Mom self care

6 Ways to Keep your Mom Mind Healthy

As mama’s, we are constantly under pressure. Between the kids, spouses, employers, schools, sports organizations, dinner, and household duties. The list goes on and on and it wears on our mind, body and soul.

One of the misconceptions of being a mom is that we have to put everyone else first. I used to healthy mom mindthink like this and it exhausted me. I spent all of my energy on everyone else and didn’t have any left for myself. This made for a very stressed out and unhappy me.

Ladies, I’m here to tell you that you are NOT SELFISH if your spend time on yourself. You don’t love your kids ANY LESS if you do something without them. As a matter of fact, I guarantee that you will appreciate them more after some time alone.

Take it from a mama of 16 years, who’s been through it all, it’s OK to focus on yourself every now and then! There are things that you can do in your day to day life to help ease those pressures and give yourself a break.

1. Surround yourself with like-minded mamas

When they say it takes a village to raise kids, they are right! When build your village with other moms that have similar parenting, marriage and lifestyle philosophies as you, your village becomes a group of people that you trust to help care for your kids.

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These like-minded mamas are the ones that will help you pick up your kids from school or soccer practice. You will help them when they are home sick and can’t make it to the baseball game or dance practice. Trusting that these mamas will help support your kids in a similar manner as you, will help your mom mind.

Like-minded mamas can also offer support from afar! Following positive mamas on social media or blogs is a great way to find a supportive online community of mamas to share experiences and provide suggestions. Start by following this blog and build a community from there!

2. Find activities to do without your kids

Whether it’s a weekly class, a walk around the block, or a night out with the girls, it’s important for moms to get out of the house and do something for themselves. Dad can handle it for a few hours while you leave the mess of the day behind and spend a few hours just thinking about yourself.

Some of the things that I have found that help me completely take my mind off the kids, house and hubby are weekly dance classes. During that one-hour that I am in class, I am totally focused on the dance moves and trying to get them right. I don’t have time to think about anything else.

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I also enjoy painting classes, though these are less frequently, but are equally as fun. The same thing happens. I am focused on working on my painting and am not thinking about anything else. Paint Nite not only gets my mind on something else, but I can enjoy a glass of wine while I am doing it! If you are interested in knowing about Paint Nite events in your area, check out my recent post here.

3. Practice self-care

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While we have talked about activities you can do to get your mind focused on other things, it’s equally as important to let our minds relax; long showers, reading a book, getting your nails or hair done. These are all great ways to just stop and relax.

Let me tell you ladies, I am terrible at this! I own it. I know it. When I try to do those things mentioned, my mind wanders to thinking about what I could be doing during this time. I appreciate my hair stylist because she not only does great hair, but we have great conversations as well! She helps me relax and by the time she shampoos my hair, I can actually relax.

We all need to take a moment on a regular basis and just stop, clear our minds and let our soul refresh. Nay means you can find do accomplish this, do it! You will be thankful you did!

4. Rid yourself of negative people

I have seen first-hand that not all mamas are a positive force in our lives. When you are around negative people, that energy transfers to you, even if you try to stay positive while around that them.

Be certain that if someone is saying negative things about other people to you, they are most certain saying negative things about you to other people. Sounds like high school, doesn’t it?

Make it a point to steer clear of mamas who don’t support you and bring a negative vibe to your life. Find mamas who are nonjudgmental, supportive, accept you and your parenting skills the way you are. These supportive mamas will offer advise without judgement and comfort when you truly need it.

5. Keep positive reinforcements accessible

I like to keep positive and empowering quotes in convenient places. Whether they are posted to my mirror, found when scrolling through Instagram and Facebook, or just a saying I remember, these positive reinforcements help me during my day.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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You can find more of my favorite inspirational (and funny) quotes on my Instagram and Facbeook pages!

6. Laugh

Laughter is so good for the soul! When we don’t laugh we are depriving ourselves of moments to truly let go and feel happy.

The other day, I was relaxing on the couch, watching TV, and my 12-year-old son came and laid next to me. I think he had a little too much sugar earlier in the day and he kept trying to cover my eyes and laughing. I kept moving his hand and he kept putting it back, laughing. His laugh became contagious and the next thing I know he’s laughing, I’m laughing and we both can’t stop.

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I realized in that moment it had been a long time since I laughed that much, and it felt so good! Laughter provides a release of stress is one of the most positive ways I can think of. I vowed at that moment to start doing things that prompt laughter; movies, tv shows, stand-up comedy, whatever!

Finding ways and time to do some of the activities above will be helpful, I promise! Let me know how you keep your Mom Mind Healthy! Leave a comment below! I’m always up for trying new things!

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2017 Year in Review

First of all, if you are reading this…Thank You! My blog adventures are written specifically to connect with you, hopefully provide you with useful information, and entertain you. Without you, my blog would not exist!

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In the beginning….

2017 was an exciting year! The blog officially launched on May 29th and I really had no idea what I was in for! I thought that I would start a blog, write content and people would read it. How hard could that be!? (I can hear other bloggers laughing!)

I had thought about starting a blog many times, but didn’t know how to do it and didn’t want to invest in something I wasn’t 100% certain about. I was motivated to start when I saw a post on Facebook from Pete and Heather Reese of It’s Lovely Life titled, ‘Start a Money Making Blog’. I didn’t realize that blogging could be a source of income! If that was the case, if  I could make a enough money to pay for the blog expenses, then it would be worth sharing my thoughts!

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I built the site, teaching myself the in’s and out’s of WordPress using YouTube and articles written by fellow bloggers. I quickly realized that I had to get more active on social media. I didn’t even have a Twitter account at that point and barely even looked at Instagram!

Every morning was a challenge planning my day; making time for home, kids, blogging, and (oh yea) my full time job! Every evening was spent learning something new, preparing posts and trying to keep up. My husband and kids were, and continue to be, my biggest supporters.

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I was hard on myself. I wasn’t getting enough views or followers or likes on social media. I was spending money and not making any, and felt guilty. My husband assured me that it will take time and you have to ‘spend money to make money’.

As time went on….

Then, I started joining groups and mom-blog pods. I couldn’t believe that there was this large blogging community across the world that came together to support each other, offer advice and help a fellow blogger in need. It was certainly a welcome surprise when I started making new friends in this new venture.

As a matter of fact, Sara at Travels with Tots helped me learn a new social media strategy today! And I’m always reaching out to Lauren at The Gabbing Ginger with all sorts of random questions and she is always happy to help.

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I fumbled around (and still do) with what I should write about. Do people really want to hear about me and my struggles and successes? Do you care how I pack for a long vacation or does it help you? Does hearing about my struggles with my step-daughter give hope to others in the same position? I think about how I can use my blogging platform to help others, be it a small business or a charitable organization.

I hit a few milestones too! I reached over 5,000 followers on both Instagram and Twitter. I received my first ‘free’ products in lei of a review. And just a few days ago, I had my first paid post. I didn’t earn much, but you have start somewhere, right?

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 Goals for 2018

Thinking about the new year, there are so many goals that I have for the growth of The Mommy on the Move.

  • Patience – To be more patient with myself and success with the blog. I know that I will be successful, I can feel it, I just have to be patient and take it one step at a time.
  • Steady Income – It doesn’t have to be life changing, but it would be nice to at least be able to pay for blog expenses with blog income!
  • Relationships – Build strong relationship with other bloggers and brands as well.
  • Life Balance – I tend to have moments of getting caught up in blogging that I forget about everything else. Then, step away completely to refresh. I would like to be able to balance all of life’s priorities in 2018. It is going to be important to my mental health that I do that.
  • Meaningful Content – As mentioned in the beginning of this article, The Mommy on the Move exists for you. In 2018, I want to continue to provide you information that is meaningful to you!

Happy New Year to all of you! 2018 is going to be amazing!

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December Stitch Fix Review

I am so excited to be a part of the Stitch Fix family again! I started with Stitch Fix a few years ago. As a matter of fact, I think they were pretty new at that point. I took a short break, but decided to sign back up and received my first stash of Stitch Fix goods a few days ago!

How it Works

If you have never heard of Stitch Fix, or aren’t sure what they do, here is the down and dirty…

Having Stitch Fix is like having a personal stylist. Once your account is created, you fill out a profile so your stylist knows your sizes and what you like. You can also add links to your social profiles and Pinterest to give your stylist even more insight. Sign up for reoccurring deliveries (I have them delivered once a month) or request one when you are ready. Your stylist will hand pick items for you, based on your profile, and mail them to you. Keep what you want and return what you don’t want. You also receive a 25% discount if you keep all items!

That’s it! 

Stitch Fix Perks

One of the many things that I love about Stitch Fix is that they send you items that you may not have chosen for yourself. Some times this works out fabulously! Other times, it may be a little too far out of your comfort zone. It’s a good thing that you only keep and pay for the items you like!

Because your stylist not only knows your sizes, but your height, weight and other measurements, they can hand pick items that are certain to fit. When you receive your Fix, it also comes with a note from your stylist, with ideas on how to put the pieces together. It also comes with ‘note cards’ with samples on how to style the items with other pieces you may already have in your closet.

If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix, they have a special offer just for my readers! You can receive your first Fix FREE because they are waiving the $20 styling fee through January! Click here to try Stitch Fix for FREE! 

Now for the fun part! Check out my December Fix below:

Puffer Vest

Marc New York – Pierce Puffer Vest

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This is an ideal pick for me! I have a few other puffer vests, but only in neutral colors.  I never would have picked a pink one for myself, but it goes with so many things that I already have in my closet! This one goes into the KEEP pile.

Vigoss – Erika Distressed Skinny Jean

Stitch Fix Jeans

Who doesn’t love distressed skinny jeans?? I already have a few pairs of these in my closet, but I could always use more! These fit so perfectly too, I can’t pass them up.  This one goes into the KEEP pile.

American Able – Vivianna Cut Out Knit Top

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This 3/4 sleeve shirt is so cute and comfortable. It has a stylish cut out around the neckline, that is hard to see in the photo. I appreciate that my stylist read my profile because I indicated that I don’t like short-sleeve shirts, due to my body type, but love 3/4 sleeves! This one also goes into the KEEP pile.

Nakamol – Avalon Multi-Strand Beaded Choker

Stitch Fix Necklace

This is the first time that I received jewelry from Stitch Fix and I am so impressed. I have recently decided that I need to incorporate more jewelry into my style, so I am so excited for this piece. This one goes into the KEEP pile.

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Alice Blue – Hallie Burnout Velvet Kimono

Stitch Fix Kimono

This is definitely not something that I would not have picked for myself. It’s cute, but something that I feel would look better on someone else. I have put it on a few times, and checked my note cards to see how to wear it, but I am still not sure. However, since one of the reasons that I joined Stitch Fix is to get out of my comfort zone, I appreciate this pick. In addition to that, with the 25% off I receive for keeping all items, it’s actually cheaper for me to keep in that return it! It also goes into the KEEP pile.

What you are your thoughts on my Fix? Would you have kept all the items or returned some?

Looking for a last minute gift? Give the gift of fashion with a Stitch Fix Gift Card!

 

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10 Inspiring Ways to Show Gratitude

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It’s so easy as we move about our day to forget to recognize people in our lives. Whether it’s a teacher, coworker, friend or relative, too many times we don’t stop to show gratitude for what they do for us.

Did you know that it’s equally as easy during the course of our day to do something nice for someone? Taking the time to show gratitude for others not only makes the other person feel appreciated, but it also does so much for our own soul and well-being.

Not sure where to start? Below are a list of 10 things that you can do to show gratitude to others:

  1. Say ‘Thank you’ – Seems simple, right? We all know it’s important to say ‘Thank you’ when someone does something for us, but what about saying ‘Thank you’ for no reason at all? Think of how special someone will feel if you tell them, ‘Thank you for being you.’
  2. A Simple Note – Remember the days when someone would actually sit down and hand-write a letter? Me neither! Let’s make a pact to bring it back! Taking a few moments to hand-write a letter and send it through ‘snail mail’ would be such a great surprise to the person receiving it! Simply say ‘hello’, or ‘just wanted to say thank you for being my friend’. thank you
  3. Post-It Notes – You mean office supplies?? YES! Take a post it note and put someone where someone would never expect it! Write ‘Have a good day’ and post it in the car. Write SMILE and post it to the mirror. Write ‘I Love You!’ and put it in their lunch! thank you
  4. Share some wine – (or any other beverage you choose, such as coffee or lemonade) – The point is to invite someone over for no reason at all! Share the bottle of wine and have some conversation (with or without kids running around!) By taking the time to just sit and have conversation with no excuse of a play date, or needing to do something. Just to come talk! Sounds amazing, right?!
  5. Give compliments – It’s always nice to give compliments on a special day, like your husband telling you that you look beautiful on date night. However, what I am talking about is random compliments. Examples could be telling a bank teller that you like her hair, or his shirt. You could tell the checkout clerk that they are doing a great job. Or you could thank your mail person for always bringing you the mail on time!
  6. Food Delivery! – Make someone one’s favorite meal or snack and take it to them FOR NO REASON! If you’re like me (a not-so-great cook), you can go to the store and get something , and that’s OK too! It’s the gesture of thinking of someone enough to go out of your way to do something nice. (Hint: It doesn’t even have to be their favorite food!  Any food would work!)
  7. Gratitude Journal/Jar – Start a gratitude journal or jar. Each day write down something that you are grateful for and put it in the journal or on a piece of paper in the jar. Watch the blessings pile up. On those days when you are feeling down and need a little pick-me-up, head to the gratitude journal/jar and read a few. It’s guaranteed to give you a boost!    gratitude journal    gratitude jar
  8. Pay for someone’s coffee/meal – Paying an extra $5 at Starbuck or offering to pay for the order behind you are ways to accomplish this. If you have the means and are willing, you can also pay for a strangers dinner at a restaurant. It can be known who are you are or you can do is anonymously, it’s up to you. Either way, I guarantee that you put a smile on someone’s face!
  9. Do something thoughtful – This one is vague and meant to be! Think about something that someone could do for you that you think is thoughtful. It could be something simple or complex, and do that thing for someone else! They may (or may not) appreciate it as much as if someone did if for you, but I guarantee that you will feel better when you’re done!
  10. Hug! – Take a moment out of your day and hug someone! It’s shouldn’t be a quick ‘What’s up?’ hug, but a deliberate one.  When my son was little he always hug every friend. We called him the ‘overly excited hugger’ because he would knock is friends over with his hugs! My other son, at 11-years-old, still hugs his buddies when greeting them. These boys set an example for me that the moment is always right to give a hug!give thanks

10-day Gratitude Challenge!

If you are as motivated as I am to show gratitude for those you care about, take the 10-day Gratitude Challenge with me! For the next 10-days do each of these things listed and see what happens! If you miss one, or do one twice, it doesn’t matter. The point is show to gratitude to others! To make it easier for your, click here to print the list and hang it in a convenient spot for you to remind you! If it takes you longer than 10-days to complete the challenge, it’s OK! The point it to just do it!

10-Day Gratitude Challenge

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How I Lost 5 lbs. in One Month (without counting calories)

Many women (and men) struggle with their weight. For me, it’s been a struggle almost my entire life. I have never been a ‘petite’ person, nor will I ever be. As a matter of fact, the modeling community would probably classify me ‘plus-sized’, but that’s a different topic for a different day!

Over the past 10 years, I have tried so many diets such as:

  • Food delivery diets that provide the perfect portion of food that I should eat
  • Diets with number systems correlating to the food I ate
  • Apps (oh the Apps!), counting calories and tracking exercise
  • Sprinkling ‘weight-loss powder’ on my food to make me feel full faster (yeah, remember that one?!?!)

Some of these were a total loss, while others helped but were not a sensible long-term solution. I needed to find something that was simple, could be incorporated into my daily life and that had the potential to become my new way of eating, not just a diet program.

How I lost 5 lbs. without counting calories

First of all, I am not a weight-loss expert or dietitian. I’m not a fitness guru or trained in any manner in this subject. I’m just a woman and mom who is trying to be healthy and am more fit now, and weigh less now, than my entire adult life. You should always consult with a doctor before making any change in your diet or exercise program.

There are 3 things that I feel contributed to my 5 lb. weight-loss during the one month period I am referring to:

  • Eating a gluten-free diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • 14-Day Detox Tea

Gluten-Free Diet

A few months ago, my husband and I decided to start eating a gluten-free diet. We had heard that there were many benefits to not eating wheat products, and among those was weight loss. At the time we knew nothing about gluten. We didn’t even know what being ‘gluten-free’ meant other than we couldn’t have pasta and bread, two things that we loved. Together, we decided to give this ‘diet’ a chance, and try it for one month to see what happened!

We put ourselves through an online ‘crash course’ and decided to take the plunge. It was challenging at first, because we had to check EVERYTHING. We literally had no idea what foods contained gluten and what foods didn’t. To make it more complicated, some foods have the ‘gluten-free’ label on them, while others do not. We were unsure how to  know the difference.

As we started reading labels, we noticed that any product that is not gluten-free states clearly in the ingredients sections, ‘contains wheat’. Once we discovered this, it made grocery shopping that much easier! More recently, we have found an app called ‘The Gluten Free Scanner’. This app allows you to scan almost any bar code to determine if it contains gluten. If it does, there is a red exclamation mark. If not, there is a green check mark. This makes shopping for gluten-free food even easier!

I am still conscious about what I eat. I try to stay away from ice cream, corn chips and mashed potatoes and eat more protein, vegetables and fruit, but I DO NOT COUNT CALORIES anymore. No logging food an an app or checking to see how much more I can eat that day. I just get to enjoy my (gluten-free) food!

If you are interested in learning about how we started our Gluten Free journey, check out these articles:

Exercising Regularly

I can not stress the importance of exercising on a regular basis. For me, not only did I want to lose weight, but being in my 40’s, I want to ensure that my body is preparing for getting older (ugh). My husband and I are very active golfing and skiing among other activities, but I will only be able to continue those activities as I get older, if I ensure my body stays accustomed to activity.

Exercising regularly doesn’t mean once in a while, or even once a week, as I had once thought. It means fitting in some sort of exercise 2-3 times a week. More if you can fit it in! Each one of us needs to determine what the best way to exercise is. The key to regular exercise and ensure the longevity of it, is liking it. (Yes, it’s possible to like exercise!)

For instance, a few years ago, I was asked to participate in a 5k run. I hate running. But I took the challenge, and determined to succeed, trained for months and was able to run the entire 5k! I was in great shape, but once the 5k wsa over, I never ran again, because I HATE RUNNING. I know it looks like I’m smiling in the picture below, but that’s because it’s almost over!

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Then, I started dancing. I love dancing and always have, but thought dance classes was something that ‘kids’ did. Once I realized that there are numerous adult classes for all skills, I decided to give it a try. I started with one day a week at first. Eventually, I built up to 3 days a week. Because dancing is something that I love to do, I can envision continuing through the years!

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Your exercise can also be as simple as walking. You can join a gym, take up yoga, do Pilates; it doesn’t matter what it is. As long as you are doing something!

14-day Detox Tea

I testing the 14-day Detox Tea from FitTea as part of a complementary program. Because I was testing it to provide the company with a review, I was diligent about drinking it every morning. During the 2 weeks, I drank less coffee, as I substituted my morning coffee for the tea, and I had a lot more energy. FitTea does not claim to promote weight loss, however, having lost the weight during the same month as drinking the tea, I felt that there might be a correlation and worth mentioning.

To read more about the 14-day Detox Tea, click here.

Some of you may be wondering if I keep the weight off?

The simple answer to that is yes, in the last few months I have maintained that 5 lb. weight loss. I wish I could report that I have lost more, but life has gotten in the way! Due to our crazy schedules, my dance days dropped from 3 day a week to 2 days a week, and now it’s only 1 day a week. There were also a few weeks that I didn’t exercise at all due to being out of town for work. In the coming weeks, the kids activity schedule will be slowing down and I will be getting back to dancing 3-days a week.

Even with cutting down on exercise and being months past the detox tea, eating gluten-free foods has helped me keep off that 5 lbs. No counting calories and splurging every now and then.

Just because this process worked for me, I am not saying it will work for you. But if you have been struggling, like I have, to find something that is sustainable over time, you may want to give this a try!

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5 Ways to Connect with Your Kids in the Car

Our family is so busy with school, work, sports, activities and social gatherings that we are always on the go! As a matter of fact, some days I feel like I am in my car more than any other place! With that said, most of the quality time I spend with my kids is in the car. Especially as they get older and appreciate their privacy and down time at home, the car ride seems to be the only place that I can take advantage of connecting with them.

But, if your kids are like mine, as soon as they get into the car, they pull out their phones and start looking at Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube, and you’ve lost them to the world of social media. Asking questions like, ‘How was your day?’ and ‘How was school?’ only gets answers such as ‘Fine’ and ‘Good’. I don’t know about you but this is not what I call engaging conversation!

 

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I have found that I need to get creative to urge them to hold a conversation with me. It may seem sneaky, but the car seems to the best place to do it. I mean, we have to be in the car together anyway, and where else can you get their undivided attention? It’s not like they can leave!

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5 Ways to Connect

  1. Ask them questions – I know. This is an obvious one, but it’s a little complicated, especially as your kids get older. Asking yes/no questions is the quickest way to either end the conversation or sound like an interrogation asking question after question after question (you get the point.) The best way to spark a conversation with them is to ask OPEN-ENDED questions. It’s kind of like interviewing someone. You can’t get any insight if you don’t ask questions that warrant a thoughtful answer.  Not sure that open-ended questions you should ask? Here are a few to get you started:
    • What did you do today?
    • Who did you hang out with/play with?
    • What was the best part of your day so far today?
    • What did you work on in math class?
    • What things did you and your friends talk about today?
    • Keep in mind that the follow up questions to these answers should be open-ended as well!
  2. Let them play their music – Music is an amazing way for children of all ages to express themselves. Their taste in music is as unique as they are as people! We usually give our kids an opportunity to play music that they have downloaded on their phones as a way to give them some control in the car. Because it’s up to them to find the song they want to listen to, it gives me insight to how they are potentially feeling in the moment. That will usually either spark a conversation or gives me an opportunity to connect with them on something they like.
  3. Take them for a treat of their choosing – At my kids ages, their favorite quick treat is either at Jamba Juice or Starbucks.  It may be ice cream or cookies for your kids. But ask them where they want to go, and take time to actually sit with them and enjoy the treat, if you have time. It’s amazing when you sit with a Jamba Juice across the table from your teenager, and it’s only you and him, what he is willing to talk about! There are times when I purposefully plan appointments with time in between so we HAVE to sit and ‘waste time’ while we wait for the next appointment.
  4. Talk about what your doing – As mom’s we put our kids first, as we should, but have a tendency to forget that we are people too! Especially as your kids get older, they like to feel that they are having a conversation with you, not that just we are drilling them with questions. I find that when I talk to my kids about how the blog is going, or how dance class was, or something that happened to me during the day, they are truly interested in what I am saying and are more willing to respond with something about themselves.
  5. Play a game – There are many car games that you can play, depending on your kids ages. The idea of the game is getting them talking  and engaging in conversation. You may not uncover any major information, but the casual, fun atmosphere will help your kids open up. When our kids were younger, our go-to games were ‘Eye Spy’ and the ‘Alphabet Bulletin Board’. We still do the alphabet bulletin board on long car rides, but our new game is ‘Name that Tune’. Whoever is sitting in the front passenger seat has to cover the name and artist of a song and we try to be the first to guess right.

Being able to connect with our kids and stay informed on what is going on in their lives is important to me. The older our children get, the more I realize that I have to find new ways to accomplish this. As our kids begin to creep closer and closer to 16, I get worried about not having their undivided attention in the car. Pretty soon I’m going to have to find a new creative way to connect with my kids!

What do you do to connect with your kids? I love to hear your suggestions!

Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award

I am humbled and honored to have been selected to receive my first blogging recognition. I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Chaos in Mommyhood.

The Blogger Recognition Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers to show appreciation for all the hard work they have put into making their blog meaningful to others. Starting a blog, putting the time and effort into the posts, and making sure it’s publicized on social media takes a lot of time and effort. Taking your thoughts and feelings and putting them on display can be a scary thing to do!

I would like to thank Nina at Chaos in Mommyhood for nominating my blog for this recognition. I am honored to have be considered. If you haven’t had a chance to check out her blog yet, you can do that by CLICKING HERE. Her blog is a great source of information for tips on raising kids, recipes, ways to take care of yourself as a mom, and other things, including how she started her blog! Nina – It’s been a true pleasure getting to know you these past few months through our mommy blogging adventures!

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Good Wines at a Good Price

If your like me, you enjoy a glass of wine every now and then! What I don’t enjoy however, is how much most wines costs. With that said, searching out inexpensive wines that we like to drink is always on my list of things to do. Keeping track of what we like and how much is costs enables us to make better choices when we are buying a bottle just for us, or buying a bottle for entertaining.

My husband and I are mostly a red wine drinkers. I am partial to cabs, while he is partial to Petite Syrah. I am also an avid Prosecco drinker, so you will also find my recommendations for Prosecco here as well. If you are looking for white wine recommendations, my sincere apologies. I am not a white wine drinker, and didn’t feel that I could offer recommendations on something I don’t drink.

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Help Your Child Choose The Right Role Model

Role Model

Role models come in all shapes and sizes for our kids; super heroes, sports figures, YouTube famous, dancers, teachers, parents/family, the list goes on and on.

When children are young, their role models tend to be fictional characters, who are usually pillars of how we would want our children to be. Honest, kind, helpful, courageous, among other traits. However, as they get older their role models tend to become real people. Either people they know in real life, or public figures. It’s at the point that we should start to involve ourselves with who are kids are looking up to, and why.

The Importance of Role Models

Role models have a huge impact on our kids. The role models that they look up to during their childhood, ultimately help shape who they are as human beings. As parents, we cannot discount the impression that these individuals make on our kids. In addition, we can’t choose who our kids gravitate to as a role model. We can encourage them to choose a role model that we would like them to have, but the reality of it is, they will end up choosing their own.

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What if we disagree about who our child looks up to? What if we feel this particular role model is not setting the right examples for our children? If our children’s role model does not represent what we believe in, how do we handle that? What if that role model has indiscretions or makes poor choices that our children become aware of?

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