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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Biking To Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

The Balloon Fiesta is a must-see event!

   The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2018 is happening very soon! I just can't wait to see all those hot air balloons in the sky. The 47th annual event will feature more than 500 hot air balloons and lots of people. The Balloon Fiesta can have crowds of 80,000 people so that means lots of cars and traffic.  There are ways to avoid the traffic and the long lines to park and I am going to share my favorite way to get to the Balloon Fiesta. My favorite way to get to Balloon Fiesta is by bike and it is a 15-30 minute trip. If you choose to bike you not only get some great exercise but you also save $10 on parking and the stress of waiting forever in the long lines of traffic. There is even free valet parking for your bike which is staffed by local bicycle group volunteers. The free valet parking is available to all people attending the Balloon Fiesta event even if you are not a local. I live in Albuquerque but I have many friends who live in Rio Rancho and they even bike to the event. 

Biking to the Balloon Fiesta is a great way to avoid congested traffic and parking conditions near Balloon Fiesta Park. My son and I biked to the event a couple of years ago and discovered a bike trail that runs along the AMAFCA North Diversion Channel and crosses underneath Paseo del Norte and Alameda Blvd. This trail continues north where it crosses from the west side to the east side ending just north of the Balloon Museum. There you will find the Bike Valet staffed by local bicycle group volunteers. There are many bike trails in Albuquerque that lead to this bike trail but I found an easier way to get to this trail and it involves way less bicycling time too. You simply put your bike in or on your car and park at the Los Ranchos/Journal Rail Runner station. The bike trail begins at that station. I recommend using this method on the weekends and as it might be hard to find a parking spot during the week with people taking the train to work. 

      I biked this trail last weekend and it only took me 15 minutes to get to the Balloon Fiesta Park. The best part about this trail is you don't even have to ride with traffic as it is bike trails all the way. I am going to share some tips on how to bike safely to the park. Since the balloons go up way early in the morning you will be biking in the dark so other than making sure your tires have air, make sure you have lights on your bike. Please remember when you ride to the morning sessions you will be arriving in the dark and when you leave the evening sessions you will be leaving in the dark. I recommend both a back tail light and front headlight as the trail will be dark. I also recommend a LED Light Reflective Safety Vest for great eye-catching visibility in the dark. I discovered a vest that works great for biking and running. This vest is lightweight and comfortable. I really like the way the LED lights light up my body so I can be seen by other bikers. My younger boys want to borrow my safety vest for their Halloween costume this year. It is adjustable so it will fit them and it will make trick or treating safer too. 

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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Insider Tips

Dress Warm in Layers  
It can be quite chilly in the early morning so make sure you are dressed warm and don't forget the gloves. As Albuquerque warms up once the sun comes out you can then shed some of the layers of clothes for your bike ride back to your car. 

Wear a bike helmet
 Always be safe when bike riding and protect your head with a bike helmet.

Bring Water  
Even though it is cold out you will need water as you are exercising.

Bring a Backpack 
 A backpack is great to carry your water and snacks in. Make sure there is room to put any clothes that you take off like a sweatshirt as it warms up.

Take Along Snacks  
You will need some snacks to give you the energy to bike back to your car, of course, you can always buy some food at the Fiesta.

You will need money to get into the Fiesta and to buy great food like breakfast burritos and New Mexico Pinon coffee.

Bike Baskets  
These are nice to have but not necessary. I do a lot of bike riding and use my baskets for trips to the grocery store. If you have a basket or pouch, bring it to carry back any souvenirs. The backpack is also good for this.

I know most people don't leave the house without this. The phone is not only great for calls but also for all the pictures you will be taking. So bring a portable charger too. A camera also works great too. Who remembers the day when the Balloon Fiesta sold disposable cameras and film?

     So if you are local to the area considered biking this year to Balloon Fiesta and avoid all the traffic. You will get some great exercise and save money too. After attending the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta you might just want to move here as not only do we have hot air balloons year round, we also have great food and pretty good weather most of the time. So if after attending the event you decide that you want to move to New Mexico, check out some homes for sale in Rio Rancho, NM or in Albuquerque, NM. 

Will you be attending the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta?

Photo from the Balloon Fiesta nighttime glow. 

Extend The Learning Outside The Classroom With VTech and LeapFrog

Summer is over & it’s time to start thinking about school!

       I received some toys from VTech and LeapFrog to check out for my new granddaughter.

  My boys are all back in school. The youngest two are now in 5th and 6th grade and the older two are in college. So now it is time to shift the focus from all day fun to learning along with fun. I believe that kids learn best when there is some fun involved. My children have always been good students as I developed the love for learning at an early age. When my kids were young they enjoyed using interactive learning toys when they were not in school. These toys along with mom interaction helped my children learn things like ABCs, Math, reading, and so much more. Then when they started school the interactive toys helped them increase the things that their teacher taught them. The fun toys that played music and had bright lights along with buttons to press were also great for long car trips. My boys had fun and learned at the same time.

Check out these tips for helping your child succeed in school 

  Now that my boys are older, they prefer learning games on the computer instead of the handheld interactive learning toys. My daughter just had a baby so as a first-time grandma, I am now looking at some fun learning toys that VTech and LeapFrog have that introduce important skills. My grandbaby is still too young for these type of toys as all those flashing lights and sounds are too stimulating for her growing brain. I believe that these types of toys are great ages 2 and up. I also believe that electronic toys should not replace interaction between a parent and a child. Parents should still read and sing to their children. I am one that uses the trip to the store with my child as quality time and I will use this opportunity for learning by having my kids help me look for items in the store. It cringes me when I see young kids in a shopping cart watching a movie on a device and a parent talking on the phone. I once even saw a young child watching a movie on a phone while walking behind their parents in a store. We parents need to slow down and spend time with our kids even if it means talking to them while at the grocery store.

Interactive toys can enhance learning

  Notice that I said these toys can enhance one on one learning that kids get from parents or teachers and should not be a substitute for learning. These type of toys can help the parent teach their child as the sounds and bright lights stimulate senses and encourage fine learning. They can also help build important skills. My boys would play with these toys and I would have fun with them. I just loved singing the ABCs with my boys. I love the learning toys that have a digital writing pen as it saves paper as they are learning to write.

Check out my favorites for my new grandbaby!

VTECH® Touch & Discover Sensory Turtle™ 
           Ages 3+ months

   I like this cute turtle as it can be enjoyed without the electronic part, making it a perfect toy for younger kids. My grandbaby can get some great fine motor skills and sensory play as she touches the different textures on the turtle. I love that this cute colorful turtle is also soft so little ones will not be hurt when they drop it. The turtle also has a mirror as babies love looking at themselves. When my granddaughter gets older, her mom can turn the turtle on so the baby can press the buttons to learn her colors. This cute plush will be great for long car ride entertainment.

 When the Touch & Discover Sensory Turtle™ comes out of his shell, he's sure to entertain your little one! This cuddly plush turtle features a variety of textures, colors, and patterns to stimulate your baby's senses and encourage fine motor skills. Play peek-a-boo with the cute and cuddly turtle by tucking in his head and legs to change him into a soft, wobbly ball for 2-in-1 play. The chunky button on the top of the shell is easy for little ones to press and lights up in a variety of colors as it responds with sounds, music, and cute phrases. The shell includes a baby-safe mirror, rattle, and ring. There's plenty to see, touch and explore with this textured tortoise!

LEAPFROG® Go-with-Me ABC Backpack™     Age 3+ years

 When my daughter starts teaching the baby her ABCs, this Backpack will help my granddaughter recognize the letters and help her to write the letters. I like that everything stores inside the case so nothing gets lost. I can see little ones having fun carrying the interactive toy on their back and pretending to go to school. The toy will help my daughter to help the baby associate the letters with sounds and words as they place the letters into the spaces. I remember the fun that my boys use to have pressing buttons on their ABC toy and the repeating the letter and the word that the toy would say. This would be a perfect toy to take along for doctor appointments to help pass the time while waiting for the doctor in the boring examination room. I never understood why all the fun toys were in the waiting room and there was never anything to play with once we got back to the exam room, except for a couple books that we read through quickly. This mom could only do so much singing or I Spy while waiting forever for the doctor.

Embark on a learning adventure with Mr. Pencil and the Go-with-Me ABC Backpack™. This one of a kind toy lets toddlers interact with the alphabet in awesome ways. Using the write and erase board, kids can practice letter writing and draw with Mr. Pencil. The screen shows how to write each letter step-by-step and then shows how to turn each letter into animals. Inserting the 26 letter pieces into the letter spaces teaches the letter name, letter sound, an animal that begins with that letter and more. Little learners can play seven different activities and when they’re done, the plastic backpack holds all the pieces inside. Clip the backpack closed and wear like a real backpack for learning on the go. Draw, learn and get going!

LEAPFROG® Storytime Buddy™
      Age 2+ years

 This cute puppy will be great for long car trips and helping my grandbaby fall asleep. I always read a story to my boys at bedtime but there were some nights that they had trouble falling asleep after the story and they wanted to stay up all night. So I would turn on some music or play a book on a tape to help them fall asleep. This cute puppy is soft so it can stay in bed with them and maybe when the baby wakes up she will play with the toy for a bit so mom can get that much-needed sleep. This toy can encourage a love for reading in young kids while helping them learn numbers, shapes, and other items. It is never to early to start reading to babies, my daughter who is also a teacher even brought a children's book to the hospital when the baby was born. I am not sure if she got a chance to read to the baby as the baby was having trouble learning to eat. My grandbaby is going to be smart as I know that my daughter will read to her plenty as my daughter read to her younger brothers. I remember the first time I brought one of the youngest boys, who was 18 months at the time, to the library and how he got so excited about seeing all the books.

Encourage a love of reading with the plush Storytime Buddy™! Choose from five books about Buddy and his friends Bella, Cooper, Mona, and Pepper and Buddy will read each one. Beginner readers can read along while learning about emotions, shapes, numbers, colors, and opposites. Kids can also interact with Buddy by answering reading comprehension questions and singing along to happy learning songs. When it's time for bed, they can snuggle up and drift off to sleep as Buddy quietly reads bedtime stories or plays Brahms' Lullaby while his tag becomes a color-changing nightlight.

Which LeapFrog or VTech toy is your favorite?

Monday, September 17, 2018

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My Discovery Of A Drug Free Airborne Particle Blocker Called NasalGuard

Can a simple Drug-Free gel help with my allergies?

  This year has been a tough one for my seasonal allergies. We had a mild winter last year and that meant that I never got a much-needed break from all the things that trigger my allergies. While I hate the cold winters, I know they are needed to freeze all the plants out there that cause my seasonal allergies. When we have a cold winter I can take a break from my allergy medicines but this year I was not able to do that as my asthmatic cough kicked in in January in full force so much that I had several episodes of breathing problems and was coughing up way too much mucus. I have always been able to keep my allergy induced asthma under control with a couple of allergy medicines but not this year. Through research, I learned about things that could help when that phlegm blocked my airways. I found out that my daily habit of coffee was actually good for opening my airways so I could get all that mucus from my asthma triggers out of my lungs. I also learned that a dairy allergy was causing my asthma too. I already had lactose issues from dairy so I was not happy that I could not have cheese.

I have way too many asthma triggers

   Then spring brought rain and more weeds. While I know that we needed the rain, I just wish those darn weeds would not come with it. With rain also comes mold, another trigger of my asthma so I was glad when things got dry again. The dryness then meant our state was at risk for forest fires. It is quite common to have forest fires in New Mexico in the summer so that can bring in smoke which is another asthma trigger of mine along with dust. Ironically the fires here did not settle the smoke near me but the recent fires of California and Washington did. So my summers are a vicious cycle for me dry means fewer weeds but the risk of smoke from fires. The rain which is needed to keep the fires away brings weeds that makes me cough. Yes, I have to close my windows when my neighbors burn weeds or barbecue. I also have breathing problems and eczema when I pull the weeds.

Some days I wish that I could live in a bubble.

  So when I discovered an Indivisible Air-Filter Gel that could block all those airborne particles that were causing my asthmatic cough, I knew that I had to give it a try as I really did not want to start having to take more drugs to treat my asthma. I was also tired of having to keep my windows closed and working out at the gym. This clear gel was simple to use too. All I had to do was rub some of the clear gel under my nose and it would block things like mold, pollen, dust, and pet dander from getting into my airways. I liked that the gel was drug-free and safe.

NasalGuard also prevents virus-sized particles from entering

  My sample of NasalGuard Airborne Particle Blocker arrived right before my trip to New York so I tucked the small tube into my pocket on the way to the airport. Once I read the package and saw that it might prevent virus-sized particles from entering my nose, I rubbed the clear gel under my nose as the air in airplanes can be full of germs. I was so happy that it did not irritate my skin and it had a pleasant natural scent that I enjoyed inhaling. I was glad for a natural scent and lately, even my husbands citrus lotion makes me cough and don't get me started on chemical cleaners. I stay away from the gym when the cleaning crew is there as they use chemical cleaners that make me cough up a lung.

How does NasalGuard work?

  Once I was on the plane, I noticed that I did not have any coughing episodes. I am sure you are wondering how a clear gel can block contaminated air from entering the nasal passages. NasalGuard Airborne Particle Blocker uses an electrostatic technology to reduce the inhalation of airborne particles before they enter your nose.

NasalGuard gel uses a cationic (positively-charged) polymer that creates a safe electrostatic field around the nasal passages which trap oppositely-charged particles and repels similarly-charged particles to reduce inhalation of most harmful airborne particles BEFORE they enter your body. NasalGuard has no active drug ingredients which would interact with other medications that a user might be taking.

I applied NasalGuard before running

  When I got home from my trip I then put this safe gel to the test outdoors while running. I was surprised that the smell of the weeds did not bother me. I have a sensitive nose and will start coughing after the grass is cut at the park near my home. I was even able to run with fewer breaks as I was coughing less. I know that the local weeds are a big asthma trigger because when I was visiting my daughter in Las Vegas I was able to run faster and longer. The higher altitude of New Mexico may also be a reason for my exercise-induced asthma as the only time that I cough in Las Vegas was while I was visiting the new baby in the hospital from the cleaning chemicals. How I wish that my NasalGuard arrived in time for that trip.

  I will continue to apply NasalGuard every day as less coughing is a good thing to me. This gel is my extra layer of protection from all the nasty things in the air that makes me cough. Maybe when winter arrives and things stop growing here I might use this gel without my allergy medicines. It would be so awesome to not have to use regular allergy medicines and just use this drug-free gel.

Do you have allergies to things that are in the air?

Friday, September 14, 2018


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Pretty In Pink With My Flex It Pink Fitness Box

This company gets me!

                 I received a Flex It Pink box to review and all opinions are my own.

  Running is the way I get my daily exercise. I am not a slow person by nature and I want an intense fast workout so I can get my exercise done in less time. Running is fun too and it is the speed part that I like the best. I just don't have a slow mode and when I am walking with others it is hard for me to slow down. My youngest son is a lot like me and his teachers are always telling him to slow down. Yesterday as we were walking, he told me that he hated being the line leader at school as everyone is always way behind him. He also is the one giving kids "flat tires" on their shoes when he is behind others as they are too slow for him. I so get it, my son, as I get so frustrated when grocery shopping at crowded stores. Yes, I am that lady who is speed walking past you. I have also been told by others at the gym that I do intense workouts. Since running is a passion of mine, I love all things about running. The races, the shoes, the music, and the pink boxes!

 I loved that everything was pink!

 Pink is my second favorite color, right after purple. My family knows that I am a sucker for anything in these colors. I tend to buy something because it is purple. The other day my husband asked why we had a mini spatula, he wanted to know if it was for flipping silver dollar pancakes. I told him that it was purple and that is was all he needed to know. The truth is the bigger size spatula came in black and I wanted a purple one. It still works for flipping things over for me. So back to the color pink. A company reached out to me asking if I wanted to check out their Cute + inclusive fitness apparel and that got my attention as I can always use cute fitness items. When I found out that the items were pink, I was like send it to me!

 Once these cute pink items arrived, I was even more excited. Not only were the items pink but they had these awesome motivational sayings on them. I loved almost everything in the box. The one item that I did not care for was the hat. I am just not a hat person. I did love the colors of the hat and the saying on it though.

 Words that describe how I feel about running!

  I even loved the sling bag! I was never a sling bag type of person but I will be using this sling bag as I just love the words on the bag. This bag is my new favorite bag and it will be great for small trips to the store down the street. The smaller bag will be great for traveling to use for my makeup.

How do I look?

My favorite part of the box was the t-shirt! 

 The fact that the t-shirt was pink just won me over. This shirt was also comfortable and the right style for running. When I look at the shirt I will be motivated to run faster as the saying on the shirt is so me! That is the concept behind Flex It Pink Boxes, this company was to motivate women of all shapes & sizes to workout and feel beautiful. Flex It Pink wants women to feel empowered & supported through their fitness journey and they offer clothing in sizes from  XS - XXXL.

 A healthy snack for after the workout.

 The box even included some protein cookies. I love my sweets and I love that I can get the needed after workout protein in a cookie. These cookies were very tasty. This box of goodies was just the thing that I needed to motivate me to work out the next day at the gym with my husband. This subscription box also includes virtual 5K info packets. The best part is you can sign up for one box or receive a box every month.

Each Flex It Pink Subscription Box includes:
             30-Day Fitness Challenge or Virtual 5K Info Packet
              Adorable Flex It Pink Apparel (sizes include XS - XXXL)
              Fitness accessories (Headphones, Shaker Bottles, Bracelets, Hats, etc.
              A healthy snack sample from loved food/drink brands
              Other inspiring Flex It Pink swag!

What do you for exercise?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

My Review of Unbroken: Path to Redemption

This movie was a great family movie!

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”). I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

  My family and I had an opportunity to watch Unbroken: Path to Redemption before it came to theatres. I love movies that are based on a true store and that are ones we can watch as a family. My boys are pre-teens so there are some PG13 movies that I will allow them to watch and this faith-based movie was one that I approved of. This movie has a PG13 rating as there were some scenes in that were flashbacks that showed some violence from the Japanese war camp. These scenes were tough to watch. Some of the violent scenes made me jump but my boys were fine with them. Other than the scary parts of the war camp, I really liked this movie for a family movie night. This movie brought up some great discussions afterward with the whole family.

  The movie was about World War II hero Louis Zamperini who was a prisoner war camp survivor that blamed God for the torture that he endured. This makes me think of people who say "how could God allow such bad things to happen!" Louis turns to alcohol to escape all the flashbacks from the camp. This movie opened my eyes to the true suffering of PTSD that many war people suffer from, a term that is being so loosely used by people for other things. Louis meets his future wife Cynthia in Miami when he has orders for R&R to try to give up his addiction to alcohol. She falls in love with him and has no idea of his PTSD. These flashbacks focus on the torture that Louis endure in the prisoner camp and all the alcohol does is make him a violent person that his wife is so afraid that she wants out of the marriage. A friend invites Cynthia to a Billy Graham crusade and through her new faith she realizes that she must help her husband find the peace that only God can give. Louis eventually surrenders to God and learns to forgive those that hurt him.

                                                  #unbrokenfilm #FlyBy

 This movie really moved my family and after the movie, we had plenty of questions about Louis's true story that lead me to the internet searching for answers. That lead to a history lesson and a faith lesson for my boys. I loved the real footage of Louis and Billy Graham at the end of the movie. It is truly amazing the lives that Billy Graham touched through his ministry. This is a movie that I want to watch again. I have not seen the first Unbroken movie that was released in 2014 but after seeing this movie, I want to view that one.


Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book, UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION begins where the hit movie Unbroken concludes, sharing the next amazing chapter of the unbelievable true story of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini.

Haunted by nightmares of his torment, Louie sees himself as anything but a hero. Then, he meets Cynthia, a young woman who captures his eye—and his heart.

Louie’s wrathful quest for revenge drives him deeper into despair, putting the couple on the brink of divorce. Until Cynthia experiences Billy Graham’s 1949 Los Angeles Crusade, where she finds faith in God and a renewed commitment to her marriage and her husband. Now, her most fervent prayer is for God to help Louie find the peace and forgiveness he so desperately needs.

In theaters September 14, UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION brings to life the rest of this powerful real-life story of forgiveness, redemption, and amazing grace.

Will you be watching Unbroken: Path to Redemption?

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Snack Collect And Win With This Instant Win At Walmart

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectSnack #CollectiveBias

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Love Cold Brew Coffee But Not The Long Brew Time & A Giveaway

Do you love cold brew coffee but hate the long brew time?

        I received samples from Java House to facilitate this post and giveaway.

  I love cold brew coffee as it has a way better less bitter taste than traditional coffee. Cold brew coffee also has a rich sweet smooth taste that can only be achieved by soaking the coffee grounds in cold water for 12-24 hours. You see, the bitter taste that traditional coffee can have is caused by brewing the coffee grounds in hot water and that can also cause the coffee to have more acidity. When I drink cold brew coffee, I add way less sugar too my cup as it has a sweet delicious taste. So I do love a good cup of cold brew coffee but the one frustration that I have when it comes to cold brew coffee is the long time it takes to brew so most mornings I make hot coffee as I forgot to start my cold brew coffee the night before.

Enjoying cold brew coffee is as easy as peeling open a pod

    I now can enjoy a sweet delicious cup of coffee without the long overnight brew time as I discovered Java Cold Brew Coffee Java House Pods. These dual-use liquid pods are the best way to enjoy rich flavorful cold brew coffee at home or on the go. I can open one of these awesome pods of sweet coffee and pour it over ice and water for a delicious cold coffee drink or I can pod the unique pod into my single serve coffee maker and enjoy a hot cup of smooth sweet cold brew coffee. So now I don't have to remember to brew my coffee the day before to get the cold brew coffee taste that I love.

Delicious coffee when I travel is always a good thing

  I love to start my mornings with a freshly brewed cup of warm coffee but when I travel that does not always happen. Sometimes the hotel doesn't provide coffee and using the coffee makers in the room is just not going to happen as who knows what germs or dirt can be in those coffee makers as they never get cleaned. I am also not willing to pay for expensive coffee at a coffee shop or drink the coffee on the airplane. So these small cold brew coffee pods are perfect to toss into my travel bag so I can enjoy a cup of cold brew coffee anytime as all I need is water. So that means I can enjoy this rich flavorful coffee in the sky or at the airport or while waiting for the shuttle.

The Authentic Cold Brew Process

JAVA HOUSE® Authentic Cold Brew Coffee uses time-honored, craftsman techniques and only two ingredients: 100% air roasted Arabica beans and cold water. The grounds are slowly steeped for 12 hours in cold water, a key to creating the smooth flavor. Traditionally, coffee grounds are brewed in hot water, which oxidizes them more quickly and causes the resulting coffee to be aromatic but very bitter. In the cold brew process, the final product is smoother, naturally sweeter and less acidic than hot-brewed coffee.

Available in four varieties: Colombian (medium roast), Ethiopian (light roast), Sumatran (dark roast) and Decaf (medium roast)


Java House would love to stock one lucky reader with a month's supply of cold brew coffee to help make your new morning routine run smoothly. Just enter on the giveaway form below and good luck!
 While you are waiting for the giveaway to end make sure to head on over to the Java House website and to try some of this delicious coffee. You can also find Java House Cold Brew Coffee at most Walmart stores.

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Chances of winning this giveaway depend on the number of entries. All entries will be verified. The winner will be notified within 48 hours of the end of the contest and will then have 24 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited

Friday, September 7, 2018

Five Anxiety Tips for Moms

Five Anxiety Tips for Moms
Bеіng аnxіоuѕ оnсе іn a while is nоrmаl. However, an аnxіеtу dіѕоrdеr іѕ a ѕеvеrе mеntаl dіѕоrdеr. The symptoms оf the disorder rаngе frоm соmmоn fеаr оf thе unknоwn tо еxсеѕѕіvе раrаnоіа which can hаmреr dау-tо-dау activities.

   It’s nоrmаl for a wоmаn to fееl оn еdgе after having a bаbу, but those ѕuffеrіng frоm аnxіеtу uѕuаllу fасе рrоlоngеd anxiety-related symptoms, ѕuсh as іrrіtаbіlіtу, difficulty соnсеntrаtіng, rеѕtlеѕѕnеѕѕ, еtс., whісh саn іmmеnѕеlу affect thеіr аbіlіtу tо tаkе gооd саrе оf their nеw born bаbу. 
Fіndіng іt dіffісult lіvіng wіth аnxіеtу as a mоm? 

If so, we’ve included 5 tірѕ thаt саn hеlр curb your аnxіеtу аѕ a new mоm.

Sleep whеn your bаbу sleeps 
              Yоur bаbу will probably sleep for twо hоurѕ аt a time: wаkе uр fоr a fееd, a рlау, a nарру сhаngе оr two аnd then gо blissfully bасk tо sleep аgаіn - іf only life ѕtауеd thіѕ еаѕу! It’s іdеаl fоr уоu tо fоllоw уоur new bаbу'ѕ sleeping patterns tо mаkе uр fоr the ѕlеер you may have mіѕѕеd bеfоrе the morning. At first, it may ѕееm hаrd tо sleep for short іntеrvаlѕ оf tіmе, however, you’ll be able to adapt as time goes on.

Kеер vіѕіtоrѕ to a minimum (еѕресіаllу in the first week) 
              Aѕ a mom whо just hаd hеr baby, coming home уоu are lіkеlу to have аn іnflux оf vіѕіtоrѕ and wеll-wіѕhеrѕ. This саn bе incredibly drаіnіng fоr уоu and your baby. Nеw bаbіеѕ саn gеt ill vеrу ԛuісklу аѕ well as needing a lіttlе tіmе to adapt to their new еnvіrоnmеnt without bеіng соmрlеtеlу overwhelmed. Infоrm your frіеndѕ tо be patient for a minimum of one week or two before visiting. This can help your newborn to relax and adapt to their new home.

Stор ароlоgіzіng 
               There is a ѕауіng thаt says, thе bеѕt wау tо mеаѕurе thе dерth оf undеrѕtаndіng of a given concept іѕ by еffесtіvеlу еxрlаіnіng it to another реrѕоn. A study shows that sharing the truthѕ оf lіfе as a wife and husband, еѕресіаllу оn thе tоріс оf аnxіеtу, gives both spouses the орроrtunity tо bеttеr ѕuрроrt each оthеr. Whether іt’ѕ a frіеnd, fаmіlу member, acquittance or a spouse wіth whom you feel a strong соnnесtіоn with, іnѕtеаd of apologizing, еxрlаіn how your аnxіеtу works. It will strengthen your relationship among you and your spouse and it’ll teach you both how to work together especially when managing a disorder that can often be too much to face alone.

Slow Yоur Mіnd wіth Mеdіtаtіоn or Prауеr 
               It’s соmmоn fоr реорlе with аnxіеtу tо feel like thеіr brain won’t shut off. Thеу can’t ѕееm tо ѕlоw their thоughtѕ to where they can feel calm.
                Aѕ a mom, lеаrnіng tесhnіquеѕ for mеdіtаtіоn, рrауеr оr even some quiet time is сrіtісаl when dealing wіth аnxіеtу. It can help уоu lіvе in the рrеѕеnt and avoid the feeling as you’d be running on a hamster wheel of worry.

Try Online Counseling
                You’re not alone as you can talk to a professional and it could be of great help especially if you’re a mom who lives with anxiety and all its related symptoms. Visiting a doctor's office may hinder your freedom to fully express yourself, however, studies show how online therapy can benefit many who experience fear when talking to a professional about their mental health illnesses. Online therapy can also be very beneficial to mom’s who also work during the day and have busy schedules. The lack of time is no longer an excuse as online therapy offers licensed professionals who are eager to help those who seek treatment and can be very affordable.

                As a mom, I’ve learned how online counseling can be very easy to schedule as it’s accessible on all platforms including via mobile devices. You also don’t have to wait to be helped as your therapist is always in constant contact with you via text and weekly scheduled video calls. I personally cannot recommend enough and if you’re looking for help, try online counseling today!

If You Can't Keep Plants Alive Fake It With Museum Trees

                              Silk Plants that look so real!

       I was provided with a complimentary tree in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

  I love plants but I am a plant killer. When I visit the hardware store, I always gravitate to the plant section and I just have to browse. The next thing that happens is I get sucked in by all the pretty colors and before I can say no, I am a proud owner of a new plant. I bring the plant home and I have all the intentions in the world to take care of it. I do well for the first couple of days and I remember to water it. Then I don't know what happens, life gets in the way, and I forget all about my plant. When I do remember my plant, it is too late and no amount of care brings it back. Don't tell me to just buy a cactus, I have killed those too.

I can keep kids alive

  I just don't understand, I am a very loving person. I have five kids and they are all alive and growing. Maybe it the plant would just scream that it needs water, I could keep it alive. So for now, I just stay away from places that sell plants and get my plant fix when I am out walking. So when I discovered a place that sells Custom Artificial Trees and other plants that look so real, I was so excited! I could have a pretty plant in my house that looks like the real thing and needed none of my attention. This plant looks amazing without any water or sun! So I could place it anywhere in my house and enjoy it! That is a good thing for me as my house gets very little natural sunlight. I also keep my house too cold in the winter for a plant. I am the one who is always warm and I tell my family to put on a sweater!

This plant looks amazing without any water or sun!

 I love silk plants and they are great for decorating. This Zebra Plant looks amazing in my house and it so refreshing and it adds amazing color. It reminds me of a tropical island. I live in the desert so even if I had a green thumb, a real tropical plant would never survive in my house or outside. The only care that I have to give this green striped plant is an occasional dusting. If I forget to dust my beautiful plant, it still looks amazing.

The only care that I have to give is an occasional dusting

  I can even place this plant outside if I like and it will survive. I might use it for decorating when I entertain outside. Even outside this plant needs no watering so it fits in well with the drought-resistant plants that I have in my backyard. The Zebra plant is "planted" in a pot with decorative moss but I think it would look amazing if I transplanted it into another pot with some rocks from my yard.

Can you keep plants alive? Or do you kill them like me?

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