#DoingAllTheThings? Not This Christmas!

So are you ones of those moms?  #DoingAllTheThings?  I feel you!  I’ve been there before.  I’ve tried to stuff every imaginable activity into the Christmas season and before New Years I am completely burnt out!  Try something different this year!

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#DoingAllTheThings

I want to give you 3 tips that will help you enjoy Christmas without the hustle and bustle. Promise you and your family that you will take time to breathe and truly enjoy this season!

  1. Pick 3 must do activities!

    1. I promise you that it will be okay if you don’t attend every Christmas parade, Christmas tree lighting and Christmas play!  In an effort to make sure that families have a multitude of choices during the Christmas season, we now feel like we have to participate in all the activities!  Please do not feel guilty when you don’t.  It creates way too much pressure and busyness.  Talk with your family and see what’s most important.  It will be much calmer if you focus on only 3 activities.   For my family this year we went to cut down a Christmas tree and we always go see some Christmas lights around town.  I’m not sure what our third activity will be.
  2. Plan in Advance.

    1. Make sure that you know in advance all of your commitments.  Pencil in when the kids are off school and when their Christmas concerts are.  Decide before Thanksgiving whose house you are going to for Christmas. If your family loves the city’s Christmas tree lighting, find out when it is and clear your schedule.
    2. Set up your baking/cooking ahead of time as well.  If you like to bake cookies, figure out what type and make a grocery list.  Plan your holiday meal and add that to the grocery list as well.  Buy ahead what you can to avoid the holiday rush.
  3. Finally, enjoy the small things.

    1. Drink some eggnog and listen to Christmas music while decorating your tree.  Sit in the dark with your spouse with only the Christmas tree lights on.  Have a snowball fight with your kids.  Bake Christmas cookies.  Whatever pleases you, just make sure it’s done at home and slowly.
    2. Check out my Etsy shop to pick up some great bath salts to get some much deserved me time!
    3. Need help relaxing?  Look over my Resources for Busy Moms!

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Exfoliating Round Up

Last week I told you a few reasons why you needed to start exfoliating.  This week I wanted to show what the rest of the internet had to say about exfoliating! I love to read different sources about the things that are interesting.  Even before making my own body scrubs, I loved exfoliating!  Oh my goodness, how I love how smooth my skin feels afterwards.  I always buy body scrubs that smell delectable and give me that spa like experience at home!  As a result, I end up having some great quality self-care time.  I hope you enjoy these posts!

10 Things You Need to Know Before Exfoliating Your Face

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Should You Be Exfoliating In The Morning Or At Night?

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7 Top Notch Benefits of Exfoliating Your Skin

Different Keys To Youthful Skin

Essential Oils- Some Incredible Benefits

Is Chocolate Good For Your Skin? I Got A Chocolate Facial & My Face Has Seriously Never Looked Glowier

 

Let me know which article was your favorite and if there was anything that I missed! I love to get your opinion on the things I share! I will be posting about how to have your own spa day soon, so make sure to order your sugar scrubs now!

Check out my Etsy shop for all of your body scrub needs! As we are getting into the holiday season make sure you are connected to my shop so you can hear about all of the great sales I have going on first!

 

Exfoliating: 3 Reasons To Try It Today!

If you are anything like me, you know that you need to take time for yourself.  One of my favorite ways to pamper myself is by exfoliating my skin using a body scrub.  It seems like women are finally taking time for themselves and getting a spa experience at home!  Fantastic for those of us that can’t afford a spa day once a month!  Body scrubs consist of an abrasive substance and some type of oil.  They can be super elaborate or very simple.  My favorite type of body scrubs are sugar scrubs!  The cane sugar is a great consistency that isn’t too rough on your skin.  The following are some benefits of exfoliating and using a body scrub in your weekly routine.

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  1. Relaxing – my favorite body scrubs also include essential oils in them that way I can get a relaxing experience while I’m scrubbing my skin.  One of my favorite essential oil is lavender.  It is one of the most relaxing smells on Earth to me.  I buy as much as I can with a lavender scent. Everybody deserves to relax but I feel like most moms are overwhelmed and stressed out.  I feel like taking just five minutes to themselves will help.
  2. Smoother Skin – you can use a body scrub all over your body.  The sugar scrubs away dead skin cells and the oil moisturizes your skin, leaving it silky and smooth to the touch.  I like to use a nice moisturizer afterwards to extend the smooth feeling.
  3. Closest Shave Ever – I recently discovered that if I use my body scrub prior to shaving that I can get a closer shave than normal since it is getting rid of the dead skin cells.  I also don’t need to use as much shaving cream since it already lubricates my legs.

I have some amazing body scrubs in my Etsy shop that will help you to achieve the ultimate spa day!  Currently I have lavender sugar scrub and vanilla pumpkin spice sugar scrub!  I am also working on a peppermint sugar scrub that will make the perfect Christmas gift! What do you feel like you really deserve?  Do something for yourself today and check out my Etsy shop!

 

Journal Prompts for Busy Moms

Life is so incredibly busy right now.  It feels like you never get a spare moment to yourself.  I know I personally feel like there are a million things running through my mind at any given time.  One way to help this is to journal.  You may be thinking of your secret diary during your teenage years but it can be much simpler.  It is just a space for your thoughts to flow freely.  Some of you may have no problem writing everyday, whatever is going on in your life.  Hopefully it helps ease all the burdens on your mind.  Others of us may think of this as another chore.  You want me to add one more thing to my to-do list?  Yeah right!  I promise you it shouldn’t feel like something you have to do.  I want you to consider this as a way to take care of yourself.  To sit still for five minutes and breathe.  I want you to focus on you and your thoughts.

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What should I write?  This is what you are probably asking right now.  There are millions of topics that you can explore with this.  Some of you may like to do the same thing every week and others may want to do something different each day.  You can also write whatever is at the top of your mind that day or plan it out in advance.  The following are three topics to get you started.

  1. High/low for the week – we do this at our weekly staff meeting and I know a lot of families do this during dinner daily.  Sometimes I don’t feel like I can be truly honest when it comes to this.  At work, my low may be something going on there and I don’t want to complain in front of my boss.  Maybe at home your husband is really getting on your nerves or your kids are really stressing you out.  Doesn’t sound like bonding to me, does it?  In your journal you can be 100% honest to what you are feeling.
  2. 3 things you are grateful for – This is a journal prompt that I think everyone should write on at least once.  There is so much complaining and negativity in this world.  It helps so much to focus on the good, even if it is just for five minutes.  I’ve seen on Facebook how some people will do this for an entire month and I always am fascinated by what they write.  It is so interesting to see what everyone is grateful for.  Really dig deep on this.  Some days it may just be that you woke up (which is a pretty amazing thing to be grateful for) but that may be the only thing.
  3. What one thing would you like to work on for the rest of this year – goals are an amazing thing and a good way to stay focused.  It doesn’t need to be like a New Year’s Resolution or anything like that.  But putting it on paper makes it more concrete.  Maybe you can come back to it each week to check in or maybe you will just leave it as it is.  This is your journal and it’s to help you in whatever way you need it to.

I think it would be amazing if you could journal every single day.  Do I journal every day?  No I do not but I would love to get started with it.  I have journaled during some really hard transitions in my life and honestly it made all the difference.  I think if you add this to your self care routine it will really help you.  Even if you only write for five minutes a night, I know it will make a difference.

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When you decide to journal doesn’t make a difference.  Some moms may love to get up before everyone else in the morning and write.  It will clear their minds and help start their day off right.  Other moms will use it as a way to wind down and summarize the day.  It will help them sleep better once they get their thoughts out on paper.

Let me know whether or not you journal and what are your favorite prompts.

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Music for Relaxation

Music for Relaxation.  Music is one of my favorite ways to relax. I have always loved music. I remember when I was a teenager one of the things I missed most about summer was that I couldn’t listen to music whenever I wanted. It can definitely be used to enhance your mood and relaxing is no different. Check out some of the playlists below to see if one of them fits for you!

Relaxed Playlist

Mellow Playlist

Jazz Playlist

Chill Vibe Playlist

Country Kind of Love Playlist

Hanging Out and Relaxing Playlist

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Aromatherapy for Relaxation

I am all about learning new things!  Aromatherapy has been one thing that I have wanted to learn more about.  Scent is such a big part of relaxation for me.  It’s one reason I created my lavender body scrubs and lavender bath salts!  Lavender is one of my favorite scents when it comes to relaxation.  I also use a diffuser occasionally at night-time to help me sleep.  And recently I have started getting the little roller ball essential oil bottles.  They just give me a little boost and you can buy them in many different scents.

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This article from Blossom and Blends is great to start learning about aromatherapy.  It is definitely something you want to research.  Essential Oils can have consequences just like anything else.

If you are interested in reading a book about aromatherapy, check out The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded: Over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and Safe Home and Work Environments.

 

Next, if you have children with ADHD or you have it yourself, this article could be helpful.  I don’t know much about aromatherapy when it comes to anything but relaxation but it is definitely worth looking into.

Finally, if you are looking for a company to get essential oils from, I’ve heard great things about doTERRA.  They also have a blog to teach you about using them as well.

Diffusers are amazing to use!  I have one in my bedroom that I use with lavender essential oils.  It really helps to relax me before bed.  There are so many different types out there.  Check out this one below from Amazon!

 

Let me know what you think about these articles and if you are going to try to add aromatherapy into your relaxation routine!

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Weary Moms, Take Rest (Avoid Burn-out Now)

What do you do when you are run down? Even after resting? You feel like you are on the verge of burning out.  Believe me, I’ve been there before.  I’m not writing this blog because my life is perfect and I have all the answers. I’m on a journey with the rest of you, to take the time to relax and take care of myself as well.

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There are seasons of our lives that are just very tiring for us mommas. Newborn stage definitely comes to mind. For me, the school age years are very busy. My daughter is involved in dance and there are normal school activities as well. I work full-time and am now trying to start a business. Some may say that now is not the time to start a business, but if not now, when? I will always feel too busy to take on anything extra. So instead I try to take care of myself. I fit in 5 minutes here and there.

Sometimes it’s okay to put aside your to-do and get a little extra sleep. Last night was a busy night with us not getting home until 8pm. Once me and my daughter went through her bedtime routine and she finally fell asleep I had a decision to make. Get more stuff done or go to sleep? Last night I chose the sleep. It was much-needed. I am still tired today but am able to carry out more today because of the extra rest.

Some days I will take a bath. Not to get clean but to relax. Add some lavender bath salts and light a candle and you have created a spa like experience. Give yourself permission to take 15 minutes for yourself. A nice, warm bath will also help you sleep better. If I need to relax and don’t want to take a bath, a quick shower will help too.

Guilt – A Four Letter Word

If you feel guilty because the house is a disaster, evaluate the mess and figure out what you can do in 10 minutes. Take that 10 minutes to tidy up and then allow yourself to relax.  But please don’t let guilt get in the way of taking care of yourself.  The house is going to be a disaster for the next 18 years plus.  Your kids want a calm and happy mommy.  If you are constantly stressed and overwhelmed, they will know.

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What about the kids? What if they are all over you and won’t allow a moment of rest? Try to read them a book. It will at least let you sit dork for a couple of minutes and will hopefully calm them down a bit. Reading is wonderful no matter what time of day. It is a very nice break between the active parts of the day.

Please mommas, get some rest before you completely burn out.  I’ve been there before and it is a horrible feeling.  Absolutely nothing would help.  I didn’t want to do anything at all.  It seemed like I could sleep all weekend and not feel a bit rested.  I had to purposefully and mindfully rest. Please don’t sleep away your entire life and expect it all to go away.  I made sure I got 8 hours of sleep a night.  I started drinking more water and taking a multi-vitamin.  You can try adding in a bit of exercise.  Or just go walk the dog with the kids.  The fresh air and the exercise will make you feel better.  Take just five minutes a day for yourself and I promise it’ll do a world of good for you and your kids.

 

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