Ready for Spring Break? I’ve got a shortcut.

Are you ready for Spring Break? While a welcome respite from the same old, same old daily routine, figuring out what to do with the kids can be intimidating. Especially if you don’t have an unlimited budget to hit the road. I’ve got a cool solution to your Spring Break conundrums. Traditionally the spring semester […]

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Time Management Tips for Moms Who Want to Get With It

Kids’ school and extracurricular schedules, new babies coming into the family, changes in the work place — they can all put a stress on our time management skills. Here are some tips to help you manage your time and enjoy your life as Mom. Oh. my. word. The day starts, and I think I’ve got […]

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Getting Back in Shape after Second Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, and there is something particularly charming about the round belly and chubby cheeks. Once the child is born, the only chubby cheeks and the round belly should be those of the baby. If you want to make sure that this applies to you, there are a couple of things you need to pay attention to.


Pre-labor diet

You can set up the grounds for an effective weight-loss process while you are still pregnant. The rule number one is obviously to stay within the recommended 35lbs. When this is the case, most of the fat comes off with the baby.


No matter what your mother in law says, you are not eating for two. You should not worry about the amount, but the quality of food you take in. Make sure your diet is versatile and includes a lot of vitamins and healthy nutrients. Speaking of vitamins, do not overeat on fruit, it contains a lot of sugar. Avoid sweets for the same reason.


Pre-labor exercise routine

Unless you are experiencing difficulties, which entail strict bedrest, you should stay active throughout your pregnancy. This will help you gain less weight and stay in good physical shape. Also, most fit moms have better control of their body and easier labor. When selecting the type of activity, be aware of the restraints imposed by your condition and do not exert yourself.


Exercise 30 mins a day, 4-5 days of the week by engaging in activities such as walking, brisk walking, light resistance training, swimming, stationary cycling, as well as Pilates and yoga designed for pregnancy. Your muscles are more likely to remember where they used to be if you keep on exercising.



Did you know that a percentage of the fat you store during pregnancy is created as an energy supply for your baby after it is born? Nursing your baby is one of the best things you can do for both of you. By drinking breast milk, the baby will get a balanced diet and protection from bacteria and viruses. What you will get from it, apart from the bonding experience, is a natural way of losing weight.

It is estimated that breastfeeding uses up 500 calories a day, which is about one-quarter of your daily intake and exactly how much you need to lose in order to drop a pound each week. Anyone who has ever had a chance to breastfeed will tell you that it drains the energy out of you. You will instantly feel sleepy and have a gaping hole in your stomach. Resist to fill the hole every time and maintain your regular meals plan.


Wear a girdle

The actual physical effects that wearing a girdle has on weight loss are still a matter of debate. However, the thing a girdle can do for you is keep everything tucked in, which could if nothing else, make you feel better and more confident. It will help drain the excess water. Also, it is very tight, so you will be able to eat less. Unrelated to weight loss, it can help maintain posture and reduce back pain. Some people swear it did help them, some doctors say it doesn’t make sense… It is definitely worth trying, at least for the sake of eating less and feeling more confident which is a good place to start.



Exercising regularly after the labor is even more important than it is during the pregnancy. They key is in maintaining a routine and not allowing yourself to be inactive. With two kids around, it may be very difficult to find the time, however, it is crucial that you do. Use naps and playtime to be active. Ask your partner to jump in and cover for you for an hour.

Alternatively, squeeze in 30 mins of strength training or look up short easy-to-do exercise routines fit for busy schedules. Also, do not forget that your kids need fresh air so take them out for a walk every day, it will be good for all three of you. This is only a problem with winter newborns in areas with extreme weather conditions.

Eat well


Instead of simply counting calories, watch what you eat. Take a lot of fresh green vegetables with each meal. Combine them with lean protein. Make a protein powder shake when you need a quick meal. Avoid carbs found in white flour and sugar. Take natural sugar through fruit rich in fiber instead of eating a candy bar. Watch the quantities, the vegetables are meant to fill you up during the meal, and the protein will keep you full for a long period of time. Drink a lot of water and take fish oil pills to speed up your metabolism.


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What’s in this Month’s Goodie Box for Moms?

Hey friends! It’s March already! With March comes the promise of spring. I know, it might still be snowing where you live, but spring IS coming. Easter is only a month away! Can you believe it?! I’ve been busy as a bee this last couple weeks, finalizing the goodies in the Digital Goodie Box for […]

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5 Ways to Have a Great Date Night When You’re a Parent

Date night can be the highlight of your week as a parent. IF you make it a priority and plan accordingly. Here are five ways to have a great date night when you’ve still got kids at home. Date Night is a term thrown around a lot in pre-marital counseling and marriage seminars. In some circles […]

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How Does a Month of Budget-Friendly Meal Plans Sound?

Years ago, almost twenty now, my husband and I purchased our first home. We got the wild and crazy idea to buy a house in a different county where we knew NO ONE. Did I mention neither of us had a job, either? Talk about taking a flying leap. Thankfully, we didn’t crash and burn. Bryan […]

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Culture and Comfort: 3 Reasons Thailand is a Great Choice for Your Next Vacation

It’s called the Land of Smiles and there’s year-round sunshine. It’s rich in culture, the food is fantastic and it’s easy to survive on a tight budget. It’s Thailand and it would make a great vacation choice.  Here are three reasons why.

The People are amazing

Thai culture and language may be completely different to what you’re used to back home, but you’ll probably settle in quickly. The people are very friendly and welcoming to visitors. Taxi drivers, hotel staff, shop attendants and complete strangers are likely to offer whatever assistance you need. They will also try their best to speak English if they realize you don’t know much Thai. You may even be lucky enough to be invited to one of their family-style meals. The national motto is mai pen rai which is translated as don’t worry or it’s okay. Thai people seem to live with this in mind so enjoy the carefree vibe.

The beaches are plentiful

The country has over 1 500 miles of coastline and while some stretches are filled with tourists basking in the sun, others are secluded and quiet. Patong Beach in Phuket is one of the more popular options with a wide expanse of soft white sand and several hotels and shopping options nearby. Hua Hin Beach is also popular thanks to its flat stretches and exciting activities. It is also easy to reach from Bangkok’s popular hotels like  Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok. Try Freedom Beach in Phuket and Sunset Beach on Koh Kradan if you want peace and quiet.

There’s lots to do

From markets and temples to nightlife and festivals, you will never be bored in Thailand. The vast majority of Thais are Buddhists and there are 40 000 temples across the country. The structures vary depending on the era in which they were built so you won’t be short of beautiful sights.  The markets shouldn’t be missed. They offer a wide variety of items for sale including antiques and clothing, so you never know what you will find. Be prepared to battle some crowds.

If you’re a night owl, there are many options to choose from. Backpackers love Khao San Road with its seemingly unlimited booze while others head for the red light districts across Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. Reggae and jazz bars are also plentiful in Bangkok. Religious or lunar calendar-related festivals abound. No matter what time of year you visit, you may very well happen upon one. You may even want to plan your entire holiday around one of them. How about Songkran which includes a massive water fight?

Another great thing about Thailand is that it’s easy to get around once you’re there. A number of budget airlines make frequent flights between cities and they can be quite affordable especially during off-peak season.

Whether you’re travelling solo, with friends or with your family, Thailand has something to offer. You can relax on the beach and get a tan, learn about Buddhist culture, take in the markets for some retail therapy or party it up in the clubs. The choice is yours.


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