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Podcast Episode 14 – Sensory Activities at Home with Kids {Interview with Myriam from Mother Could}

Podcast Episode 14 – Sensory Activities at Home with Kids {Interview with Myriam from Mother Could}

Purpose Driven Mom Podcast

Episode 14

Sensory Activities at Home with Kids {Interview with Myriam from Mother Could}

 

 

Today’s episode was a great and informative interview with Myriam from the page Mother Could! Myriam started her instagram account to share what she was doing in her home and now reaches almost 100K women who are looking for tips on activities and play to do at home!

 

 

 

 

Episode Show Notes

1:55 Meet Myriam from MotherCould

12:33 What does sensory play actually look like?

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19:47 Mentally preparing for doing activities at home without overwhelm

26:18 The benefits of sensory play at home

28:14 Storage tips for sensory activities

34:53 Safety and Mess Tips for sensory play

39:50 Time Management Strategies for balancing a passion project with motherhood

 

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Links and Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode 

 

Myriam’s Recommended Food Dye

Learn More about Myriam!

Follow Her on Instagram

 

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Podcast 13 Getting Ready for Back to School

Podcast 13 Getting Ready for Back to School

Purpose Driven Mom Podcast

Episode 13

Getting Ready for Back to School

 

 

 

It’s time to get ready to prepare for back to school! Instead of feeling overwhelmed this school year, let’s dive into routines and systems you can start with your kids to help decrease the stress!

 

 

 

 

Episode Show Notes

3:13 Join the Master Your Time Challenge!

4:38 How routines help our kids (and us!)

6:24 Transitioning kid’s sleep schedules

12:20 Start your evening routine now

14:50 Changing tech rules now to make back to school easier

20:00 How to limit coffee and sugar before bed

 

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Links and Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode 

Master Your Time Challenge JOIN NOW! Kicks off August 13th

Get on the waitlist for the 15 minute formula!

Ultimate Productivity Bundle

Podcast Episode 03: Creating an Evening Routine 

Podcast Episode 09: Making a routine for smoother mornings

 

 

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How to find time for yourself as a busy mom

How to find time for yourself as a busy mom

How to find time for yourself as a busy mom

 

As a busy mom, it can be a real challenge to find time for yourself. I get it. And now with summer here, it certainly seems as if the light at the end of the tunnel is farther than ever. Fret not, there are so many ways you can sneak in time for yourself throughout your days.

 

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How to Get Up Early

 

The easiest, most obvious solution is to wake up earlier, before your children wake up. As tough as this may be, you don’t need to wake up at the crack of dawn if you aren’t a morning person. You can start by rising 15 minutes earlier, day by day, and each week increasing that time by 15-minute increments until you’re able to get an hour in or more (however much time you need).

Related Post: Sample Morning Routine for a Sleep Deprived Mom

 

Should you invest in summer camp or activities for your kids?

 

This option is obviously dependent upon your finances and may or may not be feasible for you in this season. But if it is, then this is something that you’ll definitely want to consider. It’ll easily give you 3 to 6 extra hours in your day. It’s a win-win for everyone. You get your time and your child gets to be educated and entertained in a safe environment.

 

Do you need a babysitter?

Many families have babysitters during the year when they’re working full-time. However, we tend to take a break or cut this out completely in the summertime because of our work hours lesson or other reasons. If you can, I’d suggest keeping your babysitter on call. Even an hour a week can make all the difference in giving you that self-care time you need and certainly deserve.

 

Creating boundaries with your family

 

I realize how forceful this sounds but hear me out. Sometimes your spouses and family members truly don’t realize the time you really need yet don’t receive. Despite how loving and caring they are, they may not see that you need your cup filled as much as anyone else (if not more).

 

So, politely demand that you get some time to yourself. You can do this one of two ways (only you will know which is the best solution because it’s based on your family members’ temperaments/personalities): You either want to start BIG, in an effort to leave room for ‘negotiation’. Or start small, in order to build a tolerance to this new idea and work your way up to more time.

 

How to let go of ‘mom guilt’.

This is the part where you let go of any mom guilt that you’re feeling because that’s NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS! Feelings are fickle and they lie to you on a daily basis. Instead, you NEED to tell your body, mind, and spirit how to feel NOT the other way around. Don’t allow preconceived notions or thoughts from your past experiences dictate how you’ll feel…How worthy you are of this time…Whether you’re worthy of relaxation or worthy of change. So to give you a tangible example, you might say:

 

Hey Babe, I want/need a weekend away to myself. Now you’ll most likely get one of a few responses:

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. I need to know more…Okay…Let’s talk about this (because that seems like a pretty daunting idea.)

 

The first and last response are the ones we are looking for because…

  • The first response is ideal (& amazing!)
  • The second response may lead to frustration or tough and heavy talks
  • And the last response- isn’t a no…it’s just proof that your spouse is feeling uncertainty and is beyond their comfort zone. You can work with this! At the very least, you’ll be able to get a few hours away if the weekend is a big ask for your significant other.

 

Create an evening routine with your spouse

Now, this option is much like the first (waking up earlier) but for some reason, it might be easier for some moms to stay up later than it is to wake up earlier.

 

For me, what helps is to drink coffee around 3 or 4 p.m. and it allows me to stay up all the way to midnight, sometimes 1 a.m. This option, despite it not being the best option, will give you a lot of hours to yourself depending on when you put your children to bed.

 

So, if your children are in bed at around 7:30 p.m, no later than 8 p.m., you can get 4-5 hours of time to yourself. Now I know what you’re thinking, ”When and how the heck am I supposed to spend time with my spouse?!” Touché. I understand.

 

In this case, work out a schedule where you both agree on how many hours you’ll spend together after the kids go to bed and what you’ll do during that time. It could look something like this: Your kiddos are in bed by 8 pm.

 

Spouse time together for the next 2-3 hours (This could be dinner & movie, movie, lovemaking, tv show, etc. you get the point LOL.) At this point, it’s around 10/11pm and you have anywhere between 1-3 hours for yourself!

 

Related Post: (Podcast Episode) Creating a Great Evening Routine

 

 

The Power of Distraction: The Pomodoro Way

 

If you aren’t familiar with the Pomodoro technique, here’s a quick sum up: It’s a time management technique that breaks tasks up into 25-30 minute increments. This flash option tends to be my favorite option for a few reasons. If you have:

  • rambunctious children
  • kids that don’t go to sleep early
  • kids that wake up at the crack of dawn or through all hours of the night
  • children who no longer nap
  • kiddos with short attention spans

 

This technique will work like magic. And I call it the ‘power of distraction’. Please don’t discredit the power of creating a fun solo activity for your child to do on their own. You are (mostly) in total control. You can choose for this to be a messy or clean activity…the choice is yours.

Let me give you a few different ideas here but, the main premise is to distract engage your child long enough to give you about a half an hour to yourself. I know that you forget sometimes to fill your own cup. I also know you sometimes forget to fill your children’s cups as well. The Pomodoro technique is an easy way to allow that to happen. Give 25 minutes to your children and then 25 minutes for you. Continue alternating this as many times as you’re willing and able.

 

Related Post: How to Get Your House Clean in 15 minutes a Day 

 

Here are some ideas to fill the next 25 minutes:

  • Give your kids some new stickers and journals and crayons or markers and fancy glitter pens from a ‘dollar store’ near you. Purchasing all of this will probably cost around $5 and you get half an hour to yourself. Calculate that for a moment. If you’re paying a low rate of $10 an hour for a babysitter you’re on the same road friend and your kids are safe, in your custody, having fun with random things that could essentially be used again and again.
  • If you’re ok with a small mess, allow your kids to make slime (it’s VERY easy), or play with playdough.
  • Or if you’re feeling lazy just purchase slime/playdough instead

 

Hop over to your nearest dollar store and find some new trinkets from the toy aisle. (I know, I know, I have a thing for the dollar store lol it’s a hidden treasure!) This is truly the tip of the iceberg here. The possibilities are seriously endless. Make Pinterest your best friend, frequent the dollar store, hunt for bargains and easy projects. You’ll be good to go.

 

 

Bio: Sheree is a traveling mom, wife to an amazing athlete & mama to 2 cool kids. She helps worried moms become self confident so they can rock motherhood by sharing real, honest experiences. At darling steps, she writes on parenting, travel, wellness & everything in between. Because moms do all.the.things. Find more about Sheree on her blog Darling Steps!

 

 

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How to Find Time to Workout as a Busy Mom 

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Podcast Episode 12 – Living as a Mom with Anxiety

Podcast Episode 12 – Living as a Mom with Anxiety

Purpose Driven Mom Podcast

Episode 12

Living as a Mom with Anxiety

 

 

 

Today’s episode is more vulnerable as I share my personal experience about anxiety and how it impact me as a mom. If you’re someone who struggles with mental health issues, know that this episode may trigger you – so please skip it if you feel it will be more harmful than helpful!

 

 

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, please reach out for help. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

 

Episode Show Notes

3:05 Join the Master Your Time Challenge

7:27 Why we don’t talk about mental health

10:54 Why we need to talk about mental health

11:46 Using your language wisely and how it can diminish others experience

13:57 Looking at the people you are around and how they might impact your anxiety

18:00 Behind the scenes into my personal journal with mental health

25:00 What anxiety looks like for me

31:05 How to preemptively work on your anxiety as a mom

39:00 Talking through your anxiety cycle

What triggered your anxiety?

How did it manifest or what did it look like?

What do you need

 

 

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Links and Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode 

Master Your Time Challenge 

 

 

31 Days of Positive Affirmations for Moms

 

 

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Don’t forget to head to this post where you can grab your free printable scripture cards to help with your anxiety!

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, please reach out for help. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

 

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Podcast 11 – Using Time Blocking for a More Productive Schedule

Podcast 11 – Using Time Blocking for a More Productive Schedule

Purpose Driven Mom Podcast

Episode 11

Using Time Blocking for a More Productive Schedule

 

 

 

Today’s episode will focus all on how you can use time blocking to create a simple and productive schedule! Instead of overwhelming ourselves with the tasks we have to get done, you’ll learn how to make things more simple and have them fit into your busy mom life!

 

 

 

 

Episode Show Notes

2:50 How Time Blocking Decreased my overwhelm

7:35 Why you need flexibility and structure with your schedule

8:25 How many time blocks do you need in a day?

10:55 Anchoring Your Time Blocks During Your Day

13:20 What to do when you have no events to anchor your blocks to

14:56 Using pens, washi tape or Trello to identify your blocks

 

 

18:30 Start by adding in non negotiable appointments into your block and add in time to work on your goal

21:40 The Power of Batching

25:40 What is you have extra time in your block or don’t finish everything?

 

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Links and Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode 

Busy Mom Goal Setting Challenge 

Join the 15 Minute Formula Waitlist!

Ultimate Productivity Bundle 

Design Your Day: Time Management for the Busy Woman (use code PODCAST for $5 off the course)

Organize Your Life with Trello

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Free Trello Basics Course

 

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How to Schedule Your Day as a Work at Home Mom

How to Fit Self Care Into Your Day

How to Find Time to Workout as a Busy Mom 

Digitally Organize Your Prayer Time to Become a Prayer Warrior

How to Time Block and Get More Done!

 

 

 

 

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Podcast 10 – Travel Tips for a Stress Free Vacation

Podcast 10 – Travel Tips for a Stress Free Vacation

Purpose Driven Mom Podcast

Episode 10

Travel Tips for a Stress Free Vacation

 

 

 

In today’s episode I am going to share my best tips and resources for how to plan a stress free vacation with your kids! I’ll share what routines went well, how we saved money and vacationed on a budget and how you can enjoy the trip as well!

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode Show Notes

4:28 Why we haven’t taken a family vacation in two years

6:30 Quick Summary of our Trip

8:53 Things to do before you leave for vacation

13:38 How to Set a Budget for Your Trip

20:58 How to Save for Your Trip

23:00 How to save money when you are on your trip

28:09 Routines that helped for a stress free trip

32:00 Travel Tips for Car Road Trips

35:00 Pool and Beach Travel Tips

36:15 What I wish I did on this trip

38:13 Trip Ideas for transitioning home after vacation

 

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Links and Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode 

Watch my IGTV on how we packed snacks to save money!

How to Create a Bedtime Routine for Your Kids

Get $10 free from Rakuten (formally Ebates) before you book your trip

Use Ibotta for cash back on your trip

Use Amazon Home Services for House Cleaning

Need Help Budgeting? Grab my Busy on a Budget course here in the Master your Money Super Bundle

 

 

Busy Bags and Activities for the Car Ride

 

 

 

 

This travel potty is amazing! It folds up and you put a bag under it for easy clean up!

 

 

 

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