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!

 

Need any help with overnight leaks??? Head over and snag some Sposies now! You can grab them below on Amazon or at Target or Walmart!

 

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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.

 

This post was sponsored by Once a Month Meals and I was compensated for this review. This post may contain affiliate links which cost you nothing extra to use but may provide me with a commission. To read my full disclosure head on over here.

 

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.

 

 

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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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Is Brandless Legit?

Is Brandless Legit?

 

Brandless is one of the newest online shopping websites to hit the inboxes of people wanting cheap, organic products.

 

They are known for the fact that all of their items are non-GMO and mostly organic and just $3 and, for the money conscious spender who still wants to bring healthier products into their household, this is incredible! But, is it actually a legit deal or just more clickbait?

 

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What is Brandless?

 

The Brandless company began in 2017 with the hopes and vision of providing healthier and affordable options to the masses. They have built direct relationships with the companies and cut out the middleman in order to provide such rock bottom prices. They literally have eliminated all of the mark up costs that we pay for in stores!

 

According to their website, they do extensive research to make sure that their products meet high quality standards. They sell food, paper products, beauty and household items.

 

All of their food is non GMO and many are organic. All of the labels share that the food items have no artificial preservatives or flavoring.

 

The cleaning products are also non toxic and adhere to safer chemical standards set by the EPA. Their paper products are also FSC certified and made either bamboo or sugarcane fiber (yes, even the toilet paper is ‘tree free!’)

 

They also have a line of beauty and feminine products that are all safer, free of dyes, and against animal testing.

 

 

 

 

 

What I loved the most about Brandless was their mission to give back. For every purchase that is made from their site, they donate a meal to Feeding America (and often have promotions where they donate more than one meal). So far they’ve donated 1.5 million meals to Feeding America!

 

Brandless Product Review

 

I saw a Facebook ad for Brandless and figured I’d give it a shot. I am always looking for ways to save money on healthier options and wanted to know how legit it actually was.

 

When you place an order, if you spend over $39, you get free shipping BUT if you sign up for their email list, they’ll send you a free code for free shipping on  your first order which is what I decided to do. I didn’t want to try $39 worth of stuff (which is 13 items!) until I knew that it was worth my money.

 

I was super impressed with my first order, so much so that I made a second (and you can check out my honest review and unboxing below)!

Brandless Hits and Misses

 

There were a few things that I thought were great deals and a few that I found that I could get at Aldi for the same price, if not cheaper.

 

Honestly, most of the food items left me underwhelmed. It says the sizes on each item but it wasn’t until I got them that I was able to really see the difference between what I could find in the store and I didn’t really think it was that worth it.

 

For example, the $3 bag of quinoa I got probably would have been $3 at Aldi and double the size! I found the same to be true for the almonds and snacks.

 

However, when it came to other food items, I found the oils, vinegars and spices to be a great deal! I would most definitely get them again from Brandless because organic cooking items tend to be so expensive!

 

Where I found the most value was in the cleaning and household items. We are currently transitioning over to healthier household items and I have found the prices in the stores to be higher than I am used to. I currently coupon and often can get good deals on cleaners but $3 for a EPA safe and non GMO cleaner is amazing! I’ve ordered their multipurpose spray, bathroom cleaning spray and toilet cleaner and window cleaner (which smells amazing!) and highly recommend them all. I did order a thing of wipes and wasn’t as impressed with the quantity of them and will probably not order them again.

 

I also got the toilet paper and tissues and am SO impressed with the quality! I was definitely not sure about using tree free toilet paper and it is great quality, soft and has lasted us SO much longer than our previous brand!

 

I will also say that it did take my product about a week to come to my door which is obviously longer than amazon prime. The one time it took 8 days instead of 7, they sent me a $9 promo coupon as an apology for waiting, which shows the integrity of the company!

Brandless Coupon Code and Price

 

All items are only $3 a piece which is a steal! Shipping is a $5 flat rate unless you pay for their free shipping membership which is $36. When you do this they donate 10 meals to Feeding America! This is completely worth it if you plan on ordering from them a few times! This way you don’t have to always place bigger orders when you need thing.

 

Ready to try it out? Use this code and get 2 items free from me!

 

 

 

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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! 

 

 

Make sure you SHARE this post with of SAHM who probably feel just like you! PIN it to read for later!

 

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2B Mindset for the Breastfeeding Mom

2B Mindset for the Breastfeeding Mom

2B Mindset for the Breastfeeding Mom

 

There are many weight loss plans for breastfeeding mothers out there and I have found that the 2B mindset is made for breastfeeding moms!

 

I have been following the principles laid out in the 2B Mindset program for a few months now and have not only lost almost 20 pounds but there has been little to no change in my milk supply, I constantly feel full, and have transformed the way that I see the scale, food and my body!

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What is the 2B Mindset Program?

 

2B mindset is a nutrition program from Beachbody, the creators of many home fitness program and nutrition plans.

 

 

The main focus on this program is mindful eating and helping you lose weight without feeling boxed in and restricted.

 

 

I’ve been following the Beachbody programs for 6 years now and have been able to lose 70 pounds before I had my daughter and subsequently have 2 healthy pregnancies where I’ve been able to continue to exercise, eat healthy and drop the baby weight within a year.

 

2B Mindset was created by a registered dietician, Ilana Muhlstein, who herself has lost 100 pounds with this program! (and honestly, there’s just something about following a program from someone who is in the trenches with you that makes it so special).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With 2B mindset exercise is ‘extra credit’ and the focus is more on developing a healthier relationship with food. When I heard about this part of the program, I was sold. I knew that even though I exercised 5x a week, there was something missing nutritionally that was standing in the way of my results.

 

 

The program comes with digital access to over 40 videos that you have lifetime access to. You can watch them in chunks, binge them all at once, or just go back to the ones you need when you might be struggling with a craving or need a refresher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You also get access to an iOS app where you can track all your food, a journal to use if you’re more of a paper/pencil type of gal, and a water bottle to help you always be ‘water first’.

2B Mindset for Breastfeeding Moms

 

 

I truly believe that 2B Mindset is the perfect program for a breastfeeding mom. I nursed my daughter until she was 19 months old and am currently still nursing my one year old AND have been able to lose weight at the same time.

 

 

There are a lot of misconceptions about postpartum weight loss and breastfeeding and many times women either don’t eat enough or hold onto some body fat while they are nursing. This doesn’t mean though that it’s impossible to lose the weight!

 

 

2B mindset is 100% set up to help you have weight loss without feeling deprived.

 

 

 

One of the core principles of 2B Mindset is ‘water first’. This means that you are fueling and filling your body with all of the water it needs (and more) which is perfect for breastfeeding.

 

I know that on days I don’t have enough water, my supply is down and my son is more fussy. By following the 2B mindset, you are ensuring that you have enough water to make your milk AND lose weight. (though I want to toss a disclaimer right here… I am NOT a doctor and every women is different so make sure you check with them if you have questions and follow your baby, and milk supply’s, lead!)

 

Another struggle I had when trying to lose weight while breastfeeding was that I was hungry ALL THE TIME. I felt like I constantly was eating and many times, I wasn’t eating the proper foods for my body. Because of this, I was either gaining weight or stuck in a weight loss plateau.

 

And while it’s true that you burn calories while breastfeeding, everyone’s body is different and, if you’re just eating unhealthy foods to feel full, you won’t lose the weight anyway.

 

The 2B mindset teaches you how to fuel your body the right way AND how to go back for more food if you still feel hungry! This was a game changer for me when it came to pushing passed my last plateau. I finally felt like I didn’t have to feel deprived but could still lose!

 

 

One of the toughest principles to follow (but I’m working on it!) is the ‘dinner and done’ principle. Most of my night time snacking is habit and I’ve found that on the night’s that I don’t eat after dinner, I almost always have a weight loss the next day. But, I also notice that on those nights I may wake up less engorged and just ‘flatter’ than normal. I nurse on demand so I don’t have a number to share  but I can definitely notice a difference.

 

If you find you need something to eat or your supply needs a little boost, adding in some veggies with a higher fat dip like hummus or guacamole might be an adjustment you make! Listen to your body and milk supply and feel it out!

2B Mindset Results

 

In the few months that I’ve been doing the 2B Mindset I’ve dropped nearly 20 pounds and can fit comfortably now in my pre pregnancy clothes. I feel a HUGE difference in my mindset and have inspired my husband to start the program too!

 

I also have started making my kids plates similar to mine and I know that they are eating a TON more veggies and a lot less processed snacks. They are also filling up on water and I’ve noticed asking less for snack after snack after snack!

 

 

 

 

 

2B Mindset FAQ

 

The scariest part for many women when jumping into the 2B mindset is that part of it is to track your weight and use the scale daily. I struggled in the beginning because I really had ‘broken up with the scale’ during my last pregnancy.

 

2B mindset has allowed me to change my mindset around the scale. I no longer see it as ‘the enemy’ or something that will make me sad, but rather a tool to help me see what foods my body prefers. I’m not obsessing over the numbers but rather adjusting course as need be. This allows me to drop my “I’ll try again Monday” mentality and actually create lifestyle changes!

 

 

I also wanted to share what Beachbody itself says about this program and breastfeeding moms…

 

“La Leche League International advises breastfeeding moms to wait at least two months before making any drastic effort to lose weight, allowing their bodies to recover and to ensure a steadymilk supply.

 

However, the 2B Mindset can help you get in the right frame of mind to makehealthy decisions for you and your baby so you can ultimately shed the baby weight.

 

Remember, everybody is different, so you should consult your physician before starting this nutrition plan. Keep in mind that breastfeeding women may naturally lose 1 to 4 pounds per month simply due to the amount of energy required for nursing.

 

You may notice a slight reduction in your milk supply at the start of this program, but it should quickly rebound so long as you continue to nurse frequently, drink plenty of water, eat according to the plan, sleep when you can, and keep your stress low. Some women may also see a decline in milk supply as their baby begins to transition to more solid foods, but that is to be expected for any nursing mother.”

 

 

2B Mindset Costs

 

2B mindset is an incredible program and completely worth the cost! Starting at $99 you can get the entire system with the videos! If you’re looking to incorporate exercise in as well, you should definitely get the package where you get a year to stream Beachbody on Demand AND the 2B Mindset access! This way you can have all the tools at your fingertips!

 

 

If you decide to sign up for 2B Mindset with the link below, you’ll also get access to me as your personal coach to help guide you through! I run private support groups full of women doing the program with similar goals to be in each other’s corner!

 

If you have any questions about which option is right for you, I’d love to setup a 15 minute FREE consultation so we can chat! Just head over here and fill out this form!

 

If you’re ready to get started, go and grab it now! Email me once you do at coachingwithcara@gmail.com so we can get you into our health support group ASAP!

 

And if you have any other questions, just leave them in the comments below!

 

 

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