5 Ways to Get Out of Your Mom Funk

I have to preface this blog post by stating the obvious: I love being a mom. I really do. My heart bursts multiple times a day with the most ridiculous, gut-wrenching kind of love. It’s something you don’t truly understand until you have a kid. And it’s something that makes it all worth it, day in and day out — even on the hardest of days.

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My Word for 2018 + How to Set Goals You Can Actually Keep

How to set goals you can actually keep

Happy 2018!

Didn’t 2017 feel like it was the longest year ever? There was so much jam-packed into one year – both good and bad. I thought 2018 would never come.

I know it sounds cliché, but I’m such a sucker for a new beginning. The former student in me still feels this way in September, too. I love the feeling of having a ‘blank slate’. I love setting goals and all of the possibilities that come with a new year. The new year feels fresh with promise. This year, I’m focusing on:

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5 Life-Changing Ways to Reduce the Mental Load of Motherhood

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It seems as though the ‘mental load’ formerly talked about only by the most hardcore feminists has suddenly turned mainstream and is actually pretty topical these days (thank the lawd for that, TBH). If you’re lucky enough to be following me on Instagram or on Facebook, you may notice that I’ve been ranting about it now for weeks. #sorrynotsorry.

This comic describes the mental load of motherhood (in the context of working mothers) better than I ever could. I challenge you to read it and NOT get riled up about it.

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FREE Download: My 2018 Blog Goals Workbook!

It’s time to make your blog goals come true!

While I’ve been blogging since 2015, I’ve only recently begun to learn about blogging and its potential to create long-term income. Which is perfect for me, because: a) I’m an introvert; b) I have always wanted to write for a living, and c) (and, let’s be honest, here) I seem much cooler online than I do in real life.

So, this year, I’ve resolved to treat blogging like a business and not a hobby. I’m going to be hustling my little heart out, and I hope you are, too. So, I created this 2018 Blog Goals Workbook to help you set goals and targets to hit as a blogger.

Blog Goals Workbook

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Introducing My FREE 12 Day Self Care Challenge!

12 Days Self Care Challenge

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You guys! I’m so excited to announce that I’m kicking off my FIRST EVER(!) daily challenge!

What’s it all about, you say? Self care! And it couldn’t come at a better time — the lead up to Christmas. 

“A challenge before Christmas? Another thing to add to our to-do list?”

This is a different kind of challenge, I promise.

The holidays are an extremely overwhelming time for Moms. There are Christmas concerts and recitals, parties, gift exchanges, and many — MANY — trips to the mall. Many of us feel overwhelmed, exhausted and frustrated. The ‘to-do’ lists grow longer and longer. We’re up late hours into the night wrapping presents and cleaning the house. We’re skipping meals, sacrificing our sleep, and self care is the LAST thing on our minds.

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That’s why I’ve created the 12 Days of Self Care Challenge. I’m challenging you to take some time for you, Mama, every single dang day up until Christmas day. It’s SO important to take that time to breathe and refresh. This will allow us take a more ‘mindful’ approach to the holiday and focus on the little moments as opposed to what’s outstanding on our ‘to-do’ lists.

Each day for the next 12 days, you’ll receive an e-mail from me outlining the day’s self care ‘task’. I’m asking you to take 10-15 minutes of your day to focus on yourself. I’ll be doing it right along with you. And, I’d invite you to post on Instagram using the hashtag #LM12DaysofSelfCare so we can all support one another.

Remember — take a deep breath, and focus on the moments. Our kids are only little once, and if we can take some time for ourselves, we will be better able to handle whatever life throws our way this holiday season.

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The Article That Inspired Me to Pursue a Minimalist Motherhood

minimalist motherhood

Hey, friends!

It’s been a crazy few weeks. I fell off the #Blogmas Bandwagon — HARD. It turns out, the more expectations I place on myself, the more anxious I feel (funny how that works, huh? :P). I promise I’ll be back to posting, soon.

For now I wanted to share the article that changed the way I view motherhood. It was written by someone I consider to be HUGELY inspiring every single day, Allie Casazza, who you should definitely check out if you are at all intrigued by the idea of simplifying your life or living more minimally. She’s a Mama of four and I think she’s on to something huge with her concept of ‘simple’ motherhood. She’s a source of constant inspiration to me.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Kindness: Day 1

christmas kindness

It’s Day 1 of the 12 Days of Christmas Kindness — and Day 1 of Blogmas, which I’m super excited about as well. Today’s ‘mission’ wasn’t quite as exciting as I would have liked it to be, but we made due. I’ve had the craziest week at work, and stayed at the office a bit later than I probably should have before running off to pick up E from daycare. She and Ty were leaving shortly after work to go visit his parents for the night, so I knew I didn’t have much time. As most things go around here, Day 1 was rushed.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Kindness

Christmas kindness

This year, we overspent on the lead up to the holiday – big time. It all started with a trip to IKEA which opened close to home recently (and, swoon… that place gives me all the heart eyes), and ended with me buying a new to me camera and Tyler finding a renewed love for woodworking (which has resulted in me getting some pretty sweet swag in the process, so I can’t complain). That, coupled with the fact that somehow my wish that the National Student Loans Service Centre forget I exist didn’t come true, means one thing: Christmas is going to be STARK this year (think: North of the Wall, for the Game of Thrones lovers).

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The Ugly Truth About Mommy Blogs

mom blog

I’ve written about this before, but let me reiterate: this season of life is hard. Seriously – it’s no joke, you guys. I’m pouring what little energy I have left into my job, which leaves no time for much else. My connections with friends are scant, although I know they’re there. We’re all running on our respective hamster wheels and just trying to get by. We make plans with the best of intentions and by the time Friday comes, we’re ready for bed by 9 p.m. – plans or not.

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