Intentional Living – 10 steps you can take to live more on purpose

Intentional Living – 10 steps you can take to live more on purpose

 

 

 

We set ourselves up for either misery or joy by the mindset that we have.

Life is tough.  It’s easy for us to get consumed by all the negativity that goes on in our lives.  Furthermore, it takes work to be able to let go of things we cannot control.  We can’t control outside forces and other people’s actions but we can control how we respond to them.

 

Everyday is a new opportunity to make choices.  

I made a conscious decision to live each day with a thankful heart and a positive attitude.  Happiness is a choice that I made not only for myself but for my family.  After all if mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.  I take small steps every single day that help me create and maintain a positive mindset so I can be the best version of myself. 

Our everyday small actions can either work for us or against us.  We can keep doing what we’re doing and continue getting the same results or we can live more on purpose and create the life we desire.      

Each day we have a new opportunity to take steps that will help us create the life we desire and deserve. 

This may very well be the rest of our lives.  It’ up to us to make it count. 

 

 

What is intentional living?  

According to wikepedia, Intentional living is any lifestyle based on an individual or group’s conscious attempts to live according to their values and beliefs. These can include lifestyles based on Religious, Political or Ethical values, as well as Coaching, Personal Transformation, and Leadership Training.

To simplify, it means living the kind of life that aligns with your true self that fulfills you.

 

In this post, I’m going to share with you 10 steps you can take to live life more intentionally that have been a game changer in my life, since I started implementing them.    

 

 

10 steps you can take to live intentionally

 

 

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1.  Daily Gratitude

 

When you purposely start focusing on the positive things in your life you shift your mindset to start noticing more positives and less negatives.  Practicing daily gratitude is very powerful.  There are two ways you can do this:

  1.  Write in a gratitude journal.  Every morning when you wake up or every night before going to sleep write down 3-5 things you’re grateful for.  This is a great way to start and/or end your day.
  2.  Verbally say what you’re grateful for.  Do a gratitude countdown where you start at 10 and counting back to 1 saying things you are grateful for.   

 

Instead of going through life consumed by all the negatives in our lives,  we should be greeting each day with gratitude.  

 

 

2.  Set your intentions for the day

 

Instead of allowing the day to happen to you, you decide how your day will play out.  Every morning when you wake up, set your intention for the day.  Sat it out loud.  For example some things you might say are: 

“Today I will create simplicity and peace in my day”

“Today I will encourage, inspire and make an impact in the world”

“Today i will embrace the chaos and go with the flow”

When you set an intention, you manifest what you want to attract and you’re putting it out into the universe.  

 

 

 

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3.  Declutter

Studies show that there are tons of benefits to living in a clutter free environment.  I personally can not be the best version of myself in a cluttered environment.  I have a strong need for things to be clean, neat and organized for me to perform as my best self.

 

A cluttered home equals a cluttered mind

 

Positive energy flows better in a clutter free environment.  Your home should be a reflection of you and should align with what fills your heart with joy.  

Benefits of having an organized home

  • Boosts energy
  • Reduces stress
  • Leads to better eating habits
  • Improves sleep habits
  • Eliminates mind clutter

 

As moms we often have a lot of stuff that constantly needs to be cleaned, put away, sorted or handled in some kinda way.  Did you ever ask yourself if all this stuff, all the things you own, all of your possessions add value to your life?  What purpose does this stuff serve you, other than having to be cleaned or organized?

I love Marie Kondo’s Konmari method that we should surround ourselves with only the things that spark joy in our lives.

I Marir Kondo’d my house and it’s been a real eye opener for me.  My home is nowhere near magazine cover, and not even close to my standards 4 kids ago, but for where we are at this current time in our lives, it’s good enough that i can rest easy at night.  Most nights.

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4.  Set goals

 

Let’s face it when you have kids, our wants and even our needs get pushed aside.  We make one sacrifice after another and before we know it days, months and even years have gone by and we still didn’t’ accomplish what we set out to do.  Sound familiar?

 

You are more than just someone’s mother or wife.  You are a real person and your needs and desires shouldn’t take a back seat because you’re too busy caring for others.  

 

I’m a big advocate of goal setting and I feel it deserves a lot of our valuable time.  Set goals for yourself.   Dream big.  Set big goals that seem unattainable and set small goals that seem ordinary.  

Set S.M.A.R.T Goals

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Relevant

Time bound

 

I like to use my handy, dandy bullet journal to set and track my goals.  Pen to paper is a very powerful thing.  It makes things real.  I know some people who create goal oriented spreadsheets on their desktop or there’s apps you can download.  Try different methods and find a system that works for you.

 

 

It’s the small steps you take everyday that will lead you to see big results     

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Yoga

 

Yoga has been proven to decrease stress, improve energy, reduce anxiety, promote better sleep and increase muscle strength and tone.  Since I started doing yoga I have become more in touch with my emotions, I feel more grounded, more present and better able to handle everyday stressors.  

When I first started yoga, i didn’t really love it.  It felt awkward to me and I was self-conscious about not being able to do all the poses like some of the more advanced yogi’s in the class.  But as time went on I started feeling more comfortable with my yoga practice. I started taking the same yoga classes, with the same instructor and most of the same people.  It became familiar and is now a big part of my intentional living practices. 

The biggest benefit for me and I think all moms is yoga teaches you how to live in the present moment.  With everyone’s overbooked schedules, we are constantly thinking about “what’s next”.  Being able to temporarily forget about “what’s next” and live in the present moment is a game changer.

Join a gym that offers yoga, take a local yoga class, or live stream yoga classes on line and do it on your own terms.

Go get your namaste on.

 

 

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6.  Meditation

 

As mom’s we are always on the go and our minds are always running on overdrive.  Meditation is a practice that helps calm and quiet the mind.  Meditation reduces stress and anxiety and helps you better manage your emotions.  It helps you connect with your inner self, be completely focused in the moment and not think about what’s next.

The practice of being mindful, completely present and deep breathing are all practices that will help you be a more present, happy and calm mother.   

I started my meditation journey one year ago and it has been a game changer.  I am now more present when I’m around my kids, my energy is more positive, I’m calmer and i’m overall just happier.  I’m able to let go of all the mind clutter that so often dominated my thoughts leaving me feeling stressed out and overwhelmed.   

There are a lot of good apps you can download to your smart phone. Many of these have a free version or a free trial that you can take advantage of.  I use and love the app Calm. I have a paid subscription so I can enjoy its full benefits but there is a free version.

You can add meditation to your morning routine. It’s a great way to start your day on a positive note.  Or you can add meditation to your night routine before going to sleep when you are less pressed for time.  You can meditate in the middle of the day on your lunch break, or when your baby is napping.

It doesn’t matter when you meditate, as long as you do it.

 

 

 

7. Daily Movement

 

Majority of people are not meeting the guidelines of physical activity.  

Modern society makes it very easy for us to not move.  It’s so easy to shop online and get things delivered right to our front door or binge watch a new Netflix series.  We need to make everyday movement a priority in our everyday lives.

We need to be intentional about incorporating daily movement into our everyday lives.  Simple Small steps can quickly make a big impact.  

Look for opportunities in your everyday life to sit less and walk more.  

  • Walk to and from school
  • Park further away and walk
  • Do your food shopping at the supermarket don’t order on-line
  • Take stairs instead of elevator
  • Get off the train or bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way
  • Set your alarm if you have  desk job to get up off the chair every hour to walk

 

 

Sit Less & Walk More

 

 

 

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8.  Healthy Eating  

 

Our bodies function based on the fuel we are feeding it.  When we fuel our bodies with processed, sugary foods that have empty calories, we are going to be running on empty, with little energy and struggling to get through the day.  We aren’t going to last too long before our bodies give up on us.  

Food we eat has a significant impact on our health.

  • Almost 30 million people in the United States have diabetes (Source)
  • 32 million Americans have food allergies (Source)
  • 40% of Americans have a chronic disease (Source)
  • Childhood obesity is the most common chronic disease of childhood affecting more than 30% of children. (Source)

 

 

We are in the middle of a health crisis that is quickly getting worse. 

The good thing is each one of us has the power to not be just another statistic.  We can intentionally fuel our bodies with proper foods by eliminating processed foods and eating a whole foods diet.  

Our everyday diet should consist of:

  • Whole grains
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Beans and legumes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Meat, poultry and fish
  • Dairy – milk, yogurt and cheese

 

For more on Healthy Eating for the Whole Family click here. 

 

 

 

 

 

9.  Relaxation

 

How often do you get to just sit and relax?  I’m gonna go out on a limb and say close to NEVER.  Burnout is real and can happen to any of us.  Us mama’s need to intentionally create relaxation time for our own mental health.  

Here are some small relaxation practices you can do:  

  • Sit in silence for 15 minutes and just be with your thoughts
  • Go on a mindfulness walk.  Using all of your senses, observe your surrounding and be completely present throughout your walk, making a deeper connection to nature
  • Read a book for pleasure.  Make your favorite coffee or tea in your favorite mug and sit in a cozy spot and read for 15 minutes
  • Music therapy.  Music has a positive effect on our overall health. Put on you favorite playlist and just be still for 15 minutes while letting the music invigorate your soul
  • Take a hot bath.  Sit, soak and relax for 15-25 minutes.  Add epsom salt and lavender essential oil to make it a spa bath.  (Use Code SPM10 to get 10% off your order)

 

Make it a priority to take at least 15 minutes per day to spend on quiet, guilt free, relaxing time just for you.

 

 

 

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10.  Unplug from technology

 

I made a conscious decision to not spend wasteful time on technology and it has been a true game changer.  I am more on purpose about when I’m on technology and what I’m doing while I’m on it.

As great as social media is it’s a HUGE time waster and it has a lot of negatives that are affecting our mental health:

  • It can cause stress, anxiety and even depression
  • Sets unrealistic expectations
  • Creates unhealthy sleep patterns
  • It creates FOMO – Fear of missing out
  • It can create a negative body image by constantly comparing ourselves to others
  • It can cause disagreements, arguments and even end relationships

 

The more connected we are to social media the less connected we are to the real world

 

 

Manage the time you spend scrolling and trolling:  

  • Give yourself a specified time period when you can use technology
  • Do not go on your tech device first thing in the morning or right before going to sleep.  Do NOT go on it if you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep
  • Turn off notifications.  Go into the settings menu on your smart phone and turn off as many notifications as possible – social media, email, push alets, etc…  No notification is worthy of hijacking you from whatever it was that you were during at that current moment.
  • Don’t sleep with your phone next to you or if you do turn it to airplane mode.

 

Let’s take back control of our lives by being intentional about our social media use.

 

 

“There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day”

 

This is one of my favorite quotes.  It’s the theme song from Disney’s Carousel of Progress in Magic Kingdom.

Today is your great big beautiful tomorrow.  Make it count.

 

 

I invite you to take a peek at my FREE on-line mini course, The Intentional Mom   In this course i teach you Mindfulness Practices that will help you create Joy + Balance in your everyday, BUSY mom life.

 

 

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What are your thoughts?

Do you live intentionally?  What was one takeaway you got from this post that you plan on implementing in your life?  Leave me a comment below.

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I'm on a mission to help moms create a Simply Pure life of Joy + Balance + Optimal Health & Wellness for ourselves and our families.  

My goal is to un-complicate life and provide moms with the tools and strategies to make informed decisions so you can live your best mom life.  .

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Weight loss after kids. Common roadblocks that moms face and how to overcome them. My weight loss journey after 4 kids

Weight loss after kids. Common roadblocks that moms face and how to overcome them. My weight loss journey after 4 kids

‘Before having my babies, I always anticipated pregnancy as this glorious time when I would look and feel my very best.  I would sing to my growing baby bump while documenting every step of this miraculous journey.  As miraculous as it was, my pregnancies were anything but glorious.  I was sick as a dog and felt horrible.

I had what was called hyperemesis gravidarum, which is the medical term for severe morning sickness.  I threw up all day, everyday.  It ended me in the hospital with dehydration.  I felt overwhelmingly exhausted and all around just terrible.  It really wasn’t this enjoyable time I anticipated it being.

None-the-less I was beyond grateful to be growing this tiny little being inside my body.    

Luckily the morning sickness and exhaustion started subsiding after 16 weeks.  At that time I swore I would NEVER, EVER do this again.  But I ended up doing it 3 more times after that.  And I felt the same sickness, exhaustion and misery each and every time.  

 

The Pregnancy Diet ~ healing foods – Carbs, lots and lots of Carbs  

Before pregnancy, I didn’t eat much carbs.  I wouldn’t deny myself, but I ate carbs very sparingly.  During my pregnancies, carbs were the only thing I could eat.  Just the thought of so many foods made me sick.  Bread and crackers on the other hand were comforting to me.  I had to be on my A Game every minute of everyday to take care of my other kids.  This was extremely difficult when you spend most of the time with your head in the toilet and you feel like death.  Eating carbs was the only thing that would get me through.  Snacking on crackers and bagels during my kid’s spring concert was a must if I didn’t want to spend the entire time puking my guts up.  

I had no energy or desire to cook healthy meals for me and my family.  During the first trimester of each pregnancy, we were in survival mode.  Needless to say, I packed on the pounds during each pregnancy.  I gained between 50-60 pounds each time. 55 x 4 = a lot of l.b’s.  

 

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The Weight Loss Journey Begins (multiple times)

I had three kids in 5 years.  The fourth came a few years later.  I followed the same weight loss plan for each and was successful with each.  

Here’s what I did:

 

Clean Eating

My diet consisted of lots of vegetables, fruits, and poultry.  I counted calories, did intermittent fasting and home cooked all of our meals.  I ate very healthy as part of my weight loss goals but I also nursed all my babies so i wanted to nourish them with healthy foods.  

Check this post out on healthy eating Healthy Eating for the Whole Family. What foods should you be feeding your family? How to plan and cook healthy meals.

 

 

Jogging

I downloaded a couch to 5k app and I started jogging.  With the clean eating and jogging, the pounds were just shedding.  With baby number 1 it took me 8 months to lose all the baby weight, with baby number 2 it took 10 months and baby number 3 it took about 1 year.  

After baby number three, I really took to this jogging gig.  I started entering mud runs with some girlfriends and we would train together.  I ended up being in the best shape since being a mom.  I worked hard and it felt good.

 

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My first mud run while my 3 little ones cheered me on from the side lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surprise!

To our surprise, shock and complete disbelief, we got pregnant with baby #4.  This pregnancy followed the same pattern as the other’s of all day sickness, exhaustion and feeling absolutely terrible.  Except this time I peed myself when I threw up so that made things a little more interesting.

After having the baby, I went right back to the same weight loss routine that worked after my other babies but I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted to or should have been seeing this time around.

Whenever I got to a certain point in my weight loss journey, I hit a plateau.  No matter how clean I ate or how much I jogged, the scale was not budging.  

This was extremely frustrating.    

 

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Weight loss Roadblocks

There are a few key factors that I as well as most mom’s face when trying to lose baby weight.  

 

Age

The older we get, the slower our metabolism gets making weight loss more of a challenge.  We also lose muscle mass and it turns into fat.  I was 38 years old when I had number 4.    

 

Stress

When we are stressed, our cortisol levels go up which increase insulin and deposits sugar into tissues to be stored as fat.  Stress and motherhood go hand in hand.  My cortisol level were sky high.  In addition to caring for a newborn and 3 other kids ages 7,6 and 4, we moved.  We packed up our home that we knew and loved and moved to a foreign place where we didn’t know anyone and had to start all over.  

PS our foreign place is 30 minutes north of where we lived and my sister and uncle lived there but still stressful none the less.  

We can’t control outside forces that stress us out, but we can control how we respond to them.  I make it a point to practice mindfulness and relaxation strategies every single day.  Some things I do are yoga, meditation, hot baths, journaling and mindfulness walking.  This helps me to better respond to everyday stressors in a more beneficial way.

Check out How to be a Happy Mom and Lead a More Meaningful Life – 8 Habits of Happy Moms That Will Change Your Life

 

Lack of sleep

Not catching enough zzz’s causes changes to your hormones which affect your appetite.  It also impairs our judgment and affects our decision making skills.  Nursing a newborn every 2-3 hours throughout the night and still being bright eyed for the a.m.morning routine to get the kids up and out to school was exhausting.  The days of sleeping when baby sleeps were long gone and it was having an impact on my health.

We all need to prioritize our sleep.  Find your optimal sleep window and optimize it.  My goal is to get 7 hours of sleep each night.  I turn off my notifications on my cell phone so not to get any interruptions and I make sure i’m sleeping by a certain time.  Our overall health and wellness is so much better when we’ve had sufficient sleep.

 

Diastasis Recti

Remember I mentioned earlier about peeing myself when i threw up?  Well that is because I have a Diastasis recti.  A Diastasis recti is abdominal separation.  The left and right halves of the abdominis separate to make room for our growing babies and usually go back together after baby is born.  But in many cases, the left and right abdominal muscles never fully go back to the way they are supposed to.  There remains a gap in between the abdominal  muscles.  The gap in between the muscle separation varies with each person.  Anyone can get a Diastasis recti, including men and children but it is most common in women who have carried large babies or had multiple pregnancies.   

Diastasis Recti is underreported and under treated which is a shame because it can cause a variety of side effects such as:   

  • peeing yourself with high impact movements
  • umbilical hernia
  • back pain
  • poor posture
  • pelvic floor problems
  • gastro intestinal issues

Watch this video to see if you have a Diastasis recti.  

 

I diagnosed myself with a diastasis recti after baby number four and my doctor confirmed it.  There are multiple programs available that help to strengthen and restore the abdominal muscles but certain movements like planks and crunches should be avoided.  Proper posture and breathing is key and so is contracting the abdominal muscles in between movements like getting up and down.  We want to try and avoid putting extra pressure on the tissues. 

Like many who have a diastasis recti,  I also have an umbilical hernia.  The only way an umbilical hernia can be repaired is through surgery.  Many people live with umbilical hernia’s for years.  My hernia doesn’t bother me and I don’t have any symptoms so I am going to put off the surgery until I can’t put it off anymore.  

Because of these injuries, I was holding back a lot with my workouts.  I wasn’t pushing myself because I didn’t want to cause any more damage and I most definitely didn’t want to have surgery.

 

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Not holding back – My NEW Work out plan 

I woke up one morning and I thought to myself “Eff this ish”.  What I’m doing now isn’t working and I knew I needed to make a change and I needed to make it TODAY.  I knew that I needed to step up my workout routine and I needed to step it up big time if I wanted to see the results I wanted.

Now I am in the gym working out 6 – 7 days a week.  I am pushing myself out of my comfort zone and beyond my capabilities.  I take group fitness classes and it’s pushing me beyond anything I ever thought I was capable of.  I love seeing and working out with the same people each class.  It motivates and drives me in a way that working out on my own doesn’t.

Some classes I take are spin, kickboxing, bodypump, Total body and TRX.  I also walk as much as possible.  I use and love my fitbit to track my steps.  I love the group challenges.  It’s great motivation and accountability.

I do modifications when doing core workouts to not further damage my injury so I’m gonna work hard and push myself until I can’t anymore.   

Finding the time and balancing it all is tough, but once you’re committed to the process you make it work.  I am all in and 100% committed to working out.  It has become a priority. I plan my workouts and it’s one of the first things written down in my bullet journal as I’m planning my days. 

 

Slow and steady wins the race

I am currently down 18 pounds and some inches (yaaayy).  I am getting stronger and more fit every single day.  I am not where I want or need to be yet and I’ve been really hard on myslef, as most of us are.  It wasn’t until writing this blog post that I feel a sense of pride.  I am proud of my journey.  I recognize where I was, where I am now and where I’m going.  It’s not easy but I know that I am taking the  right steps each and every day to get me the results I want to see.  Slow and steady wins the race.  I am committed to this journey and I won’t ever stop.

        

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If you’re a mama struggling with your weight my advice to you is to get moving.  Start small.  The small steps you take everyday will make a big difference.  One of the best things I could do for myself was join a gym.  We joined a gym that has amazing child care centers so there’s really no excuse to not go.  I don’t feel guilty about working out because I know my kids are safe, they are socializing with their friends and having a great time.  If money is tight, reduce or even shut off your cable.  You future self would much rather you be in the gym than sitting on the couch channel surfing.

 

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What’s your weight loss journey like?  Do you have a DR or umbilical hernia?  What are you doing about it?  Leave me a comment below.

 

 

 

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I'm on a mission to help moms create a Simply Pure life of Joy + Balance + Optimal Health & Wellness for ourselves and our families.  

My goal is to un-complicate life and provide moms with the tools and strategies to make informed decisions so you can live your best mom life.  .

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An Open Letter to All Moms on Mother’s Day

An Open Letter to All Moms on Mother’s Day

Dear Moms,

I would just like to tell you that you are AMAZING.  I know sometimes you are tired, overwhelmed, over-worked, under-paid, and just worn out.  But I encourage you to sit down, relax, and clear your head of all the things troubling you.

Sometimes you may feel like your slaying this mom gig and other times you may feel like you’re doing it all wrong.  Sometimes you will get it all wrong, we all do.  We are human.  The important thing is that you pick yourself up, learn from the experience and keep it moving.  

In the midst of what you see as mistakes, failures and imperfections, your child sees beauty and perfection.  Only you can heal a scraped knee with a gentle kiss.  Only you can chase away monsters from under the bed and in the closet.  Only you can get your child back to sleep with the exact right pressure of a back rub.  Only you…, BECAUSE YOU ARE AMAZING.

Every day of motherhood is different than the last.  Somedays you may bang out your checklist like a rockstar, other days your only task for the day is to survive.  It is okay.  Today you may be worrying about getting your baby to sleep through the night, tomorrow you may be worrying about your kid’s choice of friends and in a blink of an eye you will be worrying about your kid going off to college.  

Cherish every minute of this crazy roller coaster ride of mom life.  That is exactly what this mom gig is, a crazy roller coaster ride.  Sometimes we ride with our hands up laughing with joy and excitement, other times we just want the ride to stop so we can get off.  

Embrace it.  

Because soon the ride will be over.  When we look back, we want to have fond memories of our ride.  We don’t want to have any regrets, or coulda, shoulda, woulda’s.  

Enjoy the crazy, unpredictable ride with your hands waving high in the air.

Perhaps on Mother’s Day you will wake up to the smell of coffee and breakfast in bed.  Maybe you will get spoiled with flowers, chocolates and gifts.  You may get some beautifully made cards and pictures.  

Or this may be just another ordinary day where you’re doing your regular domestic duties.  

Perhaps this is a sad day for you for reasons beyond your control.  

Regardless of how you spend your Mother’s Day, I want you to wake up Mother’s Day morning, look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself “YOU ARE AMAZING”.  Keep saying it until you believe it.

This is a day we celebrate us.  Embrace it.

 

I wish you a day filled with love, peace and laughter.

 

Namaste,

Danielle

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Beyond Mother’s Day

 

Life is hard. Mom life is even harder.  It’s a 24/7, 365 days a year job and it’s EXHAUSTING.  

Mom’s today face more pressure than ever before.

Studies show that stress, sadness, worry and anger are reaching all time highs.

Eventually we are going to run out of fuel and it’s going to take a toll on us.

Unless we DO SOMETHING about it.

I challenge you to a “Me Time” Challenge. 

Everyday for (at least) the next 7 days, spend 15 minutes doing something that is just for you.  

Nurturing your Mind, Body & Soul for 15 minutes a day for 7 days is the best gift you can give to yourself.

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Best Mom Products 2019! (For the Natural Mom)

Best Mom Products 2019! (For the Natural Mom)

 

Mom life is tough which is why when I find game changing products that help to simplify and enhance my busy mom life, I want to yell it from the rooftops to all moms who may be struggling and are looking for a solution.

I compiled a list of my favorite mom products that could help you live your best mom life.

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Rescue & Renew Detox Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rescue & Renew Detox Oil is a must have for natural moms.  This rehydrating oil contains grape seed oil to support collagen and skin firmness, plus sesame seed oil that moisturizes to help dimpled skin appear smooth. Perfect for a relaxing massage or just some extra-nourishing TLC.  It’s also been proven to repel mosquitos.  Safe for kids too.  #WIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the entire Rescue & Renew Detox Spa Set. Inspired by ancient Ayurvedic spa treatments, this holistic approach to wellness focuses on the body’s flow of energy.  As moms getting to the spa may not be a common occurrence.  If it is kudos to you.  Our busy, over worked mind, bodies and souls need some extra nourishing and TLC.   I personally am on my “A Game” when I am relaxed.  So I am more than willing to invest in some premium, quality products to bring an at home spa experience to me.  Each product works with the body to support the natural process of skin detoxification.

 

 

 

 

Luxury Bathtub Caddy

 

 

 

 

Soaking in a warm bath has been proven to relieve stress, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle tension and lower blood pressure just to name a few of the many benefits.

Hot, spa baths have become a necessity in my busy, stressful sometime overwhelming mom life.  I attribute much of my peace and calm to regular spa baths.  For more on spa baths, why you need them and how to incorporate them in your busy life, click here

When I first came across this bath caddy it was love at first sight.  It’s made of bamboo, which I love anything bamboo and it’s multi-functional.

 

  • Adjustable reading stand for books or tablets
  • Candle stand for aromatherapy
  • Slot for drinking Glass
  • 2 Side Detachable Trays for Bath Stuff
  • Slot for iPad Mini or Cell Phone
  • I’d also like to add that this caddy is made for dual bathers.

 

Bonus Bath Products for the #bathjunkie

Don’t forget the overflow drain cover and bath pillow

  

 

 

Essential Oils

 

Essential Oils are a safe and effective natural remedy to treat common illnesses such as coughs and colds, first aid remedies to treat bites and stings and household cleaners and disinfectants.  The possibilities in how essential oils can benefit your life are endless.  Check out essential oil uses and hacks for moms for my favorite ways I use essential oils with my family.

I love Arbonne Essential Oils.  I trust their clean ingredient policy and i their love of the earth and commitment to preserve natural resources aligns with my beliefs in what health and wellness products should be.

Some of my favorite Arbonne essential oils that you will always find in my EO drawer are:

Holiday Gift GuideLavender – Promotes a calm and relaxing environment

Peppermint – Promotes an invigorating and energizing environment

Lemon – Invigorating and purifies the air.  Bonus during cold & flu season

Harmony Blend – Promotes a harmonious environment that inspires overall well-being

 

 

Unfortunately Arbonne only makes a handful of EO blends but I found another company that makes quality essential oils that I love.

 

Revive essential oils are 100% pure and unrefined, sustainably sourced, bottled in the USA and uses third-party testing.  They offer free shipping and free returns.

 

 

USE CODE SPM10 TO GET 10% OFF YOUR ORDER.

 

 

 

Diffuser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diffusing essential oils are a great way to boost emotional health, immune function, promote better sleep and so much more.  This cool mist humidifier ultrasonic aroma essential oil diffuser has 7 soothing LED lights, 4 time setting modes, an automatic off function and can be used as a cool mist humidifier as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CBD Oil

CBD Oil has been receiving quite the buzz lately.  CBD is a nickname for cannabinoid, which is one of several cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, that are found in cannabis and hemp plants.  CBD is not psychoactive.  It doesn’t contain THC so it won’t give you the buzzy stoned feeling.

CBD Oil has been proven to have many health benefits.  Some of its benefits include:

  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Reduce pain
  • Benefit heart health
  • Treat seizures
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Promotes healthy weight
  • Improve skin

 

I found this company ThoughtCloud who offers the purest source of CBD available.  They are vegan, organic and non gmo.  Their goal is to provide the purest, highest grade CBD products and they take pride in offering all-natural, lab-tested, organically sourced CBD for overall health and well-being.

 

For more on Thoughtcloud and CBD products click here.  

 

 

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Detox Tea

detox tea

 

 

 

 

 

This herbal, detox tea, has 9 botanicals that support liver and kidney health.  It also contains:

  • Milk thistle supports the liver
  • Peppermint and licorice root help soothe and calm the stomach
  • Dandelion root supports the kidneys
  • Sweet fennel, an antioxidant, supports the maintenance of good health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bullet Journal

 

A bullet journal aka Bujo was created by a digital product designer and author who had learning disabilities and was looking for alternative ways to be focused and productive.  He developed the bullet journal.

It’s so much more than just a journal, it’s a methodology.  It’s a productivity system that helps you live life intentionally.  The possibilities are endless in how you can use your bullet journal but a few ways I use my bullet journal are as a planner, tracker and journal.  

Bullet journaling is a total game changer and i feel everyone would benefit from incorporating a bullet journal in their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

Energy Fizz Sticks 

best mom productsEnergy Fizz Sticks are a must for EVERY busy mom.  These little sticks of goodness comes in pomegranate or citrus flavor.

They provide calm energy and helps controls your appetite.  These are a great alternative when you’re craving a sweet treat and the perfect pick me up when you hit that later afternoon slump.  I make myself a fizz cocktail on the rocks as I’m about to meet my kids off the school bus and I’m ready to conquer the world.  Well, conquer the second half of the day.    

It Contains antioxidants and a botanical blend of green tea, guarana and ginseng, combined with B vitamins and chromium, to help boost energy.

Definitely a game changer in your mom game.

 

 

 

 

 

Phytosport Prepare & Endure

 

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If you are an avid gym goer and you are dedicated tow working out, then Prepare & Endure is for you.  This will give you the energy and endurance you need for peak physical performance.

As mom’s, getting in a solid work out session can be quite the challenge.  I’m on a weight loss journey since having baby numero quatro and working out has become a big part of my workout plan.  Getting to the gym is a priority but I can’t say I’m always feeling my 100% best all the time.  These little miracles in a packet are game changers.  Prepare and Endure gives me the strength I need to kick ass during my workouts.

Each stick contains Carbohydrates, D-ribose and L-carnitine to support energy and help prevent the “crash” when you don’t have the fuel you need to keep going.   It also contains key amino acids to support nitric oxide production to help deliver oxygen to muscles and maintain healthy blood flow for optimum performance.  #GameChanger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genius Ultra Device

Genius Ultra device

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Genius Ultra is a low level ultra sound device that is a quick and simple way to remove those pesky wrinkles and fine lines.  It gently warms at the tip and it massages your skincare products onto the outer layers of your skin.

It’s like an iron for your face.  With just 1-2 minutes a day, you will notice amazing results.  It’s super easy and convenient which is one of the reasons why I love it.  I “iron my face” while sitting at my desk or watching The latest Real Housewives episode.  Simple and beneficial.

You can view the Arbonne Intelligence Genius Ultra Focus Guide Here. 

You can use your favorite skin care products to enhance and target its effectiveness.

 

I am an Arbonne girl, so the products I use to compliment the Genius Ultra are from Arbonne’s RE9

Anti-aging line:

 

 

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Corrective Eye Cream

The skin around our eyes is delicate and should be treated with care.  As we age the skin around our eyes gets thinner and looser becoming more susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles in addition to puffiness and dark circles that are already part of mom life.

This eye cream is UH-MAY-ZING on its own.  When it’s paired with Genius Ultra, the results are mind-blowing.

 

 

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There’s also a Lifting & Contouring Eye Cream that gives your eyes a lifted more awakened look.

 

 

 

For more on All Natural Eye Care Remedies click here.

 

 

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Firming Body Cream

This Firming Body cream improves the look of skin perfections, creating a lifted, firmer, more toned appearance.  Can be used on thighs, chest, butt, upper arms and stomach.  This is hands down my favorite firming body cream.  It’s light, creamy and hydrating.

 

 

 

 

 

Instant Pot

 

Instant pot is the perfect kitchen gadget for busy moms who likes to feed her family healthy, home cooked meals.  It is a multi-functional cooker that can pressure cook, slow cook, saute or steam.  It’s also a rice and yogurt maker.  

 

 

 

Air Fryer

 

 

The air fryer can fry, bake, roast and grill with little to no oil.  It makes all your food crispy and delicious in a healthy way.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegetable Spiralizer

The vegetable spiralizer is great for moms who want to make a healthy lifestyle change in the new year.  It can spiralize a variety of different vegetables into spaghetti or curly fries.  The spiralizer comes with 5 different blades that can spiralize zucchini, carrots, onion, sweet potatoes, and bell pepper.  This is a great way to add a variety of colored veggies to your diet in a healthy, fun way.  

 

 

 

 

 

Every single one of these products have simplified and enhanced my life in one way or another and I know they can do the same for you.  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Let’s continue the convo on Facebook and Instagram.  Use hashtag #simplypureproducts

 

What are your favorite products that simplify your mom life?  Leave me a comment below.

 

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Side hustles for moms. Why every mom should have one

Side hustles for moms. Why every mom should have one

What is a side hustle and why you should have one

A side hustle is a side job that creates supplemental income.  It’s an opportunity to monetize on something your most interested in without quitting your day job.  

 

 37% of Americans have a side hustle.  

 

I strongly believe in my heart of hearts that all moms should have some kind of side hustle  

Supplemental income is always valuable especially for growing families.  Additional income can go towards savings for the future or for a rainy day.  It can be invested to possibly earn a strong return.  It can be used to enjoy the extra’s of life like family vacations or nice cars.  Or it can be used simply to make ends meet.  An extra stream of income is always beneficial no matter what your situation is.

 

 

Benefits of having a side hustle

 

  • Back up plan – If there’s anything I learned over the past 40 years it’s that life can change in the blink of an eye.  You never know what the future holds. A side hustle can set you up for success by creating a Plan B in case Plan A fails.
  • Financial Freedom – The sky is the limit as to how much you can earn with your side hustle.  The top multi level marketing earner earns 15 million dollars a year. Not too shabby.
  • Time Freedom – How many people do you know that work 50, 60 and 70 hour work weeks?  How many people don’t bring their work home with them or at least the stress of their work on a daily basis?  What’s the point of working so hard if you don’t have the time to reap the benefits of all your hard work?  Americans are overworked and overstressed. We are lacking balance in our lives. How long do you think this can go on before feeling burnt out?
  • Make an impact in the world – What if you had a solution to a problem?  Now imagine your solution can solve a problem for dozens of people, or hundreds, maybe even thousands of people.  You can make in impact in the life of thousands of people just by doing what you are passionate about. You can be the change you want to see in the world.  You can’t put a price tag on that.
  • Tap into your creative energy – working a side hustle and making an impact in the world without the pressure of making ends meet allows you to get centered and tap into your natural creativity.  It wasn’t until after starting my side hustle that I found a creative side that I never knew existed. I’m what you would call artistically challenged and I have went through my whole life believing this of myself.  But creativity on the other hand, I am way (a little) more creative than I give myself credit for. This came to light when i started my blog.
  • Be a role model – I love that my kids see me working my side hustles.  They see that I’m passionate about what I do and I like making an impact in the mom community.  Furthermore I want to show my kids that there is so much more to life than hustling and bustling, working a 9-5 job so someone else can get rich.  I would love nothing more than for my kids to work for themselves without the stress and pressure of being business owners. I have little entrepreneurs in the making.

 

Side hustles for moms

 

Network Marketing 

side hustles for moms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Network marketing aka MLM – multi level marketing, referral marketing or direct sales is selling products that you believe in to customers.  It’s basically recommending products that you use, love and trust to family and friends and their family and friends.  Network Marketing has become extremely popular with moms because you have the ability to create your own schedule and on your own terms. You can work as much or as little as you’d like.

There are many companies to choose from that align with your views and beliefs:  skin care, nutrition, weight loss, leggings, essential oils, kids clothing, jewelry and cooking supplies just to name a few.

 

I think network marketing has caught a bad rap because it’s often viewed as a pyramid scheme and because people are doing it all wrong.  

 

Some companies may in fact be a pyramid scheme but that doesn’t mean that all mlm companies are pyramid schemes.  Don’t let a few bad apples spoil it for the amazing companies that are genuinely trying to make a difference in the world.  It’s important to do your homework before signing on with just any company.

 

Here are some things to consider when deciding which MLM company is a right match for you: 

  1.  Choose a company that has been around for at least 5 years.
  2. Believe in the products and the company. Their philosophy should align with your beliefs.
  3. Is there a genuine need for the product or service?
  4. Is training and support available?   
  5. Does the company offer products or services that are unique?

 

Ignorance on fire

 

That’s the term used amongst new independent consultants just starting out and eager to share what they’re doing.  Their lives have been impacted by this business they started and the products have been life changing for them so they want everyone to feel the same bliss they are feeling.  But their approach is most likely all wrong and they may be doing the opposite of what they are intending to do – sending you running for the hills.

Just because you’ve received the same, cookie cutter texts inviting you to take a look at some new life changing products she’s found or you’ve been stopped by a friend who felt the need to tell you all about her new business venture and how it would be a great fit for you while you’re standing in the rain, leaving the supermarket, holding 18 bags of groceries in one hand and a screaming toddler in the other, doesn’t mean there’s no validity to it.

Just because the approach is all wrong doesn’t mean that these new products couldn’t change your life or this new business venture is exactly what you need in your life at that current moment.

When I first started my network marketing biz i was also ignorance on fire.  I did it all wrong but I wanted everyone to feel the same passion about my new products and company that I found.  I have learned a thing or two since and now I can rely on a steady stream of monthly income.  For more on my side biz click here.   

Don’t let a friend’s poor approach deter you from hearing them out.  Listen with open ears and an open heart.  You never know if this could be the change you were looking for.  If you’re not interested, be courteous and reply honestly that it’s not for you but you wish them luck.  If not chances are your name is going on the B list and you can bet your bottom dollar that they’ll be reaching back out to you.

 

 

Start a blog  

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Do you have an interest or a passion on a topic?  If so you can start a blog. Blogging is flexible, satisfying and there is immense earning potential.  All you need to start a blog is a computer and a domain name. There are quite a few free domains to choose from as you are just getting started.  The more you write, the better you get, the more of an expert in your niche you become and the more followers you get.  I have been blogging for a little over a year now and I have grown tremendously as a blogger.  It is definitely one of the most satisfying things I have ever done. There’s nothing like getting an email from a complete stranger who lives on the other side of the world, saying that one of my blog posts has helped her.  I am making an impact in the world and the rewards are sometimes overwhelming.  Blogging started as a side hustle for me but has quickly become a full-time, in between momming 4 kids, hustle.  

 

Top ways to monetize a blog:

  • Affiliate marketingYou can become an affiliate for your favorite products and when you link to them in your post and a reader clicks through and buys the product, you make a commission at no additional cost to the buyer.  Not all companies have affiliate programs and ones that do they all differ on commission.  Amazon is the leading affiliate program because they have millions of products to choose from.  I am an Amazon affiliate.  I make a commission when readers click through my links and make a purchase.
  • Ads – You can place ads on your blog and companies will pay you each time a reader clicks on the ad at no cost to you.
  • Review products – You can reach out to different brands, request samples and write a review of the product and publish it on your blog.  Companies will pay you.
  • Sell your products – Do you make all natural, organic goat milk based soap?  Or handmade doll clothes?  You can sell your own products on your blog.  You can set up a third-party plug-in that will help with payment and shipping of actual products.
  • Create and sell digital products – As mom’s we are always looking for shortcuts that will optimize daily life – planners, calendars, meal plans, ebooks and so much more.  The possibilities are endless in what you can create.  Tap into your creative energy and think about what would help you as a mom.  Chances are other’s have a need as well.  I have sold digital products on my blog and I have purchased digital products from other blogs.

 

 

 

 

E-commerce

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Do you make any speciality handmade or vintage items?  If you don’t want to create your own website to see your products, you can sell them online through an e-commerce platform like Amazon, Ebay, Etsy, Shopify, Weebly and WooCommerce to name a few.  I haven’t done this but my initial plan when I first started my blog was to sell my own products.  My blog kinda took a different turn but selling your products on-line can be very rewarding.  It’s a great way to monetize on your talent and passion while providing a service for people.  People may need what you have to offer.  

 

 

Teach online 

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According to Forbes, online learning will be a $325 billion dollar industry by the year 2025.  People want to learn more and do more but they don’t have the time to commit to pursue their hopes, dreams and passions.  This is where on-line courses come in.  You can learn about pretty much any topic you want, while sitting in your pajamas and fuzzy socks at a time that is convenient for you.  

If you have a talent and a passion for a specific niche, you can teach online.  What are you good at?  Baking?  Cooking?  Sewing?  Playing an instrument?  Art?  Are you multilingual?  Can you teach a dog to stand on its head while juggling three balls?  You can monetize your talent and make an impact in the world.  People are looking for what you have to offer.

Take QVC. It’s a multinational corporation specializing in interactive home shopping.  It stands for Quality, Value and Convenience. This is what people are looking for today.

 

You can provide quality content, that will add value to people’s lives getting them from point A to point B in a way that is convenient to them through teaching them what you already know.  And the bonus here is no topic is off limits. If you are interested in a specific topic, chances are so are other people.  

I have taken and continue to take online courses.  I strongly believe that Investing in ourselves is the best investment we can make.  If we don’t invest in ourselves who will?

I have also taught online courses and it has been an amazing experience and something I plan on pursuing in the near future. 

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There are quite a few platforms to host your on-line courses.  I use and am partial to Teachable (this is my affiliate link).  They offer amazing, free, on-line courses and tutorials to help you get started creating and launching your courses.  They succeed when you succeed so they are invested in your success. They also have a great customer services team that are always available to answer your questions.  Their motto is “Everything is teachable”.

 

 

Free lance writing 

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Do you have a natural knack for writing?  If so you can write for companies and they will pay you.  This is great side hustle for stay at home moms. You can create your own schedule and work as much or as little as you want.  

I learned about freelance writing not too long ago and If i had learned about it a year ago before starting my blog, there’s no doubt in my mind that I would have jumped all over this.  All’s you need is organizational skills, time management and a computer and you can start today.

To get started freelance writing you want to build a portfolio of a few pieces of content that you created.  You can draft up a few pieces of your writing on google docs and either guest post on a blog or publish your work on a free blogging platform.  If you’re interested in guest posting on Simply Pure Mama click here.

Once you have a few published pieces, you can start pitching to jobs and hen you are established companies will seek you out.  

 

I hope you found this content valuable and I hope this will give you a push to start on your side hustle today!

 

Do you have a side hustle?  Or do you want to start a side hustle.  Leave me a comment below.

 

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The Many Jobs of a Mother ~ 25 Job Titles That Moms Have

The Many Jobs of a Mother ~ 25 Job Titles That Moms Have

Did you ever sit back and think about all the things you do on a daily basis?  How about in a week?  A month?  Being a mom means wearing many different hats and performing lots of different jobs.  It’s no wonder at times we feel completely exhausted.

 

25 Job Titles That Moms Have 

 

1.  Chef – Gourmet cook, sous and short order chef, snack server and waitress.

2.  Cleaning Service – Crumb vacuum’er, sticky floor mopper and sanitizer.

3.  laundry Service – Daily washing, drying, ironing and organizing clothes, towels and linens for everyone in the household.

4.  Personal Shopper – In charge of buying everyday, casual and formal wear, grocery shopping and everyday self care shopping.

5.  Nurse – Scrape healer and boo boo fixer.

6.  Personal Assistant – playdate organizer, events coordinator and appointment maker.

7.  Party Planner – Plan and organize birthday parties, decorations and present buyer.

8.  Teacher – Homework helper and teacher of living a moral life.

9.  Housekeeper – Organize toys, clothing, maintaining a neat and orderly house and keep pantry stocked and refrigerator full with favorite food items.

10.  Financial advisor – In charge of creating and maintaining a budget, paying bills, writing out checks and always having cash for school book fair, fundraising and other school events.

11.  Life coach – Have a listening ear, open heart and sound advice across all stages of adolescence and beyond.

12Referee – Mediator, rule enforcer and time out manager.

13.  Judge and Jury – Maintain order, peace and a well functioning household that encourages kindness and respect.

14.  Car service – Drive and pick up multiple kids to different destinations at the same time all day everyday, on demand.

15.  Entertainer – Singer, songwriter, dancer and actor.

16Sleep coach – Ensure that kids get required amount of sleep to be functional and civilized little people.

17.  Doctor – Diagnose and treat common childhood illnesses.

18.  Nutritionist – Ensure everyone in the household is eating a balanced, nutritious diet that aligns with individual dietary restrictions and food preferences.

19.  Dental hygienist – In charge of teaching proper oral hygiene, teeth brushing, flossing and orthodontic care.

20.  Researcher – Research and investigate safe foods and products for your family.  Read professional articles, medical content and mom blogs regarding all things healthy living.  Learn how to read labels, what they mean and which ingredients to eliminate and avoid.

21.  Human Encyclopedia – Know answers to all the what’s, why’s, who’s, hows, when’s and where’s of the world.

22.  Role player – Santa clause, tooth fairy, easter bunny, monster slayer.

23.  Caregiver for Pets – Dog walker, cat litter box cleaner, fish feeder.

24.  Safety officer – Create a safe living environment and emergency management.

25.  Hair stylist – Remove knots, curl straight hair, straighten curly hair, updo’s and assorted hair styles for all hair types.  You’re also in charge of  Preventing and treating head lice.

 

 

So the next time your feeling down on yourself, think about how much you do for everyone that depends on you.  You rock mama!

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