I'm starting to believe that the early years of parenting are akin to a black hole for your personal free time. That time from the birth of your first child until the the first day of school for your last child. I don't mean that negatively, mostly, but it is a temporary death for your personal free time.
I've talked before about the importance of self care and making yourself a priority, but it's an ongoing thing. As parents, we tend to neglect ourselves in an effort to take care of everyone else. We really must stop that. (I say, after spending the last 3 weeks dealing with various stages of a cold and nearly losing what little sanity I had left.)
You may have noticed that I've been pretty inactive on here for the last few months. You may have even wondered if this was the end of my blogging career. It's not, I promise, I've just been trying to survive a very challenging season of parenting and I didn't want the blog to turn into a bitchfest where all my posts were complaining about how challenging my kids are becoming. So I opted to take a break instead.
Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. Thanksgiving shopping.
Personally, I hate going out on Black Friday. Even the grocery stores are crazy. I prefer to spend the day decorating my house for Christmas.
That being said, I do love Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. I've compiled a collection of my favorite deals (mostly on Amazon and are good all week long!) and curated some of my favorite small businesses for your shopping pleasure and convenience.
There's 80-something days left in this year. 2018 has been good to us, and I'm very excited about things that are coming in the early part of 2019, but thinking like that has already caused me to start slacking off here in the last quarter of this year. Have you had this problem?
"Why do you continue to workout if you aren't seeing any physical progress?"
I've been asking myself this particular question for the last 6 months. Why do I keep making myself workout 5-6 days a week if I'm not seeing any results? Why bother? I've debated internally and with my husband and some close friends. Why should I continue?
I was talking with a dear friend of mine, writer and creator of TinyHumanNewbie.com (go check her out!) and she made me realize that I haven't shared my birth story with Connor on the blog. At first, I thought that was insane, but the more I searched through old posts, the more I realized that it made sense. When I started this blog, he was nearly a year old. I was so focused on the here and now that I didn't even think to share the story of his birth.
These days, birthdays and holidays are all about “what you got” and spending an obscene amount of money to make sure the birthday person feels loved. Somehow, we’ve evolved into a society that associates money with love: the more you spend, the more you must love them. I wholeheartedly disagree. Instead, we’ve opted for spending less money and focusing more on the quality of our things and our time together.
With that in mind, I want to share some of our favorite fun traditions to ensure that the birthday person feels extra important on their special day, without breaking the bank or going overboard on anything.
I'm excited to share my first ever guest post with y'all this week!! This post is coming to you from Maria creator of HobbyJr.org. Maria is an avid quilter and creator who loves sharing her passion for crafting with people of all ages.
Traveling with toddlers to preschool ages kids is so much easier than attempting to travel with a baby. Even if it's two preschoolers vs one baby, I'd still prefer the preschoolers.
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