Hello, all 🙂 welcome back to another blog post. Today’s blog post is a special one it’s the start of my new Mommy tip Monday series. As a first-time mom, I know there were so many things I wish I would have known ahead of time could have saved me a lot of stress and even eased my new mommy self. Hopefully, by the end of this blog post, you will learn a thing or two. If you have any suggestions/ tips, please leave them down below in the comments section.
- Don’t buy infant clothes (or too many if you can’t resist)- This tip actually was one in which I heard from my mother and still I couldn’t resist I did purchase three newborn/infant clothes which I did use multiple times on my little guy before he outgrew them. Other than that I stocked up on a lot of 0-3 month clothes, in fact, his coming home pants were 0-3 months although they fit him a little bit big a newborn size would have NOT fit him since he was a little bit on the taller side and some newborn clothes run small. I know a few people gifted us newborn clothes when they came to meet my son for the first time. My tip to you is to keep the tags on the clothes some places like Carters will allow you to return them or change sizes even if you don’t have a receipt.
- Do not purchase too many newborn diapers- Just as I did not purchase too many newborn/ infant clothes I did not purchase too many newborn diapers I actually only purchased one small box of newborn diapers and stocked up on size 1 instead. Babies within the first few weeks of being born grow at a rapid pace and some babies are actually born big therefore having too many newborn sizes diapers isn’t really needed. *My tip would be if you have a closed unused diaper box or package you can exchange it for a larger size. Stores like BJ’s and Target actually grant these returns/ exchanges for a larger size as LONG AS THE BOX IS CLOSED/ UNUSED.
- Keep an emergency diaper kit in the car- You just never know when you will need it babies have poop explosions and can be messy at times. Sometimes you may even forget to restock your diaper bag with diapers, extra set of clothes, wipes, etc. Therefore, having a backup in the car is a great idea.
- Ask for help- I will admit I am a very hands-on first-time mom since the beginning I would do everything on my own but one thing I noticed shortly within days of having my son home from the hospital I needed help for simple things. For instance, showering I would ask a family member or my significant other to watch the baby while I showered. Sometimes it meant doing a bottle-feeding while I ate due to him waking up earlier than anticipated. You would be surprised how much people will be willing to do things for you. It can be overwhelming doing it all alone. Don’t get me wrong there have been times when I have had to do it all alone when my significant other would work 18-hour shifts showering mean taking the baby with me placing him inside his little bouncer while I took a quick shower. But if you have people around ask for help. You need help don’t burden yourself with this unrealistic idea that you have to do it all alone.
- Enjoy it- Motherhood is a beautiful, messy, yet stressful at times journey. Babies grow fast (I know such a cliché yet it’s so true) so enjoy each moment, laugh through testing times and know it will all be okay. YOU CAN AND YOU WILL MAKE IT!
- Establish sane working hours- Whether you’re working from home mom, stay at home mom or working outside mom its extremely important you establish sane working hours. This will help you and keep you from overbooking yourself. When you schedule your work life you are also able to prioritize family and yourself. Since becoming a mom, I had to maintain a strict schedule block out important dates for doctor appointments and family time which is very much important.
- Embrace saying “No”- I HAD TO LEARN THIS ONE immediately after having my son. My labor and delivery was a traumatic and life-threatening situation with a lot of risks. My recovery was rough therefore I learned immediately to say no I did not have a lot of people visiting me in the hospital I wanted to cope and recover it also meant I said no to having a whole bunch of people visiting me as soon as we came home as well. Even when it comes to raising my son I learned to say no to other people’s unsolicited advice, suggestions and learn to follow my own path.
- Perfection does not exist- Let go of perfection. Nothing is perfect you will make mistakes and life, in general, is about making mistakes and learning as we go the same thing goes with motherhood. Stop viewing people on social media who pretend and showcase their lives as being perfect and nothing going wrong. It’s only for pictures, don’t feel bad.
- Rest when the baby sleeps- I don’t mean sleep when the baby sleeps because let’s be realistic nobody does; we have a whole bunch of things to do the moment baby sleeps. However, you should at least rest take a break even if it’s for 30 minutes you will feel a whole lot better. Lately, I have been taking a nap here and there when my son sleeps because I have come to terms that without a nap/or rest I will not be able to function.
- Clean up the area as you are there- After every meal while my son is still in his high chair (either playing with a toy or having a snack) I pull out my broom sweep or vacuum the area. Wash his plates or dishes. Then get ready to clean him up. This helps me keeping all areas clean as I go. In the evenings I go into his bedroom gather his pajamas, diapers, ointments and place them in his changing table ready after his bath (if there are toys around, I pick them up and start tidying things for the night). This tip has been extremely helpful keeps my house cleaner and without having a big mess everywhere.
This concludes my tips I wish I knew before becoming a mom. I hope you found some tips useful. And thank you for stopping by today.
As always, I wish you all a great day! Until next time.
Hello, all 🙂 welcome back to another blog today I am sharing our Fall 2019 Bucket List. It’s officially FALL 🙂 sweater weather, chillier nights filled with football and soccer. This fall my son and I will be tackling our bucket list one by one and capturing the moments and sharing it right on this blog. Stay tuned 🙂 hopefully, you and your little one can join as well. Below is our bucket list :).
- Nature walks around our neighborhood- Allow my son to see the changes in our outside leaves changing its colors and also the chilly weather.
- Go pumpkin picking
- Give the pumpkin a bath- (Saw this on a toddler website and thought it was a pretty cool experience to try.)
- Paint a Pumpkin
- Make a Halloween card for family and friends
- Make a Thanksgiving family card
- Play hide and seek with glow sticks- We’ve played with glow-sticks before and am looking forward to doing so this fall weather.
- Visit a local farm
- Visit the zoo
- Collect the leaves we collect in our outdoors walk
- Paint leaves using the leaves we collect from outside
- Visit a fire station- Call the fire department prior to going and take pictures of the experience.
- Go on a walk in the rain
- Visit the library
- Have a Halloween cookie decoration party
- Stay in our Pajamas all day and watch movie
- Fall Fingerprint tree
- Build a fort
- Apple picking
- Apple art
- Visiting 2 more museums
- Do a few crafts for Halloween and Thanksgiving
- Try hot chocolate for the first time (for baby)
- Have a playdate
This is our bucket list as of now we may add more things to do as we go. Thank you for stopping by today we hope you enjoy the fall weather whether you have a baby or not life is about creating memories.
Until next time, have a great day and happy Fall!
Hello, all 🙂 welcome back to another Mask Monday. It’s officially Fall 🙂 chilly, sweater weather one of my favorite seasons. I will miss summer being able to enjoy the outdoors and exploring with my son yet I am excited about all the new memories we will create.
This week’s Mask Monday I have decided to give yet another DIY all-natural hair mask a try. This one if for Brittle hair. I don’t know if its postpartum hair or if it’s just damaged by the sun hair that I have. The mask is a simple one just like the previous ones I have tried with two ingredients Milk and Honey.
Milk and honey hair mask 2 tablespoons of honey mixed with ½ cup of room temperature milk. Some helpful tips are to make sure your two ingredients are thoroughly mixed before putting it all over your hair. You are going to evenly pour it into your hair and allow it to sit for an hour. Once this mask is done you can wash and condition with the shampoo or conditioner of your choice.
For my face, I wanted to try another DIY natural face mask as well. I have been wanting to try masks that have ingredients in which were in my kitchen and am able to do myself. (I am starting to gravitate towards a healthier/ more natural route.)
Honey Citrus Mask
Combine three tablespoons of orange juice with a quarter cup of honey. Rub the mixture lightly over your face and then leave it on for 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes up rinse your face with lukewarm water. Moisturize shortly after. This honey citrus mask is perfect for giving your skin a brighter, glowy skin.
I loved this natural face mask it smelled amazing and did give my skin a natural healthier glow.
This concludes this week’s Mask Monday. As always, I thank you for stopping by today. If you have a face mask or hair mask suggestion whether DIY or store brands please leave them below in the comment section.
Until next time have a great day!
Hello all 🙂 welcome back to another Mask Monday.
For my hair, I am using a deep repair masque by Macadamia. My hair is in desperate need of a deep conditioner and some repair. I recently went to the hair salon and the hairstylist mentioned my hair is on the more dryer side. She did do a minimum trim and recommended I look for more deep repair types of hair masks. And instead of doing them once a week to do it twice a week.
Macadamia masque smells amazing and has benefits which include providing deep nourishment and ultra-conditioning hair restoration, does not weigh your hair down. I left my masque for 10 minutes before rinsing it out with lukewarm water as mentioned in the packet.
For my face, I went with a blueberry and yogurt face mask- soothing cream facial mask which moisturizes and hydrates skin. This mask smells just like blueberries and has antioxidants which help your face in looking youthful and healthy. I loved how easy it was put on my face.
I did get some recipes of healthier natural alternatives for hair and face masks in which I will be using starting next week (I have to pick some ingredients up). So, look out for my DIY natural face mask Mondays and how much I like them vs the ones I have purchased.
This concludes my face mask Monday, as always, I thank you all for stopping by.
Until next time,
Welcome back to another Mask Monday 🙂 it’s officially starting to feel like Fall over here. Although I am missing summer, I am glad for Fall weather. However, what I wasn’t expecting is to see how much damage my hair has suffered in the summer months even with weekly hair masks.
For my hair, I decided to do a DIY hair mask for damaged hair: Olive oil and avocado hair mask. Olive oil is full of omega-3 fatty acids and it’s going to play an important role in my hair growth, shine and strengthening my hair. Avocado provides proteins and healthy fats which will promote overall healthy moisture to my damaged dry hair as well.
Ingredients are as follow:
- 1 ripe mashed avocado
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- *bonus add 2 tablespoons of honey for extra hydration*
After mixing all of these ingredients I placed it on my head with a shower cap for 45 minutes followed by washing with cool water.
For my face, I decided to try Soo AE purifying black charcoal mask (hydration + moisture sheet mask.) Love the ingredients in this face mask it was different to try out and did leave my skin feeling moisturized and soft.
For my lips, I decided to try another DIY recipe: 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of raw sugar. It’s said to help reduce lip lines. I loved how supple and smooth my lips looked after trying. Not to mention how tasty.
For my eyes, I decided to do another DIY recipe: cucumber mint eye mask. The key is to place cucumber into a blender with mint and strain out the liquid place it on cotton pads and place them in your eye for 15-20 minutes. I loved this eye mask my eyes felt cool from the cucumber and mint.
This concludes this week’s Mask Monday. I thank you for stopping by today and wish you all a great week.
Until next time!
Welcome back to another Mask Monday!
This Monday’s masks are all about purifying and clarifying I also wanted to do a couple of DIY masks that I have been seeing around lately.
Face mask used: avocado and oatmeal purifying clay face mask. I love the smell of it nice and sweet. Love the mint green color I used it on my face, and going down my neck and chest area. After drying I washed it off and felt my skin tighter, smoother, softer and cleaner. Highly recommend this face mask which you could purchase at a local CVS.
For my hair mask I used a DIY hair mask:
Apple cider vinegar, lemon, avocado, and an egg white. After mixing all four items I let it sit on my hair for 40 minutes. Washing it off with cold water left my hair feeling clean and soft at the same time.
For my lips I used another DIY mask:
One little packet of brown sugar, 10 drops of lemon 1 teaspoon of honey. I exfoliated my lips. And used coconut oil afterward as a balm
For my eyes, I used two cucumber slices just to help depuff them.
This concludes this week’s Mask Monday. I hope you all have a wonderful week. May you find a day this week to relax, practice self-care. It’s important to our well being.
As always thank you for stopping by. Wishing you all the best.
Until next time!