5 Signs Mom Needs A Break (And What You Can Do To Achieve It)

Feeling Overwhelmed?

No one ever said Motherhood was easy. In fact, it can be downright overwhelming at times. It isn’t always obvious, but here’s 5 signs that Mom Needs A Break, and some tips on how you can find your center again.

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#BabyLove:My Toddler Life Book Review & Giveaway

#BabyLove: My Toddler Life, by Corine Dehghanpisheh

Does your toddler love to play with your phone? The new book, #BabyLove: My Toddler Life, may be just the addition you needed to your home library!

This is a sponsored post in which I have received a copy of this book for free, in exchange for a review. My opinions are 100% my own and not swayed in any way. This post also contains affiliate links. See full disclosure policy page for more info.

The new book by Corine Dehghanpisheh with a simple reminder: To put down our phones

 

Summary

This is a really cute story, about a little boy who loves playing with Mommy’s phone. Because of course, what toddler doesn’t? That is, until something happens. Then the little boy, and readers, learn a pretty valuable lesson in something I think most parents are guilty of from time to time. Sometimes, even though we use our phones to document our family life, and the milestones our children reach; every so often, you just gotta put the phone down.

The book itself is beautifully illustrated, and very well written. My son loved reading this with me, and it’s rhyming structure makes this a great book to practice reading with your little one. Granted, my son is really more into the pictures, which are bright and eye-catching!

There’s also something to learn for both parent and child. Kids will be reminded of how we really shouldn’t play with an adult’s phone. And their parents are reminded of just being mindful, and enjoying the moments (without necessarily whipping the phone out to document every second).

For parents Who Enjoy Special Moments, #BabyLove

The author herself, Corine Dehghanpisheh, is a Licensed Creative ArtsCorine Deghanpisheh, author of the #BabyLove series Therapist, in New York City. She has written several children’s books. This is the second in her series, the first being BabyLove: My Social Life

You can check out her website here!

 

Giveaway!

With huge thanks going to Corine for allowing me to review this awesome book, I am so happy to announce we will be joining together for a Giveaway! You can enter below to win a free copy of this great book! Remember, even if you don’t have a toddler at home, this makes for an excellent gift! The winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter, so be sure to fill out each entry to increase your chances of winning! This giveaway will end at Midnight, EST on January 22nd!

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Alternatively, if you just can’t wait, you can also get the book here, also available in eBook, and start building your collection of this series!

The new book by Corine Dehghanpisheh with a simple reminder: To put down our phones
#BabyLove: My Toddler Life#BabyLove: My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautifully illustrated book that teaches children not to play with their parents smartphones, and reminds parents to be mindful, and to put the phone down! A great tool for also teaching children to read with it’s rhyming scheme!

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5 New Year’s Resolutions Worth Keeping in 2017

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Need ideas for resolutions?

With 2017 just around the corner, why not make a few New Year’s Resolutions you can actually keep?

I’m the worst at keeping them-I try to become more organized, and it’s a fail. I try to keep myself from buying more shoes, when I have PLENTY of shoes, and that’s ruined in the first month. Stop drinking wine? Forget it.

So with that in mind, I’ve compiled 5 resolutions; focusing on health, happiness, and success, for the New Year. These are totally worth making…and keeping!

2017 New Year’s Resolutions

1: Practice Mindfulness (by Keeping a Journal)

When we think “mindfulness,” thoughts of consideration towards others is usually what comes to mind. But in all actuality, it’s really about considering oneself-in the moment.  It’s about forgetting the stresses and troubles, and focusing through breathing and meditation, on exactly what we are thinking and feeling right now. Granted, this can be hard to do when you’re super busy – but the benefits are astounding! Stress reduction is exactly what everyone needs in their life. So to start my own mindfulness journey, I’ve planned on incorporating a journal in 2017.

Keeping a mindfulness journal is just one of a few New Year's Resolutions worth making and keeping
This journal can help you simplify the process, if you aren’t used to practicing mindfulness. Each entry has a guiding tip that can help you focus on the moment you are writing in. And if you just can’t commit every day, it’s ok to just pick up where you left off. The most important part is to stop, and breathe. Writing can still be a form of creative meditation, and this is a great way to get those juices flowing.

2: Stop sweating the small stuff

This New Year’s Resolution can help you remember the real goals in life, and stop focusing on the minor details. Easier said than done, but something worth working towards. All too often, we become wrapped up in the little things that cause a lot more stress than what it’s worth. Negative comments and judgements other people make. Goals that aren’t met quite as soon as you intended. Unless it’s a matter of life or death, nothing trivial is worth causing more stress in your life. Once you can brush off anything that isn’t of a benefit to your life, your health and mind will thank you.

3:Maintain an active lifestyle

Yes, exercising every day can be hard to work into an already busy routine. But, this New Year’s Resolution isn’t just about exercising. An active lifestyle really only needs one thing-activity. And that can be cardio…or yoga…or even just walking. The point is to get moving! If I found I haven’t had time for a run in a few days, or I just haven’t dedicated yoga time, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve. Like purposefully parking the car as far away from the grocery store as possible. It’s my opportunity to get a few extra steps in. If I’m pushing a giant cart a few minutes later, it’s even better! It’s a workout I never would have had otherwise. 

You don’t have to adopt a new workout routine, to make a few adjustments that requires a little more activity in your lifestyle.

The Fitbit-a useful tool when making New Year's Resolutions to begin exercising and staying active
Which brings us to the Fitbit – these things are seriously awesome! It can record workouts you already do, and keep track of your heart rate and burned calories. There’s an all day and auto-sleep tracker, so even if you don’t have a dedicated routine, every step you take can still count. And there’s a reminder to get you moving more when you’ve been resting on your laurels too long! This Fitbit even comes with a guided breathing session, which totally helps with practicing your mindfulness!  It works with both Apple and Android products, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility. The call,text, and calendar features can help keep your phone out of your hands, and your body moving, as well.

4: Stick to your goals

Keeping your eye on the prize can sometimes be difficult to maintain. The stresses of life can hinder us from reaching our goal, if we allow them to set us back. Of course, there’s always a few pitfalls along the way;but nothing worthwhile is ever easy.

One of your New Year’s Resolutions, should be to always keep your focus on your goals, no matter how many fails, setbacks, and detours. Once you succeed, all the headache endured will be worth it. But first, you must not allow yourself to lose sight of that goal.

5:  Get Happy

Out of all these New Year’s Resolutions, this is probably both the easiest, and hardest, to incorporate. But be it a career, or a goal, or a passion, or a connection – find out what truly makes you Happy. And don’t give it up.

You might find true happiness in your family, your job, a hobby, or a future achievement.But whatever you find your personal joy within, is worth investing everything in.

We tend to leave behind some of the things we once found happiness in, when the demands of Life take over. But take the time to invest in what really makes you happy – because your health, mental well-being, and success, all stem from that. Only after giving up Happiness, do we succumb to Anger, Guilt, Negativity, Stress, and Sadness. As long as you don’t give up what really brings you joy, you’ll succeed in everything! And that’s worth carrying into a brand new year.

So these are just my ideas for making New Year’s Resolutions worth making and keeping, even for a few year’s to come. Have you made any yet?

5 New Year's Resolutions Worth Making and Keeping