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Before having our son my husband and I had fabulous weekend long dates full of fun and adventure. Now that we have parental responsibilities (to a son that we absolutely love and adore), the date night thing can be tricky. Between finding the time in my husband’s busy work schedule and coordinating with someone to watch the baby, date nights can easily turn into more work than play.
My husband and I try our best to go out at least once or twice a month but is that truly enough? Should intimacy be limited to one or two nights a month? Often times we try to set aside time to connect at home after the baby is asleep. This usually means Netflix and some ice cream, and often results in the two of us on our phones candy crushing or facebooking.
So when I came across the Date Night In subscription box I was thrilled! The idea of someone preparing an intimate and creative date and delivering it to my door was a dream come true.
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For a busy mama, making breakfast and lunch day after day can be an exhausting and unnecessary task. To save time and energy throughout my week I have started meal prepping.
I had seen multiple friends do it and thought about doing it for a while, so I finally made the decision to give it a shot. First things first, I needed the right tools to make this go as smoothly as possible (the goal is to make LESS work not more).
Here is a compilation of my personal Go-To tools for meal prepping:
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Decorating your nursery; by far one of the most exciting activities in preparation for Baby’s arrival. Many pregnant mamas will feel that “nesting” itch; especially in the third trimester when The Day is so quickly approaching. Boy did I get it full force! My husband was deployed to Japan and I was growing restless in anticipation for our little bundle of joy to arrive.
I have always been a crafty person (as well as a thrifty one) so I jumped at the chance to make my nursery decorations from scratch (saving us a bit of money in the process). Deciding to DIY it also gave me the freedom to go with any theme I could come up with. Those who know me were not shocked to find out that I chose both a Disney AND a book theme: A Little Golden Book. These classic books had a look to them that I just adored and they offered many Disney versions.
Now that I had a theme and a plan, I had to come up with the decorations themselves. I wanted to be careful not to overwhelm the room (thus over stimulating the baby) with my theme so instead I added some subtle touches. By doing so I was also able to save quite a bit of money by not loading up on a ton of themed merchandise.
Although the following projects are specific to my nursery theme, they can easily be adapted to fit any theme; from nautical to princess to even jungle. Here are my simple, yet adorable (in my opinion) nursery decorations:
One of my all time favorites is a classic beef stew. To keep it simple and easy I threw together this fabulous recipe that will make you seem like Betty Crocker herself (nobody will ever have to know how little effort went into it)!
“Me time”. We take it when we can get it; during naptime, at 11 PM when you know you should be catching up on sleep…even hiding in the bathroom.
As moms we dedicate our lives to our family and we do it proudly. There is no shame in loving what you do as a mother and wife but there’s also no shame in taking time for yourself. A “time out” of sorts. There’s nothing wrong with pretending you had to pee for 5 minutes so you could beat a few levels in Candy Crush. It’s okay to ask their dad to give them a bath so you can shower in peace. And there is definitely no harm in having hobbies that have nothing to do with your children or husband.
Here are a few of my favorite Mom Time Outs: