I have a love-hate relationship with New Year's resolutions. I love the opportunity to reflect on the previous year and assess what's been working well—and what hasn't. But I dislike the pressure of a resolution and feeling like if we don't stick to them, somehow we've failed. Plus, mamas don't need any more pressure than we already have!
Still, every year I make them and I think if we go into it with the right mindset (goodbye, pressure to do it all) then we can start out the year on the right foot. If you're like me, sometimes a treat to incentivize my resolutions is just what I need to really get excited by it, and stick to it.
So, we've curated a list of our favorite gear to help you make those resolutions... and then decide whether or not you actually want to stick to them 😉.
Is cozying up with a great book is on your to-do list for the new year! Well, we are super excited to introduce Motherly's Book Club! Here are the details:
- Every month, we'll ask you to vote on a book (written by an author who is also a mama) that fits into a monthly theme.
- With each book, we'll also recommend a companion book for your child + a round-up of relevant products.
- Subscribe to the Motherly Minute to get notified when we announce each month's book, and follow us on IG to join the conversation around the book of the month and to vote on the following month's book.
Our first book was voted on by YOU! We are super excited to read Managing the Motherload: A Guide to Creating More Ease, Space, and Grace in Motherhood by Rebekah Barucki!
The child's book to accompany Motherly's very first Book Club pick is so adorable! We are in love with Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing by Christopher Willard PsyD, Daniel Rechtschaffen MA, and illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown.
The Vooray Burner Gym Bag is durable and oh-so-pretty, making it the perfect gym buddy. It has lots of pockets, including a ventilated shoe pocket and a mesh water bottle pouch. Plus, the bottom is made of a waterproof base to keep your gear dry even if you share a locker room with the swim team. Happy exercising!
The BlanQuil Weight Blanket is a total favorite of our Managing Editor, Kaitlyn Russell. "I wasn't a believer in the weighted blanket trend until I added this to my bed. I struggle to fall asleep but this has played a huge role in helping me fall asleep faster (and stay asleep). The 15-pound one is the perfect weight for me—it's as if I'm being swaddled perfectly."
If you're feeling the need to up your veggies and minimize your meat and dairy, The Forks Over Knives Cookbook will get you there (in a delicious way). Bon appetit! 🥒
The Balance Bound planner is the newest planner to hit the scene, and it's bound to change the way we structure our days. With designated areas to plan for all areas of your life—work, self, others, and home—it ensures that you're dividing your attention equally... and not burning out in the process.
Psst: Use code MOTHERLY through December 31st for 15% off!
Psst: Our runners also recommend getting fitted for sneakers at a local running shop. They'll asses your feet and gait, and help you find the perfect sneakers for you.
We all know we need to protect our skin from the damaging effects of the sun (even in the winter). But finding a facial sunscreen we love can be hard... or at least, it was hard. Enter Maelove's Sun Protector. It gets wildly good reviews, and does double duty as a makeup primer.
Motherly's Managing Editor, Kaitlyn Russell, loves her Care/of vitamins. "Choosing supplements is hard, and I had stopped taking vitamins because all of the bottles piled up on my dresser and got overwhelming. This takes the guesswork out and I actually felt more energized and healthier knowing I was getting what I needed. Bonus: they come in one (yes, one!) packet that has your name and a daily quote or fact on it, making it a fun part of your morning routine." Prices start at $5.
Remember to consult with your healthcare provider before starting new vitamins or supplements.
Listen, when you're a parent, certain activities tends to, um, get away from you. If you've decided that 2020 is your year to reclaim your sex life (in whatever way feels comfortable and exciting for you), choose a natural and non-irritating lubrication like Penchant.
The power of spending time outside cannot be overstated—yet in our hectic grown-up lives, it is so easy forget (especially when it's cold out). The Arc'teryx Covert Fleece Hoodie is a perfect grab-and-go-outside layer to keep by your front door. Get out there, mama.
Our co-founder, Liz Tenety, adores Simple Habit. "I love Simple Habit's meditation-for-real-life approach. With hundreds of five to ten minute meditations, and many more multi-day lessons, I've pressed play on meditations focused on relieving work stress, connecting with my husband, and starting my day with more intentionality. The app also adjusts its offerings depending on time of day, making it easy for you to start your day right—or unwind after a long week—or even embrace a quiet morning. Nothing has helped boost my resilience in motherhood more than this simple meditation habit. I wish it for each and every mother I know."
Post-dinner walks can be great for digestion, mental health and getting your body ready for sleep. But post day-light savings, the darkness can make it a bit dangerous. We are mildly obsessed with this sci-fi looking REFLECT360 Running Jacket that will keep you warm and safe, while you decompress outside.
Okay, okay, so the coffee situation has gotten a little out of hand. We. Hear. You. If switching to tea is your goal, Vahdam Teas are an amazing way to do it. They have a huge variety to choose from, are delicious, and honestly just really pretty. Sip you later, coffee.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your provider before trying new herbs and teas.
Parenting seems to be synonymous with money flying out the window. Creating a budget can be an extremely powerful tool to regain control over your finances. You Need a Budget (or YNAB) is a fan favorite, for good reason. It makes budgeting and saving easy—and dare I say it—fun!
According to one study, 75% of adults don't drink enough water. Yikes! Let's change that by making sure we get eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Or, make it easy and invest in an awesome water bottle, like this one from Welly (that also has a tea infuser). Fill it up four times per day and you'll be well-hydrated!
Honesty time (without an ounce of judgment, promise). When was the last time you got a pap smear? How about a breast exam? And the dentist? Taking care of ourselves so often falls to the bottom of our list, but mama, do you have any idea how important you are? Commit to taking care of yourself. Find a perpetual calendar (or use your phone) and keep track of the dates when you will get your routine screening, tests, vaccines and more. (And then, remember to actually go.)
Psst: Start this resolution off with a trip to your general practitioner. Recommendations vary per person, and they can help you determine when you need to be seen.
No, I have never washed my face with my husband's body wash because I was too tired to see straight, let alone take care of my skin. Er, well, maybe... once... but enough! The Ordinary has a TON of cult favorites to help you get your skin routine right. And the prices are ah-mazing.
Our MotherlyStories Editor, Conz Preti, is a huge fan. She said, "I started using their stuff after my chin rebelled on me and I had major break outs all over. There was no way of controlling them. Another mom friend recommended the brand and I dove right in, buying their break out specific products. After a week of using them—A WEEK!—my chin was back to normal and has been since. I've stopped using The Ordinary since I've gotten pregnant (unsure if it's pregnancy safe so don't want to risk it) but cannot wait to resume once babies are here. I'd love to explore more of their other stuff! Also, the prices are unbeatable. That's why I decided to try their stuff, if they didn't work, I wouldn't be left with an empty bank account."
One note of caution, from our friends at The Ordinary: "While each ingredient has been tested and is considered safe for topical application, DECIEM products have not been tested on pregnant or breastfeeding women. When pregnant or breastfeeding, it is recommended to avoid any skincare products containing retinoids such as formulations with Granactive Retinoid or Retinol." In general, it's always a good idea to check with your provider before starting to use a new product, especially when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
These guided mindfulness activity cards are perfect for encouraging our kids (and, ahem, us) to become fully present in the moment.
There has been a lot of excitement about the use of manuka honey when it comes to natural ways to fight bacterias and viruses—and it is based on evidence! If you're interested in incorporating some more nature-based health remedies, we love the First Honey line of first aide products. I've tried them on a few of my kids' boo-boos (and my own), and i've been really impressed with them!
So often we rush from one task to the next, without stopping to consider the beauty all around us. Take time to find magic in the mundane. Whether it's by treating yourself to some luxurious aromatherapy body wash, to simply watching the clouds overhead, see if you can find a few moments every day to be mindful of all that is good.
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