Fun Tips & DIYs for Moms #MTNightOut #spon

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It isn't quite Mother's Day time of year so everyone isn't in the mood to care as much or share stories of our daily struggles, but in the September issue of Parents, Cara Birnbaum wrote a totally relatable piece on parenting called "Balance is B.S."  I could relate to so many points, like the struggle to keep it all balanced, the fact that we are always on, and how a great 97 percent of us moms feel guilty when it comes to parenting.  It's one of those things that you don't wish on people, but always reassuring to know others feel the way you do too.


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I recently attended a Mom Trends mom's night out (#MTnightout) event, and mingled with other working moms and household brands that help us get by our naturally out of balance parenting lifestyles.  The times have changed and more and more dads are involved in parenting, and many moms no longer just stay at home but did you know that according to a survey by Parents, 62 percent of moms are still doing all the dirty work at home?  I could relate to those 62 percent and many other moms that juggle it all, all the time.  Parents need pay leave, and as a result to help everyone out in the long run dads need it too. “Research shows that fathers who take leave when their babies are young are more involved around the house and with their kids as they grow up” - Hegewisch. That totally makes sense, when we have a huge change in our lives it's that moment we need to set a system that works for everyone because that system will be the family system for the years to come.

Lucky for us moms at the event, brands were there to show us some tips to make our lives less hectic, some colorful ideas, and showcase their latest.  I'm happy to share these fun tips and DIY's with you all.
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Glad products showcased their Glad trash bags with the Febreze.  With the combination of odor shield of Glad, it guarantees to neutralize odors for up to 5 days!  While at their station they shared with us the idea to make our own scented lotion.  You take your favorite unscented lotion of choice, and drop in a few droplets of your naturally scented essential oils.  Mix and you're all done.  I created a Vanilla and Lavender lotion, a great scent lotion to apply on your hands before bedtime.  
DIY scented lotion


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Lavender and Vanilla scented lotion.  Great way to unwind at the end of the day.
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 Organic Fruit Cups for kids are frozen fruit that thaw in time for lunchtime.
Healthy hot pocket earths best
Earth's Best is known to us parents as the provider of organic nutrition for babies, but now they are taking the same approach with wholesome ingredients and offering nourishing meals for older kids.   Delicious and nutritious Stuffed Bites available in flavors Three Cheese Pizza, and Broccoli Kale & Cheese.  Healthy options for children will definitely ease one of the stresses of a parents daily worries.  
DIY Clorox Container
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes kills 99.9% of germs including viruses that cause colds and the flu.  Great to have handy to wipe surfaces, specially with the cold and flu season fast approaching.  A great way to have these wipes displayed in the bathroom, is by decorating them.  
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A super simple fast way to craft and even get your children involved as you tell them what they are, so they know it isn't to be played with.  Look at the before and after!  Match the paper and details to your bathroom or classroom colors.  
baby shower gift DIY
Philips Avent, the #1 reusable bottle brand and pacifier brand in the US, helps give babies a healthy start in life for a healthy future.  Philips Avent recognizes that feeding sets the stage for both emotional and physical growth, while ensuring that these Nourishing Moments are done right.  At their station we were able to get create a New Mom Gift including the small essentials for a new mom and baby including pacifiers, and bottles.  
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What a great idea to support one another with gifts.   A great craft to make it extra special, easy for even the busiest of moms to make.
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What's one thing us moms want?  Time!  Well Quaker wants to help parents with an extra hour with their Overnight Oats.   A quick, easy, delicious, breakfast is made possible with a 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup oats, top with your favorite ingredients, refrigerate overnight, and enjoy in the morning!  Top on my list of "what would I do with an extra hour?" is sleep, and following next is to read.  
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What would you do with an extra hour?

Hope you found these tips useful, and I hope you take some time to yourself sometime soon.  Also remember all our lives are truly out of balance, and try not to feel too guilty or pressured as a parent.  We are all doing all we can, and us moms give 110 percent of ourselves each day in and out.  We always say it to our children and our spouse, so let me be the one to tell you this time everything is going to be ok.