10 Fun Things to do with Your Baby during Christmas

I became a mom in August and once the holidays started approaching I was so excited to do all things holiday with my beautiful baby boy . I could hardly control my excitement. When Halloween came and Striker slept through his ENTIRE first trunk or treat experience I thought OH CRAP!!!! I got home and realized he is too little to enjoy the holidays but he is here and I can’t be THAT mom that doesn’t do jack squat with their baby! SO I thought to myself even though he is too little to understand what is going on and too little to enjoy kid events that doesn’t mean me and the hubs can’t enjoy HIM during the holidays!!! After all the holiday is a time of joy, thanksgiving, and love and babies fit in all 3 of those categories. SO we started doing little things that are fun for us to enjoy with him during this holiday season and we are LOVING it !!!

1.) Dress Your Baby in Holiday Clothes

Every morning change your baby out of their PJs and put them in something festive ! Even if you do not have a ton of holiday clothes, pick holiday colors ! Dress your stud muffin or darlin Princess in red , green, gold, silver, and plaids ! Onesies with holiday graphics and quotes are also a lot of fun and aren’t bad on your wallet either !

2.) Read A Christmas Book to Your Baby

Here is an excuse to go to Target incase you are like me and you look for any and all reasons to make a daily Target run ! Take your baby to your favorite store and pick out a new Christmas book or even a few new Christmas books and read the Christmas book to them everyday. They will begin to recognize the book, the colors are wonderful, and plus it’s pretty fun to create a Santa voice !

3.) Watch Kids Christmas Movies

NO our babies do not stay up for an entire movie and NO they do not know what is being said or what is going on during the movie. BUT the music, the movement, and the colors in Christmas movies keep their eyes opened a little longer and keeps the Christmas spirit high in your house hold ! You may notice your baby is partial to one movie and it grabs their attention more than the others it’s ok to play that one for them everyday (after this Christmas season me and the hubs will know ever line from the Grinch). After all you know they are enjoying it !

4.) Christmas NickNames

Pick out a Christmas nickname for your bundle of holiday cheer and call her/him that anytime you think of it ! Pick out a name like; Reindeer, Frosty, Santa, Elf, Grinch, Rudolf, Snowball, or anything else that reminds you of Christmas! It is not only fun for you but other family members start to catch on and start calling the baby by the Christmas nickname too !

(Striker is obviously SANTA!)

5.) Baby’s 1st Christmas Ornament

Make the picking out of your baby’s first Christmas ornament special. Take the baby with you , do it on a special date night with dad, or make it a surprise for dad! Pick a specific night when it’s just you, dad, the baby, and any other family members you want there to hang the baby’s first Christmas ornament!

6.) Take Your Cutie to see Santa !!

Though your cute baby will not know who Santa really is or what is going on they will love his RED suit and love looking at something and someone new. It’s also a great time to get a family photo and a baby’s 1st photo with Santa !

7.) Go Christmas Shopping

Set aside a day just for mom, dad, and baby to go Christmas shopping for everything baby !!! This will allow for both parents to get excited for Christmas giving ! After all this is your first year in your new role as SANTA (if you choose to do Santa). It will be a fun family outing for everyone and if your lucky it will cause a great nights sleep!!!

8.) Go See a Show

Once again our bundles of Christmas cheer will not really understand what is going on BUT babies love colors and they love music !! Attend a kid friendly Christmas play, light show, Santa’s Workshop, or a church Christmas program. They will be amazed at all of the lights , colors, dancing, music, and more !

9.) A Christmas Photo Shoot

It is baby’s 1st Christmas and lets be honest did you really celebrate it if you didn’t do a Christmas photo shoot and post the photos on Social Media ???!!! You can choose to hire a professional or set up your own in home mini photo shoot !!! Whatever works best for baby and budget either way you will be glad you have some fun pictures of your beautiful baby’s first Christmas!

10.) Celebrate this season with Family

You have a new baby and every close family member is dying to get time loving on your little one ! Your baby is literally the center of attention and everyone’s world right now !!! am I right or am I right !?!? Give them as much time as you can to enjoy this present with you during the season of celebration! Allow family to join in on your baby’s first Christmas! Have family members join you at shows, come to your home for visits, make special plans to go out to eat, go see the new Grinch in theaters, make the baby’s Christmas list for them, invite them over to do gingerbread houses, or have them come help you decorate! Find a way to get your family involved for your baby’s first Christmas! Make it a Christmas worth remembering for everyone !!

Blythe’s 2 Cents!

Moments are precious and your baby’s firsts are even more precious. This Christmas will be a Christmas you will always remember so make the best of it! No matter what is going on in your life, no matter how great, bad, or chaotic life may be with a new baby make this Christmas the best you can for yourself, your baby, and your family ! Do whatever it takes to get your Christmas spirit high and have some fun. But most importantly remember the real reason for the season, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you fail to do anything else this Christmas take the time out to tell and teach your little one the real reason we celebrate not because of presents, Santa, food, or family that is just the perks of Christmas. Your little miracle may not understand now what you are saying but start their first Christmas out the right way by installing into their heart and soul the real meaning of Christmas. The real reason for Christmas is to set this time aside to recognize the birth of the one who gave it all to save us all. From my little family to yours Merry Christmas!!!!

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Motivation Monday “Make the Cuts”

Its Monday and you have either just gotten home from work, or you are about to go into work depending on which shift your job title requires. You are thinking to yourself another Monday, another week, the same thing just a different day. You are tired of the same old same old, there has to be more to life than working 40 hours a week just to pay bills. You only have two days off a week if you are lucky and next week, guess what? You get to do it all over again. You do not get to spend the time you would like with your spouse, your kids, your friends, or enjoying your hobbies. You do not hate life but you do not love it either. There HAS to be something more right?!

Ladies if you feel this way YOU are NOT alone! I think we all feel this way or have felt this way at some point. It is hard to balance work, your kids needs, bills, doctor visits, school and responsibilities and find time to enjoy life. SO we realize the problem, but what is the solution? You simply can not keeping going on like this. You have to figure out something and figure it out fast. Let’s look at a few ideas to help us feel like we are getting more out of life than the “same thing different day” feeling from week to week.

CUT IT:

Cut out the things that you really do not want to do but feel obligated to do just because you have done it for so long or its a tradition of some sort. If there are things in your life that take up time and they are not fulfilling, simply stop doing it. Think about the time you are spending doing something you really do not want to be doing just out of tradition, when you could be using that time for things that would bring pure happiness. Maybe it use to bring you happiness but now it does not fit into your life schedule and it is becoming more of a burden than a pleasure, it is okay to cut it. SO lets cut out all things that are not necessary and do not bring happiness that tie up your time.

Cut Them:

This is an area I struggle in myself, but at times it is necessary and must be done. If there are people in your life that are constantly taking from you and you are never receiving in return and the relationship is draining the life out of you, cut them out. All relationships are give and take, so friendships and family relationships will take from you and people will need you and rely on you and that is OK! I am referring to the relationships that take take take and in return they offer you no support. They do not give back, you are always doing favors for them and you can not remember if they have ever done a favor for you. Another example of people to cut off are people that you would never hear from if you did not pick up the phone and call them, if you did not go to see them, if you did not make the plans, the people who put in no effort. These relationships are draining and waste time, this time could be put into others that know how to have healthy relationships in return. You could be spending that time and energy on your husband, mom, kids, and your real, loyal, in it until the end girl friends.

Cut The Insecurities

Insecurities, all women have them and they are not a fun time. Insecurities also play into our emotions which can cause us to be unmotivated and lead into depression. When we allow insecurities to step into our thought process it does not help us enjoy our every day to day and week to week routines. We ladies MUST cut the insecurities. Cutting out insecurities can be hard but it is very doable. Speak positive and encouraging words to yourself. Tell yourself things like “I am strong”, “I am beautiful”. “I am fun”, “I am loved”, “I am blessed”, and other uplifting things. Write motivational quotes and Bible verses on your mirrors at home, place them on your desk at work, place them as the back ground of your phone, put them in your car, and in your kitchen. When you start cutting insecurities you become happier which ultimately leads to a more fulfilling day to day life.

Cut The Excuses 

We always make excuses of why we can not find time for our selves. Lets cut the excuses and just do it! Time for yourself plays a big role in happiness and fulfillment. If you do not take time for the things you enjoy then DUH no wonder we are not happy ladies! Think to yourself what makes ME feel good. What can I do for ME. Not what is the new fad, what does my husband want, what are the other ladies at work doing, NO! What are some things I enjoy that will make me feel good about myself and that I can add into my everyday or every week life. If you enjoy painting, paint! If you enjoy writing, write! If you enjoy reading, find yourself a good book and read! You do not have to take hours out of your day to do the things you enjoy. Just 15, 30, or 45 mins will do the trick. It will give you wonderful “ME” time that you deserve so much.

Cut The Bad Habits 

We all have bad habits whether we like to admit it or not. We are not perfect and we never will be, BUT there are habits that we are aware of that are bad that we can cut. The habits that just make us feel bad about ourselves and take up too much of our time. If you are a smoker cut it, smoking is not only bad for your health but the cost adds up and so does the time. If you are on social media way to much cut it out, its wasted time. If you are a complainer stop complaining and replace each thought with something you are grateful for. Procrastinators (this is me!) if you go ahead and knock that homework, work, phone call, or duty out of the way look at how accomplished you would feel and time you would save. Gossip is a bad, ugly, hurtful thing that lets be honest almost all women do. Instead of gossip, find that time to invest in real conversation with someone. Excessive napping… naps are great and sometimes necessary, but to nap just to nap its a waste of time.  If you were to calculate all of the breaks you take during a full 24 hour day to smoke, look at social media, complain, procrastinate, gossip, or nap you would be surprised with how much time you would have had to be doing something enjoyable. Cutting the bad habits will also open up the door for good, relaxing, and happy habits to form.

Cut Into That Vacation Time

Take a vacation. Do not be afraid to use those vacation hours, or take unpaid days off. Life is about balance and in order to feel fulfilled you need to maintain a happy balance in life. Take time off of work go to the beach, go to the lake, spend time at home with friends and family going to the movies, shopping, and out to eat. Ladies you work hard, do not be ashamed to give yourself a break, not only do you deserve it you need it. Cut into that vacation time, have a few vacation periods planned out a year so you can have something to look forward to throughout the year.

Blythe’s 2 Cents

Is this blog post going to fix all of our problems, ABSOLUTELY NOT! BUT it is a start. It is important to remember that WE matter too and our happiness matters. We can not keep running ourselves ragged attempting to make it to every function. We can not continue to keep giving without getting. We can not keep letting our insecurities run wild. We can not keep making excuses for why we never do anything we enjoy. We can not keep holding on to bad habits that waste precious time, and we can not keep denying ourselves of well deserved time off! If we continue like this then there is no joy in life. We must make time for the things that make us happy, for the people who are important to us, and time to escape from our everyday routine every now and then. Spend time meditating and praying about the things in your life that need to be cut and the things that need to stay. Ask for the peace and strength to let go of the things, people, and maybe even the job that needs to be cut out. You only live one life and you deserve happiness. We were not created to live in misery. SO!!!! Pick the things out that make you happy, that make you feel fulfilled and do it with no regret and no excuses. Decide who is important to you and spend all of your time with them! Pick out those vacation days and put it on the calendar! Most important, decide everyday that you are going to wake up and be the best you. You can be making the most out of everyday seeking happiness in all you do so that way my friend you can live a full life WITHOUT all of the unnecessary events, people, habits, and wasted time. It is time to make the CUTS!

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Look the Right Way During Vaca!

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If you know me you know it is NO secret that I LOVE to vacation. My husband and I will vacation any time of the year, at any place, and at every opportunity. We never miss a chance to escape our small town and live like kings and queens for a week. If you say lets go on vacation, just know our bags are probably already packed and to count us in!

During vacation I like to look my BEST! Why??? Well duh!  There will be a lot of pictures, a lot of fancy dinners, a lot of day dates, and a date night pretty much every night. SO of course I want to look good for not only my hot hubs but for the camera too. After all, the pictures will be plastered all over social media for everyone and their mother to see. BUT here is the catch, how do you look your best when WAY over half of your closet is at home. You are limited on your time because no one wants to spend 2 to 3 hours a day during vacation getting ready, and all activities include sight seeing, playing in the water, and soaking up the rays!?!?!?! How do you get that perfect Pinterest, camera ready, I woke up like this look that doesn’t take forever! I am about to give you a few tricks that I have learned over my many travel experiences that help you feel and look your best!

 

PREPARATION :

You want to spend time before your vacation preparing, this will help you cut the “getting pretty” time in half!

  • Take a trip to the salon two-three weeks before your vacation and have your hair trimmed and any color you need to be added, this is not the time to try anything new. You want to make your appointment a few weeks out just in case the cut is a little shorter than you like or if you are like me, it takes my face sometime to adjust to a new cut and added color!
  • Treat yourself to a beautiful spray tan the day before you leave. If you are leaving for vacation Friday morning get sprayed Thursday evening! This will allow the tan the time it needs to develop while you sleep Thursday night and will be fresh for the entire week to come.
  • Whiten your teeth the week before. Nothing makes a picture perfect picture quit like a pretty smile.
  • Treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure a few days prior to taking off. Make sure to pick a neutral color that can blend with all out fit choices such as, white, nude, black, grey, or a light pink.
  • Eye Brows, Eye Brows, Eye Brows….. get your eye brows waxed, and tinted. This will show off your beautiful brows by giving them a fresh, cleaned up shape right before your trip. The tint will allow your brows to look fuller while adding a pop of color. This step will not only enhance your eyes but it will give you a made up look during times that you are not so made up!
  • Get eyelash extensions, this will keep you from spending time on mascara, and save you the trouble of your mascara running if you get wet, or too hot. This will also enhance your eyes and will give you a made up look during times that you are not so made up!
  • PLAN!!!! plan your outfits! look up the weather forecast a few days before and plan for the temperature. Keep in mind the activities you have planned, and the activities you have discussed. Do NOT pack quickly take your time and plan so you will feel like you not only have everything you need but you will feel satisfied and beautiful in your outfit choices.

Tips For Your Trip:

Lets talk day makeup first! During the day you do not want to have on a full face of makeup, it is just simply to heavy, The Jersey Shore days have come and gone and lets keep them there. Stick with a more natural look. Use things like:

  • BB creams
  • Tinted moisturizers
  • Water Proof Under Eye Concealer
  • Tinted Chap stick
  • Nude or light pink lip stains
  • If you are one to like a little more of the made up look, pop on a color lip stain and blush!

At night I stick to my normal makeup routine, I am comfortable with it and it makes me feel beautiful. This is not the time to try a new makeup look or a new color, stick to what you know and what makes you feel confident. Remember where you are! DO NOT wear a deep burgundy fall lip in the middle of summer at the Bahamas it just does not fit! Make your makeup work your pictures, and match your vaca get away!

Moving on to Sexy Vaca Hair! Yes we want sexy hair during our vacation but we need to remember healthy hair is sexy hair! SO lets protect our gorgeous locks at the same time we make them look irresistible!

During the day go with a natural look, let your hair hang in its natural curl, wave, or straight pattern. If it is just simply to hot to let it blow in the wind!!! Try a high pony tail, or braid it back. Protect your hair by adding coconut oil, almond oil or leave in conditioner. Spray it with a heat protection spray.

At night do whatever you like! There is no limits, just be cautious of your time! The more time spent in front of the mirror less time you have outside of your hotel room to enjoy adventure, food, and fine wine! I always carry dry shampoo with me, it gets me through every vacation! It always saves a lot of time and adds a lot of volume! Just remember the same way you want your makeup to compliment your amazing vaca get away you want your hair to do the same! The goal is to look great while you feel great!

I Scream you Scream we all Scream for the Perfect Outfit! Well really ice cream but we want our outfits to look fitting while eating that cone of ice cream. Have you ever been on vacation enjoying a cone of ice cream and look over and there sits a woman in the perfect ice cream eating attire and you think to yourself who dressed you, Pinterest themselves!? The secret to this adorable look no matter what your doing during your vacation is to stop and think. Take the extra 5 minutes to throw on fresh clothes, prepare for the day, the night, or the activity.

  • Dress your AGE! all ages have a fine line between sexy and you look like your wearing your little sisters clothes. No matter if your 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, or 70 dress your age but dress on the sexier side of your age. Never stop pursuing feeling wonderful.
  • Classy is better than flashy. Wear whatever it is you like but if you want too look classy, stick in the neutral color family, solids instead of patterns, and keep the jewelry look up to date.
  • Dress for the weather. No one looks sillier than being dressed completely opposite of the weather outside. If its 90 degrees dress like its 90 degrees if its 60 dress like its 60 degrees.
  • As I have referred to many of times in this post Pinterest is the best place to find outfit ideas

Blythe’s 2 Cents!

No matter what your budget, what stage of life you are in, and what is going on at home, you deserve a vacation of some sort. You can have a super nice, expensive week long vacation in another country, you can take a weekend or day trip to the beach, or simply take a few days off of work relaxing at the community pool and eating dinner with friends. We are hard working women and life is about balance. You deserve to treat yourself to a vacation of your choosing and you deserve to feel beautiful while relaxing!

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