Monday, December 19

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!

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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!

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.

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.

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 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 done 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.

  


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.
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Monday, December 5

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! 

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I have recently found time to get back into volunteering, and it has been really enjoyable. When I went to college, I volunteered for different organizations, one organization being Big Brothers Big Sisters, and  also Hands on Columbus. It is a great feeling to do something the "old me" used to do.

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

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volunteer non profit reading storytime toddler preschool top atlanta black mom mommy motherhood blogger

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!
April K.

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