Join Us On a Yoga Retreat in Mexico!

   
Do you feel long overdue for a getaway that doubles as both a spectacular vacation and a once in a lifetime retreat to help you relax and rejuvenate? Whether you are an advanced yogi leading a lifestyle of health and wellness or simply somebody looking to connect with and begin to revitalize their own body amid the shores of a tropical paradise, Retreats Unlimited has already planned the perfect trip for you in Lapaz, Mexico. Maybe your kids are grown and it is time for you to focus a bit on finding your own joy, or perhaps you have little ones and you are long overdue for a bit of relaxing (and wouldn’t a Yoga Retreat be a spectacular Mothers Day gift!). Join Retreats Unlimited and 2 of your very own Daily Mom Editors on what is sure to be the trip of a lifetime!

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100 Hobbies for Parents

Parents, do you take time for yourself? Do you have a hobby? Do you do what you love to do, just for enjoyment? You might not think you have time or that you shouldn’t take time away from your kids but having a hobby is actually highly beneficial. 

To get you started on your quest for a hobby, we have put together 100 Hobbies for Parents. You are sure to find something in this list that excites you. Set aside some time in your week and get yourself on the path to a better you with a hobby!

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Why Parents NEED a Hobby

What is one of the first things to go when a baby arrives on the scene? Taking time for yourself! With the joy of parenting comes the sudden realization that your life is not just about you anymore. Time that seemed endless now disappears more quickly than you ever imagined. Even after the sleepless newborn nights have passed, many parents continue to sacrifice, leaving behind hobbies they once enjoyed regularly. However, having a hobby isn’t just a good idea, it is actually incredibly beneficial and can improve your life! Here are 4 areas of your life that will improve just by you enjoying a hobby.

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Moments of Marriage – A Letter to My Granddaughter

Wedding season is upon us. Many young women are proudly showing off their beautiful engagement rings and beginning their wedding preparations. It is a time of excitement for brides-to-be, their mothers, and if they’re fortunate enough to still have their grandmothers present, exciting for them as well. For many though, their grandmothers have passed on and it often leaves a void. Many years of wisdom from grandmothers could be shared and unfortunately won’t be.

For this reason, I want to be sure my granddaughter has tidbits of wisdom tucked into her heart, from my heart, before she walks down the aisle. I want her to know, even if I am not there with her physically, that my spirit and the moments of marriage I pass onto her will be remembered for always.

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5 Books to Read this Spring

5 Books to Read This Spring

Reading regularly will help stimulate your mind, reduce stress, and improve your memory. Researchers have found that hobbies, like reading, may slow Alzheimer’s, and sleep experts recommend reading as part of your evening routine for better sleep.

Even with these benefits, many adults do not read regularly. In 2013, the Huffington Post shared the results of a survey of 1,000 American adults that demonstrated that over 28% of people did not read at all and 25% read only a single book a year. In just three years since the release of that survey it is easy to assume with the increase in technology and predominance of screen time that those numbers have most likely decreased.

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A Savior for Stinky, Sockless Feet

Socks are like straitjackets for feet, and finding a pair that doesn’t bunch up or have annoying toe seams is near impossible. No wonder kids act like rabid squirrels when forced to wear them. Adults get the option of going sock-free thankfully, and most casual shoes nowadays would look downright dorktastic with them anyway. There is just one teeny, tiny problem with going sock-commando: the putrid stench that comes from sockless feet. It’s awful… not to mention embarrassing!

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Shopping More Naturally

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% of Daily Mom.

If you desire a more natural lifestyle for your family, a good place to start is to change the way you shop. When you sit your kids in the shopping cart at your favorite super store like Target, you can make more natural choices for everything on your list. Earth Day (April 22, 2016) is just around the corner so this is the perfect time to make some changes for your family and the planet. We have some great tips to keep in mind if you want to shop more naturally.

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How Olympians Handle Parenthood

Can you imagine the publicity, the rush of adrenaline, the excitement and the terror of competing in the Olympics? That is exactly what Kikkan Randall felt as she became the first ever female to score a World Cup victory in cross-country skiing.

As exciting as that was, her focus is now on her next venture – motherhood. Since this is no small feat for her, she is one woman who relies on wild seafood to fuel her pregnancy health that will not only take her to the finish line, but her unborn child is in the race too… and it’s a great start!

Join in on this exciting venture: interviewing Kikkan on her triumphs and why she has chosen seafood to fuel her next goal: a healthy pregnancy and baby.

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6 Ways to Get Better Sleep

There are many things that can interfere with a good night’s sleep– stress from work, family responsibilities, financial woes, relationship issues and illnesses. It comes as no surprise that a good night’s sleep eludes you from time to time. Fortunately you can adopt habits that encourage better sleep since it’s nearly impossible to control all of the factors that interfere with your sleep.

Here are 6 ways to achieve better sleep and feel more rested.

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Real Food on a Real Budget

Shopping for a family can be a challenge, especially when you want to buy real, healthy foods on a real, average budget. If you think you can’t afford to buy organic or make healthy choices because you can’t shop every week at Whole Foods, you are wrong! If you are willing to put in a little more effort and search for the organic quinoa in the haystack, you can eat incredibly well and stay within your means. The secret to real food on a real budget is where you shop. Here are three discount stores that you need to check out. 

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AN EXHAUSTED PARENT’S SURVIVAL GUIDE

Parenting is tough. Feeding, clothing, nurturing, and providing shelter for the tiny life (or lives) in your care is a daunting task, and today’s expectations seem to be piling on so much more.

Is your child delayed? Is your child gifted? (And what are you doing about it?) Could his hyperactivity be indicative of gluten allergy, is it a sign of an attention problem, or is it just NORMAL? What sports/music lessons/martial arts/pottery classes is your kid signed up for this season? And how does your play date schedule match up with the other moms’ in the school car line – you know, the ones with the freshly manicured nails that are NOT wearing the same pair of yoga pants to pick-up for the third day in a row?

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7 Ways to Prevent the Stress of being a WAHM

It’s been said to be the best of both worlds — being able to work from home while also being home with your children each day. In fact, the option is so popular that Pinterest has hundreds of “work from home” pins geared towards moms; not to mention the explosive boom of multi-level marketing companies popping up ALL over social media. If you dare to go on Facebook, you’ll mostly find another invite to an online party or a newsfeed full of your friends earnestly trying to bring in some form of income all while staying at home with their children. To be able to make money from the comfort of your own home while raising your children each day has become the “ideal” situation, and while it certainly has its perks, there are many obstacles to overcome to make the new venture worth your sanity and time. To help you navigate the home office stress-free, we’ve come up with the 7 best ways to prevent the stress of being a work at home mom. 

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3 Reasons to Keep a Trampoline…Year Round

Think your kids don’t get out enough? It’s probably true! Imagine watching your children develop and explore their talents through tricks and flips you may have thought were only reserved for the professionals. Every one of those “professionals” had to start somewhere.

Got sharing issues among your children? Get a trampoline. Worried your homeschooler isn’t “socializing”? Get a trampoline. Want to help your child with balance and confidence? Get a trampoline. Plus, mom and dad can use it and lead by example, becoming your child’s hero (and giving you a bit of exercise too)!

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5 Ways to Get the Most out of your Planet Fitness Membership

For most of us, we join a gym with every intention of getting into shape and meeting fitness goals. Unfortunately many of us also fail to take advantage of our paid membership which results in frustration and wasted money month after month. When you’re looking for a gym, it’s important to join one that has the things you’re looking for in a gym and a gym that will keep you engaged throughout your fitness journey.

If you’re looking for an affordable gym with a ton of perks to help get you started, then Planet Fitness is the gym for you. With affordable monthly payments and two different plans to choose from on top of FREE personal training, a 30 minute circuit, massage beds, tanning beds and locker rooms with showers, you’re sure to fall in love with Planet Fitness.

Here are 5 ways to get the most out of your Planet Fitness Membership.

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How I Became a More Confident Mother

As soon as we find out we’re carrying a child, self-doubt begins to creep into our thoughts. We read, observe, question, wonder and worry about everything from pregnancy to when our children will grow old. Having a child is life-altering and can often leave a woman feeling inadequate with the responsibility of raising another human being. It should come naturally, right? Wrong! When I gave birth I use to say, “each child should come out with their own manual.” Like when you bring home a new appliance; the manual comes with directions, troubleshooting, and what to do if you need to exchange it or return it.

Honestly, it would have been easier having a manual than stressing for years figuring out what to do with each child. This was especially true after I brought home my third child who was born with a birth defect. Here I thought I had motherhood down after getting my other children through toddlerhood. Now I needed a whole other manual for child number three.

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