I Don’t Want to do The Thing

So, this is me today:

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I keep sitting down and trying to do The Thing I’m supposed to be doing and it’s just not happening. Actually typing about not doing it is the closest I’ve gotten to doing it. And therefore, I’m almost giving myself a pat on the back for half-assly doing The Thing without trying. Good good! You wrote 61 words so far, write just a few more and we can call it good enough and press publish.

I haven’t had much time to actually sit down and think today, and in the few moments I have been able to have computer time it’s like all my thoughts just get jammed up and then come lumbering out in a weird cumbersome way. So then I just scroll through Facebook until my son realizes he hasn’t asked me for food in the last seven minutes and I have to go back into Mom/servant mode.

There are actually a TON of things I could be doing on the blog right now. Products to review, SEO to brush up, drafts to edit, photos to resize…and I just don’t feel like doing a darn thing. My fire seems to have fizzled a bit today. Life kept throwing things at me. Like if I was the fire and those things were snowballs. So one by one they piled up and now I feel sort of like a pile of unmotivated slush.

But tomorrow is a new day. Time to shake it off. Try again. See if I can catch that spark. My fire may go up and down, but everything is fine as long as I make sure that pilot light never goes out.

 

How to Use a Nebulizing Aromatherapy Diffuser

A lot of moms these days seem to be getting into oils. I’ve been into essential oils since I was a teenager working in a hippie shop that sold oils and part of my job was to educate myself on all the different oils and their purposes. So I’ve always had a bottle of tea tree stashed away for disinfecting and a bit of lavender for soothing. I’m not new to this.

What I am new to is the nebulizing diffuser. At the shop we had a stone you put drops on, some little sticks soaked in oil, a heated lamp type thing and one that used water. I was recently sent an Ionic Nebulizing Aromatherapy Diffuser from Utama Spice and I really like the concept! No water, no heat – just pure pressurized air is used to disperse the oil into the air so it’s not diluted or changed in structure.

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The Danau Satu has a light color wooden base and custom-blown lead-free glass top and looks great sitting next to my desk. It has a low-energy cycle with a 120 minute pump auto shut-off and fully adjustable dial to instantly fine-tune the mist intensity. It also has a pretty mood light inside the glass.

It’s very easy to use- just remove the little spout at the top and add drops in the hole. I started with 6 drops to test it out, then added more when I was sure I liked the scent. You can fill it all the way to 1/4 inch below the inner glass tubes, but you don’t want to overfill it.

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When you switch it on, you will see the glass fill up with a mist and the mist will start to come out of the directional spout. You can then adjust the amount with the dial.

The Utama Spice website has a helpful video on cleaning your diffuser, which you should do every so often to prevent build up, and when you want to switch to a new oil.

 

So that’s it! Pretty easy! Just put drops in, turn it on and go. Make sure you don’t lose the dropper things that come with the diffuser because otherwise getting liquid (after cleaning) out of the glass ball is tough. If you watch the video, you’ll see how they turn it on its side and use the dropper to suck it out.

I’m really enjoying my new aromatherapy enhanced workspace!

For the Love of Noodles

My son loves noodles. Just plain spaghetti noodles with a little butter or olive oil. He doesn’t like to spoil it with any sauce. I keep trying to encourage him to try them differently- marinara, cream sauce, maybe some meatballs, but no. Just noodles. It makes me think of a photo of me as a little girl, where I’m eating spaghetti and it’s smeared everywhere. I expected this to be some sort of normal baby ritual- the spaghetti mess. But when my kid is done he just looks like he’s oiled up and ready to wrestle.

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He loves them so much that when we went on a two week cruise where he could order absolutely anything he wanted for dinner, every single night he ordered plain noodles. One night he tried nuggets and sent them back in exchange for noodles.

So I’ve embraced this and now make a big batch of noodles all at once, put them in a gallon freezer bag and keep them in the fridge, ready to heat on-demand. That way, I can make noodles in 15 seconds instead of cooking them from scratch every time. I’ve also started getting those “Hidden Veggie” noodles and other healthier varieties rather than regular old pasta. So far, he likes them all the same.

To be honest, I’m just happy anytime he shows excitement about eating something besides chocolate and gummy bears. We have a lot of arguments over what consists of “real food” and why he needs to eat it. So if he loves noodles, I’ll make noodles!

He also went through a serious Puffs phase and a hot dog phase. As a first-time mom, I’m guessing this food fixation is a universal toddler (and child) trait. So what food is your kid obsessed with right now?

Happy New Year! Changes to Sponsored Posts in 2019

I know it’s only New Year’s Eve, but I haven’t written on here since Christmas so thought I would stop by and drop a little Happy New Year. Also, I woke up before my son today so a mom has to steal that time when she can.

I only started this blog about six months ago and am still unsure of exactly where I’m going with it, but I know it’s going somewhere. I already renewed the domain for another year. If you just stumbled across this one, my main blog is GeekMamas.com and I started this one as sort of a “sister site” where all the total mom stuff can go. Geek Mamas is a little more personal and humorous, so I was trying to start a more normal “mom blog” with this one. A place I could put articles that might not fit as well on my main site.

And sponsored posts of course. I was wanting to do a lot of sponsored content over here and make it a bit of a money-making machine! But a funny thing happened along the way and I found out I still don’t like dealing with a lot of the sponsored content stuff unless it’s actually something I would read. I have some sort of built-in journalistic integrity where it just gnaws at me if I post something really lame or salesy. So I have been going through and weeding out some of the earlier unpaid contributed content that has links to businesses. I’m all about linking to bloggers and helping other mom bloggers get exposure, but I started to feel like businesses were taking advantage of me asking for me to publish the article as if I had written it and sneaking links in there, all while submitting boring re-hashed articles.

I just couldn’t do it. I tried. I really tried.

So while I still plan to accept sponsored content here, (it would be nice to cover my hosting fees at least), I’m going to be more picky. There will be a small fee for businesses, it has to be introduced as a guest or sponsored post and it has to actually be something people will read. Blogger guest posts, promoting their blog, will always be free.

So I hope to write more and publish more guest posts here in 2019. I think there is a big blogging year ahead for both this site and Geek Mamas! And feel free to contact me to pitch guest or sponsored content.

Hope you all have a very Happy New Year!

 

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The Imaginary Bellyache

My son stayed home from school today. And by stayed home sick, I mean he’s standing next me begging to put on his coat so he can go outside and play.

It started with crawling into our bed early this morning and then making vomiting noises. I grabbed him, leapt out of bed and rushed him to the bathroom. He finally threw up a little liquid, but not much. I took him back to bed and he went right to sleep. He seemed fine this morning so I continued with plans to take him to school.

We usually leave at 8:15. By 8AM he was still laying on the couch watching PAW Patrol, and suddenly his belly hurt again. Once again I rushed him to bathroom and he spit up a little something. I was starting to suspect he was just pretending, but I couldn’t send him to school if he was really sick, so I finally called to let them know he wouldn’t be in today.

Guess who’s belly magically felt better about 10 minutes later?

Guess who else is a grumpy grumpy mommy today?

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Healthy Homemade Remedies for Pregnancy Headaches

Today’s post is by Kayla from the lifestyle blog OurStart.com. I had a lot of headaches when I was pregnant (and still get them) so I thought her idea for an article about natural headache remedies would be helpful for both myself and my readers!

Healthy Homemade Remedies for Pregnancy Headaches

Your body goes through a lot of changes while you’re pregnant. Some of those changes will cause an increase in the number of headaches you get. Unfortunately, while you’re pregnant you need to be careful with the medications you take, which can make it difficult to get a handle on your headaches. That’s where natural and homemade headaches remedies come in handy. Having an arsenal of natural and homemade remedies you can rely on for headache relief during your pregnancy can make a world of difference. Here are four natural and homemade headache remedies you can use while you’re pregnant.

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Relax with a Hot Cup of Tea

If you’re suffering through a pregnancy headache, sit down and relax with a hot cup of tea. This tea will take that headache pain right away. Place 1 teaspoon each of chamomile and lemon balm, and a half teaspoon each of fennel seeds and lavender into a mug. Fill the cup with hot water and steep for about 15 minutes. Drink while still warm.

Add Some Honey to Your Milk

Pregnancy headaches can make it difficult to get the sleep you need. If your headache is keeping you awake, reach for a glass of warm milk. However, to make the milk a powerful headache reliever, add a dash of honey and cinnamon. This relaxing milk concoction will help you soothe your headache so you can get to sleep.

Soak in a Warm Epsom Salts Bath

When you’re dealing with a pregnancy headache, all the muscles in your body can get tight and achy. When that happens, you need to get relief fast. You can do that by soaking in a warm Epsom salts bath. Fill your bathtub with warm water and add about one cup of Epsom salts. Soak in the tub for about 20 minutes. If getting in and out of the tub is difficult, be sure to have someone there to help you.

Increase the Amount of Water You’re Drinking

You might not realize this, but getting dehydrated during pregnancy can cause problems, including headaches. If you’re experiencing frequent headaches during this pregnancy, it’s time to increase the amount of water you’re drinking. The best way to make sure you’re getting enough water is to keep a bottle of water on you at all times. Another way is to fill two-liter container with water each morning and place it in the refrigerator. Once the container is empty, you’ll know you’ve had enough water for the day. If the taste of plain water is a problem for you, try adding fresh fruit, such as berries, watermelon or lemon slices. You can also add fresh cucumber slices to your water for a fresh new flavor.

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Don’t let pregnancy headaches slow you down. Use the natural and homemade remedies provided here to give you quick relief. Natural and homemade remedies are a safe and effective way to combat headache pain during pregnancy. If your headaches become more severe, be sure to speak to your healthcare practitioner.

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bio picKayla Clough is the email specialist at OurStart and is a recent graduate of Eastern University in PA where she majored in Marketing and Human Resources. Kayla loves all things fashion, her golden retriever Max and coffee. When she is not working, you can find her binge watching Sex in the City and baking her latest find on Pinterest.

Social Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OurStart

Blog: https://ourstart.com/

 

My Momologue

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Mom Life gets a Momologue

That’s right Google, this is not a typo. I meant to put in “Momologue” even though it keeps insisting on trying to sway me into searching “monologue.”

It was one of those things where you wake up early and lie there in bed thinking about what you have to do and then come up with some idea that you have to write down before you forget it.

The idea this morning was my “Momologue.”

So that’s my new category for basically just talking about mom stuff. Not pushing a product or advice…just momologueing. Just talking it all out without worrying about links, SEO, keywords or whatever.

I actually think it would make a great blog name, but I already bought the domain name here and run GeekMamas so it’s going to stay as a category for now, lol.