it’s Blythe Ward: RELAUNCHED!

It’s 2019 and with the New Year I’d like to reevaluate, revamp, and redo certain areas in my life; make improvements and reflect on who I’ve been the past year and who I want to be this year.

In 2018, I began blogging about makeup and skin care which I adore. This will always be the main focus of the blog, but a lot of big things took place in my life this year which inspired me to relaunch!

I became a wife, a new pup mom, Strikers mom, and a Liberty University Alumni. I experienced not only pregnancy but a high-risk pregnancy, mom life in the NICU, and now everyday mom life. Becoming a wife and mom lead me to branch out to new topics.

It’s Blythe Ward is now a place where you can read my thoughts, and relate to everyday womanhood experiences. You can expect many more post about makeup and skin care, of course, because it is a form of art which I enjoy. You can expect to read Mom life posts that include advice, experiences, stories, tips, and sometimes much-needed mommy rants. You will hear my heartfelt experience of being a wife in today’s busy, high anxiety society. You can look forward to motivational post to encourage all women in all parts of life using quotes, scriptures, prayers, and in-depth thinking.

I am excited about taking on this new journey as a blogger. I hope that you all will join me on this amazing new ride!

Now it is your turn to make your big step toward one of your 2019 goals. As always, thank you for reading and subscribing!

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8 Resolutions to Keep for 2019

1.) Pray About Everything

Worrying about everything and depending on myself for answers, decisions, and resolutions in 2018 didn’t work out so well. SO in 2019 let’s put our fear and worry to the side and pray about everything that is on our hearts and minds !

2.) Spend More Time with Family

Family is so important and as I look back on my younger days I wish I could go back in time and spend more time with those who will be a constant in my life instead of those who are just seasonal. In 2019 make more plans with the fam such as; dinner, movie nights, game nights, and even make simple phone calls to family members!

3.) Invest in Yourself

Invest love, care, and time in yourself. Do things that make you happy ! Take time to relax with a good book, indulge in your favorite meals, get your nails and hair done, buy some new perfume, or purchase an amazing lip stick, you deserve it ! We change a lot from year to year so, Don’t be afraid to spend alone time with YOU learning the YOU of 2019!

4.) HOBBIES!!!

New Year New Hobby ! Or maybe New Year Same Hobby! Either way find a new hobby that brings you satisfaction or rekindle your love for your old hobby and dive yourself into that activity and love it and use it as your escape goat when 2019 gets tough !

5.) Be Kind and Love More

In a world full of negativity, hate, judgement, and mean gestures be the change. Be more kind this year to everyone you meet. Always put yourself in other peoples shoes or remember you do not know what they are going through! Love people through 2019 and be kind to others as you expect them to be kind to you !

6.) Work on Your Physical Health

Physical health is important after all this is the only body you get Right or Right?! Eat cleaner, take those daily walks, get a skin care routine, attend annual checkups, and avoid toxic materials. Let 2019 be the year you finally kick those health resolutions in the hiney!

7.) Take Care of Your Mental Health

Everyone has STUFF they have gone through, dealt with, and even done that has caused some anger, sadness, or mood swings. Being mentally healthy is nothing you should neglect ! Mental Health is IMPORTANT! Journal, seek counsel, find solitude, take a personal day from work, go on vacation, ask for medication, and cut those unhealthy relationships that only bring you down out of your life ! Let 2019 be the year you say “I choose to be mentally well!”

8.) Consistency

Let 2019 be the year you are consistent in everything you do and in all of your resolutions! Let this year be the year you are a consistent wife, mom, family member, friend, student, employee, house keeper, hobbiest, health nut, and kind person !

Blythe’s 2 Cents

Think back to this time last year and think about the resolutions you neglected and the list above ! If you stick to your resolutions this year and apply the 8 resolutions I have decided to add to my list as well, think about what your life will look like January 1st 2020! 2019 it’s your year!!! You ladies be the rockstar women that you are !!!! Go kick this year’s hiney!!!! And remember to be thankful and grateful for another year around the sun to enjoy this beautiful planet and all of Gods creation ! Another year is a blessing that is neglected to many enjoy 2019 and make it worth it !

From my family to yours Happy 2019!!!!

 

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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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