Self Care Tips for SAH Moms of Tots

Having a little human to run around after, all day long, is exhausting. Being a mom is amazing and ultra-rewarding but many of us fail to carve out a little time to do things that benefit…us. In honor of Mothers Day coming up, here are some of my favorite tips to help you find yourself again 🙂 

Be Thankful. There is always something we can be happy for. Be happy if you have a healthy child. Be happy that your husband has a good job. Be happy that your best friend got a promotion. Be happy that your in laws are taking a nice vacation. Sometimes we have to look outside ourselves and be thankful for what our loved ones are experiencing. 
Have a cozy corner. For me, it’s our oversized couch in the family room, where I’ll plop myself down to read after I’ve put Frankie down for a nap. It can be your front porch, a bench in your backyard, a stoop on your back door. Find a little spot where you can go and have a few minutes to yourself from time to time.

Move more! You knew this was coming 😉 Exercise gives us endorphins. I’ve been loving running with Frankie lately, but if you don’t have a jogging stroller, there’s other things you can do. Find a local exercise studio that has babysitting and being your kid along. Go to the park and do air squats and jumping jacks as you push your child on the swings. Hold plank while you build Lego masterpieces on the floor. 


Pamper yourself. Use products that make you happy. I became a Rodan+Fields consultant a year ago after looking for new anti-aging products. The products are really top notch and do what they’re meant to do. It may be hard to have both a morning and nighttime routine when you’re a tired mom, but there’s always something you can do. Have a mini regimen and stick to it every night. Invest in that great eyecream and moisturizer. Give yourself a mini facial once a month. Buy a pretty lipstick. And always wear sunscreen!


Find a (Mom) Tribe. A mom tribe is obviously ideal because you may all be going through the similar things, but don’t underestimate the benefit of having friends who are in different stages in life. It may be hard to have a social life when the kids are young but there’s other ways to find support. Have your single neighbors over for cocktails. Talk to the elderly lady who you see walking her dog every afternoon. There are people around us who are probably also looking to make new friends.

Unplug. Yes I love social media and think it’s great for keeping us connected to friends and family far away or for making new friends and acquaintances. But don’t forget to connect with the people that are right in front of you. I make it a point to not read emails or messages when I’m playing with Frankie. Mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or Facebook sometimes is hard so I put my phone in another room or leave it charged. Also remember that people usually post their highlights and hardly ever show the backstage to their lives, so be easy on yourself when you see a mom who seems to have it all together. Who knows how long it took her to stage that photo that she shared. 

There are many other things that you can do to have your Me Time. These are just some of my favorite ones! 

Stay healthy mamas,

Julia

Frankie’s First Beach Trip

Yesterday we got back from a 4-day trip to Cape May down at Exit 0 of the New Jersey Turnkpike. It was Frankie’s first road trip and his first time at the beach. Although it took him a couple of days to really “get it,”by the last day, he was bouncing and splashing in the water with his Dad holding him up. 

First toe dips in the ocean.


Unfortunately he had a terrible diaper rash and tummy issues so I was a nervous wreck the whole time.  The first night was the worst- he was up way past his bedtime which led him to being cranky and overtired and waking up multiple times that night. Being out of his element and his routine was rough on all of us but overall we still a very nice time. Frank’s family was also spending time down there so we were able to sketch in some fun memories with Frankie for all.

We stayed at this lovely B&B that I found on Airbnb. Coopers Guest House was a very charming white colonial with teal trim. Located just a block and a half from the beach and a few blocks from downtown, its location was excellent. We were also only about 1 mile away from my sister in law’s house so meeting up with them didn’t take a long time.

Cooper’s Guest House.
Cute Colonials across the street.
Some more Colonial charm.

Friday night, Frank and I put Frankie to bed and snuck off to have a dinner date night at our favorite restaurant, 410 Bank Street. Their cuisine has a French-New Orleans medley with Caribbean flair. We both had our favorite dish there, the voodoo shrimp. I swear, this stuff must really do voodoo because it’s soo delicious you’ll take your bread and soak up the scrumptious sauce until your plate is practically clean and not even care.


At night, Frank and I would make a drink and bring Frankie’s monitor down to the front porch with us. One of my recent best ideas 👌🏻

Frankie loved the seagulls and all the small airplanes flying around. He was also fascinated by all the bicycles everywhere! It was a nice trip and even though I could’ve done without the diapey issues, our boy was a champ. We shared good laughs and Frankie got to spend some time with his Hickman family. 

Hickman cousins.

What road trips or beach trips have you taken this summer? 
Catch you later!

Xoxo

A Rodan+Fields Gift Guide for Mom

About 10 days ago, I decided to become an independent consultant for Rodan+Fields skincare. Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields are the two dermatologists behind the acne treatment line ProActiv, and are now focused on their anti-aging products among other amazing skincare essentials. I’m very excited about this small business of mine and hope you’ll think about buying from my online site when you’re in need of new skin goodies that actually work! Rodan+Fields is currently the number 1 fastest growing premium skincare company…and they are only being sold in the US and Canada right now. I’m just imagining the possibilities!
Previously sold in Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, Rodan+Fields was then taken out of retail and sold as a social commerce brand after market research showed that their customers were buying the products after hearing about it from their friends. I mean, seriously, that’s how I do a lot of my shopping, through family or friend recommendations. They have 0 advertising budget, yet they are mentioned in tons of beauty and other respectable magazines. Forbes recently said, “Rodan+Fields is increasingly rising to become one of the most well-respected skincare companies in the world.” Ahhmazing!

I took “before” pictures and look forward to sharing the “after” after a few months 🙂

To launch my new little side biz on the blog and since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, I thought I’d do a post on some R+F beauty loot perfect for Mom. Because we’re hard working, beautiful, intelligent women and we need to take care of our skin! Just like we take care of our bodies and our health. Have fun shopping!

1) Give Mom the gift of beautiful eyes with the REDEFINE Eye Cloths & Multi-function Eye Cream. Everything she needs to combat some of those signs of aging- crow’s feet, undereye circles, yuck!

$30 & $60

2) Pamper her with youthful-looking lips with the REDEFINE Lip Serum and ESSENTIALS Lip Shield.

$54
$16

3) Give her radiant, glowing skin with the ENHANCEMENTS Microdermabrasion Paste and the ESSENTIALS Foaming Sunless Tanner. Because we should not be doing real tans!

$78
$24

4) Treat Mom’s hard working hands to a deluxe makeover with the REDEFINE Hand Treatment Regimen and Age Shield Hand Balm. Bye, bye brown spots!

$67
$43

I highly suggest you order as a Preferred Customer when checking out to save 10% and get free shipping. You can always delay your orders if you’re not ready for the next shipment. Feel free to message me with any questions or if you’re not sure what you should be using.

Now, for a little fitness, here’s the WOD I did on Saturday after coaching:

Run 3 miles, then 3 rounds of:

1 Power Clean

10 Front Squats (75#)

20 Slow Mt Climbers

20 Slow Side Mt Climbers

My legs were on fire the next day!

Have a great Monday!

xoxo