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13 products to help you achieve your new year’s resolutions, mama

The best products to help you keep your resolutions for 2018.  

13 products to help you achieve your new year’s resolutions, mama
Artifact Uprising

Ah, New Year's resolutions... everything sounds so promising in January, doesn't it? And then real life creeps in.

Your preschooler gifts you with the stomach bug; you can't remember the last time you washed your hair; you've been late to work every morning in the last week because your toddler loses his mind at daycare drop-off. Making homemade smoothies every morning chock full of fresh kale and bee pollen isn't sounding like such a great idea now, huh?

Cut yourself a break, mama. This year we're making real resolutions for real moms. And we're showing you the best products that will help get you there.

1. Get your photos off your phone 🤳

Our phones allow us to capture the moments like never before—but sometimes, we miss the feeling, and the nostalgia, of reflecting on memories with an actual photo in-hand. Artifact Uprising makes it so easy to upload and order photos, and their assorted print sizes and clean, simple aesthetics will make all your memories truly shine.

Artifact Uprising Square Prints set, from $8.00

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2. Exercise your mind 📚

If you used to love sitting down and devouring a book, make it a point to get back to that this year. While you may not be able to actually sit down with some peace and quiet, you can listen to some of the latest bestsellers. We love turning on Audible while we're doing laundry, when the kids or napping, and during commutes.

Use our link below to enjoy a 30-day free trial and two free audiobooks. We suggest starting with One Day in December or Becoming.

Audible, Amazon, free trial

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3. Organize your memories 💜 

Now that you've ordered all of these gorgeous prints, where are you going to put them? We are majorly obsessing over these handmade photo display boxes from La Rousse. (Rose gold, anyone? Yes please.)

Created by a photographer who was looking for a beautiful + fuss-free way to display photos, they hold up to 110 standard prints and 50-65 square prints. They're perfect for anything from wedding to baby photos.

La Rousse Glass Photo Box, $45.00 and up

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4. Get (and stay) inspired ✨

With sayings that promote optimism, positivity and mindfulness, your next moment of inspiration is as close as your wrist. They're available in silver, yellow or rose gold, matte black, or moon gray, and feature almost endless mantra options.

MantraBand, Nordstrom, $25.00 and up

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5. Wake up earlier 🌅

If you find yourself waking up abruptly by a loud alarm or can't seem to get up before your kids, it might be time to rethink your strategy. For Google Pixel 3 and 3XL owners, this wireless charging stands turns your phone into a virtual alarm clock. The screen will stimulate the sunrise, boasting various colors of a real sunrise so you wake up calmly and easier.

Google Wireless Charger Pixel 3 and 3XL, Amazon, $79.99

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6. Get active (and look good doing it) 💪

Fitness goals may not be the most original of New Year's resolutions, but there's something to be said for setting an intention and sticking to it.

Whether it's yoga, pilates, or just athleisure-ing around town, we are big fans of the Align pant by Lululemon. The buttery soft material offers just the right balance of breathability + stretch, and the fit is super flattering—they hold you in in all the right places without making you feel constricted.

Align Pant, Lululemon, $95.00

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7. Clean out your purse 👜

Your purse holds *all* of the things, but it can be a big stressor when you're running from drop off to girls night—you likely always leave one thing behind. Finally organize your favorite tote so it can seamlessly act as a diaper bag and mama's bag.

The ToteSavvy features multiple compartments—and comes in various sizes—so all of your items have a home. We love the insulated pocket for bottles, washable changing mat and key clasp for when mama's hands are full.

ToteSavvy, ToteSavvy.com, starting at $42.00

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8. Learn a new hobby 🧣

Take some time this year just for you—try something new, learn a new skill, or pick up a new hobby. It will not only make you a better mom, but a better person, too.

We recently tried We Are Knitters kits, and we're officially hooked. (Sorry, we couldn't resist.) The kits come with everything you need to make a project and are delivered right to your door—simply choose a project, receive everything you need including yarn, needles, + a pattern, and enjoy the experience. There are tons of great resources on the site to help you out, including video tutorials, projects geared just towards beginners, and gorgeous photos of all the amazing projects.

We Are Knitters, WeAreKnitters.com, prices vary by kit

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9. Control the clutter 🙅‍♀️

You reach into your bag to find your phone but instead come up with... an old pacifier. A scrunched up baby wipe. Three miniature diggers. (True story.) This year is going to be the year you stop the madness!

Truffle pouches are clear, space saving, and completely awesome. They are the perfect way to wrangle the chaos, whether it's for travel, everyday essentials, or even electronics.

Truffle bags, Truffle Co, $38 and up

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10. Get more (and better) sleep 😴

Okay fine, we can't promise that these sheets will actually provide you with more sleep, but we can promise it'll be some of the most comfortable sleep you've ever experienced. Prioritize your sleep in the new year with these luxury sheets at non-luxury prices.

We've been rocking our Boll & Branch sheets for the past two years, and we are happy to report they are just as soft as the day we got them—if not softer. And we love that they're ethically made and sustainably sourced, too.

Boll & Branch sheets, Amazon, starting at $200 and up

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11. Take control of your finances 💸

Money is stressful; money is complicated; money is no fun. We get it. But you know what's way less fun? Credit card debt, living paycheck to paycheck, and not being able to save.

Enter You Need a Budget (YNAB) and finally get your finances together. The app helps you easily track all of your transactions and work toward your goals. We think the hardest thing about budgeting is just keeping track, so when something automatically does it for you, we're all in.

You Need a Budget; free for download on iTunes or Android

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12. Unplug 📚

The irony of a website giving you advice to unplug is not lost on us, believe me. But sometimes you just need to step away, recharge, and spend some time with a good book.

One of our favorite picks is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. This New York Times bestseller (and Reese Witherspoon book club pick) explores family drama, motherhood, and identity, and we couldn't put it down.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng; $15.28, Amazon

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13. Practice self-care 💆‍♀️

Before you curl up with your new book, take a few minutes to put on one of these amazing sheet masks. Sheet masks are no secret to any K-beauty devotee, but the trend has been slowing gaining popularity in the US over the past few years and masks like these are now available pretty much anywhere.

We love how this one purifies and detoxes the skin, making for a glowy complexion.

GLAMGLOW Bubblesheet, Nordstrom, $9.00

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This is how we’re defining success this school year

Hint: It's not related to grades.

In the ever-moving lives of parents and children, opportunities to slow down and reflect on priorities can be hard to come by. But, a new school year scheduled to begin in the midst of a global pandemic offers the chance to reflect on how we should all think about measures of success. For both parents and kids, that may mean putting a fresh emphasis on optimism, creativity and curiosity.

Throughout recent decades "school success" became entangled with "academic achievement," with cases of anxiety among school children dramatically increasing in the past few generations. Then, almost overnight, the American school system was turned on its head in the spring of 2020. As we look ahead to a new school year that will look like no year past, more is being asked of teachers, students and parents, such as acclimating to distance learning, collaborating with peers from afar and aiming to maintain consistency with schooling amidst general instability due to COVID.

Despite the inherent challenges, there is also an overdue opportunity to redefine success during the school year by finding fresh ways to keep students and their parents involved in the learning process.

"I always encourage my son to try at least one difficult thing every school year," says Arushi Garg, parenting blogger and mom of a 4 year old. "This challenges him but also allows me to remind him to be optimistic! Lots of things in life are hard, and it's important we learn to be positive during difficult times. Fostering a sense of optimism allows kids to push beyond what they thought possible, like biking without training wheels or reading above their grade level."

Here are a few mantras to keep in mind this school year...

Quality learning matters more than quantifying learning

After focusing on standardized measures of academic success for so long, the learning environment this next school year may involve more independent, remote learning. Some parents are considering this an exciting opportunity for their children to assume a bigger role in what they are learning—and parents are also getting on board by supporting their children's education with engaging, positive learning materials like Highlights Magazine.

As a working mom, Garg also appreciates that Highlights Magazine can help engage her son while she's also working. She says, "He sits next to me and solves puzzles in the magazine or practices his writing from the workbook."

Keeping an open mind as "school" looks different

Whether children are of preschool age or in the midst of high school, "going to school" is bound to look different this year. Naturally, this may require some adjustment as kids become accustomed to new guidelines. Although many parents may wish to shelter our kids from challenges, others believe optimism can be fostered through adversity when everyone is committed to adapting to new experiences.

"Honestly, I am yet to figure out when I will be comfortable sending [my son] back [to school]," says Garg. In the meantime, she's helping her son remain connected with friends who also read Highlights Magazine by encouraging the kids to talk about what they are learning on video calls.

Following children's cues about what interests them

For Garg, her biggest hope for this school year is that her son will create "success" for himself by embracing new learning possibilities with positivity.

"Encouraging my son to try new things has given him a chance to prove that he can do anything," she says. "He takes his previous success as an example now and feels he can fail multiple times before he succeeds."

There's no denying that this school year will be far from the norm. But, perhaps, we can create a new, better way of defining our children's success in school because of it.

This article was sponsored by Highlights. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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