Mom Truths | Mom Problems

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No one’s life is perfect; everyone struggles and faces challenges. But once you give birth to a child, you experience a whole new set of problems in life that no one else will.

Here are just 11 of the million and one problems that mom face on the daily:

  1. You get woken up from the deepest of sleep…multiple times…in one night.
  2. The clothes that fit you just last week are no longer relevant in your wardrobe anymore.
  3. Nobody in your house cares about anything you say. You might as well take your voice and throw it out the window.
  4. Wine bottles – they used to be a lot bigger! Now they are empty all. the. time.
  5. You run on a different clock than everyone else. In the mom world, a minute feels like an hour, an hour feels like a day, and a day feels like a week.
  6. You can no longer finish a thought or a sentence like a normal human being with a fully functioning brain.
  7. It used to take you about 15-20 minutes to get ready, but now it takes you 2 minutes (to shower, get ready, make breakfast, eat breakfast, and do all the things) and it takes everyone else in your house two hours.
  8. All of a sudden your is libido GONE. You went from a minx in bed to a sloth in bed in no time at all.
  9. You want to have a social life, but you’re too exhausted to go out for dinner at 9pm (aka your bedtime).
  10. Your grooming is completely out of whack. You either have too much hair or not enough hair on all the wrong places.
  11. You just don’t look like you used to, but the bigger problem is that you just don’t care.

Check out our latest #MOMTRUTH video and let us know what your mom problems are!

Mom Truths | How Not to F**k Up Your Kids

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There are a ton of people, experts, books, articles (etc.) out there telling you HOW to raise your child, but we’re keeping it simple. Here’s our advice on how to (hopefully) not f**k up your kids.

  1. When everyone else is telling you not to say no, say NO.
  2. Don’t be “friends” with your child. You’re not their friend, you’re their parent.
  3. When they accomplish something super basic (like putting their clothes away or their dishes in the dish washer), they don’t need to be celebrated.
  4. Feed them. Don’t overthink it. Just feed them.

For more advice, check out our latest #MOMTRUTH video below!

Mom Truths | Mom Brain

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A mom’s brain moves at like a million miles per minute, so we thought it would be fun to take you through a day in the life of a mom’s head…

6:28 am – You wake up before the kids and, while sipping your coffee, you assure convince yourself that today you’re going to apply the tips you learned from the parenting book you read the night before. You’re going to smile when you see the kids this morning, you’re going to be present, and you’re going to enjoy every minute with them today.

6:47 am – Your kids have been awake for 3 minutes, and you wonder how they can possibly be acting like absolute MONSTERS already?!

8:32 am – While getting everyone ready and out the door, you repeat yourself approximately 84 times. “Honey, can you please put your shoes on?” Three minutes later. “I just want to make sure you heard me. Can you please put your shoes on?” Two minutes later. “Where are your shoes? I asked you to put your shoes on.” One minute later. “PUT YOUR FREAKING SHOES ON!!!!”

8:56 am – You drop them off at school (just in time) and get back in your car only to find yourself replaying the entire morning over and over again in your head. You think of all the things you said and how you could have done things differently. You blame yourself for losing your patience and raising your voice, and you become overwhelmed with mom guilt. You seriously consider pulling the kids out of class to apologize because you’re concerned your yelling may end up scarring them for life. For LIFE.

1:41 pm – Gahhh, you miss them so much!!! You sit there scrolling through pictures of your kids and decide to post an Instagram photo to show just how much you love them and how proud you are to be their mom.

3:35 pm – You pick them up from school. You’re positive, happy and really excited to see them. They get in the car, and you tell them how much you’ve missed them and ask how their day was. They respond with no words, just a stone cold look on their face. They can’t even crack a smile. Nope. Nothing. Instead, they start fighting. You try to stay calm, but they won’t stop. So, now you’re freaking pissed, and you stop the car and lose your shit – again. You wonder if they’re ungrateful because of you. You wonder how you are going to fix this. You decide to hold a family meeting because this is OUTRAGEOUS and you can’t live like this any longer.

7:28 pm – The shitshow of bedtime happens and you lose your mind about ten thousand more times.

8:50 pm – After 3 bedtime stories, 5 songs, a couple (spilled) glasses of water, they’re finally asleep and you miss them again, so so much. You remind yourself to live in the moment and to appreciate each and every day because they’re only little once. You get all emotional and go into their room to look at them sleeping. Gosh, they’re just so cute when they’re asleep. You kiss their face and accidentally wake them up. Shiiit.

9:02 pm – You manage to get them back to sleep. You won’t make that mistake again… at least not tonight. You’re finally alone in silence and your mind races. You wonder why you’re such a bad mom. You think about tomorrow and how you’re going to be a better mom then. You’re going to wake up and be calm and present, and together as a family you’re all going to mindful of each other. You’re going to Google the best way to handle all the crazy that goes down in your house.

9:04 pm – Oh, you’re going to sign up for a webinar, too. A parenting webinar. And a podcast.

9:07 pm – You’re also going to start that diet tomorrow. Yep, that’s right, you are. 100%.

Hot dang, you guys!! One minute you love them, and the next minute you’re like WHAT THE ACTUAL **** IS GOING ON?? You wonder who’s psychotic – you or them. You cry a lot and then you laugh like a crazy person. You need a jug of wine to make it through and you also need to know that you’re not alone and we’re all in this together. That’s just the way it is, and you got this!

Check out our latest #MOMTRUTH video below!

Mom Truths | Child’s Punishment = Mom Dream

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There are many things about motherhood we don’t quite understand, but we are legitimately mind-blown when it comes to our children’s “punishments” because they are things that us moms can only dream of.

We would LOVE…

…to be put down for a nap or a full night’s sleep without any interruptions – the room set to a perfect temperature and filled with relaxing sounds and the windows covered by black out blinds. That seriously sounds like the sweetest dream of all time.

…to be sent to our room without being allowed to talk to anyone. Umm, yes, please! Give us a timeout. We need a minute alone in peace.

…to be forced to stay home from a party. Thank God! We didn’t want to socialize with anyone anyways. Or get dressed. Or move in general.

…to be asked to finish everything on our plate. A full plate, our own plate, all to ourselves? We’re used to scarfing down crusts while standing over the counter, so this sounds amazing.

…to be told to take a bath. YES! We’d love to take a bath. We will lay in that bath for hours if you let us.

Seriously, what is going on in this world? Kids don’t even realize how good they have it. Every single thing they complain about is the same thing us moms dream about. We want to be punished every dang day!

Watch our latest #MOMTRUTH below for more of our dream punishments.

 

Mom Truths | Back to School Resolutions

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Summer is almost over (and for some of you it has already ended!). Somehow it managed to simultaneously drag on for what felt like an eternity but also go by in the blink of an eye – figure that one out…

Now everyone is talking about back to school. For moms, back to school is like a new year. Seriously, when we think about the year, moms think September to June (not January to December like most people).

Back to school is a fresh start for moms, a clean slate. We think about how this year is going to be different (better) than last year. We think about how we’re going to improve: we’ll be more organized, get more involved, be more patient… the list goes on. And we research ways that we can make our lives easier, so we’re not running around looking like hot messes every dang day.

Here are just a few of our Back to School Resolutions:

  • Meal prep for the week on Sunday, so the kids can help pack their own Bento box lunches each day. Plan ahead and bulk cook to make dinners easier. And introduce a new fruit or vegetable daily.
  • Ditch the four hundred thousand pieces of tupperware for two good sets.
  • Label all the kids’ sh*t, including their containers, so when they lose their things (which is a guarantee), we can hit up the lost and found and know what’s ours.
  • Implement a quiet reading time, so the kids can relax and grow their mind.
  • Make hangers for every day of the week, and have the kids pick their outfits on Sunday so there aren’t arguments or negotiations every single morning.
  • Create a mailbox near the front door for the influx of forms that come home for us to sign.
  • Have a bin for each kid – shoes, hats, mitts, gloves all go in the bin as soon as they step in the door to keep our house from looking like a legit tornado ripped through it.
  • NO YELLING!

Moms, we make promises that this year’s going to be different, that we’re going to get it together, but we’ve been making unrealistic resolutions for four years now and nothing sticks. Nothing changes.

Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. Whatever it is you’re doing (or not doing), you’re doing a good job!

Check out our latest #MOMTRUTH video down below!

 

Sun Safety for the Summer

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As moms, we’re always trying to do what’s best for our kids to help keep them healthy and protected. We know there is a lot of talk about sun safety, as well as confusion around the right supplements to give kids, so we’ve partnered with Jamieson Vitamins to break it down for everyone.

We spend a ton of time outdoors in the summer. While Nat’s in the Cape, Cat’s up north at the cottage, and then we reunite in mid-July and the kids go buck wild in the backyard together.

Cat & Nat's kids

Our crew loves spending their days outside playing sports, running through the sprinkler, jumping on the trampoline, riding bikes, scooters and whatever else they can find. And we love it, too, because it helps keep our houses somewhat intact and it wipes these little people out on the daily. 🙌

With that being said, it’s super important that we teach our kids about sun safety and how to protect ourselves from UV-rays that cause skin cancer and permanent skin damage. To keep it simple, we focus on the 4Ss – use sunscreen SPF30+, seek shade, don’t lose your sun style and supplement with vitamin D.

Swim rashie

When we’re out in the sun, we lather on SPF 30 or higher and we cover up with sunglasses, hats, and rashies. Funny story – Cat is so paranoid about sun damage that she’s always making her kids wear swim shirts over their bathing suits, but this lead Max (Cat’s son) to believe that he’s not allowed to walk around without a shirt on because it’s inappropriate to go topless!! Poor guy was convinced that he couldn’t expose his knuckles (our kids’ term for boy nipples), but in reality, Cat just wants to protect him from the sun. 😂

Sun hat

Since the sun’s rays are strongest between 11am and 3pm or any time that UV Index is 3 or more, we limit the amount of time we’re in the sun. This is the perfect opportunity to have lunch and some downtime either inside or in the shade, or if you’re like Nat, it’s the prime time to lie down in bed…

Despite what many people may think, the sun isn’t the safest source of Vitamin D. Instead of exposing yourself to dangerous UV rays, you can take a vitamin D supplement.

Jamieson Vitamin D comes in sprays, chewables, tablets, soft gels and liquid drops, and all of them have a yellow cap to help remind us to take them on sunny days, because ya’ll know we need all the reminders we can get. Our kids take Jamieson’s Vitamin D Kids Chewable, and it’s honestly the easiest way to get them the Vitamin D they need. The fact that the vitamins taste good is just a bonus.

Let us know how you and your fam spend the summer and share your sun safety tips with us!

We created this post in partnership with Jamieson Vitamins, but all opinions are our own.