10 Self Care Ideas For Moms (and a freebie!)

Self Care for moms
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Some call it self care. Some call it self love. Whatever you call it, it is so important to take care of yourself. Read on and check out ten self care ideas for moms!

Before Mommyhood

Before becoming a mom, I had no problem in this department! Granted I wasn’t getting manicures regularly and would you believe I have NEVER had a pedicure?? However, I would always take time for myself: monthly hair appointments (I had super high maintenance blonde hair), weekend naps, retail therapy, etc.

After Joining the Mommyhood

When I became a mom, I thought, like many others, that the more I sacrificed of myself, the better mom I would be. I spent the first 18 months of the twins’ lives doing just that. Skipping meals, skipping showers, not reading (unless it was a children’s book), not spending time with God, not doing anything for me. I was convinced that if I put myself on the back burner, I would be the best mom.

Guess what? I was the opposite of the best mom. There I was: exhausted, grumpy, and probably pretty stinky lol

I needed a change. It was time to take care of me. I didn’t think of it as self care at the time. I just thought of it as getting my s@*t together. For me, working out and eating well made a massive difference. Just like Elle Woods said, “working out releases endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t…” well you know the rest!

Make the Time!

So, listen up! Focusing all of your attention on other people will not make you a better person. Taking 30 minutes a day to do something for you does not make you selfish. Going out for a cup of coffee and sitting in a parking lot and watching “Uptown Girls” in your SUV while your husband is at home with the kids doesn’t make you a bad mom. (It was literally the only movie in my car at the time, so don’t judge me!)

I have actually found myself in desperate need of refocusing on my self care. I’m now a SAHM to 3 (3 and under). I have been spending so much time growing my brand and blog (which I love doing), but I haven’t been spending any time on myself. I’m totally preaching to the choir here, I know. I’m with you though! I am making the promise to myself and my family that I will take better care of myself.

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Self care doesn’t have to be expensive either. It doesn’t have to be a spa day, although that does sound amazing! It can be something as simple as taking a walk. Below, I have 10 self care ideas!

  1. Working Out
  2. Therapy
  3. Bath
  4. Massage
  5. Mani/Pedi
  6. Yoga
  7. Meditation
  8. Buy Yourself Flowers
  9. Read A Book
  10. DIY Project

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Self Care for moms (plus a freebie)
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How I Made Myself Spend $50 At Target!

How I Made Myself Spend $50 At Target!

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Let’s play a game! Let’s say that I had $100 to give you, but you had to spend it on yourself. (Not the kiddos, but YOU!) Then I’ll tell you how I made myself spend $50 at Target…

I have to say, this would be really difficult for me. Now, before I became a mom, I loved to shop for me. In college, my friends and I would go to the mall once a week to buy outfits for the weekends. We usually went to Forever 21. (That may show my age. Do the coeds still shop there?)

Now that I’m a mom, it is soooo difficult to spend money on myself. I am always thinking, well, I should get this for the girls. Y’all! I don’t even want to tell you the last time I bought myself underwear better yet a new bra! It’s crazy!

For my birthday last month, our sweet neighbor gave me $50 and told me I had to spend it on me. I promised her I would but immediately started feeling this guilt. Mom guilt? I spoke with my friend and life coach about it and she told me to think about my integrity. If I tell my neighbor I am going to do something and then don’t follow through, what does that say about me? Wow! I never thought of it that way.

Off to Target I went with the plan of spending that $50 in record time. Is there any better place to go than Target? Seriously? You walk in and immediately hand over all your money! Spending $50 should be a cinch.

I walked the aisles. Looked at all the cute clothes. Realizing I had no where to wear them because, SAHM. I walked around the store for 2 hours with an EMPTY shopping cart. Two hours. Empty shopping cart. In Target! WHO AM I?

My anxiety was building up. I literally felt like I was going to puke. I called my husband and said, “you won’t believe this. I can’t spend this money!” I’m sure most husbands are wishing their wives would make that phone call and normally mine would too, but he agreed that I should buy myself something “real nice.” (If you don’t get that movie reference, we can’t be friends lol)

So, I did it. I spent the money on a new workout outfit. Sports bra. Tank. Yoga pants. Grand total: $50.03. Mission: completed.

Why am I telling you this story? Because I’m not the only mom who struggles to spend on herself. I’m not the only mom who has some small (or big) holes in those once sexy Victoria Secret underwear. I’m not the only mom who still has some Forever 21 jeans in the closet. (Gasp) I’m actually wearing mine as I write this. I’m not the only mom who wears yoga pants with runners in them because I wore them through 2 pregnancies and dang it, they were expensive.

It’s so important that we remember to take care of ourselves too. You can’t pour from an empty cup. There’s a reason on airplanes they say you should put on your face mask first BEFORE you help anyone else.

This could be as simple as taking a walk, getting up before the kiddos and having a cup of coffee in silence or spending that damn $50 at Target!

If you have momma friends who need to hear this, please share this post! ❤

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Are you needing help focusing on yourself? Check out my ebook on Self Care for moms! Plus get your list of 30 Self Care Ideas here!

 

The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook Review

 The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook Review

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I had every intention of starting my cleaning eating lifestyle at the beginning of this month. I normally eat and feed my family very well, but after a pregnancy in which I couldn’t stand greens to the holidays and follow that with the flu, I have had some trouble getting back into the rhythm of things.

I love to eat, and I spend an embarrassing amount of time meal planning and Pinteresting (is that a word?) recipes.

My mom LOVES cookbooks. I have no idea how many dozens and dozens of cookbooks she has. I have several myself, but I don’t open them up. They just collect dust. Sounds super lazy, right?

I have, however, found an incredible e cookbook (there is also a paperback option) that I downloaded so I can just look at it on my phone, because, again, lazy lol (yet convenient). Enter: The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook. (Purchase here.)

There are so many great recipes that I can’t wait to try and trust me, I will be sharing pictures of those on my Instagram, so make sure that you follow me to see them!

Anyone else in desperate need of a sugar detox? This girl! I’ll be starting one  tomorrow, along with a new workout program. I have been having some serious sweets cravings! I want a milkshake. And hey, it is 53 degrees here in Indiana, so hello, heat wave!

I decided to check out this new cookbook and see what I could make to satisfy these cravings without giving in to temptation. I decided to try the Peanut Butter Banana Date Shake because I knew the girls would love it too! Bonus: I already had all the ingredients on hand so it’s a win-win.

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This shake was so yummy! It uses dates which is an awesome all-natural sugar substitute.

The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook has 75 recipes with 10 ingredients or less. All recipes contain 100% all-natural, whole foods. The author also adds nutritional facts for those who count calories.

There are so many recipes I want to try. I just need to pick up a few ingredients. She has a Nutella-like recipe that I want to make RIGHT NOW! I will definitely be incorporating some of these into my meal planning.

Speaking of meal planning, I have had some questions about the topic and have considered some posts about meal planning. Let me know if that’s something you would like and be sure you are signed up for our Newsletter so you can be updated!

Laura received the above item(s) in exchange for her honest review. All opinions and experiences are her own only.

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Since I’m a “veteran” mom now (I guess lol), I have the experience of knowing what products I actually needed. With my first pregnancy, I wanted everything which lead to having tons of stuff that I actually did NOT need.

10 Reasons Why I Love Winter

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Brrr! It’s cold outside ya’ll! Yesterday, we had a high of 62 degrees here in Southern Indiana. Today? COLD and SNOWY!

I’m actually one of those people who love winter time. In moderation, of course.

Here are 10 reasons why I love Winter….

  1. Snow. There is something so peaceful about the snow. We have a large field next to our house. When it’s snow covered, it’s so beautiful! And seeing the joy on my girls’ faces when they see it is magical!
  2. Early bedtime. Our twins are 3 and they know that when it gets dark, it’s getting close to bedtime. As a SAHM to 3, I sometimes REALLY look forward to that early bedtime.
  3. Staying at home. I’m actually an introvert and really enjoy being a homebody. The cold weather is a perfect excuse for me to not go anywhere. I can totally relate to the bears hibernating for winter. See ya’ll in the Spring!
  4. Cozy sweaters. I love a great cozy sweater especially since I’m only 4 months postpartum and can hide my postpartum bod under all those layers.
  5. Fireplaces. There is something about having a nice warm fire in the living room and get cozy (yep, I’m using that word again) with the hubs and kiddos.
  6. Crockpot soups and chili. As a busy mom, I adore my Crockpot. I use it year round, but I especially love it in the winter time, smelling a yummy soup or chili cooking all day.
  7. Hot chocolate with those cute little marshmallows. It always reminds me of being a kid!
  8. Comfort food. Now, I love eating clean, but I am a born and raised Kentucky gal, so I love some good, down home, comfort food. I usually eat more of it during the cold months. Biscuits and gravy, meatloaf, chili, brownies, basically all the carbs…ok, now I’m super hungry!
  9. Slowing down. Everything seems to slow down in the winter time. Life doesn’t seem as crazy and chaotic.
  10.  Cozy blankets. Yep, I used cozy AGAIN! Clearly, I need a Thesaurus, but I love the word. Curling up on the couch with the family, under an amazing blanket and watching Netflix is my idea of the perfect evening.

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What are your favorite things about Winter? I’d love to hear!

15 health and wellness products to help you rock your goals

15 Health and Wellness Products to Help You Rock Your Goals

15 health and wellness products to help you rock your goals

Have you made a resolution to become healthier. Health and wellness is one of my passions so I thought I would put together a list of some great health and wellness products to rock your healthy goals!

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These bluetooth headphones are awesome. They are also so stinkin’ cute.


Resistance loops are gaining a lot of popularity right now. I have these and love them. They also come with a small bag to store them in.

I also really like resistance bands. The great thing about these is they come with a door anchor. Great way to modify pull ups. I never wanted to get the pull up bar that goes in the doorway, so I use a door anchor. Works great!

All the water! This water bottle is also an infuser so you can make your water tasty with some yummy fruit.

If you ever look up healthy recipes, I’m sure that you seen zoodles! If you are going to be making noodles out of any veggie, you need a good spiralizer.

Want to track your steps and monitor your heart? Check out this fitness tracker! You can spend as little or as much as you want on one of these. This fitbit beautiful!

Lifting weights and still want to wear your wedding band? These silicone bands are a great alternative. Plus, they are super cute!

The Ninja Pro Blender is perfect for mixing your shakes and smoothies!

Need something smaller than a blender or something that travels easily? I love my immersion blender. I always travel with this one.

If you’ve never checked out Thrive Market, get on it! So many awesome, healthy products. There are so many things on their site that you can’t find at your local grocery store.

I love these workout leggings from Target. They are so comfortable!

I’ve tried several protein powders and I really like this one! So good!

Are you a snacker but need healthy options? Why not have healthy snacks sent to your door? UrthBox is a great option!

How cute are these headbands to keep your hair out of your face during your sweat sessions

This devotional combines faith and health/wellness.

If you have trouble taking action on any of your resolutions and goals, I highly suggest you read The 5 Second Rule. Total Game Changer!

If you want more health and wellness tips, check out my 10 favorite healthy foods!

What do you want to accomplish this year? I’d love to hear your goals! What are your favorite health and wellness products?

 

15 health and wellness products to help you rock your goals