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My December Bullet Journal

December 5, 2018

My favorite thing about months is that they start over; a fresh start every 30 days. A new month lets you try again to not go over budget or restart that “clean the house every day” plan you intended. For me, the first of the month brings the newness I always anticipate from the new year. When I failed my resolutions by the end of January, I had a difficult time picking myself back up. I’ve learned that giving myself 30 days to make a change instead of 365, made attaining my goals much more attainable. I was able to give myself more grace and encouragement, while having a time frame that didn’t overwhelm me. By setting SMART goals, I could track my progress and feel good about the tiny successes! Bullet journaling was the best way I’ve found that gives me a creative outlet while helping me grow. I’m no expert, and my pages aren’t perfect, but it gives me such joy!

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Setting my goals was a huge part of making Bullet Journaling work for my world. I use the SMART method for setting goals with my students every 6 weeks. It’s a method I’ve found to work swimmingly, so I thought “Why not use it on myself?”.

S=Specific. “Eating better” was a surefire way to set myself up for cop outs or complete failure. It was way too broad of a goal, and how could I track it? Instead, I would target the specific “behavior” I wanted to track or change. What EXACTLY was I trying to achieve here?  “Eating better” became “Eat Vegetables”, “Cut out daily soda”, or “One sugar in my coffee”.

M=Measurable. Again “Eating better” is extremely difficult to measure. If you can’t measure it, how can you know if you’ve been successful? “Better” is such a subjective word. What’s better to one person may not be better to the next. Instead, when I chose a specific goal, I could measure my success. Making a goal measurable breaks it down into pieces. Even if I do want to cut out soda and sugar completely, I need to chunk it.   “I will have soda only 2 days a week”, “I will only put 1 sugar in my coffee”. Those were goals I could put in my Bullet Journal to track. It was very clear if I had achieved it or not.

A= Attainable. This part was the most eye-opening for me. Was my goal really reachable for me? Of course in a perfect world I could say “NO MORE SUGAR OR SODA AT ALL”, but would that really be something I could do? Is that a reasonable goal that I could succeed with? Absolutely not. I was setting myself up for failure and falling down even faster. I started off small with my goals making it one or two days a week. When I felt the success with those parts and got my feet planted, I could up it with “Soda once a week”, or “Eating a serving of vegetables at 10 meals a week”.  If you don’t have the resources or time to achieve that goal, it’s not attainable.  If your goal is to go to the gym every day”, but you’re working double shifts two days a week, you might be setting yourself up to fail. I’ve also found that I need to limit the amount of things I want to change at once. Having maybe 3 goals instead of 6, makes your goals much more attainable

R=Relevant/Reasonable. Is this something you even WANT to do? Does it spark your interest? Does it matter to you?  Believe it or not, this is a huge part of creating your goals. Sometimes we create goals we think we should have or we copy others’ goals. In reality, you probably aren’t going to stick to goals you don’t really want to accomplish for yourself. The goals must be relevant to your  life and have meaning to you!!

Also, your goals need to be reasonable. This means that you have to challenge yourself. Don’t make a goal you know will be too easy to achieve! You’re stronger than you think!!

T=Timely. It’s important to give yourself a time frame and plan for achieving your goals. “By the end of the week” or “By the end of the month” gives you a time frame to hold yourself too. When you’re time is the whole 365 days of the year, it can seem daunting. Some of my goals are even daily and THAT’S OK!

My tips!

  • Remember these are YOUR goals. You can choose to share them or not, it’s your business.
  • Stay positive! Speak kindly to yourself during the hard times and give yourself grace during the small failures.
  • Don’t be afraid to edit your goals and plans! No one is grading you. If something isn’t working, change it! There’s no use in doing something that isn’t getting you toward your goals.
  • Try an accountability parter! Chances are there is someone in your circle who has a similar goal as you. Get together to encourage one another!
  • Create a pretty tracker you want to look at every day! It’s simple, but I always want to track my habits on a tracker that looks nice!
  • Track your habits for a month before creating goals. Track specific behaviors that you want to change or that you notice. See where your gaps are and where improvements can be made. This will help you create goals that are SMART!

Here’s a look into my December bullet journal!

My December goals:

  1. By the end of December, I will have drank 90oz of water a day for at least 25 days.
  2. By the end of December, I will have walked at least a mile 3 days a week.
  3. By the end of December, I will have read 1 book.

I hope this helps you start your own bullet journal goal setting! If you’re interested in my materials for bullet journaling and more check out my October Bullet Journal Post HERE!

HAPPY JOURNALING!

Mommy Mania Organization

My 10 New Mommy Must-Haves

November 3, 2018

This isn’t a news flash, but being a new mom is hard. It’s beautiful, wonderful, and down right difficult. Babies don’t need a lot but they “need” a lot, if you catch my drift. In my 2 whole months of being a mom, I’ve found myself saying “Oh my gosh, I’m so glad we have_________”.  So, here’s a quick list of the 10 things that have saved my new mommy behind.

  1. DockATot – Holy guacamole this has been the greatest thing. This is what we’ve had Winnie sleep in since she was about 2 weeks old. The DockATot is a cosleeper that gave me peace of mind (told myself we wouldn’t cosleep, LOL). She sleeps in it next to me and I know that I won’t roll over on top of her. The DockATot has also made her transition to daycare much smoother. It is small enough to travel with back and forth, so she is comfortable at daycare. These are a bit expensive BUT TOTALLY WORTH IT. I got mine on sale with Zulily and I see them on FaceBook markets often.aYAzEie6Sy67TLQv89zPXg
  2. Milk Saver– I found that when I was breastfeeding or pumping one breast at a time, the other breast would leak. I hated seeing that milk go to waste in a breast pad. Enter the milk saver! A genius invention to help you save every drop of your liquid gold! I’ve seen several kinds used; Amazon has tons of options.
  3. The Pocket Nanny– A devise that tracks feedings, pumping, diaper changes, and more.  This was an absolute lifesaver for the first 4 weeks or so when your brain is absolute mush. We liked using this better than the apps because when Will and I traded in the middle of the night, we knew the baby’s stats. This wasn’t even on my registry. It was a gift from another new mom who knew of it’s magic!
  4. Moby Wrap– A must-have if you’d like to get anything done during the first 6 weeks. It’s the perfect way to combine productivity and cuddles. Winnie loved to be close to me, and I loved having my hands free!IMG_2725
  5. Something patterned next to the changing table– Ok, this may sound weird but bear with me.  Babies are wiggle monsters when they get on the table, it’s a proven fact. Our saving grace has been this black and white tapestry we hung next to her changing table. The patterns and contrast stimulate her eyes and brain, while allowing a swift diaper change.
  6. Pajamas with built in mittens– Another completely genius idea. Winnie doesn’t always like to be swaddled but her arms flail constantly while sleeping. We found these Cloud Nine Pajamas from Target that have the mittens folded onto the sleeves. When it’s time for bed, you can just fold the tops of the sleeves over. Boom. Mittens.
  7. Sound Machine– Another thing I swore I wouldn’t use. Well, here we are. When Winnie was a newborn, she loved the “heartbeat” option. Now, we just use the white noise to help us both get more sleep.
  8. Bubba Keg– This 54 oz. beauty was a huge help with breast-feeding thirst. I knew I needed to drink 2 of them a day to help keep my supply up. The fact that it was so big helped because I didn’t have to refill the bottle every 30 minutes.IMG_7575
  9. Plexus Joyome– Yes, I sell it. However, I cannot begin to describe how much this helped the skin on my belly. I have stretched out skin at the front of my belly that was killing my self esteem. I put the Joyome on my belly morning and night. After about 3 weeks, the scars went from purple to pale, my skin felt tighter, and it keeps getting better. I’m super impressed with this skin care product!
  10. A Good Cabernet– Because wine is good.

 

*BONUS* All. The. Boppy. Pillows.

Mommy Mania Organization

What was in my hospital bag?

October 1, 2018

I was over packing. I KNEW I was over packing. Did that stop me? No. Packing my hospital bag became a form of relief for my anxiety. I packed and unpacked at least 3 times. The house was spotless and the nursery was completely ready; there was nowhere else for my nesting urges to go. I scoured Pinterest and Mommy blogs looking at dozens of checklists to create my own. I wanted to be overly prepared regardless of the fact that every new mom told me they used basically nothing they brought with them. So, I’m going to share what I brought with me to give birth. I’m here to tell y’all, I overpacked.

My Checklist

  • 2 nursing bras Amazon
  • 2 nursing tanks Amazon
  • 1 cute outfit (robe and nightgown from Zulily)
  • 1 comfort outfit (worn out t-shirt and maternity yoga shorts)
  • 3 pairs of nonslip socks Amazon
  • Afterbirth waist trainer Amazon
  • 2 pairs of full coverage underwear (Target)
  • A going home Maxi Dress LaRue Chic Boutique
  • Breast pads Bamboobies
  • Slippers

Now, lets pause and take a moment to laugh at the volume of clothing I brought. The length of your hospital stay depends on your birth and how the baby is doing, but I was there a total of 48 hours. I was in labor for 27 of those hours and I had to wear their hospital issued gown during that time. I also wore a gown for the majority of my postpartum stay. So, I needed one outfit. ONE. I went home in my comfort outfit. The last thing I wanted to put on my body after birth was the waist trainer, that puppy is still in the packaging.  The mesh underwear the hospital gives you is GOLD, so I didn’t need my own. Surprisingly, I wish I had brought more socks. One pair was soaked when they broke my water, one pair got bloody afterward, and I was left with one pair. I never wore the slippers; the nonslip socks were way more convenient. I used both nursing bras and 1 nursing tank! The breast pads were a great buy! 10/10 would recommend getting the reusable Bamboobie brand ones.

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Extra hair ties
  • Face cleansing wipes
  • Moisturizer
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant Lume
  • Chapstick
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Brush
  • Plexus (of course)
  • Nipple Balm Honest Brand
  • Headband The Be Brand
  • Essential oils/Diffuser
  • Makeup

I’m so thankful I brought my toiletries. Nothing makes you feel human again quite like washing your face and brushing your teeth. I didn’t end up taking a shower there, but I’m glad I had shampoo and conditioner in case I needed them.  I would recommend getting travel sizes of everything you can, that way you won’t weigh down your bag. The Honest Brand nipple balm is AMAZING. LOL at the makeup. That bag was never touched. I could see bringing it if we had planned to have photos taken during our stay at the hospital, though. I didn’t end up using my diffuser but I did use some oils! My amazing nurse put some lavender on her palms and rubbed my temples during contraction breaks and the peppermint oil helped with my nausea.

Comfort Items

  • My own pillow
  • My own blanket
  • MULTIPLE 10ft phone chargers
  • Bluetooth speakers
    • Birth playlist on Spotify
  • Birthing Ball
  • Baseball
  • Massage Bar Lush

Having some comforts from home was way more helpful than I thought it would be. My pillow and blanket made me so happy!  Bluetooth speakers and your own playlist are a must, in my humble opinion. My playlist was made up of every single song that made me happy, regardless of the genre. We had a little bit of everything playing and it kept everyone’s spirits up. Fun Fact: Winnie was born to “Who Run the World” by Beyonce! The birthing ball wasn’t completely necessary because hospitals have their own. However, I felt the need to have my own for sanitary reasons. Will used the baseball to create counter pressure during my contractions. This helped keep his hands from getting too tired.

For Baby

  • 3 outfits
    • different sizes
  • Socks
  • Mittens
  • 2 Burp cloths
  • Several Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Baby Book
  • Bow/Hat
  • Announcement Swaddle Post Peanut
  • Receiving Blanket
  • Carseat/Base

We brought 3 different outfits because we didn’t know how big baby would be or the gender! Same with the hat and bow! I bought an adorable swaddle from Posh Peanut and got a matching hat and bow to use for the announcement photo, depending on her gender. The only thing we didn’t use for baby was the diapers and wipes because the hospital had plenty of those!

Extras

  • Pump
  • Snacks for the nurses and staff
  • Letter board for announcement Amazon
  • Folder

I brought the folder to put all the papers in! They give you so much information in the form of pamphlets and papers. I needed some place to put it all! I didn’t end up using my pump in the hospital, and hospitals provide amazing ones from what I hear.

I wish I’d brought a nursing pillow! It was really difficult to nurse without one. I had to use a shield and it was just a mess without a stable pillow to put Winifred on. I also wish I would have packed snacks for my family and Will.

*Nurses are actual ANGELS from heaven. I don’t know what I would have done without my nurses! We brought this basket of chips and candy to say thank you!

Truth be told, it’s up to YOU what you bring. I think being over prepared and over packed made me feel more in control of a completely unknown experience. Do your research and read the blogs, but go with your gut. Bring items that bring you joy! No one judged me (to my face) for all the stuff I brought into the room. The birth process is alllllll about bringing your babe into the world in a positive and safe environment. As the momma, you do what you gotta do to make that happen!