Halloween. It’s exciting. It’s sooky. It’s full of fun. It’s loaded with a never-ending amount of activities and events. Oh, but one more thing… It is full on exhausting. I love this season just as much as the next. But sometimes, oohhhhh sometimes. I have to take a moment for a solid breather. Because ghouls and goblins, it can get overwhelming. It’s like you have to sit in disbelief while you are holding your head up in support, saying “Wait, it isn’t supposed to be this tiring, right?!” Maybe it is part of the progression everything seems to have now, but traditions are most certainly not as simple as they used to be. Woah, there’s a whole lot more that goes on with Halloween than I remember as a kid. So while some people have had their decorations up since September and anxiously await the day (more like an entire month) they get to celebrate Halloween, there are others who would rather shut off all their lights, go out of town and sit in a place that doesn’t even know Halloween exists. Ok, maybe a bit extreme… but I know someone is nodding their head in agreement with! So here is what I’ve gathered as to why there are Halloween hating parents out there.

Whether you’re a first-time mom adjusting to the life of a newborn or a seasoned mom with a few kids, having a quick and efficient beauty routine is key! Although juggling a family, budget, chores, groceries and a relationship with your significant other might take up most of your time, it is always important to put yourself first too! Taking care of yourself and having a small beauty routine will keep you feeling like a normal human and reduce the feeling of ‘letting yourself go’. Self-care has been a trending topic in 2018 and there’s a reason for it. As women, we put everything else in our lives ahead of ourselves. Self-care is now a term that we have to practice on a daily basis to make sure we are doing things for ourselves that keep us feeling good, happy and confident.

Tis’ the season for ghosts floating on trees and pumpkins galore. By this point, everyone’s Halloween decorations are in full force. There are only a few more short weeks until our streets will be covered in not only decorations but costumes galore. Yes, the main event is about the take its stage and will approach us all before we know it. Trick or Treating is almost here. But before your kids get ready to burst out the door and focus all their attention on running to the house 9 streets ahead of you, check these steps first. You get it, all the anticipation is finally about to unravel. Start informing them of some very important ways to stay safe this Halloween, and also preparing yourself. Some reminders might seem over the top, or a bit too protective, but in all reality, Halloween night gets pretty wild. There will be kids everywhere. Running, rushing, overly excited and super hyped up on sugar. Not to mention, people can get a bit kooky on this night. There will also be carloads of people driving through neighbors. Both responsibility, and irresponsibility. So, it’s better to be safe than sorry is a pretty good motto for Halloween night. Less chaos equals more fun. So it’s a win to take charge of the things that can be avoided.

The holidays are creeping in faster than we realize. I have learned that if you already see Christmas decorations for sale in the stores, then you are already slightly behind on making your gift lists for the upcoming season. Where do you begin? With new up and coming gifts each year, it can be hard to keep up with ideas. And if the gift search feels overwhelming you can fall into the trap of pretty much repeating the same gifts from last year, but with different colors. Or end up last minute at the dollar section at Target just piling everything into your cart. I’ve been there too. It’s okay though, at this point in the year, the holiday decorations have only freshly made their appearance in stores, and I have yet to hear a Christmas song play. So let’s just say you’re one step ahead of the game this time. High five. And for that, I have a well thought out list of gift and gift ideas that can keep you on your toes and out of the same old gift routine. You’ll be wrapping up fresh gifts this year that are sure to make your kids jump for joy.

As a new mom, I can relate to wanting to play with your newborn baby. They are so adorable and the perfect cuddle buddy. While they make us tired from staying up all night we do want to keep them up during the day (so they will eventually sleep all night) and stimulate their brain properly. We want them to be smart and meet or exceed their developmental milestones! Unfortunately, it seems that babies just love to eat and sleep all day! Which is partially true. My baby loves her mobile we have in her bassinet. I can tell she is focusing on the little lambs or bears (they look like a combo) and is paying close attention to the lights connected to it as well. She is already starting to develop skills much like your newborn is! So I was curious what are the best types of toys for newborn babies and their development. I found out there are some standard types of toys that keep popping up that we new modern moms should know about.

Halloween is coming up and if you’re anything like me, you want to do a family-themed Halloween costume. It’s always fun dressing up and being festive at the holidays, but when the whole family can do it together it’s even better! Sometimes it’s not easy to find costumes that work for everyone or a theme that is suited for everyone. However, there are some very easy Do-it-yourself costumes you can make for the whole family!

Having children comes with so many wonderful experiences. From the moment they are born you learn an entirely different love. It’s innocent, precious, genuinely sincere and really does feel like the greatest gift. It’s no wonder there are such titles such as “Helicopter Parenting.” As adults, we know there’s a lot of crazy in the world and you want to protect them from it. From falling off the monkey bars to the situations that no one wants to think are real. We hold that fear because very unfortunate things happen on a daily basis, and despite our best efforts, we can’t always stop it.

Jeans are literally a pain in my backside. They take me from a mood of being on cloud nine to six feet under all within the time it takes to pull up a zipper. There’s just something about them that makes me want to tear them off, but not in one of those super attractive, slow-motion movie scene ways. But more relatable to Jess, from the TV series, New Girl type of way. I just immediately imagine myself frantically struggling to get them off until I can slip my way into someone much more comfortable. I don’t know, maybe wearing leggings for so long killed it for me. Or maybe I just haven’t found my perfect pair of jeans yet. There was one time I thought I found some lucky winners, but they tore apart a few months later and I never could find the right fit again. Whoops. Needless to say, I think I have jumped straight onto the sweatpants, sportswear, yoga pants lover train, and I’m not backing down. Same with those busy and hot summer days, hello running shorts! Once I met what that freedom was like, I just haven’t been able to turn back. Even on the weeks that I’m feeling pretty good and may be replaced some hefty breakfast burritos with some killer green smoothies, and my hips slide right into them. I will experience a few moments of jean wearing bliss, then instantly want to switch into something stretchy. Can anyone else relate?

According to the The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), it is recommended that expecting moms get at least 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise per day. Exercising frequently will increase blood circulation, improve muscle tone and increase your endurance. All 3 of these benefits you’ll be thankful for come delivery day! When you’re expecting, it is very important to keep moving. Pregnant women who exercise have also found to have less back pain, more energy, and a better body image. They also may have quicker deliveries and experience a faster return to their pre-pregnancy shape.

Playdate. What does that do to your body when you see, hear or even use that term? Do you feel warm and cozy like you’re laying on a hammock with gentle sunshine and a soothing breeze? Or do you feel like you’re hiding behind a half torn piece of cardboard attempting to shield yourself from an unexpected blizzard, with 100 mph winds? I don’t know why, but I must admit I lean more towards the hardly shielded windstorm when I hear it. I don’t even have a really good reason why. I do however have a few small interactions with the term that for some reason, just kind of give me the shoulder shakes. But the unpleasant kind. Maybe it has something to do with the first time I encountered it. There was a group of playdate obsessed woman with unnaturally high voices speaking to me, my daughter and each other like we were 4-year-old valley girls. Woah. I just couldn’t hang. My daughter was actually 3 at the time and asked me why the ladies were talking like babies. Oh, honey, I do not know.

As you head into your third trimester and you’re eager for baby to arrive, there are a few things you’ll want to tackle in order to be fully prepared when baby arrives! From installing the car seat to interviewing pediatricians, there’s a full list of things to do before you head to the hospital, birthing center, or even start to labor at home!

Temper tantrums are one of the biggest downfalls of raising children. And there’s no way of bypassing it. It doesn’t matter if your child is the sweetest thing that ever came from the stars and clouds and was kissed on the head by a unicorn at birth. That kid is going to have an ear-splitting, level 20 tantrum at some point during their childhood. More than one. Guess who gets to figure out how to handle that? Oh ya, baby. You do. Isn’t it so exciting? Yeah. Sure, there are endless amounts of parenting books, online tips and motherly advice on the proper way to handle just about any tantrum.

The first few months with a newborn are pretty crazy, especially if you are a first-time mom! You have no idea what to expect and may have a ton of questions – how many diapers will I change per day? How many times is the baby supposed to feed? How will I take care of myself AND another human? Coming home with a newborn is like landing on the moon – taking one giant step into the unknown world of parenting. Most blogs out there will let you know that surviving the first few months with a newborn baby come down to a few things – being prepared, having support and getting a few solid routines going. If you take the time to prep before the baby comes and get your family members and friends on board, you’ll be less stressed (read – emotional), feel organized, be able to rest and eat healthy meals and feel somewhat normal. But do note, you will have to find a ‘new normal’ once you bring that precious baby home!

Even before I had kids I thought Moms who stayed at home had an ideal set up. All you have to do is prep some food and plan some birthday parties right? I figured the house just stayed clean and smelled nice because what else did you have to do other hang out with your kids? Of course, dinner is going to be ready and laundry will be done. Because again, you’re just home, looking for stuff to do. Right? When I did have kids and also worked, I often asked my friend, who stayed at home, if she could watch mine as well. I appreciated it so much, but honestly never thought it was adding that much extra work for her.