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I’m a mom of three young girls, a restaurant owner, and a writer. Like so many, I’m seeking life balance or maybe something closer to alignment with my personal values and priorities, but that takes planning and intention. When the list is long and the days are short, planning and intention can feel like a burden, but the ability to know what needs to get done and move on is valuable and rewarding.

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Let’s be honest – most of us don’t just drink 8 ounces of coffee. Most of our favorite mugs are at least 12 or 16 ounces, which means we are drinking 1.5 to 2 times the caffeine before we even start our day, and that’s if we only drink one mugful!

Instead of completely changing your morning routine, change what you’re taking in during the routine. Yes, you can keep the 10 minutes of quiet before the kids wake up as you savor a warm beverage and get an energy boost without caffeine!

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Today, it’s never been easier to live a green life, especially at home. There is often a belief that living a green life is hard and complex, but there are so many simple ways to care about the planet, while also caring for yourself and your family.

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Momcation | Mom Getaway | The Driven Mama

If you’re a busy mom looking to escape the hustle and bustle of mom life in the city, stay tuned. I’m beyond excited to be partnering with Farmhouse Market & Inn, located in the quaint town of New Prague, just 45 minutes from the Twin Cities. The Inn is on the second floor of Farmhouse Market in the heart of downtown. And did you know that Farmhouse Market was featured in the New York Times for its innovative business model? As a mom, it’s hard to hop on a plane and leave the family behind. But a night or two…

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3 Keys to Success in Conquering Imposter Syndrome

Today on the blog, I’m sharing my best advice for tackling imposter syndrome and gaining confidence along the way. Because the only way to improve, your business or yourself is to set a goal and work towards it incrementally.

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Telling Work You're Pregnant

I know that so many working mamas struggle with the decision of how and when to tell work they’re pregnant. And this struggle raises many questions: What is the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978? Where do I find maternity leave laws by state? Can you fire a pregnant woman? What are reasons to stop working during pregnancy? How do I announce my pregnancy at work? Should I request a doctor’s note to work less hours while pregnant? What if I wasn’t hired because I’m pregnant? Can I get fired for prenatal appointments? Today, I’m sharing everything you need to know…

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How to start a wellness journal | The Driven Mama

What is a wellness journal?  And how is keeping a wellness journal different than keeping a regular journal?  A wellness journal is a journal dedicated to keeping track of your wellbeing. Rather than just writing out events of the day or your response to an emotional experience, wellness journals are designed with the intent of tracking a goal or an intention. And this doesn’t just mean logging what you eat or how much you exercise!  A Look at the Whole A wellness journal helps you look at all areas of your life – from movement to sleep to relationships –…

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As a mom, you want to be your best mama self so you can take care of others and set an example for those you love. Your habits play a significant role in both the example you set and the person you strive to be. When you consider the habits that make up your every day, you might recognize habits that are healthy and others that are counterproductive… or even bad. Whether you want to be a better version of yourself or set the best possible example for your family, understanding the answers to these questions will help identify the…

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This particular blog is a personal exercise in reflecting on the year and all it’s accomplishments. If you don’t have a process at work that allows you to do the same, I recommend journaling about your year and reflecting on all it brought to you in work and in life. Here are some prompts to help you get started (and also the questions I’ll be answering below!) What were the highlights?  What were the lessons?  What are you most proud of yourself for this year?  What are you looking forward to in 2020?  What do you want to tell the…

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4 Things You Must Do to Maintain Your Sanity & Wellbeing This Holiday Season   1 – Maintain your routine. During the holidays, it’s easy to lose sight of routine and healthy habits. We all benefit from routine in life… an ability to anticipate and set expectations about how the day or week is going to go. As we get caught up in this season of joy and thankfulness, our routine and healthy habits are often the first things to go. Come the New Year, it is that much harder to get back on track. Sticking to the routine of…

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The Brain and Behavior Foundation talks about how multiple studies are showing that taking time away from the job can have both physical and mental health benefits.  Taking a vacation can help to:  Reduce stress Reduce the risk of heart attacks Improve productivity  Sleep better However, the chances of relaxing during your vacation are greatly increased if you can prepare for it in the right way and be intentional about your process for going out on vacation.  This is why we’ve put together essential steps to take to help you prepare for vacation so you can truly enjoy your time…

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The Start of a Delicious Tradition My kiddos are at the perfect age for us have themed dinner nights, because then they always know what to expect, even if they forget and ask “what’s for dinner” as soon as I pick them up. It’s also a way for me to make dinner planning a little easier on myself. So, when my body was seriously craving soups for the last few week, I decided to make ti a family thing and create #SoupSunday. It’s kind of genius, because after a day of running errands or taking advantage of a day with…

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And let’s be honest, what mama isn’t looking for simplicity and efficiency? From one busy, driven mama to another, this is a busy season of life. From the end of summer where there is one last push to fit it all in to the start of the school year and a new routine, to what is sure to be a full and joyful holiday season, there is always something demanding our time and attention, in addition to the usual. My life is no different. So much has happened over the last few months and despite my best efforts, there was…

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Let’s just get a few things clear before we get started:  Some sugar is actually needed for your body to function (see resources below). As a modern population, sugar is in a lot of our food (especially added sugars), so it’s easy to consume more than you realize.  Holidays and special events can increase sugar intake because of treats and candy. (and we are totally not against some indulgence once in a while!) The bottom line, living a completely sugar-free lifestyle is pretty difficult in this modern-day mom life, and just like any other health trend, if it’s not easy…

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Let’s talk about those things to help you create a new tradition that leaves you feeling like your best self even after the holidays are over:   1) Ask yourself – “What do I want this holiday season to look like? Feel like? How do I want to feel?”  When it comes to managing your personal energy and your stress levels, it’s important to set some intentions for yourself before you get into the thick of it. Other great times to set intentions are at the beginning of the day, before a workout, or going into a busy week, but…

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Before I jump into my recommendations, I want to let you know that some of the links below are affiliate links, which means I may earn a small commission for things you purchase directly from those links. Your purchase helps support my work in bringing you real information about health & wellness and keeping my coaching fees reasonably priced.  Back to my conversation with Toni-Ann. Wellness is at the core of success when it comes to overall health because wellness isn’t just about your weight or how you look. Wellness speaks to your overall state of being – your emotional,…

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What is wellness?  Wellness is creating mindful awareness around all the things that impact your personal health, happiness, and fulfillment, and continually working towards creating your optimal scenario for wellness in that moment of time in your life.  This means, your ideal state of wellness is in your life is always evolving. What may have worked to help you feel your healthiest, happiest and most fulfilled in your life 6 months ago may not work today.  I often use having a baby as a good example.  Remember before kids when there was no such thing as self-care? It didn’t need…

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Life Feels Hectic

For me, my signal is when I start to feel exhausted by mid-afternoon. It’s usually caused by a beautiful mixture of not sleeping well (or enough), and putting my body into overdrive to get things done. It’s my signal to press “pause”, take a deep breathe, and allow myself to recover and get back on the right track before things get ugly.  What would happen if the next time you started to feel run-down, exhausted, or burned out, you allowed yourself to recover before pushing forward?  How might your end result for that work project, that big meet you’re running,…

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Before I jump into my recommendations, I want to let you know that some of the links below are affiliate links, which means I may earn a small commission for things you purchase directly from those links. Your purchase helps support my work in bringing you real information about health & wellness and keeping my coaching fees reasonably priced.  THE STRUGGLE IS REAL, MAMA. In the last two weeks, I feel like my world has been chaotic, to say the least. We bought a new house, are selling our old house, dealt with sick kids during the move, sent a…

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25 Struggles All Working Moms Experience - Part 1

Before I jump into my recommendations, I want to let you know that some of the links below are affiliate links, which means I may earn a small commission for things you purchase directly from those links. Your purchase helps support my work in bringing you real information about health & wellness and keeping my coaching fees reasonably priced.  It’s kind of amazing how, as moms, we can feel so isolated and alone at times, but when we compare our biggest challenges with each other, we’re more alike in so many ways than we realize.  I recently came across a…

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