Although it seems like summer has just began, school is back in session for our little ones and many parents will want to know the must-have items for the new year. Aside from running BeeSoSimple, I spend my weekdays teaching a wonderful group of 2nd graders; meaning I have the benefit of having the perspective of an educator and a mother simultaneously. So it’s only right that I share my insight with all of the hard working and active moms reading. Now, most teachers may send home a list of items for students to have in the classroom, but today I’m sharing a special must-have list tailored towards busy moms. No matter if you are a part time, full time, stay-at-home or a mompreneur this list is for you.
Planner: I will be the first to admit that I’d be so lost without my planner; it truly is my lifesaver. One of my new year goals was to be more organized, so writing down my events of the day, workout schedule, and Brielle’s gymnastics classes has helped me keep track of everything and eliminate a little stress in my life.
Tote/Bookbag: As I mentioned above I am a teacher, which means at the beginning and end of my work day I’m lugging around lesson plan books, a school issued tablet, and a laptop to and from home. Instead of carrying multiple bags as I have in the past, I have settled on carrying a stylish book bag to keep my work related items in. This book bag will not take place of my purse but it’s great storage for items I need during the day that won’t fit in my purse.
Coffee Mug: “But First Coffee.” This honestly should be my personal motto. Coffee is a must when Will and I have been up and down all night dealing with a fussy toddler and I have a jam-packed day ahead of me. If you make your coffee at home or make a stop at your local Starbucks, having something cute to put your coffee in can help start the day so much better.
Mom Hat: Target runs, picking the kiddos up from school, and last minute lunch dates are just a few examples of short notice events that may catch you and your hair off guard. Every momma needs a collection of go-to hats for those instances when we just don’t have time to go the extra beauty mile.
Dry Erase Calendar: Let’s be honest, being a mom has a million side jobs that go with it and it’s easy for us to forget something every once in awhile. Solution: a dry erase calendar. We keep our calendar on a wall in the kitchen where everyone can see and modify it as needed. Not only does it show our daily schedules and routines on it, but it helps us keep track of upcoming appointments, bills, and events. What I love most about the calendar is how easy it is to change while still helping keep the whole family on the same page.
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From the need to feel perfect to being the best at any of my personal endeavors, I have always been my own biggest critic. If I wanted to try and create a positive spin on this I could say being hypercritical of myself makes it extremely easy to take criticism at work or maybe that it helps me stay organized to prevent being unprepared. But in all honesty being my own biggest critic causes me to overthink literally everything to the point that it stresses me out and causes me to have self-doubts. These feelings have led to me try and find different outlets to help root out the negativity and lately writing has been my therapy. In the evening, as I’m winding down, I take the time to write myself a note of encouragement or a mantra to repeat when I need clarity or guidance.
Some habits are extremely hard to kill but as I travel through my self-love journey I will continue finding ways to help me overcome. I’ve been focusing on not being so hard on myself and accepting that sometimes it’s okay to be a hot mess. At some point in this lifetime, I will learn to accept my flaws, embrace my imperfections and enjoy just being me.
After a long miserable winter spring is finally here and in my household that means it’s time to clean, declutter, and organize. If you are like me having a neat and organized home can help lead to having a neat and organized mind. Getting rid of accumulated dirt, grime, and unwanted materials from your living space can act as a physical representation of removing these same types of things from your spirit. I know for many people cleaning is viewed as a tedious task complete with childhood memories of waking up to old school music and the smell of cleaning materials waiting to steal your weekend. However, with the right tools the messiest house can be cleansed with ease in minimal time.
Mrs. Jones Soapbox Products
I have been eyeing this cleaning line for some time and finally decided to try the Mini Combo Kit gift box set. I love that all of her products are made with all-natural products, making them better to use around my baby girl’s things.
My current obsession has to be chalkboard labels. I probably have labeled everything from my kitchen to my daughter’s bedroom. They are easy on the pocket and more stylish than plain old white paper labels.
The items I have found most essential in keeping the house organized are storage bins. They provide a super easy method for keeping things out of the way to avoid cluttering. Home Goods always has really cute and decorative bins to use.
Over the last few months I have become a certified essential oil junkie, making our oil diffuser a staple in my household. At night I place it in my daughter’s room with lavender oil to help calm her before and while she sleeps. During the daytime my go to scents for a clean, energizing smell are a few drop of peppermint and orange essential oils; I add about 3 drops of each to my oil diffuser.
Let me know what products you use to get your home squeaky clean for springtime.
As many of you know life can be overwhelming. A student may struggle finding time to study while maintaining a social life on a near non-existent budget, while a single parent could be juggling a career, bills, and family duties with minimal help. With these and other similar cases it’s good to take a step back and regain focus. As I may have mentioned before, my personal focal point for the year is self-care and healing. So today I wanted to share my top 5 essential items and ideas to give your mind and body a little TLC.
- Journaling- To me, writing on paper is beautiful thing. Lately I have been taking time out of my day to write down thoughts or words of inspiration for a positive mental break.
- Love in My Language by: Alex Elle
- Green Tea Body Butter by Butter Me Up- I love body butters especially in the colder months. I adore the blend of Shea butter and the hint of the green tea which makes this my go to scent at the moment
- Loose Leaf Tea- I am a tea junkie and nothing makes my day like a good cup of tea. My current favorite is an Indian Spice loose leaf blend from my local Healthy Market.
- Incense – Nothing puts me in a relaxed mood like burning incense.
What are you favorite items for self-care and healing? Feel free to share on either my IG or Twitter accounts!
Here we are once again in the same predicament.
Tangled in bed sheets. Scents of last night still linger.
I promised myself I wouldn’t end up here
After last time I thought it would be easier to get up and leave
But yet here I am avoiding eye contact with you.
Maybe because it means I have to accept the fact you give me the blues.
Two days of freedom to simply be….me.
I’m actually able to laugh and focus on my dreams.
So no I don’t hate you even though you damper my fun.
Monday you just give me the blues.
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Detox is described as “a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances.” Although this definition mainly speaks to the physical aspect of detoxing, in my opinion, detoxing can extend to your mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing too. I’m currently in the process of detoxing my life and today I want give everyone a glimpse into my journey thus far.
First on my list was purging toxic people from my life. In many cases keeping company with toxic folks can have some of the same effects as having a drug habit. They can be physically draining, ruin relationships, and generally bring nothing but unwanted stress and strife. Eliminating these individuals from my life has been extremely refreshing by lifting a boulder of negative weight from my heart and mind. I’m no longer keeping those close that did nothing to inspire, uplift, or motivate their own life or mine.
The next step was to remove many of the unnecessary complications from my day-to-day life. The simple things in life have become much more meaningful to me than materialistic things, no matter they be in the physical or digital worlds. I’ve loved the process of rediscovering the joys of having full-fledged conversations and not just interacting with 140 characters or less. Actually sitting across from someone and talking about anything ranging from currents event to future goals has been a refreshing change from reading pointless Facebook rants. Writing, as in pen and paper, has also been very therapeutic. We live in a digital world where everything is done on a screen, but I’ve found that putting my thoughts down on paper or in a journal is soothing and brings back memories of my adolescent poem writing.
This journey I’m on is still very new and I’m learning things along the way. I’m learning that no one has all of the answers so it’s up to me to be open to change and to grow from each lesson. Every day brings another chance to explore my changes to becoming a better person.