Buzzwords like “simplicity” and “minimalism” sound even more enticing in December, don’t they? The season of consumption and consumerism is in full swing, and it’s leaving a lot of families feeling overwhelmed and overstuffed. Here are 5 simple tips for minimizing your family holiday, without losing an ounce of that special feeling.
Healthy Moms Blog
During my pregnancy, the first two trimesters passed without any discomfort beyond the occasional calf cramp and bout of heartburn. As I entered the third trimester, however, I found that the aches and pains of pregnancy started to rear their ugly heads. Despite being tired, I no longer looked forward to bedtime, because that was when the restless legs and hip pain started. As I would sink into my lavender-laced pillow each night, the familiar dance of switching sides to find short-lived comfort began. When using the Snoogle® pillow failed to alleviate my hip discomfort and upper back pain, I realized I had to seek professional help beyond massage. At 34 weeks pregnant, I booked an appointment with Dr. Jennifer Wise and waited anxiously, hoping for some relief.
When I was on mat leave with my daughter, I prioritized my health and fitness. Some days the only thing that kept me sane was getting out to my stroller fit class and walking in the park with other mothers. I intuitively knew that having a destination and a scheduled program to join would help get me focused to get out the door.
Now that December is upon us and the warm days of fall and summer are but a distant memory, I have started to change up what I pack my kids for lunch for school. My kids have about 35 minutes of outdoor play following lunch and when the weather is especially bitter, I like to pack them hot meals to warm them up before heading out into the cold.
The other day I walked into a local baby furniture store and admired the children’s furniture. My son is three and a half years old and next year and will be transitioning to a big boy's bed. When the owner of the store asked how old my son was, he was shocked to learn that he is still in a crib. I happily explained why it is completely fine and that we’ll switch him over when he is ready. So when should you switch your children out of the crib? Is there an age that is too early or too late? I promised my husband that our son would not go to Junior Kindergarten still sleeping in a crib!