How Not To Lose Yourself as a Stay-At-Home Mom

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It can be really easy to lose yourself as a stay-at-home mom if you’re not careful. It can creep in really slowly and then all of a sudden, you look in the mirror and find that you hardly recognize yourself. You know how I know? Because it has happened to me. Staying in pajamas all day was a “thing” and I barely made it to the vanity to brush my hair in the mornings. By the end of the day, I just would feel terrible about myself because I was still in pajamas from the night before! It doesn’t have to happen to you though, and I’m going to share just a few tips on how NOT to lose yourself as a stay-at-home mom.

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Set your schedule. One of the biggest things you can do for yourself is get a planner (I have this one) and get a schedule set up. For me, this is what keeps me sane. Don’t just shove that planner in a drawer, actually use it and refer to it daily. When you can set a schedule for yourself you’ll be able to make time for all the things you need to get done. I work from home (and am LOVING this book from Sarah Harnisch right now), so I plan time to do business when Addie naps or once Mathew is off work. We also schedule time for her different therapies, doctor appointments, and whatever else we need for the week.

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Get Stephanie’s outfit:

Sweater / Bottoms / Necklace / FitBit

Take some time for fitness. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again- fitness is important. I made sure to schedule working out 3 times a week with Camp Gladiator, and sometimes I even have the time to go 4 times a week. Scheduling time to workout isn’t easy. You have to want to do it, and you have to force it into your schedule, especially if you’re busy. Many workout facilities have childcare options so you can bring the kids along, and 1 hour of your day is going to get you in the mood for focusing on your tasks for the day. Try finding a local workout program or gym near you, or even YouTube some fitness vloggers like Blogilates or Kayla Itsines.

I’m all about wearing workout clothes that can double as athleisure because I’m usually running errands after working out (groceries anyone?) I’m a huge fan of prAna because they’re comfortable for working out, their clothes are sustainable, and I can just throw the sweater on top of my workout tank and do what I need to do for the morning. Everything is made from organic cotton or hemp, so they are amazing for moisture wicking.

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Take a moment if you need. The struggle is real when it comes to being a stay-at-home mom. Between kids having their needs, your spouse having his needs, and you having your own needs- more often than not, everyone else’s needs usually get met before your own. It can be completely overwhelming to never get to leave your “job” at the end of the day. When I get overwhelmed, I love to get my Young Living essential oils out and do an “oil intervention” to just clear my head. Check out the video below to learn how to do it yourself!


I love oil interventions because it only takes 1-2 minutes to do, and I am back to being the level-headed person I need to be for my family, for my business, and just for my day in general!

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Make time for friends. I don’t know about you, but one thing that always brings me back to my “old” self is hanging around with friends. It is so important to keep up with your friendships during this stage of life so you don’t lose yourself! I love grabbing coffee with friends, inviting them over for some monthly essential oil DIY projects (where we all bring snacks, we chat for hours, and we play hilarious games), or getting dinner! Friends are such a key part of life and really can keep you grounded when you’re not feeling yourself. When Addie was in the hospital for 10 months, I was the world’s worst friend. Of course, I had a good excuse, but now that she’s been home almost 2 years, I am redeeming myself by seeing my friends as much as I can!

These are just some of the tools I use to stay true to myself while I’m a stay-at-home mom. How long have you been a stay-at-home mom? What are some things that make you feel better about yourself and about your day?

The Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever

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You know the old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”? That is the case when it comes to my husband, Mathew. I swear that man married me because of my cooking. I reeled him in in our dating days with my creamy chicken alfredo and my “oatstanding” oatmeal crasin cookies. Over the years, I’ve cooked a lot of delicious desserts, but there’s one thing he loves that is his love language- cookie cakes. I love baking cakes for my family’s birthdays and Mathew would always rather have a cookie cake instead! I never have been one to really enjoy cookie cakes, but this Valentine’s I was determined to make a cookie cake that not only he could enjoy, but that I could take a bite or two of and not want to spit out. So…I went through some of my favorite cookie recipes and am bringing you the Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever!

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I’ll tell you, there’s a secret to making the Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever- it’s to not over bake it. I like to err on the side of caution and set my timer for a couple minutes less than I usually would with typical cookies to make sure that it’s not overdone. In combination with my cookie recipe, it makes for seriously THE Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever.

Y’all know I love shopping at H-E-B, and they always have some great deals. I spotted one in particular, and found it was perfect for this recipe! If you buy the Handi-Foil Cook-N-Carry Heart Pans & Lids 2 pk for $3.97, you get 2 Pillsbury Cake Mixes and a Pillsbury Frosting FREE in store with your coupons! Of course, I needed the heart pans and frosting for the Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever, so it was a no brainer to grab my coupons and get some free goodies. If you’re planning on making this, go get yours while they’re available! I also grabbed this cute little dutch bouquet in the floral department of H-E-B to put on my kitchen table. It’s so pretty and festive, and the perfect size for a little pop of color.

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The Best Valentine's Cookie Cake Ever
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
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Want to surprise the love of your life with a fun dessert for Valentine's? This is the Best Valentine's Cookie Cake Ever and one that will win over the heart of anyone that you are looking for cupid's arrow to hit!
Ingredients
  • 1 c Butter
  • ¾ c Sugar
  • 1 c Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 c H-E-B Select Ingredients Baker's Scoop All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 2 c Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • Pillsbury Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Cook until butter is light brown in color and smells nutty. Then remove from heat.
  3. Combine sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Stir in browned butter.
  4. Carefully mix in eggs until just combined.
  5. In another bowl, sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Fold into other bowl until well combined but not over mixed.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Press dough into greased Handi-Foil Cook-N-Carry Heart Pan into a nice, even layer.
  8. Bake 10-15 minutes. Start your timer with 10 minutes and add time as needed until you achieve a light brown cookie.
  9. Cool completely and decorate with frosting and sprinkles.

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When I made this for Mathew, you should’ve seen how big his eyes got! He loves cookie cake so much! I used cream cheese frosting to give a little tang and offset some of the sweetness from the cookie. I don’t like desserts to be sickly sweet, and the cream cheese was a perfect pairing. I love making goodies for him and cookie cakes always seem to make him smile. Even better? He proclaimed, “This is the Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever!” and it completely made my day.

Plan on making the Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever? Head to your local H-E-B then tell us what you thought in the comments!

What You Need to Know About Healthy Weight Loss in Your 30s

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There was once a time in my life when I put my mind towards losing weight. I ate healthy, I worked out, and I lost weight fast. I was 21 and was able to lose 10 pounds a month and got to my goal quickly. After having Addie in 2014 though, I realized that losing weight isn’t as easy when you’re older. It takes hard work, even more dedication, and a strong mindset. I put together this list of what you need to know about healthy weight loss in your 30’s, because surely I’m not the only one in this journey, right? Where are my mom friends at?

Last year, I worked really hard on self care as part of my New Year’s resolution. This year, my word is “flourish” and I am striving to do just that. Having a baby really changed my body. I wasn’t able to be active when I was pregnant because I was constantly sick (I even got food poisoning!) and barely could get the strength to do my hair most days. I gained about 25 pounds during pregnancy and surprisingly enough lost a lot of it very quickly due to breastfeeding. They say you need to eat about 500 calories more whenever you’re breastfeeding, which to me, meant “go eat all the things!” and that wasn’t true at all. I gained it ALL back…and then some. Not only was I not taking care of my body by providing the proper fuel it needed, but I had incredibly high levels of stress from all of Addie’s surgeries and her hospitalization in general.

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Once Addie came home and actually stayed healthy for a long while, I decided to focus on self care a little more and in the Fall of 2016 I dedicated myself to Camp Gladiator. I go 3 times a week at a location near my house, and it works well for me. I also made sure I was religiously using my emotional support essential oils because I needed to have the right mindset to lose the weight I needed. I was going to make it happen! But then…weight loss became slow for me. The scale became my enemy because I’d work out, count my macros, and it was all slow moving. It wasn’t until I did some research that I realized things weren’t like they were when I was 21.

Healthy weight loss in your 30s can be especially hard because many women are moms in that stage of life or have a strong career. Between working, cleaning up the house, feeding the family, putting kids to bed- they’re the priority, right? But making small changes can really make a big difference so you can have healthy weight loss in your 30s.

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First, before you even start trying to lose weight, you need to make sure you block out time for yourself. Many women in their 30s say their lack of time is why they don’t work out or cook healthy meals at home. Develop a plan of action from those time-takers and figure out how to overcome them. Have your husband help with the kiddos so you can cook or workout, get a babysitter or find a gym that has childcare provided, menu plan with meals that take 30 minutes or less!

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Next, you really need to understand more about your body before starting a workout program. Healthy weight loss in your 30s isn’t easy but it can be done if you know more about yourself. Go to the doctor and have your hormone levels checked. Then, go to a local fitness center and have a body composition test done. I got my body composition test done in October, and I’m taking another one next week, and I’m excited to see the difference! A body composition test will tell you about the amount of water weight you have, your dry lean mass, body fat mass, and even your muscle to fat ratio. The one I did in particular even told me how much each arm and leg weighed! From there, you’ll get your BMR (basal metabolic rate) and you’ll be able to figure out your macros to eat the proper foods for fuel. Then, you’ll be able to understand more about muscle and metabolism. Women in their 30s start losing muscle and unless you maintain that muscle with regular workouts, your muscle loss will slow your metabolism. Can’t get to the gym? Try a workout DVD at home! Instead of binging on Netflix, do that instead. I personally am a fan of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. 2-3 times a week is a good starting place, and then build up when you can!

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Of course, eating healthy seems like such a simple concept but it can also be quite daunting. Eating foods in the right amounts really teaches your body to stop storing fat and start burning it. To actually have healthy weight loss in your 30s, it’s really important to do this. I love tracking my macros on My Fitness Pal. Before workouts I’ll make a LEAN smoothie with my NutriBullet because of the easy guidelines on the cup. They call it “unlocking the weight loss code” and that’s really what it is. It gives the perfect balance of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fats). It’s foolproof to make a healthy smoothie that gives my body what it needs to lose weight. The NutriBullet comes with an easy-to-follow plan that guides you through the week with healthy, nutrient-rich, delicious recipes. They call it their 7-Day Transformation Plan, but honestly, it’s just a good way to learn about healthy nutrition and proper portions. I never advocate for anything I don’t believe in, nor do I claim anything is a quick fix, but if you struggle with learning about healthy nutrition or having the proper portions for your plate, it’s such a good idea to start with the 7-Day Transformation Plan. You can do the “plan” more than 7 days, because what it really is, is a tool to help guide you through healthy weight loss. 

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Since combining these things, I’ve really noticed a difference in my day to day. My skin is more radiant, my body is stronger (and I can tell I’ve lost weight and also gained muscle- hence why I’m so excited to get my body composition done next week!), I have less cravings for sugary foods because I’m filled with the right macronutrients, and I’m not tired as often. Small steps make a BIG impact on your body. Taking time to work out, learning about your body, eating foods in right amounts- that’s where it’s it you guys. There are no quick fixes when it comes to healthy weight loss in your 30s but you can use tools like the NutriBullet to skyrocket your success!

What’s one struggle you have or have had in regards to healthy weight loss in your 30s? Share in the comments because surely we can relate!