books

My Favorite Personal Development Books

My Favorite Personal Development Books

My Favorite Personal Development Books

If you follow my in instagram ( you should ! ) then you see me share quotes in my stories all the time. People always ask me what books the quotes come from so I thought I would share the PD books I have read this year. Below is a list of my favorite personal development books that I think you will love too.

If you do decide to read some of my favs remember reading the books is one thing but actually doing what the books suggest is whats going to help change your life!

My Favorite Personal Development Books

  1. Miracle Morning ( I have read three! )
  2. The universe has your back
  3. The Secret
  4. The 12 week year
  5. The energy Bus
  6. Rejection Proof
  7. The Compound Effect
  8. Spirit Junkie

Are you a fan of personal development books? Id love to know some of your go to books. Please share 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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