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Moms in May
Today’s post is a guest post by Sheenia Denae. Find her on Instagram or on her website!
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The birds are chirping, the flowers are budding, and the wind is blowing at just the right speed! As nature prepares itself for summer, I think of all the fun things that are underway. Family vacations, backyard barbecues, and picnic lunches are just around the corner!
But there’s something else I love about May. Something that makes me look forward to this month more than all the others. This is the time of year when we’re celebrated for being moms!
I look forward to that special day where I’m pampered with gifts, showered with balloons, and recognized for my hard work and efforts toward raising my little munchkin! But as sweet as it is to be celebrated by others, I mostly look forward to the opportunities to celebrate myself.
As moms, we know that every day is Mother’s Day! That is why prioritizing our self-care is essential.
In this article, we will highlight a few ways for us to sneak in a little fun and add a little spice to our lives throughout the month of May!
Take a Class
The beautiful weather and pleasant temperatures this month brings makes it a perfect time for taking indoor or outdoor classes that spark our interest.
If you enjoy painting, cooking, or arranging flowers in your spare time, taking a class could be a great way to perfect your craft in either of those areas.
If you want to explore something totally new, on the other hand, such as music, dancing, or flying… taking a class could be a great way to change things up in your life.
Here’s a short list of just a few perks you can gain by taking a class:
- Mental relaxation
- Fun and enjoyment
- Learning a new skill
- Connecting with other great people
I’m not sure about you, but I was SOLD at “mental relaxation.” So think about it! If anything piques your interest that you haven’t had the chance to explore… now is the time!
Whatever direction you decide to take, taking a class would be a great way to carve out some quality time for yourself!
Dress to Impress
There’s an old saying that goes, “When we look good, we feel good.”
When was the last time you dressed up and felt good about yourself? I mean really good!
As moms, we tend to get so busy prioritizing everyone else’s needs that we neglect ourselves at times… especially when it comes to our wardrobes.
May presents the perfect time for us to ditch the yoga pants and sweatshirts, and pull out those gorgeous sundresses that we haven’t worn in a while.
Dressing up has been proven to increase energy and confidence, encourage creative thinking, and foster self-expression… which all sounds like self-care to me!
So for the month of May, try giving your sweatpants and t-shirts a break. They deserve it!
Explore the Great Outdoors
We can’t celebrate Moms in May without honoring the mother of all mothers… Our beautiful Mother Nature is a sight to behold!
Since we spend so much of our time indoors (cooking, cleaning, and tending to household tasks), May is a great time for us to commit to more outdoor activities.
If you’ve been looking for new ways to keep your Vitamin D levels up, here’s a list of some fun activities you can enjoy.
- Horseback riding
- Bird watching
- Outdoor photography
The way you connect with nature doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated. A simple morning walk can help clear your mind, increase your energy, and make you feel better throughout your day.
Take a minute to think about the ways you’d like to explore, and let the May adventures begin!
I’m a devoted wife, girl mom, and educator turned homemaker. After teaching for over 11 years, I decided to care for my family full time. I’m now a part time freelance writer, creating blog posts and articles for businesses and individuals in my spare time. My hobbies include cooking, reading recipes, and hiking with my family.
Find me on Instagram @made_to_be_marvelous or check out my website at sheeniadenae.wixsite.com/iwrite/
Thank you Sheenia for guest posting!
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7 Things I Do Every Day as a Stay at Home Mom
I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for 8 months now and I love it! I am so grateful that I’m able to be home with my daughter. There have been SO many sacrifices to make this work, but it’s been worth it.
It took me a while to figure out my rhythm and how to have a productive day. It took me even longer to see value in what I am doing. It really is a full time job. I am a nanny, a chef, a secretary, a personal shopper, a housecleaner, a milk factory, a teacher and countless other job titles.
There are people making a lot of money doing what I do.
I am also a wife, a daughter, a friend, a sister, a writer, and a member of the community.
I am so much more than a stay-at-home mom. That’s why it’s been important for me to take time every day to do the following 7 things!
Here are 7 things I do as a stay-at-home parent to stay sane!
1. “Work” Time
Being a stay-at-home parent means that I take on more work around the house, simple as that. I take time throughout the day to work on the annoying tasks that have to get done, like
- being put on hold for half the day by Verizon, Staples, etc.
- forgetting to put 1 essential food item on my shopping list and then spending an hour going back to the store to get it
- spending several days taking my 10-year-old printer apart instead of biting the bullet and buying a new one
Walking is the only type of “exercise” that works for me. I really do it to clear my mind and get some fresh air for me and the baby. We like to find little waterfronts to explore and we always play this checklist game.
- LOOK for 1 dog
- LOOK for 1 cat
- LISTEN for 1 bird
- SMELL 1 new smell (fresh cut grass, laundry)
And of course, say hi to anyone we pass, because becoming a mom has made me friendly. Or, maybe it’s just the lack of socialization in 2021 ha!
I relax for part of nap time. I have to. I “work” 24 hours a day. It took me a little while to see that it’s perfectly okay for me to take time to relax as a stay at home parent. I have no lunch break. I have no “decompression” time on my commute home. It’s on me to manage my mental wellness and realize when it’s time to be productive and when it’s time to put my feet up and scroll Instagram or watch TV.
4. Reach out
It can be mind numbing to talk to a baby all day. The narration, the “oohs” “aahs” and “yayayays” make me feel like a robot some days. That’s why I’ve made it a priority since my daughter was born to make a phone call every day. It’s one of the easiest ways to stay grounded in the insanity
5. Get out of the house
I hate this one, but I do it anyway! Maybe it was the events of 2020 that caused me to be comfortable with being a shut-in. Leaving the house can be hard. Leaving the house with a baby can be even harder. Every day, we try to get out of the house. Even if it’s just those waterfront walks or the grocery store, being in public and getting a change of scenery keeps me grounded.
Our new favorite place is the pet store, or what I like to call the “free zoo”. Baby M loves looking at the fish and kittens up for adoption. It’s a quick and easy way to keep her entertained out of the house. We’re always looking for fun, easy, free things to do together – if you have any suggestions, let me know below!
6. Work on my hobbies
This is the hardest one on the list. I struggle with finding the motivation to work on the things that fill up my cup. Writing, reading and working on my side projects sometimes get put on the back burner. However, I’ve found I’m a better mom and an all around better person when I’m carving out time to work on the things that bring me joy. After spending %90 of my day giving my energy to other things, this time is necessary.
The most important thing I do as a stay-at-home is PLAY with my baby! There’s nothing better than sitting down on the floor and reading my daughter a book or playing peekaboo. The sound of her little laugh when I pretend to eat her feet fills my heart with so much joy. I know that after food, a safe place to live, and clean clothes, my uninterrupted time is the most valuable thing I can provide for my child.
What do you think of this list? What do you do to stay sane as a stay at home parent?
Let me know below.