5 Ways to Practice Self-Care on a Budget

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5 ways to practice self-care on a budget

Not only as a mother but as a human in general, it’s important that I take care of myself.  With mental health still (somehow) a taboo issue, many go weeks, moths, even years without focusing some of their energy on taking care of themselves.  I’m for sure guilty of it.  It’s so hard to break that cycle, especially as a mother.  Caring day-in and day-out for little people is exhausting and down right expensive at times.  What’s left over?  If anything, you have just enough energy to take a shower once every few days and shut your eyes for half a second.  So what can you do to practice some self care, feeling a little better about our selves and not spend an arm and a leg trying to do it?

1. Clean(er) Eating – Let me slap you with an old cliche. “You are what you eat.”  Cliche? Yes.  True?  Also, yes!  The better you do for your insides, the better you’ll feel about the outside.  I learned this first hand in the past month and as I’ve reintroduced some foods back into my diet, as well as indulged a time or two (ok, like 12!), I’ve increasingly feel crappier.  It’s also not has expensive as you think.  If you’re not spending the money on the bad/less good items, you have more left over for your good things.

I also realize that this one is a matter of doing it for yourself.  I can sit here and tell you you’ll feel so much better but you have to be willing to make the effort.  Make the investment in your health and you mind will thank you for it!

2. Nail Care – Mani/Pedis are wonderful.  You feel pampered and pretty and all that good stuff.  But I’ll be darned if they don’t cost way more than I’m willing to spend on a regular basis.  Invest in some good drugstore supplies and start doing it yourself.  There are great cuticle removers, base and top coats, oils, etc out there that cost a fraction of the price of a nail salon.  They also last much longer!  Here are some of my favorite drugstore finds:

All of these together cost LESS than one manicure.  Painting your nails can takes some practice (my left hand is so uncoordinated!) but it’s worth it!

3. Essential Oils – Oils are everywhere now and it’s awesome!  Even Walmart has started selling them.  All you need is a diffuser and a couple of oils to get you started.  There are so many uses for them and benefits to using them.  Some of my favorite single oils are lavender (calming), lemongrass (keeps mosquitoes away), tea tree (blemish treatment), lemon (fresh/clean scent), Eucalyptus (calming/fresh).  And I could go on and on!

4. Drink More Water – This one is basically free!  You’re body thrives on this stuff so give it what it needs.  My favorite way to enjoy water is to drop in some fruit and/or herbs.  Infused water just tastes better in my opinion.  Some great combos include orange/cucumber, lemon/mint, or just plain lemon.

5. Take a Nap – This one is completely free and, done in the right amount of time, can really refresh you.  I know we don’t always have time for a nap, #adultingishard, but when you can, treat yourself to a 30 min power nap and you’ll thank yourself.

What are your favorite ways to do something for YOU and not brake the bank?

 

Our Summer Bucket List (Free Printable)

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summer bucket list

Now that we are in our first full week of June (and finally getting better weather here in GA!), it feels like summer has really begun.  I love that the job I have lends itself to lots vacay time for the summer.  I get to spend more time with my boys, my mom who’s a school teacher, and my bestie!  During the yea, I’m a bit more limited on the clock with my shop/chalkboards/teaching dance classes so it’s a very welcome change.  I have plans y’all and I really want to check everything off our list!

Here’s our list…

  • Make Smores
  • Shoot Fireworks + Light Sparklers
  • Visit the Aquarium
  • Have a Cookout
  • Have Picnics at the Lake
  • Visit the Splash Pad
  • Visit the Beach
  • Collect shells
  • Build a Sandcastle
  • Go on Nature Walks
  • Paint Our Nature Finds
  • Got to the Farmer’s Market
  • Make “Dirt + Worm” Cups
  • Have a Water Balloon Fight
  • Make Fresh Lemonade
  • Make a Half Birthday Cake for Gav (yes…we love to celebrate half birthdays!)
  • Play with a Sprinkler in the Lawn
  • Make Ice Cream in a Bag
  • Meet Ms. Black at the Library (This is something that Gav’s amazing kindergarten teacher is offering to keep up their reading in the summer.)
  • Go for a Bowling Date with Gav
  • Scrapbook the Summer (I’ve REALLY let me memory keeping go since having Roman.  Ok…even before that!  So I want to get back into it.)
  • Play with Bubbles and Chalk in the Driveway
  • Splash in Puddles

Summer bucket list

Want to make one for your family?  Just print this one out and fill it up with fun times!

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Summer Bucket List

 

Happy Summer!

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4 Myths of Whole 30

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4 Myths of Whole 30

I did it!  I finished my first round of Whole 30 as of yesterday!  I really do feel much better in my body, as the program says you will, and I’ve noticed many positive changes that don’t even include my number on the scale (although that’s a huge perk!).  I originally did this to support my husband’s decision to give it a try but it’s safe to say that I became slightly obsessed with the program and learning all that I could about it.  I’m a huge fan of what it can do for you but there are still misconceptions about what the Whole 30 actually is.  If you’ve never heard of it, never done it, never looked it up, many of the things that I would share sounded down right crazy to some people.  I’m here to bust the most popular myths that I encountered while doing my first round.

  1. It’s just another fad diet. – This far from true because it’s NOT a diet.  The Whole 30 is not meant for weight loss.  Weight loss is simply a perk that goes along with eating a cleaner, more natural diet.  Also, I did ZERO calorie counting, weigh ins, or food logging.  Getting on the scale is actually discouraged for the duration of your 30 days.  The Whole 30 calls itself a “reset”.  You are literally pushing the reset button on your health to figure out what groups of food cause issues for you such as gastrointestinal problems, breakouts, bloating, etc.
  2. There’s no way you can maintain that. – And you’re right!  You’re right because the program was not meant to be maintained for life.  It’s meant for 30 DAYS (hence the name).  It’s meant for you to find out how different food group effect your body and decide what foods you’re going to completely eliminate from your diet, which ones don’t effect you, and which ones you’ll choose to indulge in sparingly.
  3. Aren’t you so hungry? – Nope.  Just because the types of foods are restrictive doesn’t mean that your portions have to be.  Remember, you’re fueling your body with the good stuff, not filler.  You’re not calorie counting here, add an extra scoop of veggies or pack on a little more protein.
  4. Well, I guess you can’t go out for a month. – Of course I can.  Doing a round of Whole 30 does not mean you have to become a hermit. Now that would, of course, be much easier and less use of willpower but it would also be a little (ok a lot) miserable.  All you have to do is prepare.  If you’re going to a party, bring your own snack or eat before you go so you’re not starving and more likely to cave.  If you’re eating out with friends, find the menu online (thank you Google!) and call ahead with questions if you want to avoid being “that person”.  Or, do what I do, call yourself out to the waiter, tell them you’re gonna be a little crazy with the questions.  I hardly ever mention that I’m on Whole 30, just that I have dietary restrictions and I’m being safe.

I hope that this is helpful and even gets you more interested in trying a round for yourself.  The more you know, the better off you are when giving this a go so be sure to do your own research, talk to your doctor, etc. before starting.  It’s also makes the entire process much easier and takes the stress out of a lot of situations.

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Treat Filled Flower Pot Teacher Gift

Somehow this school year is coming to an end and, when it does, I’ll have a kindergarten graduate.  That just sounds so weird!  Anyway, I’ve always loved making end of the year gifts, as well as Christmas ones, for Gav’s teachers.  (Check out my party in a box gift from last year!) Teachers are incredible (And I say this as a parent and the daughter of a teacher).  They sacrifice way more than their students’ parents know and they deserve out thanks.  Let’s be real, if they didn’t do it, you’d have to and when’s the last time you considered home schooling?  NOT I! (Not to knock home schoolers.  If that’s what you are called to you, more power to you and you have the patience of Job.)  This year Gavin had to transition from one school to another and his current teacher has been nothing short of awesome!  I wanted to make her something special and here’s how a make her treat-filled flower pot.Continue reading

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