Quiet Time for Mommy

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Being a mom is certainly a full-time position. While there always seems to be one more game to take the children to and more meals to create, moms need quiet time in order to receive the relaxation and peace that is necessary. There are some helpful times in order to receive the peace that is needed at home.

Spa Time
A good starting point for quiet time is to create a spa-like experience. Consider purchasing some bubble bath and having a long soak in the tub. There are many different kinds of bath salts that are designed to rid a body of toxins. When it is time to open and cleanse skin pores, consider investing in a steam sauana. There are plenty of units that are available with plenty of steam sauana accessories that can make such an experience feel amazing. Do not forget to purchase some lotion that hydrates the skin and leaves a smooth feeling that does not go away. Buy a special bathrobe to wear during spa time. It can help remind oneself and others that it is a special time that should not be interrupted.

Reading Time
There is many times where a mom would love to catch up on reading. There may be specific magazines or books that sit in the magazine rack unread for weeks if not months. Therefore, take advantage of the quiet time and get reading. Find a cozy nook in a home or read in bed. Set aside a block of time to get lost in reading. If nothing at home is interesting, go to a bookstore and buy a book that is intriguing. Make it a point to read the book only during quiet times. When that is done, it gives a mom incentive to have frequent quiet time.

Still Time
Being still is a great idea for a mom who may have plenty of things on her mind. It is good to focus on other items in order to give the mind a break for a brief time. Some moms find that having a short power nap is a huge lift. Others find prayer or doing specific exercises to be a wonderful way of being still and relaxing.

Remember that moms have to create quiet time. It does not happen by itself. When moms have quiet time to themselves, they can feel revitalized and refreshed.

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Mom 24/7 Planner for 2016

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The 2016 edition of Mom 24/7 Planner is now here! It is a 6×8 inches, sturdy and spiral bound planner.  It helps moms like you and me to be more organized, efficient and successful in the coming 2016! From planning your monthly, weekly and daily activities to putting in your children’s activities alongside too. There is also a section where you can write your goals for yourself, family, home and work.

 

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The Mom 24/7 Planner encourages you to take a #MindfulMom Moment too. Each week, there is a question which seeks to help moms live life in a more conscious, mindful manner.

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There are other useful pages like the menu maker, household staff file, menstrual tracker, family vacation planning pages, party planning pages and money management and more.
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It is a planner made specially for us moms! You can now get your copies from the Mommy Mundo online shop and selected Fully Booked branches starting December 1. For your inquiries, email info@mommymundo.com or text 09088657245.

Will Pineapple Help Increase IVF Success Rates?


Infertility is definitely an issue that is depressing. That is especially the case for the couple that has been trying for a really long time. Based on the problem that causes the infertility, treatment options are discussed and chosen. You can click here for a list of the different options that are available but one of the really popular options is IVF (in-vitro fertilization). This is a procedure in which the sperm and the eggs are combined in lab conditions. As the egg is fertilized, it would form an embryo that is then placed inside the woman’s womb for a normal pregnancy.
In-vitro fertilization is highly complicated and expensive. Success rate is not as high as we may want to think so it is quite obvious that women would do anything in order to increase possibilities. A trick that is recommended at the moment is increasing consumption of pineapple. It was mentioned that one pineapple that is eaten before and one that is eaten after the implantation will increase the chance of having a successful IVF cycle. Is that the case?

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Pineapple Health Benefits
Pineapples contain bromelain, which is an enzyme that has various health benefits. Besides this, pineapple will be loaded with various vitamins and minerals like vitamin B1, B6, C and folate. Also, we have high dietary fibers. Pineapple is a delicious fruit and promotes proper health in various different ways. We have anti inflammatory and anti oxidant actions, offering a protection from various disease numbers. This does include heart disease. At the same time, pineapple will improve immunity and will enhance digestive function. You will want to seriously consider pineapple consumption because of various reasons.

Pineapple Consumption And IVF
Pineapple does have many health benefits, just as it was mentioned below. However, we do not have definite proof of how the fruit will increase IVF success rate. This is something that has to be considered. If you want to think about pineapple, you should be aware of the fact that bromelain presence is the reason why this may be the case. It was proven that bromelain has an effect like aspirin. It will act as a really good blood thinner and anticoagulant. That will increase uterus blood flow, just as with taking aspirin. In case you did not know, aspirin is prescribed to the woman that has recurrent miscarriages during the IVF cycle.

Bromelain’s anti inflammatory properties will favour embryo implantation and conception. If you want implantation to be successful, your body has to become stronger from an anti inflammatory point of view. Pineapple would increase IVF success rates because of this.

Conclusion
Although we can say that there is no proof that pineapple consumption will help during IVF cycles, it does not mean that you should not consider this possibility. There is basically nothing wrong with consuming pineapple. In fact, it is really important that you improve your nutrition because of the fact that this is going to have only associated health benefits. Do remember that!

Baby Shower Gifts

Pregnancy is an exciting time for mothers. It doesn’t matter if it is the first, second or fifth pregnancy, as every pregnancy is different and special. For nine months, moms are already experiencing a unique bond with the baby in their womb. As the delivery date nears, moms prepare all that they will need for the arrival of their bundle of joy.

Friends and family members often give baby shower parties to help moms get ready. Nowadays, it is quite easy to prepare as there are several online baby shower gifts shop to choose from. Just what gifts should one get? Here are some gifts you might want to consider:

  • bib and burp cloth set – a very useful gift set as baby can use the items for a number of months.
  • c15e88a1a8c3d9f4f13076c72e391056newborn baby gift box – it contains baby clothes that can be worn everyday.
  • newborn nappy cakes – instead of the usual cake, nappy cakes are cute and appropriate gifts for moms to cherish.Newborn_nappy_cake_Hoot_2_layer_unisex
  • personalized and embroidered towels – personalized gifts are special and unique.
  • bath time accessories – tubs, soaps and shampoo are great gifts which baby will use for quite some time.

Baby showers are a great way to welcome baby and to let mommy feel how special she is, just before the big day. She would be very happy to receive any of these gifts.

Inspiration and Encouragement for Moms

Motherhood is a noble calling —- and it is not easy. It is never ending and is a a huge task for one person to take. Thankfully, God knows this and  puts different people in our life to support, to understand and to help us fulfill our roles as mothers.

I personally am grateful to the following resources which have helped me in my own journey:

Sarah Mae

I loved Sarah Mae’s book Desperate. I read it a few years back and the book resonated with me, as I was raising little children back then. She now has a new book called Longing for Paris which I hope to read soon.

The Better Mombettermom

 I subscribed thru email and really look forward to The Better Mom’s daily post. Everyday struggles as a mom becomes lighter knowing that other moms are going through the same things. The tips and encouragement that I receive from this site has been an important part of my daily life.

Finding Joy

For the days that I feel like I lost the joy of motherhood, or the days that I feel unappreciated or unworthy, Finding Joy’s encouragement has been spot on! Dear Mom posts were my favorite.

Hands Free Mama

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Because of the easy access to the internet, I have been vulnerable to distractions while raising my kids. Hands Free Mama has been instrumental in helping me realize my mistakes and how to live a more intentional life away from gadgets and the social media.

The Busy Mom

Recently, I been listening to the free podcasts from Heidi St John of The Busy Mom and it has been encouraging and very inspirational. It was like being part of a small group discussing about the different issues of motherhood.

Sally Clarkson

I have read Sally Clarkson’s book 10 Gifts of Wisdom and it has given me a better perspective of what parenting with wisdom actually really is. I also love reading her other books and her blog, full of insight and inspirational stories that help me be a better mother to my children.