First Year Of A Baby & 3 Things I Like To Do Monthly

Our little love turned seven months today, and I don’t even know where the time has gone. I feel like this time around has been so much faster than the first, and I am just trying to soak in all of the fleeting moments.

Each month I like to do a few things to keep myself organized with the first year. I thought I would share what I have done with boy boys in case you are wanting to implement anything with your own children. I would love to know anything you do!

1.Letters

At the end of each month I write a letter to our son recapping milestones, changes, personality and memories. I started this with our older son, and I am so thankful I did! After a year I write yearly letters to talk about the year and them as a person. I think it is so special to remember what they were like and highlight special moments. I keep everything organized in my drive, and plan to give to them when they are older (or when they become a parent).

2.Picture Albums

I don’t know about you, but I take so many picture of our boys. My phone is constantly full because I love having pictures of them. At the end of the month I like to upload all pictures to a designated album to keep it organized and so I can free phone space. I love having everything easily accessible and organized!

3.Clothing Sort

Both of our boys have grown extremely fast so we have flown through clothes. Our little love is currently in 12 months, which is wild to me. Because of this, I am constantly switching out sizes. When I do this I like to go ahead and sort items I want to keep for memory purposes and then items I want to give. This helps so I have one less thing later and can do it while it is fresh on my mind.

What are some things you do with your children?

As always, sending light and love.

Blessings,

Jac

End Of Year Checklist : Top 5

I can not believe we are wrapping up the year in a month. I told my husband this year has flown by with my pregnancy and the birth of our second son. I truly feel like I blinked and it passed. Since we are entering December I have started thinking about the new year and what I typically like to do before the start of it. I thought I would share the five things I do at the end of each year to prepare for the next. I would love to know anything you do!

1.House Clean Out

If you know me personally, you know I love a good declutter and clean out. I typically like to go through our house 1-4 times a year depending on what I feel like we need. This is the perfect opportunity to go through everything before Christmas. I will go through one room at a time, and also have my husband go through his things. It feels so good starting the year with that done! You can check out more on decluttering here: Top 3 Tips To Decluttering Your Space & Family Systems And Organizations.

2.Financial Recap & Organization

I keep track of our monthly spending, however I think it is a great thing to look at your end of year finances to see where you are and make goals for the upcoming year. If you are wanting to track, setting everything up prior to the start of the year is so beneficial and gives you a head start. I also like to schedule an appointment with our financial advisor to discuss yearly goals! You can check out more on finances here: Monthly Finance Tracking& Budgeting Categories.

3.Vision Board

I like to make a vision board each year to keep as my computer background. It is a constant reminder of goals I am striving to achieve. It is also fun to see what you accomplished at the end of the year! You can see how I create those here: Vision Boards.

4.Goal Setting

I also like to make a list of personal goals along with my vision board. Once again it is something I can strive to achieve and keeps me working towards something. You can see how I like to create those here: Goal Setting- Top 5 Tips

5.Memories With Family

I like to do a family advent calendar for the month of December to create fun and special memories with the boys. I also make sure all our shopping is completely done so I am not focused on any of that or stressed about it. You can check out how I structure our advent calendar below! I will be sharing this year’s activities on my channel!

As always, sending light and love!

Blessings,

Jac

5 Holiday Wellness Goals

With the holidays approaching and many celebrations around the corner, I thought I would share what I like to focus on during this time of year. I think it is so important to continue to take care of yourself and feel good, even during the busy times. I am a huge believer in balanced health and a no “diet” lifestyle which you can read more about here: Finding Balance Within Health & Wellness, Balanced Eating, No Diet Lifestyle .

I would love to know anything you try to focus on!

1.Water

I have mentioned multiple times how we are a water drinking family. There are so many benefits to drinking enough water, which I am sure you are aware of. The general rule of thumb is to aim for half your body weight in ounces! You can check out my top 3 tips to consume plenty of water here!

2.Any Movement

I try to move by body any way I can during this time of year. Usually it entails family walks, which I absolutely love. For my husband, it typically includes jumping on the trampoline with our son. It does not have to be anything intense or structured, but incorporating some type of movement helps so much!

3.Eat What You Want Or Don’t Want

I don’t know why as a society we place so much power on foods and have to label things as “good” or “bad”. I don’t like thinking of certain foods as “cheats” or “treats”. I think it is important to eat the things you are wanting to eat while maintaining an overall health mindset. If you want to enjoy certain dishes, enjoy! On the other hand, if you are not wanting to eat or indulge in certain things, don’t! I personally believe a restriction mindset can lead to extremely unhealthy habits and behaviors long term.

4.Rest

Take advantage of resting more than you typically may be able to. For many of us we are around family members and have extra sets of hands, especially with kids. Take advantage of the help and rest your body! Sleep is so important and is something many of us easily put on the back burner.

5.Don’t Compromise Mental Health

Holidays can be a hard time of year with families and dynamics. If something is going to compromise your mental health, really consider if it is worth it. Our mental health is just as important as our physical, if not more!

Hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

As always, sending light and love.

Blessings,

Jac