25 Ways to Get Out of a Rut: Motivation for Moms

Let’s just put this out there, Motherhood is EXHAUSTING! Whether your are a mom to one or 10, there are always days where we have given so much that our energy and drive is completely gone. The daily mundane tasks that go into taking care of kids and a home can leave us feeling on empty. If you are struggling to feel “normal” or to enjoy your life, there’s a good chance you are in a mommy rut. We all love our kids and family, but there is only so much we can give before we need to refuel. If you’re feeling low, here are 25 ways to get out of a rut! 25 Ways to Get Out of a Rut […]

15 Resolutions Every Mom Should Make

 It’s that time of year again.  We reflect on the year past and resolve to do things differently in the year to come.  This year, why not try some of these Resolutions That Every Mom Should Make.   15 Resolutions Every Mom Should Make Post contains affiliate links For most of us it is the same thing every year.  A new year rolls around and we look at our life and try and find things that we can improve on for the next year.  We set goals and we try to find ways to reach our goals.   Did you know that statistics show that by the first week of February, 92% of New Year’s resolutions have already failed?  Maybe it is because we are focusing our attention on the wrong things.  Maybe we look in the mirror and try and focus on changing the things we can see instead of the things that are deep inside and hidden from view. We focus on “dusting” the things on the surface when really we need to deep clean. I’ve put together 15 resolutions every mom should make to help her be happy and ultimately healthy.  […]

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Having Kids

I’ve been a mom for what feels like a long time now.  It’s hard to look back at the time when my first son was born and even remember what that time was like.  I know I was completely clueless! But I loved that little boy with a love I didn’t know existed.  Looking back, it’s hard to know what I would have told myself to prepare for being a mom. Or if I would have just wanted to stay naive and take each day and each challenge as it came. When I asked my Moms of Boys community, “What Do You Know Now, That You Wish You Would Have Known Before Having Kids?”, I loved all of the answers. Things I Wish I Had Known Before Having Kids When I asked moms to share the things they wish they had known before having kids, I love that some moms were content with being naive and learning along the way, and other moms have some pretty real, yet funny responses to what they wish they would have known before having kids.  Life with kids is definitely an adventure and there is something to be learned every single day and through every stage your child goes through. […]

Moms’ Night Out Giveaway

May include Affiliate Links for your convenience. Are you a mom?  What about a tired mom or an overwhelmed mom?  Are you always on the run and do you ever feel like you never get a break?  Maybe it is time for a Mom’s night in with your girlfriends and this giveaway is for you!  Moms Night Out was my favorite movie from this past year and I am excited to be giving away a fun Moms Night Out gift box that includes enough pampering supplies for yourself and up to 4 of your friends.  Moms’ Night Out Giveaway I had the amazing opportunity back in February to attend an advance screening of Moms’ Night with Sarah Drew, Producer Kevin Downes and writer Andrea Nasfell and I immediately fell in love with the message of this movie as well as the acting and story-line.  We laughed, we cried and I left inspired to be a better mother and to recognize that my role as a wife and a mother is the most important roll on Earth.  My most favorite quote from the movie was that “The hand that rocks the cradle, is the hand that rules the world. ”  A good reminder for all moms everywhere. […]

Dear Tired Moms: It’s Okay to Take a Nap

This post is for any and all tired moms out there.  Let’s get over the belief that it is not okay for us to acknowledge that we are tired.  Let’s stop feeling guilty if we need some down time.  This letter is for you.  I’m  going to be taking my own advice so if you need me, you know where to find me. 🙂 Dear Tired Moms, I’m not sure who came up with the idea that it is not okay for moms to get tired, but I’m tired of feeling guilty for being tired. (Are you following me?) I am giving you permission to do something that most of us probably should have done a long time ago: Take a Nap!  Being a mom is ridiculous on most days and exhausting on our best days.  It is okay to be tired! Here are a few things that I have discovered over the years of being a wife and mother: […]

Mother and Son Date Ideas

These Mother and Son Date Ideas are the perfect and easy way for moms to bond with their boys.   Mother and Son Date Ideas Affiliate links added for your convenience. One thing that I have noticed in raising my 4 boys is that they crave, CRAVE one-on-one attention.  They want to have time with just mom or dad and not the entire family. We live in a small town so not all of these ideas are available to us, but a Mother and Son date night doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. We have a large family (by today’s standards) and it can be hard to have time for each of my boys individually but these Mother and Son Date Ideas will get your brainstorming process started. Mom and Son Date Ideas […]

Finding Joy

There are certain times in your life when you meet someone and know that they were brought into your life for a reason.  I had one of those moments this past weekend when, at a blogging conference, I discovered I was sitting next to Rachel Martin, the author of the website Finding Joy. I try to write motivational things on my blog every Monday, but to be honest, sometimes I’m just not feeling very motivational. Just like every other mom out there, I have days where I just need to have someone tell me I’m doing okay.  I need to go somewhere to just feel like someone gets my life and to feel like I’m not a complete and utter failure at motherhood. I need to have someone tell me that it’s okay that I have dirty dishes in the sink and that I’m up to my elbows in laundry.  I’m having more and more of those days lately and then I have moments when I have to stop and laugh because I see my life and my 4 boys and I think, “When did this happen? There is no way that I am a mom to 4 human beings!!” A few months ago I came across an article that was spreading across the internet entitled: “Dear Mom Who Feels Like She is Failing.”  I read it and I cried and immediately printed it out to read over and over again.  I had no idea at that time that several months down the road,  while sitting in a conference room in California with 50+ other bloggers, that my world would collide with that one mom who had penned the words that had sunk so deep into my heart that I would turn to them for reassurance time and time again. […]

Mind Organization for Moms – Giveaway

Somewhere in my very distant memory I can remember a time when my life was a lot more simple.   I had more flexibility with my time and my house was actually clean!  But, then I added 4 bundles of joy to my life and things are vastly different now.  Not in a bad way, but just different.  I tell my boys all the time that I gave each of them a little bit of my brain when they were born so I’m not left with much.  That is why I sometimes forget to wash their favorite shirt or make their school lunches.  That is why I can’t remember where I put things most of the time; they took my brain! […]

Monday Motivation: 10 Ways to Simplify Your Life

10 Ways to Simplify Your Life I’ve seen several friends posts a motivational word that they wanted to use as a guide for 2014.  I really had no plans of specifically finding a word but then one just jumped out at me.  I was cleaning up my Christmas decor and putting out our other items and came across the above sign.  I’ve had it for years and it has sat on the same shelf in my kitchen but for some reason I didn’t realize its significance until this week.  Simplify.  That is my word!  That is the word I need more than any other word this year.  I find myself a frazzled mess most of the time and it is time to stop trying to do everything and focus on what is really important: Faith, family, and my health. And in a funny twist of events, the main message in church yesterday was about simplifying our lives to focus on the things that are most important.  Yep, this is my word.   And as I’ve been thinking about it, I’ve come up with 10 ways to simplify your life, all things that are easy, yet hard to do. […]

Monday Motivation: Find a Way or Find an Excuse

I have been part of an accountability group on Facebook this past month as I try to lost these last few pesky baby pounds and this week we were asked to share one of our favorite motivational quotes with the group.  This one automatically jumped out at me and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t used it as a Monday Motivation before.  “If you really want to do something you’ll find a way, if not you’ll find an excuse.”  True words, right? Find a way or find an excuse. […]

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