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How to Start Being More Productive and Organized

Procrastination can be an easy thing to fall for when you are a stay at home mom. Learn more about how to start being more productive and organized today!
Procrastination can be an easy thing to fall for when you are a stay at home mom. Learn more about how to start being more productive and organized today!

Procrastination can be an easy thing to fall for when you are a stay at home mom. Learn more about how to start being more productive and organized today!

During the day when you are home by yourself with your toddler, you may feel like you don’t have much time to do anything. But at the same time, you haven’t really done much of anything. And that can be daunting on yourself.

At times you may feel like you are overwhelmed with tasks. And then you put it all off until later when you think you can get to it.

But these things are starting to sound a little bit like procrastination.

The P word can be so unforgiving. Once in a while, I feel like I can be drowning in it. And if you feel like you are the same way then you are not alone. There are lots of people who tend to procrastinate. It’s easy to get distracted by the tv or your cell phone. But the main thing is that you can switch it around by tackling one task at a time.

Procrastination can be an easy thing to fall for when you are a stay at home mom. Learn more about how to start being more productive and organized today!

Start being productive and organized by cutting out the procrastination

If you start to get that overwhelming feeling, then it is time to sit down for a minute. Be more productive and organized by making a checklist of things to do. I like to do this at the start of my week.  For example, maybe you need to pay bills or organize the closets.

Once you’ve made a checklist, grab a planner and write down 1 to 2 most important tasks that you need to get done for each day.

It’s best to start off each task early in the morning so that it gets you in the mood to get things done.

This might sound odd, but I like to leave the dishes in the sink until morning and here is why. And once I do a vigorous activity like this, I feel like I am ready to take on anything for the day. I believe the combination of feeling satisfied and doing an activity like that helps me to wake up and be more active.

But you can start your day off with something else that doesn’t have to do with cleaning. I just like to get that done first-thing because it helps me clear my mind and think of what I have to do that day.

Find another way to stay organized

If you’re not a huge fan of writing things down in a notebook, then use this organizer. I am more productive and organized by using Trello for everything like school, business, and home tasks. You can create a board and within that board, you create lists with cards on them. Below is an example of how I organize my business each week inside Trello.

Procrastination can be an easy thing to fall for when you are a stay at home mom. Learn more about how to start being more productive and organized today!

Each board is like a category for which things you need to get organized.

Procrastination can be an easy thing to fall for when you are a stay at home mom. Learn more about how to start being more productive and organized today!

Always try to keep yourself busy

Lastly, I am always trying to keep myself busy by doing one task after another. Once I finish a task I will think of something else like sort out the laundry.

Here’s a quick tip: Don’t like cleaning? Just put on some of your favorite tunes to make it an easier task. You and your toddler can do little dances with each other to make it even more fun. Sometimes, I like to include my toddler in chores, especially laundry, because it doesn’t hurt to teach them chores early on in their life.

Plus, my daughter thinks it’s fun to do the chores herself. She loves it and she thinks that she’s a big girl doing it all by herself.

But you see, overall, it’s important to keep yourself busy throughout the day. Because at some points, your day goes by so slow that sometimes it can make you feel a little crazy. But by the end of the day, you feel like you’ve accomplished a lot. Plus, you will have more time to do the things that you enjoy.

By being more productive and organized, you can spend more time with your family or dive into a really good book after your little one goes to bed.

You can do those things and not feel so guilty about it the next day. So try it out and see how that works for you. You might also realize afterward how much time you’ve spent wasting away being on your phone or watching tv.

It might even be helpful to list the things that are distracting to you. Block them out by timing yourself so that way you can get more done in a few hours rather than a whole day.

Read more on Pretty Crafty and Wanderful: 8 Ways to Cope With Anxiety as a Stay at Home Mom

How to Make the Most of Your Summer with Your Toddler

Unsure of how to make the most of your summer with your toddler? Read more to give yourself a list of ideas so you can enjoy your summers too.

Do you have lots of plans this summer with your toddler? Or do you just feel like you can’t do a whole lot so your plans are to sit around and watch Netflix? Sometimes it is hard to enjoy the things you want to do with the whole family when your toddler might have other plans in mind.

My almost 2-year-old is so independent. It’s hard to enjoy something as simple as catching some sun without having to worry about her running off.

But those are the type of things that come with motherhood and parenting. Although, it doesn’t have to be that way. You and your toddler can both enjoy summer together whether it is with you or without you.

Unsure of how to make the most of your summer with your toddler? Read more to give yourself a list of ideas so you can enjoy your summers too.

Unsure of how to make the most of your summer with your toddler? Read more to give yourself a list of ideas so you can enjoy your summers too.
Unsure of how to make the most of your summer with your toddler? Read more to give yourself a list of ideas so you can enjoy your summers too.

Make the most of your summer with your toddler by hanging out in your own backyard.

Enjoy the summer with your toddler by going out to your backyard or even a friends house with a blowup swimming pool. You don’t have to be at a public pool to have fun this summer with your toddler. By being outside and getting some vitamin D in your own backyard, it’s just as fun. Plus, you wouldn’t have to worry about whether your toddler goes potty in the pool. And you can make it even more enjoyable by inviting company.

Go for a hike in the woods this summer with your toddler.

Go out for a hike in the woods even if it’s in your own backyard. My little girl loves going out for hikes. Once during a warmer winter day, we decided to go out for a hike because it was nice out. But then we got to our usual spot and it dropped 10 degrees in temperature.

We were only able to take a ten-minute walk. But when we had to turn back around, my daughter refused to get out of the hiking backpack. I felt so bad, but now that the days are warmer, she smiles each time we go out for a walk on the trail.

Unsure of how to make the most of your summer with your toddler? Read more to give yourself a list of ideas so you can enjoy your summers too.

Exploring the outdoors is great for toddlers. They get to experience the beauty of nature and discover something new each time.

Just the other day, my daughter and I went out on the trail for a walk. I put her in the stroller and she was having a blast while I was able to get exercise. Once we got far enough onto the trail, I took her out and she walked around, played in the creek, and the dirt.

It was nice to get out for a couple hours and she even got to see a couple ducks up close for the first time. The good thing about getting some fresh air is that it wears them out by the end of the day. There is no more laying down for two hours just to try and get them tired for bed.



 

Make the most of your summer by going out more on your own.

This summer I will be making sure that I get out more on my own. Sometimes you just need to go out and catch up with your friends. Even though you might have the mom guilt, it’s important to be able to spend some time away from your child.

So this summer, I am making it a point to get out more. My summer bucket list will include catching up with friends, attending huge flea market events, and kayaking.

The best feeling that you get out of this is when you come home and receive a big huge hug from your child. Nothing beats that moment when you know they’ve missed you!

So make the most of your summer whether it’s with your toddler or on your own. No one should have to cancel their plans because of the hassles that come with being out of the house.

Read more with the latest on how to embrace your new self as a stay at home mom.

How to Embrace Your New Self When You’re a First Time Mom

As a new mom, we tend to focus on our physical appearances and the new bodily changes that we have earned after childbirth. Many of us focus on the negativities that not only put us down but also affect us mentally.

We can’t help but think about the stretch marks, the loose skin and the endless look of our tired eyes. But we are beautiful in each of our own ways. We just don’t know it yet.

So start by embracing the new you and the person that you have become. Because these new changes are only temporary. And they don’t last forever.

As a new mom or first time mother, we tend to focus on the new bodily changes that appear on ourselves. If you're having a hard time accepting your new form, then click through to learn how to embrace the new you.

Embrace your new self by being patient

Remember the saying that goes “patience is a virtue.” Time will pass you by and your body will heal itself. Our minds are tricky and we may think that those stretch marks will be there forever.

But It took you nine months to grow your precious miracle, now you must give it time to heal.

Be kind

Take a minute each day to be kind to yourself. Check out this post on how to be a happier mom.

Give yourself a compliment each day and only focus on the things that you love about yourself whether that is physical appearance or what is on the inside. No matter what, people will love you for the person that you are.

That’s why your husband married you, right?

Be content with yourself

I know it’s hard, but you must try to be okay with your new self. Lots of new mothers have stretch marks and loose skin.

But this shows proof that you made a miracle of life.

If someone gives you a compliment then take it and accept the fact that you do look amazing!

Embrace your new self by being confident

So maybe your old clothes don’t fit anymore!

If so, find yourself by trying on new clothes that do fit and feel confident about it! Don’t worry about whether your old stuff will fit you or not.

This gives you a good excuse to go shopping! You deserve it anyway.

As a new mom or first time mother, we tend to focus on the new bodily changes that appear on ourselves. If you're having a hard time accepting your new form, then click through to learn how to embrace the new you.

Embrace your new self by not comparing yourself to the way others look.

Stop comparing yourself to other moms.

Life is not a competition and you don’t win anything for it. We are all on our own journey and now you need to take your own path.

Don’t follow others because it’s a new trend and you have to have it. Be yourself, set your own trends because that is what makes you unique.

Embrace your new self so that you can focus on what the future brings.

Enjoy the precious moments between you and your new baby because these tiny moments don’t last forever. You know you are a good mom and you know that there are things that you love about yourself so why not let it shine?

You do what you do best and never feel like you have to listen to what others have to say.

Click here to learn different ways to cope with anxiety when you’re a stay at home mom.



 

8 Ways to Cope with Anxiety as a Stay at Home Mom

 I love being a stay at home mom! But the day that I became a mom was the day my anxiety kicked into high gear.

Anxiety can be consuming. It can take over all of your worst fears and control you.

But there are ways that you cope with anxiety as a stay at home mom. So here’s a list of ideas below to help you get started.

8 Ways to cope with anxiety as a stay at home mom.

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Here is how you can cope with anxiety

1. Keep yourself busy

I’ve learned to cope with my anxiety by keeping myself busy. I know this sounds repetitive, but it actually helps take your mind off things. While your little one naps, try to keep yourself busy by cleaning or organizing.

I used to find that I hated cleaning.

But now it’s more enjoyable because I listen to music while I make my home spotless. Plus, I feel like I’ve made an actual accomplishment for the day.

2. Spend time outdoors

I can’t tell you enough how important it is to spend time outdoors. I’ve learned how to find true self by hiking through the woods.

Find a babysitter or take the whole family for a weekend trip. You and your little one can take in the beauty that nature has to offer.

I promise you that all your worries will disappear.

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3. Drink chamomile or lavender tea

I’ve started venturing into trying different flavors of tea.

It’s amazing the effects that a cup of tea can induce when you’re feeling stressed.

Chamomile is my favorite because it tastes so delicious. It has a sweet apple taste to it and it smells so good.

I especially enjoy having a warm cup of chamomile tea before bed because it helps me to fall asleep. Add a little bit of honey to sweeten the flavor and you’ll feel so calm and relaxed afterward.

4. Use an essential oil diffuser

Grab an essential oil diffuser like this one from Amazon. Add some drops of chamomile or lavender essential oil to it, and your home will start to smell nice to help you feel more relaxed.

 Essential Oil Diffuser

5. Talk to someone close

Sometimes talking to someone close and dear to you can be one of the best remedies for anxiety.

I love talking to my husband about everything that worries me.

He is always so understanding and he reassures me that everything is going to be okay. Then he reminds me of all of the things that I can appreciate.

It always helps to feel better knowing you have the support that you need.

6. Meet up with another mom friend

Sometimes anxiety can be induced when you when you aren’t socializing enough. I actually use this as part of a challenge that I include in my new e-book that you can get today by joining Pretty Crafty and Wanderful. Grab it for free!

Make plans to meet up with another mom friend so that you two can talk about all the things relative.

I’m blessed to have mom friends that are my family. We can always talk to each other about the things that frustrate us the most.

Plus it’s fun to joke around about everything parenting-related.

7. Start crafting

Pick up a new hobby like crafting! You might find that it is enjoyable to work with your creative side. You can make cute and easy DIY crafts to decorate your home with.

Check out this DIY project on how to turn thrift store junk into a gift to get you inspired.

8. Start journaling

I started journaling back when I was a preteen. I realized it helped me once I expressed how I felt about things.

Journaling helped me get through the passing of my mother and now I use it whenever I’m feeling stressed out.

When you’re feeling like you can’t talk to someone, journaling is the best therapy that I use to cope with anxiety. Check out this cool blog post about how to start a bullet journal.

Don’t let anxiety control you. You can cope with anxiety by trying some of these ideas. Be consistent with it and remind yourself that everything will be okay.

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Ditch Your Old Diaper Bag for a Backpack That Costs Under $50

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Diaper Bag Backpack

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I ditched my old diaper bag for a new backpack and there were several reasons as to why I did it. If you’re a new mom or you’re about to have another one, searching for the perfect diaper bag can be a bit overwhelming.

Aside from the other necessities, you want to ensure that you choose the right diaper bag for you and your family. After all, this is something that most families want to keep for a while.

Well stop your searching and consider purchasing a diaper backpack.

Why you need a diaper bag backpack

The diaper bag backpack that I purchased has many features to it. As for why I switched out my diaper bag for a backpack was because my old diaper bag didn’t even last me a full year. What a bummer that was.

I noticed the stitching was falling apart and the insulated pocket for bottles was also coming undone. That was when I knew it was time for a new diaper bag.



 

I hate the shoulder diaper bags for one reason only. They absolutely weigh me down. They also hurt my shoulder and my back after carrying both baby and bag for a while.

With a diaper backpack, you’re not constantly adjusting the straps on your shoulders and you’re totally hands free. It’s also very light to carry and you don’t have to worry about where to fit your things. I am not just saying this because I hate the shoulder diaper bags, but the backpacks have so much more room to carry things.

This diaper backpack can be purchased here through Amazon. I ended up deciding to go with this particular backpack because of the color options and the versatility it has compared to others.

Features:

– 6 inside pockets and 4 outside pockets
– 2 places to reach in side the bag
– 3 insulated pockets for bottles
– adjustable straps for shoulders and two straps on the top to carry by hand
– top folds and holds open
– quality material; water resistant; easy to clean
– stylish, different color options

The best part about this purchase??? I bought it for under $50 and it has held up nicely! My back and shoulders have never felt better.

If you’re thinking of getting a new diaper bag then definitely consider this one to purchase or add it your wish list. Stop wasting your time and grab your new diaper backpack below!

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