What to Take Care of In Your Last Month of Pregnancy

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 11/27/2017 to Life as a Mom
what to take care of in your last month of pregnancy

In those final few weeks of pregnancy, there is so much to do and so little time. When you aren’t sure if you’ll have time to do everything you feel you need to get done, it’s a good idea to make a list of the essential things you need to have squared away. Here are the top ones you should work on.

Ways to Build Up Your Emergency Fund

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 9/18/2017 to Life as a Mom
building up your emergency fund

When you’re a parent, an emergency fund can be all that stands between you and financial panic. Emergency funds can give you peace of mind and help you sleep at night when your child has a health crisis, your refrigerator conks out or your car starts making weird sounds.

But building up that fund can be a challenge when you’re a parent with so many other financial obligations. Here are a few ways to painlessly build up your cash reserves.

5 Good Things About Being an Older Parent

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 8/7/2017 to Life as a Mom
5 good things about being an older parent

If you’ve noticed you seem to be the oldest parent in sight when you take your child to the playground, it can make you feel a little guilty. Should you have had your children when you were younger? Is your child going to feel bad someday when people mistake you for his grandmother?

Before you get too carried away with the images of how old you’ll be by the time your baby graduates from high school, check out this list that focuses on the benefits of having your children at an older age.

How to Catch Some Zzzzzs in Late Pregnancy

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/24/2017 to Life as a Mom
catching some zzzs when pregnant

Finding a way to sleep when you can barely catch your breath in those last weeks of pregnancy is hard to do. If it’s not the constant heartburn bringing you pain, it’s your back that’s killing you. There’s a whole laundry list of complaints and ailments that may be keeping you awake.

But getting a good night’s sleep isn’t just some unattainable dream. With these tips, you’ll be resting better right away.

What to Pack in Your Overnight Bag for the Hospital

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/21/2017 to Life as a Mom
packing your overnight bag for the hospital

In the last few weeks before your baby’s due date, be prepared to be a total wreck. You’ll be worried about everything, whether this is your first delivery or your fifth.

Packing your overnight bag for the hospital shouldn’t be one of the things you worry about though. To help you prepare, here is a short list of items you should include in that bag.

Making Time for Your Hobbies as a Mom

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 6/2/2017 to Life as a Mom
making time for hobbies as a mom

Being a mom is a full-time job, and when you already have a job outside of the home, it doesn’t leave much time left to pursue any of your own interests.

Typically, when women become moms, they cut back on all the hobbies they had before they had kids. There’s not enough time in the day to get everything done so women shortchange themselves.

But always putting yourself on the backburner isn’t healthy for you. You need a stress reliever just like everyone else does. If you have problems getting any hobby time, follow these tips to make having fun a priority once in a while.

Five Signs You're a Parent

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 5/15/2017 to Life as a Mom
signs that you are a parent

People who’ve just met you can often tell whether you’re a parent or not, even if your kids are nowhere in sight. Parents are easy to spot. We give off huge indicators that we have children at home, and most of the time we don’t even know we’re doing it. Here are five ways the people in your life will be able to tell you’re a parent.

What Every Mom Wishes She Could Tell People Before They Visit Her Newborn

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 5/12/2017 to Life as a Mom
visiting newborns

Whether you’ve just come home from the hospital with your newborn or you’re in the last weeks of pregnancy, you know you’re going to be flooded with visitors before long.

Here’s what you would like to tell all your visitors before they step foot in your house.

4 Things You Should Avoid Saying to a Stay-at-Home Mom

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 5/9/2017 to Life as a Mom
don't say this to a stay-at-home mom

Everyone has an opinion about what stay-at-home mothers do all day. Whether you’re a mom who works outside of the home, you’re related to a stay-at-home mom or you’re married to one, here are four things you should never say to them.

5 Times When Parents Need an Adult Recess

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 4/18/2017 to Life as a Mom
signs when you need an adult recess

Recess is that golden time of day every kid longs for at school. It’s a chance for kids to run wild, forget about what happened earlier in the day, and not think about what’s looming ahead of them. They live totally in the moment, doing whatever they want, playing at full speed.

We could all learn a thing or two about life from our kids. Taking time for the occasional adult recess could do us parents a world of good.

If you are experiencing any of these following challenges, you should take an adult recess as soon as possible.

Surviving the Boredom of Bed Rest

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 3/27/2017 to Life as a Mom
surviving the boredom of bedrest

You’re in the home stretch of pregnancy – those dreaded last few weeks. But at your last doctor’s appointment, you were delivered an unexpected and unwelcome surprise. Your blood pressure was too high, and your doctor has placed you on dreaded bed rest for the final weeks of your pregnancy.

How on earth will you get through weeks of doing nothing at one of the busiest times of your life? Here are some tips to see you through this trying time.

5 Ways Moms Can Learn to Love Running

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 3/23/2017 to Life as a Mom
jogging mom

Running has never been more popular than it is right now. You see people of all ages and sizes running for exercise and competing in 5ks and half marathons across the country. Parents even run while pushing strollers to find a way to incorporate some exercise in their schedules without hiring a babysitter.

If you’ve always hated running, it might be time to give it another chance. It’s good for your lungs, heart, body and mind. Plus, you’ll be setting a great example for your child. Here are 5 ways to kick your hatred for running to the curb.

Curing Your Inner Pack Rat

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 3/14/2017 to Life as a Mom
curing your inner pack rat

With every passing year, you might find your storage area grows smaller and smaller as you put bin after bin of your child’s outgrown items into that room. The solution to your storage problem isn’t a bigger house. It might be time to take a hard look at some of the contents in those bins and weed a few things out.

Here are some of things you might need to part with.

Can You Afford to Stay Home After Having a Baby?

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 3/7/2017 to Life as a Mom
can you afford to quit working after having a baby

Some moms relish the idea of going back to a normal work schedule after their maternity leave is finished. For other moms though, the idea of heading back into the workforce and leaving their baby in daycare is torturous.

These days, many moms feel compelled to go to work because they need the paycheck. But for moms on the lower-end of the earning spectrum, working can cost as much as they bring in. Let’s look at some of the secret costs of working.

Bye-Bye Maternity Leave, Hello Double Duty

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 2/21/2017 to Life as a Mom
working mother doing double duty

Maternity leave is a magical time. Once the first two or three rough weeks are over, the rest is relatively smooth sailing – other than the constant night feedings and your body attempting to recover from what it’s been through.

But for moms who are headed back to the workforce, especially if they’ve spent years working without a break other than the customary two weeks a year for vacations, maternity leaves are some of the most precious weeks they’ll ever have. You get a chance to bond with your baby, and learn how to manage the challenging task of being a mom who is needed every minute of the day in some way, shape or form.

Working after you’ve had a baby, however, is different from working pre-baby. Here are some tips to help you survive pulling double duty when you have to go back to work.

How to Get Your Child into the Valentine's Day Spirit

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 2/10/2017 to Life as a Mom
get your child into the Valentine's Day spirit

Valentine’s Day seems tailor made for children. There’s love, hugs, kisses, candy and stuffed animals. It’s a cuteness overload that children will appreciate.

It’s only natural they want to get involved in the Valentine’s Day fun. Here are some ways you can help your children celebrate the big day in an age-appropriate way.

They're Only Little Once: How to Preserve Memories

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 1/26/2017 to Life as a Mom
your kids are only little once

You hear it from a lot of older parents you talk to – your kids are only little once and the time goes by so quickly. In the beginning, it’s hard to fathom. At this stage, your baby is reliant on you for every little need she has. But those first few weeks pass in the blink of an eye, and you can already see that your newborn has grown immensely.

Five Reasons Not to Ditch Date Night

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 1/2/2017 to Life as a Mom
date night

It’s cold outside, you’re tired and you don’t have much money to spare this month. You feel like staying home instead of going out on the date night you promised your spouse. The only problem is he’s really looking forward to a night out alone with you, focused on conversation that doesn’t revolve around baby poop or sleep schedules.

Weed Out the Clutter for the New Year

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 12/26/2016 to Life as a Mom
declutter your home

If there’s one common complaint parents have, it’s that our houses or apartments are too crowded and never clean enough. With babies or children in our households, our homes are filled with love – and stuff. So much stuff, you can’t seem to find a place to stash it all.

6 Ways to Unwind This Holiday Season

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 12/23/2016 to Life as a Mom
unwind for the holidays

Holidays may be reason for celebration, but all that partying comes with a cost – someone needs to do all that baking, cleaning, shopping and wrapping. When you feel like you’re at the end of your rope this holiday season, here’s a few suggestions as to how you can recharge your batteries.

6 Holiday Time Savers

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 12/20/2016 to Life as a Mom

The holidays are coming up rapidly and there’s still a million things on your to-do list. Unless you can clone yourself before then, you don’t see how you’ll get it all done. So don’t – take some shortcuts and enjoy a much slower-paced holiday season this year.

How to Be a Working Mom and a Super Mom 101

Posted by Sara Hernandez on 11/8/2016 to Life as a Mom
How to Be a Working Mom and a Super Mom 101

It’s no secret that society has placed an extreme amount of pressure on moms of all nationalities, sexualities, and personalities. Whether you choose to stay at home or work 60 to 80 hour weeks, moms are expected to still be super. Furthermore, balancing work and a family has become increasingly difficult, especially so under the motherhood expectations set for us. Here are a few tips to manage mom life and job life!

How to Hang with your Toddler and Still Get Things Done

Posted by Sara Hernandez on 10/6/2016 to Life as a Mom
How to Hang with your Toddler and Still Get Things Done

It’s no secret that trying to maintain a home, work, and spend quality time with your child is a tough load to balance. There are times when you feel like part of the triad is seriously falling behind. It’s especially tough for us parents when we feel that we haven’t spent enough time with our little ones. Believe it or not, there are some productive things we can do around the house with our kiddos. 

3 Reasons to Stop Mom Shaming

Posted by Sara Hernandez on 10/3/2016 to Life as a Mom
3 Reasons to Stop Mom Shaming

We’re human. We’ve all done it. We have all thought to ourselves that some parent, somewhere is raising their child all wrong. It’s very easy to “mom-shame” other parenting methods. The hard part? Understanding them. 

As parents, whether mom or dad, we need to stick together and kick mom-shaming to the curb! Check out these few reasons why: 

Nobody’s perfect.