5 things saving my life...

Whether you are a mom or not, most of the women I know are busy. Jobs, husbands, school, family events ... the list goes on. As a stay-at-home mom/freelance writer I find myself constantly in between feeling busy and exhausted from monotony. Staying at home with a toddler is exhausting in a way I have never known. Full time work? Piece of cake. School? I wish I could go back. Little child needed constant attention, care, and climbing all over you all day? I need a nap. 

I love hearing from other women what they do to keep their lives a little saner, so I thought I'd share a few things that are "saving" my life right now. Since I'm all about simple living, most of these things are just that: simple. Because I don't have time or money for weekly massages or spa days, I find that creating space for simple joys can make all the difference in a day. 

1. Chocolate covered almonds. 

I told you. Simple. This preggo wants dessert all the time and in the effort of having self- control, I took to my local Sprouts to provide a chocolately treat that feels healthy and can be consumed in small portions to last forever. Let's be real, sometimes fully depriving ourselves of the thing we want isn't always the best solution. Everything in moderation friends. 

2. A night-time routine. 

Now that I'm 30, I figured it was time to get serious about my face. I've been super fortunate to have great skin most of my life, and I'd like to keep it that way. I started investing in products that were all-natural (or making them myself) and committing to making effort each morning and night to take a few minutes for my face. I am never going to be the person that has a 10 step routine. Like I said before, I don't have time or money for that. So I chose just a few things that could make me feel like I'm treating myself and winding down for the day. 

I love UltraViolet's products. She is not cheap, but it's been a splurge for me and I've seen such great results. Marci creates all the products herself and she uses both science + her love for sensitive skin-friendly products to create very natural and gentle masterpieces. I use her cleanser and night masque. I have also heard incredible things about SW Basics which is significantly cheaper than UltraViolet if you are looking for a budget-friendly option. 

I also got a dry brush a few weeks ago. I honestly don't know if I believe anything that it's supposed to do, but at the very least it's a relaxing practice and it sort of starts of my evening "wind down". I never realized how much I would appreciate a steady nighttime routine!

3. My lottas. 

Lotta from Stockholm is one of the great clog brands I know. There are quite a few that make beautiful shoes, but Lotta is (I think) the most affordable considering the quality. These clogs are amazing because they are so comfortable and they make you feel like you put effort into a very casual outfit. But they also go great with something that's more trendy or dressy. All of this is a big plus when you're pregnant, a mother, or just generally a woman who is busy and doesn't always have time to put a perfect outfit together. I have three pairs and they are my go tos. 

4. A physical planner

When I was in school, planners were my favorite thing to buy. I loved choosing my new planner and writing in all the things I had to do from homework to hangout to reminders. My iPhone slowly took over my life and I never wanted to carry around my planner and phone, but over the last few months, I realized my need to actually write things down. There's science behind why writing things help you remember better and Lord knows between having a toddler and being pregnant, I need all the help I can get.

So now I can write down what I need to do for work and I can also attempt to schedule out my week with Brighton so I can have things to look forward to and not lose my mind! My favorite is Moleskine (of course) because it's so simple, small, and has a lot of room for writing notes/lists (oh how I love lists).

5. CloudLibrary 

Do you know about this? It's an app you can download on your phone or iPad and it will connect with your account to your local library. Before I moved, I got my library card for the San Diego Public Library and linked it to my CloudLibrary and now I have access to digital and audio books from their entire database! I will ALWAYS prefer a physical paper book, but since I've had so many books on my reading list this year, CloudLibrary has saved me (and my wallet). 

So there you have it. 5 things saving my life right now. What about you? What are some of the things you are doing that are making your days a little extra special?