Last Minute Gifts: Working Mom Edition

Last Minute Gifts: Working Mom Edition

There are just a few days left until Christmas and if you’re anything like us, you’re still scrambling to get your shopping done. If you’re running around trying to find the perfect gift for a working mom, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the great news: there are three days left to hit up Amazon Prime for something to make mom’s life a little bit easier. Here are our top go-to gifts (priced low to high) available on Prime right now, perfect for the working mommas we love. 

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Style Slump: Beating The New Mom Beauty Blues

Style Slump: Beating The New Mom Beauty Blues

When I became a mom, I knew that my beauty routine would go on the backburner for a while. I figured that my sense of style might change (hello Spanx, nice to meet you) and that the luxury of manis and pedis would be limited to extra special occasions. But, like many moms, I didn’t quite grasp how having children would shift my self-care world to the extent that a mere shower could feel like a vacation.

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Goal Setting: Start Planning for a Successful 2017

Goal Setting: Start Planning for a Successful 2017

I love setting goals. It’s probably related to my love of planning, of writing lists, and marking items off as I accomplish them. Goal setting has a special magic for me because I’ve experienced the thrill of writing down an extravagant idea—no matter how impossible it seems—and then months down the road seeing that dream become a reality. There’s nothing like it.

I’ve written about goals a few times in the past: Goal Setting in November and Work Motivation After a Long Holiday Break. It’s a topic I love to revisit, sharing what helps me stay motivated and what tricks I’m finding to keep my focus over a long stretch of working towards a big goal.

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All About Those Arms

All About Those Arms

By Laura Watkins

 

Being a mom means that you hold your family’s world in your arms. Perhaps like me, you believe it would make more sense to have eight rather than merely two. That way you could hold the baby while you push the grocery cart, pay bills, fold laundry, pack lunches, check homework, hold Downward Facing Dog and edit your company’s marketing plan.

But alas, octopi you and I are not, so it’s essential we keep the two arms we’ve been given strong and healthy.

In this month’s wellness post, I’ve teamed up with Exercise Physiologist (and mom) Kelly Bonner to provide you with a strengthening practice that will work all the major muscles in your upper limbs. This workout can be done at home while your bitties are napping or at the gym, on the off-chance you’re able to get away for 20 minutes. All you need is two free weights—5, 8 or 10 lbs. weights work.

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Revisiting An Important Topic: Making the Most of Your (Not) Dream Job

Revisiting An Important Topic: Making the Most of Your (Not) Dream Job

We’ve all had to spend time working jobs that are not our dream jobs. Maybe it’s right out of college; maybe it’s after a painful layoff; maybe it’s during a season where you are still trying to discover what you were created to contribute to the world (which is like basically all the time, right?).

Whatever season of life this job falls into, it’s not a coincidence. In my limited professional experience, every single experience you have in the workplace, whether it’s scooping ice cream or filing expense reports, will come full circle at some point. My first big girl job was certainly not my dream job. However, the things I learned throughout my time in that role proved invaluable wisdom down the road when I was ready to transition to a new role.

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Simplicity in the Christmas Season

Simplicity in the Christmas Season

I’m bringing back a post from last Christmas because the message still rings true, so it bears repeating. Included are minor updates to reflect the current year…

Having a two-year-old at Christmas brings a new and unexpected perspective to the season. All the flurry and busy of this time of year is slowed and reconsidered through the eyes of my little one. He brings a simplicity to the wonders I’ve come to take for granted. I know his view on Christmas will change as he ages and so I want to capture a few lessons from this time, documenting what he’s teaching me as he experiences Christmas for the first time.

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