Saturday, December 31, 2016

Planning to Rock 2017!

2017 is almost here! I can't believe how fast this year has gone by.  I have already started getting things ready and organized to have a more productive and fulfilling year.  I would like to share a few ideas that I'm using create the best year ever!

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1. Use a planner - I started using a planner about a year ago and it really helped me make the most of my time. This year I am using a traditional monthly/weekly planner and I am using a goals planner.

2. Set goals and write lists. - I find that writing this down helps my memory. This year, I purchased a specific goals planner to keep track of intentions and plans that I have set for myself. I also picked up a new notebook to jot down any lists, ideas, and notes.
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3. Create a routine/schedule for your child - I typically use my monthly/weekly planner to keep track of our activities for the week. A planner is great for scheduling playdates, keeping track of events around the city, and even tracking weekly gas prices to drive to all these places!

4. Stick to a cleaning schedule - I find it helpful to have small cleaning jobs daily instead of cleaning everything on one day of the week. The time of day used to complete the job doesn't matter, just as long as the job is done that day.

5. Plan a day to do nothing! - Having a planned life is good but planning a day to do nothing feels amazing. Our normal do nothing day is Friday. We may go to the playground this day but for the most part, I forget about the time and go with the flow. It helps to relax from the hustle and bustle of the week.

I am excited to bring in the new year and I hope that you find these ideas helpful. Let me know how you plan to rock 2017 in the comments below!  Until next time.
April

Monday, December 19, 2016

5 Tips To Adjust To SAHM Life!

I was scrolling through Instagram and I came across a meme that said "I'm a mother. My hobbies include neglecting my hair, repeating myself over and over, daydreaming about bed time, constantly picking up my couch cushions from the floor, and never peeing by myself."  It stuck out to me because for a long time, I was the woman it described. Not having a designated place to go everyday anymore,  I had completely neglected myself. I stayed home almost daily, wasn't doing my hair, wasn't exercising, and my hobbies were on the back burner. After a while, I began to feel a little crummy and I knew something had to change. I was a fun person before I had a baby so why was I not that way after having a baby? Becoming a mom and being a stay at home mom is an adjustment so I would like to give you some tips to make the adjustment a little easier!



1. Find mom friends! - I can't stress how much this has helped me. I actually met a lot of my mom friends through Facebook, mainly mom groups. Almost like I was looking for a date lol. "Hey girl, I saw that you live near me and we have kiddies that are around the same age. We should get together sometime." And there you have it, your first mom friend!

2. Take a break from your child/children. - Ava did not spend the night away from me until she was about 19 months old. What the heck was I thinking?! My parents have always been gladly willing to keep Ava, I guess I was just the nervous first time mom. We all need time to regroup and a little time alone will definitely refresh your mind.

3. Enjoy your hobbies... Again! - I'm sure you used to do fun things before having a child/children, so why not enjoy those things again? I personally love going to festivals, hiking, going to vegan  meetups, blogging, and reading. I am currently reading The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

4. Keep up with your beauty routine. - This one was hard for me. I felt bad for "wasting money" getting my hair done or buying a new bottle of nail polish. But if getting your hair laid every 2 weeks makes you feel amazing, then do it! My personal feel good habits are going to the hair salon, freshly painted hands and feet, and beautifully scented perfume. I really love scents by Pacifica.

5. Get out of the house with your children! - Stay at home moms shouldn't actually stay at home! I can't tell you how many times I've heard a mom say "it's too hot to go outside", "it's too cold to go outside", " the kids are driving me crazy so we are staying in." The kids are driving you crazy because they need to be outside! Go to the park, let the kids burn off some energy and get some fresh air.  They will have a good lunch, take a nice long nap, and you can get a little bit done around the house or even take a nap yourself.

I really want to encourage moms to enjoy being home with their babies but not forget about themselves in the process.  I wish I had read something like this a few years ago. I hope you find these tips helpful. Let me know in the comments some things that make you smile! Until next time.
April K.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tis the Season for JORD Watches!


*Christmas 2016 so graciously sponsored by JORD Wood Watches.

You guys, I was at my wits end searching for the perfect gift for my fiancé from Ava and I. We have had a million Christmases together, I have given him just about every gift a man can get. (Our child counts as the ultimate gift lol) Thankfully, I was recently approached by JORD Watches for a collaboration and review of their men's Wood Watches. Yay, Christmas is saved!


I ventured to the JORD Wood Watches website and I chose the Dover men's watch made with untreated Ebony wood and Rosewood. The price of this watch is $295.00 and all the watches come with a 12 month warranty. JORD also makes women's watches which you can check out HERE. I fell in love with this unique watch, I don't think I have ever seen a watch in this color scheme that wasn't made with  plastic or some other non-sustainable materials. I knew my fiancé would love his gift and I am all about eco friendly and sustainable fashion.


Needless to say, I was excited to receive this watch in the mail. (Like it's my watch lol) Of course I had to try the watch on, ya know just to give it a good inspection. Men's watches are usually heavy, but this wood watch is very light weight. JORD allows you to have the watch sized before shipping and even includes extra links. The watch is made extremely well and looks amazing but I think my favorite feature of this watch is that it doesn't need batteries!
Some features of this watch as stated from the JORD Wood Watches website include:  
  • Sapphire crystal glass
  •  Deployment buckle with push buttons
  • Screw-down crown
  • Drive system: self-winding automatic (requires no battery
When Ava and I give my fiancé his watch, I know he will love it even more than I do. Yep, I think it is safe to say that I picked out a cool watch and I deserve the Woman of the Year award or a new watch myself!


There is still time to pick up a JORD Wood Watch for the special man in your life.
I hope you all have an amazing holiday season and pick up your JORD Wood Watch today!


Monday, December 5, 2016

Volunteering With Trees Atlanta

For the past few weeks, Ava and I have been attending story time with Trees Atlanta. Ava had such a great time, I decided to volunteer to read the next few stories! 


It has been really fun volunteering again. When I went to college, I was always volunteering for different organizations, the main one being Big Brothers Big Sisters, but also Hands on Columbus. So, it felt good to do something the "old me" used to do.



The turnout for storytime has been great. My friends came, Ava had fun with her buddies, and the crafts came out really cute! 




Volunteering is definitely something that I enjoy doing especially when I can bring my daughter along with me. And when I volunteer so many times with Trees Atlanta, I get a tee shirt. Who doesn't love a free tee shirt?! Until next time!