Mommy Mental Health Checklist

 

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I’m very excited for this weekend.  I get to visit back home and spend time with some of my best friends.  It’s been awhile since I’ve had girl time and my mind, body and spirit need it.  I can tell that I’m running on a short fuse. It could be that I’m approaching the last three months of pregnancy, the endless to-do list of things I need to get done before the baby arrives or lack of alone time.  Honestly, it’s probably a combination of them all.

I’ve dealt with depression and anxiety my whole life.  It got really bad after I had my son.  Ever since I’ve been very adamant about keeping my mental health in check.  Not only am I doing it for myself, but I’m also doing it for my children.  When I’m feeling depression/anxious it definitely affects our quality of life.

I’m very familiar with what it’s like having a depressed parent.  My mother also struggled with depression, and it was very difficult growing up when she was going through a bout of depression.  I don’t want my kids going through that experience.

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A Great Way To Give Back

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When I was in college I worked at an after school program, and during the weekends I volunteered to put together food boxes for the children’s families I tutored for.  It was such a humbling experience seeing how much those food boxes bought relief and joy to families. Ever since then I have been a big believer in giving to those in need.

This post is sponsored by Giving Assistant but all opinions are my own.  It also contains affiliate links.  That means if you click on the links and sign up I earn money.  

That is why is it an honor to work with Givingassistant.org.

“Giving Assistant mission is to transform everyday shopping into charitable actions, by being the best loyalty program for saving more & supporting charity, with ease”.

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The Honest Truth About Making Money As A New Mommy Blogger

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May marks the 6 month anniversary of my blog.  When I started my blogging journey I really just wanted a place that was my own.  I wanted an outlet to express my thoughts and connect with other women in the same stage of life as me.  I blogged about my struggle with postpartum depression and the ups and downs as a mom.  Overtime I began to build relationships with other mom bloggers and we formed a bond.  It meant a lot to me.  As I started reading more and more about blogging I also found that it could be a great source of income as well.

 

 

 

 

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Save Money On Your Shopping Budget With Groupon Coupon

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

I’m all about the budget friendly life.  I’ve detailed my experience on how living a frugal life style helped us live on one income.  In this post I also gave tips on how to eat healthy on a budget.  And today I will be telling you another way to save on your shopping budget.

I’m a regular user of Groupon, I’ve found a lot budget friendly activities for my children using Groupon.  It wasn’t until recently that I discovered that they also have online coupons!  I can’t tell you how excited I was to hear about this.  Before purchasing an item it’s always a good idea to search Groupon Coupon.  They offer coupons for the most popular retailers.  

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Having the Perfect Baby Shower

 

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Good food, great company and lots of fun are the things I remember about my baby shower with Honey Bee.  I remember being so afraid that it wasn’t going to be a good turn out, but it ended up being one of the best moments of my mothering journey.  Luckily, my mother took charge of mostly everything and all I had to do was sit back and enjoy myself.    I remember thinking how blessed I was to be surrounded by people who were as excited about my baby as I was!

I did have a small baby shower when Bumble Bee arrived.  I didn’t need much because I already had so much stuff left over from when Honey Bee was a baby.  His baby shower aka “sprinkle”  was quiet, laid back, and very enjoyable.  I plan on have another small sprinkle for our newest addition as well.

Since this is more than likely our last baby I wanted to make it a special occasion.  I started to think of ways I could make this baby shower or “sprinkle” a fun event to remember.  So I decided to compile a list of key elements I believe are important in having a successful baby shower.

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Real Moms Real Challenges: Overcoming Perfectionism

 

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Loneliness is a real thing in motherhood. At times motherhood can seem like this big intimidating thing that is hard to tackle, not to mention the unrealistic expectations society has set on us. There is so much parenting advice floating around, however, and not enough community support to help us be better mothers.

When I first became a mother I measured myself by those unrealistic expectations. Not only was I feeling pressure from the outside world, I felt judgment from family members towards my parenting (still do sometimes). I also judged myself harshly. Needless to say depression set in, and it set in HARD. All of these factors made me feel isolated.

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Why Did I Get Married?

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If you are a fan of Tyler Perry then you know the movie Why Did I Get Married? The movie explores the relationship between 4 couples and is told from both the husbands and wives perspective.  Each couple had their set of issues and Tyler Perry shows how they each handled the problems in their relationships. Ultimately, the issues that arose had the couples wonder Why Did They Get Married?

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$5 DIY Lavender Salve

$5 Lavender Salve

Lately I’ve been suffering from very dry skin.  I purchased a body butter, but still needed something more moisturizing.  I decided to make my own salve!  I’m an undercover DIY’er and I love creating my own products. This DIY Lavender Salve will be the first ever DIY on this blog and I’m excited! I plan on doing more so stayed tuned!

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Unwinding During Pregnancy Feat Rosali Tea

*Disclaimer:  I would like to thank Rosali Tea for providing me with these awesome tea’s to review.  All opinions are my own.  

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Today I made a promise to myself that I would just stop.  When 8:00 pm hit, I was going to put the kids to bed, run a hot shower and sip some tea.  I think I have been having a hard time relaxing this pregnancy because my husband is constantly traveling, and I’m stuck here battling a two-year old and a 4-year old all by myself.

People keep telling me to take it easy, but honestly I don’t know how.  I mean how do I cut out time for myself and relax?  It’s still a mystery to me.  However, I challenged myself.  I needed to see if I could actually relax.   I took the kids to the park to tire them out.  And right now they are eating dinner, and soon will be getting a bath.  I’m not even going to bother with the bit of chores that need to be done around the house tonight (I’ll try not to tackle the dishes and pick up the toys that are scattered about).  That can wait until tomorrow.  I mean if I’m going to take this unwinding thing seriously then that means no chores right?  

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Supporting Your Spouse During a Loss

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Death is something that no one likes to deal with, but it happens.  Sometimes the loss is expected and other times it’s unexpected. What I’ve learned is neither circumstance makes it easier.  I’ve mentioned before  that during the first year of our marriage me and my husband experienced the loss of my mother.   There were a lot of other events that took place too, but that situation lead to us seeing a marriage counselor.  The death of my mother taught me a lot of coping skills on how to deal with loss. But never did I think I would need to use these skills so soon.

Most recently we experienced another death of a close family member, just a month before our 5 year marriage anniversary.  It completely came out of no where, and left us feeling off balance. The worse part was seeing my husband hurt, and knowing I couldn’t heal his pain.  Not only was I angry because he had to experience such pain, I was confused on how to exactly support him.

Then I thought back on when my mother passed away. I thought back about the things I needed, and the support people offered.  Now I’m sure everyone needs during such a sensitive time will be different.  However, I do think there are some universal aspects that may help.  Here are my tips on supporting your spouse during loss.

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