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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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Create a school-ready capsule wardrobe for your kids

Dress for success whether virtual learning or in the classroom!

Tina Meeks

Going "back to school" this year may be less of a literal statement than in years past—but there is just as much reason for your kids to celebrate moving on to new grades. Just like in every new school year, a big part of the fun is refreshing your kids' wardrobe with clothes that allow them to express themselves.

Even if finding back to school clothes this year doesn't include a trip to the mall, you can still make an event of it by shopping H&M's kids collection from your computer. Pull up another chair for your shopping buddy and get the cart started with these fave capsule wardrobe options we've already scouted.

Here are our favorite picks:

A t-shirt made for play

H&M t-shirt

Call them essentials, not basics. A graphic t-shirt aces the test when it comes to being perfect for school. And because your little student will probably want to wear something that expresses their personal style as often as possible, it's great to know the shirts can stand up to school time, playtime, downtime and everything in between!

$4.99

Dressed-up casual shorts for total comfort

H&M boy shorts

Whether pulling up a chair for a virtual meeting with the class or heading back to the school for in-person learning, some comfortable, yet stylish, shorts will help your kid focus on the real tasks at hand: learning—and having fun while doing it!

$19.99

Layers for when seasons change

H&M sweatshirt

When it comes to feeling comfortable at school, layers are the MVPs. Whether the AC is blasting or the day started off cool and is warming up quickly, having a unique sweatshirt to shed or add will help your kid look cool while staying warm.

$9.99

A bit of flair with distressed denim

H&M distressed jeans

A school staple for generations, denim is both classic and continually fashionable with updates like distressing and new wash colors. If you're shopping online for jeans this year, take note of H&M's generous return policy—your kids can try on the orders at home and return anything that doesn't fit without a trip to the store.

$24.99

A fashion statement piece

H&M girls skirt

What's better than expressing yourself through a stylish outfit when school is back in session? Still feeling perfectly comfortable and ready to tackle anything the day holds while looking so good. With so many fashion-forward looks available at budget-friendly prices, H&M's children's collection means every kid can find an outfit that speaks to them.

$14.99

Some comfy kicks

H&M boys shoes

A sure way to put a little pep in your child's step this year, cool and cozy shoes are a staple on all back-to-school shopping lists for good reason. (Plus, it's fun to compare them to last year's shoes to see how much your kid has grown!)

$19.99

Anything-but-basic blouses

H&M girls blouse

Whether in the classroom or showing up for a video call with the class, a styling blouse or button-down shirt is a great way for your student to comfortably dress up the day. Better yet? Style doesn't have to come at the expense of comfort with so many made-to-move tops designed just for kids.

$14.99

A shirt ready to go whatever the day holds

H&M boys shirt

With "going to school" meaning anything from showing up in the classroom to doing a virtual session, it's important to have clothes that are perfect for anything the day holds. A classic, cotton shirt with a fashion-forward design is a great way to keep your student feeling ready to start the year with an A+ attitude.

$9.99

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

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5 brilliant products that encourage toddler independence

Help your little one help themselves.

One of our main goals as mothers is to encourage our children to learn, grow and play. They start out as our tiny, adorable babies who need us for everything, and somehow, before you know it, they grow into toddlers with ideas and opinions and desires of their own.

You may be hearing a lot more of "I do it!" or maybe they're pushing your hand away as a signal to let you know, I don't need your help, Mama. That's okay. They're just telling you they're ready for more independence. They want to be in charge of their bodies, and any little bit of control their lives and abilities allow.

So, instead of challenging your toddler's desire for autonomy, we found five of our favorite products to help encourage independence—and eliminate frustration in the process.

EKOBO Bamboo 4-piece kid set

EKOBO bamboo 4-piece kid set

This colorful set includes a plate, cup, bowl and spoon and is just right for your child's meal experience. Keep them in an easy-to-reach cabinet so they'll feel encouraged (and excited!) to get their own place setting each time they eat.

$25

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Before you know it, your little one will be asking (okay, maybe demanding) to fill their own water cups. This amazing 4-pack of cups attaches directly to the fridge (or any glass, metal, tile or fiberglass surface) making it easier for your child to grab a cup themselves. Just be sure a water pitcher or dispenser is nearby, and—boom!—one task off your plate.

$29

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

These beautiful blocks, made from sustainably-sourced wood and water-based, non-toxic, lead-free paint, will keep your little one focused on their creation while they're also busy working on their fine-motor skills. The puzzle design will encourage patience as your kiddo creates their own building, fitting one block in after the next.

$18

Lorena Canals basket

Lorena Canals Basket

This *gorgeous* braided cotton basket is the perfect, accessible home for their blocks (and whatever else you want to hide away!) so your kiddo can grab them (and clean them up) whenever their heart desires.

$29

BABYBJÖRN step stool

BABYBJ\u00d6RN Step Stool

Your kiddo might be ready to take on the world, but they might need an extra boost to do so—cue, a step stool! An easy-to-move lightweight stool is the must-have confidence-boosting tool you need in your home so your growing tot can reach, well... the world.

$20

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