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Millennial Mamas and how we are redefining motherhood

Millennial Mamas redefining motherhood

Millennial mamas are changing the face of motherhood as we know it.  By definition a millennial is anyone born from the early 1980s-early 2000s. We have been described as being self-involved (let me take a selfie), lazy and entitled but when it comes to motherhood we can teach the other generations a thing or two.

Here are some of the ways millennial mamas prove we are the generation that kicks ass.

1.) We are educated – According to the White House Council of Economic Advisors, more millennials have a college education compared to any other generation.  And you know what they say, knowledge is power.

2.) We are independent– Due to all that education, more and more mamas are bringing home the bacon and frying it up in the pan! In fact, many moms say that working gives them a sense of identity in addition to mom, but we are always mom first. And now more than ever there are more single moms raising kids by themselves, balancing that work and homelife. Our generation was taught how to take care of ourselves and we don’t do it because we have to but because we choose to.

3.) We’re technologically savvy – From the good old days of the original Oregon Trail on those big clunky computers to macbook pros, Siri, and Alexa, we have watched the face of technology change right before our very eyes. So it’s no wonder we are the most technologically sound. It has been estimated that we spend on average about 17.4 hours per week on social media.  We are connected and informed and it allows us to make educated choices. Where our parents turned to their families for advice, we have Google and mom blogs. We also have a huge support system across all of our feeds where we inspire and empower each other #communityovercompetition #werisebyliftingothers.

4.) We value family – Maybe it’s because we are busier more than ever and we don’t all work a traditional 9-5 job, but we look forward to family dinners and spending time together on the weekends. In fact it has been found that millennial parents are spending more time with their children than parents did in the 50’s and 60’s. And what’s even more, millennial moms enjoy motherhood.

5.) We are health conscious and care about a company’s values – Our kids eat organic pureed kale, we love our essential oils and we shop local. The reality is, there are more and more chronic comorbidities and we want our families to be healthy and they deserve the best quality.  And we know it’s important to teach our children about recycling, sustainable living and taking care of our bodies.

6.) We are real – Think of Pink’s selfie where she was breastfeeding her son while getting her makeup done before doing a concert (All the praise hands!) We are raw. And we embrace imperfecton. We know it’s ok if we can’t shower every day, the kids have too much screen time so we can clean the house, or we’re walking around with spit up on our sweater. We’re all human and we’ve all been there.

So there ya have it. Millennial mamas – we are smart, multitasking, powerful women who embrace #momlife and can truly have it all. So instead of cringing, I couldn’t be more proud to be lumped into the category of “milennial” right about now. 

So go ahead and share this post with your mom tribe!

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0 In holidays/ Lifestyle

My winter bucket list

Happy Friday and Happy December 1st!  Only 24 more sleeps til Christmas!

Today I’m feeling like baking some cookies, watching Christmas movies all day and drinking hot cocoa.  So in spirit of all things holidays I have put together a Winter Bucket List of things I’m looking forward to doing this year.

1.) Put up our tree
2.) Drive around and look at Christmas lights
3.) Take Maxwell to see Santa
4.) Bake Christmas cookies
5.) Play in the snow with Maxwell
6.) Drink homemade Baileys
7.) Make handprint ornaments
8.) Have a picnic on the living room floor by the fire
9.) Wear comfy pjs and watch Christmas movies all day
10.) Do something for a family in need
11.) Go skating
12.) Feed the reindeer
13.) Make a big comfy blanket
14.) Go snow tubing
15) Make gingerbread pancakes
16.) Read a book for fun
17.) Plan a fancy dinner to cook at home
18.) Organize all of my photos and make a photo album
19.) Do some meditation
20.) Have a wine night with friends

What are some things on your winter bucket list this year?

2 In Gift Guides/ holidays/ Lifestyle/ minimalism

Minimalist Christmas Gifts for Kids of Every Age

 

As the holidays are quickly approaching, I am excited to release the first edition of my Minimalist Christmas gift guides.  One of the main reasons my husband and I decided to adopt this idea of minimalism this Christmas is to help cut down on clutter. (If you didn’t see my original post on a minimalist Christmas you can read it here). In the one short year since we’ve brought home our baby dude man, our house has accumulated an unfathomable amount of toys and clothes, half of the things have gone unused.  It’s no secret that staring at the piles and piles of stuff has contributed to my anxiety.  So in an attempt to help keep our home organized and be more intentional, this year when it comes to gifts we’re abiding by the Rule of 4 – something wants, something needs, something to wear, and something to read.

Now I in no way want to be a fun-sucker or offend anyone, and I realize this may not be for everyone.  But in addition to helping cut down on “stuff”, it’s also important to my husband and I that we teach our son how to be more mindful and the real meaning of the holidays – getting together with family and friends, being grateful, and giving back.

So here are some great gift ideas for the kids, all available on Amazon (because let’s be real, I’m no Pinterest mom, I’m more of an Amazon Prime mom).

(Disclaimer: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com)

 

 

something they want - christmas gift guide for kids

1.) Gears Gears Gears – I love this toy because it helps build fine motor skills as well as helping foster STEM.

2.) Mega blocks and table set– very easy to pack up and take on the go so your little one can create anything, anywhere.

3.) Water and Sand Table  -helps encourage outdoor play during the nicer weather months.

4.) Art set -because every kid needs colored pencils, watercolors, and crayons.

 

something they need - christmas gift guide for kids

1.) Art easel – Inspire creativity in your budding artist

2.) Ezpz mat – It’s a placemat and a plate that is super easy to clean and suctions to the table

3.) Montessori animal match -teaches kids their animals and allows them to compare similarities and differences.

4.) Melissa & Doug basic skills board -Let your little one explore how to dress this smiley bear with zippers, buttons and ties.

something to wear - christmas gift giude for kids

1.) Freshly Picked -ok so these are a little pricey but they’re 100% leather, super soft, durable and will stay on your little one’s feet.

2.) Northface fleece -lightweight and great for that in-between weather, and I love that the fabric doesn’t pill.

3.) Skip hop backpack – let your kids carry their books and supplies in style with many cute creatures to choose from.

4.) Flannel pajamas – everyone needs a pair of flannel jammies and I love these from Burt’s Bees. They’re so soft and 100% organic.

something to read - christmas gift guide for kids

1.) Melissa and Doug water wow – ok so it’s not exactly a book but it teaches letters, numbers, and there’s no clean-up.

2.) National Geographic Book of Why – very interactive and answers all those pressing questions inspiring conversation with your kiddos

3.) The Day the Crayons Quit – such a cute little story, you will never color the same way again.

4.) I Wish You More – this book brings tears to my eyes every time and it’s one of my favorite books to read to my little Maxwell, everything you could wish for your child.

If you enjoyed this post and want to save this list for your future reference you can pin the image below. And be on the lookout for gift guides for her and him coming in the next few weeks!

 

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13 In holidays/ Lifestyle/ minimalism

A minimalist Christmas – how you can be more intentional this holiday season

I love the holidays, they are my most favorite time of year.  Some of my best childhood memories are from the holidays. Making cookies with my mom and the smell as they bake in the oven.  All of the family going to cut down our tree together. Listening to Christmas carols while we hang our ornaments on the tree. And of course Christmas shopping and wrapping all those gifts.

However, the holidays can also be stressful.  There’s pressure to find the “perfect” gift for all your loved ones, keep up with family obligations and attend all those parties that sometimes it begins to feel more like a hassle than enjoyable.

This year I’m approaching the holidays with a new attitude. We’re having a minimalist Christmas. You may have heard of the term “minimalism” – it means focusing on things that you value and getting rid of all the other “stuff”.  And for me, this has become even more important as a mother and we start our own traditions with our son. When I think of the holidays, there’s a lot of stuff – we stuff our faces and waistlines, we drop lots of dollars on stuff (decor, gifts, cards,) that sometimes we lose the true meaning.

Now I’m not saying we’re going to go all “Christmas with the Kranks” and be Scrooge-like.  We’re just going to be more mindful and intentional.

Here are some simple ways you can practice minimalism and enjoy the most this season has to offer:

1.) Mindful gift giving – The thought of inundating every room of my house with even more toys gives me so much anxiety, I’d rather step on a lego. This year we’re going by the rule of 4 – something you want, something you need, something you can wear and something you can read.  Not only does this help avoid excess clutter but it also helps to be more mindful of the person we are buying for.  (Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some gift guides for your friends and family following this “Rule of 4” guideline)

2.) Focus on experiences – One of my favorite Christmas memories was when my parents, sisters and I went on a cruise for the holidays.  All of our friends thought we were crazy foregoing gifts and going on vacation during Christmas, but to be honest, we had the best time with each other as a family and we still talk about it to this day.  For us, the experience will last a lifetime and that is a true gift.  Find ways that you can have meaningful encounters with each other whether it be a Friendsgiving, getting the kids dressed in their jammies and driving around to look at Christmas lights or skipping gifts with your sisters and spending the day at the spa.

3.) If it stresses you out, nix it –  Dread sending out all those holiday cards? Procrastinating on baking cookies because you don’t feel like doing a cookie swap this year? Don’t feel like going to that annual Christmas Eve party? Skip it. No one says you have to do those things. Talk to your partner and your kids about the traditions you enjoy and you want to keep and those new things you want to do this year. Make a holiday bucket list.

4.) Give back – use the holidays as an opportunity to teach your kids the true meaning of the holidays – being grateful for all you have and giving back.  Volunteer at a local food pantry, help sponsor a family in need. These are experiences that will leave a lasting impression and show that this season is more than receiving gifts.

 I hope you enjoyed some of these ideas.  What are some ways your family is intentional this time of year?

Also stay tuned for my minimalist gift guides over the next few weeks!