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My Top 10 Tips to stay Sane as a Stay at Home Mom!
I went from working over 60 hours a week in California to being barefoot and pregnant and a stay at home mom in Arizona. It was quite an adjustment and some days were downright rough. My husband and I stayed at my parents house while we got settled and found a place to live and so their TV and Netflix became a close friend of mine… When we got our own place we decided to not get a TV as it is quite a time waster and we didn’t want our daughter to be glued to it as well. We get so much more done and have so much more time not having a TV in the house. But that’s not what this post is about. Here are my Top 10 Tips to stay Sane as a Stay at Home Mom. I hope you find at least one thing that helps make your life better.
1. Play Up Beat Music
Over the years of my life I have always noticed that having fun music on makes almost any activity fun or at least bearable. When I am home during the day with my two year old daughter it really helps to uplift the atmosphere no matter what we are doing. I find when our apartment is totally silent the atmosphere is just a bit serious. Pick music you like that has a good beat. I love Adelle but her music might not set the right mood. Taylor Swift Shake it Off is great but you don’t have to go that extreme either. Some of my favorites are: the Gypsy Kings, and Lindsey Stirling. And there are many upbeat Pandora stations to pick from, test a couple out and see what works best for you and your kids. Don’t play it too loudly so you cant have a conversation with your kids or while on the phone. Just loud enough to be heard in the background.
2. Dress your Child the Night Before
This might sound strange and might only work for toddlers. My daughter is 2 1/2 so I am not sure if this will work for older kids or not. I don’t do this every night but sometime I will pick out my daughters outfit the night before, especially if I know I will be rushed the next morning, and instead of putting her in her pajamas I just put the shirt from her outfit on for her to wear to bed. She normally only sleeps in a pajama shirt anyways. That way in the morning I just have to change her diaper and put on her pants and we are ready! Its especially helpful if we have to get up early and she is still half asleep. I don’t know about you but I find it difficult changing the shirt of a limp child, but diaper and pants are pretty easy.
3. Start a Blog
You might not have expected this one but I think that if you are a stay at home mom you might not have enough outlets for your thoughts and insights. Or you might want a way to help generate some extra income for your family while raising your kids. We all have a unique story and sharing it in all its ups and downs and how you overcame challenges could help someone else who has a similar issue. Or maybe you are a master in the kitchen with healthy meals for the family or budget friendly meal prep ideas. Or something else… I started my blog as I wanted a way to help generate a little more income for my family while I am raising my daughter. At first I was determined to create, launch and monetize my blog all on my own just using Pinterest posts I read for tips and ideas. I saw an online course that was offered but I was tight on funds and thought I could do it without it. But then I was sitting there a bit confused and unsure what to do next and the gal who had that course had a “back to school sale” going on. So I decided to do it! I was so thankful I did, she laid it out so simply and took out the confusion and I now have a beautiful and professional blog! So if you are thinking of starting a blog I highly recommend you do the course that I did, it is very affordable and is packed with tons of tips and tricks to make your blog the best it can be. I am actually surprised it is so cheap with all of the data and tools she has crammed in the course. Plus if you aren’t sure what your blog would be about she also has a 9 step blog plan to help you figure that out as well which I also did and is listed under all courses.
4. Time Block Your Calendar
I recently learned about time blocking in this book I read The One Thing. And then when I was doing the above blog course to set up my blog it actually walked me through time blocking my day so that I can get everything done I need to including my blog. This totally changed my outlook on my schedule each day and I now get way more done daily than I used to which boosts my confidence and happiness. Its awesome! Keep a lookout for my future post on time blocking and bullet journaling.
5. Take Daily Supplements
With busy lives we don’t always eat super healthy and we don’t always get enough nutrients from our diets. When our bodies don’t get the nutrients they need we don’t feel our best physically and this can lead to not feeling our best mentally. I definitely notice a difference if I don’t take my supplements consistently. I take a daily vitamin where the nutrients are farmed from an organic farm and are super healthy for your body. If you would like to try the daily vitamins and electrolytes that I take comment below and I will send you a link.
6. Shower Daily
Whether its first thing in the morning, the night before or in the afternoon after you get sweaty from cleaning the house, taking a shower is refreshing and helps boost ones mood. I call my shower my morning coffee because I don’t feel totally awake until I have had a shower. But I don’t wash my hair everyday, I do that every other day. If you would like to know what products I use in the shower leave a comment bellow and I will send you a link.
7. Put on Make-up Every Day
And I don’t mean be ready for Glamour Shots every day but this step is important for self confidence. I know that if I am not wearing makeup and I catch a glimpse of myself I feel like I look washed out and tired even if I don’t feel that way. I figured out for myself a three minute make-up routine that is super easy and natural looking but gives me just enough to feel put together and has that confidence boost that I need. Keep a look out for my future post on my 3 minute makeup routine. Plus if you have something more formal in the evening this 3 minute routine is a great base to add on more makeup later in the day to ramp it up.
Bonus Tip: Keep a set of your 3 minute make up routine items in a small bag in the car. That way if you don’t even have 3 minutes to put on your make up when getting the kids ready and into the car, just before getting out of the car while the kids are still in their car seats, you can grab your small make up bag and take 3 minutes to throw your make up on. I do this many days out of the week…
8. Don’t live in your Old Sweats or Pajamas
I am not saying dressing up fancy everyday but even just putting on a clean T-Shirt and jeans everyday lifts your mood in case wearing pajamas or sweats makes you feel lazy. If I plan on doing a lot of cleaning around the house I obviously wait to shower and put on clean clothes until after I am done cleaning as I usually get sweaty and dirty while cleaning, especially if its bathroom day…
9. Get Out of House Once a day
Even if its just a quick trip to Target, getting out and meeting other moms or adults can make a big difference. I like to take my daughter down the toy isles to let her just touch and look at the different toys and we always meet other moms and their kids and its fun. Hopefully as my daughter gets older she will still be okay with just touching the toys and not taking them all home… Here is my latest post about my top places to meet other moms and kids that are free.
10. Meal Prep!
I am still trying to figure this out for my family but recently I helped my sister in law prep freezer crock pot meals so that she had a months worth of meals to use after she had her baby. She found a list of a months worth of Paleo recipes with the shopping list attached. We used large freezer bags and wrote any additional instructions on the bag. Some meals had suggested sides to make the day of. Each one was different and with all of the colorful veggies they really looked delicious. She just had her baby on the 1st of Oct so now all she needs to do while she is recovering and loving on her new baby is put one of the meals in the fridge the night before and then put it in her crock pot during the day and dinner is ready for her and her family. I told her we should get together once a month to meal prep as this is such a game changer! They do have a second small freezer where they are storing these meals but you don’t have to do a whole month at once, you could do a week at a time if you don’t have the freezer space. I plan on finding some meatless freezer crock pot meals I can meal prep for my family as well to save time and still eat healthy and will share it in a future post.
I hope you liked my top 10 tips to stay sane as a stay at home mom. Let me know in the comments bellow which one is your favorite or which one you want to try and also let me know what your top 10 tips to stay sane as a stay at home mom are. Also check out my posts on Chocolate Covered Frozen Strawberries that are free of refined white sugar for a guilt free treat for you and the family (or just hide them in the freezer and don’t share them with the family) and my Must Have Butt Cream for your diaper bag. Don’t forget to subscribe to receive future tips, tricks and yummy recipes in your in-basket.