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10 Things to do When Your BFF Becomes a New Mom

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So your BFF is becoming a new mom! Whether you are a mom or not, you might be wondering what you can do to help.Becoming a mom for the first time is one of the most life-changing events. No amount of organizing or cleaning can really prepare you for how life is about to change.It can be overwhelming, anxiety-inducing, and just plain hard at times. Support from family and friends can make all the difference!If you haven’t already you should check out my posts on How to Support Your Wife as a New Mom and How to Support Your Husband as a New Dad.As a friend or family member, there are many ways you can help ease the transition into motherhood. I did some reflecting on my own time as a first time mom and here is what I came up with. This Post is sponsored by Little Nest Boutique, Moose and Goose Studio, and Sweet Vintage Designs. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.1. Help her register. If you are a mom yourself, there is no one better than you to help your BFF register for her…

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5 Ways to Relax When you are a Busy Mom Strapped for Time

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My day consists of working full time as a preschool teacher but it doesn’t stop there. I am also a wife, a mom of two, and a new blogger. Not to mention I try to live a healthy lifestyle which can also be time consuming. Most nights I am asleep by 12 AM or later and up at 5:30 AM. I try to catch a little time to breathe after work before coming home to the kids. By the time the they go down, I am too tired to do anything for myself.Sound familiar? Well, I decided to put together a list with links of quick and practical, yet relaxing ideas to do when you are strapped for time but in desperate need of some ME time. This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase something from one of these links I get a small fee. Don’t worry though, I only recommend things I use and love.Sit down with a nice cup of coffee. My absolute favorite way to relax is to sit down with a homemade mocha. One thing I look forward to every Saturday morning is actually sitting down to drink my…

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Living on One Income-Are You Financially Ready?

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  Making the Decision to Stay HomeDeciding to be a stay-at-home mom (or dad) is a HUGE decision. Maybe you are the parent who always knew they wanted to stay home. Or, you might be the parent that said you would NEVER stay home. Either way, there are a lot of factors to consider when making the decision for one parent to stay home with the kids.Can you Afford to Live on One Income?The biggest factor most families must consider is their financial situation. Are you financially ready to be a stay at home parent?  One way to find out is to try living off of one income. Automatically put one paycheck in savings for three months and consider how it affects your finances. Do you still have money left over at the end of the three months? Do you need to cut spending in some areas? Will you save any money by staying home? Will you spend more money by staying home?  I have listed out steps you can take to help you answer these questions below.Figure Out Your BudgetI highly recommend signing up for a free account with Mint.com…

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How to Support Your Husband as a New Dad

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Okay mamas! You have done the hardest job of all. You delivered a precious baby after carrying for 10 whole months. You’ve endured morning sickness, night sweats, and heartburn. You haven’t had a good night’s sleep, a shower, or a good meal in DAYS! You have put all of your energy into taking care of this brand new baby.It can be easy to feel like you have nothing left to give to anyone else. Let’s face it, you probably don’t, and that’s okay. So, how can you support your husband as a new dad when you feel like you are hardly getting by?You might be surprised by some of the answers I got from some new dads. In fact, the number one response I got is something that might even help YOU out. So here we go, ten ways to support your husband as a new dad. Give him opportunities to bond. The overwhelming majority of dads said they would like more opportunities to bond with the baby. Many times, especially if mom is breastfeeding, the mom takes on all things baby, while she has dad fetch, change, cook, make, clean, etc…

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How to Support Your Wife as a New Mom

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Motherhood. It seemed so easy, until I became a mom. I walked into the hospital with grand ideas about what motherhood would be like, but when I came out (with my new baby), it was like everything had shifted. I was no longer the same person. It was like I had to learn how to be me again, but in a different way. At first, it was all just surreal. It took some time to realize that this tiny human was mine and she depended on me for everything. She depended on me to figure out breastfeeding, diaper changing, sleep schedules, bathing, clipping fingernails, and SO much more.[br]In one day I went from doing whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to not having energy to eat![br]Now, I’m not saying I didn’t love being a mom. I am saying that I was overwhelmed and unexpectedly so. Thankfully, I had my (amazing) husband to help me through this time. He must have had someone coaching him along the way because he always seemed to know what to say to calm my fears and anxiety. However, this is not always the case. So many women deal with…

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Thank Yous- 5 Tips on Getting Thank You Notes Done in a Timely Manner

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Are you horrible at writing thank you cards when you receive a gift? Do you agonize over the act of writing thank you cards until you finally decide it is too late to send them? As a new mom, you are sure to receive many gifts, meals, or acts of service. In my opinion, thank you cards are a must. They are a classy way to show you appreciate what someone has done for you or given to you.[br]Now, let me be the first to admit that I can be HORRIBLE at writing thank you cards. I am either on it and have them all written, addressed, and mailed the next day. OR, I put it off for weeks until I finally decide the person would not even remember what I was thanking them for and drop it all together. There have even been times where I write the cards and don’t get postage and the cards never get sent. The thought of cards that have never been sent leaves me feeling so much guilt![br]Add a newborn to the mix and thank you cards can be a very daunting task. Not only do you have…