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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.

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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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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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How to Establish an Early Bedtime Routine for Your Toddler in a Week

Early Bedtime Routine

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Establish an early bedtime routine…

It’s late in the evening, your child has just had a bath, and you decide to watch a little bit of TV together. You might be thinking that your child will get tired eventually. Then you check the time, it’s getting late, and it’s a good time to get your baby into bed.

But as your getting your little one tucked into bed, they decide that it’s playtime and not bedtime. So what do you do? Stay up until 11, 12, or maybe even later than that until your child finally falls asleep on their own. Are you the one having these issues?

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This happened to me almost every night. The problem that I had found here was that I was not getting my daughter into bed early enough.

I thought that 7 pm was a little too early for her to go to bed, and that she wouldn’t even want to go to bed by 7 pm if I tried.


How did I fix this problem?

I started to establish a good bedtime routine for her. Before I explain how I did this, I’d like to make a point that every child is different.

If your child is going to bed at a later time with no issues, then that’s good for you. I’ve tried many methods from letting her cry it out to checking in on her every 5 minutes or so. Then I’d just let her stay up late til whenever she would pass out because I gave up on the fact that I just could not get her into bed.

Crying it out worked for a while, and she started to learn how to fall asleep on her own. But now that she is more aware of her surroundings, I noticed she was not wanting to go to sleep unless I held her or put her in my bed.

And I am going to be honest here, as your child grows, there are definitely going to be nights where they are having troubles with going to bed. Or if they wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back to sleep. The underlying causes can be from growth spurts, to brain developments, to teething.

But there is just no magical button to push to keep your toddler asleep all night long every night. Its something that you just have to get through, and endure. That’s my tough love for you there.

So the bottom line is, that it’s a lot of trial and error to see what works best for your child. Because there is no “one size fits all” method to this.

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 Start with a warm bath…

To set an early bedtime routine, first start out by giving your child a nice warm bath. A warm bath can really help calm and soothe your child before bedtime. Then put lotion on afterwards to calm him/her down with a massage at night.

Use a particular lotion that has a lavender or chamomile scent to it. I also like to include books into our routine before I put her to bed. We’ll sit in her room and she grabs whichever books from the shelf.

Next, you will want to give your little one a bedtime snack. Sometimes toddlers wake up in the middle of the night because they are hungry. Toast or crackers are usually a good bedtime snack to have.

When it is time for bed, I lay down with her and pretend that I am sleeping. I also make sure that the room is dark enough and quiet for her to know that it is bedtime.

Sometimes she will get up and move around the room to explore a little or to see what is outside our bedroom window. Then she might look back at me to see if I am awake.

But pretending to be asleep will let her think that it’s time for her to lay in bed too. Toddlers are independent little people and they like to do everything on their own.

So be patient, if your little one decides to crawl around the room or start looking into things. He or she will eventually want to crawl into bed with you too.

So here’s an example of our evening schedule:

5:30 pm dinner time
6:15 pm bath time and brush teeth
6:45 pm massage and books
7:00 pm snack time
7:15 pm bed time

Setting up an early bedtime routine has helped me immensely. After consistently doing this for a few weeks, she now knows when its time to go to bed. I’ll grab her favorite blankie and a binky for her, and she crawls into bed without crying or having a fit.

I’d also like to add that I use sleepy time essential oils with a diffuser and I have to say that it has worked well for us. Plus, the room smells really nice and it helps us both to relax.

If you’re a firm believer in essential oils, then check out this diffuser. We have this exact one and we absolutely love it! It lasts for about 8 hours and it’s very quiet. My daughter and I also love the pretty colors that it makes when you turn it on. I am sure your child will love it too.

Add these sleepy time essential oils into your diffuser, and you will never look back after this. I think it definitely helps calm my child when getting ready for bed.

It took us only a few nights to adjust to this schedule, but I bet you could get established with an early bedtime routine within a week. Now my toddler even knows when it’s bedtime. Sometimes, she will just crawl into bed without me asking her to do so.

Try not to think of having a bedtime routine as a chore. This is a special time for you and your child to bond together and time flies so fast. You will miss the snuggling days.

Don’t forget too, your child could be going through a sleep regression. There are so many stages of development for toddlers, so they’re mind and thoughts are everywhere.

Have some patience with your little one. It’s a lot to handle when you want to get your toddler into bed. But at the end of the day, it’s so rewarding to think of what you just accomplished with an early bedtime routine.

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7 New Year’s Resolutions to Benefit You and Your Family

How can you make a New Year's Resolution that would benefit you and your family this year? Click through to find out more on how you can do this.

How can you benefit from making 2018 a golden year for you and your family? Instead of quoting the words “New year, new me”, try adding the words “New year, new us” into your resolution.

Some find it challenging to stick to a new year’s resolution.

I know I am one of them. Many people have the intention to stick to theirs. But how much good are you really doing for yourself, if you don’t end up sticking to your resolution?

This year, I decided to incorporate my daughter and my husband into my New Year’s resolution. And here is a list of simple, fun ideas to help you with yours as well!

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7 New Year’s Resolutions to benefit you and your family this year:

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Spend more time outdoors.

During the winter season this is a little tricky, especially if you live north, like me. But I plan to spend time outdoors every day during the warmer season, even if it’s only for 30 minutes.

But make sure you get the whole family together for when you plan to go on hikes!

Include more exercise in your resolution.

You should at least be getting 30 minutes of exercise each day. But who has the time for that when you’re a busy mom!? If you’re a non fitness chick like me, then try mixing up your daily routine by having a little dance party while doing the laundry, and have your little one join you.

 

Try reading more books.

I’d love to keep reading more! And I don’t do it enough as much as I’d like to. But this year my resolution is to read more books. You and your hubs can do this with your toddler too.

I like to read her a book or two before bedtime. But try to have a window during playtime to establish more reading habits. I don’t do this enough as I am so busy. But books and reading are so crucial for development and learning.

Check out the best books of the year for babies through Amazon. (http://amzn.to/2lUVVyb) Or check out The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine for yourself. I know this book will be the next read on my list.

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Have more cuddle sessions.

Sometimes we just need to enjoy all of the cuddles that we can get. Take a moment with your babe during the day to have cuddles and hug time. This really goes to show how much love you can give to your little one.

And I’ve noticed how much stress that it takes off of myself as well. In fact, get your hubby to join in. This a special way for the whole family to bond and show true love.

Establish a routine.

Ever since my daughter was born, I felt that it was always necessary to establish a routine. I felt much more organized that way. But once she started getting older, I started to slack off in that department.

Especially, with having a bed time routine. I had noticed that once my daughter started staying up past 7 or 8 pm, she wouldn’t want to go to bed until 10 or 11.

So, I started getting back to a routine again, and within a week she started going to bed by 7. And she is now sleeping through the entire night. I will be writing a post next week about how I accomplished this, so stay tuned for it.

How can you make a New Year's Resolution that would benefit you and your family this year? Click through to find out more on how you can do this.

Laugh and love more.

Life alone can be so stressful. But when you’re a mom, your whole world changes and now you have someone who depends on you 24/7. So now that you two are stuck together… have more laughs and try to find humor in your life. Trust me… it makes things much easier on yourself and it makes motherhood that much more enjoyable too.

Be healthy.

I’m not saying you need to go on a kale diet, but I like to cut back on the junk food. I’ve noticed how much healthier I feel when I drink more water and eat my daily intake of fruits and veggies.

Now that my daughter is getting her teeth in, she can explore more foods, and more textures. So it’s going to be interesting to see what she likes and doesn’t like.

To my surprise, she actually loves tomatoes and I can’t stand them. But I love that she loves them, so I can’t wait to explore more foods with her.

Do you have any new year’s resolutions that include you and your family this year? Let me know in the comments down below.

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