10 Ways to Practice Real Self-Care

Bath bombs, glasses of wine (or caffeinated soda), chocolate and shopping sprees aren't ways to practice REAL self-care. REAL self-care is actually caring about yourself and trying to help yourself get better and healthier. Here are 10 ways to practice REAL self-care.

Self-care. That’s a hot topic right now. Every blogger, everyone online, is talking about the importance of self-care. There are lists upon lists of ways to self-care NOW. How to drop everything and all responsibilities and self-care now. The most important person to take care of is you. Do what you want. Ignore all else. That is self-care.

I have to disagree. Self-care is not ignoring responsibilities. It is not putting yourself in front of others. It is not indulging. It is not an excuse to be lazy, to eat what you want, to give yourself unnecessary “grace“, to buy what you want, to get away now. No. Self-Care is actually caring not only about yourself, but for yourself.

Bath bombs, glasses of wine (or caffeinated soda), chocolate and shopping sprees aren't ways to practice REAL self-care. REAL self-care is actually caring about yourself and trying to help yourself get better and healthier. Here are 10 ways to practice REAL self-care.

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Discover October 2017 Goals

How are you going to discover October? What goals do you have?

Each month it seems that I rock at my goals the first week and a half to two weeks. Then, I completely fail the rest of the month. It seems that way every time I do one of these monthly goals. But I don’t give up. I don’t stop making goals. Why. Because it always helps to be striving toward something. Having a goal helps build motivation. It helps give life purpose. It helps me to live more intentionally. And, I may fail (a lot). I’m not going to give myself grace, but I am going to acknowledge that I am mortal. I am human. I have weaknesses. A lot of them. And so, rather than try to make things more clear or stringent, I am going to go back to basics. I want to figure out my who, my how, and my why.

How are you going to discover October? What goals do you have?

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Evelyn | Nine Months

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Dear Evelyn Morgan,

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

This month went by so fast! I swear, just last week, I did your 8 month update. A lot has happened for you this past month! Two major milestones hit and a major emergency! We actually had to take you to the emergency room after calling Poison Control. Our bathroom doesn’t have a medicine cabinet and I stupidly kept our medication under the sink. You learned how to open the door while I was in the shower. Unbeknownst to me, you started playing with the Ibuprofen. Apparently I didn’t tighten the lid on it. When I got out of the shower, there were a few pills around you and some white around your mouth. So, I called poison control. They said to take you to the ER. Justin came home from work to watch Rhys. They put you under observation for a few hours, then took your blood. The blood test showed no medication in your blood streams, so we guessed you didn’t actually swallow a pill, just spit up. We went home. Then a few hours later when daddy changed your diaper, there was a pill there…after we had changed it a few times before!!! MIRACLE!

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Weight | 17 pounds 2 ounces (31st percentile)

Height | 28 inches (64th percentile)

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Eat | You drink 4 bottles of 6-8 ounces. You continually tank it all. Typically you have a bottle right when you wake up, then when you go down for both naps and for bed. You have three meals and some snacks. You still love goldfish, cheerios, and yogurt bites. You also really love eating whatever we are eating rather than your own food. You are starting to dislike baby food and will only eat maybe half a serving before refusing bites. I can tell you are going to be a stubborn and picky eater.

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Sleep | Daytime: You still have two naps, typically at 9 and 2. You sleep anywhere between 45 minutes to 2 hours. Sometimes it takes a while for you to go to sleep but typically, you do well now. Finally.

Nighttime: We put you down at 7 with a full bottle. Every now and then, you will wake up before Rhys falls asleep or before we go to bed. We’ll let you cry for a bit to see if you can settle yourself back down. Typically, you do. For the most part, you are sleeping through the night now. However, sometimes you will wake up at 5 am and be up for the day. We don’t appreciate that. Sigh. We’ll work on it.

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Milestones | Movement: You are definitely cruising along furniture, sometimes even with one hand. Sometimes you will even move between pieces of furniture. Now you can stand up well. You love to stand up, but close to furniture. You have even taken a few steps! Holy cow! You just barely turned 9 months old last week, and are already trying to walk! I can’t believe it! You will be full-on walking by yourself by Halloween!

Communication: You have started to say “mama”…or a variation of it. You still haven’t caught on how to sign “more”, but you get excited when I sign it. You have learned how to be frustrated and you are very apparent with it. you will growl loudly and arch your back. It’s really cute, actually.

Playing: You love playing with the kitchen set, Mr. Potato Head, the toy car play area, and Rhys’s Legos. But, he doesn’t appreciate it when you mess up his Lego games…You love rolling balls around and chasing them. You also love to wrestle with Rhys and Mama.

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Personality | You are definitely becoming a lot more active and curious. You still like to sit and watch, but you are more willing to go places and do something now. You are such a social girl and everyone loves you. We had lunch at Costco the other day and every one stopped to coo and aww at you. But, your independence and stubbornness is becoming more apparent.

Likes: 

  • bathtime/showertime
  • playing with Rhys and Mama
  • yogurt bites
  • being social
  • cuddling, hugging

Dislikes:

  • being forced to eat
  • getting stuck between/under furniture as you crawl
  • teething

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle. Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Evelyn, every day, I love you more and more. I can tell we will butt heads quite a bit, just as I did with my mom. But, I also know that we will be super close. Never stop cuddling me. Never stop giving everyone a big slobbery kiss and giant bear hug.

Love Mama and Daddy

Reading Roundup | August & September 2017

Reading Roundup for August and September 2017 .... book reviews on many Roald Dahl books, as well as an Alexander Hamilton graphic novel and a Neil Gaiman novel.

It’s been a while since I did a Reading Roundup post. There are a lot of books to fill you in on. Most of them are Roald Dahl books from my collector’s box set (and they are all short, sweet, and fun books), but there are a few thick books, too. I did a lot of reading in August, again, because most of the Roald Dahl books took a day or two to read. But, I only finished one book this month. I’m halfway done with another–What About Faith by Robert L. Millet. I’ll probably finish it by the end of the week.

Reading Roundup for August and September 2017 .... book reviews on many Roald Dahl books, as well as an Alexander Hamilton graphic novel and a Neil Gaiman novel.

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