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Mother’s Day Gifts Working Moms Really Deserve

May 8th, 2016 | 2 comments

Happy Mother’s day! You deserve a day of pampering, filled love, appreciation and joy! In honor of you I’ve gathered some of my favorite women to share some of their gifts that you really deserve. While most of them fit into a gift-wrapped box they are gifts you can give yourself every day of the year.

I hope you are inspired by these these self-care tips, practical advice and divine goddess wisdom. Happy Mother’s Day to you mama! Enjoy your day and take a little time to nourish your soul,Cheers!

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Gift of Support

Busy career women need a strong partner. Not just to open that jar of spaghetti sauce but a true ally in the day-to-day raising of children, managing the home and in support of their careers.  Emily of Women, Work and Life mentions ways how men can support women in their career and it’s a beautiful thing!

Men Take Note: What women really want for mothers day

 

Gift of time

So not all gifts come in a Tiffany box, but giving yourself the gift of time and freedom from stress is almost more valuable. Monica at Redefining Mom never holds back and her five tips on how to manage your busy mom life are the best. So go ahead and give yourself the gift of sanity.

5 Practical Time Management Tips for Working Moms

 

Gift of Recognition

And don’t forget the other working moms at your work. They deserve a little props for all the work they do too. Lori of Mindful Return gives some great suggestions on how you can recognize and appreciate other working moms you work with!

Celebrate your mother colleagues this Mother’s Day

 

Gift of Love

When we give love we get so much more in return. Courtney’s moving love-note to her cutie daughter Madeline is a great reminder of why we endure this motherhood thing, after all. It’ll make you wanna hug your little cutie a little bit more.

Celebrating my daughter on Mother’s Day

 

Gift of Peace

Life is stressful. Sometimes stress is thrown at you like when your child has a 102 degree fever or when your business goes through a reorganization and you don’t know what’s gonna happen to your job. Whatever life challenges us with, the key to finding PEACE among the chaos is about how we DEAL in the moment that counts. My Mother’s Day Momtra (mantra for moms) is a simple tool to help you relax IN THE MOMENT!

Mothers Day Momtra

 

Enjoy your special day today Mama! You deserve it!

What gifts are you looking forward to getting today? Leave comment below!

 

Mom self-care planner

May 1st, 2016 | 1 comment

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You’ve seen the sign “No shirt no shoes no service”. Well some days you have hit your limit and the sign should say “no sleep, no patience, no sanity”. We get run down, overworked, sleep-deprived, emotional, and it all starts to snowball until you just NEED A BREAK!

Have you ever felt this way? I sure have!

It all boils down to self-care for a mom (or lack of it.) Yeah, yeah, we have heard this a million times. But what IS self-care really about? Is it just a spa-day every once in a while? Is it sitting on a meditation cushion every day? Those are all nice but how realistic is that in our BUSY lives.

Here is how I define Momma Self-Care:

Moments, hours, or days spent in solitude that recharge your energy, level your emotions, heal and fulfill your soul that will ultimately make you a better mom.

A couple key things to keep in mind:

  • The benefits of self-care happen instantly like through some deep breaths or happen over the course of hours or days like at a retreat. We need room for BOTH types in our lives to have energy for this marathon of motherhood.
  • There is nothing selfish about being in solitude. Being alone without the demands of a crying baby or having to make another meal or the pressure of a work-team is NECESSARY to regain your energy. Oh, and if being alone makes you uncomfortable, it’s time to get requited with yourself.
  • If every break from your kids includes hangin’ with girlfriends or being around people, it may be more taxing on your energy than you realize. Consider mixing it up with a long walk by yourself.
  • Recharging your energy is all about slowing down, relaxing, stopping the busy mind and taking a break.
  • We deal with a lot of emotions, we experience the gambit of emotions as a mother and finding space to process and letting go of that baggage is necessary. This can only be done when you are away from it all.
  • We all need our hearts and souls to heal. Healing from birth trauma, postpartum depression, isolation of maternity leave, fears of failure as a mom, guilt from working too much…all can be healed through time spent processing and loving ourselves enough to take a self-care day.

I’m not saying that taking some time for self-care is a good idea I’m saying it so necessary that we should think of it as part of our hygiene.

 

Mom self-care is like a beauty regime for your soul.

 

Taking time to feel better should be as ingrained into our habits as brushing our teeth. But society, our mother’s generation and frankly on a cellular level it’s so ingrained in us to perceive this as selfish and bad. So we just have to embrace and heal that part of our dark past and welcome a new way of looking at caring for ourselves.

I also believe that frequency and duration are important. I was encouraged by a Mindful Magazine study that showed the lengths of meditations that bring the optimal benefit in relation to their lifestyle and the working mothers benefited most from a quarterly one-day retreat (as opposed to daily meditation or weekly one-hour sessions, etc.) This confirmed my intuition that for busy working moms we need a plan to get the right amount of recharge time into our lives at the right time.

So I made the Momma-Care Planner. It is a great worksheet for you to brainstorm daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual ways to regain your energy. How about that THAT for hygiene!?

 

Momma-Care Planner steps:
  1. Print it out and find some alone-time. Make it special by lighting a candle or play some lovely music
  2. Write out ideas: In the Ideas section write out your favorite and NEW ways for self-care. Dream mama, don’t be afraid to write done something you have never done before.
  3. Figure out when: In the When? Section think of times when it will fit in a reoccuring day of the week, specific day or month on the calendar
  4. Bonus section: this is the really fun part, where you can image something grand. Enjoy!
  5. Schedule: Get out your paper calendar or Shared calendar ( I use a shared Google Calendar) and schedule it up. Allowing your partner to see will hold you accountable and let them know you are committed to taking care of yourself. The second page of the planner has some examples for some inspiration.

Click here to download your PLANNER

Leave a comment below with some self-care ideas you have so we all can get inspired!

Classes moms should take

April 10th, 2016 | no comments

Classes mom should take in college ThriveMomma

I may not win any awards for this but… I know our complete pantry, fridge and freezer inventory at any given moment. It may not seem like much, but any mama who struggles to keep bread in the house past Wednesday can appreciate the immensity of that. Keeping your kitchen inventory in your head is like the mom-world equivalent of a Emmy or a Grammy.

You know what? Shoot, there SHOULD be an award for that! I’ve got a rhythm down, I know my clans eating habits and I’ve got food eating and food purchasing down to a weekly science. HOT DAMN. That’s it, I’m gonna create the “Planys” awards for all the badass moms who successfully plan and manage their homes. Accepting nominations now 🙂

The reality is that you have a child and you are expected to successfully raise a tiny human, to know how to meal plan, buy healthy on a budget and manage a household and take care of yourself at the same time.

This is on-the-job training where your fails are on display for everyone to see.

But it didn’t always come so easy for me. We were constantly running out of stuff, over buying produce and dreading the “what’s for dinner?” question. Do you struggle with the same pain? The problem is not you…it’s that we didn’t learn this stuff in college, ya’know!

Now that I’m a mom, these are the classes that I WISH they taught in college:

LISTENING TO AND TRUSTING YOURSELF: So much of the exercise of motherhood is developing your intuitive muscle. As our technology evolved, the volume on our guiding voice went way down. Our secret mom super-power is not reserved for the mom who looks like she’s got it all together (besides, she doesn’t). But it lives in all of us. Slowing down to hear the tiny voice is the real work!

Homework: keep an intuition journal and write down each time you trusted your intuition. It’s way more often than you expect and it’s tangible evidence of your genius.

TIME MANAGEMENT FOR BUSY MOMS 101: We do an ungodly amount of stuff for at least 3 human beings every day,  365 a year! On top of that we work, we maintain the social calendar, we plan birthday parties, we make time for friends, etc. Keeping all of that straight takes tools, time and, eh hem, may I suggest, TRAINING. There is a reason I created the Time Management for Busy Moms workshop. So many busy moms feel like they are behind the eight ball. Don’t feel bad if you can’t manage it all. You can’t, no one can. And no mom should manage it all, by herself.

Managing your time is all about getting your priorities aligned with how you WANT to spend your time on. And learning how to say NO, deciding what you can delegate and finding out what you can outsource.

Extra credit: write down three things that you HATE doing each week (i.e. folding laundry, paying bills, going to three grocery stores for food) and write down who you can delegate to, who you can outsource to or simply write down NO if you can stop doing it.

MEAL PLANNING aka TIME MANAGEMENT 201 If you are thinking about what you are going to make for dinner that night on your commute home…that is too late! In fact spending 30 min at the start of each week can actually save you hours of panic and frustration.

Cheat sheet: The dirty little secret about meal planning is that the first step has nothing to do with food or the kitchen. It has everything to do with your time and how much or little you have to cook. Set aside some quiet time, light a candle and make meal planning something to look forward to. Here are some of my favorite meal planning tips.

LONG TERM RELATIONSHIPS: Our society is really good at closing the deal with the wedding hoopla but, holy cow, a marriage with kids is a PHD level curriculum. A committed relationship is a daily, conscious choice to show up and be there for each other…through the good, the bad and the mundane. Evolving together is the key, yet it’s too easy to drift away.

Open book test: My hubby and I swear by the 3 ‘ations of a happy marriage. 1. Communication. 2. Vacation and 3. Fornication (with each other). You have those firing on all cylinders and you have a healthy marriage.

STOPPING THE MADNESS WITH MINDFULNESS. There are facts and then there are the “facts” we make up in our heads. We can weave some tight webs of stories, lies and torture for ourselves if we are left in a room alone to think. Mindfulness helps to break habitual thought, and have enough self-awareness to rise above our own bs. If you can rise above only 1 out of 10 times…total win.

Mid-term test: Try mindfully doing a simple task. Brush your teeth mindfully. When a thought enters your mind focus back on the bristles on your gums. You will pleasantly be surprised how even that sliver of time can relax your busy mind. You could also try mindfully eating as well.

FUN: HOW TO BE AN ADULT WITHOUT HAVING TO GROW UP. Having a mortgage, raising the next generation and increasing shareholder value is a tremendous responsibility! What do taxes and breastfeeding babies have in common? They suck the life out of you. Remembering to always have fun and to not take life so seriously is the key to happiness!

Extra credit: Who you surround yourself with is key. Reach out to some local moms and make some new mom-friends!

REDEFINING YOURSELF AND SELF-CARE: This should be a pre-requisite for all majors. Motherhood changes you. It changes our biology, your physiology, your priorities and whoever you were in the past. We need to learn how to reinvent ourselves from the inside out with dignity, with support and with a hot-ass pair of skinny jeans (because skinny jeans solve a lot of problems).

Final exam: Look at yourself in the mirror. No REALLY look at yourself in the mirror, the way that you lovingly gaze in amazement at your beautiful child. Say “I love you” to yourself in the mirror. Keep saying it until you mean it. Keep saying it until you FEEL it. Now YOU can feel the love that you give out to world all day long.

Ok, ok. Now that I’m a mom I realized that there ARE classes in college that I SHOULD have taken:

  • Child development
  • Child psychology
  • Finance
  • Bowling (I’m a terrible bowler)

Are you going to do your homework, Missy!? Now that you are a mom, leave a comment below the classes do you wish you would have taking in college?

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Speaking of classes. I”m very excited to share with you very soon that two of my most popular workshops: Return to Work After Maternity Leave and Time Management for Busy Moms will soon be online classes later this year!

Moms Making Memories online summit

March 26th, 2016 | no comments

I’m honored to be one of the 21 amazing women who will be interviewed for the Moms Making Memories free online summit!

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Elizabeth gathered premier  experts on health, wellness, mom-life, parenting experts and more so that you can have some sanity in your busy life!

I’ll be talking about how:

1.  How I birthed ThriveMomma for one of the most traumatic times in my life…going back to work after maternity leave
2.  How can busy moms incorporate mindfulness and balance into their busy schedules
3.  What the heck time management and what little things can you do today to get organzied
4.  Some of my favorite work/life balance tactics
5.  Return to the workplace after maternity leave tips and tricks
Each interview is an easy 20 min and they are delivered to your inbox daily.
After the interview you can download my Time Management for Busy Moms Essentials guide + a BONUS!

Sign up for the summit

and I know you will enjoy them all!

Cheers!

New years intention not a resolution

January 16th, 2016 | no comments

Before you get swept away in the hoopla of new years resolution consider making an INTENTION instead.

New year intention ThriveMomma Elaine McGhee

As I look back at 2015 with all it’s highs and lows I realize that I didn’t stick to my ESP resolution. More energy, sleep and play. I have a busy, big, beautiful life and I didn’t stick to being aware of my energy, I sure as well went to bed too late and had my share of fun but not on the daily.

I fell short on my goals because I didn’t leave room for life to happen. For example, my daughter refused to sleep through the night for 5 months = tired mama. I also didn’t make time in my schedule for play. Let’s get those date nights on the Google Calendar, honey! So, that’s why this year I’m ditching the resolution and going for a New Years Intention instead!

Words matter and the choice of words determine how we behave. For example, I’m OVER the use of “bullets” in Powerpoint slide. Or the brainstorm room at work is called the “war room”.  Are we in a war at work? (Might feel like it sometimes). Even the word resolution feels bad. And being so resolute in our attempt to better ourselves, well it actually sets us up for failure…here’s why. 

An intention leaves room for error, falling off the wagon or the inevitable delays that only a projectile vomiting in a restaurant child can cause. I will never think of a Danish Bakery the same again! (Yes, we were on a wonderful, surprisingly stress-free family vacation until my youngest proceeds to spew blue frosted cookie shrapnel ALL over me, and my new UGG boots. Some mom-survival mode kicked in and my mom and I immediately rushed to the bathroom, she bought me and my daughter some clothes at the store across the street and we were back in our seats before the coffee cooled! Grandmas rule!)

New years intention ThriveMomma
A resolution feels too rigid, absolute, and even a bit dark. Whereas, an intention is a daily choice to stick with the workout plan, to not eat that snickerdoodle, or to wake up 10 min early to meditate. 

Resolutions are:

  • terminal, focused on the end result
  • desperately holding onto (for dear life) a specific outcome
  • a bit harsh and dark

Intentions are:

  • directional, about the journey
  • allow for letting go of a specific outcome in favor of general goodness
  • optimistic and supportive

Even saying those two words out loud FEELS different. If wanted to go on a date with one of those words it would be intentions, for SURE. But even beyond the sound and meaning of the words. Making a commitment to yourself at the start of the year IS a beautiful act of self-care that should be celebrated!

I’ve been feeling a strong desire to set an intention this year so here it goes:

“My intention is for health and vitality. To live, love, parent and work form my highest good. Also to manifest (and let go of the outcome) beyond my wildest dreams. To step fully into my own greatness so I can be in-the-moment as a kick-ass woman, wife, mom, sister, daughter, soul sister and friend!” BAM!

And the hardest part about intentions is LETTING GO! Allowing the goodness in your life to unfold in divine timing. More on THAT in upcoming blogs!

Reply back with your INTENTIONS for 2016 and we can celebrate together!

And if you are a Southern Cali women and your intention is to finally get organized and smoothly running your household, join us for the:

Thriving as a Busy Mom workshop series✨ starting this month!

Spaces still available, Click here to reserve your spot.

Working moms guide to more by doing less

November 14th, 2015 | 1 comment

I’ll take a cue from The Notorious B.I.G and instead of “mo money mo problems”, for moms it should be “mo more mo problems”. We have a big problem and it’s that so much more is required of us a working mothers.

working mom's guide to having more by doing less ThriveMomma

 

After the birth of my second daughter, MORE was my theme. More poop, more mouths to feed, more people needing my time and attention, and more mom guilt. But also more mom confidence, more love in my heart for two amazing children and more appreciation for my man’s mad daddy skillzzzzz.  While there was an external push on me for more I was beginning to feel the internal rebellion for less.

There is pressure to work more, the guilt to be with the kids more, the desire to have more fun, the need to make more time for myself, and more exhaustion from concurrently running a household, a career, raising people and healing myself. I feel exhausted, under-fulfilled, super thankful for an abundant life yet at the same time suffocating in stuff. Could less be the answer?

The list of extremes and wanting less while doing more goes on infinitely. I have a calling within me to stop the Tasmanian devil spin of my life and just cut the crap. Reset my life and start doing the shit that REALLY matters. Could I raise my kids without the media, the sugar, the BS of society, religious or family demands? Could I live on a farm and be content feeding sheep? The answer to that extreme is a NO, for me. But I’m on a mission to find the middle ground. The middle ground between an Amish sheep herder versus where my life might end up if I continue this superficial path.

So I want to commit to getting more of the “stuff” that really matters. Here are the mores that I want:

  • More contentment with what IS in my life. This means I need to come to terms with the fact that despite how much material stuff we have, it’s not filling me up. More contentment is also about accepting what is: good and bad. My resistance to any given situation causes me more pain than the actual situation. Eckhart Tolle says “Stress is being here and wanting to be there”. I need to resist the labels that I place on my lot in life and look at it through a lens of acceptance. Real peace starts there.
  • More quietness in my mind. I should read my old blog posts because this is all about MAKING time for stillness. And technically, you can’t actually MAKE time, you can make time for it in your schedule. Quietness for me is: meditation, dance, lovely music, nature hike, etc. Making time for stillness is key and for me that means less social media or less zoning out on the sweet necter of tv.
  • More real connection with my family. Playtime uninterrupted by dishes/laundry/cleaning is real connection. Sitting at arm’s length and actively listening to the musings of y preschooler is pure joy. This again takes time and setting the intention. I’ve started to not do any laundry on Saturday so we can enjoy the day. Baby steps!
  • More “non-time”. At first I started to write, “more free time”, but that implies that I’m somehow not free in my life. Non-time is about doing whatever the hell I want. No schedules, no rules, no agenda, no plan, no expectations. Can I tell you, that I don’t even know how to do that anymore! Kids do this naturally but being a respectable, stand-up adult has squished that out of me. I’m working on this one. And just being aware of it has helped me allow spontaneity to happen every once in a while. The ironic part is that you need to schedule non-time in order for it to happen.
  • More energy. I use my energy level as the barometer for everything in my life. How does interacting with this person make me feel? Am I up for a hike or gentle yoga? Does sending this email suck my energy or energize me? I want to align my daily activities with what boosts my energy not deplete it. This includes what I eat, what I say, what I think, what I practice and how I interact with people. This is a conscious effort to say NO to stuff, to not “do  it all” and to mama-tiger protect my well-being.

I guess I can’t avoid “more” happening to me in this busy life but I can start to focus on the “mores” that will bring the genuine happiness that I’m seeking.

What do you want more of in your life and what do you want less of?

How to financially prepare for baby

October 21st, 2015 | no comments

I always talk about The Three B’s when going back to work. Preparing your Baby, your Boss and your Brain to go back  after maternity leave. Well there is a forth B….your BUDGET! Troy is my guest blogger today talking about the real deal when it comes to your money and your baby’s future!

Preparing your budget for baby - ThriveMomma

Its 2:26 AM January 29, 2015; there are few times in one’s life that you remember the minute in which your life changes forever.  This is the moment that I officially became a father.  As I looked down at this tiny 7lb 13oz, gray little creature I finally knew what pure love was.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am passionately in love with my beautiful wife… but there is something different about this.  Something uniquely immortal.  The best way I can describe it is when The Grinch’s heart grows three times its size (but luckily mine didn’t start out as small as his).

You are probably asking yourself, that is touching and all… but what does that have to do with financial planning?  Well, let me tell you!

As with most things in life, intention outweighs action.   As a certified financial planner  I speak to people who have young children,  or even grown children, about planning for that child’s future education I almost always get a resounding “Yeah, I’ve been meaning to talk to someone about that but I just keep forgetting to get around to it.” Or in the case of having grown children “Yeah, I wish I had talked to someone about this when they were young but by the time I got around to it, it seemed like it was too late to start.”

My response to both scenarios is that there will always be something else that is “more important” that pops up and then I usually ask them a question “When is the best time to plant an Oak Tree?” After a confused look and a quick thought of “Has this guy been listening to me?” I get some non-committal answer or a shoulder shrug.  My response is of course “Absolutely! 100 years ago!” (Even greater confused look) Follow up question “When is the second best time to plant an Oak Tree?” (Look of Okay.. this guy has lost it).  My answer then comes “Today”.

The moral of the story is that everyone wishes they had started eating better and working out BEFORE beach season is here.  Now, since we cannot go back in time and plant that Oak Tree 100 years ago, the next best thing we can do is plant that seed today (start saving for ourselves and especially the next generation).

Here is the most common question I get from new parents:

“Should I open one of those government college account things (aka 529 college savings account)?”

A quick summary of a “529 plan” is simply this… It is a tax code and nothing more.  It is a tax code that essentially says you can use pre-tax dollars to put money aside for your children’s (or grand children’s) future qualified education.   At first glance this looks great right? Using pre-tax dollars to put money aside for educational purposes? (Before going on I should point out that each plan is set up differently in different states and can be used for tax deduction purposes when applicable)

But what happens if you sweet little baby decides not to go to college one day?  What if they decide to go to receive an education from an “unqualified institution”?  What if they decide to start their own business? You as the owner of the account will take on massive penalties and taxes to access that money.  Not to mention this money is invested directly into the stock market which if you were alive in 2008 will remember that that might not be the best place for your money.

Here at Havins Financial we have a few requirements when it comes to saving our money whether it is for ourselves or for the next generation:

  1. A savings account should be AUTOMATIC and saved for the point of saving it
  2. It should have growth potential with ZERO market risk (aka you CANNOT lose principal)
  3. It should be accessible for WHATEVER you need that money for, i.e. education, start a business, down payment on a house, retirement, etc.
  4. There should be ZERO penalties for accessing your own money

A week or so after my wife and I decided to start her life off as best as we possibly could and in one small yet powerful aspect of that we decided to start putting away $100 for her future.  (WARNING: numbers nerd alert)  That translates to $1200 a year, and if that amount is kept up from the month of her birth until the day she turns 65 is $78,000.  Averaging 8% return, which is a modest return when there is absolutely ZERO risk of losing principal, what do you think that initial 78k will blossom into? A whopping 2.2 MILLION dollars!! TAX FREE!!!  No, I did not mistype that, or miscalculate.  That is simply utilizing compound interest correctly over a long period of time.

Now again, you might be saying to yourself, well I didn’t start putting money into an account like that when my child was a month old so I guess I shouldn’t do it at all.  Just because you didn’t plant that seed 100 years ago doesn’t mean that if you do not plant it now that it wouldn’t be strong and beautiful tree 100 years from now!  If we can help plant your financial Oak seeds, please let us know.  Check me out at www.havinsfinancial.com for your complimentary consultation to see how I can help your seeds of today grow into financial security for you and your family!

Troy M Havins

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Are you prepared financially for baby? Leave a comment or question below!

 

Natural DIY Baby Products

October 10th, 2015 | no comments

Happy to bring you a guest post from Edna Thomson who breaks down how to make some of the most commonly used baby products. I remember when my girls were  babies and their skin was ultra sensitive and I worried about the harsh chemicals in our household. If you have the time and desire to make these natural

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Some people decide to use products that they make themselves. They clean their homes with DIY detergents, use their own products for personal care. What about when it comes to your baby? Would you prefer to use cosmetics that are commercials or you would rather do it the natural way?

Most of the commercial products for babies are not the best choice. They contain chemicals that can actually affect badly to the skin and the organism of the new born. Baby’s skin is really soft and it absorbs anything you put on it. Therefore it is really important to use natural products. Of course, there are companies that produce only natural baby cosmetics, but they are actually really expensive and not everyone can afford it. Here are some natural and more inexpensive solutions when it comes to the hygiene of your baby.

Cloth diaper is more natural and cheaper. Babies rarely get rash. But you should not use commercial diaper cream, because it will leave the smell. But here is a natural home-made diaper cream that will not cause such troubles and helps dealing with rash.

Natural home-made diaper cream

Use half a cup of coconut oil, 1 spoon calendula and one of chamomile, a quarter cup of shea butter and one tsp arrowroot (or you can use zinc oxide powder). Put a couple of cm of water in a sauce in medium high, then melt the coconut oil and add it into the water. Put the two flowers in the water. Let it boil for sixty minutes on low heat. After the hour carefully remove all the flowers with a strainer. Then with a fork or a immersion mix the shea with the arrowroot and the coconut oil. After you are done put the cream in little jars.

Most of baby oils are based on petroleum.Can you believe it?!. Of course, there is a better way:

DIY Baby Oil

A cup of organic oil of olive, 2 spoons of calendula and 2 of chamomile is all you need. The calendula and chamomile are put into a jar, then the oil. You need to put a lid on. Storage it in a dark, cool shelf and shake it every day for seven weeks. When you happen to see the orange oil, it means that it is ready. This oil is rich in vitamins and calms the baby’s skin.

Most of the powders for babies contain talc, which is not healthy for your infant. A natural way will be the perfect way.

DIY Baby Powder

You need arrowroot powder – a half of cup and 1 tsp of chamomile. You need to powder then in a blender. Mix the two ingredients and put them in a jar. You can use it regularly and will not harm your baby.

DIY Baby Lotion

Baby Lotions may be made at home, too. You need a half of cup of oil of olive or Almond ¼ cup of oil of coconut and the same amount of beeswas. You can put oil of vitamin E – one spoon and coco butter or shea butter, vanilla extract or whatever you like. Use a big jar to put the ingredients in it  and a couple of centimetres of water. Put a lid on it and stir it until the ingredients melt. Then put it into other jars. You can use it regularly like any other lotion. It moisturise the baby’s skin. Six months is the life of the home-made baby lotion.

DIY Baby Wash

Babies do not need shampoos and soaps. They have natural oils that protects baby’s skin and it is better not to wash it off. You can use microfibre cloths to clean the baby or castille soap both for shampoo and soap. This soap is made of olive and soda, so it will not cause any harm.

Home made products are one really good alternative if you want to keep it natural. It is cheap, it is healthier and does not harm your baby’s organism and skin. Better be safe than sorry.

This article was provided by ProCarpetCleaners Ltd. who have a passion for organic alternatives and DIY for healthier homes and families.

 

 

Welcome to Momtra Week

September 29th, 2015 | no comments

Hey Mama,

It’s Momtra week! What is a Momtra? Something to inspire, remind, uplift and support us in our mom-journey. Today is all about the process we go through as mothers…it’s not perfect but we are still magnificent women!!!!

Go easy on yourself if your kid throws a tantrum in aisle 3, you have a Pinterest fail or you are just plain ‘ole exhausted. The goal is to learn and find peace of mind. 💙💚💛

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Join us Saturday. Oct 3 for Balance, Presence and Intuition for Busy Moms workshop to learn some ways to find calm !!!

5 non-photo album ways to remember your vacation

September 4th, 2015 | 1 comment

vacation memories ThriveMommaYou had me at, swim-up bar. We had the chance to take our second annual kid-free vacation with some friends, and I have to say, I needed it for my marriage.  Four straight days chilling in a big house doing whatever the heck we wanted. No bedtimes, no picky eating, no toys squabbles, no screaming and best of all, no whining!

Motherhood: Four days a year when you can do whatever the hell you want.

What is it about vacation that is so rejuvenating? Answer: the magical lack of laundry!  But on a deeper level, the escape from reality made me realize a few things about vacations:

  • Your routine is busted so you don’t fall into the same energetic rut
  • Your surroundings are new and often beautiful and inspiring. Your day becomes an adventure.
  • Aside from the fact that you don’t have to WORK, you get to spontaneous (what’s that?!)
  • You wake up with a sense of wonder, appreciation, excitement, and/or contentment

As busy women we have every moment scheduled, we may work too much and of course we care for baby 24/7. Vacation gives us a chance to relax, be adventurous and most importantly, HAVE FUN. Don’t let the fun-loving spirit of summer fade.

Here’s how you can bring a little summer vacation joy back into your everyday life:

  • Memento move. A lovely photo or a tchotchke can keep that holiday memory alive. But find a new spot for it every once in a while like your car, a closet wall or even surprise yourself by putting it in a drawer you don’t open that much.
  • Make a vacation shrine. Find a little shelf where you can gather ticket stubs, river rocks, a silly photo or anything that you got on your trip. Visit that shelf when you feel down, overwhelmed
  • Schedule up the next one. The quickest way to excited again about vacation is to book another one! Staycation, weekend camping, even camping in your own backyard. Vacation isn’t real until it’s on your Google calendar.
  • Be a storyteller. I still tell the story of how I hailed a taxi with my college friend in Munich and halfway through drive to our hostel we realize that we actually just hoped in some dude’s BMW who stopped at the red light in front of us. I get to re-live that beer-soaked, fun night over and over with every story.
  • Let the good times, snore. Right before you lay down to sleep think about your fabulous trip, feel the good feeling in your body and then drift off to sleep. Often we are running our to-dos or mulling over that Facebook post instead of gently drifting off to la la land. Feeling happy as you fall asleep helps your mind, body and spirit.

So as summer winds down, it’s still not too late to feel the warmth of a sandy beach on your toes, even if it’s from the comfort of your own mind.