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11 Amazing Ways To Enjoy Life As A Stay At Home Mom

It is quite hard to just be a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM) especially when you have enjoyed work life before having a baby. Staying inside the four walls of the house and running around kids all day can lead to frustration in the long run. Over a period of time, SAHMs begin to feel worthless which is not healthy.

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Believe me, if you are not happy and contented as a mom you won’t be able to give your 100% to your family. Taking out some time from the day dedicatedly for yourself is very important to rejuvenate oneself.

Spare at least 30-60 min in a day to do something that you enjoy. It could be yoga, craft, book reading or writing.

Now you must be thinking, ‘how do I make time for myself as a busy full-time mom’? The answer is simple!

A little bit of management is key to make some time for yourself which looks like a luxury after entering motherhood. Convert your child’s nap time into your ‘me time’. Also, don’t hesitate to ask for help from your husband and family members.

I have compiled 11 amazing ways which you can integrate into your life to have a rocking and contented life as a Stay At Home Mum.

1. HIT THE GYM

Take at least one hour every 4 days in a week and move out of the house to enjoy time nurturing your body. Working on your body and burning calories would give you a sense of satisfaction that you are taking care of yourself too. And having a perfect body with time will also give you a high level of self-confidence too.

2. JOIN YoGA/AEROBICS/ZUMBA CLASSES

If you don’t like exercising think about joining Yoga, Aerobics or Zumba classes near your house. Moving your body will help you to stay active and confident. This will also help you to socialize with new people.

3. TAKE UP A HOBBY

When you don’t have anything else to do other than your everyday routine then life seems to be on a REPEAT MODE. Another way to enjoy life as a stay at home mom is to have a hobby. Having a hobby can help you relieve stress while allowing you to do something that you enjoy.

Your hobby could be anything from singing, dancing, painting, reading, jewelry making, photography, gardening to baking.

5. READ BOOKS

A few years back I created a list of books to read before I turn 30. Completing that task is in my wishlist. If you are a book lover too then you would definitely be having a list of books to read in the coming years.

Dear stay at home mommy, don’t get lost in looking only after the house and kids, take out some ‘me time’ for yourself too and catch up on some reading time if this is something you enjoy.

6. SOCIALIZE WITH FELLOW MOMS

Motherhood can lead to loneliness specially when you are a stay at home mum. When your working friends are busy juggling between their work and personal life and you stays at home then it becomes quite difficult to find compatibility with them.

During such times it becomes important to meet and strike friendships with new people who have a similar routine and interest like yours.

Find fellow moms in your neighboorhood, parks where you take your baby for everyday outing, local gym or Zumba class, your child’s daycare/ play class or social media groups.

Also, there are also so many online meetups that are organized to connect young moms with similar beliefs and interests.

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7. LEARN A SKILL

We are a lucky generation as we are provided with the 24*7 access to the pool of knowledge that is available through online learning. Youtube is a great source of learning to almost anything in the world. There are so many tutorials available on youtube that gives step by step knowledge to learn whatever you want.

You can learn skills like video editing, graphic designing, interior decoration, fashion designing, professional makeup, languages, basic or high-level computer skills, etc. This could also help you to convert your skill into a career in the coming years.

But if you are not very keen to make a career, learn something that can help you to perform better in life. You can take up personality development lessons, improve command over your language, learn cuisines from around the world, learn personal grooming skills or just upgrade your general knowledge.

8. GROW YOUR EDUCATION

If you are a Stay at home mom who has taken a career break and you wish to join back to work in the next few years then it is a good chance for you to add some education to your qualification. When your baby will grow up a little you can think about joining back to work with your upgraded resume.

Apart from degree courses, there are numerous short term courses available that can help you in professional growth later. Online and offline distance learning courses give you an opportunity to pursue your studies from the comfort of your home.

Coursera, Udemy, Udacity, Lynda, twenty19 are some of the top online education sites which you can check if you are interested to pursue some course.

9. Read Blogs, articles, good stuff online

There are so many Stay at home mom available online who writes beautiful blogs about life, parenting issues, and motherhood. Reading such blogs and articles not only helps in growing your knowledge but also helps in connecting with mums who are sailing in the same boat. Connect with fellow mums and get inspired.

10. Freelancing

As a Stay at home mom, taking the freelancing work is a great way to meet your obligations at home and in your career. If you are a SAHM and want to be financially independent at the same time then go for it!

Freelancing means offering online service in a field you are good at with the comfort of your home and with flexibility. Find out what freelancing service you can provide over the web.

Can you work as a Graphic designer, website designer, content writer, web developer, social media specialist, translator, copywriter, photographer or online tutor?
Sign up to freelancing work websites like Upwork.com, Guru.com and get a chance to work from home. There are also so many online portals that focus on the stay at home jobs for women.

Check this : Jobs With Flexible Work Hours for Stay At Home Moms

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11. BlogginG

There are so many Stay at home moms I know who write with only the intent of reaching to masses with their blogs. They feel rekindled when they pen down their knowledge and share their perspectives with the world. For blogging you just need two things:

  • Good Command over language
  • Knowledge about a topic of your interest

Your area of interest could be Fashion, Health, Fitness, Education, Technology, Home Decoration, Life Hacks, Personal Care, Food, Music, etc.

NOTE: Dear Stay At Home Mom don’t get overwhelmed to integrate all the ways described above in your life. Take up one or two of them which you like the most and which comes under your comfort zone.

Also, remember that your child should be your priority first. He/She is growing up fast and this time is not going to come back. Consider it as a privilege to be the most important part of your child’s developing phase by enjoying each and every milestone that he/she makes. Don’t consider yourself less than anyone and feel proud to be a STAY AT HOME MOM.

Mother's Day Gift ideas

11 Creative Mother’s Day gift ideas 2019

Looking for creative Mother’s day gift ideas?

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we all vacillate a lot while deciding the perfect gift for our Mothers. We always think of gifting our mothers something special each Mother’s Day but somehow due to lack of creative ideas we end up buying traditional flower bouquet, cake or some usual gift item.

After punctilious observation over the years, I have concluded that moms don’t love gifts as much as they love experiences and practical ways of being pampered on that day.

Check out the 11 most amazing, creative and practical gift ideas for the coming Mother’s day that every mother would love.

1. BOOK An appointment at the PARLOR

When was the last time your mom visited the parlor for some personal grooming session?

You don’t remember it, right? This is because of day to day activities and household responsibilities our mothers are left with almost no time for themselves and visiting a parlor for some self-pampering sessions seems like a dream to them.

So, what could be more amazing than pampering her with a relaxing hair spa, facial, pedicure, and manicure? You can also ask the hairstylist to give her a nice haircut according to her face and age and believe me after getting a new look she would feel completely rejuvenated from inside.

On the occasion of Mother’s Day, many parlor brands come up with exclusive offers and discounts specially for moms and sometimes for mom and daughter duo also.

2. no cooking day

There probably could be days when our moms don’t feel like cooking or they just want to do almost nothing. Even then there could not have been a single day when we have not been served food irrespective of her mood. This is her selflessness and love towards her family which actually goes unnoticed.

On coming Mother’s day, give her a break from cooking duties and surprise her by serving the breakfast on her bed. Think about her favorite cuisines and plan the menu. Chances might be that you are not good at cooking.

Don’t worry, open YouTube website on your smartphone, search the recipe and go ahead with the instructions. Even if the final preparation doesn’t turn out to be as good as you wanted, your mom will not mind it as what she would see is your love and thoughtfulness behind your efforts.

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3. group party for moms

Now, this is going to be really interesting.

Your mom must be having a girls gang in her life with whom she loves chilling and having a frolic time. Her most favorite gang could be with the other female members of your family (like your paternal or maternal aunties) or with her school/ college friends or with her society friends.

Coordinate with the children of her friends and share the idea. If they are cool with your plan, organize a surprise party for your moms at a commonplace. Decorate the place, arrange some snacks, organize some fun games, play some music and let them have a rocking time.

4. relaxing spa session

We children are very much used to getting infantilized by our mothers. But this Mother’s day, infantilize her back by taking her to an Ayurvedic Spa center in your city for a rekindling experience.

These holistic treatments are aimed at reducing fatigue, overcome stress, deeply soothe the mind, relax and calm the body and promotes good sleep. This experience would be something that will last for a long time.

Many Ayurvedic centers launch special packages for Mother’s Day for a limited period of time. So, find out about the Ayurvedic center available in your city and grab the offer.


5. live plant

This Mother’s day don’t just give something to your mom that won’t last for a long time. Instead of investing in temporary flowers, invest in a live plant that would stay with her for a long time and if given proper care it would last forever.

Do you know? There are some indoor plants that attract positive energy to our homes, improves health, brings good fortune, promotes inner peace, brings calmness, purifies the indoor air and combats harmful toxins. Example of some of these plants is Lucky Bamboo, Basil, Money plant, Aloe Vera, Lily, Orchids, Lavender, etc.

Apart from providing these incredible benefits, these plants would enhance the interior of your house too.

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6. Mom’s day out

Make your mom enjoy a much needed and much-deserved break from daily chores, by gifting her a mom’s day out on Mother’s day.

Take her to ‘only mom’ shopping and help her choose some stuff for herself. This can be followed by dining out and spending quality time with her.

Please please stay away from using your phone because if you would be as usual busy on phone then the entire mom’s day out plan would be of no use.

7. Gift according to her interest and hobbies

You can also gift something to your mother which has some relation with her interests and hobbies. For example:

  • Gardening Lover: If your mom has a fascination towards gardening then think about gifting her a plant for her garden.
  • Music Lover: Gift her a headphone or a Bluetooth speaker if she enjoys listening to music.
  • Movie/Series Lover Mom: If your mom has an interest in watching different movies and series then buy her a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription.
  • Reader Mom: If she loves reading about a particular niche like interior, fashion, lifestyle, current affairs, travel, cooking, womanhood, etc then gift her a one-year subscription of a magazine that caters to her niche.
  • Home Decor Lover: If she has love towards decorating house then gift her a decoration piece for her room like antique wall clock, vase, photo frame, bed sheet, cushion covers, etc.
  • You can also gift her a handbag, wallet, makeup item kit (lipsticks, nail paints or eye pallets), customized coffee mug, accessories (imitation or real depending upon your budget), watch, sunglasses, saree, kurta, etc.
  • If you think your mom is not following a proper skin care routine and she should follow it, then gift her a skin care treatment kit/hamper.

A Mother’s Day gift may be small but it should be unique with full of love and emotion is something that moms cherish the most.

8. 100 reasons why you love your mom

I know the reasons why you love your mom has no counting but this would be interesting if you narrow down those infinite reasons and pen down 100 of them.

Write them on small colorful papers, fold and put them in a glass jar. Now keep this jar near your mom’s bed before she woke up.

This is one of the cutest Mother’s day gift idea that could surely bring a smile on her face.

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9. photo diary

Collect old pictures of your mother with you and your sibling with her. Buy a colorful scrapbook from a stationary and paste those pictures in it. Write beautiful captions and messages below those pictures and decorate the scrapbook.

Your mom would surely adore this Mother’s day gift consisting of old pictures and heartfelt messages.

10. video message

Due to our day to day struggles to cope up with our respective lives we often forget to tell our moms how much we love them.

The occasion of Mother’s day is a great opportunity to tell your Mother all that your heart feels for her.

Create a video by putting together a collection of photos of your mom (with or without you) and include some loving text messages along with a piece of background music.

If you are not a creative person you can simply create a video where you tell your mother, ‘Why she is the best mother in the world?’ , ‘What are the top five things that you love about your mother’, ‘Revive a memory of you and your mother from the old days that you still remember’.

Your mom would certainly treasure this cute gift throughout her life.

Also read 21 Proven ways to reduce post pregnancy weight

11. random notes

Another great way to show your endearment towards your mother on Mother’s day is to surprise her with love, care and appreciation not at one go but at multiple time in a day.

Now you must be wondering, how to do this?

Write loving messages on colorful papers and stick them around different corners of the house. You can stick one message on the back of her bed, one message inside her cardboard, one message on the fridge door, one message on the kitchen door and one message on her dressing table mirror.

Think about more and more places and implement this idea.

A mother’s love is the purest form of love on this earth as she sacrifices her days and nights to raise her children and make them capable to survive in this world. Before ending this post I would like to request you all to not restrict your heartfelt efforts to just one day. Instead, express your love and gratitude towards your mothers and make them feel happy by doing something special for them more and more often.

Watch this Beautiful Mother’s Day Song by
Gena Hill
Post Delivery Weight

21 Proven Ways To Reduce Weight AFTER Pregnancy

As soon as we have our brand new baby in our hands we want to see ourselves fit into our pre-pregnancy clothes. However, thinking about getting back to your old weight can be stressful for new moms who are already worn out taking care of a newborn day and night, adjusting to a completely new routine and recovery after the childbirth. Some of the women are able to get back in shape in no time but about 80% of the women have to work hard for it as reducing weight after delivery is not a cake walk.

Now how to reduce weight after pregnancy is the biggest question in a new mom’s life.

Here, I have shared 21 simple and proven ways which I’d personally followed to lose that stubborn weight after pregnancy and get back to shape again :

1. Breastfeeding


If you are a breastfeeding mom then it is a WIN-WIN situation for you. On one hand, your baby is getting all the essential nutrients that are important for his development and growth and on the other hand by exclusively breastfeeding you are losing about 300-500 extra calories every day which would help in contracting the size of the uterus and return to its normal size after the childbirth. Many studies have shown that mom who exclusively breastfed her baby for 6 months tends to lose weight faster as compared to the non-breastfeeding mom.
NOTE: have a rich and nutritious diet during your breastfeeding month as what you eat affects the quality of your breast milk
Check many more benefits of breast milk here

2. Warm Water, Honey and Lemon


Now we all know about this drink but doesn’t include it in our morning routine, right?
One glass of warm water, one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of lemon is enough to do the magic as long as you drink it regularly first thing in the morning. This drink helps in shedding the extra pounds of weight and removing the harmful toxins from the body.

3. Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and feel full. Adequate intake of water helps in removing toxins from the body thereby increasing your chances to lose weight.

4. Drink Warm Water

Drinking a glass of warm water after a heavy meal helps aid digestion and also prevents fat to accumulate inside the body.

5. Check your CALORIE Intake

When you are a new mom (especially breastfeeding) your body needs good nutrition. Instead of eating high-calorie food go for super foods that are low in calories and rich in nutrition such as omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, protein, and fiber. Example of some of the superfood are fruits, vegetables, Oatmeal, fish, lean meat, chicken, eggs, beans, pulses, legumes, yogurt, nuts, seeds. These foods will also help you to stay full for longer.

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6. Don’t Eat Your Baby’s Food

Many new moms make a mistake of eating their baby’s leftover food so that it doesn’t get wasted. Baby food is rich in fat and eating that food makes it even more difficult for moms to shed weight.

7. NO Sugar

Stay away from all kinds of sugary foods if you want to reduce weight on a serious note. This not only includes sweets, chocolates, ice creams, cookies, and candies but also includes packaged fruit juices and health drinks. If you crave for something sweet the tip is to eat fruits.

8. Say NO to Aerated Drinks

Aerated drinks are high in calories and zero in nutrition. They also contain a high amount of sugar thereby makes you to easily gain weight.

9. Say No to Junk Food

The name itself suggests it is a Junk. This is because junk foods are high in calories and low in nutrition. So, next time think before indulging in this unhealthy eating. Once in a while, it is okay but do not eat junk food too often if you are aiming to reduce pregnancy weight fast.

10. Walk with your babies

I think this is one of the easiest activity that we moms can include in our everyday routine. You just need a pair of comfortable shoes, a baby stroller, and your baby. Go for a morning or an evening walk whichever suits your baby routine but walk regularly.

11. Exercise or Yoga

I know as a new mom you are already too exhausted and the idea of exercising sounds like a big burden. But it is very important to include some form of exercise in your daily routine in order to lose post-pregnancy weight. Ask your doctor and get a green signal from him before choosing the right form of exercise for yourself.

12. Dance

Now dance is another fun activity which can help you to burn those extra calories. Just play your favorite music and move your body. Believe me, your baby will enjoy seeing you dancing and having fun.

13. Get Your Sleep

According to many studies, it is seen that weight gain in new mothers is linked with lack of sleep. It is very obvious that as a new mother you are always busy in looking after the baby and managing other important chores due to which your sleeping pattern tends to get disturbed resulting in weight gain. I know getting enough sleep is challenging so sleep when your baby sleeps and don’t shy away from asking for help.

14. Post Pregnancy Belt or Tummy Belt

Women since ages believe that tying a cotton cloth around the abdominal area helps to shed that extra belly fat that has gathered during the pregnancy period. With time the cotton cloth has changed to professional abdominal or post pregnancy belts. Invest in a good post pregnancy belt according to your size and wear it regularly to flatten your bulging belly.

15. Substitute the unhealthy munching with fruits

Motherhood brings a lot of exhaustion and tiredness. And when you are tired you feel hungry and this leads to unhealthy munching. When you feel hungry during the middle of the day you tend to eat whatever you find in your kitchen or fridge. Avoid eating cookies, cakes, chips, packaged food, etc and replace them with healthy options such as fruits, yogurt, nuts, fox nuts, etc. You can have yogurt mixed with seasonal fruits of your choice topped with a handful of nuts.

16. Drink for reducing Belly Fat

This one is my personal favorite. Belly fat reducing drink is a combination of cumin seeds (jeera), ginger, lemon, and honey. Drinking this water twice daily is a great way of reducing belly fat. Take this water on an empty stomach preferably before breakfast and dinner.
Ingredients:
-1 tsp Cumin Seeds
-1 teaspoon Ginger Juice
-1/2 lemon
-1 teaspoon Honey

Method of Preparation:
Take a Saucepan along with 2 glasses of water. Add 1 tsp of cumin seeds.
Let the water boil until it reduces to 1 glass. Switch of the burner.
Let the water come down to lukewarm temperature.
Now add ginger juice, lemon, and honey. Mix well. This drink is ready to have.
(Note: Start this drink after 6 months of delivery not before that)

*If you are already having lemon, warm water and honey drink discussed in point 2 then skip this, otherwise follow.

17. No Heavy Meals at Night, Eat your Dinner early

You must have heard this,
“Eat Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, and Dinner Like a Pauper”
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Thumb rule is the same, don’t go overboard with your dinner. Keep it light but healthy and nutritious. Experts suggest that eating light food for dinner along with early eating can contribute a lot in reducing weight. When you eat early, your body is able to digest the food well and if the food is digested well, it will help in weight loss.

18. Avoid Caffeine and Alcohols

Stay away from Caffeine and Alcohol if you are looking ahead to reduce weight post delivery. Caffeine and alcohol provide no nutrition to your body plus they have calories too. Breastfeeding mothers should also stay away from consuming these foods as they hamper the milk production and also affects its quality.

19. Shop right and Smart

What you add in your grocery cart has a great role in not letting your weight come down. When we go for grocery shopping, we find a lot of packaged food containers that look healthy from outside but have a high content of salt, sugar, and fat. 100% real fruit juice is actually not real. Also, the “diet” food has nothing to do with diet as they are loaded with so many hidden calories. Be a smart shopper, don’t get fooled by the attractive labels of these food products. Read the ingredient list at the back before buying anything.
Fill your cart with healthy food options such as whole grain cereals, whole grain pasta, dry fruits, nuts, oatmeal, dried or canned beans, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh berries, low-fat dairy products, etc.

20. Reduce Your Stress Level

Do you know?

Stress is linked with weight gain. So, reduce your stress level as much as you can. Motherhood comes with all sets of responsibilities and brings stress along. Ask for help from your partner and other family members to share the load sometime so that you can have some time in the day to chill by yourself.

21. Eat home cooked food only

Dining out once or twice a week is fine but not more than that. Try to eat only home-cooked food as it is far healthy compared to the outside food. Whenever you go out for shopping or anything else, make it a point to carry your fruits/snakes box along so that you can avoid indulging in unhealthy eating.

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Your approach when trying to reduce your post-pregnancy weight should be realistic. Don’t expect to shed all this weight in a couple of months after delivering your baby. The first few months with a baby in your life is quiet demanding. You should think more about taking care of your baby as well as your health rather than stressing yourself thinking about your increased weight. Always remember that it took you 9 months to reach this weight so it would definitely take some time to shed that extra weight too.

Just keep yourself focused and consistent in your efforts when trying to reduce weight. Here the patience and strong determination is the key to reach your desired goal. Inculcate the lifestyle changes mentioned above in your day to day routine and see the difference in your self in the next few months.

(**Disclaimer : These are my personal opinions which worked positively for me , it is not a medical advice. Speak to your doctor and check out if you are fit to follow the above mentioned ways to reduce weight or not.)