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I start each morning with daily inspirations. I follow several motivational pages on facebook, and Instagram. This morning one popped up that read, “If you don’t have Christmas in your heart, you will never find it under the tree.”
This spoke to me, as just last night my husband and I had a discussion about the commercialization of Christmas. He was telling me about an interview he saw yesterday with someone from the music industry saying that classic Christmas songs have been ruined as they are OVER featured and OVER played on so many commercials – buy, buy, buy. He went on to say that the true spirit of Christmas has been lost
So it brought me to thinking….why do I love Christmas? Because I do. Some visit my home at Christmas and think I am a bit crazy. I’m OCD about my lights on my tree. (I may have 3,000 on it this year.) I set up a Dickens Village that my mother in law has gifted to me over the last 24 years. I set up my Manger with Angels and all. Basically, everywhere you look there’s a little hint of Christmas. Christmas makes me happy. But to me, Christmas is not about receiving – it’s about giving. We have simplified things over the years. With large families on both sides – we do drawings rather than buying for everyone. So each cousin has a special cousin to gift them with something meaningful instead of just buying to buy. My boys, now a bit older (14 and 16) get one meaningful gift from Santa” and a few small items in the stocking. In years past, I would stay up all night to decorate my tree the day I brought it home and always on the 1st of December. Today, it’s the 15th – my tree has been up since 12/1 but I’m done with the pressure and rush to have it finished and work on it a little each day. Right now, it’s just the lights. My Dickens Village is ½ done and Christmas cards were sent yesterday – I actually feel ahead of the game on that one. I am taking IN the Moments. Getting together with business partners I am blessed to call friends. Holiday lunch with girlfriends yesterday – all driving far, because it matters. Celebrating family, our religion. The true meaning of Christmas. And I am happier. I’m not stressed, I am at peace. So SLOW DOWN, enjoy the season – here’s a few tips that help me – and I truly believe if you have Christmas in your heart, you don’t need anything under the tree.
Tips for having Christmas in your Heart:
1. Stay out of the malls – everyone is in a rush and surprisingly not many in a good mood
2. Shop on line – so much more simple or better yet, make the gift yourself
3. Surround yourself with friends and family
4. Give back to the community – we adopt a family through Church and host Marines who have no place to go
5. Take some deep breaths, slow down and enjoy the season
6. Plan your 2018 goals and find an accountability partner(s) that’s on the same page as you
7. Sing a little, dance a little, pray a lot
8. Find what brings YOU Joy this season and make it a priority
9. Give yourself grace – it doesn’t have to be done today!
10. Get a budget and stick with it – it’s not about how much you spend it’s about the thinking that went into the gift
My daughters are heading into kindergarten and 3rd grade next month and I just opened their classroom supply list – WOW, it’s a long one! I don’t even remember having a backpack in kindergarten, yet she will be showing up with 24 “Ticonderoga Wood-Cased #2 yellow pencils” (because any old #2 pencils just won’t do), 2 boxes of 16 large washable crayons, 2 boxes of 24 small crayons, 4 pink erasers, 4 large glue sticks, 1 box of Kleenex, 2 containers of disinfectant wipes, 1 spiral notebook, 1 pair of blunt scissors, 1 nap mat, 1 blanket, 1 change of clothes, 1 box of sight words, and a partridge in a pear tree…oh wait, no partridge, got a little carried away, but you get the idea. And that’s just for the kindergartener! I’ll spare you the 3rd grade list, as it’s even longer. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate our school and have a great love for our teachers, but it’s time to tackle the list and ensure the best possible deals!
I’m a frugal momma, and that’s just supplies, so let’s get started
Don’t leave home, Amazon Prime day might be long gone but the competition isn’t
Economists have stated that Amazon Prime day actually surpassed 2016’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which is forcing many stores like Staples, Office Max, and Office Depot to offer deeper discounts and free shipping when you spend over a certain amount to remain competitive. This year I picked up spiral notebooks from Staples online for as low as 19 cents and boxes of crayons for 50 cents – for that price you might want to add a few extras and save for next year by keeping a bin with a small inventory of school supplies. I sat at the computer and tackled both class lists in under 30 minutes with Staples.com. Save time, save money, avoid the impulse spending and the stress of finding a parking spot – online shopping for the win!
Avoid the trendy gear
Disney’s Descendants has been running rampant through our house this summer, but I just wouldn’t give in to the Evie and Mal matching backpack and lunch box. Once the next best thing comes along, my girls will be begging for an upgrade, which will only result in wasted cash. Amazon has some great deals on backpacks with many options to choose from. Once again, why leave home!
Old Navy and Kohl’s have become my go-to stores for back to school clothes of solid quality and price. Great coupons and sales are readily available whether your kiddos are in uniforms or create their own look. And if you see an item you bought in the last 14 days on sale later, you can get the difference refunded with a receipt only. Kohl’s offers a very generous return policy.
Plan your lunches based on weekly grocery circulars
Check your weekly grocery circulars for the best prices on veggies and produce. Even organic options can be found on sale.
The Container Store offers lunch-time essentials containers for as low as $5.99 (Colorful Klip-It Lunch Cube-to-Go – https://www.containerstore.com/s/kitchen/colorful-klip-it-lunch-cube-to-go/1d?productId=10025083) that can be reused all year long. At that price, you may want to pick up two sets per kid to avoid the stress of washing them nightly.
On to another school year we go moms, we’re almost there – hang in there as you get through these last weeks of summer!
Halleluiah, today my body, mind and spirit were cheering as it was finally the day I had scheduled myself to get an hour long deep tissue massage! And truth be told this massage was long overdue as I sat stiffly in the waiting room chair thinking, “Why do I always let myself get to this point and why do I run myself down to the point my body starts to revolt against me?”
I literally had knots in my back and shoulder blades the size of silver dollars which finally had created a ripple effect on up to my neck muscles to the point where I was having difficulty turning my neck and head. It was yesterday the headaches and fatigue made their way into this picture after one of the longest and more stressful weekends of work I had worked in a while. The exhaustion and pain finally set in to the point all I could do was lay down and rest while my kids (age 2 & 4) napped. And napping is not something I do. Hardly Ever.
But today, after my massage, even in the pain of getting those silver dollars worked out of my upper back and neck for a whole hour, I reveled in the quiet. I reveled in the way my body finally relaxed and released tensions and toxins in that time, enough that when I got up to leave I felt refreshed and I could turn my neck and return home to my family feeling so much better than when I left the house for my appointment. Taking care of me is what allows me to best take care of my family and ultimately be the mom I want to be.
And this, my friends, is what Mommy Maintenance is all about.
Mommy Maintenance is giving yourself permission to step into the mindset that it is okay and important and vital to take care of our health and set aside special time to do something that makes us feel good, healthy, beautiful and refreshed of body, mind and spirit, so that we can in turn be our best self for ourselves and our families.
So, for all you mommy’s out there running on “E” just like me. Here’s some great Mommy Maintenance ideas to give a try. (And yes, after this blog I’ll be printing these tips out for me and my, “Type A, driven, pleasing personality, run on coffee self”, to be working on daily too.)
1. Schedule a Deep Tissue Massage or Spa Time
Today I brought with me a pure essential oil soothing muscle blend of Blue Heat, Frankincense, and Lemongrass for the massage therapist to use & my muscles are thanking me already.
2. Exercise On A Regular Basis – Find what activity feeds your soul.
I have found that yoga has been one of the best restorative and strengthening activities that has rejuvenated my spirit and it can be done with minimal equipment and minimal expense.
3. Rest- Take a nap and go to bed early
Here’s a great article put out recently by the CDC on sleep called “Are You Getting Enough Sleep.” http://www.cdc.gov/features/sleep/index.html
5. Read A Book In Your Favorite Quiet Place while indulging in some dark chocolate and your favorite cup of coffee or fancy tea.
6. Give Yourself A Mani/Pedi with a happy, bright color.
7. Sit Outside And Watch The Sunrise Or Sunset.
8. Soak In The Bathtub with some lavender essential oil infused epsom salts to calm and relax and decrease inflammation in your body.
9. Sign Up To Take A Class To Learn A New Skill such as painting, pottery, jewelry making, dance, guitar or some skill you’ve always wanted to try.
10. Get A New Hair Style, Color Or Just A Refreshed Haircut.
11. Sit Back And Watch Your Favorite T.V. Show Or Movie without any distractions.
12. Go To The Beach Or Near Any Body Of Water, as this is an energy booster.
13. Say “No” to things that are draining your energy.
14. Do Absolutely Nothing for 10 minutes or an hour or for a day as far as household chores are concerned and allow yourself to just be present in the moment with yourself, your family and count the blessings around you.
Life is good. Motherhood is great, but Motherhood is no cakewalk and I am walking it out one day at a time and learning to give myself and others more grace in this fast-paced life I lead and say “Yes” to more Mommy Maintenance and “Yes” to a healthier, happier me and family! I hope you will too!
(Wife, Mother, Marketing Educator, Medical Technologist, Singer/Songwriter, Wearer of Many Hats)