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Life Hack: Magical Mondays

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I want to walk into every Monday like my son, Benjamin! Full of life and energy, and trust me, he is up at 5 am sharp READY.

If Mondays are really hard for you and you feel like you’re draggin’ your wagon after hitting that alarm clock, I want you to know that you are not alone.  Lots of people despise Mondays for a myriad of reasons.  Maybe it’s a job that you hate, maybe you are running around all day off of fumes because you barely got any sleep the night before, or maybe you have a to-do list a mile long and you feel exhausted just thinking about it.

About two years ago, I was tired as hell of feeling down and on edge when Sunday evening would approach. I decided to change my perspective on Mondays.  I was going to a job that was not fulfilling for me, grossly underpaid, and I was just not ecstatic about my life.  The feeling sucks big time!

These are the top four things I do now that have really changed my life. If you follow these 4 steps consistently, I promise you your Mondays will look and feel less Monday-ish.

 

  1. Give thanks. Dedicate 5 to 10 minutes in the morning to closing your eyes and finding three things that you are grateful for.  We all have something to give thanks for every single day.  If you woke up to see a new day, that’s one thing right there! Repeat them over and over out loud if you need to, as you get up and get ready.  Believe that God has much more waiting for you!
  2. You don’t have to, you get to.  I got this from a beautiful mommy blogger named LauraLacquer.  She and her husband are both doctors with three of the cutest, little girls.  She says a change in perspective can change everything.  You are probably running down the list of things you have to do, which will automatically leave you feeling forced and resentful.  Instead, think of how you get to make money to provide for yourself and/or family.  You get to choose how you feel today.  You get to have a chance to be a blessing to someone else.
  3. Good vibes only.  What works for me is being aware of my energy, my attitude, my demeanor. I might listen to uplifting, positive music on the way to work or a Shanel Cooper-Sykes video.  I might call or text hubby and say something sweet. Basically, anything that is not feeding me good vibes, I stay away from as much as possible.  Whether it’s the gossiping co-worker (because if she’s always telling you about someone else then, she’s talking about you too!) or that family member who just gets on your last nerve, find a way to stay positive.  You can choose to have a great day!

So I know there are 10,001 reasons why you do not like Mondays and it’s easier to just play the blame game/ throw a pity party but, it won’t make your Monday or any other day of the week better.  Let’s commit to making Mondays magical, moving, and motivational instead.

How do you make your Mondays better? Comment below if you are up for the challenge!


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My Top 3 Natural, Summer Baby Staples

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                                           photos by www.malcolmdaviephotography.com

Summer’s here and I’m so excited that it’s the first summer where I can actually take Benjamin different places. Last summer he was still fresh out the box and I was adjusting to being a new mommy.

This time around, I’ve been trying my best to take him somewhere every day, and somewhere new at least twice a month. Hopefully, we can squeeze in some flights out of the state too. This mama gets restless when she does not see different scenery every few months.

With all of this outdoor time and running around, I’ve come across some natural, summer baby items that I currently use or have just ordered.

1. Baby Bum mineral sunscreen– this plant-based, hypoallergenic product line for babies is one of my top three right now. The mineral sunscreen is what I use on Benjamin and I love it!

I plan on trying some of their other products but, for now this sunscreen is a part of the daily morning routine before we leave the house. This super cute packaging is what caught my attention in Target!

2. Do Terra TerraShield– finding a natural bug repellant that actually works took me forever! Now that Benjamin is here, I’ve been paranoid about him getting bit by mosquitoes and other summer critters. I’ve been hearing about Do Terra for a while and figured this would be a great time to see if this product could keep the bugs away without all of the chemicals and toxins.

2. Once Upon a Farm baby food pouches– finally, organic baby food with fresh ingredients and no preservatives! I love the fact that these pouches are not sitting on a store shelf for God only knows how long. After blending, they are cold-pressed and refrigerated.

I found them in Target recently and had to stop myself from buying too many at once. They are pricier than the other brands of baby food pouches but, you get what you pay for.  These are great for those summer outings when baby needs a quick snack!

 

What are some natural baby products that you can’t do without this summer?


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Vegan Baby or Nah?

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As Benjamin is about to turn a year old (next week Saturday, June 2 to be exact), I am constantly thinking about all of the decisions my husband and I have to make.  Ever since he was born, it seems like there is always something that threatens to really stress me out. First, it was what formula to give him as a supplement to breastfeeding, then it was to sleep train or not, what to do about daycare and me returning work (by far the MOST stressful of them all!).

Now that he is eating more food and drinking less milk, I am faced with the question, Do we raise him vegan/ vegetarian?

I know firsthand the benefits that living a plant-based lifestyle has given me (conceiving naturally despite having PCOS) so, I felt like I would be doing my child a disservice by feeding him foods that, in my opinion, would not give him the best health. We’re raising a future leader with a great future and his health needs to be the last thing to get in his way!

After talking to my husband (who is a meat-eater) and doing some research, we decided to allow him to eat meat when the time comes but, only certain types of meat.  This means antibiotic-free, free-range meats only and even then he will probably only eat meat sparingly. I knew for a fact that I did not want him drinking cow’s mil so, we decided to transition him to Ripple milk (made from pea protein) after getting off of the Earth’s Best Organic formula.  Can I add that Ripple tastes so good I’ve been drinking it myself instead of my usual almond milk.

I asked other plant-based moms for suggestions and scoured the internet for any credible information that would help. My concern was him getting enough protein with the transition to dairy-free milk and no meat/little meat but, so far, so good! The Ripple milk is 8 grams of protein per serving and I feed him lots of the same non-meat protein-packed foods that I eat.   He has been eating chickpeas, tofu, and avocado very well, which I am glad about.

I’m going to see what his pediatrician says at his 12-month check-up but, my mind is pretty made up.  We won’t restrict him from eating meat if he chooses to do so but, his diet will be primarily plant-based.

Are you raising vegan, vegetarian or plant-based kiddos?  If so, what obstacles did you come across?


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8 Month Update

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Baby boy is 8 months old now.  It’s hard to believe just how much life has changed in the past few months!

I expected to be a big crybaby right about now watching him crawl, pull up on everything, and get teeth but, I feel more grateful than anything.  Most of you know my journey with PCOS and getting pregnant naturally.  It is surreal  looking at his little face and thinking of all the years I wondered when and if I would have a little one of my own. He is more than I could have ever envisioned.

I’m still trying to find my footing when it comes to this whole mom-wife-work-home-life thing.  Some days are better than others but, I’m learning it’s okay to set boundaries and protect my peace (something I wish I stuck to shortly after having Benjamin).

Milestones this month

-crawls everywhere

-pulls up and stands

-says ‘Dada’ and ‘Mama’

-has 1 tooth and another one coming in

favorite foods: sweet potato, banana, oatmeal, avocado, applesauce

– still does not sleep straight through the night (5 hours at a time… tops)