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How to Find Time in Your Busy Schedule to Focus on Yourself

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Twinings of London in partnership with the Mom It Forward Influencer Network. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Finding Time in Your Busy Schedule to Focus on Yourself

It’s that time of year for us moms, the whirlwind of the holiday season is behind us and we may just be able to take a breath before Easter and spring cleaning starts.
It always feels like I’m being pulled in a million directions, the house needs to be cleaned yet I should be at my desk working, but then who’s taking the kids to sports, and so on.  I know taking even just a moment to focus on myself can leave me feeling guilty, but we have to remember if we don’t take care of ourselves how can we take care of the ones we love?

My favorite way to de-stressed is to curl up with a hot cup of tea and watch a movie or read a book.  Since high-school, this has been my go-to easy way to relax, so I am excited to be teaming up with Twinings of London Tea to bring you my helpful mom tips.


As soon as I make a steaming cup of tea and curl up on the couch, I am immediately relaxed as my mind wanders off thinking about having tea with my Nana as a child and how my best friend would make me tea every Wednesday night all through high-school when we’d have sleepovers.

However, when we are being pulled in a million directions it is hard to find that time to sit and recharge.  So, us moms need to steal the moments when we can.


Here are my 5 easy tips to find time for yourself:

1. Put the kids to bed early!  This is so important in my house, this gives me time to clean up from the day, finish up some work, and most importantly destress and recharge myself.  Plus, kids need those extra hours of sleep to grow and learn.  The National Sleep Foundation recommends kids ages 6-13 get 9-11 hours of sleep.  I usually need 7, that gives me between 2 and 4 hours of time.  

Granted that is on a smooth day when my children go to sleep like clockwork, it’s not an every night thing, but when it goes as planned I am so grateful.

2. Lock your bedroom door.  Seriously, if your children are old enough, mine are 8 and 12, take 15 minutes and hide in your bedroom.  Tell them not to bother you unless it is a real emergency.  Kids will interrupt us while we use the phone, take a shower, and even while we are on the toilet, it does not make you a bad mom to put yourself in time out!

3. Get Some Outside Help.  Do you live close to your kid’s friends?  Or have some awesome neighbors?  Trade of 30 minutes of child care to give each other a quick break.  My neighbor and I used to take turns watching the kids play together outside so that we could each have some quiet time.

4. Get up early.  This one doesn’t work for me, I am so not a morning person but all my mommy friends swear by it.  Get up before the kids, sit in the quiet and enjoy a cup of tea as the sun comes up.

5. The electronic babysitter.  I know this has been controversial since the first technology with a screen was invented, but I honestly feel that in moderation screen time can be a sanity saver for busy moms.  If you are pulling your hair out from a super hard day, put on your kid’s favorite movie while you make yourself a cup of tea and read a book,  or give your child the tablet and let them play some games while you take a long shower.  You will be able to breathe and re-center yourself so that at the end of that little break, you are fully charged and able to go back to being the amazing mom you are!

It’s Tea Time!

Now that you have a few breaks in your day to enjoy yourself, let’s talk tea!  If your going to take some quality me time and enjoy a cup of tea, make sure it’s a good tea!  Twinings of London has been providing quality tea for more than 300 years, starting in 1706, when Thomas Twining opened the House of Twining in London with his vision to sell only the finest teas, herbs, and infusions. 

Now Twinings of London Tea is available at your local grocer and I have had at least a few boxes in my cabinet at all times for as long as I can remember.  However, just because we don’t have to travel to London to get a box of tea that doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing any of its amazing taste.  There are nine Twinings master blenders that travel the world to find only the best teas, spices, herbs, and fruit infusions to guarantee the perfect balance of taste, flavor, and aroma.  I love the 17 herbal flavor options they offer including the latest herbal blends Lemon Delight, Berry Fusion, and Buttermint.

What is your favorite Twinings of London Tea?

Emoji Valentine Cards + Free Printable

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Free Printable Emoji Valentine Cards

Are you on the hunt for last minute Valentine’s Day cards for your child’s school party?  I have the perfect easy set for you!

Emojis are all the rage right now!  My kids are obsessed with anything that has a poop or smiley faces on it, so these are perfect.  

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Everyone loves Emojis!  So, grab some heavyweight paper and print out these adorable printable Emoji Valentines here!  I’m sure all the kids will get a kick out of them.

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If you’re looking for another option, check out my Dinosaur Printable Valentine’s and Rosette Heart Cards too!

 

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Join Me at the Florida Prepaid #StartingisBelieving Twitter Chat!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bloggin’ Mamas & the Florida Prepaid College Board. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Florida Prepaid College Savings Plan open enrollment period is almost over!!! This is the one time each year in which you can sign up for one of five plans. The open enrollment period runs through February 28th, 2018. To learn more about these plans, visit: MyFloridaPrepaid.com Check out this new FAQ page if you have specific questions and if you decide to sign-up for a plan, use my code: LIFE1718 to receive $25 off the application fee (normally $50).

#StartingIsBelieving Twit­ter Chat

Join Blog­gin Mamas & Florida Prepaid as we host the #StartingIsBelieving Twit­ter Chat on Thurs­day, 2/8/18 at 9p EST! Join us as we discuss saving for your child’s future using Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans, as well as the open enrollment period that will be ending very soon! (Plus, there will be some prizes too!)

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Time: 9:00–10:00pm EST / 6:00–7:00pm PST

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  1. We will be focusing on the importance of savings for college. Florida Prepaid Open Enrollment, which is ending on 2/28/18.
  2. There are different options in higher education – colleges, universities, technical degrees and Florida Prepaid has 5 different plan options to cover any route. We will share them with you during the chat.
  3. We are also going to de-bunk some of the myths you may have heard about Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans.

Dur­ing the Twit­ter Chat there will be a chance to win one of the fol­low­ing prizes by answer­ing var­i­ous ques­tions. Win­ners will be selected at ran­dom from all eli­gi­ble entries.

Prizes

5- Florida Prepaid Prize Packs, including items like Slingpack or Backpack, water bottles, Frisbee, wristbands, and pencil pouches. ARV $150

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Twit­ter Party Prize Give­away begins February 8th, 2018 at 9:00 pm ET and ends no later than February 8th, 2017 at 10:30pm ET (the “Twit­ter Party Entry Period”). Entrants enter via fol­low­ing @FloridaPrepaid and @BlogginMamas, and post­ing a tweet with the #StartingIsBelieving hash­tag dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. Five (5) Win­ners will be drawn ran­domly by random.org at approx­i­mately 12 minute inter­vals dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. One (1) Win­ner will be drawn ran­domly via random.org from the event RSVP’s on the Mr. Linky widget.

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One (1) Florida Prepaid Prize Packs including items like a Slingpack or Backpack, water bottles, Frisbee, wristbands, and pencil pouches. ARV $150. Total approx­i­mate retail value (“ARV”) $150, for each of five (5) winners.

One (1) Florida Prepaid Prize Packs including items like a Slingpack or Backpack, water bottles, Frisbee, wristbands, and pencil pouches. Total approx­i­mate retail value (“ARV”) $150, awarded to one (1) win­ner who RSVP’s via the Mr. Linky widget.

Each win­ner receives one (1) prize pack. Entrants who fail to com­plete said actions will be dis­qual­i­fied and an alter­nate win­ner will be selected from all entrants who entered dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. Win­ners will be noti­fied via DM (Direct Mes­sage) on Twit­ter with a request for an email address to send prize claim infor­ma­tion. Win­ners will have 48 hours to complete the prize claim form or an alter­nate win­ner will be selected from amongst all entries received dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. All prizes will be awarded pro­vided they are validly claimed by February 12th, 2018 at 11:59AM EST.

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You don’t have to wait for the chat to enroll. Sign up now at MyFloridaPrepaid.com use my code: Social1718 to receive $25 off the application fee (normally $50).

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Feel in Control When Your Child Gets a Fever

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Braun Thermometers. The opinions and text are all mine.

When Lilly get’s even the slightest sign of a cold, I begin to worry.  For years, it felt like every time she got a small cough it would turn into pneumonia overnight. 

I have spent more nights than I can count over the years waking up repeatedly throughout the night to check her temperature.  Trying to get an accurate temperature of a sick sleeping child with the wrong thermometer is not easy, actually more like impossible.  Imagine being exhausted at 3 am trying to make sure a thermometer stays under a sleeping child’s armpit, or even worse trying to do a rectal temperature on a toddler without waking them up.  Been there, and you probably have too!  However, thanks to BrAun, the #1 brand recommended by pediatricians, those days or rather nights are finished.  No more guessing and worrying if I got the right temperature, and no more worrying about waking up a sick child.

The Thermometers!

The Braun ThermoScan® 5 Ear thermometer is proven more accurate than
forehead or rectal measurements. The ear canal is the best site to measure a
fever because of its close proximity to the eardrum, which shares the blood supply
of the brain’s temperature control center.  My kids love that they no longer need to hold a thermometer under their tongue and I love that I no longer have to guess if the temperature reading is accurate because my kids tried to talk the entire time the old oral thermometer was in their mouth.
BrAun’s exclusive pre-warmed tip
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BrAun No touch + forehead thermometer  is the ultimate thermometer when it comes to taking a sleeping child’s temperature!   The Braun No touch + forehead thermometer is the first thermometer to take
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• Includes thermometer, protective cap, and 2 AA
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Fevers can be scary for us Mommys, BrAun helps us feel more confident and in control when our children get sick.  So head to your nearest Walgreens and pick up one of these amazing Thermometers! 

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Braun Thermometers. The opinions and text are all mine.










New Year, New Financial Goals!

This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board, through my role as a Believer Blogger. All thoughts are my own.

With the New Year comes new goals and decisions, this year one of the biggest areas of change my family is focusing on is our finances.  When I went off to college I didn’t realize the debt I was racking up as I took out loan after loan.

Then after graduation, I was left with a life-altering monthly payment on a debt that seemed insurmountable.  This is a weight I never want my children to have to carry when they graduate from college.

  Living debt free is our ultimate goal for this year, and it is a headstart I want to be able to give my children for their future too.  

Student loan debt has reached $1 trillion of debt among Americans, and I don’t want my children to face crippling debt as a result of getting an education.  Luckily Florida Prepaid makes it easy to start saving for their college education now!

What is Florida Prepaid College?

The Florida Prepaid College Plan is the largest, most successful, longest-running prepaid tuition program in the nation!  Florida Prepaid is helping parents and students prepare for college and making planning for the future a lot easier.  300,000 students have already attended college using Florida Prepaid!

THE PLANS

Florida Prepaid offers 5 savings plans, giving you the flexibility to choose one that fits your family’s needs. With plans starting as low as $46.61 saving for college is now possible.  Here is some more about these great plans:

2-Year Florida College Plan: Covers tuition and other specified fees for 60 lower division credit hours at a Florida College.

4-Year Florida College Plan: Covers tuition and other specified fees for 60 lower division credit hours and 60 upper division credit hours at a Florida College

2 + 2 Florida Plan: Covers tuition, tuition differential fee and other specified fees for 60 lower division credit hours at a Florida College and 60 credit hours at a State University.

1-YearFlorida University Plan: Covers tuition, tuition differential fee and other specified fees at a State University for 30 credit hours

4-Year Florida University Plan: Covers tuition, tuition differential fee and other specified fees at a State University for 120 credit hours
Learn more about which plan is right for your family here!

OPEN ENROLLMENT!
The Florida Prepaid College Board’s annual Open Enrollment period is Oct. 15, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018.  Enroll now and use promo code: 

Life1718 to save $25 on your application fee!

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