New Mom Must Have’s

I can barely believe that our boys will be one year old next week.  It seems like just yesterday I was sitting at home just begging for these boys to be born (39 weeks with twins is FOREVER!).  My sister-in-law is going to welcome a precious little girl into the world any day.  This past weekend while back ‘home’ for a funeral in Dan’s family, I heard the dad to be tell his wife…’Someone got us a present it is in the other room, they said it is a Mom Must Have Necessity.’

Ironically I was contacted by Gerber (check out their awesome new FREE sleep consult offer!! Seriously a free appt with a baby sleep expert, crazy good!) the day after hearing this conversation…they wanted me to write about the #formulaforhappiness  with your baby in the first year…I knew just what I wanted to write about.

Mom Must Haves

I heard that phrase and it got me thinking.  It made me remember all the blogs I read trying to find the perfect mom must have items, all the books I read making sure I had all those mom must haves, all the time I spent on the registry focusing on those MOM MUST HAVES…guess what?  I didn’t use many of those mom must haves.

New Mom Must Have Items www.creatingbettertomorrow.com

Nope boys you won’t find it in that box…but you go right ahead and play with that box anyway!

 

As I reflect back on this year it comes to mind that perhaps the only mom must is love and patience.

I admit I was not and am not a very patient person but becoming a mom puts patience into a whole new light.  I pray daily for more and more patience.  Not only patience with the boys but with myself when I make mistakes, when I’m tired, when I’m worn down.  Patience with my husband who tries so hard to help but let’s be honest we are both learning as we go and sometimes that isn’t the easiest thing to go through together as husband and wife.  Patience every day, all day, all night…patience!

The other mom must for me was learning that the only thing I really need is love.  No gadget, no toy, no diaper cream, no nothing is essential like a mother and wife’s love.  People often ask me a couple questions – how do you do it with two babies?  what do I need before my twins arrive? Really…I need to stop responding with any product or tip…and just respond the only thing that matters is that you love, love, love with a patient heart.  Love yourself because you will mess up, love your babies because they will never love anyone else like they love you, love your spouse because they will be strong when you are weak…love every day, all day, all night…love!

Disclosure:  Today’s post is sponsored by Gerber® Good Start® Gentle, who believe that comfort for baby means happiness for all. Here is my Formula for Happiness™.  But you better believe all thoughts (esp mom topics :) ) are 110% my own opinions.

Booty Burn Challenge

Welcome to our Wild Workout Wednesday link up! Each week I link up with Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Annmarie at The FIt Foodie Mamma, and Michelle at Fruition Fitness  to bring you workout ideas, motivation, inspiration and recipes to try.  Join us for a wild workout each week by reading along or grab the button and link up if you have a fitness or healthy living post to share!

You might be surprised how many people text, email, or facebook message me asking me questions like…what do you do to get your legs?  what do you do for your arms?  The list of ‘what do I do’ goes on and on.  #1 I do what I enjoy doing and what works for me :)  the importance of working out is to enjoy it and customize it for YOU which is why I’m in love with training people one on one.  But I also know that you all love these circuits (thanks to your feedback on social media) so today I’ve put together a killer that I would actually do for my legs.

So if you are ready for a challenge…get ready to burn with this booty burn challenge.

Booty Burn Challenge 1 www.creatingbettertomorrow.com

Lunge, Squat, Sit but don’t stop burning that booty!

Couple notes on this circuit.  For the alternating lunges – right and left count as 1…so if you were counting with each leg…it’d be 40 total, get it?  Don’t short yourself and cheat 😉

So you think you are burning after part one…if you are up for it and REALLY want to give this challenge a go.  Try part two for a super burn in 5 minutes.

Booty Burn Challenge 2 www.creatingbettertomorrow.com

If part one wasn’t enough for you :) you are in for a treat with part two!

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Time Saving Tips for Working Moms

Well hello there!!! I’m Holly and I blog over at Eat Great BE Great. My blog centers around my passions for all things health and fitness related. I write about fitness and healthy living tips, original recipes, my favorite food products, recipe reviews, a glimpse at my everyday life and much more, so I hope you get the chance to stop by!

Profile PicBefore we get started, I want to say a big THANK YOU to Sarah for not only asking me to guest post on her blog, but for also being such a great mentor and BLEND! Although, we’ve never met in person, she and I have communicated for quite some time now, and all of have to say is that she’s an awesome person and an inspiration, so I’m super honored to be here today!
AND boy do we have a lot in common – personality wise, but also I, like Sarah, am a twin mom! I have soon to be 9 month old twins (wow has time flown!) – Gianna and Isaac! I absolutely love being a mom! It’s the greatest reward in the world, and I would love more than anything to be a stay-at-home-mom, but unfortunately, it’s just not practical for us at this point.
May 2015I work full-time as a Victim Advocate in the criminal justice system. The twins go to daycare 4 days a week and are lucky enough to have my parents watch them once a week. That being said, working full-time with twins is no easy task! Time is of the essence, especially, in the mornings when we’re trying to get us and the twins ready and out the door to make it to work on time. So today, I’m here to share some of My Time Saving Tips from a Full-Time Working (twin) Mom!
Time Saving TipsTHE NIGHT BEFORE
1. Baths in the Evening – There is literally no way we’d be able to give the babies a bath in the morning. It would be WAY too rushed, so we always bathe the twins in the evening. It has become a part of the bedtime routine and it gives them some time to play in the tub and enjoy their bath time, which, by the way, they absolutely LOVE!
2. Prep the Night Before – After we put the babies down for the night, both my husband and I immediately get to prepping all their bottles, food, etc. for the next day. He’ll typically wash the bottle parts, make the formula and fill the bottles. I decide on what solids they’ll be having and fill their containers with breakfast, lunch and snacks. I also make sure if daycare is running low on certain items (diapers, wipes, bibs and so forth) that I grab those items, label them (EVERYTHING that goes to daycare has to be labeled) and put them in their bag so they’re ready to go for the next day.
3. Choose Outfits – Once I know for sure that the babies are sound asleep (definitely don’t want to wake them up!), I’ll sneak into their room and pick out their outfits for the next day. I place them both on the rocking chair in their room, so no question or thought has to be put into what their wearing the next morning.

THE MORNING OF
1. Get Up Early – My husband and I make a point to get up early enough and get ourselves ready for the day before the babies wake-up. This way, once they’re up, we can put all of our focus into getting them ready for their day.
2. Assign Tasks – Every morning each of us have our assigned tasks. For instance, we each take a baby and get him/her ready from start to finish. My husbands washes the bottles and I pack the bags. Since we already know what are duties are, our mornings are much more efficient. We just do our assigned tasks and get it done without any confusion or questions!
3. Car Seats – Once the babies are fed, changed and ready for the day, we place them right in their car seats (and give them a few toys) where they remain until we’re ready to leave. Once we’re ready to head out the door, we simply tighten their straps and off we go.
So there you have it! :)
The majority of are mornings go fairly smoothly, but there always is the possibility of a glitch or two like if someone blows out a diaper, wakes up sick or spits up all over their outfit. If that happens, then we just go with the flow and work with the time that we have left (and sometimes that means we might be leaving the house a little later than planned!). In general though, we’ve found these things to work out very well for our family, and my hope is that these suggestions work for you too!
Moms out there, I’d love to hear from you, what are your time saving tips?

Thank you so much Holly for this awesome guest blog.  I so enjoy you, your blog, and following you on social media.  I can’t wait to watch you and your family grow!