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!
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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.
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 🙂
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.
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!!!).
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