Organize the Holidays with the Ultimate Christmas Party Planner

Organize the Holidays with the Ultimate Christmas Party Planner

Organize the Holidays with the Ultimate Christmas Party Planner

 

Attempting to organize Christmas and the holiday season can be tough! There are parties to host, events to attend, and a million gifts to get. You need a Christmas checklist so you can stay organized and I’m super pumped to share the ultimate Christmas checklist and party planner with you!

 

I’ve gone through stages where I tried to remember things on my own, I thought my paper lists would get me through and I just wound up more stressed out than I needed to be. I ended up with paper all over my house, more clutter and just kept forgetting all of the things I needed to get done.

 

Maybe you’ve been here too.

 

But this year will be different. This year, I have my secret ‘mom organizer’ and the one that keeps me focused on almost everything I have to do.

 

This year, I’ll be using Trello.

 

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What is Trello?

Trello is my mom BFF. It’s an digital organizational tool that allows me to make lists, take notes, save attachments, and keep myself super organized. It’s actually completely replaced my paper planner (I know, crazy right?!?) and lets me share my tasks with others so I’m not the only one in charge of things … Yes mamas.. We don’t have to do it all ourselves!

Creating a Trello board as your one stop holiday organizational spot is going to make this season incredible for you! You’ll be able to not only keep your Christmas budget  in one place but can also organize gifts you want to go (and ones you get so you aren’t over buying), but all of your basic checklists for Christmas parties you have to host, and all of the things you need to remember but probably won’t.

I’ve created an entire Christmas planning Trello board for you so that you don’t have to start from scratch! You can watch the overview below and if you want to download the board, just watch the video on how to copy the board and create a free Trello account!

 

 

 

Christmas Party Planner

 

The top thing that I love to use Trello for is as a party planner. We don’t host a lot over the holidays but we do host Christmas with my husband’s family (and some years Christmas Eve with my family), so I want to make sure I’m on top of things.

 

I make lists of all of the tasks that I need to get done and keep a lot of checklists on each card to keep organized. This includes things from what rooms need to get cleaned, food I need to buy, and invitations that need to get sent out.

 

You can use Trello to keep your general RSVP list as well. By creating labels, you can make it super simple to see who is coming and how many you need to prepare for.

 

As a couponer, I also know that I can shop early for a lot of our general food items since they start going on sale in early October. Many non perishables and baking products can be found for super cheap if you start to shop early enough. You can use a Trello board to track what sales you’ve found, how much of something you may need and what you’ve actually gotten.

 

Christmas Gift Planner

 

Trello is also the ultimate Christmas Gift Planner! Since I love to do all things on a budget, I start shopping super early for Christmas gifts. I create separate cards on my Christmas gift list for every person that I have to purchase something for.

 

When I have ideas of great gifts, I can save links from Amazon or Pinterest so that I don’t forget them. If I buy a gift in advance, I can write down that I’ve done it and what it is AND where I’m storing it so I don’t forget.

 

I’ve also used this specific Christmas Gift list on Trello to track what Christmas stuff I bought at the end of the season (because you should never pay full price for wrapping paper!) when it was at 75%+ off.  

 

This board can also work for you to grab some birthday gift ideas during the year and just put general ideas that you see or things you hear them talking about.

 

 

Christmas Meal Planner

 

 

Trello also works as a great meal planner for your baking or Christmas cooking needs.

 

You can create one big list with all of the events you have going on and what you might need to bake for. You also can start to save ideas from Pinterest or link to your favorite recipes meals you want to make.

 

If you’re not hosting, this is a great place to keep a list of what you bring to other peoples’ homes and which dishes are winners!

 

I actually have a general recipes Trello Board that I keep all of the ideas I see on Pinterest (you know the ones you actually will make, not just the ones you pin) that makes meal planning super easy!

 

 

Hope Trello makes your party planning less stressful and keeps you organized for Christmas and beyond! If you want to learn more about Trello, head over here and get a FREE video series with some of my favorite boards AND a Trello 101 course!

 

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After a Miscarriage: Starting the Journey to Mentally Recover

After a Miscarriage: Starting the Journey to Mentally Recover

To the Mama attempting to recover from a miscarriage…

 

1 in 4 women will experience infant loss or a miscarriage in their lifetime.

 

I am one of those woman. And maybe you’ve been there too. 

 

If that’s the case I’m sorry we’re in this club that no one signs up to be a member of. But know, you’re not alone.

 

Growing up I wasn’t even sure if I wanted kids and I definitely wasn’t one of those little girls who dreamed of being a mom. I was fiercely independent, completely guarded and hiding behind many walls, and knew that I might only be able to depend on myself in this lifetime.

 

Luckily, God helped soften and open my heart, helped me learn that it was okay to love, forgive and depend on others, and brought my husband into my life.

 

We’d been married a few months when we decided we were ready to try for a child and was absolutely elated when we found out that we were pregnant.

 

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miscarriage recovery

And though we knew we should have waited to share our good news, we let our family know right away.

I remember us being in the car driving to go to dinner and calling my parents with such excitement. I was probably only 5 weeks pregnant but was so happy that we were going to bring life into this world.

When we went to our 8 week ultrasound, we were full of hope, talking about names of our potential child, excited to hear a heartbeat of the little being that would change our lives forever.

I remember when I first thought something might be wrong. We were talking it up as the ultrasound technician put the cold gel on my belly and began to take pictures. We were asking her questions, dreaming up our future between the two of us.

But her face was stoic.

I couldn’t really read it, but she wasn’t talking back to us. At first I thought maybe it was just her personality and we were too energetic for her today but, when it continued throughout the exam, I had a feeling something was wrong.

“I’ll be right back”, she calmly said, and walked out of the room.

She came back with the doctor who said he wanted to do an internal exam. “You see”, he told us, “you may only be a few weeks pregnant so it might just be too early to find the heartbeat. We just want to take a closer look”.

 

 

 

I Can Change the World

 

 

My heart sunk.

 

The heaviness of what was to come started to weigh on my heart and my mind began to race.

 

No heartbeat.

 

Does that mean no baby?

 

I froze at the spot, unable to process or cry or feel anything.

 

While the doctor did the internal exam, our once loud and joyful room was silent. No one said a word and my husband simply squeezed my hand and I could hear him praying under his breath.

 

A few minutes later, the doctor gave us the same response as the technician did earlier.

 

“I’ll be right back”, he said and walked out of the room.

 

When he came back, my heart sank because I knew the truth.

 

“I’m sorry but the baby doesn’t have a heartbeat. We don’t know if things will change but for now, we’d like to wait a week and see if you miscarry on your own. If not, we’ll do an operation.”

 

The sob that had been weighing so heavily on my chest finally left my throat and I knew that this was it. My faith in our future, our hopes for this baby, and what was to be had left me. I sat in my husband’s arms and had no words for what was happening.

 

When we left the hospital, I called my mom to let her know what had happened and didn’t even know what to say.

 

“The baby mom, the baby has no heartbeat.”

 

 

I had to pull my car over (we had drove separately since my husband had come from work) because I was sobbing uncontrollably at this point.

 

I tried to explain to her what happened and the worst part, I now had to wait an entire week to see if this baby would live or not. My life was to be put in limbo and I simply had to just wait to miscarry.

 

I spent the next week in bed. I barely left it, numbed myself in food and netflix shows and waited.

 

Every time I went to the bathroom, I waited to lose the baby.

 

Every time I walked around, I waited for the baby to leave.

 

All  I had time to do was think about a future for this baby that might never happen.

 

A week passed and nothing had changed. We went in again to see if there was a heartbeat and again the doctor looked sadly at me and said “I”m sorry, there is no change. We’ll have to schedule you for an operation”.

 

“Schedule Me?”, I asked him. “We can’t do it today? I’ve been stuck in limbo waiting for my life to change for a week and now I have to wait longer.”

 

I had come to terms with the fact that we would most likely lose this baby and was ready to end this torture. As cold as it might seem, I needed to start to grieve, I needed to start to open my heart again, I needed to keep going.

 

The doctor told me I’d have to wait a few more days, go into see my OB/GYN first, and then we’d have the operation.


Wait.

  

The next few days were torture as, now that we knew our fate, I had to wait for my operation. I just sat, rubbing my belly, dreaming of what might have been, and cried.

 

Would I ever be able to have a child?

 

What did our future hold?

 

Why did I have to lose this baby?

 

 

 

Days later, I sat numb in the hospital. My normal jovial demeanor was gone, I barely could smile, and cringed every single time a nurse came by to ask me questions.

Didn’t they see my chart?

 

Didn’t they know I was suffering?

 

Why did I have to keep telling them I was here for a D & C to remove the baby that never would see this world? I didn’t realize then that I would have to relive this experience every single time I went to the doctor when they asked me how many pregnancies I’ve had or if I had had any surgeries. That I would forever have to remember the cold hospital room and that feeling of emptiness.

 

Once the operation was complete and I came out of the anesthetic, it took me weeks to shake this numb feeling.

 

My faith had been shaking but I knew, if God had meant for me to have a child, He would help it happen.

 

A month after my miscarriage, my husband lost his job and we knew that this was all a part of the plan. We wouldn’t have been able to afford another child at this point and the stress of unemployment wouldn’t have been healthy for this pregnancy and baby.

 

We had hope and faith that we’d be able to keep going and try again.

 

 

Fast forward almost 8 months later, I had taken a pregnancy test each week in hopes that we’d be able to conceive.

 

I went to a women’s event at church and at the end, I asked the pastor if we could pray for a baby for our family.


The women laid hands on me and prayed and I felt the Holy Spirit that day in the room. Something felt new and whole.

 

We were leaving the next day for Mexico for a work vacation and I said to my husband that I wanted to take a test. We typically took them each week and I had just taken one a few days before. But something felt different this time.

 

Minutes later, I knew God had answered our prayers.

 

The test was positive.

 

That entire pregnancy (and with my subsequent one) I was riddled in anxiety about losing the baby. Every time I went to the bathroom, I found myself checking for signs up a miscarry, even up until the day I had my daughter.

 

I often wonder if women who have never had infant loss go through pregnancy the same way. Fearful and just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

 

Thankfully, I’ve now been able to have 2 healthy pregnancies and my heart and our family is full.

 

 

While I never stop thinking about the future of a baby that didn’t get to see this world, I know that we will be together again  in the next.

 

Every time I see a post about another woman who is suffering my heart goes out to them because I know that, even though our experiences may have been different, I know the feeling of an empty heart that comes from a dream being snatched from you.

 

So mama, if you’re 1 in 4, if you’re wondering if you’ll be able to ever have a child or will lose another, know you are not alone.

 

We don’t sign up to be a member of this club but, unfortunately, there are a lot of us. Give yourself permission to heal on your own time, to cry as much as you need, and to know that you didn’t do anything wrong.

 

Have hope that sharing your story can help another mom start to drive with hers and that there is alway a hand to hold in another moms whose baby was taken too soon.

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3 Keys to a Nighttime Routine for Infants (and why diaper doublers are a must)

3 Keys to a Nighttime Routine for Infants (and why diaper doublers are a must)

Using Diaper Doublers to Save Your Sleep

“This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sposie Booster Pads, the number one brand in diaper doublers. All opinions are entirely my own.”

 

Overnight diaper leaks were tormenting me for months and I was ready to find a way to stop them from waking up my son! We had used overnight diapers before but they didn’t always stop from leaks and nighttime wake ups.

 

Tell me if this sounds familiar…

 

You finally make it to bedtime, and plop in a chair, ready to do your ‘mom tasks’ before bed.

 

You jump into your bed ready to doze off and, an hour or two later, you hear crying from the other room.

 

You go and grab the baby and put your hand on a super wet bottom and soaked sheets.

 

You groan because you know, that if the diaper had done its job, you would have probably gotten a ton more sleep.


Yup. I’ve been there too.

Like any mom, I love when my kids sleep through the night. But for a while, my sleep was getting interrupted by diaper leaks and crying littles. And, since my kids share a bedroom, my 1 year old waking up meant that my 2 year old would be up as well. We were caught in a cycle of no sleep and it felt like we were in newborn land again!

 

I had the same problem with my daughter, who didn’t sleep through the night until about 13 months. I got lucky with my son who, around 5 months, was sleeping through the night until the leaks started.

 

Luckily, we decided to fix up our bedtime routine to a system that worked for us AND the kids and finally helped stop having to change diapers and sheets in the middle of the night!

 

 

1. No drinks before bedtime

 

This was one of the first things we started to implement once we began potty training but for some reason, I never even thought about doing it with my younger son.

 

I made sure his last nursing session was at least 30-60 minutes before bed and he had no water after dinner. Giving your child’s body time to adjust and get any pee out BEFORE bed is key!

 

 

2. Bath and Diaper Change

 

In full transparency, we give our kids baths every other night but, I find on the days we do give them a bath before bed, they definitely go to bed faster.

 

I know some parents who start their bath and pajama routine super early but I completely suggest waiting until the last possible moment. You want to get them changed and in a fresh diaper right before bed so that they don’t even have the chance to wet it before hand.

 

There have been times where I changed the kids about an hour before bed and yup… my son would wet his diaper before we even read our book.

 

Even with this tips and our bedtime routine being smoother, I found that he was still having leaks overnight. I tried to size up a diaper (which may work for some) but it still wasn’t enough to hold it all in.

 

So luckily, I came across Sposie pads and thought I’d give them a try. Sposie pads are INCREDIBLE mamas! They look a little bit like feminine pads and are designed to fit right inside a regular or overnight diaper.

 

 

 

And get this… they absorb 8 oz of wetness BEFORE it even hits the diaper! It’s your first line of defense when it comes to extending the amount of time your diaper will not leak! They are also meant for boys and girls which means one pack works for both my littles! And yes mama… you can use them on cloth diapers too!

 

I was pretty nervous about 1. Whether they would work or 2. If they’d give him a rash. We all pretty sensitive skin over here and I noticed that certain diapers give him a rash. Luckily Sposie pads are hypoallergenic and we had no rash! There is nothing worse than a poor little baby with diaper rash!

 

 

 

3. Quiet time and predictable routine

 

After we get all the kiddos ready for bed, I highly recommend a super predictable routine with them. My kids now know what to expect, my 1 year old will start to fuss as soon as we get to prayer because he knows it’s just about time, and it helps them sleep better and decrease pre-bed anxiety.

 

 

We spend about 10 minutes in quiet play, which mostly looks like blocks or manipulatives. My daughter loves to run around but we try to make sure that is done BEFORE we head upstairs. Once we get upstairs, she’s reminded we’re in ‘quiet play’ zone which helps them both get ready for bed. And since they share a room, we want to make sure they are both ready at the same time.

 

Play is followed by 1-2 (okay more like 3-4) books and prayer, which is one of my favorite parts of the day. My daughter is in the stage where she can repeat most of the books since we’ve read them so many times and it’s cute watching her read.

 

 

 

 

After bed, I check and make sure the baby still has a dry diaper and my daughter heads to the bathroom. She’s completely potty trained during the day but isn’t at the point where we’re in underwear overnight. Her pull ups don’t always hold her so I sometimes will toss a Sposie liner in too! This is great because instead of buying overnight pull-ups, I can turn any diaper or pull-up into a nighttime one. If she gets up over night, she is MUCH harder to get back to bed because she becomes a negotiator and then becomes afraid of the dark room.

 

 

Once we’re sure everyone is ready to go, night light goes in, a goodnight song is sung and mommy and daddy get to tiptoe out of the room, collapse in the other room, and sigh that we’ve made it to bedtime! And luckily, we’ve found a great routine and systems that allow us to sleep through the night again!

 

What are some of your tips for a great bedtime routine? Post them in the comments!

 

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The Complete Guide to Christmas on a Budget for Moms

The Complete Guide to Christmas on a Budget for Moms

The Complete Guide to Christmas on a Budget for Moms

Christmas on a Budget

 

Christmas and the holiday season is full of so much joy but, it can also be full of so much financial stress. Without knowing how to save money at Christmas or how to have a fun Christmas on a budget, us moms can feel overwhelmed and stressed.

Last Christmas was a hard one for us. My husband had been out of work for 5 months, we had just had a new baby, and I was battling Postpartum Anxiety and Depression. We were on government assistance and barely had money to eat or pay our bills.

 

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But that didn’t mean we didn’t have an amazing holiday. We sat down at our family budget meeting and determined what our needs were for the holidays. As we talked about events and things that we had previously spent money on, we knew this year would be one where we would have to say “no” to some things, get creative about other things, and just replace some traditions with more frugal ones.

 

The #1 thing that allowed us to be able to not feel like the Grinch and enjoy the memories was the budget that we created and STUCK TO all season. This was a 100% cash budget that requires some creativity and, for me, to get smart about how I could bring in extra cash during the months leading up to it.

 

 

Once you look deeply at your budgets, you’ll be able to see where you can make some cuts in order to save for Christmas and beyond. Start with printing out last month’s bank and credit statements and use highlighters to color code your spending (for example, make purple eating out and green kid’s stuff). This will give you a bigger picture at where you can cut things out.

 

Instead of spending $10 a week on Starbucks, take that money you’d spend and put it in an envelope for holiday spending. If you were putting your Starbucks on your credit card… STOP. There is no point in finding ways to make extra money if you’re just going to use credit cards. You’re just taking that money from yourself right away. I know how hard the credit card mindset can be, and believe me, I constantly work on my money mindset, but you CAN make these changes if you’re serious!

 

 christmas budget for moms

 

 

Why you need a budget for the holidays?

 

It is so easy to overspend during the holidays. You have gifts to buy, events to attend, and parties to host, and soon your debit or credit cards can become your best friend. Come January, you’ll check out your bank statement and realized you’ve spent over $1,000 on things that you don’t even remember buying.

 

You need to go into the holidays with a budget in mind so that you are not full of regrets later on. If it’s within your means to spend a little more extravagantly, then go for it! But, if you need to be smart and frugal about where your money goes, that’s okay too!

 

The key here is that you develop your budget in advance, determine how much you want to spend that you can cash flow and stick to it! It is incredibly easy to not fully plan out your spending and then double your budget that last week before Christmas because you are just impulse and last minute shopping!

Using a Cash Budget Envelope System

 

It is SO easy to overspend when you don’t have a budget OR you choose to use cards instead of cash. By creating a budget and using a cash system for all of your holiday spending, you can prevent overspending, stay on all of your predetermined budgets, and feel a ton less stress.

 

We use a cash system for all of our budgets and financial organization. We used to use credit and debit cards ALL the time but the problem was that we really had no clue what we were actually spending. Our bank statements were often a transaction or two off, we would forget to write down the little purchases and we went too quickly into our wallets to pay with a credit card if we thought we ‘needed’ something.

 

christmas budget for moms

 

If you and your family commit to a cash Christmas, you have to make sure you’re all willing to stick to it. This also might mean that the way you previously have spent will need to get altered. If you can’t afford to cash flow the $500 fancy watch for your husband then maybe this year, you come up with an alternative gift (that I’m sure he’ll love just as much) at half the cost.

 

Really think about what your holiday needs and wants are and don’t feel like you have to spend a ton ‘just because’ it’s the holidays. When it comes to gifts for the kids, we follow a 4 gift system  and make sure our gifts are thoughtful and practical without going overboard. There is no need to overspend on toys that are most likely not going to get opened anyway (or forgotten about in a week or two).

 

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Create a Christmas Budget Worksheet

 

The first step you need in creating a budget for Christmas that fits you and your family’s needs is to create a simple chart to track all of your estimated spending and actual spending. I use Trello to do this and it’s a lifesaver!

 

On Trello you can create lists of who and what you are spending this season, save links for deals and items you need to buy, and track what you’ve actually spent. This will help you start to save and stay on track when it comes to spending. 

 

Using a Trello board makes it super easy because you can link all of your holiday stuff in one place. If you see a link on Etsy for a gift you love, come across a coupon code for something you need, or want to look at your budgets and shopping lists when you’re out at the store, you can just check it out on your mobile phone and BAM, it’s all in one place! You can learn more about Trello and how it makes my mom life easier over in my Trello course!

Simple Budget Categories

 

When thinking about what areas you want to budget for, the best thing to do is braindump all of the areas you know that you’ve spent money in the past. Do you have to buy gifts for each of your kids’ teachers? Does your job have a holiday party that you need to pay for a sitter and an Uber? Do you host Christmas dinner?

 

Start by writing down all of the areas you know that you need to save for. This will allow you to start figuring out how much is in your means to spend (because remember, the goal is a CASH Christmas!) and where you can start looking for deals!

 

By having it organized, you’ll also just get a better bird’s eye view of all that is coming up and some thing that maybe you should say no too. Now that you know what’s coming in advance you can search Groupon for deals on memories and events or start to look for sales for gifts you might need.

How to use the Envelope System

 

 

After you determine how much you plan to spend in each area, it’s time to start saving an putting cash aside. I suggest creating an envelope for each area so that you can separate the cash.

 

You can follow my 12 week system  to start saving cash each week and putting it in your envelopes. You can also start finding other ways to get cash (like selling things on Facebook Marketplace or using Apps  and, as it comes in, put it in envelopes instead of your wallet! This way that money won’t get mindlessly spent on Starbucks but intentionally spent on what you need.

 

The key to the cash system is making sure that all of the envelopes are labeled and you don’t borrow from another one! If you go overboard on buying baking items for cookies, you can’t take from the ‘holiday events’ envelope! This just means you’ll have to be strategic, find some coupons, or say no to something.

 

If you want some extra help getting your budget together for the holidays, and beyond, than make sure you sign up for the Kick Your Debt to the Curb Challenge! In 5 days, I’ll show you how you can save up to $500 (yes in just 5 days!) and start to get your finances under control!

 

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Healthy Freezer Meals for a Month

Healthy Freezer Meals for a Month

Once a Month Cooking Menu

 

As life gets crazier and busier, one thing I know is that creating a once a month cooking menu is the best way for me to provide my family with quick and easy healthy meals all while saving time, money and being less stressed.

 

I recently started using a once a month cooking menu but organizing myself with Theme Nights and it’s been incredible. Creating a menu a month in advance for our dinners has helped me save a ton of time each week in planning. When you batch organize your meals, you can easily come up with meals your family will love with ingredients you know you can buy often or save on.

 

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Once a Month Meals Review

 

To start once a month planning, I would sit down and start to fill in my grid with my theme night ideas but often would get stuck. I get into a meal planning rut where we are making the same few dinners on rotation and needed some new ideas that fit my budget.

A friend suggested I check out Once a Month Meals and can I tell you, I am OBSESSED with it! Once a month meals provides a ton of recipes, menu ideas, and tips to create awesome meals that your family will love AND shows you how you can make them now and prep them ahead to freeze and add to your meal plan later.

 

 

Once A Month Meals

 

 

I love the idea of multi tasking my cooking, where I can not only make some meals for tonight but freeze some for later. Each recipe also gives you exact directions on how to do it if you want to cook it not or if you want to freeze it for later.

Freezer Meals for your Crock Pot

 

The biggest bonus when it comes to using monthly meal planning and finding a site like Once a Month Meals is that SO many of the meals utilize the crock pot and what’s called ‘dump recipes’.  I LOVE these type of recipes (and you can check out my free 5 day challenge to learn how these can be your best friend too!) 

 

Now I know not everyone loves this kind of cooking but, for a busy mom like me who always has little people underfoot, can I tell you how much stress this saves me! I literally can drop in a meal that I’ve already prepped, turn on the crock pot, and just serve it at dinner time! It not only saves me time but makes clean up SO easy! 

Quick and Easy Toddler Recipes

 

My second favorite thing, besides the easy dinners, from Once a Month Meals was the menus that you can download for toddlers! My 1 year old is at a stage where he eats everything but my toddler has become increasingly pickier.

 

I’ve also fallen into a rut when it comes to making their food and these menus and recipes have given me a new spark to try simple meals that bring in some variety! I’ve gotten into a good groove with breakfast but when it comes to lunches, it’s often just me throwing on plates whatever leftovers we have. The menus they provide have helped me feel much less stressed about providing my kiddos with healthier lunch options while expanding their palettes!

 

 

 

If you’ve never checked out Once a Month Meals, what are you waiting for?

 

I’ve linked below some of my favorite plans that they have to check out for free! You can also head over and get a subscription for super cheap that will provide the shopping lists and more! Go and grab it now and save yourself time and stress in the kitchen!

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How to Make Mom Friends and Beat Stay at Home Mom Depression

How to Make Mom Friends and Beat Stay at Home Mom Depression

How to Make Mom Friends and Beat Stay at Home Mom Depression

 

It can be lonely  as a stay at home mom and easy to slip into stay at home mom depression if you don’t intentionally surround yourself with other mom friends.

 

So often our spouse doesn’t understand what we’re going through, our family and friends might not be in the same season of their life, and the expectations that we put on ourselves (or society or loved ones) can make the mom guilt unbearable intense.

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After my son (who is currently a year old) was born, I struggled with Postpartum Anxiety and Depression. I found myself isolating myself from even my other SAHM friends, withdrawing from my family, and feeling generally worthless. It was one of the hardest times of my life and I’m thankful that I currently have seen the ‘light on the other side of the rainbow’.


But during that period, I struggled deeply and felt so alone. I am so thankful that I had a mom tribe that I connected with, both in person and online, because it helped me realize that, no matter how tough things were, I wasn’t alone.

 

What type of SAHM are you?

 

My first suggestion when it comes to connecting and meeting other moms is to think about the type of SAHM you identify with.

 

When I first started to meet up with moms at the library or ones that I met in groups, I made the mistake of thinking that I would immediately connect with them all right away. And while I still am close friends with some of the first moms I met, there are many that I didn’t connect with.

 

Your energy is so valuable and you don’t want to spend it with people who are going to bring you down or make you feel bad about the type of mom you are. And it’s OKAY if you don’t connect with everyone.

 

There are a lot of different types of moms out there so you’ll want to find your tribe. If you’re a “Pinterest Mom” you might not want to spend your time with moms who make you feel bad about wanting to craft with your kids.

 

Or if you’re more of an “Amazon Prime” mom, you might not want to spend time with moms who want to spend more time creating homemade decorations for every event.

 

Give yourself permission to feel other moms out on playdates or in groups but know that you don’t have to vibe with them all. Don’t allow yourself to feel guilted into a friendship that makes you feel bad about yourself or drains all of your energy. You deserve to be around others that make you laugh and feel joy!

 

 

 

 

Finding Mom Friends Near  You

 

There are two main ways I’ve been able to connect with other moms friends and that is in person and online. There is an incredible power in meeting up with like minded moms in person for coffee, a walk, or just to get some sanity and talk to another grown up.

 

Some of my closest mom friends are ones that I have randomly met in Facebook groups and we’ve just clicked. We connected because our 2.5 year old were super close in age as babies and now, we all have 1 year olds too!

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The first place you should go to find moms near you is Facebook! Search and see if you can find a local moms group. You can be bold and simply post that you’re looking for like minded moms, and put a few words to describe this mom (coffee loving, like to craft but isn’t that good at it, enjoys working out, primarily seen in a mom bun… wait I’m describing me!) and suggest a time and place to meet up.

 

One of the easiest suggestions is to suggest going for a walk at a local park or place where you can get to actually talk to them. I’ve met up with moms places where it was super busy or my kids were all over the place and I felt like I didn’t get to talk to them at all!

 

Always start with meeting at a public place (free is best!) before inviting them over for a playdate! There is nothing more awkward than having a mom come over for the first time and you don’t vibe or your kids don’t get along (and I’ve been there!)

 

You should also look and check and see what local mom groups already exist (we have a MOMS group in our town), check out your church or religious center or see if you can find a MOPS group (Moms of Preschoolers)!

 

Often many of these places will offer child care for you and it can be a great time to refuel yourself and connect with others!

 

Meet like minded friends online

 

Because life is so busy, I sometimes only see my ‘in person’ mom friends once a month. I knew that I wanted to feel more connected on a daily basis and needed someone other than my kids to talk to.

 

Insert my virtual MOM TRIBE!

 

Over the past few years I’ve been able connect with so many moms from around the world who are feeling similarly than me all online! Heck, it’s one of the reasons that I created A Purpose Driven Mom! I knew that there were more moms out there like me, I just had to find them!

 

 

 

Social media is going to be the best place for you to connect with other like minded moms. You can use hashtag or group searches to find other communities where your ‘mom’ is hanging out.

 

Search things like ‘crunchy breastfeeding moms’ or ‘work at home moms’ or ‘2 under 2 moms’ and a BUNCH of suggestions come up (make sure you search A Purpose Driven Mom and come join our group too!)

 

Become active in those groups, answer questions from other moms and ask questions! I can’t tell you how life saving it was at 3am when I was cluster feeding my daughter to have other moms awake in baby sleep groups to talk to!

 

Once you find mom groups you love, ask for suggestions for podcasts or other groups that they love. I have found so many other members of my mom tribe by connecting with other podcasts and blogs that moms have suggested to me!

 

Some of my favorite podcasts for moms include;

Young Wife’s Guide

Cultivating the Lovely

Mom Struggling Well

God Centered Mom

Raising Arrows

Hello Mornings

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of these are perfect podcasts for Christian Moms who want to get some inspiration and find communities that they can connect with! Many of these bloggers also host virtual conferences which can help you feel even more connected!

 

Virtual conferences are my FAV (Heck I even ran my own this past year! You can go back and get all the recordings here) because you don’t have to leave your house and you can connect with some many incredible women.

 

One of my favorite ones is coming up in just a few weeks so, if you’re looking for a great place to start connecting with moms, I highly recommend the Homemaking Ministries Conference this upcoming September! And if you're reading this after September, go and grab the recordings!

Stay at Home Mom Quotes

 

Being a stay at home mom is tough. We get lost, we feel lonely and stay at home mom depression is a real thing.

 

So when you’re feeling lost, make sure you reach out to other moms, connect with people, and surround yourself with positive influences that bring you joy!

 

In the meantime, check out this list of positive mom quotes and affirmations (you can grab a copy of my fav ones here) to build you up when it’s tough.

 

Because mama…. It’s going to be TOUGH! But you’re doing a GREAT JOB! 

 

 

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