Abundance Mindset - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How Your Abundance Mindset Develops a Successful Life

What exactly do you mean by “abundance mindset”?

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Yesterday we talked about the importance of creating a gratitude practice and how it can influence our physical and mental health. Today we are going to expand on the idea of how our we influence our thoughts and how that can influence our success. In other words, let’s talk about abundance mindset versus scarcity.

And let’s be real…there is a lot of scarcity around us right now. We may not be able to do things we want to do. Or see the people we want to see. We may not be as successful as we thought we would be in 2020 or we might have even given up on the idea of our business because of outside forces. But you need to kick that scarcity mindset to the curb because all that “I can’t” talk is holding you back way more than any actual physical or economic barriers. Where there is a will and a positive abundant mindset, there is a way.

Can you commit to a regular gratitude practice? Get super clear on your goals and what it will take to achieve them? Focus on your strengths, how you can use them and put energy into developing them more while surrounding yourself with a super supportive community? Then you to are on a path to developing an abundance mindset.

You may be thinking “but output and effort increase results, right?” And that is what we’ve been taught for years. But a major component that we just started including is how our mind and our thoughts affect our outcomes too. How can we pre-plan for positive pro-active action versus negative reactive over-reaction? Is it possible to embrace and adapt to change versus continuing to put effort into the same tactics we’ve been using with lessening results? Can we use another mom’s success to signal we too can juggle work-home-and family versus festering in jealousy and resentment?

And you may be thinking “Yeah, Christy. All that woo-woo stuff isn’t for me. Or I barely have time to get my actual work done how can I possibly include all this mindset mumbo jumbo too?

What if I told you that leaning into and developing your strengths means you get more done in less time? That clear goal-setting streamlines your to-do list. The gratitude helps you appreciate all you have while inviting even more. And that community you will find can save you time and money not to mention provide you with support.

You can show up during your “work hours” excited about the work you’ll do and the impact you’ll make. Your attitude will invite others into community who want to know how you do it or how you can help them. You’ll feel more accomplished and you’ll start to see your efforts working.

And when you have a positive impact on other’s, they love to tell their friends. When you feel grateful and fulfilled in your work, you’ll show up happier for your family, for your employees, and for yourself.

Shifts to Make for an Abundance Mindset

Ready to make an impact, show up happier, reach your goals, and open yourself up to a more abundant life? Here are 3 shifts you can make starting today to start thinking more abundantly:

  1. Think “How will I” versus “I can’t”. For instance, how will I show up for my community versus I can’t make money because there is a pandemic. Remember positive and pro-active “how will I” or “how can I” versus “I can’t do things the way that I want or the way I think they should be so I won’t do anything at all.” This can even work with your family in terms of “I can’t take a vacation so our Christmas break is ruined” versus “how will I make Christmas special and memorable even without our annual ski trip.” Use an abundance of creativity to problem solve versus wallowing in a vat of scarcity.
  2. Next, choose to focus on the positive. We can all fall into the trap of focusing on what needs to be fixed. We need to lose weight, we need to make more money, we need to stop working so much. But what if instead we leaned into the positive, let that carry us more, and see if those negative attributes take care of themselves (hint, they often do). For example, instead of “My IG following isn’t growing at all, I hate editing pictures. I might as well give up” you could try “I’m really great on video. Maybe I could learn more about how to use IGTV or IG stories to grow my community rather than staying frustrated trying to edit pictures.” As Marie Forleo says “Everything is figureoutable.” And I can guarantee you, those successful business owners and mom’s that you don’t know how they do it…they are leaning into their strengths rather than focusing on their negatives, embracing change rather than fearing it, and constantly learning & adapting versus thinking they know it all.
  3. And finally, stop using failure or lack of perceived success as your excuse. Yes, this year has been a doozy for business owners. Absolutely, we are in uncertain times. Of course, things may not go to plan. But what have you learned? How can you grow? You could spend time and energy whining about what could have been. Or you can take the opportunity to learn how you can serve your community. To create something unique to the times. To become a beacon of positivity and resilience. And when things turn around, who do you think is better prepared to exploded…the wallflower or the person who kept working towards their goals, kept showing up for their community, and kept working when times weren’t so great.

Where Do I Start?

I have 3 small action steps for you today to start you on your path to a more abundant mindset.

  • First, write down something you’ve told yourself you can’t do or you won’t do. Now change it to a “how will I “ question. Instead of “I can’t grow my business during a pandemic” say “how will I grow my business during a pandemic.” Then start to brainstorm ideas.
  • Next, what is a negative statement you find yourself saying. Write it down then flip the script by leaning into something positive you have that can solve that problem or replace it with. Instead of “My family never lets me do anything by myself” becomes “I’m really good at arranging playdates for my kids. I’m going to see if this other mom wants to trade off one a week so we can each have a little self-care time.”
  • And finally, write down a goal you made for 2020 that you have not yet reached. Then write the steps you have taken towards it already and celebrate those. Then brainstorm the steps you need to take to reach it by the end of the year. Get those tasks onto your to-do list. I can 100% guarantee that pandemic or not, you will not reach your goal if you don’t try. So what’s the harm in trying and believing?

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Gratitude Practice - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Why Mompreneurs Need a Gratitude Practice

Ever wonder what all the buzz around a gratitude practice is about?

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A regular gratitude practice is crucial to creating an abundance mindset. In other words, it helps you focus on what you have versus what you do not, . In addition, it creates many positive physical and mental health benefits. For example, it creates positive emotions. It releases dopamine and serotonin in our brain. This helps boost our mood and lowers our stress levels. It helps you relish life’s experiences more. It can improve your physical and mental health, even improving your immune system. And it can help you on a path towards an abundance mindset.

Your gratitude practice is recognizing what you receive…whether from a person, an action, an object, or just the universe in general. A regular habit of recognizing this can open you up to receive more. To lower your stress. To appreciate what you have in your quest for more.

But I am Grateful…

Previously you might focus on gratitude around Thanksgiving. Or strictly in relation to what your have versus someone else. But are you ever just grateful for something because you’re grateful for it?

For instance, almost everyone has access to sunshine. But have you ever stopped to think how grateful you are for sun rises, sun sets, warm days, winter sun on a cold day, summer sun on a hot day. It’s not because you have access to something someone else doesn’t have. It’s just because you love the positive effects it has on your life.

And I know some of you may think “but I say thank you” or “I am grateful”. But are you setting aside a specific time each day to write down or speak out loud what makes your life better?

As I said earlier, the mental and physical impacts of a regular gratitude practice are many and well documented. One study by Dr. Robert Emmons of UC Davis found stress hormones 23% lower in participants with a regular gratitude practice. Certainly, there are mamas out there trying to home school, raise little nuggets, work from home, or build a business could use a few less stress hormones. Am I right?

On a daily basis, you can start or end or even start & end your day focusing on your blessings. Who makes you happy? What makes you special? What makes you a great mom, a great business owners, and just a great woman overall.

And when our stress is lower, our dopamine and serotonin are releasing regularly, and we’re feeling positive and happier…it shows. Confident, happy, grateful you is a better mom, a better wife, a better boss, and a better service provider.

How to Start a Gratitude Practice

Let’s start with where to keep your gratitude. There is no right or wrong way to start your gratitude journal. You could purchase an actual journal. Or you can use a note pad. We’ve even used a mason jar with little slips of paper in my boy’s room at bedtime to talk about what we are grateful for from the day. Or you could make it part of your meal discussion with your family. Pinterest is FULL of ideas for creating a gratitude practice that suits you and your family if you’d like to include them. And that will meet your personal needs and comfort level.

I personally use the 5 Minute journal app because I nearly always have my phone on me. And it sends me reminders if I get busy and forget to stop and give thanks.

Want to get started on your own gratitude practice? Start by writing down 3 things you are grateful for. It doesn’t have to be a long drawn-out journal entry. Just a quick list on a note pad or your phone of 3 things you are happy you have or people you are thankful to know or actions that make you feel grateful. If you’re struggling to start here’s some prompts:

  • What is something you take for granted?
  • Who or what inspires you?
  • What is the best thing that happened this week?
  • Who or what makes you happy or smile?
  • What do you love about yourself?
  • Who or what made you smile today?
  • What family members or friends are you grateful for?
  • What is something you are looking forward to?

In conclusion, starting your gratitude practice is one of many pieces on your way to an abundance mindset. Regularly recognizing what you have makes you open to receive more. More love, more money, more success. Tell me below how you’ll keep track of your gratitude practice.


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Leah Ellis – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Financial Coach Leah Ellis…

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My next guest on “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur is mom to 2 and financial coach Leah Ellis of Endeavor Financial Coaching. Leah pivoted from an in-home daycare to finance coach when Covid hit. She and her husband used their own financial journey as the inspiration to help other families pay off debt and live with financial freedom.

Mom and money teacher by day and financial coach by night, Leah Ellis is all-in to help eliminate money stress in America’s families. Her money management classes for kids and teens help the next generation learn how to plan for the future and avoid debt. Through Endeavor Financial Coaching, she is dedicated to helping millennials break the paycheck to paycheck cycle and reach their money goals. No matter your age or financial situation, Leah is ready to help you create a plan to take control of your money. Find her online for students here or for adults students here.

You can listen to my chat with Leah at the link above. Or read a summary and connect with her below.

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1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it?


We help broke people break the paycheck to paycheck cycle and reach their money goals. Our clients learn how to handle money in order to build long term wealth. I chose to become a financial coach because we were living paycheck to paycheck. When we realized that it was possible to reach our goals, we wanted to share that knowledge with others.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business?

I am good at creating a plan and executing it without too much procrastination.

3. What is the area entrepreneurship where you could grow the most?


I am terrible at marketing, and sometimes let my business take over my personal life.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself?


Don’t expect the clients to start rolling in the first time you send out an offer. Give yourself time and grace.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time?

Add family time to your schedule. It isn’t something you will get to when work is done, it is the most important work you will do. Add one thing every day that you can do as a family or one-on-one with a child. Even if it only takes 30 minutes, it will help your children feel loved, appreciated, and safe.

Where can we find you online and on social media?

Website

Facebook


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Mom Morning Routine - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Create a Morning Routine as a Mompreneur

“I could never have a mom morning routine.”

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I disagree.

Wanna know the biggest factor in my success as an entrepreneur and mom trying to juggle all the things? That is my morning routine. We touched on it a little in EarlyWhy Mom Needs an Morning Routine to balance work and homeschool successfully. This week we dive into the nitty gritty details of all things morning routine. From mindset to backsliding. From going to bed to waking up.

Today I have mindset exercises to help you get over the idea that you’re not a morning person. They will help you create a “why” around waking up earlier and see how your life could benefit from an early morning routine.

Dig deep with these exercises. Establish a solid connection to how your morning routine could help you complete your work and spend more time with your family. Even the most non-morning person can start to develop a morning routine when they focus on their why.

Benefits of a Mom Morning Routine

You might be thinking that waking up early is simply a matter of setting your alarm earlier. But there is more too it than that. Knowing your “why”, the benefits and the motivation for why you are making this change can help you stick with it. If you’re just setting an alarm, it’s easy to say “well I don’t need to wake up early tomorrow. I’ll do it the next day.” If you connect the act of setting your alarm or waking up early to a “why”, a specific purpose and benefit, you will be more successful and your new morning routine will feel enjoyable to maintain.

And you might think “this sounds great but I’m not a morning person.” I never thought of myself as a morning person. But I am addicted to crossing things off my to-do list. I am a person who prefers to spend my evenings with my family versus my laptop. Would you like to be that person too?

These exercises will help you establish a clear “why” that will help you continue your morning routine even on the days you want to hit the snooze 17 times.

You’ll start to develop a routine that may include self-care or home tasks that you’ve had trouble fitting in.   

And doing the mindset work to clearly establish the benefits of your morning routine keeps you waking early, completing work, and focusing on your family life later in the day.

Let’s Create Your Mom Morning Routine “Why”

Our exercises will focus on the benefits and tasks you would like to include in your morning routine. So grab a pen and paper or the notes app on your phone and play along…

First, list 3 ways you could benefit from an early morning routine…these could be work related, family releated, self-care related, exercise relates, quiet cup of coffee related…everyone’s list will be different. The important thing is to look at where you struggle in your work and home life now, and thing how a quiet, focused, kid-free environment could help you with that.

Step 2 is to figure out what tasks you would do in your early morning routine. Fill in the blank of “If I woke up consistently earlier I could” blank…what could you do for your self-care? What could you do around your house? How could your work or productivity improve?

See how your morning routine can help you balance homeschool and work life.
Listen to “Why Mom Needs an Early Morning Routine.”

And finally, let’s put all your brainstorming together. The ways you could benefit and what your could do with the new found time in your morning routine. Create your “why” statement by writing “I’m motivated to create a consistent morning routine so I can” and pick your priority benefits and tasks.

Remembering Your Mom Morning Routine “Why”

For instance, my morning routine why sounds like this….I’m motivated to create a consistent morning routine so I can meditate to prepare my mind for the day, get the priority tasks on my to-do list completed, and finish last night’s dishes. Because I hate doing dishes at night after dinner. I just want to sit on my couch. That couch time with my family is important and helps keep me motivated to wake up early. Getting those priority tasks keeps me motivated to wake up. Because I know the stress I feel when I try to do focused work with my kids asking a thousand questions or needing a thousand snacks. And my early morning meditation practice is the first form of self-care I’ve stuck too consistently since becoming a mother. Now I feel like my day is incomplete without it.

Let’s create your why…List 3 or more ways you could benefit from a morning routine. Next, answer what self-care, home care, or work tasks you could do that you aren’t doing consistently now if you started a morning routine. And I finally, using the lists you’ve created, write your why statement…I’m motivated to create a consistent morning routine so I can…

I’d love to hear your morning routine why. Tell me in the comments below the benefits and tasks you’ll tackle complete in your morning routine.


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Find more time - Business Savvy Mama

3 Ways to Find More Time for What Matters

Trying to find more time for family? Self-care? Your spouse?

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Today, I’m talking to the mamas who feel like they never have enough time. I am going to help you find or create more time in your day. And yes, I am a magician. 😉

Here’s the trick…Are you willing to make some choices with where you spend your time? Are you willing to work on figuring out your priorities? Then you will start to find more time to do the things you love.

And this is great because you have the power to start right now. Today. As soon as you finish listening to this episode. You have always had this ability and it will cost you nothing to get started. Win and win in my book!

Incorporating and practicing today’s time management tactics will help you find time in your day and schedule for what is important to you. You will start to feel like you are less stressed on a daily basis because your to-do list is getting to-done. And you can actually find some time to do something for yourself…if that is one of your priorities. Which it absolutely should be. 😉

And your family will benefit from you being less stressed and more available to them for focused, family time. Sound like something you can get on board with? Yep, I totally agree.

Pick Your No’s

Your first tip to find more time is to Pick Your No’s.  Whump-whump…as in the things you say “no” to. I stole this bit of parenting advice I received when I was pregnant for my first child. But I think it applies well here as well. So often when we feel overscheduled or stressed about time, it’s because we have said “yes” too often. “Yes!” I will do this for a client on short notice. I will absolutely enroll my kids in 7 different activities. “Sure.” I will agree to make cookies for the school fundraiser and deliver meals to a friend who’s had a baby. And run a business. And have a family life…

Just to be clear, I am not saying any of these things are wrong or that you shouldn’t do them…unless you feel overwhelmed by your schedule and that things are slipping through the cracks. When you start to feel that way, you have to pick your no’s and figure out where saying yes is important and where you need to say no.

Make Your Priorities a Priority

Picking your “no’s” goes hand-in-hand with my second tip to find more time…Make your priorities a priority. Know what is important for you to focus your time on. Get those activities on the calendar. Do what’s important first thing when you sit down to work or with your family when you wake up each day.

I often see a vicious cycle where moms are frustrated because they feel pulled in too many directions because they aren’t clear on what is important for their business or family life. And because they aren’t clear on what’s important in their business or family life, they do all the things trying to make sure every base is covered…all the while stressing out themselves and often their family.

Getting clear on your priorities helps you focus your time and energy on the things that truly matter in growing your business or spending time with your family. And if you have time for other stuff, that’s gravy.

Ask for Help

My final tip to find more time is to let someone help you. And I know this can be hard. Believe me. I am the queen of thinking I can just do it all myself. Or that I can do it so I should. Or that I can do it right and I don’t want someone to mess it up. But letting go of a little control and allowing ourselves help will go a long way in helping us buy time, move forward, and spend more time with our families. You cannot be the only person who does all the things without cracking eventually.

And getting help doesn’t mean surrendering all control. This may mean your spouse puts the kids to bed so you can work on your priorities in the evening. Or everyone pitches in for a 10-minute cleanup session every afternoon. Yes, your spouse might not read The Pout Pout Fish the way you do. And yes, the toys might not make it into the exact right bin you’ve labeled. But sometimes done is better than perfect. Especially if you feel stressed and overwhelmed.

If you feel ready and inspired to find more time in your schedule for what is important and what you love, I want to you take action on the steps I’ve given you today…

  • Pick Your No’s and start saying yes only when something is a priority.
  • Make your priorities a priority. Get those urgent and important things that help you grow your business or spend more quality time with your family on the schedule.
  • Ask for help if you are still struggling to fit it all in. Figure out what you can have someone in your family help with or hire out tasks that don’t require your direct involvement.

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How to Combat Working Mom Guilt Like a Pro

Let’s chat working mom guilt.

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Mom guilt something that I dealt with since I became a mother. I have always worked since I had my kids. I stayed home for about 14 weeks with my first son. When I went back to work and had three different part-time jobs during the first year of his life. So I totally get the working mom guilt thing.

I’ve developed a couple of strategies because I believe that kids need us. But I also believe there is something to be learned in learning patience or maybe even a little boredom.

Today’s podcast episode helps all you mamas out there feeling like you can’t ever get anything done because the minute you start to write an email or unload the dishwasher, a tiny human starts crying that they need your attention. The tips I share help the mamas who can problem solve for the fits and tears before they happen…and who can work on a healthy mindset about what your child can learn by playing independently.

Up until now, you may have tried asking them to play quietly or told them you needed some space without actually creating a plan for spending quality time either before or after you work.

My tactics may be different from what you’ve tried in the past because they require a bit of pre-planning…both in your work schedule and in your thinking around how you will confront those guilty feelings that creep up when your kids are crying but you need to get work done.

If you implement these steps you will start to create confidence in your kid’s ability to play independently. AND your ability to work (even if it is just for short periods of time). You’ll feel much less of that mom guilt because you are actually building quality time with your kids into your schedule.

Creating a routine around when you work helps everyone know what to expect when mom needs to work. You’ll hear me say this a lot…kids and adults love structure and routine.

Another fun fact, you benefit by getting work done and spending quality time with your kids. Your kids will benefit by spending quality time with you and learning some independent play skills…what’s not to love. Here are three of my strategies for combatting working mom guilt like a pro.

Start with Quality Time

First, start out your work session with some quality time with your child before your quality time for work. This helps to assuage any mom guilt because you know you’ve spent time with your kids. If you’ve got younger kids, start out by having them pick out to short books or an easy game. You’ll read or play with them. Then say “all right, Mommy needs to work now and when we get done we can do something else.”

Spending quality time before takes the working mom guilt off the plate because, ta-da, you already have spent some time with your kids. Start with short activities that might take like 15 or 20 minutes prior to your work session. This will help to tamper those guilty feelings of taking time to do the work that you need to do.

And that “work” doesn’t need to be sitting at a computer and answering emails. That work might be putting away laundry or I’m cleaning the bathroom. You can totally use the same sort of tactic of starting out with intentional time one-on-one time with the kids. And then move into your work, whatever that looks like.

Give Them a Carrot

My next tip is to offer them a carrot…Try saying “if you give me the time I need to get this work done, then we will do something you want to do.” Like we will go on a bike ride. Or we will go to the park. Or we will do something that will take a little bit more time.

This works really well if you have analog clocks in your house. As a professional organizer, I often encouraged my clients to have analog clocks. They really help for kids (and adults) to see the passage of time better. In this instance, you say to them “if you give me till a certain time, we will do something that you want to do.” Then you are able to point to the clock and say “the big hand is on the three. If you give me to work until the big hand is on the 12, we will take a bike ride.

Analog clocks give a visual way to see this passage of time. It helps to know when they’re going to get that thing you are offering them. This tactic can also buy you time for work that you’re doing in your house.

Boredom is Good for Kids

My final tip for tamping down mom guilt while you’re trying to be productive is that boredom is actually good for kids. And I know that that sounds crazy to think about but it actually encourages problem solving and creativity. The idea that you have to be 24/7 available to meet the entertainment needs of your kids just isn’t true. And there are plenty of studies to back this up.

A 2014 study from the University of Michigan observed how kids react to having more options to play with and guided play versus less options and independent play. They found when they gave kids fewer toys and allowed them to play independently, it encouraged problem solving and creativity. Because it forces them to exercise those brain muscles.

And the same is true if you are trying to be productive and get stuff done around your house. Telling kids they need to go figure out for themselves what they want to play with is a great way for them to create those neurological pathways. It allows their brain to be creative and to solve problems. Don’t feel like you have to spoon feed your kids entertainment every single day…Especially if you are trying to be productive.

How will you pre-plan to combat working mom guilt? What are your techniques for creating healthy mindset around working in front of kids? Share below to help a mama who may need your strategy. 😀


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Screen-free play ideas

Awesome & Easy Screen-Free Play Ideas for Work at Home Moms

You’ve gotta work. Is it possible to get your kids to play…screen-free?

Why yes it is. I got you, mama. I’ve reached out to some of my working mom/blogging friends for their best screen-free play ideas. Whether you’ve got toddlers attached to you ankles or 10-year-olds with video game controllers attached to their hands, there is an idea for your family.

And just to be clear…my kids play on screens. We have tablets. And we have Netflix et al. We even have a Nintendo Switch. But I definitely look for ideas to break up their screen time with some screen-free fun.

One quick suggestion before we dive into the screen-free play ideas you might use…spend some quality time with your kiddos before you need them to play independently. It may be reading a book or having a tea party. Or sitting with them at breakfast without a phone or laptop. It doesn’t have to be hours. Sometimes just 15-30 minutes before your start your “work hours”. Engaging with kids before you need them to play independently will help you start your work knowing you’ve given them some undivided attention. Good for your family. Great for your mom guilt. 😉

For more on teaching your kids independent play skills, you can check out my “Independence Skills for Independent Kids” course. But now, let’s jump into the fun stuff…

Screen-Free Play Ideas from My House

I’ll start with a list of favorites from my house. My boys are 7 and 9 but I’ll include some of their favorites from their younger years. 😭

  • Kinetic Sand (preferred over Play-Doh)
  • Hot Wheels Cars (be sure to check out the super cool track idea from Emily below)
  • Figure Play with Dinosaurs and Transformers
  • Large Floor Puzzles featuring Dinosaurs and Space
  • Duplos/Legos/Kid K’nex (my boys have played with this set for 6+ years)

We keep a fairly minimal household when it comes to toys so don’t think you need more to occupy your kids. One thing that helped me was to look for open ended play like the figures or the cars. That way they weren’t running to me after 10 minutes when the puzzle was finished or the game was done. Open ended play allows them to create a story with no end (well, hopefully.)

Schedule Your Screen-Free Play Times

My good friend Rose Lounsbury is a keynote speaker and minimalism and simplicity coach. She is also mom to 11 year old triplets. #handsfull She says they stick with the tried-and-true old faithfuls like sidewalk chalk, Legos, simple art supplies that make kids do most of the work (aka markers and plain paper), craft kits that kids can do on their own, books, trampoline in the backyard, bikes and scooters.

At 11, Rose’s triplets are able to do more independent play than younger kids but she’s found that the key is creating a SCHEDULE they can stick to and come to rely on. They brainstorm the schedule TOGETHER so they have ownership and honestly, her kids just follow this every day. Sometimes she will remind them if they start to slack on it but they’re so used to following a schedule that it’s second nature now. Check out an example of her schedule below. And you can connect with Rose on Instagram and Facebook.

Summer Schedule - Screen-Free Play Ideas
Photo Courtesy of Rose Lounsbury

Screen-Free Play Ideas for Toddlers

Next, we jump to Kristen Holland who blogs at Gracefully Busy. One of her favorite ideas was to set up an indoor obstacle course. She encourages her 2-year-old son through the course a few times and cheers him on. Once he’s burned out some energy on the obstacle course, he will spend time playing with it on his own. Check out her obstacle course below.

Obstacle Course - Screen-Free Play
Photo Courtesy of Gracefully Busy

Kristen has lots of other great ideas for screen-free and independent play ideas for your toddlers in her post “9 Activities to Keep Your Toddler Busy at Home.”

Screen-Free Play Ideas for All Ages

My friend Emily from Happy Organized Life is no stranger to keeping kids occupied. Along with writing a successful blog and homeschooling, Emily is mom to 7 (well, nearly 7…#7 is due this fall but close enough 🤣) I love Emily’s round-up of ideas for pool noodle fun. Especially with summer winding down and what could potentially be a long fall and winter, she features great ideas to repurpose your stockpile of pool noodles for outdoor and indoor fun. As a mom of Hot Wheels loving boys, I especially love the idea of the Hot Wheels tracks pictured below.

Photo courtesy of Ramblings from Utopia

You can check out Emily’s full round-up of pool noodle ideas on her post “Fun Pool Noodle Activities”. She also featured a slew of electronics-free play ideas in her post “How to Have Fun Indoors Without Electronics”. One of my favorites is this Mission: Impossible-style laser maze made from streamers. What a great way to use up the ends of the streamer roll from your last birthday celebration!

Photo courtesy of Brassy Apple

If you want more ideas for a Happy Organized Life from Emily, you can connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.

What are your favorite screen-free, electronics-free play ideas for your kids? I’m always looking for new ideas…share yours below!


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Free Self-Care Ideas for Moms

10 Free 10-Minute Self-Care Ideas for Moms

Self-care…you know you need it. But do you actually DO it?

I am the first to admit that self-care is often pushed to the back burner by kid needs, husband needs, house needs, work needs, client needs, pet needs…all the needs. Self-care always seemed more like something I would get around to eventually if I had time. But I never had the time.

Then last Fall I felt like I cracked. All this putting out but never stopping to refill took its toll on my mental and physical health. Ok, universe. Lesson learned.

Want to know a great part about slowing down and recognizing my need to take care of me? I realized it didn’t have to take a long time. I realized it didn’t have to cost a fortune. Of course, it could. And of course, I should treat myself. But there are also things I can do on a daily basis that can help me care for myself that take very little time and no money. They are things I can do with my kids so there is literally no excuse.

And that list of 10 free 10-minute self-care ideas I brainstormed last Fall is what I would like to share with you today. It helped me with my mental and physical health at the end of 2019. It helped me maintain a positive outlook during quarantine. And it will continue to help me take care of me into the future. So I can continue to take care of everyone else.

Watch or read below…

Mindset Self-Care Ideas

Mindset work is crucial to my daily well being. Not sure why it took me so long to realize how much my thoughts, positive or negative, influence my daily actions. But once I realized this, I knew I needed to work on my mindset regularly to stay healthy, stay positive, and move forward in my business.

  1. Meditation – This has truly been the biggest game-changer for me in terms of mental health. I used to be afraid of quiet. However, now I see it’s necessary. Call it what you want: meditation, prayer, stillness, quiet time. Just take time each day to breathe and stay present. Don’t focus on what did happen or what will happen. Focus on now. I use the Calm app but there are several options out in the forms of apps, YouTube videos, and podcasts to help you quiet your mind.
  2. Gratitude Journal – It is so much easier to recognize and invite in abundance if you take time each to show gratitude for what you have. It can be as simple as writing 3-5 things on a sheet paper before bed. It can be a discussion around the breakfast table with your family. I personally use the 5 Minute Journal app on my phone. Above all, recognize what you have, big and small. It brightens your mood and helps boost your immune system. Who doesn’t want that?!?
  3. Writing Affirmations – Wanting more is a great motivator. But not when it grates on your self-esteem or ability to show thanks for what you have. You need to appreciate who you are. All your abilities. Affirmations go hand in hand with gratitude to show you how blessed you are. They help you see all the positive traits you can share with the world. And they can reprogram your subconscious mind in a positive way and help you achieve the life you want. (All that from a little daily dose of affirmation…wow!)
  4. Writing Goals – While writing goals may not feel like it falls into the traditional “self-care” category, it does if you write them as if they already happened. Just as with affirmations, writing goals in the past tense will train your brain to believe you already have accomplished that goal. Rather than inserting the doubt that you can complete it. What amazing thing did you do this week?

Physical Self-Care Ideas

Don’t worry…they aren’t all exercise-related. 😂 These self-care ideas include physical activities that you do to help get the blood flowing and improve your mood. But speaking of exercise…

  1. Move Your Body – Even if you aren’t a fan of traditional exercise, moving your body is an important form of self-care. Take a walk. Ride a bike. Set up an obstacle course with your kids. Stretch. Dance. Park your car at the end of the parking lot. Swing on a swing. Rearrange your furniture. Do jumping jacks. Raising your heart rate release dopamine which makes us feel good. But raising your heart rate doesn’t need to be running on a treadmill, lifting weights, or taking a spin class. If you’re feeling disconnected or in a funk, move your body.
  2. Deep Breaths – On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are times when we feel stress and anxiety that we need to slow down. Sitting quietly (you can hide from your kids in your car, I won’t tell) and taking 5-10 really deep breaths while focusing on the inhale and exhale will help to increase your oxygen supply. It helps to lessen stress and anxiety. It can improve your attention span and lessen physical pain. Next time you feel that flutter in your chest, you know the one, find a quiet place and breathe.
  3. Laugh, Really Hard – When was the last time you had a good, hearty laugh? It seems so easy and yet we underutilize this form of self-care. I mean, when was the last time you were stressed, anxious, or sad after watching your favorite comedian or funny movie? Studies have shown laughing can help boost the immune system, ease anxiety, relieve stress, and diffuse anger (I’m looking at you, social media). Take a few minutes to watch funny animal videos or your kids make faces. Watch your favorite funny movie. Read a funny book. Laughter truly is the best medicine. 🤣🤣🤣

Activity Self-Care Ideas

In conclusion, we will discuss activities you can do by yourself or with your family. It’s less about strengthening your mind or getting your heart rate up, and more about doing something you love. Perhaps even with people you love. Or alone…trust me, I’m not judging.

  1. Reach Out to Someone You Love – When was the last time you got non-bill mail? Or a phone call instead of a text? We are simultaneously more and less connected than ever. Feeling disconnected? Phone a friend. Want to express gratitude? Write a thank you card. Miss social interaction with friends or family who are far away? Schedule a group call. Take the next step to create that connection. Social interaction helps to maintain mental health by reducing stress and anxiety. Communication with those we love releases dopamine to improve your mood. But we can’t sit and wait for people to reach out to use. Make the call. Send the email. Send the letter.
  2. Make Something – Lots of wiggle room in this suggestion based on your idea of fun. For instance, you could bake something. Craft something. Sew something. Color something. Paint something. Build something. Write something. Engaging in creativity can boost your mood and help you feel accomplished. It doesn’t have to be perfect. The simple act of creating boosts your immune system and increases your happiness.
  3. Read – If you’re a reader, do you make time for it? Reading improves your focus, mindfulness, and connection with your family. By reading fiction before you sleep, you can help improve dreaming (which is important for your brain). Reading with your children establishes quality time and builds a positive relationship with reading and books for them. Not to mention, if you enjoy reading for whatever reason, you should do something you enjoy.

And there you have it. Ten ideas that won’t cost you a dime that you can do it 10 minutes or less to improve your mood, relationships, and overall mental well-being. Which one will you do? Is there something on your list that I missed? Comment below and share how you will incorporate self-care into your routine or other ways you can improve how you take care of you.


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Working Mom Mindset - Mom Guilt

How to Stop Mom Guilt Before It Starts

Let’s stop mom guilt before it starts.

Mom guilt is real. Like for real, real. But recently I started to reframe this working mom guilt I had in a more positive light. I can tell you that my husband does not feel guilty about working. So why should I feel guilty about setting aside time to work on my business or work with clients when my kids are around? That’s why I created these strategies to stop mom guilt before it starts.

These strategies prompted me to explore reasons why I love the idea that my kids see me working from home. You can watch or read below…

1. I want them to see an entrepreneur

My kids know I wake up early. They see me working on my laptop when they sneak out of their beds at night. They know I work hard at my business because they see it day in and day out. But they also see that my dedication pays off. I love that they can see the return on my investment in hard work. And that when they grow up, if they have an idea for a business, hard work and dedication can lead them to their own successful business doing something they love.

2. Every day is “Take Your Kids to Work” day

It’s not just one day a year that they get to see what I do or learn about the different aspects of my job. It’s nearly every day. I can teach them about editing podcasts or videos. We talk about how marketing works (and why we won’t let it work to buy that toy they want. 🤣) I demonstrate time management (some days better than others) because I have “work” hours and “family” hours. Every time I work in front of my kids is a chance to teach them a skill they could use in the future or inspire them to learn more.

3. It teaches them patience

As a work from home entrepreneur, there are times when mama’s just gotta work. I can’t settle every little argument or drop everything to play race cars. And that’s ok. I make time for these things. I’m more intentional with the time I spend with them because I focus on being present during “family time”. Teaching them to wait or hold on has had great benefits. They can entertain themselves like no other 6 and 8-year old I know. They know if I say “when the big hand gets to the top, we’ll go to the park” that I am true to my word. Trust me, there is no accountability like a 6-year-old who knows there’s a park visit in his future. They learn to give me space, respect my work hours, and we enjoy our time together when mommy’s work is done.

Do you struggle with mom guilt? Do you have a strategy for stop mom guilt before it starts? I’d love to hear more about how you balance working mom life with family mom life in the comments below.


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