• Happy Prime Day!! I’m so excited to be shopping all the deals today, how about you?? #ad Lucky for us, my fave @kindsnacks are on sale! You can stock up just in time for the craziness of back to school. This Caramel Almond and Sea Salt bar is sweet and salty with just 5g of sugar! It’s keeping me going while I shop all day. 😉 #kindcollective #bekindtoyourself #primeday #amazonprimeday
  • Blaire cleaned her room and made her bed today. I think it’s so cute when she makes her bed and carefully arranges her animals! She usually cleans her room once a week, Sunday is the perfect day to start fresh. The majority of her toys are in there, she gets them all set up how she wants and I just feel bad making her put them away! Do your kids pick up their toys every night?
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  • Well we don’t have a Nordstrom near us, but we do have an Aldi. Most of their summer items are on clearance and we scored this sweet pool for $7. Winner, winner. 🦄☀️ #blaireandben
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  • messy house, no makeup, and a kid who doesn’t want to wake up from his late car nap... meaning bedtime will be difficult. But what’s so different about that?! 🤪☹️ When your kids come out of your bed for the 1937 time tonight, just know you’re not alone. •
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  • If you need me I’ll be here taking a nap. JK. I’ll be in the car, curled up with my maternity pillow eating milk duds... hopefully taking a nap at some point. And I already changed into a comfy tee and some shorts that won’t button for the 6 hour drive. 🤣🤣🤣 How’s your Monday going?
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  • this. kid. He just melts me with how freaking adorable he is. Then he will go and say something like “Mama I want my binky NOWWWW” and then I remember he’s just as crazy as he is cute. 😍😝 #benjaminp
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  • Happy Fourth! It’s finally under 90° so we are out and waiting for fireworks to start! 🙌🏻 Hope you had a great day with your family. ❤️🇺🇸💥
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  • I’m 26 weeks now and this is how my every day goes.
me: 
stranger: when are you due?
me: October 8.
stranger: 😳😳😳😳
I can’t believe it’s only another 14 weeks to go! Ben was born just past 38 weeks, so it could only be another 12. 😬😬😬🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 #photobyblaire •
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  • Blaire walked in on me doing the dishes and asked if she could take over. After, she proclaimed she was really good at it so it should be her new “chore”. They’re all yours, kid. 🧽 Do your kids do chores? Do they get an allowance? #blairep
  • This kid! He loves the water just like his sister and they’d spend all day and night at the pool if we let them. I can’t wait for the long weekend! What are your plans for the 4th? 💥 #benjaminp
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  • #ad You guys know we bought our forever home in March, after nearly a year of looking. Finding the right home is stressful! We lucked out and found one in an AMAZING neighborhood! While we love our house and love the location, there are a few things that need to be updated. Like the windows… and while they don’t NEED to be replaced immediately, we know they need to be replaced in the near future and it’s going to be a big job.
We are lucky because my dad is an electrician and super handy! But something like windows? That’s something even he suggests we leave to a professional. I’m so excited to be able to use @HomeAdvisor to match us with a professional for the job! They have been the best resource for planning and budgeting this huge project. You can find a link in my bio to learn more about using HomeAdvisor to get matched for any home improvement project, from remodels to pools to fences, they’ll help you find the right match! #HomeAdvisor
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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