9 Easy Ways For Busy Moms to Practice Self Care

“Self care” is kind of a hot topic for me.  Maybe because it’s such an on-trend concept these days and everybody’s talking about it that I kind of cringe when I hear the term.  It makes me crazy when I see recommendations of “get enough sleep” and “exercise” paraded around as elements of self care.  Those things are actually basic necessities of life. They’re non-negotiable.  Sleeping, eating, movement, are all things I would drop dead without.  To me those things don’t constitute self care.  They constitute survival.

To me, practicing self care is totally essential but also optional.  Here are my 9 simple self care ideas for adding a little calmness into your jam-packed schedule. Self care is the sanity saver portion of motherhood.  And none of my suggestions involve getting more sleep.

As moms, we are busy and we are tired and we hardly ever take time for ourselves. It's hard to imagine finding any time to incorporate self care into our busy schedules. So here are 9 SIMPLE self care ideas to help you unwind and refuel so you can be your best self for your family. These self care ideas for moms will help put a little spring back in your step!

 

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Self care is essential because you can’t drive on an empty tank.  If we don’t find a way to do the things that feed our soul or lift our spirits then we very well may get lost in the struggles of Motherhood.

If our cup is empty, we won’t be able to pour into our families.  It’s that simple and that hard.

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How I Eliminated Dinnertime Stress

Dinnertime used to be the hardest part of my day. But with this solution, my hungry dinner stress is gone!

Since having kids, dinnertime has been a super stressful part of the day.  I don’t know what it is about the five o’clock hour that makes children a little bonkers, but I think it’s fairly common.  The kiddos are extra needy and demanding when I’m trying to prep dinner.  Compound that with the fact that I hate cooking and absolutely despise having to come up with meal ideas and you’ve got a recipe for a cranky monster of a mama.

Dinnertime used to be the hardest part of my day. But with this solution, my hungry dinner stress is gone!

“What’s the Hardest Part of your Day?”

I was chatting with a friend a few months ago about my daily struggles.  She’s a ‘let’s take action’ kind of mom which is just what I needed, she’s a good listener too but has no patience for excuses.  So she asked me a simple question: “What’s the hardest part of your day?” I thought for a sec and replied “Dinnertime.” Without a doubt.  Then she asked: “What can you do make dinnertime easier?”

And I didn’t really know how to respond!  There are so many aspects of motherhood and life in general that are hard, that I use up all my energy just to survive that I didn’t even consider that there might be an easier way.  I think I had resigned myself to the idea that dinnertime was hellish and always would be!

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52 Gift Ideas for Kids

52 Non-toy gift ideas for kids to foster creativity, education and adventure all while making wonderful memories! For their next birthday don't just grab them a toy, plan ahead a little and get them something they'll adore and remember for years to come!

My kids have hit the age where they are regularly getting invited to birthday parties.  And birthday parties mean gifts.  But these days, it feels as if kids have way too much stuff in general.  I don’t feel right about adding to the pile of stuff that another parent has to deal with.  So I got to brainstorming and I came up with 52 gift ideas for kids that aren’t just toys.  These are gifts of experiences or education or creativity.  And I’m totally gonna use some of these ideas for my own kids too.  No more rushing to the store to purchase whatever toy I can find.  It’s time for thoughtful gifts with imagination and purpose.

52 Non-toy gift ideas for kids to foster creativity, education and adventure all while making wonderful memories! For their next birthday don't just grab them a toy, plan ahead a little and get them something they'll adore and remember for years to come!

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I’ve included loads of links for inspiration and even DIY instructions!  Most of these ideas are for kids 10 and under.  Not every idea will be appropriate for every age, but I think there are several viable options for everyone!

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10 Tips for Work at Home Moms

My best tips for gaining structure and success as a work at home mom.

 

My best tips for gaining structure and success as a work at home mom.

I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and I’m crafty, so naturally I’ve wanted to be a creative business owner since before I knew what that really meant.  It took me a while to find my ‘thing’ (wool felt!), I first tried several other crafty ideas.  I’ve also always wanted to be a stay at home mom, so I had to find a way to make those two dreams work together.

It’s hard work to be self-employed and work from home with kiddos running around, but it’s possible if you’re determined!  I want the flexibility of being self-employed so that I can be here when the kids get home from school, or if they need to be picked up.  There’s no need to miss a meeting or a soccer practice because I set my own hours.  I have systems in place that help me stay on track and succeed as a small business owner.  And here’s a great, free printable workbook full of pages to help you set attainable goals and become a master of time management!

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How to be an Organized Mom

Moms are busy. And they have to remember all the things all of the time! Use this awesome hack to simplify life and learn how to be an organized mom!

I’m a list-maker. Always have been. I make detailed grocery lists, and epic to-do lists and lofty goal lists. But often those lists go unread by other members of the family, *cough* husband *cough*, and things get forgotten. And then I get frustrated. Can you relate? Moms just have so many things to remember and schedule and plan in order to keep the family moving forward. It’s exhausting. But I’ve discovered this free tool that has helped me learn how to be an organized mom!

Moms are busy. And they have to remember all the things all of the time! Use this awesome hack to simplify life and learn how to be an organized mom!

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I can’t even tell you the number of times that I have carefully written out a list for my husband before he leaves the house, only to have it lying forgotten on the coffee table. Anyone else’s husband do this?!

Not to mention, now that the boys are getting older, they have soccer practices and swim lessons and appointments that all have to be remembered.

It is so handy to be able to keep all that information in one spot where we can all access it.

 

What is Cozi?

Cozi is a free family scheduling app.  I was hesitant at first because I’m a pen + paper kind of girl.  But so far, Cozi has really delivered.

You can use it to store your grocery or shopping list, multiple to-do lists (one for him and one for you!) as well as maintain a calendar of events.

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