8 ways to rock motherhood this summer

#1 Practice yoga—it will aid in the release of any anxieties, which will lead you to a happier, more peaceful state.

8 ways to rock motherhood this summer

Coming into motherhood requires quite the reckoning with your self-identity. It’s no longer so easy to take off to this music festival or that overnight trip. Life has changed and it’s okay to find that adjustment difficult—to struggle in the shaking off of that part of your independent self.

Summer is a season of fruitfulness, vibrancy, color, heat and sensuality. Days in the scorching sun brings memories of juicy strawberries, the zing of lemonade or sangria best enjoyed near a body of water, and lazy afternoons spent reading in a hammock. (Now it’s sandcastle building, blowing bubbles, and begging a tiny human to let you put sunscreen on them.)


Urgings to give into the pleasures of the season often conflict with the responsibilities of new motherhood.

Here are 8 ways you can blossom with the season as you also flourish into motherhood.

1. Eat colorfully

Summer is the best time to access a variety of colorful fruit and veggies—making meals much more exciting. The vibrancy of the color translates into nutrient-rich foods, and since we tend to be more active during the summer, it goes that we need more to sustain our energy levels. Besides, who doesn’t love looking down at a rainbow of color on their plate.

Buying local is the best way to take advantage of seasonal produce. Head to a farmer’s market or stand in lieu of visiting the supermarket. This allows you to chat with the farmers, ask about practices used, and learn about the growing season or any other anecdotal notes and knowledge that only farmers can share.

2. Drink water

The benefits of drinking water is the best practice you can have for your health, especially during these warm weather months. Drinking water increases energy and relieves fatigue, promotes weight loss, flushes out toxins, improves skin complexion, maintains regular bowel health, boots your immune system, is a natural headache remedy, and prevents cramps and sprains – just to name a few!

In our home we filter our water, but you might also want to try alkaline water, which has a higher pH level, and is believed to neutralize the acids in the body. Add a slice or two of lemon or a drop of lemon essential oil for a detoxifying and uplifting effect.

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3. Practice yoga

There are so many benefits to practicing yoga, the doles of which I’m only beginning to learn. After just one visit to the studio, I return noticeably different: more aware of my muscles and movements, confident in my own strength and ability, focused and clear of mind.

Plus, yoga is spiritual in practice, and it will aid in the release of any sticky feelings or anxieties, which will lead you to a happier, more peaceful state.

4. Garden

Cultivating a space in which to bear food is the perfect metaphor for this season of our life. Tend to your garden as you will yourself this summer – when you can and when the babe allows. It’s incredible how both you and your garden will flourish with even the smallest of gestures.

5. Express creativity

Summer is a time when creativity planted in spring comes to fruition – so express it! Learn pottery, paint, color meditatively in adult coloring books, sit on the porch with grandma sipping lemonade and learning a skill – preserving, knitting, crocheting, rug braiding, basket weaving – anything! Have fun discovering the magic you have within yourself to express.

6. Spend time outdoors

Of all seasons, the warm days of summer are the most encouraging for getting outdoors. It’s hard to resist the draw of the summer sunshine, the flicker of leaves in the warm breeze, the laughter of children at the beach or splash pad, the hum of boat motors on the lake, the hypnotizing sound of crickets at night that cause us to linger in the fresh air and fading sun.

Anxieties lessen, minds clear, and happiness is infectious when in nature; this is true for both mother and babe. Challenge yourself each day to take your little one on an adventure in nature at least once each day and see where you end up.

7. Meet the neighbors

These days we spend so much of our time engaging with devices, we suffer from social isolation without seeming to realize it. We are social creatures by nature, and a simple conversation with a neighbor or even short visit with a friend can boost our morale enormously.

Strike a balance, to be sure, but try not to fall into too many days of isolation at home alone with baby.

8. Celebrate

Be intentional about this season by finding small delights in the everyday. The world is abuzz and blooming all around you and with so much to find joy in, celebrate how alive you are and the world around you is. This is our season to blossom and grow. Make room in motherhood for that.

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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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