Easy DIY edible finger paint for babies and toddlers

Easy DIY edible finger paint for babies and toddlers

Easy DIY edible finger paint for babies and toddlers

Hey ya’ll welcome back to the blog. Today I have a super fun and easy DIY to keep the kiddos busy. Finger painting is something my baby and toddler enjoy doing but boy is it a pain to clean up. You know with most babies and toddlers, they tend to get it EVERYWHERE. So, were going to make a easy finger paint that is cheap, non-toxic and easy to clean!

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How I stay productive working from home with kids

How I stay productive working from home with kids

 

Let’s get real, working from home with children is a dream but it’s stressful. As a mom it is important to find a balance in order to raise your babies and run your business, effectively. However, this blog posts is not just for mamas who run a business but also mamas who are homemakers, work from home with a 9-5, or those who are just overwhelmed.

        Here are a few tips that you can implement TODAY to up your productivity and reduce your stress as a SAHM (Stay at home mom).

1. Wake up earlier
Waking up earlier is one of the best tips especially for mamas. Getting up at least 1-2 hours before your little ones is key to getting your mind right for the day. During this time I suggest that you do some self-care:
  • Get dressed! Shower, brush your teeth, do your hair, put on a comfy cute mommy outfit. Getting dressed takes you out of that mindset that just because you’re home you can be a house bum.
  • Read, listen to a motivational podcast, journal or pray, whatever you feel.
  • Drink some water. Many of us (myself included) just wake up and get straight to the coffee☝ Make it a habit to properly hydrate your body before consuming your daily caffeine.
2. Eat a proper breakfast
So who’s is guilty of feeding the kids and not eating until the afternoon? Me too. I know it can feel overwhelming getting everyone fed and clothed in the morning. However, in order to have a more productive day mama you have to nourish yourself. Make your morning breakfast (and lunch) a bit easier by:
  • Meal prepping. Pinterest is a gold mine to find quick and simple breakfast ideas.
  • Eat breakfast as a family. Don’t just feed the kids first, eat with the kids.
  • Opt for a yummy breakfast smoothie. They are filling and healthy. Oh kids love them too😃
3. Plan your day the night before
Whats that saying? Failure to plan is planning to fail. You already have a million things to remember, why add to that? 
  • Have a dedicated planner or notebook to house all your things to do.
  • Pick your top 3 most important tasks that you want to accomplish.
  • Carve out specific time blocks for working and dedicated play/learning time with the kids.
4. Build connections with other moms
Whether it’s through a social platform, long time friends, or your local moms meetup, it is important to build relationships with other women that just get it. Its fine to talk to your friends without kids but other moms will understand your breakdown over your kid writing on the wall with marker. Yes, you can just clean it up but you’ve cleaned marker off the wall 6 times in the past hour! Yikes. We all need that space to just vent with those like us.
5. Don’t work all day
Yes I said it. You need to end your day at a reasonable time. Social media has given this notion that in order to run a successful business or home life you have to be up super late and you have to be doing SOMETHING all day. Not true! I always say be productive not just busy.
  • Try to get out of the house for at least an hour each day. Whether its strolling to the store or hanging in your backyard, clear your mind and get some fresh air with the kiddos.
  • Spending too much time on your work can result in careless mistakes. Take a step back.
  • Sleep is important. Wrap up your work at least 2-3 hours before dinner. This allows for you to spend undivided time with your family and also gives the chance to establish a relaxing night routine.
6. Ditch the mom guilt
Stop feeling guilty for not being perfect, mama. You’re trying your best and that’s all that matters. You’re stressing yourself out trying to do all the things. We need to be our best selves for our littles! Understand that whatever you don’t get done today can be put on the list to be done tomorrow. 
Stop feeling guilty for pursing your passion. Just because we have kids does not mean we do not deserve to be bosses as well whether it be a boss in your own business, a boss in running your home, or a boss in your 9-5, you deserve it!

I hope you all found this post helpful. If you did, you can support my blog by commenting and sharing

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Welcome baby #2| Mom of 2 under 2

Welcome baby #2| Mom of 2 under 2

On 11/05/2019 I welcomed my second child into the world. Another healthy baby boy. You probably noticed I did not document my pregnancy here on the blog or my social media channels. I honestly just wanted to be able to enjoy my pregnancy and spend as much time with my 1 year old before the baby arrived.  

Already having 1 child I kind of knew how I wanted my labor and delivery to go. If you read my labor and delivery story about my first born, I was induced and had an epidural. It was so easy, painless, and my recovery was a breeze. I of course wanted this one to go the same way. I was about 3cm for a little over a week and I felt fine, no signs of labor. On the 4th I still felt…fine. I washed and styled my hair, cleaned, and spent time with my baby. Around 12:30 am I got up to pee (as I did 1,000x a night) and I had the most painful cramps ever. I knew they were not braxton hicks as I was having those for weeks. I headed to the hospital at about 1:10 am and got there at about 1:15 am only to have my water break in the parking lot. I was rolled to the delivery room at 1:23 am and he was born at 1:25 am. Yes, I ended up having an all natural birth…totally unplanned. In that moment I was scared but it really challenged the perfectionist in me and I wouldn’t change it. He is happy and healthy.
#momlife #momof2 #2under2

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1 year with you|Happy 1st birthday, Son

1 year with you|Happy 1st birthday, Son

I cannot believe it has been 1 year with my baby boy. On October 30th, 2018 I welcomed my first born into the world and I have gotten to love him for an entire year already. I admit, I did not expect this time to come by so fast. Seeing him grow, learn new skills, and develop his personality has been nothing short of amazing. He made me grow as a person and I never knew what it felt like to love someone more than I love myself. While motherhood is not at all an easy task, he made this journey so worth it for me. He has become my little best friend and I have realized how lucky I am to be with him 24/7. Having him made me realize it’s the simplest things that bring me joy like making him breakfast every morning or doing our bedtime routine.

WTBS, I wanted to share a recap of his birthday. We decided to do something simple with a few family and friends that we knew he would enjoy. My child “wild boy” as I call him loves to run around and be active so we did a very small get together at Chuck E cheese! We got him a cake made and ordered pizza for guests. We did not go all out with decorations and such and everyone had a blast, especially the kids. I am so happy that we went simple. It was surely a day filled with fun and memories.

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Newborn must haves as a first time mom

Newborn must haves as a first time mom

Hello! Many first time moms like myself go a bit overboard when it comes to shopping for our new little bundle. Of course when I found out about my first little bundle I started buying everything under the sun and fast forward to now, he didn’t use more than half of the crap I bought! I wanted to create a post to showcase products that really came of use to me.

You’d be surprised by how little baby’s actually need. All though I spent more money than I really needed to, I learned a lot for the future. This has taught me a lot of self control with my money and most importantly that your baby needs YOU more than materialistic things. Some items will have direct links and some items are items you can find at places such as Walmart and Target.
 
Here is my list of my top essentials for first time moms:
Baby kangaroo: This product helped me get so much done. I spent tons of money on different carries (Thanks instagram lol) but my baby ended up loving this inexpensive one here: that my mom recommended, thanks girl 🙂
Link: https://www.amazon.com/Evenflo-Infant-Soft-Carrier-Creamcicle/dp/B00AJSJ32E/ref=sr_1_5?crid=21BJA6JX3ZL7J&keywords=baby+kangaroo+carrier&qid=1564023484&s=gateway&sprefix=baby+kang%2Caps%2C237&sr=8-5
Hakka manual breast pump: I produced a lot of breast milk so when my son fed on one side I used this breast pump to catch leakage from the other breast. It was especially useful for night feedings. This is where majority of my milk stash came from. Also it is way more convenient than the electric pump.
Link: https://amzn.to/2LGGhps
Short sleeve onesies/footed onesies: My baby lived in these. I bought so many “outfits” that he did not wear. Baby’s love to be free. I used a few outfits for doctors appointments but they are not a necessity.
Wash cloths: Instead of buying fancy burp cloths, my mom recommended cheap wash cloths and they were a life saver, in expensive, and had multiple uses.
Socks: I did not go crazy with shoes. I bought tons of socks and they made life so much easier for me and comfortable for baby.
Fleece blankets: I racked up on $2 fleece blankets from Walmart which they usually put out around fall.
Gripe water: My LO was a very gassy baby and gripe water was a life saver. It is all natural.
Pregnancy Pillow: Pregnancy pillows are not only great for mom during pregnancy but also work well as a cheap dock a tot style lounger and breast feeding pillow.
Baby swing: A baby swing is a must have to keep you hands free when needed. It is also a great way to soothe baby.
Functional diaper bag: Trust me, when juggling a newborn functionality is everything. Take time to research a bag that fits your lifestyle. I recommend a nylon style tote with a purse organizer. They are spacious, easy to clean, and still CUTE.
 
I’ll be updating this post periodically because I know I am missing a few things (mom brain!!!).
*Affiliate links are used. If you decide to purchase from this list I recieve a small commission at no extra cost to you :)*
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My labor and delivery story | First time mom

My labor and delivery story | First time mom

 

It’s safe to say that 2018 was a very exciting year for me. I welcomed my baby boy, my first child into the world on October 30th, 2018. He is the sweetest and cutest little bundle of joy. This experience was something that I would re-live 1000x.
My pregnancy was an easy one I must say, besides the morning sickness! I had an amazing support system between my boyfriend and my mom so I was able to really soak up this experience for the first time. My son was originally due on November 15th but he came a bit earlier than expected due to my amniotic sack leaking. I thought that I was going in for a routine prenatal visit and boy was I wrong. My doctor told me that she wanted me to deliver the next day. Now me being someone who has never experienced pregnancy was so scared ( I literally cried). I was scared, nervous, and excited that I was bringing this tiny human into the world.
 
I have to say that my delivery was very smooth sailing and I thank God for zero complications. Being a new mom has been such a life changing experience and I have a new outlook on my life and my goals. My son has given me a boost of motivation that I have never felt before. I must say I am still getting used to juggling being an entrepreneur and a new mom but he makes it so easy and worth it for me.
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