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Sometimes You Have to Write

Hello Hello!!

So lately I am having a little conflict with myself about what to do with my alone time. If I’m not
“being productive” I feel guilty, if I am productive, I feel like I need a break and it goes on and on! So silly. I realize I need a healthy balance of both. During naptimes I’ve been working on my Pop choreography, working out, and getting chores done around the house! I think since I stay at home with the little ones, I have a hard time really relaxing at home. It’s this weird self-induced pressure to always “get stuff done.” But today I was just feeling like I needed to write.

So here I am!

Can we seriously believe it’s Fall already?? This is hands down my favorite time of year….pumpkin everything, cozy sweaters, football & gearing up for the Holidays. I hope the temps cool down here soon so that I can wear said fall clothes! We are taking the kiddos to the Pumpkin Patch this weekend, should be pretty cute and fun.

My little football fans are the cutest, right?

Switching gears, but you all now I love me some Tone it Up & I was fortunate enough to make it to their Dallas tour stop last weekend! This past year I’ve been following their program very closely and the nutrition plan as well. I can’t say anymore great things about it. They’ve created such an inspiring welcoming community that makes fitness and eating healthy so fun.

{Getting a hug from them was pretty cool}

I slacked at taking lots of pictures during the event but was able to snap a few!

Kombucha on top, haha!

Such a fun sweaty girls day!

 I’m also gearing up for launching my Pop Pilates classes at the Park! I’ve always dreamed of having my own fitness company and this is a small step in that direction. I may be updating this blog a bit and I eventually want to send out a “Fit News” newsletter. Coming soon, yay! So lots of ideas and planning going on inside my head, and I’ve finally accepted the fact that it will be moving at a snail pace for the time being!

Thanks for Stopping By! ~Marielle

 

What is on your “Fall Bucket List?” 

Please share in the comments below! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Staying Sane as a SAHM

I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since I officially earned the title “Stay at Home Mom.” It’s funny, staying home wasn’t a hard decision to make…..I was at a job that I liked, but didn’t love, and with our relocation to Dallas it all just fell into place.

Is it harder than I thought it would be? Oh yeah. Are there days when the only time I get to myself is when I take a shower? Absolutely! But when it’s all said and done I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Now I am definitely no expert on the subject but this is what’s worked for me. And I’m sure I will continue to learn more as I go!

Get Out of the House

I repeat. Get out of the house. As hard as it is, it needs to happen. Having a reason to get everyone ready (including yourself) is a big deal. And having somewhat of a daily routine makes me feel normal.

Make Mom Friends

I know this doesn’t happen overnight. But seriously, I don’t know where I’d be without my group of girls. It can be so isolating without someone who genuinely understands the excitement of drinking coffee when it’s actually warm or being able to blow dry your hair in the morning. Wherever you are: look up Mom’s Club, Playgroups, Join Gymboree, or look for Stroller Strides classes. Of course it can be uncomfortable to put yourself out there, but just do it!

Make Time for your Hobbies

This is much easier said than done. There were/are plenty of times where I’d just rather stay and get stuff done around the house because lets be honest- there is always something that needs to be done.

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But it can wait. Go workout, read a book in a coffee shop, go shopping- whatever it is that makes you feel like you.

Embarce the Hard Days

It’s not always happy kids and perfect instagram pictures. Some days you won’t get any housework done, the laundry will pile-up, the kids will be grumpy, you will be exhausted and you won’t have a clue what everyone is having for dinner. Those days are tough, yes, but they won’t happen EVERYDAY. Wine and sweatpants really help.

Any of you Stay at Home Mommas want to share some of your wisdom?

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What Keeps Me Sane as a New Mom

I know, 2 posts in less than 2 weeks? What is going on here??

Charlotte is finally transitioning to 1 nap which gives me a longer chunk in the middle of the day to clean, relax, cook, read, oh and blog too! 🙂

Today I wanted to share the top 3 things that keep me sane a New mom and a SAHM?!

Mommy Podcasts

Before having my daughter, I never listened to podcasts…..or even knew how to! I don’t like having the tv on during the day and can get tired of the same Pandora stations so most days I listen to at least one podcast.

Coffee and Crumbs Podcast

Coffee and Crumbs is one of my favorite blogs, I think I’ve been following it for about a year. And they just launched a podcast last month. Yay!

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The blog (which the podcast will follow) is a collection of stories contributed by various authors about any motherhood topic under the sun.

The Girl Next Door Podcast

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Aren’t they just too cute? These ladies are actual neighbors (love that) and chat about parenthood highlights struggles and everything in between. And always over a good cocktail!

You can listen to their podcast here 🙂

Mom Friends

Especially ones with children the same age as yours! 🙂 When my pediatrician told me to start sippy cups, the first thing I did was text my mom friends and ask their advice. It is incredibly comforting and makes you feel less alone having friends that you can talk to or ask about anything. Or just to vent to when your child isn’t napping or woke up at 5am. 🙂

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Amazon Prime

For real, I don’t know how mommas survive without it! I don’t want to drive to Target every week and there is always something my hubby needs, I need or we need for Charlotte. The convenience is just so wonderful…..I don’t know what I did before Prime! Ha!

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Once baby boy comes in May, I will be adding Wine to this list I’m sure! 😉

Alright there is more to add to this list. If you are a mom, what keeps you sane??

Thoughts on Being a SAHM

Merry almost Christmas everyone! I hope you are all finished with all your shopping and have safe travels wherever you are going. We are staying here and I’m thankful we don’t have to run around an airport with Charlotte!

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Well, it’s almost been one year as a stay-at-home-mom for me (I can’t believe it….it really does go by fast). Staying at home has always been something our family wanted to do, but it does require some adjustments if you are used to being out of the house for 8+ hours everyday. Below are some of my thoughts and tips one year in!

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 Make A Schedule

Once you think you have a solid routine down, it’ll change but having a tentative schedule everyday helps to prioritize my time.  Everyday we either go to Stroller Strides class, Gymboree or a local play group meet-up. I usually try to get home for the little one’s afternoon/lunchtime nap so I can get some things done around the house or squeeze in one of my reality shows 🙂 I do need to work on my blogging schedule as that has been all over the place!

Make Time for Yourself

Even if it is for 30 minutes, do it. Some things I like to do are sit down at Starbucks and slowly drink a vanilla latte, read a book, go on a run, take a barre class, or even just walk around Trader Joe’s by myself. And usually by the time I’m headed home, I miss the little one!

Find a Mommy Group

I’m still amazed at how many opportunites are out there for stay at home moms- local mom’s clubs, baby play groups, story time at the library, and organizations like FIt4Mom. First of all, it gets you out of the house AND you will meet other moms going through the same thing. I’ve made so many friends since joining these groups and that is helpful for keeping you sane!

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Go on Date Nights

Having a few hours of adult conversation and not having to worry about the baby is so necessary. We try to shoot for once a month!

Any tips other SAHM’s want to share?

Happy Holidays Blog Friends!