Motherhood brings so much joy to women. Undeniably, pregnancy and child rearing cause major changes in the body which sometimes make women with kids look like they age more quickly than their childless friends. Moms tend to be more focused on their role that they often put themselves on the backdrop.

This should not be so. Although being a mother gives women a kind of satisfaction not found in anything else, it should not be a hindrance in continually improving oneself. Moms can still stay young-looking and here are some ways how to achieve that.

Have Fun

Staying young must come from within. Don’t suppress that child within you. At any age, human beings crave for fun and excitement. Get out of your routine, travel, get into a new hobby, play with your kids, go out with your girlfriends, or simply spend some time in your garden. Whatever gives you some giggles and a burst of laughter, go for it once in a while.

Stay In Love

Don’t let that sparkle fade from your eyes. Stay in love; be with your husband or with your kids. Have alone time with your partner and go out on dates. Keep the romance and intimacy alive. It keeps your heart, mind and body feel young, which radiates to your looks and disposition in life.

Eat Well

Nourish your body with healthy food that is right for you. Be conscious of the food you consume and keep your diet on a balance. Nutritious foods not only keep you away from diseases, but they also give you a healthy, young-looking glow.

Work Our Your Body

If you only have 20 or 30 minutes to spare in a day, spend some time, no matter how short, in exercising your body. Get into yoga or jog in the morning. Shed off those unwanted fats and excess weight to stay fit, slender, and beautiful.

Take Care of Your Skin

The first thing that people will notice is your face. Keep those wrinkles at bay. Cleanse and moisturize your skin so that they remain healthy and supple. Use a skin care line that works well with you. Then, do not be ashamed to flaunt your skin and body for others to admire.

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Skin blemishes like acne and oily breakouts are a problem of our younger years – once our skin and bodies begin aging, a whole host of new problems break out upon our faces, our appendages, and other areas of the body. As our bodies grow older, our skin starts to show the effects of aging in many forms. With many years of use, skin begins to develop blemishes and other marks on the epidermis, or the outermost layer of its many thick layers. Additionally, the number of pigment-carrying cells within our skin grows fewer, leaving our typical and familiar skin coloring appearing lighter in some areas, and darker in others.

As our skin ages and begins developing new marks, new blemishes, and new patterns, it also begins to take on different traits that show its age. First, our skin becomes thinner and more translucent in its appearance – it is less able to hide damage like bruising and sores, because the cells have worn thinner due to sun exposure and daily life. Additionally, pigmented areas called age spots will begin to appear wherever the cells have been more exposed to UV light.

What can you do when your skin begins to show its age? Well, every different condition requires a different approach and different tactics. Here are methods for approaching and diminishing the apparent effects of the following three conditions.

Fight Off Wrinkles

One of the most visible signs of aging in the appearance of wrinkles. As we grow older and submit our skin to so many different external stimuli – the sun in particular – it loses its strength, elasticity, and connective tissues, all of which make it less able to bounce back into smoothness when we move our facial muscles. Wrinkles occur most frequently in areas that have seen significant sun exposure, so it’s crucial to fight back against weakened, worn skin cells by applying sunscreen daily – yes, even in your later years. You want to protect the cells present, and also hydrate those that have been damaged by the sun in your youth. Of course, some doctors offer treatments that claim to “cure” wrinkles, but none of these are proven; instead, stick with a strict skincare regimen that hydrates skin and provides antioxidants.

Lighten Age Spots and Marks

Have you noticed darkened spots appearing on your forearms, your hands, your cheeks – anywhere that’s seen quite a lot of sunlight in previous years? These are age spots, the overly pigmented dots and circles that appear anywhere your skin has been exposed to an awful lot of sun over the years. Age spots are essentially large freckles, and they aren’t easy to hide. In order to lighten the appearance of age spots, you can try a skin lightening and brightening product like Meladerm, which lightens pigmentation with daily, regular use.

Fight Fragility

The number one reason that skin begins to sag, appear dry, and dull is prolonged sun exposure. In order to prevent your body’s largest organ from developing even greater blemishes, or to prevent more from appearing, try to limit your time in direct sunlight. Whenever you head out of doors, apply a sunscreen; use a daily moisturizer with an SPF, and slather sunscreen on your arms and legs. Wear a hat, or a long-sleeved shirt as well, as protective clothing can keep the rays away as well.

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This post is more of a vent then anything particularly informative. Perhaps when you read this, you will feel a little better about your kids. But I do have recommendations that may help with at least a couple of these. However, before trying any of these, I would recommend seeing a professional before making a decision. I am only talking about my own experiences. But if you have any other recommendations I would love to hear from you in our contact us page. Well anyway, here we go…

The Smelly Feet

Is it just my kids or do their feet really start to smell at around the age of 10? The entrance of my house is now usually not a pleasant place to be. My kids to play a lot of sport and we live in an area where it rains a lot. This means that it is very possible that bacteria is growing inside their shoes. So what I do is put their shoes in the washing machine every couple of weeks, put them near a heater each time they get a wet, and use talcum powder. In combination, these things seem to work quite well.

Loud Snoring

One of my children snores really loudly, so much so that I can hear him from my bedroom. What we actually did was to get him to sleep on his back and that actually worked really well. It took him a little getting used to, but it worked wonders. Other things we tried were getting him to try a special non-snoring pillow, and even one of those nasal strips. None of those worked as well as sleeping on his back for us.


I think a very common trait for kids is them being really lazy. I think that it is more common if they are overweight. But this is not always the case. One of our kids is very lazy and he won’t do anything unless he finds it fun. It is very tiring. I found what helped is to find many outdoor fun activities where all our kids could have fun and get some exercise at the same time.


Luckily only one of our children scream, the others are pretty quiet most of the time. I don’t think that I could handle all of them yelling at once. I started to talk really calmly to him and would not give as much attention to him when he is screaming. I also try to have a very relaxed environment at home to help him keep relaxed and quiet. This works pretty well at times, but if any of you have any recommendations, I would love to hear about them.

Attention Seeking

This is usually more relevant when you have a single child, but all kids at times love attention and if you don’t give it to them at the right time, they often get out of control. Sometimes it feels like the children are ruling the house. What I find helps is sitting down with your child and letting them know of clear rules and expectations around their behaviour. I would recommend only having this chat when they are relaxed and happy as this way they may actually listen.

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While there are many disadvantages for our bodies while being pregnant including stretch marks, mood swings, etc, there are though many advantages of being pregnant. But these advantages are not often talked about. The only things that are normally talked about are, I’ll get fat, I can’t drink any alcohol, etc. So what are some of the advantages of being pregnant and what will you miss?

Healthy Glow

No one really seems to know exactly where the “healthy glow” of a pregnant woman comes from. It is not really explained in medical terms but much be something to do with inner happiness. There is no mistaking a nice healthy pregnant woman’s glow! Looks amazing.

Eating For Two

You have the best excuse to go back for a second serving of dinner (as long as it is healthy). You are now eating for two which means you can eat more. However, this does not mean that you should eat 2 servings of dessert. Or even 1 for that matter. It is very important to keep eating very healthy while being pregnant as the food you eat may impact your child’s health. Seek your doctor’s opinion for further advice or clarification.

Enlarged Breasts

One of the awesome side effects of being pregnant is larger breasts. If you normally have a smaller bust, you can really get to enjoy these things and so will your partner. While there are things you can do to increase your bust size, it is recommended that none of these be performed while being pregnant.


In our busy lifestyles, it is difficult to take naps. Both in terms of not having time for a nap, and feeling guilty that you napped rather than did some chores. But, when you are pregnant, it seems that people expect you to have naps and therefore making them guilt free. And since people expect them, you will definitely find time for a nap even in your busy lifestyle.

Dirty Dishes

We believe that it is important to be realistic about what having kids will be like, especially multiple kids. Kids often seem like a good idea until we have them. We think nothing will change in our lives and we will still be able to catch up with friends as often and still do all the things we like. And this may be possible in some cases. We believe that if you imagine the worst case scenario and you still want kids, then go for it. That way if you have kids and it’s not as bad as the worst case, then it’s a win. This is a much better way than picturing the best case scenario and if anything is worst then best case, you may be disappointed.

If you have multiple kids, you know how many chores there are, especially before the kids are old enough to help out. Here are some of the major ones.

Preparing Meals

If you used to make large meals for your partner and yourself and would have left over for another two nights, you can kiss that routine goodbye. It doesn’t take long before kids start eating almost as much as us and if you have multiple kids, this can be quite costly and takes up a lot of time. Here are some good ideas for meals for your family.


Seeing as you will need to cook each night rather than every second or third, this will greatly increase the amount of dirty dishes and pots/pans. This is fine once the kids are old enough to help with the dishes, but until then, be prepared for more dishes!


Did you know that the average baby goes through thousands of diapers? Multiply that by a few kids and you will quickly find yourself buried in disposable diapers. So either get used to changing thousands of disposable diapers or try getting some reusable cloth diapers which will save you money but will increase your workload in terms of laundry.


So after dinner has been made, dishes done, diapers changed, then comes the cleaning. Kids can make a heck of a mess in a very short time. You may need to allow for around 30 minutes a day for cleaning depending on how many kids you have and how messy they are.

So before having kids, have a good hard think about if you’re ready. Kids change your life and in most cases they change your life in a really good way. But you won’t be able to do quite as much as you did before.

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There are many of us out there that think that once our pregnancy is over and our baby is born, we will go back to a normal (ish) life with all those crazy effects of pregnancy. And I’m not talking about we can now go back to going out for drinks Friday night, recover Saturday, then go to the beach Sunday. I’m talking about we think that our bodies and mind will go back to normal. While for some people this may happen, but not for most of us. Most of us will suffer from some post birth side effects, here is what I mean…

Put On Weight

After having our baby, our exercise regime has gone out the window and we are probably spending a lot more time at home. And we all know that when we are at home, we like to make our way to the kitchen and have some snacks. A great way to combat this is to prepare healthy snacks a head of time and try to make at least one outing each day.

Stretch Marks

A very common occurrence after giving birth is stretch marks. Some mothers don’t get any stretch marks, some get marks that are last a few months and others get stretch marks permanently. This is caused by the dermis tearing in your skin. The dermis is the middle layer of skin which basically allows the skin to keep its shape. But the good news is that there are cures for stretch marks. There are creams that we can use during pregnancy to try to prevent stretch marks. There are also creams we can use after stretch marks have been formed and also stretch marks that have occurred years ago. So it’s not all bad news.

Baby Blues

What on earth are baby blues I hear you say? Well the good news is that they only usually last a few days to a week. Baby blues are when you feel tired, moody, and/or anxious during the first few days after giving birth. This is not to be confused with postnatal depression.

Postnatal Depression (PND)

Seems strange as we are usually really excited about having a baby, so why on earth would we get depression after the birth of our child? Unlike baby blues, you are unlikely to recover from PND so quickly. PND can sometimes go on for months especially if left unchecked and without help. It is important to recognize the symptoms and seek help immediately if you suspect you or a partner is suffering from PND. There are several reasons that can cause PND which include such as our lives change so drastically so suddenly. We were still living a semi normal life pretty much until the baby is born, then everything changes. We struggle to even make it to a coffee shop as we may be struggling to even leave the house as there is so much to prepare. I would strongly recommend seeing your doctor and talking to your partner if you believe you are suffering from PND.


When you have kids, they always seem to want to eat. It seems like they only had lunch about 20 minutes ago and they are already looking for more food. So we have come up with a list of 5 healthy snacks that kids can have when you’re out of the house or even at home. The good news is that you will love these snacks too!

Trail Mix

Trail mix is one of those foods which is really easy to take around with you and doesn’t need to be refrigerated. But be smart about which trail mix you buy, check the ingredients and avoid ones with nasty ingredients or with chocolate. The healthiest option is to by the nuts separately and add them all together. This way you put in all your favorite ingredients and your favorite proportions. Here are some trail mix recipes.

Protein Bars

This is another great option. Protein bars keep you going for a long time but be very careful which protein bars you buy as more often than not, they have about as much nutritious benefit as a candy bar. Best option would be a make your own, check out a protein bar recipe here. This way you will ensure all healthy ingredients are used. If you do decide to buy your next protein bar, avoid bars with high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, preservative, and sugar.

Boiled Eggs

A really quick and very easy to prepare snack on the go, and they taste great. You can have them with a piece of bread or even plain. And for added convenience, try pealing them before you go out and wrap them in aluminum foil or a little food box.

Pumpkin Seeds

Have you ever had plain pumpkin seeds? They taste great and are very convenient while on the move. Or if you are watching a movie at home, they are a great substitute for popcorn. Just make sure you get the unsalted pumpkin seeds for the healthiest option.

Cut Up Vegetables

This is a great snack for people of all ages. Try cutting up some carrots, celery, and broccoli into a little container and wash all the vegetables before heading out. They are really tasty and are really good for you. Remember, if you plan your snacks ahead of time, you and your family will be far better off!

Lose pre-pregnancy weight

Ok so the hard work is done and the baby has been born right? Well…most of the time we are now a lot larger than we were before, sometimes 20-30 pounds more post pregnancy. But what to do? We now have even less time than we had before so how do we lose these unwanted extra pounds? Well, we have come up with a list below which should help you get right back on track to your pre pregnancy weight.

Baby Exercises

Ever thought of incorporating your baby into your daily exercises? This way your baby has fun and is kept entertained while you work out. This means that you don’t need to keep a constant eye on your child while you work out which is fantastic. It is amazing how many exercises you can incorporate your baby into, give it a try but be careful not to do anything silly! Check out some great ideas for baby exercises here.

Weight Loss Shakes

Another great way to lose those unwanted extra pounds from pregnancy is to try weight loss shakes. I would advise you see your doctor before taking these shakes if you are still breastfeeding just as a precaution. Weight loss shakes can be a great way to lose weight especially when a new mother has very little time to actually eat. Just start with one shake a day to replace breakfast then see how that’s working for you. Wouldn’t recommend having more than two shakes a day.


Studies have yet to prove this one 100%, but breastfeeding is usually a great way to lose those pregnancy pounds. This can really help you get back to you pre-baby weight and fast. If your breastfeeding your baby all the time with no milk mixtures, this can help you burn approximately 300 calories per day. This benefit along with breastfeeding being great for your baby by increasing their immunity is a win-win.

Super Foods

If you are breastfeeding, it is always a good idea to load up on the super foods to help you get to your maximum vitamin level. Choose foods which are low in fats and calories and high in vitamins and minerals. Fish and lean meats are great ideas. Here is a great list of super foods you can use to help you get on track.