The Easiest DIY Box Fort for your Toddler

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I can’t think of anything better than to bust out a box fort for your toddler when you’re trapped in the house during the cold months. I am not a big DIY person so this will be the easiest DIY box fort you can make for your toddler. 🙂 I would guess if you have a big box, then the rest of the needed items are easily found in your house somewhere!

We have an ice storm headed our way this weekend so I wanted to get some activities planned with Bubby (besides our faithful movie Charlotte’s Web!). I thought a fort would be fun but couldn’t afford one like this, so I started to do some thinking about what we had in the house.

I remembered we had these two huge boxes in our attic that we got from Home Depot when we first moved into our house and they’re just sitting in our attic because we didn’t want to get rid of them. They are of good size and we needed them for the move at the time. Little did I know that I would be using them this weekend to make a box fort for my son! Funny how life works out that way!

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Easy DIY Box Fort to make for your Toddler. Toddler Box Fort. DIY Fort for your toddler.

 

ITEMS NEEDED:

  • Scissors or Box Cutters or a good Pocket Knife
  • Masking tape
  • and your Box or Boxes!
  • any other decor you might want to add to make it fancy, but we kept it pretty simple. 🙂

STEP ONE: CREATE YOUR DOOR
We had two boxes and wanted to side them up next to each other so he could crawl through both of them. So we created two front doors first.

  • Leave at least three box flaps on the bottom so you can have a base for the fort to help stay stable. We taped them together once we were done.
  • Keep it simple! We just folded the top of the box like you would any normal box to make his “roof.”

STEP TWO: This applies if you’re making two entry ways to your box or if you are putting more than one box together and need to create your passage doors.

  • Since you want to keep your three flaps for the base, make sure you don’t cut all the way through the bottom when you make your “adjoining” doors or extra entry way. See pictured below how we did it.

 

STEP THREE: MAKE THE BASE OF OF YOUR FORT

  • We put the single flap below the two aligning flaps so the fort had a smooth floor for him to crawl on. See picture below.

 

STEP FOUR: We added Christmas lights to his little fort. I didn’t want to make the lights a big deal because I knew we would be moving it around the house some, so I just fish lined them through the top middle hole, hung them around the corners inside (used a little tape to help hold them up there too) and then fish lined it back out the top to take to the second box. See picture below. If you want to add pillows or lights, go for it!


This was how I hung them on the inside of the box. I just added a little masking tape over the seam of the box to keep them stable enough, but easy enough to remove if needed!

STEP FIVE: Have fun and start playing!

When I started looking on Pinterest for box forts, I was surprised to find so many that seemed complicated to me or required more tools than I had on hand. The Christmas lights are even done simply and add a nice dim light inside for when he wants to read books. I found some online that punctured a hole all through the roof of the box and stuck them in there one by one. I ain’t got time for that with my toddler running around me! Plus, we wont always use the lights.

I’m not gonna lie, my idea to create this for him this weekend was to “trick” him into not being so sad to see his own little Christmas tree go away. We had his own, small tree set up in his room for the holidays and he just loved it. I figured this fort was a nice transition to say bye bye to the tree. Oh parenting. Don’t even get me started.

There you have it! The easiest DIY Box Fort you can make for your toddler!

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What other fun ways have you made a fort with your littles? I would love to hear about it below.
Peace Mamas,
Glo

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Six Tips to Help You Fight Postpartum Insomnia

I’m thinking I must have Pregnantsomnia because much of what I faced with postpartum insomnia I am now facing as a pregnant mama with my toddler running around. Nonetheless, these six tips to fight postpartum insomnia apply to me now too and I think they can help many a mamas, but especially those new moms.

I am by no means a professional and I am only sharing what worked for me. If you are battling insomnia then I would encourage you to seek guidance from your physician.

I remember when Bubby started to sleep longer stretches at night as a new baby. He’d sleep four, five maybe six or even seven hours of sleep. Not me. I’d roll over and look at the clock and it’s 2:00AM. I’d start thinking “I’ve got a couple more hours, maybe even one, before he’s awake again. Go back to sleep. Go back to sleep.” Nothing. No sleep at all.

Some women it hits right away. For some, it takes its time, showing its ugly face right when you start to feel “normal” again. Insomnia. Unfortunately, for most women who suffer postpartum insomnia, depression may be lurking around the corner. According to the National Sleep Foundation, insomnia and depression tend to go hand in hand. We already know that those who suffer with sleep disorders need to be wary of the onset of depression. So why does postpartum insomnia get so easily overlooked for moms who experience postpartum depression?

Most women are told it’s normal to run on no sleep during those early newborn months. We laugh about the 30 minute power naps we take a few times a day to get through a 24 hour period. Women are made to believe that sleepless nights are normal and will pass. You know, maybe in a year or two when the kid starts sleeping through the night. Most women need the tools now to curb their sleepless nights which may dial down postpartum depression. Here are a few strategies that you can try right right now in an effort to get a better night’s sleep.

Postpartum insomnia is tough. Here are six tips to help you fight postpartum insomnia.

Quit trying to nap when the baby naps.
Some women just don’t nap well or can’t pull off the power nap.  If anything, you lie there, agonizing over the fact that you’re not sleeping while the baby is sleeping. Instead of trying to nap every time the baby does, use those times as rest time but only pick a nap during the day when you know you just might actually fall back to sleep.

Get some exercise and get outside.
Many moms groan at this one but don’t underestimate the power of stimulating your body. Let’s define exercise real quick for the new mom. It is NOT jumping right back into your old workout routine. It is NOT pushing your body too soon physically.  Sometimes a simple walk around the block will do wonders for your morale and your body. Maybe it’s doing that annoying 10 minute total body workout video you bought from WalMart. Whatever is, give it a simple try. We think we should be able to sleep because we haven’t had very much sleep to begin with, but studies show that a short time of physical exertion helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

Quit surfing Facebook before bed.
If you’re like most of us smartphone-loving moms, you check your Facebook during that middle of the night bottle feed or nursing session.  Studies upon studies tell us we need to put our electronics down at night. For this strategy to be effective, we should put them down about an hour before we turn out the lights. This definitely eliminates checking your Instagram while you’re nursing at 2:00A.M. The simplest way to explain this reasoning:
the lighting on your electronic devices makes it hard for your brain to shut down to fall asleep and to stay asleep.

Try to not look at the clock when you wake in the night.
This strategy alone helps some individuals reduce anxiety with mid-night wakings because they aren’t aware of how long they’ve been awake. Keep yourself from running in a vicious circle, agonizing over how you’ve been awake for the last hour. Turn off the stress, and you may fall back to sleep sooner than if you were aware of the time on your clock. Plus, looking at the lighting on your clock may be too stimulating for your brain.

Try turning the baby monitor down a notch.
This doesn’t mean turn it off. We already know that women are more sensitive to their baby’s noises than men are. But sometimes we hear every little move the baby makes and wake when we don’t need to. Try different volumes during the day to gage what you’re comfortable with. Maybe move the monitor in your room so it’s not so close to your bedside. Find an option you’re comfortable with so you won’t worry about it.

Just get up and do what you can’t stop thinking about.
This might sound counterproductive, but if you’re laying there thinking about laundry, the grocery list or something else you want to get done, then it might serve you better to get up and do it quickly so you can quit thinking about it. Don’t make this a habit but it could be a valuable option if it will help you go back to sleep.

Seek help and counsel if you feel your sleep loss is greatly impacting your mood and attitude.
While this is the last strategy, it is certainly not the least. Many women fight a silent battle against postpartum insomnia, while they’re dealing with depression. Don’t let yourself be one of them. Talk to your provider or a friend who may be able to give you some advice on how to receive help.

What about you Only a Season Mamas? Any other tips you would add to help encourage one another?
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Peace,
Glo

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Easy Make Ahead Smoothie Packs for the Busy Mom

The biggest difference I have noticed in this pregnancy compared to my first one is my insatiable desire for sweets. And while I am a big believer in having my cake in moderation, I needed to figure out a way to curb that sweet tooth that likes to hit me up mid morning. Or mid afternoon. Or middle of the night. Whatever. #pregnantprobs

And since I have a toddler running around me who insists that snacks are his life source (check out healthy snack alternatives for your toddler here) and a husband I like to cook for, I needed to figure out a healthy way to tame the sweetness I was craving all the time while keeping my sanity in feeding everyone else. Mamas, I give you my ultimate easy peasy smoothie hack.

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The secret to these smoothies is to freeze the yogurt ahead of time in ice cube trays.

Why is this a hack for me? Because when it comes to smoothies, having frozen fruit is somewhat easy because that can sit in your freezer. Having greens to throw in isn’t too bad because I keep salad around usually. I like to keep a variety of yogurt cup flavors in my fridge but good o’l plain Greek yogurt for smoothies? Nope. It will go bad before I get around to using it most of the time!

The other key to making these smoothies easy peasey and grab-on-the-go ready is a 15 minute plan ahead session. Seriously, besides buying the items at the grocery store, it only took me about 15 minutes to put these smoothie bags together ahead of time and voila! When the cravings hits, I put a bag of my smoothie goods in the blender and within minutes I’m drinking some healthy sweet goodness.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED AHEAD OF TIME:
1 large container of yogurt + ice cube trays
6 bags of frozen fruit (Aldi has great priced frozen fruit that make the perfect serving size of two!)
1 bag of frozen spinach (also found at Aldi!)
1 batch of Kale, stripped from the stems
Flax Seed (because I need that extra boost of Omegas!)
12 Quart sized Freezer Ziploc bags
Orange Juice or Coconut Water to help liquify your smoothie at the time of blending. Both can be found at Aldi of course!

 

FREEZING THE YOGURT TIP

I highly recommend freezing yogurt in ice cube trays  and I personally love these silicone ones. It makes blending simple and quick. You can buy whatever yogurt suits your fancy–greek, nonfat, plain, vanilla, etc. I prefer whole milk vanilla. Just divvy out a whole large container yogurt into some ice cube trays and let them freeze.

One large container made exactly 24 cubes for me, as you can see below.

Once they are done in the freezer get ready to assemble your smoothie bags! I use 2 cubes of yogurt per bag which makes me 12 smoothie bags. Score!

TIP ABOUT THE FROZEN FRUIT
I would plan to get two big handfuls of fruit from each bag which will give you enough fruit for 12 smoothie bags (so for me, that’s 6 bags of fruit). The fruit is not an exact science so eyeballing it is no biggie. If you’re like me, you might buy a variety of fruit so you can mix and match or just buy whatever the heck you want!

TIP ABOUT THE SPINACH & KALE
I just cut up the frozen spinach into 12 cubes. It works out rather nicely since the frozen spinach from Aldi comes as a square block. You can always zap it in microwave while you’re setting up to soften it a smidge to make cutting easier.

The kale does not have to be pretty at all. I just wash it and quickly strip it from the stems using a knife. This handy video shows you an easy way to do it which is what I prefer. My batch of cut kale filled the size of a medium bowl. I still had a little bit left over that I just used in a salad. I wouldn’t worry about chopping it super fine since it’s going to end up in the blender anyways.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL PUT IN EACH SMOOTHIE BAG
2 frozen yogurt cubes
1 cube of cut from frozen spinach
Handful of kale
1 TBSP of Flax Seed
Handful of your frozen fruit

TIP TO GET AIR OUT OF YOUR BAG FOR FREEZING
If we have them around, I stick a straw down in the bag and seal it around the straw, then suck the air out of the bag to make it as air tight as possible. If you don’t have a straw, you can seal the bag until you have just a little hole open at the top and put your lips up to it to suck the air out. It still works that way too!

When it’s time to blend everything. all you need to grab from the fridge is your frozen smoothie bag and your liquid of choice. You can gradually add your liquid of choice until you reach a consistency you like.

THAT’S IT! I love the way the bags look when I’m all done. I know, my type A personality is showing.

There you go Mamas! I hope this tip helps you in whatever season of motherhood you’re in. And if you like this, join the tribe to receive updates like this straight to your mailbox. You can also always PIN IT for later. I’d love to hear how this method worked for you. Once you try it, come back and let us know how it went in the comments below!

Peace,
Glo

 

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To the Weary Mama

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“Give me your heart, give me your song, sing it will all your might
Come to the Fountain and you can be satisfied.
There is a peace. There is a love you can get lost inside.
Come to the Fountain and let me hear you testify.”
                       ~NEEDTOBREATH “TESTIFY”

 

Motherhood is a gift that easily gets tainted. I know I am my own worst enemy most times. So much anxiety and thoughts race through our minds.

Am I doing this right?

Am I doing enough?

Do they know I love them?

Do they feel loved enough?

To the weary Mama, I see you. I see you trying to hold it all together on the straight and narrow path of deception. A path so wide and straight that many find their way so easily to an unfulfilled thirst for acceptance. We want to know that we’re doing enough. We want to believe that the daily decisions we make will guide our children to a better path as they grow.

I see the worry. I see the masked concern when you drop a little bit of your motherhood that you have clung on to for so long, when one of the plates fall.  It’s a constant nagging when Inadequacy drowns out all the love noise of the One who is calling you to His well.

We want to be confident in who we are, but the world constantly battles for our attention and tries to fill all those voids. The world offers us a drink and we leave still feeling thirsty. When I take that cup from the world, I leave with a false sense of knowing where I am. I leave with a parched mouth.

I know that all consuming thirst all too well. It’s that thirst that can only be filled when I drop all that I am trying to carry and come to His well where His Word fills my soul.

I want to be lost. Lost in His love that I can’t see a way out. I want to wander in the deep cave of His mystery. My feet kick the rocks on the ground in His canyon of peace.

He takes my hand and shows me His Word that’s written on my heart. I gently hand Him my heart that has it all figured it out and in exchange I receive His truth.

There are times when I trip and fall as I walk through the vast valleys of victory in Him, and it’s then I am grateful for my weakness because it’s in these moments when I know really how strong I truly am in Him.

If I am always looking back, questioning my worth as a mom, then I trip and fall. When I look side to side, I lose direction. But when I look forward, towards Him, I am lost to all that is around me. I’ll never look back again.

Wont you be lost with me?

I let go. I let go of the expectations I put on myself. I let go of comparison. I let go of my anger. I let go of myself.

I sing my song of redemption. I sing it at the top of my lungs.

Let go and sing with me.

I find His well of wild love and drink deep. I am satisfied in the lostness of knowing Him.

Peace Mamas,
Glo

Do you feel overwhelmed and exhausted? Does your faith feel empty? I know the feeling because I have been there too.

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How to Survive Pregnancy with a Toddler

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Figuring out how to survive pregnancy with a toddler boy running around me is not a challenge that I thought I would spend that much energy on. I knew it would be hard at times but mamas, bending over the side of the crib to pick up my toddler is incredibly harder than I anticipated. I’m talking about being 30 weeks pregnant while picking up an 18 month old boy from his crib in the middle of the night because his gums hurt from teething.

But as I have progressed throughout this pregnancy, I have realized that I do a lot to help us both get along throughout the day so our home can stay as peaceful as possible. I know there are many Mamas out there who can totally relate to what I’m talking about and I know many of you have tips of your own! If you want to add to our list, read on and then add your comment below!

Here are a few tips to help you not just survive, but thrive while pregnant with a toddler.

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How to Survive Pregnancy With a Toddler. Tips for being pregnant while having a toddler.

1) Start incorporating Independent Play with your Toddler NOW.
I could probably write a whole post about the power of independent play (IP), and if you haven’t looked into this yet, now is the time. You want to start this trait now, no matter the age of your toddler. And if you aren’t sure how your toddler will respond to this, then start now so you can slowly work towards increasing time your toddler will play by himself.

Independent play is simply you letting him explore a few toys on his own, without interaction from you, allowing him to be totally creative on his own in a safe setting. You’re going to want this time to catch your breath or to feed your new baby once she gets here or whatever you need to do. My 18 month old can play by himself for an hour and 15 mins (we use a timer!). We do this almost every day. It is a lifesaver.

2) Don’t be afraid to put everyone to bed earlier than normal so you can go to bed early too.
I think majority of moms are extremely exhausted that first trimester. I know I am! When I was pregnant with Bubby, I could nap or go to bed whenever I wanted. Now that I am chasing Bubby around all day, I am wiped out by the time my husband gets home and he is usually pretty tired himself from a long day at work, so early to bed we all go.

And this can include nap time too. There are some days when I put my toddler down earlier so I could take a nap myself or I just plain needed to lay down for just a little bit. Putting him down 30ish minutes early is not going to hurt anything and I use this opportunity to teach him he needs to quietly lay/rest in the crib until mommy comes to get him. Getting your toddler used to a flexible sleep time with a window of 30 minutes is a tool you’ll want in your belt when your new one arrives!


3) Allow the extra help!
We have fantastic grandparents and relatives who will gladly take our son for a few hours or even for overnight! I have found I used to struggle with this the most when I kept holding on to control too much over my son’s routine. I realized I needed to prioritize what was important to his routine, communicate that to whoever is helping and let the rest go. Plus, I want Bubby to be used to being around those folks so when our new little one comes home, we can all have a little break from time to time.

4) Try to keep up some sort of exercise routine.
I know this can be REALLY hard the first and third trimesters but I’m not saying you need to pop in P90X and listen to Tony Romo blair out your TV. I have found that variety works best for me when I’m battling prego fatigue. A 10 minute pregnancy pilates DVD here, a 30 minute walk outside with my toddler there. Whatever I do, I try to do something 4 days a week. What might that look like for you?

5) Take a risk with intimacy and your spouse!
Each woman has her own experiences during pregnancy and when it comes to sex, this can be especially varying. Some women are raring to go and some women are still searching for their libido. When I say take a risk, I mean take a risk on being intimate with your spouse and forget about the rest. Most men are sensitive to your needs (and comfortable positions!) during this phase. Try not to let tiredness rule out intimacy every time. I know this can be incredibly hard and a sensitive topic for some but take a look and see if intimacy has faded since being pregnant again. I know it did for us and we decided to change things up so we could each stay satisfied and satisfy each other too.

Use this time to try new things or to be more open with your spouse about what works for you right now as your body is changing. I can personally say that when my husband wants to be intimate with me and I have no desire to be sexual, I tend to give him the benefit of the doubt and things almost always turn out better than I thought. Just something to think about! 😉 Feeling sexually fulfilled while you feel like a giant walking watermelon can give you an amazing boost during this tiring time, especially knowing your spouse feels good too!

6) Start planning now instead of wondering and worrying about what it will be like when baby arrives!
I tend to ask myself a lot of questions about what will I do if this situation arises with our new baby and how will I handle Bubby in the process. I am a planner by heart so coming up with possible ideas incase the need arises down the road reduces a lot of stress for me. The balance of all this is realizing that things may not go at all how you expected and that’s OK! Learning to adapt to a change of plans is such a vital tool, and I imagine this is ESPECIALLY TRUE when planning for your new baby’s arrival.

Some things to start planning ahead now:

  • Bulk freezing meals and/or snacks for your household, especially your toddler.
  • Create a general menu of a week or two of meals so whoever may help you take care of your toddler can have a reference point (I am doing this for my husband too!).
  • Checklist of new items you’ll need to get for new baby that can’t be reused from your first baby.
  • Independent Play (mentioned above) for your toddler.
  • Consider having help come by once or twice a week to help with some household chores the first couple of months. I plan on having our teenage babysitter come once a week to sweep, do laundry, dust, vacuum, etc. (Teenage girl is cheaper than maid service I would imagine!)
  • Bulk buy items that are a pain in the butt to run to the store for when you run out. I did this recently with a huge pack of a TWO MONTH SUPPLY of diapers! Whoot! We also bought bulk deodorant, toothpaste, trash bags, etc. Household items like this give me a peace of mind, knowing I wont need to worry about buying them while I’m sleep deprived.
  • Start creating busy bags or simple daily activities you can easily do with your toddler when baby is sleeping or feeding.

7) You might want to start changing up your daily routine with your toddler.
When I first found out I was pregnant, Bubby was taking two naps still. I never got too sick during that first trimester but boy I would get so exhausted mid-morning. There were mornings I would put him down a little earlier than he probably needed so I could rest for a few extra minutes. We also normally had a mid-morning snack that I slowly moved up so we could just eat lunch earlier together because it helped me fight fatigue. Having an earlier lunch helped me a lot that first trimester!

Also, before I found out I was pregnant, we would get out pretty much every day and do an errand or two or go on a playdate. As I have progressed in my pregnancy, I can’t quite keep up with that every day business. I have started more at home activities with him so we can get used to being home more which will be the case when Sissy arrives (at least in the beginning). It helps me feel more rested now and will help us adjust to being homebodies when she is born!

I know we could add so much more to our list! What would Mamas like to add? Let us know in the comments below! And if you’d like to get tips like this straight to your inbox, click here and join our Mom Tribe.
Peace,
Glo

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How Buying Diapers in Bulk Can Save Your Momsanity

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Can we just talk about keeping our momsanity for a minute and what that looks like for me? To do that, I need to tell you Only a Season Mamas something.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I am a cloth diapering mama who also uses disposables. I hate cloth diapering when we travel, so Huggies here we come. We are inconsistent about using cloth diapers at night. There I said it.

My name is Gloryanna and I love cloth diapers AND disposable diapers.

Here’s secret number two (no pun intended 😉 ): we started cloth diapering to save money. And I’m going to be honest, we have saved some money but there’s something about my momsanity that when I run into the pile of poop laundry, I tend to go on hiatus and use disposables for a little while. My son’s monthly trip to grandma’s requires a weekend’s worth of disposables. And don’t even get me started on finding the right night solution for leakiness.

And my last secret for you: As we continue to prepare for baby number two in a few months, I find myself being grateful for the ease of disposable diapers and have started buying them in bulk. Which means I find the biggest box possible and throw them into my cart. I do not want to mess with diaper laundry while I’m busy surviving my new journey in motherhood that includes a newborn and toddler.

Enter My Bulk Buying Mom Tip for you today: Huggies Little Movers 2 Month Supply!!!!

When I learned about this GIANT box of diapers I immediately jumped on board. Right now Huggies is offering this size of box for a limited time.

The two month supply is only available in size 4. Let’s face it, this weight range is the one that lasts the longest for our toddlers so I need a butt load of them to get me through the terrible twos. It makes total sense that there are 312–that’s right–312 in this one box that will last you for two months!

Can we just take a minute and look at what this number of diapers looks like compared to the typical one month supply?

I am most looking forward to this bulk amount of diapers so Bubby can wear them when Sissy arrives in March. And what’s great about the size they come in is that he will totally still be able to wear them in a few months, so even if we don’t go through them as fast as some might, we will have them on hand during those sleepless nights with baby #2!!

Plus, they make for a giant box which means endless, easy toddler entertainment. Thank you, Huggies.

Speaking of toddlers, mine likes to run around like a mad man and these diapers fit the toddler life perfectly. The diapers are called “Little Movers” after all…

I like to save money. I’m pretty sure all of us can relate to this one way or another. I have found that buying in bulk saves my sanity and is so worth it to me. If you’d like to learn more about the good stuff that comes with a Sam’s membership, then click here to learn more. Having a membership to Sam’s Club benefits me as a mom in a lot of ways, not just by saving money. Why do I buy in bulk, mamas?

1) It ends up saving me last minute trips to the store that drive me nuts when my toddler insists on snack time in the middle of the store. Places like Sam’s Club offer awesome subscription services to have that stuff delivered to my door, thank you very much.

2) I like the feeling of being prepared and stalked up. I like knowing that I’ve got a humongous box of trash bags and Clorox wipes in the cupboard to get me through all the dirty wipes and messes I’ll be cleaning up.

3) It allows me to personally worry less about store lists and grocery shopping and spending more than I need to which I think most of can understand. Less worry = more happy.

It’s items like this that I pick up from Sam’s Club and in bulk that seriously bring my stress level down a notch. And this doesn’t even include all the items I typically buy in bulk from Sam’s!

Right now Sam’s club has instant savings on Huggies Little Movers 2 Month Supply that goes until the end of January. You can save $6 on these bad boys. I did the diaper math and it’s cheaper to buy one of these 312 boxes than it is to buy two boxes of the 168 count. You pay almost $20 more for the extra 24 diapers if you were to buy the 168 count. So yah, go for the two month supply while it lasts!

Anndddd if you’re unsure where to find one, click on their handy Sam’s Club Locator to find one nearest you. (I would definitely take a quick check because when I did, I found one in a nearby town I had no idea was there and we go through there a lot when we head home to visit family. Score. 🙂

What do you think, ladies? Is buying in bulk for you? Can someone tell me I’m not crazy for thinking this box is HUGELY AWESOME?
Peace,
Glo

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Top Ten Most Read Posts for 2016

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I get a kick looking at the past year. I like those little videos Facebook makes to capture your year. I enjoy seeing the most liked posts of my friends on Instagram. Even though, if I think about it too much, it’s a little creepy, I still like to reminisce about the past year.

And for my Only a Season Mamas, I love seeing what you guys kept coming back for on our site to get your mom tip fix. I love being surprised too! Sometimes I see a post pop up as most read for the week and I’m like “Whoa! That’s from last year!”

So reminiscing is fun for me and I hope it gives you an opportunity to look around the site a little more to see if there’s a tip or some advice you can use right now, in your mom life today.

Let’s take a look at what you’ve been reading at Only a Season this year!

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Most Read Posts by Moms looking for mom tips! Most read posts by moms in 2016.

 

10. Can I Just Take a Minute and Talk about Some Awesome Mom Bloggers?
I love that this post made it to the top ten list! I have made some amazing online friendships and I am so glad that many of you mamas out there stopped by to read about these amazing ladies to help support you in your mom journey!

9. Why I Don’t Shop at Gap Anymore
This post has been one of my most popular throughout the year. As I talk about my transition to being a SAHM, many of you mamas out there, whether you work away from home or at home or both! you felt like you could connect with my sort of identity crisis during that transition and The Gap.

8. What It’s Like to Grieve without God
This is one of my faith-based posts where I talk about the loss of my mother this past year. I had originally published it on Only a Season but eventually started another blog and moved it over to there. Nonetheless, it seems that grief unites many of us in many ways, no matter the journey we’re on with it. If you’ve lost someone you love and you struggle with God and grief, then this post may be for you.

7. Five Freezable Baby-led Weaning Breakfast Ideas
Apparently many of us mamas are looking for quick breakfast ideas that we can pull out of the freezer in the mornings! My son is well beyond the weaning process but we absolutely LOVE these recipes and the handiness they bring to our early, busy mornings!

6. Which Wonder Week Was the Worst for You?
So yah, you are NOT ALONE in wondering what the heck is wrong with your baby and then find out that there’s a Wonder Week for that! I remember times when Bubby would be crying or waking for what seemed like no reason and then BAM, it was a Wonder Week. Check out the survey from other moms and see what was their worst Wonder Week!

5. Four Healthy Snack Alternatives for Your Toddler
I’m thinking that food may be a common theme for many of us moms as we are searching for tips to help us thrive as we parent our little ones! From Universal Meltdown Hour to the screaming baby in the grocery store, these handy snacks will make you feel good about what you’re giving your little to snack on during the day.


4. Five Items Under $20 Your Kitchen Needs
And here we are, another food related post that we all seem to want tips on. ALL of these items are in my kitchen and I absolutely love being able to grab them when I’m whipping us up something to eat. These are great deals and they will last in your kitchen for a good amount of time too! Check them out here!

3. 20+ Tips from Real Moms for When You Have a Toddler and a Newborn
There’s strength in numbers. And that means when you have more than one kid, they outnumber you when you’re home with them all day. But it also means when you receive tips from other moms who have been where you are, then you find strength in their advice, knowing you WILL survive. This post came out only a couple of months ago and it is the third most read post on the site this year. That tells you something, Mamas.

2. 45 Daily Activities to with Your Toddler (12-18 months old)
I remember being inspired to write this post when I found myself constantly scrambling during playtime with Bubby. I finally decided to make a list and then it dawned on me that other moms could use this list too! Apparently many of you feel the same way, making this the second most read post on Only a Season. This post is also one of my higher pinned posts too. For someone who still has a young blog, that’s pretty exciting! 🙂

1. How to Transition Baby from a Rock n’ Play to the Crib
It was late in the night and I started Googling “how to transition from the rock n play to the crib” and the results were pitiful, like there was hardly anything out there to help me figure out how to get Bubby to sleep in his crib. I scoured Pinterest but came up empty handed. So I used some of the principles for nap transitions and viola! I got Bubby to transition sleeping in the Rock n’ Play to the crib. And many of you mamas out there faced the same dilemma, making this the most read, most searched post on Only a Season. And what’s better yet about this post, is if you have a friend who may be going through a similar battle, you can refer them to the post! Whoot!

JOIN THE TRIBE!
There you have it, ladies! I would love to hear any thoughts you might have on other posts we’ve had here that encouraged you! Tell us below! If you’re interested in getting posts like this sent directly to your inbox, check out our Mom Tribe so you never miss a post!

I look so forward to 2017 and what it will bring to us Only a Season Mamas!
Cheers!
Glo

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My Two Words for the Year 2016

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Back in January I wrote a post about my two words for the year 2016. As I look back and see what my goals were I sort of chuckle to myself. I had a new baby, a new blog, and a bunch of new endeavors I wanted to tackle.

For the most part I think I stayed realistic with myself and self-aware of how I operate when it comes to these resolution things. And honestly, I feel like I stuck with a most of them too. Some of them got a little bumpy as we became pregnant this summer with our second and with the loss of my mother, but I have stayed active nonetheless, which was the ultimate goal anyways.

Social media and I have a love hate relationship. As I have worked to grow my mom tips blog, I have had to utilize social media, BUT I have majorly grown in organizing my time and planning tools so I don’t have to stay glued to my phone. Score!

As I look back over our year of 2016 and I can’t help but think the words cultivate and focus still ring true for how I would describe this past year.

With all the deaths, anger, elections, shootings, religious controversy, and that’s to name a few, I feel like this year has caused me to seriously cultivate my relationship with Christ and focus on who He is according to His word. And this wasn’t originally my reasoning for picking these two words back in January.

If there was ever a year when I felt like my faith was tested, then this was the year.

I have spent much of my Christian life relying on my experiences in my relationship with Christ. While I think most of us need those supernatural experiences when we feel God holding us, I have also come to realize that truly knowing what His word says about Him is the fuel that fans those experiences.

It’s the fuel that fans my feelings from day to day experiences.

But my relationship with God isn’t all about feelings either.

Cultivating my relationship habits with Him has caused me to focus on His truth. And while I will continue to look at how God has provided for me throughout the years based on my experiences, I will read His Word to believe in what He will provide for me in the future.

I think we fall into that rut of “seeing is believing,” but that mindset causes me to lose site of the truth that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

To me, this means that if I am praying for growth and change and God’s supernatural power to transform something in my life, then I need to already believe it’s going to happen. Not just look back at what He’s already done to give me encouragement for what He can do. It’s a balance, don’t you think?

And while I want to look back at this year and see how God has shown me to not be shaken in my faith when man tells me otherwise, I want to look ahead, believing that He in His mighty power has gone forth to prepare a way of victory for me.

I want this truth to be real, deep down in my core and daily vision.

This doesn’t mean it will be easy. Doesn’t mean I wont lose heart or sight of Him. But it does mean Hope. And I don’t know about you, but I need all the Hope I can get. Every minute for every day.

Peace,
Glo

 

 

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