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22 products we love for rocking your New Year's resolutions

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 😉.

"I will read more."

managing_motherload

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!

$12.99

"I will read to my child more."

alphabreaths

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.

$11.99

"I will get to the gym more."

vooray_bag

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!

$49.99

"I will get more sleep." 

weighted_blanket

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."

$129

"I will eat a more plant-based diet."

forks_over_knives

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! 🥒

$10.89

"I will prioritize self-care."

balance_bound

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!

$39

"I will run a 5k."

running_socks

(Or a half. Or a 1-mile fun-run. IT'S ALL AMAZING, MAMA!). The runners on #TeamMotherly say the number one thing you need to run well is awesome running socks, and they love Feetures.

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.

$15.99

"I will protect my skin from the sun."

sunscreen

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.

$19.95

"I will take my vitamins."

care_of_vitamins

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.

$5

"I will have more sex."

lubrication

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.

$14.95

"I will spend more time outside."

rei_fleece

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.

$199

"I will start meditating."

simple_habit

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."

$95.99

"I will go for walks after dinner."

glow_dark_jacket

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.

$140

"I will switch to tea."

loose_tea

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.

$24.99

"I will save more money."

YNAB

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!

$84

"I will drink more water."

welly_bottle

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!

$33

"I will get organized."

drawer_organizer

If 2020 will be your year to release your inner Marie Kondo, make sure you have the tools to do so. We love these drawer organizers from The Container Store. Spark some joy, mama!

$14.99

"I will get up to date with my health screenings."

perpetual calendar

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.

$20.50

"I will develop a skincare routine."

the_ordinary

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.

$14.80

"I will be more present with my kids."

mindful_kids

These guided mindfulness activity cards are perfect for encouraging our kids (and, ahem, us) to become fully present in the moment.

$13.29

"I will use more natural products."

first_honey

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!

$8.49

"I will make ordinary moments magical."

body_wash

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.

$35.00

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If you're already feeling a bit of cabin fever, it's time to get outside for some fresh air, mama. Whether you've planned your days around homeschooling activities or have decided on taking a more laid-back approach, there's always one thing that everyone in the family can agree on: playing outside!

From playhouses to tree swings, we've found 12 of the best outdoor toys to keep your little ones busy in the backyard during the coronavirus pandemic.

1. Gardening tools

kids gardening tools

Even the smallest of gardeners need the right tools to get the job done! These wooden + metal gardening tools look (and work) just like the real thing, and are crafted from natural materials and without toxic paints or finishes. Your little one will love getting their hands dirty while also developing their motor skills.

$27.99

2. Sidewalk chalk

kids washable chalk bucket

Get the kids outside to create sidewalk drawings (and positive messages for neighbors!). This giant bucket is filled with 50 washable chalk sticks, providing hours of outdoor fun.

$11.92

3. Water beads

kids water beads

Simply put, water beads are just so much fun! These smooth, squishy beads create an awesome tactile experience and are prefect for sensory play in a water table or any type of small container. You can even use them to practice color recognition, sorting, counting and so much more.

$10.99

4. Picnic + sensory table

picnic and sensory kids table

Sensory tables are a staple in any preschool classroom—and can be in your own home, too. They're perfect for stimulating your little one's senses and facilitating play, creativity and exploration. This beautiful table has a built-in sandpit that can hold up to 50 lbs of play sand or nearly 3 gallons of water. Plus, it doubles as a place to paint, color or draw.

$116.99

5. Web swing

kids outdoor web swing

This swing will take you back to simpler times and long, warm summer days spent swinging outside. With more than 1,000 great reviews, this is a bestseller for a reason. It holds up to 600 lbs so multiple kids can hop on (even parents can join in!), and the tree straps are built to be durable.

$69.99

6. Pool

mini inflatable pool

There's really not much to say here other than WE COULD NOT BE MORE OBSESSED WITH THIS POOL! Measuring 5.5 feet wide and 1.5 feet tall, it's big enough for you and the kiddos (ummm or just you?) to stay cool. And have we mentioned all the fun designs? Swoon. 😍

$45

7. Scooter

kids radio flyer scooter

Whether you're zipping through city streets or riding up and down your suburban driveway, a good scooter is a must have for outdoor fun. It's a great way for little ones to improve their balance and coordination while also having a blast!

$22.88

8. Sprinkler

kids giant sprinkler

Nothing says summer like a giant inflatable cactus sprinkler in your backyard 🤣 This playful sprinkler stands almost 6 feet high and is the perfect way for kids to cool off during those hot days. (Shh, we won't tell if you want to join in on the fun, too!)

$58.99

9. Jumper

kids junior jumper

If you're looking for a jumping toy but don't want a full trampoline, this jumper is the perfect solution. It's super bouncy, super safe and really fun! This one is sized perfectly for smaller jumpers, and can handle multiple kiddos at once.

$169.95

10. Wheelbarrow

Radio Flyer kids wheelbarrow

If your kids are going to play outside, they might as well pitch in with the yard work 🤷🏽♀️. This classic wheelbarrow looks just like the real thing—just a lot smaller! Little ones will love filling it up, pushing it around, dumping it out, and then doing it alllll over again and again.

$39.99

11. Oceanbound tide pool set

For the littlest ones, it's easy to keep it simple. Take their bath toys and use them in a new way outside. With this tide pool set, there are so many opportunities for fun sensory play, whether it's in a sandbox, a rice sensory bin or just good old fashioned dirt. We especially love that these toys are made from 100% recycled plastic and that they come in their own adorable storage bag that can also be used for play.

$19.99

12. Wooden playhouse

Kids playhouse

This one is spendy for sure, but a sturdy, beautiful playhouse is an investment that will pay off in years of imaginative play for everyone from young toddlers to school-aged kiddos. This one is large enough for several children yet compact enough to work in even tiny backyard spaces. It's made from 100% cedar wood and features several large built-in windows, flower boxes, a working door + doorbell, and even a chalkboard.

$289

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If you had to only choose one product to toss in your bag, what would it be? Our guess is you're looking for something that's easy-to-use, affordable, clean and multi-tasks for you—something that'll simplify your routine because you have other things to worry about than what beauty product to grab (like making that Zoom meeting in time while you're working from home).

Enter: Arrow Beauty—a clean beauty brand created by Birchbox with products designed to save you time.

I had the chance to try out the entire product line and, let's just say I've made sure to toss one everywhere—in my bag, on my desk, in the bathroom. And during this pandemic, it's made getting ready (okay, looking presentable for video calls) in the mornings so much simpler.

Each product is created to be something you grab and go when you're in a rush. Everything is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and mineral oil, vegan and cruelty-free so you can still give your littles all the snuggles and kisses without stressing about transferring any bad ingredients over. And, they're designed to travel well. Birchbox made sure Arrow Beauty featured leak-proof and carry-on friendly items. Did we mention everything is under $25?

Here's what is in their first launch:

Nourishing lip oil

birchbox arrow lip oil

This one might be my favorite from the collection. A lip oil that leaves a high-shine finish that isn't sticky (!!!) and keeps your lips moisturized for hours. It comes in clear, perfect to top off your favorite shade, or color enhancing pink that reacts to the pH level of your skin, making a unique shade for you.

$16

Radiant skin moisturizer

birchbox arrow skin moisturizer

Have no time in the morning? Massage this into your skin for the ultimate pick-me-up. It has a subtle sheen that illuminates and nourishing ingredients—hyaluronic acid and aloe—that hydrates and gives you a glow.

$24

Color enhancing lip balm

birchbox arrow lip balm

The Birchbox team listened to customer feedback to reformulate their OG tinted balm and it's *so* good. There are three shades—berry, coral and blush—that look incredible on all skin tones because it reacts to the pH in your skin to enhance your natural color. Even better? It's buildable!

$15

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This is the #yearofthemother.

And this is the pregnancy book women deserve, from the experts at Motherly.

This is an unprecedented time to embark on the journey of motherhood. You are part of a new generation of women elevating empowerment in all its forms.

Whether this is your first baby or your fourth, whether you're still deciding about pregnancy or already have a baby on the way, becoming mama involves your body, mind, emotions, lifestyle, relationships, schedule, spirituality, worldview—and most of all, your heart.

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama celebrates the wonder of your new baby and honors you through this profound life transformation.Inclusive, holistic, and evidence-based, this book was made for you—a loving and supportive embrace of your unique motherhood journey in all its power, complexity and beauty.

Peek inside here!

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Praise for The Motherly Guide

"Mothers around the world deserve the guidance that this book offers: unconditional support and access to expert-backed, non-judgmental information. This book is the first of its kind to support the whole woman through the whole journey from getting pregnant, to birth, postpartum, and beyond. The maternal wellness revolution has arrived." —Christy Turlington Burns, founder, Every Mother Counts

"Motherly is leading the conversation about how pregnancy, birth, and postpartum transforms a woman's world―and The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is their greatest contribution yet. Women deserve all the support as their bodies, minds, and lives transform, and this book delivers it with so much heart."—Katrina Scott, cofounder, Tone It Up

"The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is like having an entire birth team on your nightstand...it offers grace, empowerment, and support for however and wherever you find yourself on the becoming mama journey."—Anthonia Akitunde, founder and editor-in-chief, mater mea

"THE essential guide to pregnancy and birth has finally arrived. The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is the only book you need to get you through this adventure. It's woman-centered, warm, and informative . . . it's the book I wish I would've had, and the one I'm so excited for you to have."—Natalie Gordon, founder and CEO of Babylist

"This epic book is a cross between an encyclopedia and a wise aunt. In this thorough and comprehensive resource, the Motherly team offers equal doses of wisdom, love, and cold hard facts so that each new mother can develop the confidence that she desperately needs on her pregnancy and motherhood journey. A soulful and dependable guide for all women."—Kimberly Ann Johnson, author of The Fourth Trimester

Pre-order your copy ofThe Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama, and join us as we redefine motherhood, together.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on so many people's lives, and mamas everywhere are feeling it especially hard. The outbreak has been an especially scary time for pregnant women who worry about getting the support they need during this already challenging time.

At Motherly, nothing is more important to us than helping mamas everywhere feel supported and empowered from the very beginning of their motherhood journey. That's why we took two major steps toward helping pregnant women everywhere feel more confident right now:

First, we wrote the pregnancy + birth book you deserve.

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama provides evidence-based, women-centered support for every stage of your journey, from trying to conceive to caring for your sweet new baby.


We wrote The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama to ensure that every person has access to high-quality, nurturing pregnancy and birth guidance. It is the pregnancy book you deserve. And we would be honored if you would consider pre-ordering it now.

You can pre-order The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama at your favorite retailer, and it will be on its way to you when it releases on April 14th:

During this difficult time, please consider ordering from Barnes and Noble or an independent bookstore as they are greatly impacted by COVID-19. (Also, please note delivery times from various outlets may vary or be delayed due to the virus.)

Second, we're making our Becoming Mama™ Online Birth Class absolutely free.

For the thousands of women who are unable to attend their birth class due to the virus, our class, taught by Diana Spalding, Motherly's Digital Education Editor, certified nurse-midwife, and writer of The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama, is the nurturing, empowering resource you need to have your best, most supported birth no matter what.


This class will prepare you for your birth, while the book is about the entire journey—from trying to conceive, to pregnancy wellness, birth, postpartum and caring for your sweet new baby.

More than 7000 women have joined Motherly's FREE online birth class

Pregnancy and birth are some of the biggest moments of life—it can feel like an emotional roller coaster. Going through this process during a transformative world event—a pandemic—can make it feel so daunting. We want you to know that we are here for you.

You deserve to experience pregnancy, birth and motherhood with confidence and joy—and we are honored to be on this journey with you.

As founder of mater mea, Anthonia Akitunde said, The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama "is like having a whole birth team on your nightstand."Because you deserve to experience it all with confidence and joy—and we are honored to be on this journey with you.


To sign up for our free online class, please fill out this info, and we'll email you access to the class (within 24 hours) and sign you up for our newsletter.


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