Simplify your busy mom life with these organizational systems

Simplify your busy mom life with these organizational systems

I hope this blog post finds you in a calm, peaceful place.  I am in the process of working my way back to finding peace and zen in my crazy life.  

Part of this zen I strive for is peace of mind and much of my peace of mind comes from feeling like I’m in control of my life.  When I feel like I am in control of my life, no matter how hectic our situation, I can better handle the chaos.

When our lives feel out of control and we are constantly trying to keep up, it’s not a good feeling.  I, like I’m sure many of you, don’t do well in that type of situation.  It’s not good for our minds, bodies or souls so I do everything possible to avoid that out of control feeling. 

One thing I do and spend lots of time on is planning.  Being prepared and knowing what’s coming, helps me to feel in control of my life.  

With four kids, working and homeschooling, life can often feel very overwhelming.  Planning helps keep my busy life in order.   

I spend more time on planning than I’d like to admit and probably more money than I probably should on planning supplies.  Although planning doesn’t have to be costly. I’m just a sucker for post it’s, pretty paper and fancy pens. #guiltypleasure    

I’m always trying all types of different planning systems.  Either one’s purchased, downloaded on line or ones I created.  Finding the right planning system to fit your needs is probably three quarters of the battle.  That’s why many times, I just create my own.  I get ideas and inspiration from ones I purchase or download and then I fine tune it and create planners that fit my needs.  I create everything on Canva.  it’s free and simple.        

I’m going to share with you my favorite planning systems that I use.  

 

 

Discbound Notebook

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A discbound notebook uses little disks allowing you to customize and reposition papers, tabs, folders, pockets, etc to your liking.  It’s like a notebook, binder and planer all in one. There are quite a few to choose from.  Martha Stewart, to no surprise, created a line of discbound notebooks.  But the one I use is called the Arc Notebook.  I do use Martha Stewart inserts and I customize my own.  This is the type of notebook system I keep coming back to and it never dissapoints.  I’m currently using my discbound notebook for homeschooling.  I am homeschooling some of my kids and having all my curriculum, content, lesson plans and goals in one place is a huge stress reliever and time saver.  After much time, money and wine, I created the perfect homeschool planning system that fits my needs.

 

 

 

Bullet Journal

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I accidentally came across a bullet journal and it has changed my life.  A bullet journal. aka Bujo was created by a digital product designer and author named Ryder Carroll from Brooklyn, NY 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.  Figuring out what you need your bullet journal for is part of the process but once you learn how your bullet journal can best serve you, it’s a total game changer.  

The possibilities are endless in how you can use your bullet journal and can be very overwhelming.  

I use and love my handy dandy bullet journal​ as a way to organize my thoughts to avoid that feeling of overwhelm.  A bullet journal allows you to create charts, tables, graphs, etc… to organize, plan and prepare your busy life.  I separate my bullet journal into 4 sections: 

  1. Planning – monthly, weekly, daily logs 
  2. Tracking – fitness goals and accomplishments, kids illnesses and medical treatment and period tracker 
  3. Collections – projects, goals, lists and genius ideas 
  4. Journaling – feeling and thoughts, motivation and gratitude 

Pinterest and Instagram #bulletjournal has tons of ways for you to customize your journal to fit your needs.  

 

 

 

Meal Planning

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I created my own meal planning system that has everything I need.  Planning my meals depends on our schedule for the week.  So I created a planner that has a place for our weekly tasks, our meals and a shopping list.  I then created a planner that focuses on detailed meal plans for the week and a detailed shopping list.  There are tons of meal planners available, but this is the one that I use and that works for me.  Click here for more on Simple weeknight meals.

Download your Meal Planning Printable Pack below.

 

 

The 4 Step Simply Organized System

 

I created and started using this 4 step visual planning system to simplify and optimize my time and it’s been a true game changer.

Here’s the breakdown…

 

Step 1 – Brainstorm

Brainstorm a list of things that need to get done for the week.  Use the questions on the left hand side to get evrything thats overcrowding your brain onto paper.  Seeing a visual of your to do’s reduces stress and overwhelm and puts things into perspective.

 

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Step 2 – Categorize

Take your brainstorm list from Step 1 and separate them into categories.  Breaking down your to do’s visually simplifies the work load making things more “doable”.

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Step 3  – Prioritize

In this step, you’re breaking down your categorized tasks even more by applying it to the ABCDE Method.  This method is a simple and effective technique that places priority on each of your tasks.

 

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Step 4  – Schedule

In this final step, you fill in your schedule using your prioritized list.

Before you do that, you would fill in any non negotiables first –  appointments, meetings, deadlines, etc. and then fill in your tasks from step 3.

The more detailed you are in your planning, the more successful you will be at getting everything accomplished without stress and overwhelm. 

 

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Since implementing this planning system, my stress level and overwhelm have decreased drastically.  Mom life is TOUGH, being organized is half the battle.

You can download this Planning System below.

 

 

 

 

Are you an organizational guru?  Which systems do you use and love?  Leave a comment below.

About Me

About Me

Hi there!  I'm Danielle, mom blogger, visionary and dreamer.

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.  .

Read more about the girl behind the blog here

Want to live Naturally?  Click here for my FREE Natural Cleaning Guidebook

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

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

 

 

What does happiness mean?  To me it means living a life of contentment, pleasure, satisfaction, joy, high spirits, light-hearted, euphoria, wellness, peace and positive energy.  At the end of my days, I want to be able to look back on my life and know in my heart of hearts that I lived life to the fullest.  I accomplished everything I set out to do, I don’t have any regrets and I lived a meaningful, happy life.  To quote the great Maya Angelou: 

“My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive and do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style”. 

 

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Our ultimate goal as parents is we want our kids to be happy.  We want them to lead meaningful and happy lives so they can one day be contributing members of society.   But in order for us to teach our children how to lead happy, meaningful lives, we need to lead by example.

 

How to be a happy mom

 

I have studied the habits of truly happy people.  From how they start their day to how they end their day and everything in between.  I have learned that happy people live their lives on purpose.  They don’t rely on chance or other people to bring them happiness.  Happiness is an inside job and only we have the power to find true happiness. 

I am not a therapist or even an expert on the matter of life and happiness.  I know everyone’s lives and situations are different.  We each have our own battles and demons we face.  In this post I share with you small steps I started taking  in my life that has led and is leading me toward a happy and more meaningful life.  I am a lifelong learner and I am growing and evolving every single day but this is what is working for me in my life.  If you get even just one take away from this blog post that will change your life for the better, that will be enough for me.   

 

8 Habits of Happy Moms

 

1.  Self care

As moms our wants and sometimes even our needs take a back seat.  We are so focused on taking care of everyone else’s needs, we often neglect ourselves.  This used to be me.

After getting pregnant with baby number four I came to the harsh realization that I needed to start paying attention to my needs.  I was running on fumes and it wasn’t fair to my kids or myself. 

 

One morning I woke up and decided that i needed to fill my own cup so I can successfully fill the cups of those that depend on me.  

 

I started taking small steps here and there and the initial guilt I felt for spending time on my self started subsiding. I was feeling less stressed, more present and overall happier.  

Self care for moms should be non negotiable.  I’m not saying go spend hours at the spa (although don’t pass up an opportunity if it comes up).  I’m talking small, simple, macro steps you can take on a daily basis to nurture your mind, body and soul.  

 

Self Care practices for moms

  • Sit in silence for 15 minutes and just be with your thoughts.  
  • Go on a mindful 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 your overall health. Put on you favorite playlist and lay for 15 minutes while letting the music invigorate your soul.  

 

 

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2.  Set Social Media limits

As great as social media is in building personal connections and keeping up with your loved ones fast paced lives, it has a lot of negatives that are affecting our mental health: 

  • It can cause stress, anxiety and even depression 
  • Sets unrealistic expectations
  • Cyber bullying
  • 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

 

Check out an article published by Forbes on how social media affects our mental health. 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook on Purpose

Manage the time you spend scrolling and trolling.  

How many times have you put your phone down after scrolling on Facebook only to pick it back up a few minutes later to scroll Facebook again seeing the exact same content?  

  • Give yourself a specified time period when you can Facebook.  As a blogger, social media is a big part of what I do but I limit my personal social media time and it has made a big difference.  For example, I give myself 5-10 minutes in the morning and then again at night for social media.  I’m no longer picking up my phone checking social media randomly throughout the day and this definitely has enhanced my user experience.   
  • Do not go on any social media first thing in the morning or right before going to sleep.  Do NOT scroll social if you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep.  You can’t control what you’re going to see and how it’s going to make you feel.  You set the tone for how you start and end your day.
  • Turn off Facebook notifications.  Go into the settings menu on your smart phone and turn off Facebook notifications.  No Facebook notification is worthy of hijacking you from whatever it was that you were during at that current moment.  I recommend turning off (almost) all of the push notifications on your phone.  Let’s take back control.  

 

Customize your news feed to align with your values, likes and truths.  

You can prioritize who you want to “see first” and “unfollow” people that don’t add value to your life or trigger any kind of negative feelings.  You have the power to create a news feed that is filled with only content that sparks joy in your life.  It’s like Marie Kondo’ing your Facebook Feed.

When i first started doing this I felt really guilty about it.  If I unfollowed a friend or family member I felt like I was betraying them.  But I quickly learned that it actually strengthened my relationships with people.  When your not seeing someone’s negative content that triggered negative feelings on a daily basis, you no longer have suppressed negativity toward them.    

 

 

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3.  Practice 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.  I have always been a pretty positive person. The glass is always half full and if you give me lemons, I’ll make a Margherita.  So I never felt that practicing gratitude was something I necessarily needed in my life.

It was around the time that I got my first bullet journal that i was continuously coming across content having to do with practicing gratitude.  The universe was sending me a message and I couldn’t ignore it.  When the universe comes knocking, you listen. From then on I have consistently been writing in my gratitude/bullet journal.   

What to write in a gratitude journal

I started writing very broad things i was grateful for like my kids, my husband, our house, our neighborhood, our friends, my kids teachers, my mini van, my cat, my mailman, etc.   But eventually this list gets repetitive.

Then I got more specific and started writing things I was grateful for that happened every day.  I zoomed in on a small moment, a small success that happened during the day that filled my heart with joy.

For example, one of my entries was that I was grateful that on a cloudy, rainy day, the sun started shining so bright through my kitchen window at the exact same time one of my favorite songs started playing on my Alexa speaker.  (BTW the song was Don’t leave me this way by Thelma Houston).  This wasn’t a life altering moment in my life.  It was a small moment that brought me happiness and it filled my heart that i was mindful of it.  

Consistently being mindful of small moments of joy shifts your mindset and you start focusing more energy on the positive things that occur on a daily basis and less energy on the negative.   

Each night before going to sleep, write down 3 things that you are grateful for that happened throughout the day.  If you feel compelled to write more, go for it, but I find that 3 is easy enough to do so you’ll be more inclined to do it. 

 

 

 

 

4.  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. 

The turning point for me was when my views about yoga shifted.  It’s not like a HIIT or spin class where you have to try to keep up.  It is your practice and you do what feels comfortable to you.  One yoga instructor that I really like a lot, constantly reminds the class that this is our practice and we should do what we need to get the most out of it. 

Now when I don’t do yoga, I crave it.  I need it in my life.  I love what it does for my body as well as my mind.  I leave yoga feeling grounded and grateful for life and everything and everyone I have around me.  Yoga tugs at a spiritual side I never knew existed and has opened so many new doors for me.  I started meditating and practicing gratitude since starting yoga.  All of these practices have been a game changer for me.  My mindset, how I view things and how I respond to things have all changed for the better. 

 

We cannot control the behavior and actions of others but we can control how we respond.  Yoga has helped me respond more positively.    

 

 

 

5.  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.   

 

How do you get started meditating?

 

You want to start with a guided meditation. A guided meditation does exactly what it says. It offers guidance to help you meditate effectively to get the full benefits of meditation.

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.  It offers a variety of meditation topics to choose from ~ calming anxiety, deep sleep, mindful eating, gratitude, forgiveness and more.  It offers sleep stories, nature sounds and images.  There’s also a calm kids section of meditation that help kids learn calming techniques.

 

How do you incorporate meditation into your life?

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.

 

 

 

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6.  Get rid of clutter

A cluttered home equals a cluttered mind.  I 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.  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.  I love Konmari method that we should surround ourselves with only the things that spark joy in our lives. Click here for my twist on the Kon Mari Method.  

We are in the process of redoing our living room.  We lived in our home for a little over 2 years and now we know what we want out of this room and how to maximize the space.  I had a large breakfront cabinet that was filled with all of my china and crystal that I received as gifts for my bridal shower when we got married many moons ago. .  This cabinet accumulated so much dust and it was a thorn in my side every time I had to clean it.  The glasses inside of  the cabinet clinked when the kids danced or jumped around and it drove me crazy.  It really didn’t serve a purpose to us anymore at this point in our lives, but getting rid of it didn’t seem like an option for me.  I felt inclined to keep it to store and display all of our beautiful things that people spent their valuable money on and good intentions behind giving us as the hubby and I were starting our lives together.   

 

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After moving the cabinet three times and not loving where we decided the only place where it can go, I decided to Konmari everything in it.  So i took every piece out of the cabinet, held it in my hands and asked myself if this object gave me joy.  It turned out that about 70% of what was in the cabinet didn’t spark joy in my life.  I was able to relocate a lot of my fine china and stemware that’s not often used, and I gave away or donated some of the other items.       

I got rid of the cabinet and I’m so happy that i did.  I feel lighter.  The objects that I did keep are ones that I love and truly spark joy in my life.  Imagine living in a tranquil environment where you’re surrounded by only things that you love.  It feels good.   

Click here for more on Konmari’ing your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  Don’t be defined by what others think of you

I once read that what other people think of you is none of your business.  This has always stuck with me.  Often times we are perceived a certain way but that shouldn’t change who we truly are.  People’s perceptions of us usually don’t have anything to do with us but mostly to do with how they perceive themselves.  When we stop getting caught up in the trap of worrying about what other people think of us, is when we are truly free to be our true self.  That is when you start attracting the right people into your inner circle.  People that you want to surround yourself with. The ones who add value to your life, who accept you for who you really are and support you.  

It took me almost 40 years to truly feel free.  I had an opportunity to start all over again and meet new people and build new relationships.  We moved our family to a new neighborhood where we didn’t know many people.  My hubby and I would joke that we can be anybody we want to be because nobody knew us.  We would come up with all sorts of crazy characters who we can be.  We still laugh about it.  

 

So I decided that I was going to be me, the non-edited version…  

 

“I’m a mom of 4 kids, I cook whole, organic food, I make or buy my own non toxic products, I feed my family milk that comes from a goat and I do not own a microwave.”

 

Knowing who you are and being open and honest about it from the beginning opens the door for genuine relationships.  The people whom I surround myself with know the real me, the un-edited version and they accept me for who I am.  Some share similar views and beliefs as me while others think I’m a little off the wall but accept me anyway.  It’s not fake and it’ not forced.   

Be true to yourself and only surround yourself with people who accept and appreciate you. 

 

 

 

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8.  Live in the present

How many times have you gotten in an argument and brought up issues from the past?  We are all guilty of this.  I am here to tell you to STOP!  It’s not healthy, it causes resentment and it doesn’t solve the problem at hand.  

I tease my husband all the time that he’s lucky that I get over things quickly.  I’m not one to harp on a situation or hold a grudge.  I’ll get mad, we’ll have it out and then I’m done with it.  I don’t have time in my life, or patience to harp on negativity, especially when I’m on a mission toward living my best mom life.

On the other hand I forgive quickly but I don’t forget easily.  I have been known to file things away deep in my soul to either sit there untouched or to be pulled out at a later time.  These negative emotions can veer their ugly heads at random times because I never fully let it go from the beginning.

I am still a work in progress but i have noticed that I am a lot happier since letting things go.

When a problem arises, work through it and then let it go.  Because if you don’t, it will constantly hang over your head and weigh you down.  Un-resolved issues will extend your suffering and will hold you back from leading a truly happy and meaningful life.

Let it go!

 

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What steps do you take or are you going to take to live your best life?  Comment below

 

Feel free to share this post with your mom friends.  Use #simplypuremama.  Everyone can use a little more happiness and meaning in their lives.

 

About Me

About Me

Hi there!  I'm Danielle, mom blogger, visionary and dreamer.

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.  .

Read more about the girl behind the blog here

Want to live Naturally?  Click here for my FREE Natural Cleaning Guidebook

 

The 4 Step Simply Organized System

 

I started using this 4 step visual planning system to simplify and optimize my time and it’s been a true game changer.

Here’s the breakdown…

 

Step 1 – Brainstorm

Brainstorm a list of things that need to get done for the week.  Use the questions on the left hand side to get evrything thats overcrowding your brain onto paper.  Seeing a visual of your to do’s reduces stress and overwhelm and puts things into perspective.

 

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Step 2 – Categorize

Take your brainstorm list from Step 1 and separate them into categories.  Breaking down your to do’s visually simplifies the work load making things more “doable”.

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Step 3  – Prioritize

In this step, you’re breaking down your categorized tasks even more by applying it to the ABCDE Method.  This method is a simple and effective technique that places priority on each of your tasks.

 

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Step 4  – Schedule

In this final step, you fill in your schedule using your prioritized list.

Before you do that, you would fill in any non negotiables first –  appointments, meetings, deadlines, etc. and then fill in your tasks from step 3.

The more detailed you are in your planning, the more successful you will be at getting everything accomplished without stress and overwhelm. 

 

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Since implementing this planning system, my stress level and overwhelm have decreased drastically.  Mom life is TOUGH, being organized is half the battle.

You can download this Planning System below.

 

 

 

 

Back to School Wellness Arsenal.  Non Toxic Took Kit of “Must Haves” for a healthy school year.

Back to School Wellness Arsenal. Non Toxic Took Kit of “Must Haves” for a healthy school year.

Disclaimer:  I am not a doctor or medical expert.  The content I share in this post is from my own research and what I do for me and my family.  You should consult your physician before trying new supplements.   

 

As a mama of 4, I am always playing defense, especially during the back to school season.  Kids are exposed to more germs and illnesses and I try to be as prepared and preventative as I possibly can.

 

Here are my go-to, must have products for the back to school season.

 

 

Vitamin D

How to Boost Immune System When Sick

Every fall the sun sets further and further into the south and the days get shorter.  The sun’s rays diminish in duration and intensity.  This is when D3, ”the sunshine vitamin”  comes in handy.

According to Dr. Randall Neustaedter, a pediatric doctor specializing in homeopathic and Oriental medicine, vitamin D is one of the most important supplements you can give your kids during the fall/winter months.

Some benefits of adequate vitamin D are

  • Immune Function
  • Bone growth
  • Reduction in Asthma
  • Reduction in allergies
  • Reduction of tooth decay
  • Reduction of Diabetes

I give my kids Carlson Super Daily D3 if I order it through Amazon, or ChildLife Vitamin D3 if I need an emergency bottle and buy it in a health food store.  I only give it during the fall and winter months when the “sunshine vitamin” has diminished.  During summer and spring, I make sure my kids get plenty of sun exposure.

Appropriate dosage of Vitamin D according to Dr. Neustaedter is:

Infants – 400-800 mg

Toddlers and elementary school age kids  – 2,000 mg

Teens – 4,000 mg

 

 

 

 

Elderberry

How to Boost Immune System When Sick

Elderberry is a natural plant with tons of medicinal properties.  It’s a potent antiviral that dates back to prehistoric times.  It has been shown to decrease the duration of colds and flu if taken at the first sign of illness.

Elderberry has antiviral properties and can prevent and treat flu.  It has been proven to shorten the duration of flu symptoms after 2 days of taking it.  (Source).

I give my kids Sambucol black Elderberry for Kids if I order it from Amazon or Sambucus Elderberry for Kids if I buy it in a healthy food store.

 

 

 

 

Essential Oils

Essential oils are a safe and effective alternative to chemicals that can heal, cure, soothe, treat and clean.

Besides their versatility, they are easy to use making them very popular for health conscious moms.

Essential oils are great for naturally treating many symptoms.  You can diffuse them or use them topically.  If you use them topically be sure to do your research as diluting essential oils varies.  As a general rule of thumb use 1-2 drops of essential oil per 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.  Some common carrier oils are Jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil or avocado oil.         

There are a ton of uses for essential oils but here are some of my back to school favorites:

 

Lavender

Lavender has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, it boosts immunity and helps soothes kids when they are uncomfortable.  Lavender is my favorite essential oil to use with my kids because it’s safe has a pleasant scent and has multiple uses.  

One of the ways I use lavender essential oil is as a calming spray.  I spritz my kids when they are feeling stressed out or overwhelmed.  Kids face a ton of pressures today and they feel it.  The calming spray is a safe, natural, simple remedy to create calm and peace.

 

Lavender Calming Spray 

Add 12 drops lavender essential oil to a 2 oz glass spray bottle.  

add carrier oil of your choice

shake and spray

 

 

Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and relieves pain.  Peppermint is a natural decongestant and Is great for treating congestion, sinus infection and bronchitis.  One of my favorite ways to use Peppermint essential oil is to make a steam tent to alleviate congestion.   

Make a steam tent – Add 8-10 drops of peppermint essential oil to a bowl of boiling water, place a towel over your head and inhale the vapors for 5-10 minutes. The hot steam helps to thin and drain mucus in the airways and the decongestant properties of peppermint help to relieve cold and congestion symptoms.  Use caution with children. Not recommended for young children.

 

You want to make sure you use high quality essential oils.  I use and recommend Revive essential oils.  They are sustainably sourced, 100% pure unrefined, steam distilled, bottled in the USA, cruelty free and third party tested for purity, potency and quality.  They also offer free shipping and free returns.      

If you Shop at Revive-EO.com use code SPM10 to get 10% off your order.

For more on essential oils click here 

 

Check out the Back to School Guidebook for the Naturally Minded Mom for more essential oil blends and recipes for back to school health.

 

 

 

Lice Logic 

I use and love Lice Logic Clear & Free Shampoo.  It’s plant based, non-toxic, pesticide free, paraben free, formaldehyde free, vegan, cruelty free and IT WORKS.  It contains an enzyme blend which is proven to kill lice and nits on contact.  I use this on my kids 2-3 times per week as a preventative measure.  For more on how to treat lice naturally, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Aloe Water

Constipation and back to school go hand in hand.  Many times kids don’t want to use the school bathrooms so they hold it in causing them to get backed up.  A high fiber diet is key to avoiding constipation but it happens.  When my little ones get constipated my product of choice is Aloe water.  Just an ounce or 2 is enough to get bowls moving properly again.  It’s easy to administer, it’s odorless and tastes like regular drinking water.  I like this brand because it’s a high quality, pure distilled aloe vera.

Whatever you do to treat your child’s constipation, I strongly urge you to avoid Miralax.  It’s active ingredient, polyethylene glycol 3350,PEG 3350, may be linked to tremors, tics, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and aggression in children following its use.

 

 

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Hi there!  I'm Danielle, mom blogger, visionary and dreamer.

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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How to Stay Insanely Organized This School Year.  (step by step planning system + free download) 

How to Stay Insanely Organized This School Year.  (step by step planning system + free download) 

The role of mom is the most challenging now than it has ever been.  The demands mom’s face on a daily basis is very stressful and overwhelming.  But the key to maintaining busy mom life and reducing stress and overwhelm is having systems.  I take a systematic approach to every area of my mom life.  Having systems help your day to day operations run like a well oiled machine.  Mom life is TOUGH!!!  But being organized is half the battle.

Here are some systems that I implement in my home and that have made mom life a little easier.  Hopefully they will work for you too or at least give you ideas on systems you can create in your home.

 

 

A place for everything and everything in its place

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Having a home for every single item you own is the key to keeping a tidy home.  Categorizing items by similarity, size, shape, etc. is a great way to organize your things.  Things that are used often should be easily accessible whereas things needed occasionally can be stored in hard to reach places. 

Two systems that I recommend creating in your home for the back to school season is one for school supplies and one for important papers.  These were always a challenge for me.

 

  1.  Set your kids up for success and independence by creating a space solely dedicated for school supplies.  This place should be easily accessible for kids to get and put back the items they need.  It should be stocked with everything they need to complete homework – pens, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, erasers, pencil sharpeners, ruler and anything else your kids may need.  This way while your busy preparing dinner, walking the dog and speaking to your great aunt on the phone, your kids can independently do their homework without interrupting you unnecessarily asking where the glue sticks are.
  2. Create a space to keep flyers, notes and any important papers that need your attention in one place.  This way when you have the time, all the important papers that require your attention is in one organized place.  I’m currently using a folder system to keep track of the school papers that are coming in.  I have a section for papers that require my attention, and a section to store or file.  Then every night before bed, I spend about 15 minutes going through the papers that require my attention – filling out forms, inputting important dates into my calendar, making a list of important contact info, etc.

 

   

 

Devote 15 minutes per day to decluttering (Pomodoro Style)  

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Spending just 15  minutes everyday tidying, organizing and decluttering your home can make a world of difference.  As a busy mama, I find working in short intervals helps me to be more productive. This interval work method is called the Pomodoro Technique.  It’s a time management method that focuses on working smarter in a shorter period of time. Set a timer on your phone or Alexa device and get as much done as you can in the time allotted.  Depending on how many people living in your home and how old your kids are you may have to do this more than once a day.  But I promise you it’s an effective, quick way to keep a tidy home.

 

 

 

 

 

Make lists 

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I am a list junkie.  I have a list of lists I need to make.  It’s impossible to keep track of everything inside your head and it can get overwhelming fast.  Making lists is a sure way to get everything that’s jumbling your brain organized.  Whether you use your smart phone, you’re a post it junkie, you like a journal with fancy pens or you use the back of unnecessary or dated papers that come home in your kid’s backpacks, find a system that works for you and be consistent with it.  Have a master food shopping list that you can edit as needed.  Keep you to do list accessible and updated so you’re always on top of important tasks.

I have a master calendar and dry erase board in my kitchen.  On my dry erase board is where I write EVERYTHING.  Food items and other items I need to buy, reminders, due dates, etc.  I have my older kids right what they need on the dry erase board.  My kids usually tell me about upcoming events, or things they need when I’m in the middle of cooking dinner and I most likely won’t remember.  So now in addition to telling me their needs/wants, they can write it on the dry erase board.  If it aint written, it aint happening. 

We also write out our lunch menu for the week on the dry erase board.  This eliminates a lot of the guess work and running out of items when it comes time to making lunches.        

    

 

 

Keep a journal 

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A journal is a great way to organize busy mom life.  I often get stressed out and overwhelmed keeping track of 4 kids and all of their commitments.  But having a consistent place to transfer everything that’s overwhelming my brain helps a lot. Seeing things written out on paper reduces stress and overwhelm and puts things into perspective.  You can even organize your lists in your journal.  I happen to really like a bullet journal.  A bullet journal is so much more than just a journal, it’s a methodology. It’s a productivity system that helps you live life intentionally.

Figuring out what you need your bullet journal for is part of the process but once you learn how your bullet journal can best serve you, it’s a total game changer.  I divide my bullet journal into 4 sections – planner, tracker, collections (lists, to do’s, goals, etc.) and as a journal.  

Check out this video for more on bullet journal.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Have routines

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Having routines takes the guess work out of it.  Life with kids is unpredictable so for me creating a constant ritual helps ease stress and overwhelm.  A solid morning routine sets the tone for how your day is going to start.  

I recommend waking up before your kids, doing something that serves your mind, body or soul and then get yourself ready first before your kids get up.  You’re morning routine can be just 15 minutes or it can be 2 hours.  You create a routine that works for you. 

Similarly a nighttime routine should be something non stimulating that serves your mind, body or soul.  It can be as short as 15 minutes or however long you’d like that fits in with your lifestyle.

 

Click here for more Amazingly Awesome Back to School Tips.

  

 

 

 

Clean often and as you go 

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My husband is a pretty good cook.  He can definitely rock out in the kitchen.  But by the time he’s done, my kitchen looks like a tornado came through.  I on the other hand like to clean up as I go. This way there is less mess at the end of dinner. You can also apply the Pomodoro technique to cleaning your home.  Set a timer for an allotted amount of time and get as much done as you can in that time span.  I apply this technique to different areas of my home throughout the week.  For me, I like that I can get all my cleaning done without spending hours at a time dedicated to cleaning. The downfall to this technique is your entire house isn’t clean at the same time.  Do what works for you.      

      

 

 

 

Do a load of laundry a day

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So laundry just sucks.  There’s no hack, trick or tip that will alleviate the burden of laundry.  If you have one feel free to share.  But there’s nothing more dreadful to me than overflowing hampers and laundry baskets.  It weighs heavy on me and as a family of 6 this has become the norm.  I need to do a load of laundry every day to keep up.  If you can wash, fold and put away a load a day you are a super mom and deserve an award.  I did that once and it was one of the greatest days of my life.  

 

 

 

 

 

Say No

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So often us mama’s spread ourselves thin.  We don’t want to say no to people or to our kids for fear of hurting feelings.  But the one who gets hurt in the end is YOU.  It’s okay and necessary to sometimes say no.  You don’t have to attend every play date, birthday party or social gathering you’re invited to.  If saying no is what would work best for you and your family, then no it is, guilt free.  

 

 

 

    

Plan it out 

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Long gone are the days of free time and spur of the moment things.  I used to be queen of spur of the moment.  Now as a mama of 4, I have EVERYTHING planned.  I spend a lot of time planning.  At the end of every week, I sit down and plan for the following week.  This alleviates stress and helps me to stay organized.  

I love planners and planning systems.  I’m always trying out new planning strategies.

 

 

 

 

The 4 Step Simply Organized System

 

I started using this 4 step visual planning system to simplify and optimize my time and it’s been a true game changer.

Here’s the breakdown…

 

Step 1 – Brainstorm

Brainstorm a list of things that need to get done for the week.  Use the questions on the left hand side to get evrything thats overcrowding your brain onto paper.  Seeing a visual of your to do’s reduces stress and overwhelm and puts things into perspective.

 

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Step 2 – Categorize

Take your brainstorm list from Step 1 and separate them into categories.  Breaking down your to do’s visually simplifies the work load making things more “doable”.

 

 

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Step 3  – Prioritize

In this step, you’re breaking down your categorized tasks even more by applying it to the ABCDE Method.  This method is a simple and effective technique that places priority on each of your tasks.

 

planning system

 

 

Step 4  – Schedule

In this final step, you fill in your schedule using your prioritized list.

Before you do that, you would fill in any non negotiables first –  appointments, meetings, deadlines, etc. and then fill in your tasks from step 3.

The more detailed you are in your planning, the more successful you will be at getting everything accomplished without stress and overwhelm. 

 

planning system

 

 

Since implementing this planning system, my stress level and overwhelm have decreased drastically.  Mom life is TOUGH, being organized is half the battle.

You can download this Planning System below.

 

 

 

 

Check out my new Back to School E-book.  The Back to School Survival Guide for the Naturally Minded Mom.   

Kickstart into the New School Year with this easy to read, compact, all inclusive e-book.  Get actionable tasks that you can implement immediately so you can set yourself and your family up for a smooth and successful school year.  

In this E-book I talk about common struggles that many of us moms face throughout the school year such as what and how to feed your family healthy meals,  how to keep kids healthy throughout the school year, the all so common lunchbox dilema, how to establish routines and systems and of course keeping your kids lice free.

 

About Me

About Me

Hi there!  I'm Danielle, mom blogger, visionary and dreamer.

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.  .

Read more about the girl behind the blog here

Want to live Naturally?  Click here for my FREE Natural Cleaning Guidebook

Simply Pure Mama Podcast

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Amazingly Awesome Back to School Tips for Moms

Amazingly Awesome Back to School Tips for Moms

 

 

There’s a system for that

Disorganization equals chaos and nobody functions well in chaos.  Having systems set in place allows things to flow smoothly.  Granted when you’re dealing with kids things are never always smooth and calm but having certain systems set up eliminates stress and overwhelm and keeps things movin’.  Systems allow expectations to be set and holds everyone accountable.

Here are some systems you can set up in your home to eliminate stress and overwhelm this school year and promote peace, joy and balance.   

 

Amazingly Awesome back to school tips for moms that will help you rock this school year.

 

 

1.  Morning Routine 

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The tone of your morning will determine the tone of your day.  Creating a solid and consistent morning routine can literally make or break your day.  

The last thing any of us want is to be yelling and screaming at our kids to “hurry up”, “find your socks”, “eat your waffles”, “finish your homework”, “get your library book”…  It’s not a healthy start for you or for your kids. 

 

Mornings should be calm and peaceful.  They should bring comfort, consistency and security as everyone is preparing to begin their day.  

Create a morning routine with your kids.  Think about every step that needs to be taken being as specific as possible, especially with little ones.  For example, brush your teeth, then come down for breakfast, then put on your shoes, and so on.  

For older ones, you can break it down and chunk time.  For example I wake my kids up at 7am.  They need to be AIS (ass in seat) ready for breakfast by 7:20.  At exactly 7:35 Alexa gives us a time update and we begin cleaning up breakfast and getting ready to get out the door for bus pickup at 740.

You can create age appropriate charts.  Having a visual is a great way to remind kids of each step they need to take.  You can add pictures for little kids showing each step they need to take and a sticker chart or check list for the older ones to keep them accountable. 

You can create a reward system.  After x amount of stickers, checks or whatever system you use they can get whatever is agreed upon.  Some things that we do are family game night, out to dinner at their favorite restaurant, a night out bowling or the movies or an ice cream party.   

I don’t always necessarily agree with rewarding kids for doing what they are “supposed” to do, but having a solid morning routine is essential and a reward system helps polish your morning routine.

The key to any routine is consistency.  Just keep at it every.single.day.  Have open communication about what worked and what needs improving.  Celebrate mini successes as they happen.  Embrace these times because soon they will be a distant memory.

 

 

 

2.  Plan, plan and plan some more

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“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”

Benjamin Franklin.  

 

As a mama of 4 I can tell you that I spend a lot of time on planning.

Every week, like clockwork, I sit down and plan out the week ahead.  I include as many details as possible. such as important appointments, deadlines, kids activities, social events, quality time with the hubby, workouts and self care. 

The more you plan for things, the more likely you will make it happen.   

I use my handy dandy bullet journal for planning and goal setting.  I find that using a bullet journal helps me stay organized and productive.   

 

 

 

For more on planning and organization, click here. 

 

 

I also like fancy, colorful printable’s to help me organize busy mom life.  Which is why I created Simply Organized,  a 4 step planning system that allows you to organize your to do list in an effective way that will decrease mind clutter and increase productivity.     

 

 

3.  Utilize on line Shopping

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Can we talk about Amazon for a minute?  How about Amazon Prime?  If you are not involved in Amazon Prime i highly recommend you check it out.  Amazon is a mom’s best friend.  There isn’t anything you can’t get off of Amazon.  An added bonus is you can get items shipped to your front door in 2 days (or less) and you get free shipping.  #winning   

I am a big fan of Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program.  If you are unfamiliar, Subscribe and Save is an automated delivery service that has thousands of products from personal care, to household items, baby care and everything in between.  You can select the quantity and schedule that works for you from monthly deliveries to every 6 months, and shipping is ALWAYS FREE! 

There’s no commitment and you can skip or cancel deliveries at any time.  You also earn great discounts on some everyday products.  You can earn 15% off when receiving 5 or more products in a single month.  Prime members can save 20% off select baby subscriptions of diapers, baby food and more when receiving 5 or more baby related products in a given month, through the Amazon Family program. 

Once your list is set up, you can have your favorite products delivered to your door automatically.  I get baby diapers, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, toiletries, and cleaning products delivered right to my door every month.  It’s super simple and automatic making busy mom life so much easier.    

Click here for more on Amazon for Moms

I’m also a big fan of grocery home delivery services.  I have to admit, I like the idea of physically going to the supermarket and getting those steps in #fitbitjunkie, but grocery home delivery services are definitely convenient when we are short on time and looking to simplify.   

More and more supermarkets are starting to offer home delivery service so check your local supermarket or search for home delivery services in your area. 

The services that I use most often are Amazon Prime Pantry and Peapod.  My lists are set up making re-orders super simple.       

 

 

 

4.  Meal Plan 

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Having a set plan in place and knowing what meals you’ll be preparing, before preparing them is a game changer.  If you’re anything like me, the thought of not knowing what your making for dinner as dinner time is approaching stresses you out, and often leads to eating something quick and usually not the healthiest.  When you have a set plan in place, you’re intentional about what you’re feeding your family. 

How to meal Plan

  • Have a designated time each week to sit down and plan your meals.   
  • Have your weekly schedule available as your meal planing.  Plan meals that fit with your schedule.  For example plan for quick, easy meals on busy nights when time is limited and plan meals that may take a bit longer to prepare on nights that are not as busy.  
  • Create your shopping list of the ingredients you’ll need as you’re planning your menu.  This way you won’t forget ingredients needed for a meal while it’s still fresh in your head.     

 

The more you do this, the easier and quicker it becomes.  I have my meal plan and shopping list complete in 15 minutes.  

 

 

5.  Meal Prep 

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photo credit mealplanaddict.com

 

Spending time prepping your meals will save you a lot of time in the long run when you need it most. 

Here are some ways you can meal prep:

  • Wash and cut, chop or spiralize vegetables
  • Roast vegetables
  • Cook up grains, rice or beans.  (FYI, dried beans once cooked and cooled, freeze well
  • Make dressings, marinades or sauces

Timing depends on what you’re prepping but again I find the more you do it the easier and quicker it becomes.  

Having the right tools is key to successfully meal prepping.  Here are some of my favorite food prep storage.

OXO Good Grips Smart Seal Container 12 Piece Glass Container Set 

Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers 

Ball Glass Mason Jar  

 

 

6.  Have Important Conversations 

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At the beginning of every school year, I like to have conversations with my kids about important topics.  Some things we talk about are:

  • Stranger Danger
  • Appropriate vs. Inappropriate behavior
  • Bullying
  • Kindness
  • Internet safety
  • “What ifs…”  What happens if you get off the bus and no one is home?  Establish a plan.  What if I can’t pick you up and I send someone in my place?  We discuss our secret password that this person should know.
  • We go over our address and phone numbers.  

These are important conversations we need to have with our kids.  We don’t want to scare them but we do want them to be aware.  We also want our kids to know that the lines of communication are open.  They should feel safe and comfortable coming to us with anything.  

 

 

7.  Extra TLC 

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The beginning of a new school year is stressful for everyone involved.  Parents, kids, teachers… everyone feels the effects of back to school.  I always give my kids a little extra TLC during the back to school time.  We plan for family fun nights where we can all be together and have fun together.  Every family is different and schedules vary but incorporating a little family fun time is key.   

Here are some things we do:   

  • Game Night.  A fun 20 minute game of Sorry is 20 minutes well spent.  
  • Taco Tuesday.  Tuesday’s happen to be one of the rare nights during the week where we’re all home for dinner.  To keep my menu planning simple, we do Taco Tuesday usually every Tuesday. It’s something fun for everyone to look forward to.  I put out an array of fillings and everyone makes their own Taco’s. Easy, peasy and fun.  
  • Kitchen dance party.  Usually Taco night clean up is an all hands on deck extravaganza, so we’ll put on our favorite tunes over the Alexa device and we’ll rock out while we’re cleaning up small grains of rice in the tile grout.  
  • Night out on the town.  Our optimal night out is out to dinner followed by a game of bowling.  It’s a nice treat, especially as a way of celebrating back to school.  

 

Providing your kids with a safe constant in a world beyond their control is invaluable.    

 

So there you have it mama.  I hope you found these amazingly awesome back to school tips Amazingly Awesome.  If so leave me a comment below.  

 

I wish you and your kiddo’s a successful, stimulating, safe, peaceful, enriching school year.

 

The 4 Step Simply Organized System

 

I started using this 4 step visual planning system to simplify and optimize my time and it’s been a true game changer.

Here’s the breakdown…

 

Step 1 – Brainstorm

Brainstorm a list of things that need to get done for the week.  Use the questions on the left hand side to get evrything thats overcrowding your brain onto paper.  Seeing a visual of your to do’s reduces stress and overwhelm and puts things into perspective.

 

planning system

 

Step 2 – Categorize

Take your brainstorm list from Step 1 and separate them into categories.  Breaking down your to do’s visually simplifies the work load making things more “doable”.

planning system

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3  – Prioritize

In this step, you’re breaking down your categorized tasks even more by applying it to the ABCDE Method.  This method is a simple and effective technique that places priority on each of your tasks.

 

planning system

 

 

Step 4  – Schedule

In this final step, you fill in your schedule using your prioritized list.

Before you do that, you would fill in any non negotiables first –  appointments, meetings, deadlines, etc. and then fill in your tasks from step 3.

The more detailed you are in your planning, the more successful you will be at getting everything accomplished without stress and overwhelm. 

 

planning system

 

 

Since implementing this planning system, my stress level and overwhelm have decreased drastically.  Mom life is TOUGH, being organized is half the battle.

You can download this Planning System below.

 

 

 

 

Check out my new Back to School E-book.  The Back to School Survival Guide for the Naturally Minded Mom.   

Kickstart into the New School Year with this easy to read, compact, all inclusive e-book.  Get actionable tasks that you can implement immediately so you can set yourself and your family up for a smooth and successful school year.  

In this E-book I talk about common struggles that many of us moms face throughout the school year such as what and how to feed your family healthy meals,  how to keep kids healthy throughout the school year, the all so common lunchbox dilema, how to establish routines and systems and of course keeping your kids lice free.

 

About Me

About Me

Hi there!  I'm Danielle, mom blogger, visionary and dreamer.

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.  .

Read more about the girl behind the blog here

Want to live Naturally?  Click here for my FREE Natural Cleaning Guidebook

Simply Pure Mama Podcast

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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.

For more on the konmari method for moms Click Here 

 

 

 

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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Hi there!  I'm Danielle, mom blogger, visionary and dreamer.

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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