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How to Start Moving Forward amid the pandemic


It’s been a hard year for mental health. Not that I have to tell you that.

No matter how the pandemic has changed your life — losing jobs, losing people, working overtime, parenting overtime — odds are it’s starting to wear on you as we continue missing family, friends, and any sense of normalcy.

Most people have spent the past 18 months just trying to get by. But going forward, we need to think seriously about how not to just tread water, but to propel ourselves forward despite this strange world we’re living in. There’s no telling how long it will be before we’re back to our old habits and routines. In the meantime, how can we take care of ourselves so that life doesn’t pause while we wait? The Fit Dallas Mom Blog explains how.

Schedule that therapy appointment

First, I want to address how hard it is to change your mindset on your own. It’s possible to undergo radical transformation through self-help, but it’s also slower and prone to setbacks. That’s why I’m a huge proponent of therapy.

Therapy isn’t just for fixing something that’s broken. It’s a means of getting a new perspective on old problems and a tool for changing patterns of thinking and behavior that hold you back from where you want to go. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is great for people who get stuck in cycles of negative thinking. Acceptance and commitment therapy helps with mental flexibility, mindfulness, and aligning values with actions. Psychodynamic therapy promotes self-growth by exploring the deep-rooted reasons underlying behaviors.

Don’t get discouraged if your first attempt at therapy isn’t a good fit. It usually takes a few tries to find the right therapist and modality for you. Luckily online therapy makes shopping around easy (not to mention COVID-safe).

Set and keep goals

Set your mind on achieving goals you’ve been putting off, like going back to school. Low-cost, flexible programs are available, and when you enroll in career-relevant online coursework you’re opening the door to career advancement and a higher income. Going the online route has many benefits, including the ability to go at your own pace wherever you wish, which allows you to continue working your job and tend to family matters without having to attend in-person classes on campus.

Pick up an outdoor activity

Are you spending more time indoors during the pandemic? You’re not alone. Some of that has been positive; however, all that time inside isn’t great for our health — and I’m not just talking about catching COVID-19. Indoor environments are a major source of air pollution and the more time we spend at home, notes The Verge, the worse it gets. Time indoors also promotes a sedentary lifestyle, contributes to vitamin d deficiency , and over time can even lead to a buildup of negative energy, stress, and unhealthy coping behaviors.

An outdoor hobby gives us a reason to spend more time outside, moving our bodies and soaking up the sunshine and warmth that’s so good for wellness. Walking and hiking, outdoor yoga, bicycling, rollerblading, gardening, and contact-free sports like tennis are safe options that don’t require a lot of money or experience to start. Of course, if fitness tops your agenda, working with a dedicated personal trainer can open a new door to customized fitness plans that work inside or outside. 

You can also invite the outdoors into your home. Open your windows daily to clear out stale, negative energy and let fresh air in. Invest in a few houseplants and remember to open the curtains each morning. It makes a bigger difference than you think.

Stay intentional about your relationships

In the beginning of the pandemic, we were hosting virtual game nights, video chatting with extended family, and sending postcards to old friends. But when restrictions began to lift, a lot of our efforts to stay connected slowed down.

As tempting as it is to fall back into solo time, relationships are important for our emotional well-being. I know that for me, the harder it feels to call a friend, the more I need it. Make a point to keep social engagements on the calendar and get into a safe social routine with your closest friends. Even if it’s just meeting up for a virtual coffee date once a week, seeing a friendly face boosts your spirits and makes life in a pandemic feel a little less lonely.

Make a point to also stay intentional about your relationships with coworkers, which is especially important if you’re all working from home. Isolation can be very difficult to manage with remote work, so finding ways to interact can boost morale, and it can add a regular dose of positivity that everyone needs right now. Consider too what else you can do to create more inclusivity for everyone, even if you’re far apart. 

Living through a pandemic has taught us a lot about ourselves and each other — like how resilient we are, how compassionate, and how much we can come together in a time of crisis. Yet there’s no denying this crisis has challenged us in many ways. As you look to the future, learn to let go of the things you can’t control and instead, focus on what you can do to keep life moving forward for yourself and the people you love.

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Taking your pants off at the pool….

The other day at the pool, after playing in the sun for an hour, I look over at my 4 year old and his swim shorts were at his ankles. Literally bare butt out to everyone. I of course panicked, ran over to him and quickly pulled his pants up. I asked him why his pants were down. He said he was done wearing them. So we had to have the discussion, if you want dry clothes on, ask don’t just take off your clothes.

Honestly, I was super glad that his pants were down for a reason like he wanted to change and not that he took them down to pee in public. Because that was the first thing that came to mind. I really feared he dropped pants to pee in the pool. 😳

Part of me sort of always assumes kids are born with an inkling of knowing what’s appropriate and what’s not. Then something like this happens and I remember it has to be taught. Kids are literally little balls of clay that need to be molded.

Laundry Room Design

This is one of my favorite rooms in the house. Yes I know that sounds crazy. But it’s my quiet place away from the crazy. There’s something calming to me about being in here, folding laundry and listening to nothing but the sound of the washer or dryer. 🧺

I love my kids more than anything in the world but sometimes momma just needs a few minutes of quiet. Even if it means doing their laundry to get it! 🤫

When we designed the laundry room we wanted a clean design. I didn’t want all white because we were going to keep the dog bowls in here and she tends to make a mess. So a grey flooring with a little white to it gave us that light look we were looking for but doesn’t show dirt (and dog food mess) as easily.

Eventually my next project for this room will be tiling the backsplash. I think I want to do just a simple white subway tile. Since the floor has a textured look I don’t want to do a pattern tile on the backsplash and have the room look busy. I think white subway tile will give it that clean look I’m going for.

4 Surrogacy Facts That Everyone Should Know

Written by guest writer Janice Russell of Parentingdisasters.com

When you think about surrogate pregnancies, you may only think of this as an option for the wealthy. In reality, however, surrogacy is more commonplace than you think. This once rare method of assisted reproduction is rising in popularity, especially in the U.S. where more than 77,000 surrogate pregnancies were recorded in 2019 according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Even though surrogacy is indeed becoming more common, the mystery surrounding the process can be just as confusing as ever. If you’re curious about surrogacy and what to know more, Fit Dallas Mom outlines a few things to help. 

Working With an Agency Makes Surrogacy Simpler 

Before you get into the details of surrogacy, you need to know that actually being involved in the process can be complicated. For that reason, you should consider working with an agency to get a better understanding of surrogacy steps and surrogacy costs. 

Any reputable agency will be transparent and upfront about what is involved, for the intended parents or surrogate mother, and will be more than willing to provide this information in full. Working out details around cost can be especially helpful, since the expenses for average services are substantially different from those incurred by celebrities.

Finding a Surrogate Can Take Time for Intended Parents 

Surrogacy can be a wonderful option for hopeful parents who are experiencing fertility issues. One of the first steps in this lengthy process is finding a surrogate mother. For many, a friend or family member may be the best option and may lessen expenses as well as potential emotional complications. 

But even if a friend offers to be a surrogate, What To Expect suggests it’s still wise for both parties to work with an agency so that everyone involved is properly screened for health issues and emotional concerns that could lead to complications. Emotional assessments can be especially important since carrying someone else’s child can be a challenging experience for some surrogate mothers.

Figuring Out Which Form of Surrogacy to Use is Important 

There are two forms of surrogacy: gestational and traditional. Gestational surrogacy, the more common of the two, is when a surrogate is implanted (via in vitro fertilization) with a fertilized egg from the intended mother or an egg donor, meaning the surrogate has no biological link to the embryo. 

Traditional surrogacy is when a woman donates one of her own eggs as a surrogate; this is more complicated and less common due to the challenging legal nature of this scenario. Regardless of which option you choose, it’s important to enter this process with a clear understanding of the surrogacy laws in your state, and involving an attorney in this process will be beneficial for everyone.

Becoming a Surrogate Involves So Much More Than Payment 

For women who wish to become surrogates, financial considerations may come into play. It’s common for surrogate mothers to be paid a fee for their services, in addition to having all medical costs covered by the intended parents. But finances should not be your sole reason for wanting to be a surrogate. Having a deep desire to help other parents enjoy the beauty of parenthood should be a part of this decision.

There are also risks to consider. Pregnancy can carry complications for even healthy women. Aside from temporary effects, like morning sickness and weight gain, pregnancy can also have additional long-term consequences for the health of surrogates.

One way to ease the physical discomfort of pregnancy for the surrogate — before the baby is delivered and after — is by wearing comfortable clothes with fabrics that stretch throughout the pregnancy. Kindred Bravely’s lounge dress, for example, also serves as a nightgown and has a nursing panel, making feeding the newborn easy and convenient. But perhaps more than the physical effects, you also need to be fully prepared for the emotions that are involved with carrying and caring for someone else’s child for so many months.

As more people look to become parents, there’s no doubt that surrogacy will increase in popularity. That’s why it’s helpful for people to educate themselves around the steps involved, whether they are interested in using the services, providing services or simply want to know more. Surrogacy can be a wonderful way to experience the miracle of life, just be sure to enter it with a clear understanding. 

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Two month shot struggle

Yesterday was a rough day for this little munchkin. He got his two month shots. The post shot soreness was hard on him. You couldn’t touch his little legs without him crying in pain. The only comfortable way for him to lay was across my lap.

Those little cries are the hardest to hear. It literally broke my heart that I couldn’t make the aching stop for him.

He isn’t aching as much today. The shot spots are a little sore but it’s not causing him to cry (thank heavens).

I think not being able to take away their aches and pains is one of the hardest parts of motherhood💙

Starting a Business as a Stay-at-Home Mom is Not Impossible: Here’s What to Keep in Mind

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Staying at home with your kids is a luxury that many mothers don’t have. However, when you can’t exactly afford to be a stay-at-home mom but you don’t want to return to your old job, there is a compromise. Setting up your own business even when you’re busy taking care of your children at home is a possibility, and you could end up very successful if you do it right with these tips from the Fit Dallas Mom Blog.

Starting a Business as a Stay-at-Home Mom

While it’s no easy task, starting your own business could be vital to reaching your personal and work dreams. To help get you started, here are a few business ideas that might work for you, as well as ​hacks on how to achieve a work-life balance while taking care of your children.

Best Business Models for Mompreneurs

Although starting a business is no easy feat, especially if you have one or more kids to look after, choosing the right business model can save you from lost energy, time, and ideas. A great business model to consider if you’re into sales is launching an online shop. Selling online is all about picking up bulk items for a low price and selling them for a higher price. This is a great way to make a substantial profit. Starting a blog is another excellent business source and a go-to work-at-home idea for many moms. It is easy to get started, plus it’s exceptionally self-fulfilling to work on — all while allowing you to focus on something you love.

It isn’t always easy for people to figure out what they want, and that’s where a career or life coach comes into play. Offering advice — from the comfort of your home — can help people get to that better place more easily and quickly than they would on their own. This business idea is excellent if you have a background in teaching or love people and want to help them. Other business models can include direct sales, affiliate marketing, virtual assistant, childcare, copywriting, dog sitting, graphics or web designer, and more.

How to Get Started

There are no limits to who can become an entrepreneur. Being a self-employed, stay-at-home mom allows you to create your own schedule and be flexible while caring for your children. If you’ve decided that you’re cut to run a startup, start by refining your business idea by researching the market. Make a solid plan, as this is the roadmap that will keep you going when things seem to go astray, and make your business legal.

Small businesses benefit from establishing an LLC (limited liability company) as their structure because of the lower taxes, flexibility, and confined liability it offers. You may also want to create a DBA (“doing business as”) name for your company which can help you sell and market different products under a new name.

Find Work-Life Balance to Succeed

Achieving a good balance between life and work can be challenging — however, not impossible. All it takes is careful planning, especially when you also need to take care of your children. It is also essential that you let go of perfection — strive for excellence instead. Giving yourself a chance to shut off or take a break can be another real game-changer — it can be as simple as not checking your email in the evening. Furthermore, take advantage of your kids’ nap time and map out the daily activities to make everything look less intimidating.

You Can Be Successful

Running a business as a stay-at-home mom is no easy feat, so make sure you have good life-work balance. Implement a schedule, take time off when you need to, and remember that you can start a new career as a stay-at-home mom and be successful.

4 Facts You Need to Know to Protect Your Family From Ticks and Mosquitoes

Warmer temperatures mean more families are getting outside. If your family lives in an area prone to ticks and mosquitoes, however, you could be more worried about getting bitten. Mosquitoes and tick bites can carry serious consequences, so you’re right to be concerned. Instead of letting those concerns keep your family from enjoying the great outdoors and getting some exercise, though, why not focus your energy on preventing those bites? To make sure your outdoor fun isn’t ruined by these pests, here are some vital facts you need to know, brought to you by Fit Dallas Mom Blog.

Poorly Maintained Yards Can Hide Pests

Is your yard looking a little overgrown? If so, to keep pests in check, and keep your yard looking its best as well, consider hiring a gardener to help with landscaping tasks. Ticks can hide in tall grass, and mosquitoes love to hang out in unkempt lawns as well. In addition to sprucing up your yard, your gardener can also be on the lookout for any standing water or improperly draining planters around your property, all of which can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Garlic Laced Foods Can Repel Mosquitoes

If you live in an area that’s prone to mosquitoes, you may already have some mosquito knowledge. Still, it never hurts to brush up on mosquito repellant tips. For instance, eating garlic on a regular basis may make you less appealing to these insects. As an added bonus, adding more garlic to your diet may also precent tick bites, which can reduce your family’s risk for Lyme disease, which can have lasting and painful impacts on health.

Tick Prevention for Pets Can Also Help Humans

Dogs and cats can bring joy to your life, but they can also bring ticks into your home. The best solution to keep pets from infesting your yard with ticks and other pests is to focus on prevention. Treat your yard with pet-safe pesticides, find a flea and tick preventative for any pets that venture outside, and be sure to check those pets for ticks frequently. If you find a tick on your pet, have a vet or vet tech remove it, to prevent additional issues. Also, stay vigilante for potential Lyme disease symptoms, such as pain or fever, in any pets that have been bitten.

Mosquito Prevention Can Be Fairly Simple As Well

If you don’t want to deal with the discomfort of mosquito bites, the best remedy is to take steps to prevent mosquitoes in the first place. By now, you already know the importance of dumping standing water and keeping your lawn trimmed. What you wear outside, however, can hurt or help mosquito populations as well. So if you notice mosquitoes around your home, be sure to cover your arms and legs before spending time outside in the evenings, and think about using a repellant on your skin. If you are bitten, you can use natural remedies, such as tea tree and apple cider vinegar, to help reduce itching and discomfort.

Mosquito Bites Can Be More Than Just Annoying

You may be aware of the dangers of lyme disease and tick bites, but you may not be aware that mosquito bites can be just as dangerous. In fact, world health reports indicate that mosquitoes may be the most dangerous animal on our planet, in terms of human health and safety. Mosquitoes are responsible for the spread of deadly diseases, such as malaria, which makes it crucial to know potential symptoms of mosquito-borne illnesses. Chills and unexplained pain after a bite should be addressed immediately, so if you or a loved one experiences them, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Bites from ticks and mosquitoes can not only ruin your family fun, they can also harm your health. So take the necessary steps to prevent mosquitoes and ticks from breeding in your yard. Also, make sure you know how to protect yourself from insect bites while you’re outside, and know how to reduce the potential for serious health impacts if a member of your family is bitten.

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End of pregnancy struggles

I”m in month 8 of my pregnancy and the sleepless nights have kicked in. I have forgotten how hard the last few months can be. I’m so exhausted every day. The weight of the baby, chasing around 2 little ones and not sleeping at night is getting to me.

With my first baby I had only minor pregnancy insomnia, plus nightly leg pains. I had a few nights where I didn’t sleep well but it was never a full night. Maybe just a few hours where I couldn’t get to sleep. Second baby I had just nightly leg pains. With this third baby it’s major insomnia and leg pains at night.

This last week I had a run of about 48 hours without sleep. And yes I tried. It’s not like I’m up doing things. I’m literally laying in bed, tossing and turning, staring at the wall (I can only lay on my side). It makes the daytime brutal because I drag so much. I feel bad for the boys because I’m not at my best for them. I feel like I’m in a non functioning state. Basically a walking zombie. I’m sure I look just as terrible as I feel.

Last night my insomnia and leg pain was at its worst. I was up till 4am just trying to get the dull ache in my legs to go away long enough for me to try to sleep. It felt like I was checking the clock every 15 minutes. Time was moving so slowly. I literally paced the house to get my legs moving. I tried stretching and massage. I took Tylenol and drank a ton of water. Nothing worked. The water actually just made me need to pee more so I was getting up every 30 minutes to go. 🤦🏼‍♀️

Needless to say, I’m ready for Brody to be here. I know more sleepless nights will lie ahead when he is here, but at least the leg cramps, hip pain and heart burn will be gone!

Great Apps That’ll Help You Become the Best Parent

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Great Apps That’ll Help You Become the Best Parent

Ready to get prepared for your jolly little baby and get excited? With technology in hand, it’s easier to navigate this new chapter. You can use the following apps to help you figure out the whole becoming a parent thing, as well as understand what your newborn needs.

Redfin App

This may not seem super important at first glance, but it’s a godsend when you’re trying to balance raising a child and finding a new home. The Redfin app provides you with the ability to search the local market for homes that strike your fancy, and the app’s search filters allow you to find precisely what you need. Once you’ve got a few homes in mind, use the app’s virtual tour feature to take a remote stroll through the property. This simplifies the home-buying process immensely, and prevents you from spending unneeded time away from your baby.

Cloud Baby Monitor

As Cool Baby Kid points out, being able to check on your precious angel at any given moment is a must. Enter Cloud Baby Monitor. You’ll receive motion and noise alerts to help you keep up with all of your baby’s activities. Download the app to multiple devices so that your significant other can help monitor the baby, or so a family member can check in if you’re busy in a meeting. You can even talk with your tiny one and generate a live video call, enabling you to coo and coddle your newborn from afar.

If those features don’t get you excited, then check out the lullabies and white noise features as well as the nightlight options. You will truly have the most efficient baby monitor available. Plus, it’s only $4.99, making it efficiently cheap and saving you money for other items your little one might need.

Day One

Creating those memories you never want to forget is now incredibly easy. When you download the Day One app, you enter the gates of the top journaling app out there. With an easy to use design, you can format your post and revisit those memories without the hassle of searching for the photo album on your shelves. You can add writing, photos, audio and more to each entry, providing yourself with genuine reminders that tell your little one’s stories. You can even save them to embarrass your youngster when those teenage years come along!

WebMD Baby

Perfect for keeping up with all your child’s health needs, WebMD Baby provides you answers to some of your top questions. Best Apps for Kids notes you can use this app to research medically approved content so your child is healthy and happy, and you can even get tips from experts.

Use WebMD Baby to track things like feeding times, sleep, nursing and more. Then share those special moments with loved ones or other caregivers. It’s an opportunity to let go of those new parent worries that pop up when you wonder if a cough is just a cough or a sniffle is just a sniffle.

Cozi Family Organizer

Keeping up with all the plans in the family no longer has to be a mess. Cozi Family Organizer gives you a simple way to make plans and keep track of them for everyone. You can maintain events and activities as well as things like grocery shopping, all in one place. Store recipes or plan out weekly meals, and share everything in real-time.

Cozi makes planning easy and restores your ability to make sure you don’t forget something important. You can plug in doctor visits for your baby and add family gatherings on the planner so that everyone can enjoy time with your mini-you. As if it couldn’t get better, the app is free to use. For moms and dads, organizing schedules has never been easier!

With new apps coming out daily and ensuring easy to use formats, your phone is literally your best friend. You’ll discover just how easy it makes taking care of your newborn as it introduces you to ins and outs of being a parent. You’ll be a parenting pro in no time, thanks to your well-chosen apps!

For more expert parenting and health tips and info, visit the Fit Dallas Mom Blog!

Written by guest writer Janice Russell of Parentingdisasters.com

Review of Born Tough jogger/leggings

Recently I was sent a pair of pants by Born Tough to try out. I received their BT contoured tracksuit jogger leggings. If you know me, you know I love a good pair of leggings/joggers!

I’m 5’3 wearing a size small (mind you I’m 7months pregnant right now)

Here is the link to the pants: https://www.borntough.com/products/born-tough-contoured-black-crossfit-tracksuit-jogger-leggings-for-women

I was impressed with the material of the pants. It’s a thick, sturdy material that doesn’t seem like it will stretch out or pill after wear. I love that the pants are high waisted without having that old school “mom pant” look. An issue I have with some high waisted pants is that the pants never stay high. They slide down a little to become mid rise and I’m left with this saggy crotch look. These pants didn’t do that when I moved around! They actually have a drawstring you can tighten to keep them from slipping! I could literally wear them all day and have them look the same without stretching and sagging!

As a mom of 2 (almost 3) little ones I’m always moving. These pants moved well with me while I ran around with my little ones. I really liked that it had a side pocket, which a lot of legging styles don’t have. The pocket is the perfect size for my phone! I always set my phone down and forget where I put it. I went the entire day without losing my phone thanks to this pocket.

If you’re on the hunt for a good quality, good priced, cute pair of jogger/leggings, I highly recommend looking at Born Tough. The pants come in 4 different colors! I of course love the black because it goes with everything! They have both women and men’s styles so no one is left out!

Here is the link to the Mens styles: https://www.borntough.com/collections/workout-jogger-pants-leggings

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