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How to Beat Burn Out

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Lately, I have been dealing with major burnout.  I am not sure if it is summer ending or so much going on that now that the end is in sight I am feeling so over it.

Burnout is so hard to deal with whether it is at work, home or with your creative hobbies. Over time I have learned to recognize when I am starting to feel burned out and the following tips and tricks have really helped me overcome that feeling.

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Here are some tips and tricks I have dealing with burnout:

  1. Write down your goals
  2. Write down ideas
  3. Write down thoughts
  4. Make a plan… How do you want to execute the above goals and ideas.
  5. Take a break
    • Get off technology
    • Take a bath
    • Go for a run or walk
    • Breath
  6. Positive affirmations
  7. Write down what you have been proud to accomplish lately

I think these days we all put so much pressure on ourselves to be “doing” so much all the time.  We really have to regroup and to remember the successes and positives in the regular everyday [remember my post about #yayineveryday?]!

Oh yeah and one more bonus tip is to go shopping… but that can get dangerous 🙂

What are some of your tips to avoid/fight burnout?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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How to Mom Date

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Can we just all agree that as an adult it is SO hard to meet friends.  Once you become a mom you have an even bigger layer of self consciousness about “mom shaming” to deal with which adds to the difficulty of making friends!

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Well after 16 months I can say how truly important it is to find mom friends that have kids close to your children’s ages.  You go through the ups and downs together and can lean on one another for advice. This is really important to me since my mom isn’t here to give me advice.

But how do you meet the mom friends?  Here are some tips that I have picked up since I have had Tripp!

Places to meet mom friends:

  1. Local mom groups [Facebook, Fit4mom, MOPS]
  2. Library
  3. Parks
  4. Local Play Areas [indoor playgrounds, bounce houses, gyms]
  5. Museums

Okay so you made it to some great places to meet moms but how do you talk to them?

  1. Say hello!
  2. Give a compliment! [Like I love your shoes or earrings] Be sincere!
  3. If conversation gets to flowing ask her name!
  4. Put yourself out there, say hey we should grab coffee, wine or meet up at a park sometime!
  5. Exchange numbers [and then send a text to plan a mom date]

Don’t be afraid of rejection. It happens and you wouldn’t want to be friends with someone like that anyway! The majority of moms are looking to meet other mom friends to socialize with.  Just keep trying and you will find that perfect mom group!

How do you make mom friends?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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BABY GIRL’S PERFECT NURSERY

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Hi everyone! I would like to introduce you to a new series I am starting called Gabbing Girls.  These are some of my favorite bloggers that will be writing special pieces just for this blog space! I love participating in guest blogs and I am so excited to be featuring these women on here!

I want to welcome Shawna from MishMash Mommy.  Shawna is a true Southern girl with a love for writing, photography, and Sweet Tea.  She is married to the love of her life, Stepmom to the sweetest 9 year old boy, Mom to an adorable 2 year girl, and Fur Mommy to 2 little Shih-tzu pups.  In addition to blogging at MISHMASH MOMMY, she is a part-time photographer and photo editor, and loves traveling and camping in what very little spare time she gets.

Her post will bring something new to the table because she is introducing her baby girls nursery! Which reminded me that I never posted about Baby Tripp’s nursery….

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When I found out I was pregnant, I began scouring Pinterest and dreaming of what my sweet baby’s nursery would look like.  I couldn’t wait to find out the gender, so I could really go crazy!  I was so anxious that I scheduled an appointment with Peek A Boo Baby for the day I hit 16 weeks.  You can’t imagine my excitement when they told me it was a GIRL!  I would have been thrilled either way, but I’d secretly always wanted a little girl.

I’d never been much of a pink girl, so I wanted to do the nursery in purple…and loved the combination of purple and teal.  If you’ve ever tried looking for that in nursery bedding, you know it’s practically impossible without spending a million bucks on custom made.  Heck, I had a hard enough time just finding purple.  Lavender was a little easier, but I wanted a true, vibrant purple.  I swear I searched for months, until I finally found one I liked.  Ironically, it had quite a bit of pink in it too.  The great part is I could get it at my favorite store, Target, online (Thank you, Red Card)!  The Target option came in a bundle, which included a few things I wouldn’t use, but it was still cheaper than buying certain pieces separately.  Now that I had decided on bedding, the rest was much easier (and so much fun) to shop for!

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I wanted to keep things bright and fun, so I opted for a white crib from Graco. I also chose a white dresser and white cube storage unit (both from Target).  I loved the idea of using the dresser top as my changing table, so I got a changing pad and wrapped it in a super soft light purple cover.  I will say it did slide around a bit., so we eventually used the buckle and just looped it through the drawer and out the back.  I wanted to bring out a little bit of the green from the bedding so I got storage bins and drawer knobs to match.

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After searching forever and reading a million reviews, I settled on this glider, and I love it!  It is so comfy, and I think the gray works great with everything else.  I picked up the table and lamp on clearance at Target. Double score!  I had a really hard time finding curtains.  There wasn’t anything that would work in the stores, so I went online.  Shockingly, I got these blackout curtains at Walmart online!  I knew it was meant to be, when I noticed that the style name was Kendall.  🙂

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Speaking of my daughter’s name, I got big white letters at Michaels and painted polka dots to match the crib skirt.

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One of my favorite accents was the paper lanterns!  I was going to order separately, but I found this pack on Amazon that had the exact colors I needed!  I initially wanted (and ordered) some giant tissue paper pom poms, but when I got them, it was just too confusing for my prego brain to figure out how to assemble them!  Thankfully, I absolutely love how the lanterns turned out!

I had been stockpiling books pretty much since I found out I was pregnant, and definitely needed a place to put them.  I saw this super cute book shelf idea on Pinterest, and it turned out great.  The bookshelves are actually IKEA spice racks that I painted white.  The only problem is that they don’t hold very many books, so I quickly ran out of room.

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I had a hard time narrowing down which decor I was going to put on the walls…there is so much cute stuff out there!  I got some adorable decorative signs and shelves, and this amazing shag rug (again, from Target).

Once the nursery was complete, I’d just go and sit in there imagining what it would be like when she arrived.  It’s like it didn’t really hit home until this room was finished.  I felt like NOW I was ready for her to be here.  NOW I was ready to be a Mom.

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What was your favorite part of decorating your nursery?  How did you feel when it was finally complete?

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XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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SoapBox Review

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If you all have been readers for long you know I have a major passion for philanthropy, so when Soapbox approached me I was so excited to work with them on their campaign to reach 3 million donations.
Can you believe that just 7 years ago Soapbox started with the CEO making soap in his college apartment?!?!!? What an accomplishment he has made in such a short period of time!
If you haven’t heard of Soapbox they are a one-for-one personal care company that carries shampoo, conditioner, body wash and soaps. Which means for every product sold they donate a bar of soap to someone in need in the US or abroad. Another plus is they are vegan and cruelty free.
I was able to try the following items and here is what I thought:
The smell of this shampoo and conditioner is fresh and clean.  I feel like both men and women can enjoy it.  It soaps up well and leave a clean feel.  The conditioner really moisturizes but doesn’t leave a build up. &
This stuff smells so luxurious! It smells like something at a day spa and I love it!  The hand soap itself works great and isn’t drying on my sensitive skin!
This smells so yummy and sweet almost like bubble gum! It lathers well and doesn’t leave skin feeling dry!
This is my favorite smell of the group so floral and fresh! I love how well it lathers and that the smell is so refreshing!
I hope you can join me in reaching their  campaign goal of 3 million donations! To help I have a special PROMO code for you! gabbinggingerSbS3M. 
This code will allow you 10% off and the double donation credit! The promo code will expire on Friday, 10/13/2017.  
PS. One of the coolest thing is you can enter the unique hope code identifier and see exactly where your donation went!
Make sure to check them out on social media too:
XOXO Gabbing Ginger