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5 Ways To Help You Live a Stress-Free Life As a Busy Mom

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and RESCUE blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Adding two children through adoption to our family a year and a half ago was a major adjustment for everyone. Obviously it was the biggest adjustment for my three kids, but still, the every day logistics of going from one to three kids was stressful for me. I’m still learning and I often fail daily. Whether that’s yelling because the kids are being too loud, snapping at someone when I shouldn’t have or even just feeling down because the house is a mess and I have no desire to clean it.

My blog, this blog, is named Busy Mommy. I’m sure all of you can relate no matter how many children you have. But the thing is, I will always be a busy mom. I have a choice to hold that title with joy in the midst of all the stress and you do to.

How To Live A Stress-Free Life

5 Ways To Help You Live a Stress-Free Life As a Busy Mom

1. Find joy in the little things. I love flowers, but I don’t often buy them. I walk by them in the store and think, “$6? I can surely save that instead,” but you know what? I’m going to start buying those flowers because they make me happy. They bring me a little joy when I buy them and again each day as I see them sitting on my kitchen table. What little things bring you your joy? 

2. Tackle the clutter and get organized. According to scientists at Princeton University Neuroscience Institute, clutter restricts your ability to focus and causes stress. So not only are you affected, but your kids are too. Tackle the clutter and get organized and I bet your whole family will be noticing a difference.

3. Make connections.  I am a home-body and I have no problems staying in the whole day. BUT, I have noticed when I push myself to make time to meet another mom for coffee, invite another family over for dinner or join a mom’s group, I feel like I go home a better mom. The initial inconvenience of taking the time out of my day is nothing compared to the feeling of friendship, community and time for “recharging”. Get out of your comfort zone and make connections.

4. LET IT GO! LET IT GO! (Did you happen to sing that in the tune of a very popular Disney movie?) My husband mentioned that I tend to get stressed out over the little things. Most often, it’s in the mornings before school when the kids come out with slightly mismatched outfits. I have them change, they get frustrated and I get frustrated. They are at the age where they are independent enough to choose what they want to wear to school. The last few days I have not said a single word about clothing. Now, I probably wouldn’t let them leave the house in something totally crazy, but I’m letting the little nit-picking go and it’s less stressful for everyone.

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You may think that you can tackle the stress on your own, but why when you don’t have to? Head to the RESCUE website and download the coupon and you will be automatically entered into the #StressLess2BMyBest sweepstakes on the coupon page for a chance to win great prizes.

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and RESCUE blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Top 5 Items to Gift This Mother’s Day

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Almost everyone has heard of Groupon, but have you ever taken advantage of their great deals? There are so many items and gifts I never knew they had. I like to scour Groupon for restaurant and activity deals because it helps me save money when I’m going out with my family of five. I have even been given Groupons as gifts and I love it! Moms can sometimes be hard to shop for so Groupon came up with a Mother’s Day Campaign including a gift shop, giveaways and promo codes just for mom!

I have three lovely women to get Mother’s Day gifts for and it isn’t always easy because each mom has their own likes, wants and interests and flowers just aren’t right for everyone.

Groupon’s Mother’s Day Gift Shop includes spa and beauty gifts, flowers and treats, jewelry and apparel, food and wine gifts and even experiences.

Top 5 items to gift this Mother’s Day

Macarons

1. A Sweet Treat – Everyone needs a little indulgence now and then. Gift mom these delicious French macarons in flavors like vanilla, strawberry, lemon or coffee. Chocolate-dipped strawberries are also a yummy choice. Or maybe your mom is more of a fro-yo gal?

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2. An Experience – Is your mom the adventurous type? How about a once-in-a-lifetime experience like a hot air balloon ride? Or maybe she’s the artsy type and would enjoy candle making or taking an art class? Or how about a wine tasting? It’s often said that people forget the presents they receive, but they remember the special moments and the memories. As a mom myself, if my kids gave me a special experience I would remember it forever!

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3. Pampering – One year my husband bought me a manicure and pedicure. It was very thoughtful of him, but I have a horrible habit of biting my nails, so I don’t have much nail to manicure so I couldn’t even use it! Many moms love pampering, but does your mom like to take care of her nails or would she rather have a massage? Groupon’s beauty and spa section has deals on everything from massages and facials to body wraps.

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4. Personalized gifts – A mom’s pride and joy are her children. The BEST gift for any mom would be a surprise photo shoot of the kids and a beautiful canvas to hang on the wall. Groupon’s Mother’s Day gift shop features several photography shoot deals and other personalized gifts that show your mom how much you care.

5 . Subscription box – Subscription boxes are all the rage right now. Did you know you can get special deals on Groupon for these monthly boxes? Instead of one gift, mom will be surprised with a monthly box showing up on her doorstep!

Check out Groupon’s Mother’s Day Gift Shop now because Mother’s Day is coming up soon! I guarantee you will be able to find the perfect gift for your mom! Enter the promo code “Sale3″ on 4/27-4/28 to receive up to 20% off of up to 3 Local Deals, 3 Goods Items and 3 Getaways Flash Deals! While you are there, be sure to check out the Mother’s Day $0 Deal for 1 Year’s Worth of Spa Days on Groupon where you could win a Year’s Worth of Spa Treatments for Mom!

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Make Simple Gift “Boxes” From Toilet Paper Rolls

Now this gives me a reason to save those toilet paper rolls! Who knew they could look so cute? Use these for May baskets, party favors, wedding favors or any small gifts.

How many of you recycle what you use in the bathroom? If you don’t, you are not alone. Research says four out of five families don’t recycle what they use in their bathrooms. Nearly 40% don’t recycle in their bathrooms at all and 20% did not even know bathroom items were recyclable. Why is this a problem? Nearly 552 million 15 oz. shampoo bottles end up in landfills each year.*

If you don’t know what is recyclable in your bathroom, here is an easy guide to help get you started!

CARE TO RECYCLE® believes that recycling in the bathroom can be a fun family activity; a way for parents to have a teachable moment with their kids and even do some fun projects together. There are so many fun diy projects like these toilet paper rolls made into cute little gift baskets. With May Day coming up, these are the perfect alternative to styrofoam or plastic cups! I found this diy project idea on Care To Recycle® and there are many more projects ready for you and your kids to do!

Twitter party!

What: Did you know that four out of five American adults aren’t consistently recycling their personal health and beauty products? We’re talking perfectly recyclable everyday bathroom items like empty shampoo and lotion bottles. That’s why The Motherhood is excited to join the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies’ CARE TO RECYCLE® program to help spread the word about recycling in the bathroom. This Earth Day, we’re getting the whole family involved!

During the chat, we’ll be sharing fun, easy ways to teach your kids the importance of recycling beyond the kitchen and into the bathroom, and we encourage you to share your tips, too! We will be joined by two special guests, Keep America Beautiful and Recyclebank, who will be stopping by to share their tips and ideas, as well.

When: Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day) at noon ET so mark your calendars!

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #CareToRecycle hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite: http://vite.io/TheMotherhoodChats

Hashtag: #CareToRecycle

Prizes: During the chat, we’ll be giving away five prizes to randomly selected participants who correctly answer the trivia questions tweeted by @TMChatHost. Four (4) winners will receive one (1) prize pack of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies health and beauty products. One (1) winner will receive one (1) partner prize pack including a $100 gift card to onetwine.com, courtesy of Recyclebank, and a family pack of t-shirts made from recycled content, courtesy of Keep America Beautiful.

Prizes limited to U.S. participants only. Official rules here.

* 2013 American Recycling Behaviors survey conducted by Shelton Group on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies.

This post was brought to you by CARE TO RECYCLE® and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own and I hope you try the toilet paper roll gift!