“Balance is BS.”
As moms struggling to juggle the demands of work and parenthood—not to mention those of our partners, household, friends, and extended families—these words certainly ring true. And, yet, we continue to try to have it all, do it all, and be it all. In fact, according to a survey of over 2,000 moms in September's issue of Parents, 63 percent of us still believe that balance is achievable.
Don’t get us wrong. Here at Momtrends, we not only support the hustle, we thrive on it. (Okay, we live for it!) But we also know that “balance” is less cut and dry, more give and take. And, as moms, we need to be kinder and more forgiving to ourselves. (Spaghetti for dinner again? Cut yourself some slack, Mama. You’re doing just fine!)
Well, the idea of being kinder to ourselves starts with making time for our own needs, wants, and whims. Like indulging in "me-time" and a much-needed night out!
Earlier this week, Momtrends and Meredith Publications (Parents, Fit Pregnancy, Family Fun, and Parents Latina) hosted a group of top NYC bloggers for an evening of cocktails, chitchat, and DIY fun. We sipped bubbly and admired the vast views from a stunning Soho rooftop and mingled with other mom bloggers who can relate to, well, #thestruggle.
Momtrends' own Nicole and Meredith Publications' editor Dana Points shared their stories, and provided some practical ways to creatively and successfully navigate the day-to-day challenges we face as multitasking moms. Here are a few ways you can too.
Get Crafty and Stay Practical
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are essential around the Momtrends offices. Not to mention our homes, cars, and everywhere in between. They kill 99.9% of germs including viruses that cause colds and flu. We’d bet that if you’re a mom and you’re reading this, you have, indeed, bought a tube or two of Clorox Wipes in the last month. (Tis the back-to-germs season, after all!) Take those neon-bright containers, and give them a makeover with some patterned paper, washi tape, and crafting embellishments.
Make More Time in the Morning
The early hours are a blur in most households. With dishevled kids racing off to school and sleep-deprived parents heading off to work, it can hectic madness. But you can save a bit of precious time in the morning by doing a little breakfast prep work the night before with Quaker Overnight Oats. They make for a quick, easy, and delight breakfast. Just add 1/2 cup milk to a 1/2 cup oats, and top with your favorite ingredients. Refrigerate overnight, and it’ll be ready to enjoy in the morning.
We asked our blogger friends what they’d do with an extra hour in the morning? And like most motivated mamas we know, they were super ambitious with their bonus-time aspirations—plotting out gym visits, yoga sessions, and meditative mornings. Some said they’d hit the snooze button, and we can’t argue with that choice either!
Treat Your Skin and Your Senses
There’s a reason we light scented candles and brighten the home with fresh flowers. Aromatherapy can help alleviate stress and set a mood. Plus, lavender smells a heck of a lot better than a full bag of garbage. With this in mind, Glad created kitchen garbage bags with Glad Odor Shield and Febreze to neutralize unpleasant odors. To celebrate the power of smell, we invited bloggers to make and mix their own scented lotion using ingredients like lemon, lavender, and vanilla.
Give a Hand and a New Pacifier
New moms get a raw deal. Sure, they get to cuddle itty-bitty newbies all day, but they also have to deal with the round-the-clock consequences of diaper blowouts, colic, and sleep training. We’ve all been there, and we know it takes a village to survive those early days. We honored those new moms with growing families by customizing and building pretty gift sets featuring some amazing must-have products from Philips Avent , the number one reusable bottle and pacifier brand in the U.S. Bloggers were able to customize and decorate these gift to a new mom in their life.
Make Mealtime Easier and Simplify Snacking
Feeding picking kids is another challenge for another (lengthy) post. Suffice to say, it can add stress to any already stressful day. For 30 years Earth’s Best has makes feeding time easier, fresher, and more delicious for moms and infants with their organic nutrition for babies. Now, they're offering wholesome, nourishing meals and snacks for older children. This platter of bars is literally the appetizer platter of my children's dreams. They could eat these things all day long.
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