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The sad truth is that time is a luxury that most of us don’t have these days. From the moment some ladies get up to the time they go to sleep, they must cram their waking hours with many tasks and activities.

You’re likely reading this article because you don’t have much time to do things every day. It doesn’t matter if you work long hours or have to juggle work and family life. Keep reading this article to learn about 12 ways that’ll help you get ready fast each day:

1. Get your outfit ready the night before

There’s no denying that one of the most time-consuming things that anyone has to do is spend time picking some clothing to wear in the morning. Unfortunately, choosing the right outfit sometimes mean being late for work or any other appointments!

That’s why it makes sense to pick what you’re going to wear before going to bed the previous night. It doesn’t sound very spontaneous, but it means you won’t have to rush around in the morning to get dressed.

2. Opt for a low-maintenance hairstyle

Does your hairstyling routine take a large chunk out of your morning ritual? If so, you should probably consider opting for a low-maintenance hairstyle. The good news is there are plenty of hairstyles out there that you’ll like yet won’t take a long time to prepare each morning.

One such example is the French bob. They are chin-length hairstyles that are both chic and elegant and take less than five minutes to prepare. Here’s how to style a French-girl bob in 3 easy steps!

3. Wake up 15 minutes earlier each morning

You might think to yourself that waking up 15 minutes earlier each morning is a bit pointless. After all: what extra things can you do in those 15 minutes? Well, it turns out there’s quite a lot of things you can do in that time.

For instance, you’ve got extra time to spend under the shower to ‘wake yourself up’ properly. Or if you’ve got kids, you could use that time to get their lunch boxes ready for school and not panic about leaving late to drop them off!

4. Prepare your lunch the evening before

Do you take in some home-cooked or prepared food for your lunchtime at work? If so, it can add to your stress levels, preparing your lunch in the morning before setting out your front door.

That’s why it makes better sense to prepare your lunch during the previous evening. In the morning, all you have to do is grab it from your refrigerator and take it to work with you! Plus, your food will stay cooler for longer if you don’t have a fridge at work.

5. Use an in-shower moisturizer

Ladies, if you use a moisturizer as part of your morning ritual each day, you need to start using a product that you can apply to your skin while you shower. Why? The answer is simple: to save time, of course!

That’s because the conventional approach involves drying yourself off, applying moisturizer, and then waiting for it to ‘sink in’ before getting dressed. There are plenty of hydrating moisturizers you can use in the shower.

6. Use one product for your eyes, cheeks, and lips

Some women use a variety of beauty products each morning. As you can imagine, having several products you need to apply means more time spent on your morning beauty routine. You would be better off cutting down on the products you use to save time.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you must sacrifice enhancing your look each day. There are time-saving products you can use that’ll achieve the same results that you want each morning. One example is to use a single product for your eyes, cheeks, and lips.

7. Don’t set your alarm next to your bed

One of the most dangerous things any woman can do is set their alarm on their phone or alarm clock next to their bed. You should make sure your alarm goes off far away from your bed, such as on a dressing table.

Why? You have to make yourself get up to turn off that ‘annoying’ alarm! And once you’re awake and on your feet, you can immediately begin your morning ritual.

So, why is it dangerous to have your alarm go off within arm’s length of your bed? You could quickly turn it off and doze back to sleep. Telling yourself that you’ve got an extra ten minutes in bed is never a good idea!

8. Invest in a programmable coffee machine

Are you the type of lady that needs a morning cup of coffee before the day can truly begin? If the answer’s yes, and you enjoy drinking filtered coffee, you must invest in a programmable coffee machine.

They don’t cost much more than standard coffee machines. But, they’ll offer you a whole heap of benefits. For instance, you’ll have one less thing to organize in the morning, as you’ve already prepared the coffee in the filter during the previous night.

Secondly, once you’ve had your shower and got dressed, you can instantly enjoy a hot, fresh cup of coffee before leaving your home. And thirdly, if you’re feeling incredibly sleepy, you can always have a second cup of coffee if you’ve got enough time!

9. Don’t “catch up” on things on your phone

Whether ladies like to admit it or not, they will often waste time catching up on things on their smartphones before leaving their homes. If that’s something you are guilty of doing, it’s time to stop it.

If you travel to work via public transport, you can always check your email or social media accounts en-route. Otherwise, wait until you get to work before you start doing stuff on your phone.

You might wish to put your phone on silent or airplane mode to avoid distracting notifications during your morning ritual.

10. Keep everything you need in one place

It doesn’t matter whether you travel light to work each morning or need to take a few different bags with you. What does matter is you keep everything you need in one place in your home.

You’ll save plenty of time doing that versus searching your home for the things you need. Plus, you won’t have to start your day in a panic or feeling stressed out before the day’s proceedings have even begun!

11. Avoid working during your morning commute

A surprising amount of women start working before they’ve even got to their workplaces! You might assume that you’re productive in an otherwise monotonous journey. However, the only thing that will happen is you’ll end up feeling stressed out and even anxious.

Instead, use the time in your journey to prepare for the day ahead mentally. And if your trip is a long one, you could always sneak in some extra sleep if you’ve had a late night.

12. Avoid watching TV

The thing about watching something on TV as you get ready to leave your home is that it’s distracting. And it can be so distracting that you might end up losing track of time and potentially leaving your home late!

Instead, listen to the radio or your favorite morning routine playlist. If you’re thinking of doing the latter, consider adding some upbeat, high-tempo tunes to make you feel energized and ready for anything the day will throw at you.

Good luck!

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back to school, office envy, wayfair, virtual learning,

Back-to-school looks a little different this year for many families, mine included. I’ve been a work-from-home for the past 13 years, so I’m used to the rigorous scheduling of being a stay-at-home mom while balancing working full-time, only this year, I decided to add going back to school to earn a Master’s degree in the middle of a pandemic. On top of that, and the world being on fire, my girls are embracing virtual learning because I have a dreaded “underlying condition”. We had to make some concessions and tweaks on expectations because it’s hard, all of it, for all of us.

Disclosure: I am a Wayfair homemaker ambassador and this is a compensated post, however, all opinions are my own.

I’m sure that we can all agree that the “new normal” is not normal at all. My girls are learning from home because it’s the safest option for our family. I actually love having this extra time with them, when our time is so limited. In a couple of years, Bella will be heading off to college and that fact is not wasted on me. I know these CoVid days at home are a gift to us. Still, working from home while going to school with both girls learning virtually and not being able to do the things we normally do or even the simplest things like vacation, is absolutely exhausting.

READ MORE: What is Coronavirus and what every mom should know

So, we try our best to find the extraordinary in the ordinary moments and appreciate the challenges for giving us fresh perspective on our blessings and still, even with all the positivity we can throw at it, it’s still been really hard on all of us. I’ve learned to pick my battles, as a wife, mother, student and freelancer, let things go and give grace to others. I’ve become more forgiving and understanding and even still, there are days when it’s almost too much to bear.

One thing that has helped me throughout this pandemic and not leaving our house has been to be able to change our spaces. It sounds simple but some plants, some paint, a little blood, sweat and tears and a few new pieces of furniture can be a simple way to create a completely new feel in an old space. Aside from refreshing bedrooms to make them more calming and relaxing, streamlining bathrooms and scrubbing kitchens, the most important refresh I’ve done is creating functional schooling areas for the entire family.

READ MORE: How to Enjoy Your Summer While Social Distancing

I have a home office but normally, there is just me at home. With three people going back to school in a pandemic, in Zoom meetings, trying to read, write papers and stay focused, there had to be more than 1 office. We can’t all squirrel away in our bedrooms and work, that would be too depressing. I spruced up the office with a mini makeover and the cutest Ghislain daybed because during a pandemic, even big kids need naps sometimes.

back to school, office envy, wayfair, virtual learning,My latest spruce-up efforts have been directed towards the virtual schooling oasis AKA our living room. It just didn’t feel particularly uplifting and definitely not inspiring. The furniture is big, heavy and dark-colored. The walls were actual 1970’s brown paneling. PANELING! It felt like being stuck in the past. We removed the paneling and primed and painted the walls in a more contemporary grey with bright white molding. We painted the brown shelves and beams white. I covered the brown leather couch in a teal couch cover. Covered the cold hardwood floors in a white furry shag rug and placed a matching throw pillow cover on the sofa.

back to school, office envy, wayfair, virtual learning,In addition to that I updated the look with, my favorite piece, the Janelle End Table that replaced the oversized wood tables. Since it was going to be transformed into a study area for one of us, I also added a new lamp to provide better lighting and added some plants for fresh air. Throw in a small modern shelf with some classics and inspiration is everywhere. I love the way it feels and looks. The more open, bright design and concept feels like a breath of fresh air when your brain feels too tired to go on.

What would you do to freshen up your virtual school area?

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How Warby Parker CoVid Proofed their Business and How You Can too, how to pandemic proof your business, best tips to use the internet and social media to grow your business

In today’s busy world, especially now during the coronavirus pandemic, more and more people are trying to navigate the world in the most effective and streamlined way possible. Limiting unnecessary exposure and time in public is something we’re all trying to do these days. Businesses that are adapting to these needs are growing in popularity. Warby Parker CoVid proofed their business and here’s how you can too.

Everyone knows the story of Warby Parker; four Wharton School students at the University of Pennsylvania saw there was a need for people who needed prescription eyeglasses that wasn’t being met. Neil Blumenthal, Andrew Hunt, David Gilboa and Jeffrey Raider found an innovative, less impersonal and more convenient way to meet these needs. You’ve heard that necessity is the mother of invention and in Warby Parker’s case, that is definitely true.

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Warby Parker CoVid proofed their business and here’s how you can too.

Traditionally, purchasing eyeglasses is not only a chore, it’s an inconvenience. First, you have to get dressed and schlep to the optometrist or ophthalmologist. Next, there’s the inevitable eye exam and to add insult to injury, you have to spend hours of your day trying on frames to find which one best aligns with your daily style. In the end, most of us leave the office feeling like we just spent a whole lot of money on something we didn’t even want to buy. And on top of that, we just spent hours in public during a pandemic. Not exactly anyone’s first choice for a day out.

READ ALSO: How Coronavirus Quarantine is Really a Gift

Warby Parker changed all of that before the pandemic by offering a new 21st-century, innovative strategy for getting eyeglasses to the people who need them most, currently, that’s everyone who wears glasses during a pandemic. This is how they do eyeglasses smarter than others:

  • Their business model focuses on online distribution, rather than requiring customers to head in to visit a local showroom.
  • Warby Parker designs their eyeglasses in house.
  • They sell directly to customers which lowers overhead cost and that in turn lowers the cost of glasses to customers.

Even with the cost savings, some customers felt like they needed that more personal experience of going into the showroom and trying glasses on. Warby Parker sends each customer 5 pairs of eyeglass styles of their choice to try on in the comfort and safety of their own home. Some customers were still leery of such a new way of shopping, especially since it eliminated human contact which gave some the expectation of low quality and less trust. Warby Parker not only met the need they exceeded it.

How Warby Parker CoVid Proofed their Business and How You Can too, how to pandemic proof your business, best tips to use the internet and social media to grow your business

But how did Warby Parker CoVid proof their business and how can you do the same?

Warby Parker harnessed the power of social media to put their customers at ease.  This simple act allowed them to communicate easily with customers and get feedback, provide immediate customer service, change the narrative of how their customers related to them, reduce customer frustrations and build brand loyalty.

Warby Parker’s business model is simple, give the customer what they want at an affordable price. Through the “Home Try-On Campaign” customers order 5 pairs of eyeglasses to their home, try them on and pick their favorite pair and return the rest, free of charge. All throughout the process, Warby Parker is communicating with the customer, responding to their questions and concerns, providing guidance and customer assistance all through social media. In return, customers are encouraged and regularly post photos of themselves wearing the glasses on their own social media accounts. This kind of word of mouth marketing among friends and family is priceless.

READ ALSO: Next time they won’t need me

Warby Parker also uses its social media platforms to provide customers with expert advice and information on eyeglasses. They even create helpful informational YouTube videos to help make the customer’s experience better. All of this back and forth communication between brand and customer, grows brand loyalty. Loyalty makes the whole eyeglass buying experience feel less impersonal and more like an exchange between friends.

Lastly, Warby Parker includes marketing for social good as part of their strategy. Who doesn’t want to help others while helping themselves, right? Through this initiative, they are able to provide a pair of eyeglasses to a person in need for every pair bought. Not sure about you but if I had the choice between spending my money on a pair of glasses one place and another place that gives a free pair to the needy, I want to be part of the solution not the problem and I know I’m not alone.

Warby Parker took something most of us need to do and made it convenient, more affordable and less cumbersome. Beyond exceeding customers’ expectations and meeting their needs, they utilized social media to bridge the gap. That gap between in real life and online business can feel vast. They make it feel personal.

How you can CoVid proof your business using social media

  • Use social media to communicate with your customers.
  • Respond in real-time.
  • Provide the answer to frequent questions your customers might ask in the form of long-form videos.
  • Host live Q & As on Instagram or Facebook live.
  • Use an email subscriber list to provide ‘subscribed only’ promotions to customers.
  • Build loyalty through consistency.
  • Build trust through transparency.

Do you shop more virtually now than before the pandemic? Which brands do you feel are doing it right? Who is getting it wrong?

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Has quarantine got you doing home renovations? Wanting to change the style and decor of your home? According to Archute, designing the perfect home is never easy; it takes a whole lot of planning, skill, and sometimes a few risks! You might love the interior design or not know the first thing about it. Either way, these top five podcasts have got plenty of magic to inspire you on your next design project.

5 podcasts to inspire to your next interior design project

1. Clever

Clever is a top design podcast, featuring the skilled designers between the latest trends. Every week Amy Devers interviews talented designers, discussing the styles and objects that they create, and most importantly, where they find their inspiration. Amy interviews a wide range of architects, interior designers, and artists, leaving you with plenty of inspiration. In recent episodes, Amy has explored ideas including designing for a pandemic’. She has also interviewed established designers such as Marquise Stillwell and Jamie Bush. The podcast is so much more than interior design tips; you’ll learn a whole lot about the design world overall.

2. Home Style Green

Home Style Green is a podcast that can help you to create a more eco-friendly home. You’ll find plenty of topics, including heating your home, insulation types, passive homes, sustainable building, and more. From your architectural services to your energy and interior fabrics, Home Style Green can help you to keep things eco-friendly. The latest episodes have discussed ‘sustainable architecture’ and ‘energy-efficient homes.’ Besides these ideas, eco-friendly decor can be as simple as decorating with plants!

3. Affordable Interior Design

New York-based designer Betsy Helmuth is the talent behind ‘The Affordable Interior Design Podcast.’ Throughout these episodes, Betsy is on a mission to teach you that interior design doesn’t have to cost the earth! Betsy explores topics including ‘making space your own,’ ‘renovation reality checks,’ and ‘to drape or not to drape.’ If you love the idea of making your home beautiful, but you don’t have a huge budget, the Affordable Interior Design podcast is just what you need!

4. The Great Indoors

Come and join Kate Watson-Symth and Sophie Robinson as they celebrate the wonderful world of interior design. Here you’ll find frank and engaging discussions about living room makeovers, design and diversity, awkward spaces, and garden rooms. The Great Indoors will teach you all about mood boards and perfect lighting, color psychology, and budgeting your design. Find it hard to keep up with the latest interior design trends? The Great Indoors has got all the tips you need to keep things fresh.

5. Confused Room

In the ‘Confused Room,’ Jenny and Tony discuss home renovations and help you make the most of your space. Each week listeners send in their ‘confused room’ photographs, from here, the design-savvy pair will give the room a digital makeover. These beautiful before and after pictures are enough to inspire the most confused designers out there! You’ll find plenty of ideas on revamping your home for the summer, bathroom trends, and more. Looking to decorate a room and have no clue where to begin? Simply take a photograph and send it over to the lovely people at ‘Confused Room.’

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things to learn about in the time of Coronavirus, What is the coronavirus? , What every mom should know about the coronavirus?

Suddenly finding yourself with a lot of spare time? Never thought I’d ever say that after having children but thanks to coronavirus, that’s exactly what’s happened. Normally, I’d fill that time with webinars to up my game in SEO or social media or just take on more work in general. There are so many things to learn about in the time of coronavirus just to keep your occupied.

However, my mind has not been on the hustle. My mind has been on overload and I just want to do something out of the ordinary for me. I want to disconnect from the outside world and be present for not only my family but myself. I want to take this opportunity to get reacquainted with myself and learn some new things.

READ ALSO: What Every Mom Needs to Know about the Coronavirus

What do you do in your spare time? Perhaps, you are journaling and rediscovering who you are and what you like. For many of us, it’s been years since we’ve made our own wants a part of the equation. Maybe you’re like me and you want to learn new things? I mean, I’m stuck in the house, why not brush up on my French, practice the guitar or start that podcast I’ve been dreaming about. Or maybe you want to take up something entirely new? If so, then I’ve got a list of interesting things that you may want to spend more time learning about. Learning new things is a great distraction and can be a lot of fun. It’s a great way to flex your mind, expand your perspective or get outside and move your body.

Things to Learn About in the time of Coronavirus just to keep your mind occupied

Astrology and the Zodiac

How much do you know about astrology and zodiacs? Perhaps you know your zodiac sign, but that is as far as your knowledge goes. Or maybe you know more information, but you want to learn even more.

What is the zodiac?

The zodiac is a term that is related to both astronomy and astrology. There are 12 zodiac signs, which are “derived from the constellations that mark out the path on which the sun appears to travel over the course of a year.” Since astrology and astronomy are different, though, the dates that are part of a zodiac sign do not always necessarily match up with the dates that the sun passes through each constellation. As you are probably aware, the 12 zodiac signs are as follows: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. If you want to find out more about the zodiac in general or specific zodiac signs, you can find more information here: 12 zodiac sign meanings.

Moon Phases

If astrology interests you, then you may also be interested in other things related to the sky. For example, you can take the time to learn about the moon phases. The moon is fascinating. Do you know all of the different phases of the moon? If you want, you can even find calendars that show the moon phases for a specific year. In case you are interested, there are eight moon phases, and they are: the lunar moon, new moon, waxing crescent moon, first-quarter moon, waxing gibbous moon, full moon, waning gibbous moon, and the third-quarter moon. The moon is so interesting, so why not take some time and learn about it.

Tarot

Perhaps you have always thought that tarot cards are interesting. If you are not that familiar with tarot cards, then here is some information. Tarot decks are made up of 78 cards. Each card has its own meaning. The deck is divided into the Minor Arcana and the Major Arcana. Tarot is an exciting subject. So, why not try to get a reading done, buy a deck and learn how to read the cards yourself, or look up information about it to learn something new.

Plants

Learning about plants, whether indoor or outdoor, can also be fun. For example, if you have always thought that succulents were cool, then why not look for online resources or find some books about succulents to learn more. You can even purchase some succulents and use your new knowledge to look after them. Or, you can also learn about growing your own food, and then when the time comes, try it out.

Music

Many people love to listen to music, but how much do they actually know about it? If music is something that you are really interested in, then there is so much that you can learn. You can learn to play an instrument; you can learn about the history of different types of music, etc. In college, I took art and music history and I loved it. There are so many different topics related to music that you can find the topics that interest you the most and learn about those.

Yoga

Right now, more than ever, I need to practice yoga and meditation. I need to exist beyond my mind while centering myself. Maybe you practice yoga, but do you actually know about all of the types of yoga that exist or the history of yoga? Expand your knowledge of this practice, and you can not only practice yoga but also be informed about it. For example, some types of yoga include Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha, etc. Since there are so many types, you can learn about yoga as a whole, or dive deeper into a specific type of yoga if there is a particular one that you find interests you most.

READ ALSO: Interview with a Doctor on the Front Lines Fighting Coronavirus

There are so many different and interesting topics that we can learn about; the possibilities are endless. Even if none of these are interesting to you, there’s got to be something you’ve always wanted to try and now is a perfect time. Always continuing to learn can be good for your brain. It can give you something interesting to do, and there are so many ways that we can learn these days from reading books to watching documentaries on Netflix, to taking online. You have so many options, so pick a topic you want to learn about today, and start doing your research.

If there was one thing that you’ve always wanted to learn or try but never had the time, what would it be?  What are the things to learn about in the time of Coronavirus that interest you the most? What’s stopping you?

 

 

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Telic Après Ski recovery boots

Last year, I started working out. I’ve never been one to work out and walk 5Ks every day just because. I was about as fair-weathered a workout friend as you could find. I loved working out. Cardio was my jam but only when it was convenient. I wasn’t about that walking in 110 degrees with 100% humidity. And I definitely wasn’t running in 20-degree weather but here we are. Me walking on ice, rain or shine, hot or cold in the holy pursuit of good health. If I’m going to do it, I’d like to be able to do it the best way possible. Enter Telic Après Ski recovery boots, the one thing I never knew, I always needed. Look at me, learning all the new things about myself.

Disclosure: I gifted a pair of Telic Après Ski recovery boots to experience them for myself but all opinions are my own.

I’ve had to do some pretty substantial research and I’ve learned some hard lessons along the way. I also learned that my teenagers don’t like to wake up early, clean, work out or do anything that involves any effort whatsoever before 10 am, even if they have to. But they are swiftly motivated by Starbucks and shopping for cute anything. If that’s what I’ve got to do to get my teens to exercise with me, well sign me and my silver sneakers up because walking in the mall still counts as walking.  Guess what else I learned?

READ ALSO: Ways to Work Out When You Don’t Have Time to Hit the Gym

I learned about a thing called sports recovery boots. Sounds made up, right? I thought so too but hey, I love cute shoes and I was sold and so were my girls. When I think of after sports shoes, I think of the Adidas soccer slides my girls wear after soccer games and ballet class. But those are not the sports recovery shoes that I am referring to in this post.

Recently, I was gifted a pair of Telic Après Ski sports recovery boots. When I saw them, I thought they were super cute and what could it hurt to try them out. We’d just spent 7 days walking 20000 steps daily around Walt Disney World. My feet were sore and in desperate need of some relief.

Telic Après Ski recovery boots

Since breaking my leg, most of my day’s end with a limp my legs are sore each night. But when I wear my Telic Après Ski recovery boots to work (I told you they were cute), I’m not limping at the end of the day. If that was not enough, I noticed they keep disappearing. My teens are swiping them to wear themselves. So, I got my oldest a pair and she loves them. She has dancer’s feet and they’ve taken a beating. She says these are one of the few shoes that don’t aggravate her plantar fasciitis and tendonitis.

READ ALSO: How I Broke My Leg in the Middle of My Sister’s Wedding

Let me tell you about the Après Ski recovery boot. It’s not just for after you ski, as the name would imply. It’s for after any sport. It’s great for everyday wear.

Telic Après Ski recovery bootsTelic is known for its award-winning comfort. The Après Ski recovery boot is also:

  • Insulated & Water Resistant
  • Traction Control Out-sole
  • Pillow-Soft Comfort
  • Lightweight Stability
  • Athlete Approved
  • Dr. Recommended

100% all true and I can attest to it because I’ve worn them a lot since I got them, in the mornings after working out during drop off and for my entire workdays and they truly impressed me. Actually, they blew my mind. I don’t know that I really believed anything could really work, especially with my foot and leg issues from the break but these did.

READ ALSO: Never Ask a Disabled Person if They’ll Return to Normal

You can enjoy Telic’s award-winning comfort year-round. They are designed to be worn by athletes to help relax and rejuvenate after training and competition, this recovery series incorporates Telic’s Novlaon Footstrike Technology and offers a soft supportive comfortable fit and feel for year-round Telic comfort.

What does that mean for you?

It means that this really cute pair of boots are comfortable and really do help you recover. To be honest, the fact that my leg hasn’t hurt after work since I’ve started wearing this is enough to convince me to wear these shoes every day of the year but in addition to that, I got so many compliments on the look of the shoe. If I had my way, I’d gift a pair to every teacher in my school because they are absolutely that cute and comfortable.

If you’re an athlete looking for a fantastic recovery shoe or someone who spends long hours on their feet and needs extreme comfort without sacrificing fashion, I would strongly suggest giving Telic’s Apres Ski recovery boots a try for yourself.  FYI, it also comes in a recovery shoe if boots are not your jam. Those are next on my list. Plus they got the seal of approval from my teen which never happens.

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a baby changes everything, motherhood fashion, after pregnancy, how to upcycle your maternity clothes after pregnancy, birth, wardrobe

Having a baby changes everything. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar. The one thing it changes forever is your body. Even if you get back to the size you were pre-baby, you are changed. But who am I telling? If you’re a mom, you already know this. However, no need to stress out. Just a little change of perspective, some patience and self-love, and everything is back on track. Figuring out what to do about your maternity clothes after pregnancy can be a challenge, your body is still changing but a mom still wants to look and feel stylish. Start with upcycling your way of thinking.

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Once you have children, “mom” is your name, taking care of little people is your game. You stop being known as the person you used to be, and you start being known as the mom, mommy, mama to your little one. If you’re like me, you’ll probably even refer to yourself as such. I’ve been Bella and Gabi’s mom for so long, I’m pretty sure that some of their friends actually think my name is BellaAnGabi. But, I’m still in here rediscovering myself before motherhood. Like you, trying to figure out how to be the woman you were before you became mom.

READ ALSO: The Beauty of Motherhood

Being a mom is all-consuming and it’s very easy to lose yourself in that one thing you become and even easier to forget who you were before that. Soon, all of the likes and dislikes you used to have seemed to fade away and your life revolves around your children. For example, I loved strawberry ice cream and then my children didn’t so I didn’t buy strawberry ice cream for 13 years until one day, I took that power back. What I like matters too. It’s such a simple thing but I get to matter.  With all the concessions of motherhood, the biggest is the total loss of a time in your life and that usually means sacrificing your youth.

I’m just a mom like you, trying to figure out how to be the woman you were before you became mom.

The life you had before becoming a mom and how young you used to feel is fading from all of the responsibility of your new role. You’ll think about all of the things that you used to say and do, and how different the things that you say and do are now. You’re not any less of a person, you’re just not the same person at all. You can’t be. In fact, the moms I know are some of the best people I know.

READ MORE: The TRUTH about Motherhood that No One will Tell You

The resourcefulness and resilience that you build as a mother is unfathomable, and for me, my life feels like it has a higher purpose; one greater than myself. But, that’s not to say that you shouldn’t think of the ways to get your groove back and rediscover who you are as a person. You deserve to exist autonomous from your kids and spouse. I want to show you some of the ways you can do just that and feel more like you again or at least the new hybrid wonder woman that you have become.

Rediscover Your Passions

You will have grown up having some sort of passion in life. For me, I loved writing, dancing and being active. Even if your passion was just going out and having fun every weekend, you were passionate about something. Hey, I was pretty passionate about my weekends before becoming a mom. Sure for most people, their passions stem a bit deeper than being able to have a cocktail on the weekend. Maybe you were into a sport, fashion, music, or art. For some reason, that all seems to fade into the background when you become a mom, or at least for those first few years.

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Your passion becomes your child, and that’s never going to go away. But you’re allowed to be able to have something else to focus on, on the side. It doesn’t make you’re a bad person to want to do things you like just for you. It’s what makes you, you, and nobody can take that away from you. You’re better for your family if you take care of yourself too. Do something just for you. Start small, take a hot bath or read a book before bedtime because you used to enjoy spa days and reading for leisure. Once you star t doing something just for you, you’ll start to reconnect with yourself and find joy in things that you forgot you used to enjoy.

Invest Some Time In What Makes You Feel Beautiful

I think all moms fall prey to this affliction at one point or another in their tenure as a mom. Sometime between pregnancy, middle of the night cluster feedings, running to make sure toddlers don’t fall when learning to walk and the teen years, messy buns, yoga pants and a t-shirt with some kind of tiny human’s bodily fluid on it becomes our mom uniform. It’s not because we moms fundamentally dislike fashion and style, it’s because our priorities changed and it just felt like keeping the baby alive was more important than what label we wore or how often we could get to dry bar. I’m here to tell you we need some of that investment in our appearance to help us feel confident.

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There were years where I felt like a ghost walking through my life because I had let myself go so far that I tried to convince myself that I didn’t care but I did. It wore on me. My daughters always looked amazing but I looked like the nanny Cinderella.

Let’s start with fashion, because who can deny that a cute outfit makes a mama feel empowered. You can reinvent yourself. Check out the latest styles and see feels like it fits. Scroll through Instagram and see what the cute mom influencers are wearing or check out Pinterest to discover what the latest trends are.

Try shopping at places that you wouldn’t usually shop at to get inspiration for style. Even if the style is hip athleisure wear, just a small change can change your entire perspective, mood and the way you carry yourself.

You can see more GCDS here, which is a clothing brand from Milan that you might not have ever heard about before, selling styles you’ve probably not tried in years. Also, if I can sneak in a quick face mask after the girls go to bed or some moisturizer, mascara and tinted chapstick in the morning, it makes me feel less out of sorts when I’m out in the general population. And I don’t care what anyone says, a cute messy bun is always in fashion.

Be Spontaneous

I know the thought of spontaneity is practically laughable as a mom but sometimes we need to shake things up to shake our true selves awake. I mean our mom side has been in full-on high-gear for years now. It needs to be reminded that there is a sexy, creative, intelligent, fierce and beautiful woman right beneath the service that needs the day off from mom duty to get her groove back.

As moms, our lives are on a schedule. We exist to cross things off the list. We always have to be prepared and responsible for everyone but being spontaneous can be invigorating. Try an impromptu coffee, Zumba or brunch date with a girlfriend while the kids are at school. Those dishes and laundry can wait a few hours. Don’t even bother with that mom guilt. Mom guilt and worry are two useless emotions. As a mom, it it’s easy to forget where our children end and we begin and whenever we try to do anything for ourselves, it feels unnatural but that’s just because we haven’t done it in a while. Repeat after me, you’re not a bad mom for existing outside of your children’s per view. Try to have a girl’s night or date night at least once a month. Just make it happen, even if it’s just for a couple hours. You need to feel empowered and confident as a woman to be a strong example of joy and fulfillment for your children. Do you want them to see you looking miserable as their mother? No, go get your groove back girl.

What do you do for yourself ( just you) that makes you feel good about who you are? What are your tips for how to be the woman you were before you became a mom?

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We are less than 6 weeks away from Bella’s big day. Her quinceañera is something we’ve been planning for years and I can’t believe it’s almost here. For her, it’s the moment our culture recognizes her as changing from a child to a woman. As a mom, it’s a moment of ostentatious pride, which if you know me is not something I ever do. It’s also the opportunity to learn all the event planning tips I didn’t know I needed.

Give me all of your quinceañera planning tips.

I love my daughters more than everything but I’ve never felt the need to brag on them to impress anyone. I know who they are and what they are capable of. I know that they are smart, funny, witty, creative, kind, compassionate, good human beings who love life and care about people and they know that I feel that way about them. I tell them. I just don’t feel like it does anyone any good to boast about them to strangers and put them in competition with anyone else. The only competition I want them to have is to become their own best self. But, make no mistake, I am so proud of my girls and then young ladies they’ve become.

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Next month, we’re celebrating Bella’s indoctrination into womanhood with a big party with all of our family and friends. Think of a wedding-like party celebrating how much we love our daughter, how proud we are and how excited we are for all to come for her in her life.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written in partnership with Basic Invite. However, all opinions are my own and Bella ( and I) adore her invitations from Basic Invite. They’re everything we’ve dreamed of.

Big life events like a quinceañera are exciting. The energy, the love, the sheer celebration of such a momentous occasion. There’s nothing like it. When you’re hosting the party there are added stresses. In fact, it can be very stressful.

Everyone expects weddings to be challenging to plan, coordinating and organizing all the things is hard. I’m finding that planning Bella’s quinceañera is pretty much the same.

Event planning tips to for the best quinceañera ever

It’s helpful to be organized and to take the time to plan and do research, from choosing the venues to deciding where to shop for the dresses for the quinceañera and damas. There are a few simple tips that we can do to help make the whole process easier on ourselves and get the celebration of our dreams without the anxiety.

  • Start planning as soon as you set the date… or sooner if you can. Sure, you may not have plans to celebrate your daughter’s quinceañera for several years, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get planning now. It’s never too early to go on Pinterest and start a wedding planning/quinceañera board with ideas of things you’d like. It’s never too early to start watching hours and hours of quinceañera surprise dances. You can also start looking at venues and booking appointments. Starting early can be the one thing that gets you the date that you want for your event.
  • Sort out your budget at the very beginning. No need to make big plans with no realistic budget in mind. Before you can start buying anything, you need to know what your budget is and what’s going to tip you over the edge for your big day purchases. The earlier you have a concrete budget outline, the more accurately you can plan your event. This is one of the hardest parts for me.

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  • Get as much of your family and friends involved as you can, from photographer and videographer recommendations to getting to know who’s able and willing to help you with your big day. You need to know which family members are willing to give you a hand with organizing everything from the prevents to the main event. The most important thing is that you enjoy every moment with the people that you love.
  • Be selective with who you choose to invite. Everyone you’ve ever known doesn’t get to be a guest on your big day. You need to get RSVPs to know how many people you’ll be catering to. Invite the people who you know will show up. Don’t feel obligated to invite everyone you share DNA with or anyone you’ve ever known.
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  • A well-thought-out personalized custom guest book can really be the perfect keepsake for your big day. With almost unlimited colors at Basic Invite, it is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. You can change the color of each element on a card or guest book. With over 180 different color options, your invitations or guestbook can be exactly how you want it, down to the littlest detail, making the little details perfect.
  • Pick your court early, you’re going to need their help. The planning won’t be as smooth without them by your side. They’ll need dresses and tuxes, makeup and hair. Ask them early and plan accordingly.
  • Always have a backup plan. Things can and do go wrong, even if that’s the last thing you want to think about. But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Your special day can go off perfectly, as long as you do your research.

What is your best tip to make your big day the thing dreams are made of?

 

 

 

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When people think about borrowing money, it causes anxiety. Nobody wants to be in debt to anyone else. Why would anyone purposely borrow and create debt for themselves? The thing is, it’s really not that simple. People usually borrow money to get them through to payday and beyond or to pay off existing debts because they need to. Most people don’t just borrow money to do frivolous things with.

There are, definitely, many different reasons to borrow money. It’s essential to have money when you need it for the things you need to live a happy life, even if that means borrowing it. There are good debts and bad debts, and the best kind of debt is one where you have consolidated everything into one payment at a lower interest rate. There are so many reasons that people might need to borrow money to further their situation.

  • The first reason is for a vacation. I know it may sound frivolous but we really need that time to decompress. People love to hit the beaches and feel the sun on their faces. It’s not easy to save up for a family vacation, especially when you have a big family, but it is necessary. Borrowing the money and buying a vacation and paying it off later is one way to solve your short term cash flow issue!
  • You could consider your mortgage borrowing money, though it’s for a house, not a vacation or a new car. You could choose to buy a second property with the help of Visio Lending with the view to renting it out to others. This type of property helps you to build your assets, securing your future and giving you the chance to decide whether you buy property number 3 and 4! This level of borrowing will work out for you if you manage your rental properties well!
  • Special occasions often need a little extra cash flow, and it’s common knowledge that people borrow money for Christmas or even for their wedding. Weddings are expensive, and it’s well known that they take a lot of money to sort out. With a loan, you can get the wedding of your dreams and think about the repayments afterward.
  • Children cost a lot of money, and it’s not unusual to find yourself short when it comes to school fees or uniform costs. It makes sense to take a loan out when you have to buy into new technology for the school or new equipment. Giving yourself a little breathing space can make a big difference to your finances and your children’s education
  • No one is likely to take a loan out for general shopping, but when it comes to furniture and appliances? You can’t always plan for them to deteriorate. If you ensure that you have a loan company as a backup, you can replace the refrigerator or oven as you need to. You can get a loan for the big things in the house, but you should bear in mind the costs afterward.
  • The car is one of the most valuable assets you have to be able to get where you need to be. When the car breaks down, you need to be able to do something about it so that you can stay on the road as long as possible. You can upgrade your car, or you can just get yours repaired, but either way, it’s an excellent reason for a loan.

Don’t be afraid of debt when you choose to take it on. Whether you are paying off debts or you are replacing your car, taking out a loan can enable you to do more and later on, pay it off, and build your credit at the same time.

 

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