3 Tips for the Modern Mom

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Let me take a minute to paint a picture for you. This is going to be the picture of the modern mom. The mom that we all believe we embody and the mom that all of us mamas have worked so hard to become. The modern mom is a juggler. She always has more than one thing going on and is able to seamlessly juggle each of those tasks with ease. Sure, a ball might fall to the ground every once in a while when you forget to bring snack to preschool on the right day, but the modern mom picks that ball up in stride and just keeps on keeping on.

The modern mom can be a stay-at-home-mom, a work-from-home-mom or a mama who works outside of the home. No matter where she works, she takes darn good care of her family and shows her family she loves them throughout each and everyday.

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3 Tips for the Modern Mom:

1. Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously: We live in a world of Pinterest parties, mom’s who volunteer in their child’s classroom every other day, and parents who think they have to do far too much in order to be good parents. Sure, it’s great to help out and it’s great to do big things to celebrate the birth of your child, but if it gets overwhelming for even one second, take a step back and look at the bigger picture. You don’t need to do it all to be a good mom.

2. Do You: You can’t take of others until you take care of yourself. It’s as simple as that. If you’re not spending at least a couple of minutes out of your busy day spending time on you, instead of just on everyone else around you, then you’re doing it all wrong. The modern mom plays a key role in taking care of her family, but you can’t take care of your family 24/7. You’re going to lose it! Trust me. Get that pedicure, your family will thank you in the long run.

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3. Plan for Success: When the modern mom leaves the house, she knows she’s gotta pack for the kid’s activities, work, and the inevitable “I’m hungry” comments in the car. When I know it’s going to be a long night, especially on swimming lesson nights, I plan ahead and bring my Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro in order to catch up on the blog, my Erin Condren Life Planner so I can take a quick peak at the days events, and my notebook with all of my to-do lists. And of course I don’t forget Alea’s swim suit (although I have before), towel and snacks!

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I’m sure you’re wondering about that shiny tablet up there. It really is a beauty, isn’t it? This tablet does it all my friends. Literally, it does it all. The Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro is the modern’s mom’s best friend. It’s the perfect size to keep with you when you’re out and about and your child’s various activities, it keeps everything in one place for you with a calendar and all of your social media and blogging needs.

The Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro will stick with you all day long with it’s 15 hours of battery life. And when you’re not on-the-go, it’ll look so very pretty sitting there on your desk. And if I can’t convince you, then let all of these Tastemakers convince you– just take a look!

And it even makes you a hero when you surprise your kids with a “big screen” movie on the wall in the living room with the projector feature on the tablet. Grab the blankets and the popcorn and show your kiddos what being a modern mom is all about. Can’t you just hear all the excitement now?

How would you describe the modern mom?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

There’s Nothing Sexier Than a Man That Cleans

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If you’re not ready for a post where I completely gush about how amazing my husband is and how much he’s been helping out around the house lately, than you better get ready, because that’s exactly what’s about to happen in this post! He deserves some serious credit, my friends, because lately, he’s been my Mister Clean and he’s making me one happy, lucky lady!

I mean, last weekend he even got the whole house clean before the weekend so we were able to spend more time together as a family during the weekend. Because he had the dishes done, the laundry done and folded, and things picked-up and tidy, we were able to go on a crazy adventure all day on Saturday! It was such an incredible day and that wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t have Cory there to help me!

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Let me just tell you, the key to getting your guy to clean more, is to make it as easy as possible for them. Let’s face it, men are simple creatures. They need things in black and white and ready to go for them and that’s exactly what Swiffer has done. Take the Swiffer Wet Jet for instance. Not only is it easy enough for my husband to use, but after watching him use it a couple of times, Alea now loves swiffering the floors as well! Can’t argue with that!

Actually, I’ve been extremely lucky lately because not only does Cory want to help out with the chores more, Alea’s been wanting to help out, too! I think the fact that Cory has been modeling how to clean, has really stuck out to Alea. She sees me do it all the time, but when Cory does it? It’s cool! Isn’t that just how it works? Now I’ve got them both swiffering the floors, doing the dishes and folding laundry.

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And when you think about it, why shouldn’t men help out more with chores? This video explains it perfectly! And this video is pretty fabulous as well!

All while I kick up my feet and relax! Well, sorta!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

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If there’s anything I love, it’s a fresh and healthy salad. I love feeling good about what I’m eating and what I’m putting into my body, but sometimes that’s next to impossible to do when you’re always on-the-go or eating out frequently. You just never know what you’re eating and it’s sometimes a struggle to find something decently healthy on the menu.

I can imagine that you may have not realized this yet, but this salad is actually from Wendy’s!

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This salad includes warm grilled chicken over a bed of romaine and iceberg lettuce and is topped with red and green apples, blue cheese, cranberries and roasted pecans. Add the packet of pomegranate vinaigrette and your taste buds will be on cloud nine– seriously! The dressing is to die for!

According to Wendy’s, Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad marries the crisp refreshing snap of ripe red and green apples with the delectable crunch of roasted pecans. This springtime splendor harmonizes sweet and savory throughout with delicious cranberries and creamy blue cheese crumbles topped with Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Pomegranate Vinaigrette.

No, I’m not kidding you. Wendy’s does make fresh salads. And trust me, there’s a huge difference between “fresh” and “freshly assembled.” Their salads aren’t made from frozen already chopped up lettuce. They do all of the chopping and dicing with fresh ingredients in their restaurant. And that’s important– especially when you’ve got a palette for freshness like I do!

If you want to see just how fresh these Wendy’s salads get, then you should check out this informational video on the Romaine Lettuce Journey. It’s amazing all of the thought that goes into their salads!

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I think the next salad I’m going to try is definitely the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad for Wendy’s. It looks and sounds decadent and delicious!

Which salad from Wendy’s will you try first?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.