Hello Spring Checklist for Moms

Spring means clean up, clean out and get outside doesn’t it. At least that’s my family description after a long long long winter. If you live in the North or Midwest you might get my drift?

We live in the frigid north so by the time Spring comes around we can’t wait to get things cleaned up from Winter and get outside. Spring is my favorite season for a multitude of reasons; my birthday is in the Spring, Winter is long in our state and we don’t get enough sunshine, plus there’s just something about those gorgeous flowers that come in in Spring. Tulips anyone? 

To help you prep for this Spring further I’m sharing my best laid checklist for Springtime for all of us Mamas. So, we can think less, do more and enjoy spring. Sound good? Let’s go!

  1. Clean out those closest and pantries from the long winter months. Clothes and items you haven’t worn or don’t use anymore-donate. Set your timer for 30 minutes and see how much you can get down in you house between all your closets. I bet you’ll be surprised! Work expands to the time you allow for it. So, get after it!

     2. Move your body. Longer days mean more time for ourselves. Get outside and move your body. We’ve often been cooped up inside so it’s time to get out and enjoy the longer, sunnier day and move. Moving your body increases endorphins which makes us feel better, So, go girl go!

    3. Clean. Can’t believe I’m about to type this because listen the best thing I  ever did for me and my fam 2.5 years ago was hire someone to clean my house. She quickly became family because we appreciate her so dang much. But, I’m still leaving this on the checklist for you because its important in the Spring we clean some things we’ve maybe been putting off all winter. For me that looks like Cleaning the windows (one of my least fav jobs), power washing the house, mopping the deck and sweeping out the garage (I’m super fortunate my hubby chips in and helps with lots of these). 

   4. Plan your meals. Failing to plan is like planning to fail. Read that again. Longer warmer days often call for us to want to fly by the seat of our pants. Or…is that just me? HA, I’ve actually heard from a lot of you Moms, that as the Seasons change you want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time outside enjoying the weather which I totally get! So, grab my handy meal plan cheat sheet here for an easy button on meal planning!

   5. Give yourself some grace, set realistic expectations of your spring to do list. Make a fun day out of it, or a fun themed week! Don’t think you can get it all done in an afternoon. After all, you’re raising kids and running them to all their activities so give yourself grace and time to get the things done on your Spring Cleaning checklist. 

The point in this spring checklist is to help you feel prepared for Spring and to actually enjoy it. So, don’t stress, things will get done as they get. Do the best you can and enjoy every second of this fabulous spring season! Need more Mom tips about living and loving your best life as a Mom in an unjudged community of incredible Mamas? Join my free group called the Unjudged Motherhood Project here: 

All of us Mamas gotta stick together, we are all in this together and it takes a community to raise our babies and ourselves. Remember to treat yourself well!

XO, Jess

Detox your Mind for Spring

What is it exactly about Spring that makes us want to clean up, clean out and just refresh all the things in our life?

When I  do a quick google search on Spring, the number 1 thing that comes up is Spring cleaning. And while I’m all for a good Spring cleaning, I  find it interesting that the topics that follow Spring cleaning range from Spring Diets, Spring Flower and Spring Cleaning of your closet and not one single mention of cleaning up our mind.

One of the most powerful tools we have that’s FREE to us is our mind. Yet it is the most un-utilized tool in all of the world. Why is that? I think it’s because so many of us are unaware of the power of our mind. 

But, let’s change that mmmkk?!?! In all the years I’ve spent learning about mindset and our minds it baffles me at how easy and fun it can be to detox our mind. 

I’ll share the cliff notes version for you here as I’m a busy Mama who often does the scroll when reading things online but know I  will also provide blog about this further in the near future.  There are many  other ways you can detox for a feel better, live more life too, here’s some of the blog articles I recommend about physical health detoxing:

-Become really in tune with your feelings. Notice how you feel when certain things happen. When you’re around certain people. When you eat certain things. Become familiar with all of this. Bringing awareness into your body and mind is the very first step in reframing your mind to being the powerhouse it was designed to be, for you. 

If you need to, keep track of these feelings. Journal them, keep them in your notes section of your iPhone. You’ll begin to notice patterns within these feelings of who you’re around and what you’re doing when you get these not so good feelings. When you have it nailed down what and why these feelings are being triggered go ahead and make some changes if you feel inclined. This is often when people get uncomfortable, because it might mean removing some people from your life that are no longer serving you. Maybe you’ve outgrown them, maybe they’ve taken a different path. Or maybe its as easy as you leaving behind that greasy cheeseburger you used to eat once a week.

Put on your big girl panties when you hear this, but if you want something more in your life, whatever that is for you, you’ve got to change how you’ve been living. So, you can absolutely change who you surround yourself with. It might be hard but if you FEEL like they aren’t supporting you living your best life, make a change, girl. I’m cheering for you! 

It’s important to know that when you notice these patterns you have the ability to change them, or not in your life. Some, you’ll be prepared to change right away and others might stick with you longer. Be aware that when these patterns keep appearing, they will continue to appear until you remove or clear them. It’s your mind, and the universes way of teaching you, you need to learn something and until you do about this pattern, it will continue to show up in your life. Remember, if you’re seeing patterns in your life you don’t like, change it. You and only you have the power to do it. I’m rooting for you.

-This one might come as a surprise Since I am known as the Social Media Queen but I  gotta say it anyways :) Limit your screen time on social media. The less you consume from the outside world, in this case (social media), the more you can connect with your present reality. What’s occurring right now. When we connect to where we are currently, we are more grounded, we are in tune with our body and emotions and it allows us to feel really present. And the Universe can only bring us things in the present Moment (more on that later when we dig deep into manifestations on another blog).

My Shirt here says "Shine Like The Whole Universe is yours". And really friends, it is! So go after it!

-Last tip, if you’re hanging on for the cliff notes version, is to set your day up for success. That means do what makes you feel good in the morning, fill your own cup up first before you pour into anyone else. I hear from my clients all the time how they don’t have enough time in their day. So, I opened the Take Your Day back challenge. Taking Mamas from overwhelmed to thriving in 21 days. Designed to help every Mom thrive in their day. Going from stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, do not know what to do next to literally be in control and tackle anything that comes there way. 

This is my Mama proof strategy that I want to shout from the rooftops. I was the overwhelmed, anxious mom, woken up every morning by the kid alarm clock of crying or someone standing in my face. No time for me, no time for my to do list, unsure how to move forward. I was So tired. I never had energy for anything. I was angry, unhappy and frankly did not like myself. I had to do something about it. 

And the Take Your Day Back Challenge is exactly how I now wake up happy, excited for the day, and ready to tackle anything that might come at me. And that my friends is freedom. Because when you feel better, you live more. And I’m on a mission to help busy working moms feel better so they can live the life they want more. You in?