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Overcoming the New Mommy Slump

I’m sure I am not the only woman out there that goes through the new mommy slump. It seems like every pregnancy I just let myself go. I don’t care about getting to the salon to get my roots covered, let alone spending time to put makeup on my face if I don’t have to leave the house. Usually it takes me a bit after I have my sweet little bundle to actually start caring again.

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The difference is that after the baby, I am fighting exhaustion and am always out of time. So how does one overcome the new mommy slump when there aren’t enough hours in the day, and the moments you do have would rather be spent sleeping? I don’t have time to get to the nail salon, and I sure don’t have the time or energy to get all fussied up every single day.

I have started making time for ME! Yes, it sounds a little selfish but it is so important for me to steal a few minutes to myself. It doesn’t always happen, but I make a point to squeeze it in a few times a week. Most times it is just me getting away in the evening for a few minutes alone in the bubble bath.

I know it may seem silly, but having my nails painted makes me feel more “put together”. However, I don’t have time to keep up with nails at the salon every 2 weeks. So, my newest splurge on myself is a home mani. I hand the baby off for daddy time while I spruce my hands and feet up. It’s the little things that matter!

Another thing I let go during pregnancy is my hair. When I’m pregnant my hair grows way to fast to try and keep it blonde. So my natural dark starts quickly shining through. This time around I bought a box from the store and got it as close to my natural color as I could while the blonde grew off. But, now that our house is back into a routine with our time and our finances….I am headed back to the blonde. That 2 hours at the salon every other month is my happy getaway place. I realize this isn’t always an option so even if it is turning your bathroom into your personal salon, DO IT! I feel like a new person when my hair gets done.

It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Maybe it is just a few minutes with your feet up that makes you feel like a different more put together woman. Take those minutes and don’t feel guilty for it. Anything that can help you overcome the new mommy slump! When we are more refreshed, we are better at our daily tasks.

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It is so easy to get in the habit of throwing on those yoga pants and t-shirt with your hair in a pony every single day. Trust me I pretty much lived that way over the last year! If I am honest with myself though I feel more human and “together” when I spend a little bit of time on myself. No, you won’t find me all fixed up everyday of the week, but you may find me with my nails done and some lipgloss with those yoga pants. Whatever makes me feel pretty and like I have it more together than I actually do!

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To The Homeschool Mom Overwhelmed Before You’ve Even Began

For some homeschool moms this is their favorite time of year. New curriculum that you have carefully planned out. New school supplies you have searched for the best deals on. A clean slate, and eager little ones ready to dig in.

Homeschool Mom Overwhelmed

To the homeschool mom overwhelmed, it is a time of feeling worried and anxious. The abundance of curriculum to choose from. How will you ever pick the right thing? The schedule worries. Will I be a good enough teacher to give my kids what they need? They school year hasn’t even started yet and you are already feeling like a failure.

Don’t worry! You can do this thing called homeschool. Not only can you do it, but you can rock it. You will be the best teacher your child could have ever dreamed of. You will build close relationships with each of your children, and love it.

It’s so important to not get bogged down with all the details. Take a more relaxed approach and watch your children flourish like never before. When it comes to curriculum, be flexible. Make your purchase work for you not against you. You have the ability to change things up so that it is exactly what your children need.

When it comes to scheduling, be flexible. We have done things both ways in our homeschool. We have followed a rigid schedule and we have been flexible. I find when I am trying to make everyone conform to a rigid schedule we all get frustrated pretty quickly. We still have an agenda of things that have to get done in each day, but we aren’t bound by a timer.

Most importantly- HAVE FUN! Don’t let the stress of the details take the joy out of your homeschool year.

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Take A Leap Of Faith

We all know the Bible says to trust God. We repin all the scenic Pinterest images that quote scriptures like Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your hear and lean not on your own understanding.” Let’s be honest here. We can talk all we want about trusting in God, but it is a lot easier said than done. Matt and I had a situation in our life where trusting in God meant we had to take a leap of faith, and man it was a LEAP.

Take a Leap of Faith

Matt has worked 2 jobs for the last year and a half. He has a great corporate job, but also painted houses on the side. The painting business was a really nice source of income for our family of 6. Last September, Matt was promoted and his job corporate job became much more demanding. At that time, we both felt like God was saying to stop the painting business.

This is where the hard part came in. We both knew it was time to walk away from painting, but we both had a very hard time coming to terms with “losing” that extra income. It felt like obeying God was asking so much of us, and was going to be a huge sacrifice. So, we drug our feet. In fact, we drug our feet for around 6 months.

Finally, we got to the point where not stepping out in faith was turning into disobeying God’s direction for our lives. Things stopped going smoothly with the painting business. Jobs took longer to complete, we were constantly over budget on supplies, and the houses were getting more nasty by the minute. The grace was no longer there!

So, we finally agreed to stop living in fear, and really trust what God was saying. We closed the painting business. It was such a relief, but there was still that nagging fear that we had made a huge mistake and were going to devastate our family financially. But, we decided to trust in God and His ability to lead our family.

Then an amazing thing happened. A situation at Matt’s work changed, and he is going to have to cover extra hours for a least the next 5 months. There is no way he would have been able to do any of the painting now anyway. God always knows better, and His ways are ALWAYS better than our ways.

God was putting us into a position to where Matt could work extra hours, which will more than cover what we let go of financially. God asked us to give something up so He could replace it with something better. We took a leap of faith and landed right in the will of God, with His blessings.

What is something you know you were supposed to do, but didn’t see how it would work out? Maybe it is homeschooling your kids, or that career change you have been feeling led to do. It doesn’t matter what it is take the step. God will always meet you right on the other side of your obedience.

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