Becoming a Super Fit Momma at Home - Our Top Tips for Ultimate Fitness Success

In the world of motherhood, finding time to break a sweat can feel like a daunting task. But we're here to tell you that it's not only possible, but also incredibly rewarding to become a super fit momma at home! Fitness isn't just about shedding those post-baby pounds; it's about cultivating strength, boosting your mood and reclaiming some much needed 'me' time.


Becoming a Super Fit Momma at Home - Our Top Tips for Ultimate Fitness Success


You might be thinking, "How on earth am I going to squeeze in a workout between diaper changes and nap times?" Well, we've got some tips up our sleeves that'll help you turn your home into the perfect fitness hub. From maximizing your workout time with high-intensity interval training (HIIT), to using everyday household items as gym equipment—there are countless ways for busy moms like us to stay active without even stepping foot out the door.

We know firsthand how challenging it can be juggling parenting duties and personal care. But trust us when we say: establishing an at-home fitness routine is doable and beneficial. So let's dive into our top tips for becoming a super fit momma at home!

5 Key Tips to Help You Thrive as a New Parent

When you’re a first-time parent, you’ll discover that no parental guidebook will tell you how to become the perfect mother or father. This new chapter in your life can be nerve-wracking as there’s so many new experiences, understanding what’s right and wrong, and what you and your child need to avoid.

5 Tips To Save Time A Busy Mom

A mom’s life is always busy. It doesn’t matter if you have five kids or one, are a stay-at-home mom or a working mom; there is always something to do. Fortunately, there are some time-saving tools you can use to optimize your time. This article will look at five top tips to save time as a busy mom.


How to Feel More Confident as a Mom

Being a mom is one of the most rewarding and challenging roles in life. While it’s full of joy, it can also be overwhelming and leave you feeling uncertain or lacking in confidence. However, with some effort, you can become more confident as a mom. Here are some tips on how to do that:


5 Reasons Why Body Confidence Is Essential for Moms

Being a mom is one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences you can have. But it can also be an incredibly taxing mental and physical journey. As a result, many moms struggle with their body image and self-confidence. Unfortunately, this lack of self-love can take away from the joys of being a mother. The good news is that there are ways to boost your body's confidence, which in turn can make motherhood more enjoyable. Here are five reasons why body confidence is essential for moms.




Mother's Day Gift Ideas You Can Order and Ship



Mother's Day is quickly approaching. Have you thought about what you are sending to your loved one? During these unprecedented times, I thought I would share what you can do for your mom or grandmother or matriarch of your family that you can buy online and ship straight to their door. I have shared in the past gift ideas for mom that don't cost any money and while some of them may still be able to be done, some can't. When you can't be there in person because you are protecting the person you love, then these are great options to share.

Putting Yourself First as A Mom & Why It's Important

All moms have demanding lives which means that their health and wellbeing is often put on the backburner. However, in order to be the very best mum to your children, it’s crucial that your own self-care is a priority on your to-do list.


It’s okay to take a moment for yourself or get the help and support you need, especially if you happen to be feeling completely overwhelmed or finding yourself struggling to cope with personal issues. There are moments when making the decision to put yourself first will help you become a better parent, but why should you?

Unboxing Cate & Chloe Jewelry Subscription Box

Before we left for our cruise vacation to Mexico (which I will talk more about later), I contacted a few different companies that I have been wanting to work with for a while because I wanted to dress nice for dinner every night. Cate & Chloe is a company that actually contacted me and I am finally getting the chance to work with them which I am very excited about. I received their Summer Reminiscence VIP August Jewelry Box to review.


You can select The Starter which is one Piece of new fashionable jewelry per month plus a free gift or you can choose Full VIP Status where you get 3 pieces per month plus a free gift, always free shipping. One you select you box, then you choose what type of jewelry you would like to receive (they no longer offer personalized jewelry boxes), but you can pretty much pick your style. Let me explain: They have the "Trend Setter" which can includes eye catching statement pieces & boho chic designs, "Modern Classics" for those who like to accessorize their life with beautiful elegant classic jewelry designs for day or night from the office to the red carpet, and then they have "Mix It Up" which includes a variety from both trendy and classic.

I chose the "Mix It Up". And since I've explained how you can go about selecting your box, I would love to share what was in my box with you.

The Real Reason Why Moms Stay Up So Late

My husband asks me almost every night, are you coming to bed with me? And during the school year, I do. But it is summer. The kids are with me 24/7. And before they were in school? I didn't get that break. So the reason I don't go to bed when my husband does? Because I just want some me-time.


During the school year at the end of the day, no matter how many cups of coffee I have had, I'm tired at the end of the day. But during the summer, I don't have to worry about schedules or routines as much. But I do have to worry about keeping little ones entertained. All. Day. Long. I don't mind, I really don't! I love spending quality time with my children making crafts, going to the zoo, or going swimming. But I try to squeeze in me-time any way I can.

Ecocentric Mom Subscription December 2015 Unboxing

I received complimentary products to provide this review. All opinions are my own.

As you may remember I did an unboxing of the Ecocentric Mom Pregnant Box. Once they saw I wasn't pregnant, they decided to send me just the mom box for this month's unboxing. Ecocentric Mom Subscription Boxes not only have a pregnancy and mom box, but also one for mom & baby.


What I love about Ecocentric Mom subscription boxes is they have researched everything to only include the best, healthiest products for you and your family. You also get an item that is a "keeper", something that can't be "used up" and what is more eco than that!

Here's what came in this month's box:

Enter to WIN a Mia Mariu Love Your Skin Pack! {#MomsTheWord Giveaway Hop, Ends 5/10}

Welcome to the Mom's The Word, Mother's Day Giveaway Hop!

Mother's Day is just around the corner! Whether you're wanting some new jewelry, cash, home d├ęcor, clothing, or something else, we have it in this amazing giveaway hop from over 60 fabulous bloggers! Each participating blog below is hosting their own unique giveaway with a value of at least $30. Some feature gift cards to your favorite stores while others have high value giveaways from companies you know and love! Mom Powered Media is also hosting a Grand Prize Giveaway Package valued at $700!


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I am excited to share the chance for one lucky Nanny to Mommy reader to win an awesome Mia Mariu Love Your Skin Pack valued at $69!

Enter to WIN a Collegiate Tote & Teething Necklace! {#MomFashion Giveaway Hop, Ends 5/4}

I received complimentary products to share this giveaway. All opinions are my own.

Welcome to “The Mommy Fashion Show” Giveaway Hop!
 
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This event runs April 20 through May 4,2015!
 
Each participating blogger has a family friendly prize that focuses on beauty products and clothes for FASHIONABLE MOMS! So make sure to enter for your chance to win some great prizes!

I am excited to be giving away a Chevron Collegiate Shopping Tote of Choice (RV $32) and a Chew Choos Silicone Teething Necklace - color of choice (RV $15) to one lucky Nanny to Mommy reader!


Introducing Secrets of Tea + #LoveForMom Giveaway Hop, Ends 4/20



Welcome to the "For the Love of Mom" Giveaway Hop hosted by Mama's Baby Cupcakes & Mommy's Favorite Things. The theme of this event is great gifts for mother's, and each blog participating has a prize valued at $25+. This hop is April 6-20 and your winnings arrive just in time for Mother's Day! 
 
 
 
Secrets of Tea is a small, family owned craft tea blender. Their teas are based on family recipes passed down from one generation to the next. Their teas combine ancient knowledge with modern botanical research to create the perfect, purposeful blends. Each is carefully formulated with the finest ingredients to create delicious brews infused with nature’s healing gifts. Parenting – and especially motherhood – is a beautiful blessing. But it requires giving of yourself disproportionately. These organic herbal tea blends are infused with nature’s healing gifts. Wholesome, natural remedies to help alleviate issues during pregnancy and the entire maternity cycle. Secrets of Tea has kindly offered a wonderful prize pack for moms or moms-to-be!
This prize pack includes:

New Mommy Giveaway Event, Ends 8/13

New Mommy Giveaway prizes - Green Scene Mom

Green Scene Mom has partnered with Guava Family and many other brands to bring you this fabulous giveaway featuring lots of great products for new moms and their babies! Each of these products was designed to meet a unique need and make life simple for mom and baby.

Mommy-To-Be Essentials Giveaway

Having a new baby seems to always come with an endless list of things you need! Enter to win this gift set we handpicked to make the new baby stage a little easier and to pamper one lucky mom. Our Mommy-to-Be Essentials Giveaway features a variety of fabulous items from many great brands!

Yummi Pouch - Reusable Food Pouches

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Yummi Pouch Brights & Minis - Retail Price: $30
Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches encourage healthy snacks for active kids. Our eco-friendly food pouches are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and can be filled with healthy blended snacks and easily taken on-the-go, no spoon required. Our vision is to help moms and dads prepare healthy snacks for their active kids. Yummi Pouches are perfect to be filled with nutritious smoothies and purees prepared in batches, frozen or refrigerated, and easily consumed on-the-go. For more information visit yummipouch.com.

Guava Family

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Lotus Everywhere Crib - Retail Price: $249.95
  • 15 Second set-up, backpack portability, fits as a carry-on, use it EVERYWHERE
  • Breathable ClearView Mesh allows for full airflow and an unobstructed view of the child, even when the side is zipped up. The mesh sides go all the way down to the mattress to create a safe, breathable sleep environment.
  • No PVC, Phthalates, Lead or PBE/PBDE Flame Retardants. ASTM F406-11B approved.
  • 42" x 24" mattress, 25" deep. 11 lbs crib weight.
  • Fun side door makes it much more than a crib...it's a perfect, fun, comfortable play area for your little one.
For more information visit guavafamily.com.

Willamy Collection

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1 Bracelet of winner's choice with name personalization option - Retail Price: $116
The Willamy Collection features handcrafted, leather wrap bracelets made with genuine leather, quality beads, crystals and stones for women, men and kids. Worn by Hollywood celebs including, Nancy O'Dell (ET), Paige Hemmis (Extreme Makeover, Home Edition), Mary McDonough (The Waltons), Billy Ray Cyrus, Maksum Chmerkovsky (Dancing With The Stars) & Dean Cain! For more information visit willamycollection.com.

moraki

: $27
Moraki offers premium cloth diapers consciously made in the USA. Our true One Size diapers, with 4 rise settings, fit babies 7-40+ lbs. Available in All-In-Two/Pocket, Organic All-In-One, or Stay Dry All-In-One. For more information visit morakicloth.com.

Eco Vessel

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Insulated Sippy Cup - Retail Price: $19.95
You and your little one will love this sippy bottle! Easy to drink, easy to hold, easy to clean - and water, milk or juice will stay cold for hours. The Insulated Sippy is made with two layers of vacuum sealed #304 food grade stainless steel – no BPA, no phthalates, no liner. Enjoy!

Our products are developed from safe, sturdy, sustainable materials while offering innovation and practicality. Our complete product line provides options for everyone from toddlers to adults. You can feel secure knowing that our water bottles and food storage containers are made of high quality, non-leaching materials and are designed for your safety, ease of use and convenience. For more information visit ecovessel.com.

Babiators

Babiators baby sunglasses giveaway
2 pairs of Regular Collection Babiators - Retail Price: $40
Babiators™ is on a mission. We are in the business of protecting children’s eyes and image with products that can withstand the rough and tumble daily activities of adventuresome young aviators. Babiators sunglasses protect our children’s precious eyes from harmful UV rays with a durable rubber product – without sacrificing style! Babiators is the first brand designed to stand up to the sun, teething, and playground fashionistas – all with a single purchase. We believe in being safe, looking awesome, and having fun – all at the same time! For more information visit babiators.com.

Merle & Velma

merle and velma pillow giveaway
Personalized Keepsake Pillow - Retail Price: $89
New parents will flip for our double sided personalized pillows! Each pillow measures approximately 16" x 16" and is digitally printed with baby's information with water based inks on organic muslin. For more information visit merleandvelma.com.
  • Printed on off-white organic cotton muslin
  • Double sided
  • Measures 16" x 16"
  • Personalized using water based dyes
  • Made in USA
  • Please don't place in baby's crib. They are meant for display pieces only.

Posh Play

Posh Play mat giveaway
1 Posh Play Mat in Orange, Turquoise, Grapefruit, or Eggplant - Retail Price: $98
Posh Play mats are Eco-friendly, reversible play mats made of PVC free faux leather. Indoor/Outdoor use. Portable. Wipeable. Great as a play mat, splat mat, picnic or field blanket. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Measures 50" x 45". For more information visit poshplaymat.com.

Hulabye

Posh Play mat giveaway
Hulabye Diaper Changing Helper - Retail Price: $36
The Hulabye Diaper Changing Helper keeps little ones in place while mom and dad do the dirty work. The safe, gentle vest design prevents rolling and flipping making diaper changes quick & easy!
Choose from 4 cute and contemporary prints made of soft, breathable 100% cotton flannel. The comfy fabric vest adjusts as your baby grows, so one size fits all. Made in the USA of imported fabrics, the Happy Changer™ is machine washable/dryable…and as you'll soon discover, indispensable. For more information visit hulabye.com.

Mama B's Sweet Peas

Mama B's Sweet Peas giveaway
1 Sterling Silver Sweet Pea Pendant, with 1-5 "peas" in the pod - Retail Price: $33
Personalize your colors based upon your child/children's birth stone colors, or the birth months of the whole family. See color options.

Mama B's Sweet Peas -- a unique "twist" on Mothers' Jewelry -- think peas in a pod! Every hand-crafted Sweet Pea is made unique for each Mama, so no two are just alike. Mama B's Sweet Peas is owned by North Carolina artist and work-at-home-mother to (soon to be) three babies, Stevie Ballinger. For more information visit mamabssweetpeas.com.

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Protecting Against the Summer Sun in Style {For Mom}

I received Firmoo.com sunglasses for free to facilitate my review, all opinions are my own.

Protecting Yourself From UV Rays in style


Summer is in full force here in Georgia and although it has been raining more than usual for this time of year, it is still important to protect yourself against the summer sun's harsh UV rays even if there is an overcast. And as moms, we try to still feel sexy and stylish when be keeping safety a priority. Here are some keys points to remember when you are out in the sun this summer.

- Slip on a cover. When you are out in the sun, wear clothing to protect as much skin as possible. Clothes provide different levels of UV protection, depending on many factors. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, or long skirts cover the most skin and are the most protective. Dark colors generally provide more protection than light colors. A tightly woven fabric protects better than loosely woven clothing. Dry fabric is generally more protective than wet fabric. Covers come in some many styles and colors. You can buy any to match your bathing suit and don't forget some cute flip-flops or wedges to match! :D Be aware that covering up doesn’t block out all UV rays. If you can see light through a fabric, UV rays can get through, too.

- Slop on sunscreen. (And remember to re-apply.) Duh, right? But it’s important to know that sunscreen does not provide total protection against all UV rays. Therefore, a sunscreen should not be used as a way to prolong your time in the sun. Even with proper sunscreen use, some rays get through, which is why using other forms of sun protection is also important. Also remember that some makeups include sunscreen, they may not be the right amount of UV protection you need. Also make sure when choosing a sunscreen product, be sure to read the label before you buy. Sunscreens with broad spectrum protection (against UVA and UVB rays) and with sun protection factor (SPF) values of 30 or higher are recommended. The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB rays − a higher number means more protection.

- Slap on a hat. A hat with at least a 2- to 3-inch brim all around is ideal because it protects areas that are often exposed to intense sun, such as the ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp. A dark, non-reflective underside to the brim can also help lower the amount of UV rays reaching the face from reflective surfaces such as water. A baseball cap protects the front and top of the head but not the neck or the ears, where skin cancers commonly develop. Straw hats are not as protective as hats made of tightly woven fabric.

- Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and sensitive skin around them. UV-blocking sunglasses are important for protecting the delicate skin around the eyes, as well as the eyes themselves. Research has shown that long hours in the sun without protecting your eyes increase your chances of developing some eye diseases. I love my Firmoo.com sunglasses for the purposes of feeling stylish and protecting my eyes from the sun.

I love the way Firmoo.com Glasses look. I love that you can get them to fit your prescription needs. They are easy to order and came very fast once processed.

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Whether I am wearing make up or not, I feel sexy when I wear these glasses. I love that they are accented with a little bow. They came in a cute and convenient carrying case with a cleaning cloth and extra screws just in case. Protecting my eyes is very important to me, but I want to look stylish while doing it. Firmoo.com has a ton of different varieties to choose from, as well as regular eye glasses with different frames to pick from. And the coolest thing about Firmoo.com? You can score your first pair FREE! Just click the banner below if you are interested in taking advantage of this offer. :D



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Don't Forget to Laugh

I'm a MOMMY!!!


This is my birth story:

So Wednesday (Dec. 8th) at 9:15 a.m. I had an OB appointment. I had noticed that I was more swollen, I had been having some unusual nauseous, and I had been having consistent headaches in the front of my head, PLUS I fell on Sunday even though I had no bleeding, pain, or less baby movement.

I told the doctor all about this. I had protein in my urine and my blood pressure was elevated. So my doctor (Dr. Gabriel) sent me to the hospital (Southern Regional). They decided to induce me in triage (BTW I go to a practice and the first time I met Dr. Youngblood was at triage...and he had to check me. Talk about shaking hands, right?) and I was admitted into L&D.

When the nurse put in the IV so I could get fluids and antibiotics, I was so swollen she had to dig into my arm and THEN the vein wasn't good and was getting swollen so she had to dig into my hand. I cried a LOT. My mom and MIL had to leave the room. My mom went to try and find another nurse. lol But since I was so swollen it was like 'digging in the dark'.

Then she put in a Cervadil and said it may be a while since I was only 30% effaced and 0cm dilated. They thought they were going to have to put more than one in but they started me on pitocin after the 12 hours (actually 13 because they gave me an hour to eat and walk around since I wasn't allowed to on the Cervadil and wouldn't be able to on the pitocin). I had started having contractions on the Cervadil even though they weren't showing up on the monitor. They gave me something to help me sleep that night that made me feel warm and loopy but it was to calm my body (they gave it to me later that day but it didn't help much since I was having regular contractions at that point although it did help me sleep in between contractions). My sister and my mom stayed the night (I got very annoyed with them and my husband but it was because I was in pain and they were laughing at me not being nice).

I'm glad they were there though because since my contractions weren't showing up on the monitor the nurses didn't think I was progressing. So my sister and husband pushed the issue. Then a nurse came in and told me to tell her when I was having a contraction, when I was they moved the monitor and YUP I was having one. Then she asked me to do it again and she had to move it again but YUP I was having one. So they decided to check me. I was 5 cm dilated. And I asked if this meant I could have a epidural. lol If my sister hadn't pushed the issue and I hadn't asked then I wouldn't have got one because by the time the anesthesiologist came and put in my epidural I was dilated to 9cm. No one was allowed to be in there when I was getting the epidural except my husband and the anesthesiologist had FOUR other people ahead of me (and they kept saying he would be there any minute, HA!). It took longer to get than expected but they didn't rush because no one thought I was far along as I was. So once they put in my catheter and broke my water they checked me again and I was at 10 cm. They said all we had to do was wait for her to come down the canal!

I actually fell asleep and woke myself up snoring at that point. I couldn't feel any pain. And getting the epidural was not scary at all. I guess because I was in so much pain by the time I got it. I was in so much pain I was begging Hubby to run down and find the anesthesiologist. lol

I could feel when she came down, I could feel my contractions, I could feel her head come out but not in a painful way. My epidural was just enough so that I had an awesome birthing experience. I pushed for 45 minutes (pushing is NOT like taking a poop, BTW, regardless of what the baby books tell you - DO YOUR KEGELS!). Elizabeth Nicole was born at 2:56 p.m. on December 9th, she weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 18 and a half inches long.



Clean up took longer than expected and even Hubby wasn't allowed to hold her at first because she was having trouble breathing because of fluid in her lungs. But she has no problem breathing now, she's a screamer! :) I only had to have six internal stitches. I didn't need an episiotomy. I'm breastfeeding and it's going...we are both still learning but she's going potty like a champ! So I know she's getting something. :)

I can't believe my little one is here. I'm so happy and it all feels so surreal. More pictures to come soon! :)