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 !!

 

The Living Room Workout

The Living Room Workout

The Living Room Workout

The Living Room Workout

Sometimes us busy moms just don’t have time for a long workout. There are days when I want to do something quick right in my living using just my body weight. This little workout is perfect to do first thing in the am to help give you some extra energy throughout the day. Sometimes a quick effective workout is all I need to feel good & energized! Below is a quick living room workout you can do when you just don’t feel like working out .

The Living Room Workout

 

25 jumping jax

20 squats

15 mt climbers ( each leg )

10 push ups

5 burpees

10 sumo squat hops

15 lunges ( each leg )

20 plank jax

25 high knees ( each leg )

20 squats

15 sit ups

10 leg lowers

5 v -ups

Repeat 3 times!

How To Workout With Your Toddler

How To Workout With Your Toddler

How To Workout With Your Toddler

How To Workout With Your Toddler

Having kids has definitely changed my life in so many ways! When it comes to my workouts , a lot has changed. Before Brody I would go to crossfit around 9 and hang around after without any worthy about the clock. Once I had Brody that all went out the window! The 9am class was during his nap time,  getting up before him was NOT going to happen and the I was too tired for the night class .  Since my workouts are important to me I HAD to find time to get them in. Working out during his nap time was just not for me. I had other things I wanted to do ( like blog ) during his nap so I knew I needed to figure something out.   Below are some tips that worked for me  and  I hope they can help you too! Jumping back into workouts post baby can be hard , remember start off slow until you find your groove !

Do you workout with your kids? Id love to hear from you , share some of your favs below .

How To Workout With Your Toddler

 

  • Walk/run with a stroller . We did lots of walking ( I am NOT a runner! ) I think walks count as a workout, especially with a new-born.
  • Bike ride. You can ride with them or if your kids are old enough they can ride while you run. We put Brody in a bike seat pretty early. He loves the bike and it is a total leg burner
  • Swimming . Depending on your kids age this can be hard. Since Brody can’t swim on his own I can use him as a weight or red water while he floats in his tube.  Brody loves to be thrown in the air and caught, combined that upper body move with some squats int he water and you have a great workout!
  • Involve them . I give Brody some 1lb weights while I do one of my workouts and he loves it. He likes to do the jumping moves, planks, mt climbers ect with me. It’s great for both of us. I can usually get in about a 30 min workout with him
  • Playground workout. Take your kids to the playground and get a workout in.  First you can chase your kids around the play ground, that will feel like a workout! You can also do lunges & squats while they swing, do pull ups on the monkey bars or get a whole body weight circuit in while they play. Grab some mom friends and make it a weekly date.

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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 .

Frozen Protein Bowl

My Go To Frozen Protein Bowl

 

Frozen Protein Bowl

Protein bowls are one of my favorite things to make. I eat them for breakfast, lunch or post workout. This frozen protein bowl is definitely my go to recipe but I do switch up the fruits and add nut butters for time to time!

Id love to know how you make your protein bowls! Share your favorite recipes below .

Frozen Protein Bowl

Ingredients : 

  • Frozen fruit.  for this bowl I used banana & raspberries
  •  1/2 a cup of nut milk of choice.  I like to use almond or cashew milk . You don’t want to use too much liquid or your bowl will be too watery
  • Protein powder. I use one scoop and usually use  chocolate but any flavor will work.
  • Optional* acia powder, coaco powder  ect

Toppings: 

  • dark chocolate chips
  • frozen raspberries
  • coconut
  • oats

Add all ingredients ( not the toppings ) to a blender . Blend until smooth. Don’t over blend or it will become too watery. If you need to, chill in the fridge a but to make the consistency thicker.

Top & enjoy!

 

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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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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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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Weekly Summer Workouts

Weekly Summer Workouts

Weekly Summer Workouts

I have officially hit my third trimester! So happy that I am still keeping up with my workouts. I know I will eventually have to slow down and modify even more but for now I am feeling great and I’m going to keep going as long as I can. Below are my weekly summer workouts I did this week. I hope you get a chance to try some. Drop a comment below and let me know what one you tried!!

Weekly Summer Workouts

Monday: Legs + HIIT :

Super sets:

  • 10 back squats
  • 15 squat hop

x2-3

  • 8 weighted lunges
  • 6 split box lunge hops each leg

x2-3

  • 10 goblet squat
  • 8 burped box jump

x2-3

  • 30 skaters
  • 15 squat hops
  • 30 mt climb
  • 15 kbs

x3 with little to no rest

 

Tuesday: Booty + HIIT Booty 

  • 30 walking lunges
  • 15 deadlift
  • 15 side lunge each leg
  • 15 glute bridge
  • 10 single leg squats

x3

Then: With NO Rest!

  • squat jax
  • sump pulse squat
  • plank jax
  • jumping jax

Do 15 reps, then 12 reps, then 10 reps. If you are feeling AWESOME do 8 reps!!

Wednesday: Arms

15 reps each:

  • dumbbell press
  • standing flys
  • upright row
  • french press
  • hammer curls

x3

Burnout round:

Do the moves from above with a resistance band. Do 2 sets of 20 to burn your muscles out!!!

Thursday: Walk with Brody or add in some cardio!

 

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

Stay at home moms have so much going on and it can be tough on your mind and your  body. With so much responsibility you might feel exhausted all the time . But with a few simple changes we can hopefully fix that and avoid the stay at home mom burnout

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

  • Try new things .I know most of us live by a schedule because our kids thrive when they have a routine. But sometimes switching things up can be nice. Try going to a new park or class. Or if you normally go tot he park in the am try going later in the day.  Try out a new lunch spot or picnic in the park once a month.
  • Get ready in the morning. Even if you are doing nothing that day you will feel better knowing you are dressed and ready.  Getting dressed can help change your mood for the day. I’m not talking full faced make up ( unless that’s your thing!) Just get out of your pjs and do something nice with your hair. You will feel more put together and ready to take on the day.
  • Get out of the house !I know this can be tough , especially with multiple kids and during the winter months but it’s so important to get out.  Go for walks , play at the park, head to the beach for a walk .
  • Wake up before your kids. This is tough, especially if your kids do not sleep through the night. But having time in the am to you is amazing! I start my day with a miracle morning and I swear it has changed my life.
  • Ask for help.  And I’m not just talking from your partner. If a messy house is stressing you out maybe hire a cleaner once a month to come in to help out. If grocery shopping is a big stressor, do curbside pick up or have them delivered. Check out pinterest for “mom hack” ideas on rainy days or days you just can’t find something to do with he kids.
  • Focus on you.  Take some time away from the kids. You deserve this! Get your hair done, head out with a friend or have date night a few times a month with no kids!

Remember no one is perfect! Keep in mind that your house is going to be messy sometimes, dinner will be late, the kids will be cranky and that’s OK! Sometimes its okay to leave the dishes in the sink all day !! Don’t expect everyday to be the perfect day, we all have off days . Being a stay at home mom is HARD work and I know you are doing awesome! Kids are exhausting but we love them anyway! And always remember, some day they will be in school all day and you are going to miss these crazy days at home, I know I will!!

 

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