New Mom Essentials That Aren’t Breastfeeding-Related

12 Awesome New Mom Essentials for Moms Who Are Not Breastfeeding. Check it out at Thriverguide.com!

My son turned one a few weeks ago, and it’s gotten me thinking about my first few months postpartum and what was really helpful for me. I’ve already written about baby essentials, so I thought I’d talk about new mom essentials today. Everything on this list will be specifically not breastfeeding-related, as I’m planning a whole future post about breastfeeding essentials. I’m hoping stuff on this list will be super practical and a little unconventional, as there are enough posts out there already about the benefits of padsicles and Bamboobies (neither of which I used). So enjoy, and I hope this helps some of you out!

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9 Parenting Secrets I Learned in My First Year of Being a Mom

9 parenting secrets from my first year of motherhood

It seems insane to me that my son is a year old. Look at him! So sweet! So big! So full of wonder!

ThriverBabe with his giant birthday balloons

I wrote on Facebook that this year has simultaneously felt like the longest and shortest of my life. There’s a lot I’ve learned about myself and about parenting and motherhood so far, and I thought I’d share some of those secrets today:

 

9 parenting secrets I learned in my first year of motherhood.

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Fab Friday: Father’s Day Gift Ideas

We have a very special post today, as today’s post marks ThriverDad’s first guest post here on the blog! YAY! I asked him if he’d be willing to come up with some awesome Father’s Day gift ideas since he’s a new dad and is also a cool person who finds cool things on the internet all the time. And he found some awesome stuff! Without further ado:

7 Unconventional Father's Day Gift Ideas. These would be great gift ideas from an adult.

7 Top Father’s Day Gift Ideas That Are Way Better Than a Tie, Novelty Mug, or Grilling Gear

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Secrets to the Best Teacher Gift Ideas, Straight from a Teacher!

I was browsing Pinterest the other day and came across several pins claiming to offer the best teacher gift ideas. It’s nearing the end of the school year after all, so ’tis the season! A few caught my eye, especially one claiming to have the inside scoop on gifts “teachers really want,” so I clicked over. My eyes widened as I read over the list of suggested gifts—they were the exact items I would put on a “gifts teachers don’t want” list, and I would know, since I’ve been a high school humanities teacher for over a decade! So that’s what we’re going to talk about today: The Secrets to the Best Teacher Gifts for Any Teacher. And we’ll tackle it “Do”s and “Don’t”s style! (General suggestions in the “Do”s and “Don’t”s section, specific more of this and less of this below that if you want to scroll further down.)

The Secrets to the Very Best Teacher Gifts, a Dos and Don'ts guide! Great teacher gift ideas for male and female teachers.

Caveat: Teacher gifts are by no means a requirement. No teacher will think less of you or your student if don’t give them a gift, and hopefully they’d be happy to receive any gift you have a mind to give them. But if you’re thinking of getting a gift for your kid’s teacher and aren’t sure what to do, I hope this helps!

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What to Do When Your Baby Refuses to Eat Purees

What to Feed a Baby Who Refuses to Eat Purees. Great ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. If your baby has suddenly stopped eating purees, these are great tips for what other solid foods to feed your baby.

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About a month ago, my then-ten-month-old son decided he was done with purees and traditional baby foods. DONE. REFUSED. Quit cold turkey. One day it was all-natural banana-orange-pineapple from a jar for breakfast, and the next his mouth was sealed against the stuff like it had been welded shut.

“Maybe he’s not hungry for breakfast,” I naively thought, stowing the untouched food in the fridge. A few very whiney hours later, we tried again at lunch. Broccoli-apple maybe? His jaw was clenched tighter than ever. I tossed a handful of cereal puffs onto his tray (which he picked up and devoured), and went to look at the contents of our fridge. We’d tried some baby-led weaning methods off and on over the past months, but ThriverBabe hadn’t been terribly interested in them. He spent more time smashing food between his fingers and dropping off the edge of his high chair than even attempting to get any into his mouth.

“Maybe he just wants something he can chew,” I thought, grabbing some turkey deli meat and cheese from the fridge drawer. He’d gotten his eighth tooth (I KNOW) just a few weeks before. I rolled up the deli meat and offered it to him, and sure enough, my kid ripped into it with his teeth—bite after bite, until he’d eaten the whole slice of turkey. The cheese went next. Then I quickly chopped and steamed some carrot sticks, and those went down, too.

And just like that, it appeared we had moved on to a new stage of eating. I tried some purees again that night at dinner and again the next morning to see if he’d just been looking for some variety, but there was no convincing him to give it another go. We’ve been solidly into solids (ha) since then.

So what do you do when your ten-to-eleven-month-old baby refuses to eat purees? What do you feed them instead? And what do you do with all the extra baby food you now have? Here’s what has worked for us!

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Fab Friday: 13 Essential Chronic Illness Kitchen Gadgets

It’s Fab Friday (Saturday, oops), and this week I’ve rounded up my favorite kitchen gadgets that help make cooking easier for me as a Spoonie! Hopefully some of these suggestions might be helpful for others of you out there in the chronic illness/mental health community. Here are 13 Essential Chronic Illness Kitchen Gadgets!

Some essential chronic illness kitchen gadgets to make working in the kitchen easier. For people with low energy due to chronic illness or mental illness.

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April Check-in, May Goals

Hey hey hey, we made it to May! This little blog is a two-month old! Time for a quick check-in.

So here were my sad 🙁 stats from March:

  • 31 website sessions
  • 13 Pinterest followers
  • 75 Pinterest saves

And here are the quantitative goals I set for April:

  • 100 website sessions.
  • 35 Pinterest followers
  • 500 Pinterest engagements (about double my count for March)
  • Join at least 3 Pinterest groups.
  • 1 Affiliate sale. I theoretically made $0.65 from clicks through Shopstyle Collective in March (won’t be paid until I hit the $100 threshold, so it’ll be a while), but I hadn’t seen any clicks convert to sales for Amazon or Shopstyle.

Reasonable, but still requiring some work. How did I do?

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Fab Friday: Cute Cactus Roundup!

A Cute Cactus Roundup! Cactus accessories, clothes, home decor, and baby stuff. Browse, enjoy, and show your cactus love!

Fab Friday is late this week again because I’ve had a bit of a tough week, but the weekend is here, and so is this cute cactus roundup post!

It’s safe to say that cacti (or cactuses, if you must) have been having a moment in fashion and home decor. And why not?! They’re cute, colorful, and visually interesting. Plus they have that whole “don’t touch me” introvert vibe that I can really get behind.

My love for the cactus has been rooted firmly for quite some time. Heck, I even had a cactus-themed baby shower last year:

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This Post Is Full of Vomit. Also: Love Makes Us Brave

This post is full of vomit, and I don’t mean word-vomit. Vomit and love. Consider yourselves warned.

 

This Post Is Full of Vomit. Consider yourselves warned! A mom life tale from the trenches about vomit how love makes us brave. Thriverguide.com

By Tuesday of this week I was ready to be done. ThriverBabe had kept us up for a good chunk of the night, restlessly tossing and turning and sitting up and crying for no reason we could discern. I got us both ready for the day, dropped him off at daycare, and went to teach my classes. By the time I finished teaching, pumping, picking my son up from daycare, and driving home, I was personally past the point of running on empty. There weren’t even any fumes left in my tank. Here’s the text message I sent to my husband:

This Post Is Full of Vomit. Consider yourselves warned! A mom life tale from the trenches about vomit how love makes us brave. Thriverguide.com

 

My sweet husband came through for us as promised, but he even went above and beyond. He staggered through the door an hour later, laden with heavy bags of cat food and our Chipotle supper. But hooked over one finger was another white bag with a familiar black and white checkerboard logo…

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Fab Friday: Gorgeous Gold Planters to Help You Green Up Your Space

Happy Fab Friday, everyone! I’ve been looking for something to replace the old wall calendar that hangs next to my bed, and yesterday I came across the most gorgeous gold pocket planters. They’re practically made for the space, and they got me feeling all excited about incorporating some more greenery into our bright, east-facing bedroom.

(Do you ever get the urge to buy more houseplants in the spring? I feel like I do every year, but then I manage to kill all except the succulents and cacti by summertime. I think I’ll start with succulents and cacti this year and let the other houseplants enjoy long and happy lives elsewhere.)

Anyway, problem-solving that corner of my room got me searching for more cute pots and planters, and before I knew it, this week’s Fab Friday roundup was born!

Fab Friday: Gorgeous Gold Planters to Help You Green Up Your Space

15 Gorgeous Gold Planters to Help Bring a Little Green into Your Space. #homedecor

 

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