15 Super Fun & Unique Budget Friendly Date Ideas

We’ve all been there. Your weekly date rolls around and you realize you’re a bit strapped for cash. You’re in need of a budget friendly date, but you’ve been hitting the same restaurant for dinner and are wanting something different.

Something fun, random and cheap.

Weekly dates were something my parents always made a priority, and I grew up with that as the norm. So when I got married, you can bet that was something I wanted to do.

We’ve gotten creative over the last year or so, and have come up with what we think are some fun things to do together…

budget friendly date ideas

Why a weekly date?

If you have a job, or a spouse, or kids, or are human, odds are your life is busy. There are only three in our little family, and our week is packed before we know it.

There’s no way we could go out more than once, and for our sanity, we NEED that day to reconnect, and slow down. I always feel so refreshed and back on track after our date.

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Some of my favorite budget friendly dates…

Game day/night

We recently had a down day were my husband wasn’t feeling good and didn’t go to work. It was cold and rainy, so after he slept the morning away, we literally spent the entire rest of the day playing games.

We broke out the Wii, played a ton of liars dice, drank hot chocolate, made breakfast for dinner, and then played two person Taboo.

All with a baby and didn’t spend a dime.

It was basically the best day ever.

Bowling

Super easy to do with a baby, and also pretty cheap. Two people can bowl two games for around $25. Throw in some ice cream too, if you’re feeling it.

Hit some Goodwill’s

Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it! This was a ton of fun. We went to a few different one’s, picked something out for each other, and tried on some unique things. Let’s just say my body was not built for rompers…

Combine this with lunch at Costco, and this can easily be under $30.

Mini- Golf + Milk shakes

This one will take you back to your pre-marriage dating days…super fun and cheap, plus it’s low key so you can just enjoy each other’s company. without a ton of distractions

budget friendly dates

Indoor Bouldering

Great for any weather if you like to be active, and usually around $15 per person. It’s also easy to take a baby if you don’t have a sitter!

Mall Walking

Yep. Just like when you were dating. Get free samples from See’s, look at all the ugly clothing, Get Auntie Ann’s pretzels or Cinnabon, (or both. Not gonna judge), discreetly point out interesting people, browse all the fun stores, and depending on your budget pick something out for the other person.

Go biking.

If you have your own bikes, this one is definitely budget friendly. All you need is gas. Pack a picnic lunch, or eat out if you want.

Go for a hike.

Also a super cheap option, and there are so many beautiful hikes for all skill levels!

Go for a walk in a fun neighborhood.

This is also a favorite of ours. Find a neighborhood with unique houses, and just walk and point out which one’s you like, what you would change etc.

We have a three mile loop we like to do with nice houses, and some pretty run down one’s, and we love dreaming of how we would fix them up if we could.

We put Amiya in her JJ Cole carrier, and just enjoy each other’s company strolling and holding hands. Sometimes we’ll stop for a treat at the local bakery or get a coffee. Talk about a budget friendly date…

Disc Golf.

This can be a bit of an investment at first to get a set of discs for each of you, but it’s still pretty cheap, and if you already have some, then it’s free to go.

Google disc golf courses near me and explore your different options. Even if it’s an easy course it’s fun to go out and do something competitive as a couple.

budget friendly dates

Arcade games with stakes.

Grab a pocket full of quarters and go crazy. Set a timer for an hour or so, and whoever wins the most games wins. Be creative with your stakes… I’m pretty original and always pick a massage…lol.

Bake/cook something together.

you can either agree on something to bake, or have a bake-off.

You could also give yourselves 10 minutes in the grocery store, split up and pick some random ingredients that sound good and create a meal with what you both picked out…

Dollar Tree date.

Again, split up and give yourselves a certain amount of time. Try to avoid each other (without being creepy about it), and pick 4 things for the other person.

  • A snack-ish food they might like
  • A card
  • A toy than reminds you of them, for whatever reason
  • A totally random item, as weird or cool as you choose

Movie night in bed with aaaaaaall the snacks.

This one is great for those times you don’t want to go out, and just want to snuggle. Put your little(s) to bed, bring out the snacks you’ve been hoarding and enjoy some down time together.

Coffee + couples trivia.

We did this one recently without Amiya, and it was one of my favorite dates ever. Print a set for each of you, go out for coffee and have fun mullingover your answers as well as guessing your partners.

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Trivia directions

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The way the questions are worded can be a bit tricky so make sure you’re putting down the answer for the correct person.

For example:

question 9. What is the most difficult aspect of me for you?

I had to write down what I thought my husband found the most difficult, and vice versa, then after all our answers were written we took turns guessing.

This definitely created some interesting conversation!

I hope this gave you some new ideas for fun, budget friendly dates!

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How to Maintain an Active Lifestyle with a baby for the On-The-Go Mom

Today I want to talk about a topic near and dear to my heart… how to maintain an active lifestyle with a baby.

So you’re pregnant, and so excited to meet your tiny human.

Your due date get’s closer and closer and then you suddenly wonder…”Wait… is my active lifestyle over? Am I doomed to a life inside the walls of my house??? How will I manage to ever go anywhere with a baby???? HELP!!!!!”

If this is you, take a deep breath, relax, and let’s talk about this rationally.

How to maintain your active lifestyle with a baby

My husband and I are on the go a lot. Weekend ultimate frisbee, trips to my family down in OR about once a month, mid week game nights, movie nights, dates, workouts, etc.

It was incredibly important to me that we pretty much be able to continue our lifestyle for the most part, because I get MAJOR cabin fever. Sometimes I want us to slow down a lot, but I’m also grateful to be able to go places at the same time.

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So how do you maintain an active lifestyle with a baby?

Step one is realizing that babies (one’s without special needs), have only a few basic needs…

They need to eat, burp, sleep, poop, be snuggled and be changed. They will do these things whenever, wherever. Doesn’t matter if you’re home or at a friend’s house.

Step two is reminding yourself that babies cry. They will also do this wherever, whenever. This is not a reason to seclude yourself, and think you can’t go anywhere. That only results in a cranky, depressed mom, and we don’t want that to happen.

Don’t let going places with a baby overwhelm you. For breastfeeding mamas, as long as you have diapers, wipes, and an extra pair of clothes you really are set. Anything else is just a bonus.

I don’t have a ton of experience in pumping while out and about, but they do make breast pumps much more travel friendly these days. Either pack a cooler with ice for breast milk until you get home, or feed it directly to your baby. It’s more of a hassle but you gotta do what you gotta do!

Your active lifestyle might look a bit different.

Life with a little one is going to look different than before, obviously, but there is no reason you have to say goodbye to it. Here are some ways we’ve been able to maintain an active lifestyle with a baby, and hopefully you will be encouraged and find something that works for you!

  • Get a baby sitter. By far the easiest option, but not one we all have access to. In fact, I save this for dates, and have never left Amiya with anyone for anything sports or fitness related.
  • Use a front carrier. This one has been a HUGE life saver. I use the JJ Cole carrier EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
JJ Cole baby carrier

It’s been great for morning/evening walks, hikes, traipsing over hills while taking pictures at a Spartan race, game nights, dinner with friends, etc. I pop Amiya in there and she’s usually asleep in a matter of minutes.

This frees up my hands, and has been a game changer for getting out of the house. Find one your baby likes because you will NOT regret it, and there are so many options out there.

I haven’t personally tried it, but I’ve also heard great things about the Boppy Comfyfit baby carrier, and want to try that one out.

  • Do things with a group. This pretty much ensures that there are willing hands that can take your little one. During Ultimate Frisbee or Spikeball I’ll sub out with my husband, or a friend so we all get to play, and Amiya is kept happy.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of the picnic blanket. There are so many baby gadgets out there for keeping them contained outdoors, but when they’re little, just use a blanket! Put them on there and talk/play with them while you wait for your turn.

It’s also great for if you’re working out. Pop out blanket, calm them real quick if they cry, and move on.

We love these zipper picnic blankets for park trips, and always keep it in the car.

Zipper picnic blanket/ How to maintain an active lifestyle with a baby

There are also cool items like this travel bassinet that would be a great option! Again, I don’t have one, but would like to try one out.

Try to have a rough idea of your baby’s schedule.

And by schedule I mean, how long are they usually awake in-between naps? If your baby is on a sleeping schedule, great. For me personally, I didn’t want Amiya to be set on sleeping only at certain times and places, because really, who wants their life to be dictated by a snoozing infant?

Amiya is usually awake for 1-2 hour stretches, sometimes shorter depending on the day. I feed her when she shows signs of being hungry, and bounce her or put her in her carrier when she starts to act tired. This way no matter where I am life is pretty much normal for her.

Doing this with your baby can take a lot of stress away from being out, and you can still have a pretty normal life.

If they have a normal nap time, work that to your advantage.

Lower your expectations

Figuring out how to maintain an active lifestyle with a baby is completely doable, BUT, it’s a good idea to lower your expectations for what it will look like for a while.

Are you used to working out for an hour or more at a time, but your baby will only let you squeeze in 15 minutes? Make the most of that 15 minutes. You don’t have to sacrifice your workout completely, just adjust for your new life.

I love what Miranda and Julian Alcaraz from Street Parking say… Do more than nothing.

Consistency is key, even if it’s only for 15 minutes.

How to maintain an active lifestyle with a baby

We recently went Bouldering with a group and my sister and I traded off holding Amiya and climbing. Sure, I had to take more breaks to meet the tiny human’s needs, but I still got some routes in and had fun. I sat on the floor and nursed her, and laid her down on her changing pad when she was happy to just look around.

Your baby is joining your family… You are not joining theirs.

A friend just said that recently as we discussed this topic, and I really liked it.

Although remember…you are a parent now. As such, there WILL be sacrifices, and sometimes you do need to say no because of your little one, but you will have to find that balance as a family.

For the first two months, Amiya got over-stimulated very easily. If too many people were in her face, or if there was too much noise she would lose it and often be cranky the next day. The only way to calm her down was to take her into a quiet room and stand in front of a blank wall. Because of that I tried to limit our social life during the week to only two things.

She has grown out of that almost completely and I only notice it when we stay with my family where there are lots of people for more than a day.

Work around your baby’s needs and make sure yours/ your partners get met.

Plan ahead.

Yeah, kind of a no-brainer, but this is crucial. Think about all your options for what you can do with your baby. Whether it’s carrying them the whole time, using a front carrier, other people, a blanket/ bassinet…think everything through. Hope for the best, plan for the worst. Sure it’s great if your baby is super happy the entire time, but realistically that’s not going to happen, and it’s best if you have a plan B…and C…and possibly D.

Talk with your partner about your expectations. Ladies, even the sweetest of husbands can disappear in the blink of an eye at events. Talk over a loose plan before you go for them to take a turn with your peanut, so you can relax and enjoy your time too.

What I tell my husband is..

-Don’t ask if I want him to take Amiya. Just take her. Odds are I’ve had her all day and am ready for some me time.

-Put yourself in my shoes…would you want to take her the whole time and not get to participate?

And

-I’m happy to have her most of the time as long as I get some little breaks.

Most of the time I’m fine with letting him have some play time, I just want to know that he’s willing, and thinking of my needs.

How to maintain an active lifestyle with a baby

Maintaining an active lifestyle with a baby is a juggling act, but enjoy it.

Now that Amiya is three months it’s so much easier to do things as she’s far more content to look around at her surroundings.

Don’t let being active with a baby scare you. Start small, don’t let their crying stress you out, make sure their needs are met, and enjoy easing back into your lifestyle.

And remember…they’re not little for long, so enjoy this phase with your tiny human.

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20 Self-Care Ideas for Worn Out Mom’s

Let me tell you…Self-care as a mom is incredibly important.

If anyone had told me how much I was going to struggle during that first month, I’m not sure I would have believed them.

There were so many times I would be crying on the couch, or in bed, bemoaning how simple tasks were hard, my life was only about pumping and bottle feeding, I was getting no sleep, and I was wanting quality time with my husband so bad.

It felt like everything I once enjoyed doing had been snatched away from me in the blink of an eye, and there were days I wanted to crawl into a dark hole and not come out. Ever. Or at least until my child was about 4 years old.

Self-Care for postpartum moms

Just like everything…it get’s better

Our marriage struggled for a bit in there too, as we learned how to communicate all over again. Along with baby came new needs, and voicing them was hard for both of us. This made life feel pretty lonely at times, but I’m happy to say we’re figuring out a new normal, and our marriage is pretty much back to normal again.

As much as I loved our little peanut, there were times I was so tired of holding her all the time, and with my tear, I couldn’t burn off stress and energy like I normally would have. “Me time” was in short order, and part of me felt guilty for wanting it.

Which brings me to my main point…

Never feel guilty for doing stuff for YOU.

Ever.

A refreshed mom is a good mom, and we were all created with passions and dreams. I truly believe that our lives don’t have to end the moment we have kids. Sure, there is some re-adjusting, and things take a bit longer and get interrupted more, but there is no reason to give up doing things for you.

Your baby can survive without you for a couple hours, so enlist your husband, in-laws, a family member, or a friend you trust to take your peanut for a bit.

Even if they don’t take a bottle…just make sure they have a good feeding and you’re safe for a bit.

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  • Get a haircut! It had been three years since I had one, and you could tell. I left Amiya with my husband, and while she apparently started screaming, he gave her a bottle and she was fine when I got back. I felt like a new woman and all it took was an hour and a half.
  • Get a massage. Again, only an hour or so, but you will feel amazing afterwards, and ready to take on carrying a baby everywhere again
  • Get your nails done. It’s nice to have cute nails even on sweatpants kind of days.
  • Shower. I’ve been hearing from a lot of moms who say they go days without showering because their baby just cries. I absolutely cannot not shower, so that’s not an option. If you can get someone to come over or have family or a neighbor that would take the baby for a bit, just ask them for help so you can shower. Take your time and enjoy it.

I actually always shower at night which is great because if Amiya isn’t already in bed for the night, my husband can take her, and he’ll put her to bed. This means that every night I get a relaxing shower, and I feel human.

Even if you’re not a night shower kind of person, give it a try if you’re able and just see how it goes.

  • Brush your teeth and put makeup on. This form of self-care might not seem that big, but we all have those mornings where the tiny human demands to be held, and we push everything aside, even breakfast, to bow to their every wish. Sometimes you get lucky and they sleep late and you get up before them, but most of the time that doesn’t happen. What do you do? Change their diaper and feed them, take a few minute to talk to them and give their squishy cheeks some kisses, and put them in their bouncy seat, swing, etc.

They might cry, but they will survive. You’re not a bad mom for getting yourself ready for the day, and a touch of makeup goes a long ways to feel like the woman you were before baby came.

  • Go clothes shopping. Odds are your body is a totally different shape from both your pre-pregnancy and pregnant self now. You might find yourself staring at your closet wanting something flattering, comfy, and that you can also breastfeed in and come up short every time.

Can’t leave the baby? go with a friend and take turns handing him/her off while you browse and try stuff on.

Small budget? Hit some different Goodwill’s…you can easily get an outfit for $15 or less.

  • Dress up a bit! Wear something cute, complete with makeup and jewelry. It might not seem like that big of a deal, but to me it always makes a big difference.
  • Take yourself out for a coffee/Meet up with a friend. Enjoy some girl time, talk about life, encourage one another and come back energized.
  • Go on a date with your spouse. This is my favorite form of self-care. My love language is quality time, plus I tend to be more of an introvert and my husband is my favorite person to be with. We are fortunate to live next to my in-laws, and they are always more than happy to take Amiya.

You don’t need a ton of time for a great date… We went out for lunch, and bowled two games +drive time in two hours and had a blast. Peanut slept the whole time, and I was so excited to see her when we got back.

  • Give your spouse a massage. I see you over there…you’re like, “WHAAAAA??? I thought this was for me???”

Don’t forget your partner is all of this… life has been so much about you, and they need some love too! I actually did this for my husband about 4 weeks postpartum and it was wonderful! Again, my in-laws took Amiya and my man got a massage while we enjoyed just talking, and we even got some snuggle time afterwards.

They will feel refreshed too, and in turn will usually be more supportive so it’s a win-win situation.

  • Exercise. Depending on where you’re at after having a baby, this is a great form of self care. Even if you’re not cleared for exercise completely, just go for a walk! Go alone and listen to music, a podcast, sermon…whatever floats your boat. Go with your partner or a friend. Or, if you don’t have anyone to watch the baby, put them in the stroller or front pack during their nap-time. You can still listen to something, or just enjoy the sights and sounds. Self care doesn’t always have to exclude your baby, especially if that means you won’t do something that makes you feel better.

You can also try some yoga or Pilates videos while the tiny human naps. If they wake up and you’re not finished yet, remember it’s ok to let them cry for a few minutes. Or if you know they just want to eat and then will be happy, feed them and then finish what you were doing.

  • Start a blog. Sound crazy? It kind of is, but if you enjoy writing and feel like you have experiences that will help others or just want an outlet, it’s a fun way to do something you enjoy from home.

Once I’m done with house stuff and Amiya is napping I make a run for my computer and crank out as much as I can. It keeps me busy and is something I really enjoy.

  • Cook or bake something. For those that love being in the kitchen this is a great option! Pass the baby off and make something you’ve been wanting to for a while and get creative! For me personally, this is not something that was appealing even though I enjoy baking…
  • DIY something. Had a project you’ve been itching to do? Let life slow down, ignore the dishes and start on it.
  • Meet up with a friend who also has a little person. This one has been huge for me. I’ve made a friend who has two little’s, one of which is only 10 days older than Amiya. I always feel so refreshed after talking with her, and we don’t have to find a sitter. We chat amidst breastfeeding, and diaper changes…
  • NAP! Just like they say…sleep when your baby sleeps. I took so many naps with Amiya on the couch in those first few weeks. It’s hard to stay down while recovering, but enjoy the fact that no one expects anything from you and just sleep.
  • Pick a movie you’ve been wanting to watch. Lounge at home with a good movie or tv series and enjoy baby snuggles.
  • Read a book.
  • Take a bath. I’m not a bath person, but if you are, go for it! Enjoy soaking in a warm tub with some music and maybe even a book.

Self-care doesn’t have to be anything huge.

Often times it’s the little things we give up when a baby comes, and those little things add up over time.

Sometimes it’s things like:

  • Making the bed. I don’t know about you, but if the bed is made and our bedroom is decently clean, I feel so much better. When it’s cluttered I feel like I can’t function.

The same goes for the rest of the house.

Sometimes I pass the baby off to family and clean the house with windows open and music going, and feel energized as I crank stuff out.

Other days it’s a mad dash to get stuff done while she’s napping, but I feel good because I got stuff accomplished and my husband gets to come home to a clean home.

Self-care for the worn out mom

Learn how to “do you” with a baby.

This takes some figuring out, but you’ll get there! You can still have a life after baby without always passing them off. Start making small goals to do one thing for yourself each day. Remember, small things repeated over time make a huge difference

MAKE time for your hobbies. You love on your family, so love on yourself too.

What does self-care look like for you?

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Lifecolor Diaper Bag Review

+ What’s in my Diaper Bag

I’m sure I can’t be the only expectant mother who was so excited to pick out, and fill my diaper bag.

for some reason it made everything feel so real.

I knew I wanted one that was a backpack style and was planning on getting a Bag Nation backpack. A friend of mine has one so I was able to get my hands on it. My husband liked it, and it certainly had lots of pockets so I added it to our baby registry.

What's in My diaper bag for a Newborn + Mom -Lifecolor Diaper bag review

Target had a few decent options but I felt like most of them were just one giant pocket and hard to get into them.

My due date rapidly approached and no diaper bag appeared, and I was about to order it when my MIL showed me a few different ones she found on OfferUp. The one that stood out the most to me was the Lifecolor bag, so I started googling it and watching reviews.

I was intrigued by it, and definitely liked how stylish it was. Plus it was half the price of the Bag Nation backpack, and I’m always down for saving money.

I was a bit nervous about what my husband would think, but I showed it to him, and he actually liked it. He also said it was my decision because he’s sweet like that, but I wanted one he wouldn’t feel weird carrying.

I’ve been using it for two months now, and I really like it!

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Cost wise, it’s definitely more budget friendly than most, even it’s twin style bags made by HaloVa and Pipi Bear.

What I like about this diaper bag…

  • The size is manageable. It’s not huge, but I also feel like it holds a lot without being crammed full. I don’t know how it would do if you’re using it for two kids, which could be an issue, but I feel like it could be possibly be doable. Unless you’re a major over-packer…
What's in My diaper bag for a Newborn + Mom -Lifecolor Diaper bag review
  • The top is rigid, and stays open. You know how most backpacks open and then basically collapse on themselves? This one has some kind of boning in it and the top opens nice and wide.
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  • Several Interior pockets. There are 5 pockets in the main compartment, two large ones on the side, two smaller ones on the front side, and a small zipper pouch on the back.
What's in My diaper bag for a Newborn + Mom -Lifecolor Diaper bag review
  • The backpack is deep, but the pockets only go halfway down. That might seem odd, but the backpack is nice and deep, so there’s plenty of room for the pockets without them being bottomless holes, plus it gives more room in the rest of the bag.
  • Back zipper to the bottom of the bag. I didn’t think this was that cool until I got the bag. I keep my wallet at the bottom so I never have to dig…I just pop open the back zipper and BAM. There it is. It also makes it impossible to get my wallet out if I’m carrying the bag on my back.
What's in My diaper bag for a Newborn + Mom -Lifecolor Diaper bag review
  • Wet pouch. On the inside of the back zipper pocket is a waterproof pouch for wet clothes and such. I haven’t used it yet, since I just put soiled clothes in a little bag until I get home, but it’s nice for if you run out, or just want to conserve trash bags.
  • It’s water resistant. Babies. Toddlers. Klutzy moms. Need I say more? It’s super east to wipe with a washcloth if you get it dirty, which is nice.
What's in My diaper bag for a Newborn + Mom -Lifecolor Diaper bag review
  • There’s plenty of room in the very front outside zipper pouch. I’m not bottle feeding anymore, but when I was, I would keep a few bottles in there, as well as a bunch of other stuff and it all fit nicely. Now I keep Tylenol, deodorant, and diaper trash bags in the insulated pockets.
What's in My diaper bag for a Newborn + Mom -Lifecolor Diaper bag review
What's in My diaper bag for a Newborn + Mom -Lifecolor Diaper bag review
  • Outside pocket for wipes. Frees up room inside, which is always helpful.
  • Pocket for water bottles/sippy cups. This was a must for me. Some bags have zippered pouches on the sides for sippy cups, but won’t fit mom’s water bottle. Fellow moms know how much water we need in a day, and if I have to carry a water bottle separately as well as diaper bag, and car seat, you can bet it wouldn’t happen. It’s a pretty large pocket, and when the bag isn’t super full it can fit mine and my husband’s 20 oz Hydro flasks.
What's in My diaper bag for a Newborn + Mom -Lifecolor Diaper bag review
  • Strap for your keys. I really like that it has this. No one likes digging through their bag for their keys, so when you get out of the car just attach them to the strap and never have to dig again!
What's in My diaper bag for a Newborn + Mom -Lifecolor Diaper bag review
  • It’s cute. Mamas…there are days where makeup and cute hair just don’t happen. But there’s something about throwing on a cute, comfy outfit and a stylish diaper bag that can make you feel less…meh. I’m a firm believer in not always sacrificing style just because you have a baby and are tired.I’m also a firm believer in comfy pants and tank tops. Balance.
What's in My diaper bag for a Newborn + Mom -Lifecolor Diaper bag review

Cons:

I honestly can’t think of many, but possibly…

  • The size. Like I said, it works great for one baby + mom, but it might be too small for multiple little’s.
  • It’s a backpack. The nature of backpacks is that they can become a bottomless pit. I feel like this one does a good job of keeping everything in it’s place, but if you’re just really picky, it could be an issue for you.
  • There are no stroller straps. This one is definitely a bummer. Although I have yet to use my stroller because I use the JJ Cole front carrier, (review coming soon), and throw the bag on my back. It can fit in the bottom of a stroller unless you already have that filled up.

Other than that I have no issues with it!

What do I pack for baby + mama?

  • Diapers. Usually about 6
  • Wipes
  • 2 burp cloths
  • Baby powder
  • Baby washcloth
  • Extra onesie + pants
  • Jammies
  • Socks
  • Changing pad
  • Pacifier
  • Extra nursing pads
  • Nipple cream
  • Nail clippers
  • Pads
  • Plantain/lavender salve
  • Nursing cover
  • Sunglasses
  • Wallet
  • Cotton swaddle blanket
  • JJ Cole Baby Carrier
  • Water bottle
  • Phone
  • Keys
What's in My diaper bag for a Newborn + Mom -Lifecolor Diaper bag review
  • Infant Tylenol
  • Diaper trash bags
  • Deodorant {Must have for any mom}
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissue packs
  • Several snack options
  • Gum
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When Amiya starts teething and being more mobile, I’ll swap some stuff out, but for now, that’s what I always have in my diaper bag.

Drop a comment below with your number one diaper bag essential!

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How to Craft a Healthy Lifestyle in 3 Easy Steps


Healthy living. We all want it. We all know we need it. Yet so few of us actually achieve the results we envision for ourselves when it comes to that healthy life.

We try diet pills, fad diets, celebrity workouts, waist-trainers, fancy kitchen equipment, subscription boxes…

Maybe some of those work for a little bit, but you know in your heart that there’s no shortcuts when it comes to healthy living. The results you see are short-lived and ultimately land you right back where you started–frustrated, unsatisfied with your lifestyle, maybe disgusted with yourself, and already looking for that next one thing that will revolutionize your life.

How to create a life you love in 3 easy steps


Girlfriend, I wish I could tell you there was a magic pill or one exercise that Carrie Underwood does to get those killer mini-skirt ready legs. But if you’ve been around me long enough you know that I absolutely do not believe that there is one thing that will rocket you from couch potato to hot fries that everyone wants in X amount of days.

As a health coach, I work with clients who all want different things, like different foods, excel at different exercise programs, and whose bodies are all different from start to end of their program. I don’t use one-size-fits-all programs or diets, and the beauty of that is that clients learn how to adapt their individual preferences, lifestyles, work environments, etc… to fit their unique goals. I will be up-front about this always.

I cannot sit down with a stay-at-home parent and a working professional who puts in 70-80 hours per week at their job and have their ideal lifestyles look exactly the same. It’s just not possible and using that one-size-fits all approach does nothing to help either one of those people.

Enough blabber, Megan. Get to the good stuff!

Right…

So we’ve established that everyone is vastly different and so their lifestyle design needs to be equally different in how we approach it.

We get that.

But are there at least some basic steps that anyone can use to start crafting their dream lifestyle and actually getting the results they want?

YES. YES. AND YES!

Every painter might have the same brush and paints, but their artwork is totally different. So here are your tools with which to start painting your dream lifestyle.

Visualization

You can either do this on paper, or you can find a quiet place to just sit with your eyes closed and focus. I want you to look into your future and imagine that all your dreams came true and you are living exactly the way you want to be. Future-you has no wants, no limitations, no barriers. It’s your dream so get creative. Picture what future-you looks like physically. Is she fit and healthy? Is she thick or thin? Does she embrace gray hair or color it? Does she wear tailored business suits, or loose, flowy garments in soft colors?

Next think about where she lives. By the beach, or in the city? Apartment living, or does she own her home? What kind of vibes does her decor say about her? Is she a  minimalist who wastes no time and energy on the material things that do not bring her joy? Does she fill her house with plants and books and cushy chairs for reading? Does she have pets?

And most importantly, what does her daily routine look like? Does she get up at the crack of dawn to workout before heading to her high-powered job? Does she wake when she feels like it and then wanders onto her patio with a cup of coffee to watch the sun rise? Does she have kids that she marshalls together and gets off to school with ease and organization? Does she work, or stay at home? Is she an entrepreneur, an artist, a tradesperson, or a parent? Or all of the above?

Be very specific in your mind (or on paper) about visualizing what this future-you does with her day, how she feels about her work, and what she invests her time into. This should be 100% based of your current desires and goals for your life, and should assume that nothing is impossible or out of your league.

I hope future you is living it up to her fullest potential, loving her life, and creating an impact on others, because that is what life should be all about.

Self-assesment

This part may be boring, but I promise you that it is essential and can be very eye-opening. Again, this can be done on paper (and perhaps it is better that way so you have a record of this exercise to reflect on) or you can just do it mentally.

I want you to write or think of current-you and how you are spending your time right now. Take it day by day and think about what time you get up, what you are investing most of your energy into and how that energy expenditure makes you feel (drained or passionate?).

How do you spend your free time? Does your free time help you relax, or do you use it to propel yourself towards your goals? How many hours a day do you work for someone else’s goals, and how many are you putting towards yours? Are you spending time with your family/friends? Do you love your morning routine? Does your work make you feel satisfied? Do you set aside time from your day to nourish your body and soul properly?

How are you doing financially? What does your home environment look like? How are your relationships? Are you satisfied with the way those things are now?

I remember reading one of my favorite books, Playing Big by Tara Mohr, for the first time and how the author guided me through an exercise much like this. It wasn’t terribly comfortable and I felt the weight of all this guilt and unhappiness settling inside me because in truth I hated certain parts of my life at the time. I didn’t know what I know now.

I know now that I possess the ability to either change what I don’t like about my life or change myself to adapt to what I don’t like about my life.

And that tiny mindset shift is the powerful difference between being a victim of your life and being a victor over your life.

Action Planning

So you’ve looked ahead to future-you and by now you’ve compared her to current-you. While I hope there is not much difference between the two, I know from personal experience that there probably are some glaring differences that you would love to change.

The action planning session we’re in right now should definitely be done on paper. I want you to have a physical, visual reminder of what you want to change and how you are going to do it. The goals you write down here should be small but actionable. If you’re struggling with what to write down, think back to future-you. In the guided exercises in Playing Big, Tara Mohr refers to future-you as your inner mentor, and truly that is what future-you should be. When you are looking at what you are doing every day your inner mentor should be there in your mind to tell you if what you are doing is going to get you to where you want to be in the future.

On a sheet of paper I want you to create sections for each of the following aspects of healthy living:

  • Work
  • Home environment
  • Finances
  • Physical activity
  • Relationships
  • Nutrition

In each of these sections you should be thinking about what current-you needs to be doing differently in order to align with future-you and her lifestyle.

When I did  this exercise I was working in job that I liked reasonably well but I still hated going to work because of this one coworker relationship that was full of tension and dislike. I dreaded having to deal with that every day and it was both physically and mentally draining having to walk on eggshells around this coworker. I knew I wouldn’t quit my job. I loved other aspects of my work and had landed this job because I had suddenly quit my previous job with no other prospects lined up. I knew I wouldn’t give up what I loved about my job because of this one relationship. I wouldn’t put my husband through the stress and uncertainty of being the sole breadwinner again.

I knew I had options.

I could request to be transferred to a different clinic. It would mean more of a commute, more gas, more early days, but it was possible I would end up with coworkers I loved.

Or I could change my mindset. This felt more doable and less risky than the first option.

So instead of drastically changing my whole workplace and routine, I focused on venting my frustrations about this coworker privately (mainly my husband, NOT social media), taking care of myself at home so I didn’t burn out at work, learning to bite back the things I wanted to say but knew I would regret, and being open and honest in workplace conflict resolution meetings.

Ultimately I would no longer work with that particular person, but the time that I did work with them became more manageable and less draining because of the mindset shifts I was able to undergo with the support of others.

Try to write down 2-3 small action steps you can make in each category that will bring you into alignment with your goals.

Want to eat healthier but don’t want to go on a fad diet or pay for expensive meal plans?

Some easy action steps might be eating fruit with every breakfast, making coffee at home instead of buying that sugary Starbucks, asking for veggies instead of fries with that burger, drinking almond milk instead of animal milk, or buying the taco salad instead of the grande burrito when you’re stopping a Muchas Gracias because you didn’t have time to prep you lunch.

Here is a sample of some of my action steps that I created for myself that you can adapt for your own goals. Remember, your action plan will probably look different and bring different results and that is our goals here!

  • Work: if I can’t say something nice then keep my mouth shut, apologize for mistakes or personal issues as soon as possible, commit one hour per day to working on my own entrepreneurial goals.
  • Home environment: wash my bowl out after breakfast, get some fresh air each morning as soon as possible, surround myself with more plants and spend time each evening outside.
  • Finances: be more open with my hubby about my financial fears, limit myself to one small personal splurge per week (I’m a terrible impulse buyer and I love retail therapy too much!).
  • Physical activity: walk for at least 20 minutes on my lunch breaks, work out with my gym buddy twice a week, attend jiu jitsu class twice a week.
  • Relationships: no phones in the bedroom, communicate honestly about my need for personal space around family members, don’t engage in political debates with family members.
  • Nutrition: veggies with dinner every day, eat a high-protein lunch so I don’t have an afternoon food-coma, try to use almond flour instead of regular flour when baking.

The awesome thing about action planning is once you build your action steps into your daily routine you are already like 12-15 steps closer to future-you and her lifestyle. Make sure after a period of time (maybe one a month or once a quarter) that you repeat the Self-Assessment step and create new action steps to continue building the lifestyle you want and continue weeding out old practices that no longer serve you.

There is no one thing to become the person you want to be. Life is made up of millions of tiny moments just like this one, so make sure you make those moments about impacting others, living your life in a way you love, and living to your fullest potential. Don’t just wait for those moments–create them!


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