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January 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

I’m so excited to get back in the swing of things with our Monday Mama spotlights! I love reading about other moms and being able to relate to them.

Today’s Monday Mama is the beautiful Natalie. She loves sushi, crafting, fashion, traveling, fishing, and most importantly being a mama to her cute Makayla. She blogs over at Keeping Up with Makayla.

Here’s her story:

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“Most of you have either heard of or possibly experienced the ‘mommy blues’. That overwhelming feeling of having to take care of an infant on little to no sleep while still maintaining your life, yeah that feeling. While some experience a much worse feeling, postpartum depression.

In the first few months as a new mommy you feel anxious about taking care of your new, fragile little ‘cub’. At the same time you are sleep deprived, possibly covered in spit up, and may have not showered in a day or two. You may have also experienced a sense of loss for who you used to be. I’m here to tell you, it’s normal.

After my little girl was born I was overwhelmed, stressed, tired, and more. I felt like a completely different person and no one understood. Shortly after my daughter turned 3 months old I went to my doctor to discuss how I have been feeling. I had been in denial of my feelings for months and it was effecting my marriage, my work, everything. With my daughter in my arms, tears running down my face I explained to the doctor my sense of feeling completely lost, depressed, and overwhelmed. I felt like the worst mother in the world. I mean who am I to be depressed? I have a healthy, beautiful little girl. I had a very easy labor and birth. I felt guilty for being depressed with everything I was blessed with while other mothers sit in the NICU wishing they could hold their little one or have a little one born with a serious medical condition.

After a long talk with my doctor he let me know it is okay to feel this way, that it is completely normal.

My advice to new mommies dealing with the “mommy blues” or postpartum depression is this….

  1. Talk. Talk to someone, anyone. If your husband or significant other does not understand, talk with a loved one or friend. Don’t be afraid that they will judge you, it’s completely normal. Becoming a mother is beautiful, crazy, scary, and overwhelming.
  2. Pray. And pray hard.
  3. Face your feelings with acceptance. I was in denial for months. If I would have just accepted my feelings I could have enjoyed those first few months with my little girl a little more.
  4. Keep a journal. Write your feelings down. Look back on them in a week or month. You’ll be amazed how different you feel. It will also give you a sense of control. Don’t let your feelings take over.
  5. Take time for yourself. Take a couple hours each week to go do something for you. Go get a manicure/pedicure. Get a massage. Take a bath. Do something for you, you deserve it!
  6. Time management. Learn how to manage your time. As a new mom you will be juggling the tasks of several different occupations. Learn to manage your time wisely and take deep breaths. You are not going to get everything done in one day. Prioritize your tasks by most important.
  7. Work out. Go for a walk, jog, run. Join a gym, yoga class, anything!
  8. Get Assistance. Do not be afraid to ask for help. I thought I could do it all on my own. I felt if I was going to be the best mother I had to be able to do everything myself. Wrong! Let others help. It takes a village to raise a child.
  9. Date.  Go on a date at least twice a month with your spouse or significant other. Your spouse/significant other should still come first.
  10. Lastly, seek professional help. If you feel like nothing else will work it is okay to get help. It is okay to take medicine {only if prescribed by a professional}.

Don’t be ashamed of how you feel. You are not alone! And in the end your new little family is all that matters.”

MIA for the Holidays

December 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

So I’ve been a little MIA the passed few weeks with Christmas and I have to say… it was kinda nice! I spent lots of time with fam and put social media and the blog aside. I definitely recommend it sometimes! It helped me take a step back and really enjoy the beauty of my own life instead of always reading/seeing others. I’m feeling so blessed!

In case you are out and about this week (or in my case at home in my PJ’s online shopping!!!) Check out Carter’s deals! (thanks Shopular!)

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Also, if you have a Costco membership stock up on Huggies NOW!!! $6 off a box! (thanks Lindsey from The Mamahood group!)

Can’t wait for the start of this new year and the exciting things coming! Stay tuned:)

XO,

Aubrey

Secret: Shopular App

December 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

I just wanted to share with y’all an app that I use ALL. THE. TIME. I’ve mentioned it before, but yesterday I needed to run and get a few warm clothes for the babe before heading up north and it’s the fastest, easiest way to get deals that are right close to wherever you are!

It’s called Shopular. Let’s be honest, some apps are a total bust and although this post is sponsored by them, all opinions are my own and I wouldn’t even post about it if I thought it was dumb!

This is what it looks like… you can just scroll through all of your favorite stores.

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Seriously, check it out. Especially for last minute Christmas shopping if you are wanting to save a few bucks and find good deals! Happy shopping:)

INTRODUCING: Mamahood Love Mail!

December 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Do you know a mom who deserves some recognition? Here’s your chance to nominate a mom who deserves a “Thank you”! Each month I will be teaming up with The Dainty Pear to send some personalized love mail with one of these inside to a mom that is nominated! Just comment below who you nominate and why (if you want it to be anonymous you can email me: aubrey@themamahoodblog.com) Also, you can get 30% off right now using code: THEMAMAHOOD14 at her shop!

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#smallshopgiveaway

December 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

You guys. Giveaways are so fun! This week I picked out some of my favorite Etsy/Small shops to do a few giveaways for you all! Follow along so you don’t miss out on all this goodness:) Enter here and stay tuned for more!

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XO,

Aubrey

Black Friday Survival Kit

November 19, 2014 in Other

I secretly am a huge fan of Black Friday. Not only do you get good deals, but the crowds are wild and people-watching is at it’s prime. We turned it into a little tradition with my husband’s family and we love going! However, it can get pretty wild. This post is sponsored by Shopular but all opinions are my own.

Shopular sent me a Survival Kit and purse essentials to enjoy this year’s madness. They also gave me permission to let you in on a little secret to help you save even more this year!

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THE SURVIVAL KIT:

Shopular App: (This is the secret to helping you save!) If you haven’t heard of Shopular, do yourself a favor and download the app right now! I use it all the time now to get deals at EVERY place I shop. It’s super easy to pull up, search what I have in my cart, and save moola! It doesn’t have to be Black Friday, you can save every single day!

Reusable Tote: I secretly stock up on these because they are perfect for quick and easy shopping sprees and to hold all my stuff. Not only that, but the nature girl inside me feels like I’m saving the planet one tote at a time;)

Stress Ball: Instead of punching someone in the face on black Friday (please really don’t!), resist the urge and use a stress ball instead! Genius.

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Crazy Rumors Lip BalmThis is a must for the cold weather when you are running from store to store or are outside hoppin around the outlets! Use promo code: Shopular for 20% off.

Quest BarsFood break? No time for that! These give you just the energy you need to have a late night/early morning…we all need that!

Foot PetalsThese are the secret to speed folks. No need to have sore feet when your on your Black Friday Marathon!

VermintsBlack Friday means crowds, which means someone could breathe in your face… Not my fav. These are perfect to have handy and to offer to your neighbor…mostly so you don’t die from trying to hold your breath. Use Code: A07MGX0M1D6B for 25% off.

Simbihaiti Hair BraceletsThink that chick with the short hair has an advantage of getting that one thing you wanted? Oh, HECK no… these hair ties got your back! Nothin’ will come in your way, not even one strand of hair to the face. In all seriousness though, I love the cause to this company in helping those in Haiti to install water filtration.

DearfoamsAfter a hectic day of shopping your feet will thank you for these bad boys when you’re done!

Cosmetic BoulevardWho doesn’t like a bath scrub after a long day? You bet your sweet bottoms this will be saving me after Black Friday!

Don’t you love how cute and perfect this little kit is? Do you have any crazy Black Friday stories to share?

8 TIPS: Becoming an Early Bird

October 8, 2014 in Lifestyle / Other

One of my goals in life is to become a morning person. I remember awhile ago, my dad used to take me to high school on his way to work around 7:30 in the morning. I was a dead beat. My dad would laugh sometimes because I would only nod or say one word responses (which if you know me, a one-word response is VERY odd). I was a zombie, and I felt like one. I hated being awake at the butt crack of dawn and would only dream about going back to bed. That’s all I would think about. Oh and anyone that was happy in the morning I probably could’ve slapped. I hate to admit it, but I was that bad.

Then… I had a baby.

A few things change in your life when you have a kid, but this one was a big one for me. No matter what time my little goes to bed, the second 7AM hits we are all up for the day. And this is actually pretty good. It used to be 4AM and has slowly moved to 7AM (hallelujah).

So, the past few weeks instead of complaining that it’s early, I’ve tried to look for ways to LOVE the mornings. Granted, this is me BECOMING an early bird. I’m still working on it. But here are my tips and tricks that have helped me so far:

1. ACCEPT THAT IT’S EARLY: Yes. It’s something I have to actually think about every day and accept it. It’s early but I’m healthy, the sun is shining, and it’s gonna be a good day! (repeat)

2. WAKE UP BEFORE YOUR KIDS: This doesn’t always happen at our house, but I have noticed when I wake up first I feel more prepared for the day instead of having a baby as my alarm clock. Even if it’s just a few minutes before they wake up, I feel like I have a jump start.

3. READ AND PRAY: I read the scriptures (find out more HERE) and pray in the morning. Sometimes it’s a quick moment, but I find it totally steers my day to a more joyful and productive one if I put that first.

4. EAT: Self explanatory.

5. PUT ON YOUR TENNIS SHOES: K. I know this sounds dumb, but have you ever bought a pair of brand new tennis shoes and you all of a sudden got the urge to run? That run maybe only lasted a day (probably once around the block for me) but it still is a little motivation right? We usually go for walks in the morning and I feel like JUST putting on my tennis shoes is the farthest thing from thinking about going back to bed. It helps. Don’t knock it til you try it;)

6. GET OUTSIDE: Whether it’s burning hot or freezing cold, bundle up and get outside! This one is HUGE for becoming a morning person because you realize that the world is awake and there’s nothin like a good sunrise. Even if you only make it to your front porch. Get. Outside. It’s so good for all of us to get fresh air and there is something empowering about getting outside and moving the body that God gave you!

7. MOVE: This ties into #6.  I used to hate working out in the morning. I still hate working out in the morning. Breaking a sweat is easier for me to do at night than in the morning. But I still find it helpful to just move. Whether it be a walk in the canyon, or a walk around your house. Just move. This helps me a ton to NOT want to go back to bed.

8. SING: I’ve found that the happiest people sing! (I mean really… have you ever seen a grumpy person sing? ha!) So whether you can carry a note or not, sing. Outloud. Find music that moves you. Sometimes when I’m taking my baby for a walk down a street that isn’t very busy I just plug in my headphones and I sing out loud to him. People may or may not have passed and think I’m completely crazy, but for us… we’ve had a great morning and maybe made someone else’s day with a good hit (or ruined it… but either way)

All of these (including the obvious of showering and getting ready for the day) I’ve found to be helpful so far on my road to becoming an early bird.

What are some of your tricks to help you love mornings?

 SIDE NOTE: If you are looking for tanks or work out gear, Costco never disappoints.

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General Conference

October 2, 2014 in Love Notes / Other

Guys. I am SO excited for General Conference this weekend! If you don’t know what that is click HERE. It is so inspired and very uplifting for everyone to listen to. I look forward to it every April and October. Especially as a parent, I eat every word up. Check it out!

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