When people first find out that I am a mother of seven children the reaction is always obvious shock - and I totally get it. Besides thinking I am absolutely nuts; no one is accustomed to mothers of multiple children who do not have bags under their eyes, a slump in their back - or who always have their hair neatly combed while still producing top achieving children who are apparently happier than they even should be. Contrary to popular belief - having children is not a reason to totally let yourself go - it is THE reason to BE YOUR ABSOLUTE BEST! And yes, as mothers we do lack time for ourselves even for the simplest of things; - like taking a pee for example - but one of the many, many things I have learnt from being a mother is this - 'motherhood gets a whole lot more frustrating AND difficult when you allow yourself to look and feel like something the cat dragged in.' As women, as mothers - finding time to put ourselves together each day - and back together each evening before bedtime is vital in maintaining not just our bodies, but also our sanity! I am begging you to not give up on your beauty and your confidence because you are busy building everyone else's! The people who need you, need you at your best! There are just more reasons to fight to find the time for YOU than to give up altogether and I think that understanding the reasons you deserve to practice a self-care routine and all the amazing benefits of having one can truly change your life! So if you are ready to feel more beautiful and confident, and for all that glorious feeling to resonate through your entire being even when tackling the mound of dirty dishes in the sink - read on!
Did you know that rice water has the potential to stop hair from falling and breaking? It can also double the speed of your hair growth! This certainly came as a surprise to me when my 16 year old daughter caught wind of this increasingly popular new natural beauty trend. Soon after I personally began to witness my daughters hair transformation I began making and applying a rice water solution to my hair as well to be equally thrilled at the results I have been getting in just 3 short weeks! If you have been trying everything on the shelves to reduce your hair's breakage, you should give rice water a go to help bring your hair back to health - rice water may just be the answer for you! If you have not heard about this miraculous solution for dull, damaged, slow-growing hair then check out this post to learn the history, the benefits and how to make and use your own rice water hair solution!
I try not to appear too exhausted when my toddler trio (ages 2, 4 and 5) come to me seeking mommy's love and attention, and wanting to do some sort of special activity, just the 4 of us.
Their little eyes and minds get so impressed watching mommy take a flat sheet of paper from her printer as I drag myself away from work tasks for a brief moment to also enjoy their always entertaining company. For days like this, I often turn to a quick and easy little origami craft which never ceases to amaze them; and once I have folded enough boxes for each of my littlest daughters, they happily take the boxes away leaving me with several quiet moments to answer a couple emails before I choose to forget work for the rest of day.
If you are looking for a quick, easy, no-cutting, no-mess, no-clean-up craft to do with young and old children, check this little origami box out.
Lovely day to you and yours! I just had to update you on what has been happening! This is something that has been keeping me up at night and I am so excited to finally be able to share it! I just cannot stop thinking about all the amazing women online in the blogging and influencer world who are just filled with knowledge, experience, splendid tips, advice and motivation. These women and their voices have been shining lights in so many dark moments of my life and their inspiring stories often provided me the drive and encouragement I need in various difficult times of my relationships, motherhood, career, business and blogging journey. The internet is riddled with their awesomeness - you know - their recipes, their arts, crafts, super intelligent ways to save and answers to so many of our problems. In fact, I am now on a mission to gather up and beautifully compile in to a handy eBook the brilliance and beauty of inspiring and wonderful blogging and influencer women around the world so that others can easily access their motivating quotes, thoughts and stories every time a 'picker-upper' is needed! I know I could find all the quotes and stories I need right here on the internet or even write a few myself - but that would not be as much fun or even remotely make the same impact as hearing it from lovely, successful women who submit specifically to be featured in this eBook of life and love and who actively play a part in the creation of its content and energy! As a mommy of 7 daughters I should imagine such a book would be a diamond of a gift for my teens and other ladies all over the world! To read these stories of each climb to success- each witty and proactive journey to exactly where she wanted to be, each beautiful and inspiring story, motto, poem, piece of advice from the brilliant mind of a triumphantly satisfied lady who changed her life through faith and confidence - I simply get chills thinking about it! Would you like to share your thoughts with the world alongside other like-minded and successful women who want to change the lives and empower other women to follow their dreams, work hard, make a plan, stick to it and to not be afraid to step out in confidence even when everyone is telling them not to? I know you have been there too! If this sounds like you and something you would like to put your name to; join our mission by adding your story, your, voice and your unique contribution to this wonderful compilation of total confidence and female intelligence - let me tell you more about what we are up to now!
I am gonna make this email snappy - just thought to share some money savings with everyone today!
Here in the Cayman Islands where I call home every retailer is closed and online shopping is still not a "thing" here as yet for the local stores - so many of us are turning to Amazon despite the wait for our orders. Let's face it, online shopping is therapy right now and on this little island it is vital if we have to buy anything that cannot be found in the supermarkets.
You see, all businesses are closed due to Covid to stop the spread and keep us all safe - but you probably guessed that. As a family of 9 we are self-isolating at home and taking each day at a time.
As I prepare my family's order this morning and enjoy the benefits of numerous Amazon savings, I could not help but share some of these great deals with you! Grab a savings code or 2 and enjoy up to 80% off selected items on your next Amazon order!
Good day to you!
How is everything going? Have you found any creative ways to keep track of the days? Haha - me either!
I have been getting some "me time" lately by waking up at 3am each day; the house is so calm and quiet because my 7 wild and wacky daughters are all peacefully in their beds asleep. Never thought I would become such a devoted morning person, but doing this has helped me keep my sanity and my businesses going with all the chaos that abounds!
Of course, I can look forward to hearing bedroom doors opening by 7am, that means I have to be ready to tackle a full day of meal preps, learning activities, nap times, nappy changes, teenage girl tantrums and more. When I want to restore some sort of calm I choose a session of reading with my 4 youngest (8, 5, 4 and 2!)
As we adjust to our "new normal"; millions of us around the world have had to "relearn" daily life in a sudden change of plans and events that none of us could have ever expected. And to add madness to mayhem we also have to ensure our children don't fall back a grade level academically while at home in our care. Based on the number of emails, messages and phone calls I get on a daily basis from a combined 30+ teachers between my school-aged children - our children's schools are obviously in high anticipation that we return our children to school on par with our national curriculum and expected grade levels... no pressure there at all, right?.
Honestly, there are some days where I just have to skip the fancy, overwhelming home-school schedule and spend an hour of reading excitedly to my little ones. Simply reading has proven to have its way of keeping my girls focused and academically stable during all this global madness as we await the day they can actually return to school.
If you are drowning under housework, home-school, working-from-home, meal prep, boredom and/or just trying to survive within your home's four walls with energetic kids everywhere - take a breather, read a few books, escape from the day's reality and spend some quality time. My girls and I have shared a short list of children's books we would recommend to you for your little ones and many of them are also free to download on kindle! 😉
I have just about finished preparing those important legal documents for you that every blog or website should (and in some cases, legally MUST} have published. These documents include various policies, disclosures, disclaimers and important affiliate related legalities that you really should have if you plan to take your blog or eBusiness to a professional, income-earning level.
While I tailor all those to ensure the content within is generalized in a manner that will make it easier for you to customize and incorporate each one specifically for your website without too much hoopla, I thought it would be great to check in on how things are going and to share some vital tips that I have learnt while blogging - which for some odd reason I surprisingly cannot find listed anywhere else online!
These quick notes have been extreme time-savers for me when I create content for social media, YouTube and my blog - saving time while growing your blog and influence is important because there is ssssoooooo much to do and it can be months or years before you can hire a team to help - unless of course - you stay super organized so that you can raise your traffic quickly and consistently.
Please take a moment to read these 7 surprising tips for keeping organized while creating content for your blog and/or YouTube channel.
I trust that you and your family have been doing well and are finding great ways to keep busy and reduce the stresses we are all prune to worldwide right now! I am definitely praying for the best outcome for our planet like many others are right now.
Despite everything I have been counting my blessings and keeping my mind focused on as much positive things as possible. The girls and I are keeping active in the community by contributing to the many efforts and community initiatives taking place in our country. There have been many wonderful families who have been negatively affected by the economic impact of Covid around here and it is taking everyone's effort to help out. I hope things are not too out-of-whack near you.
At home I have turned to baking quite often and squeezing in exercise of course, though never as often as I would like. After 7 pregnancies I managed to keep things together by using a variety of targeted exercises, though never routinely or even consistently, yet it somehow 'works out' haha.
In addition to enjoying a little sensuality and fitness through belly dancing around my living room; the Ab Roller has been one of my fave exercise tools for repairing and strengthening my abdominal muscles over the past 14+ years. I usually start doing this 8 to 12 weeks after birth and have managed to maintain a comfortable weight, size and tone. Take a stroll over to my blog to hear my experience with ab rolling and a bit about recovering your body after childbirth.