• traded in the root beer float for a sno cone tonight... jk might still have a root beer float once the kids are asleep. 🤪 what better way to celebrate the end of the golf tournament that lasted 3 days but aged me 33 years?! •
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  • today was the due date for our baby who we miscarried at Christmas. It’s a hard thing to mourn this day for our baby in heaven, knowing we will have our baby girl here with us in a few months. it makes me feel like I don’t appreciate this rainbow baby, but I do. obviously. being pregnant so quickly after our miscarriage has helped me to cope, but this day was still hard. my anxiety has been high these past few weeks. I’ve been trying to give myself grace, but as moms it can be so hard to make time for ourselves, to prioritize our own health. —
as I sat in the waiting room at my OBGYN yesterday I couldn’t help but think of all the times I’ve sat there, broken-hearted. during my fertility appointments while we were trying for our second baby. during all of the ultrasounds and appointments for my pregnancy in December. seeing people come out with their strips of ultrasound papers. laughing and smiling over their sweet baby. something I had done before without giving a second thought to the fact that other people in the exact same waiting room might be having one of the worst days of their life. I wondered if anyone there was having one of their worst days and prayed for everyone there. —
I’m not sure there’s really any point to this other than to say life is full of good and bad, ups and downs. if you are going through a bad time now, just know you’re not alone. this bad time will pass.
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people don’t always share their bad, so can’t we all just treat others the way we want to be treated? be kind. be the reason someone smiles instead of being another reason they frown. •
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  • ice cream outside with two of my favorite people. when it’s only 70° outside you can actually eat your ice cream without it melting all over us... and by us I mean them. 👆🏻👆🏻 #blaireandben
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  • It makes such a difference to my mental health when I prioritize some “me time” in my schedule. Instead of rushing around cleaning up toys or folding laundry during nap/rest time, I’ve been sneaking outside to read a few chapters in my book and relax in the sunshine. The weather has been perfect these past few weeks! [#ad] These mini @kindsnacks nacks bars are the perfect size and they’re only 100 calories… which means I don’t have to feel guilty when I grab both a Caramel Almond Mini AND a Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt for my snack. 😜#KINDcollective #bekindtoyourself #backtoschool
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  • our ultrasound this weekend confirmed our final little babe is, indeed, a baby girl. I think she looks just like her big brother. If she follows in his footsteps we will meet her in just 6 weeks! so now I’m slightly freaking out about all of the random things we need for her since I’ve basically done 0 prep. 😬 #thirdchildproblems •
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  • Enjoying one last long weekend road trip before Blaire starts school in a few weeks. I spent the day shopping and ended it with an XL root beer float 😂... the perfect day! We are heading to Omaha tomorrow where I just might have booked an ultrasound to check on this baby. 😬 I’m so excited!
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  • we have been to the pool every day this week! our house may have toys covering every surface and the laundry is piled up (both the clean AND dirty laundry). But both kids have gone right to sleep each night and I’ve ended the night with a root beer float, you know as my reward for being so cool and hanging at the pool all afternoon. 🤣
  • snack break #benjaminp | Less than 3 months and we’ll be adding another kiddo to our crew. I have been looking back through baby pictures and am just so dang excited to meet this new baby. I can’t wait to see if they look like either of their siblings... also can’t wait to find out if it’s really a she or a he! 🤪🤣
  • YUM! The @starbucks pink drink, blended. So good! 💕
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  • My little daredevil. I can’t believe he’s going to be a big brother in just a few months! #benjaminp
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  • Prepping for our third baby has been pretty easy so far. I guess when you have an older sister and brother, plus a mama who likes to hold on to everything from her babies, there isn’t a ton of shopping to do. The kids are having fun picking out little gifts to give baby sister in the hospital (something Blaire still talks about from when Ben was born), little toys here and there, PJs, and this @babyeinstein 4-in-1 Kickin Tunes Music & Language Discovery Gym at @target. I wasn’t joking when I said they wanted to test it out! #babyeinstein #ignitecuriosity #socialspotters
February 15, 2017

7 Tips for Work-Life Balance as a Mom

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VitaTopsOver this past year, working full-time, blogging, mom-ing, and now prepping for baby number two have had me feeling more stressed than ever before. I finally decided to do something about it, because life doesn’t just destress itself. So, over the course of the past few months, I implemented a few simple changes and I’m happy to say they’ve paid off. While I can’t say I’m stress-free, I can say I’m a less stressed, a little less anxious and a whole lot happier.

Get up earlier than your kiddos.
For me, this is actually the hardest thing to do, BUT it is one of the most important, effective things I do. Starting my day before my toddler means I can actually get myself ready without having to also wrangle her! It gives us time to hang out together before heading out the door. 

  1. Prep at night.
    Get everything ready the night before. Lunch, diaper bag, bottles, your work bag, your workout bag, your outfit, baby’s outfit. EVERYTHING. Take your shower. Whatever will slow you down in the morning, do it the night before. 
  2. Eat a good breakfast.
    It’s important for both parents and kiddos to eat a good breakfast. For the past year or so, Blaire ate breakfast at daycare and I either skipped breakfast or ate something from the vending machine at work. We switched her to a new daycare in January and since I’m making it a point to get up earlier in the morning, we also (usually) have time to eat breakfast together before I take her to “school”. Typically she and I sit down together and eat, although there are mornings where we are running super late, so we both take our breakfast to go. She eats hers in the car and I eat mine at my desk while checking emails. We’re obsessed with these VitaTops MuffinTops. They’re so quick and easy, and they taste delicious! 
  3. Work from home.
    For me, working from home full-time isn’t feasible. I did it for 9 months and it. was. hard. But it is nice to have it as an option when Blaire isn’t feeling her best or when we need to have something in the house looked at. If it’s a day Blaire is sick, I may not get in as many hours as I would at the office, so I balance it by spending some time, usually after Blaire’s bedtime, logged in to make up for any time I spent with my girl during my usual working hours.
  4. Say “no” to work email on your phone.
    This is a huge one for me. And I can’t even say I don’t have my work email on my phone. But I don’t always have it on.  I keep it off unless  I’m m checking my email for something important. You can’t unsee things. When you see a work email pop up (and you’re not actually working) good luck getting that out of your mind, especially if it’s something frustrating.
  5. Take “me” time. 
    This is the part where you spend some time doing something that makes you happy. The gym, dinner with your girlfriends, getting a massage, crafting or catching up on some Real Housewives with a bottle of wine and some popcorn. Whatever helps you destress — do it! 
  6. Learn to say “no”.
    Sometimes you just need time to unwind. If your weeknights and weekends are always jam packed, you’ll always feel overwhelmed. Taking time to relax with your family will give you more time to get your stuff done and will help you to feel less stressed!
  7. Get moving. 
    Okay, I know I said getting out of bed before my kiddo was the hardest, this might actually be even harder for me. When the weather it’s nice, it’s easy to get outside for a walk or to take Blaire to the park when I pick her up from daycare. But when it’s cold out, I’m just not the type to hit the gym. BUT if you make it a priority to do something active, it will help you feel less stressed. You’ll get out that nervous energy and replace it with healthy, happy energy. 

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For making our mornings less hectic, we LOVE VitaTops MuffinTops. We all know the top of the muffin is the best part, right?! There are five different flavors and each has something special to offer. The Chocolate Chip is gluten free, the Peanut Butter and the Banana Chocolate Chip are both high protein. Just store them in the freezer and pop them in the toaster or microwave, or leave them at room temperature for one hour to thaw them before eating. The microwave is my favorite (when I’m not running late for work!).

I found my VitaTops Wild Blueberry and Deep Chocolate at Target! (Imagine that, right?!) You can also find them at your nearest Publix, Kroger, Stop & Shop or Shop-Rite locations. Be sure to get this coupon before you head to the store to get them for yourself!

What tips do you have for balancing your workload and your personal life? Have you tried to implement any of these into your life? Leave me a comment below! xo 

7 Tips for Work-Life Balance as a Mom

  • Reply
    Cecilia Harvard
    February 17, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Such a good post with so many great reminders! I need to work on a lot of these things. Thanks for sharing mama!

  • Reply
    kristamae12
    February 17, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I have so much respect for working moms! I don’t know how ya’ll do it! These are great tips and I feel like I could use a lot of them as a stay at home mom, too!

  • Reply
    Kristen
    February 20, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    What a great morning treat!

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