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  • 7 Simple Practices for Boosting Mental Health – FREE Printable Included

    As someone who has experienced generalized anxiety for most of my life, I’ve always understood the importance of a solid mental health routine. But since becoming a mother, I’ve prioritized self-care in an even larger effort to bolster my mood, remain energized & be the best version of myself for my kids. It’s amazing what a few simple practices can do for the mind, especially when organized on a weekly task list designed for the modern woman with a thousand items on the mental plate. Let’s dive right in to these 7 Simple Practices for Boosting Mental Health. Don’t forget to download the free printable below!

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    Motivation

    For my Monday focus (because seriously, Mondays are the pits) I like to think motivation, and nothing gets me motivated like setting a goal for myself. Setting goals gives you longterm vision. It offers purpose, direction and something to achieve and work towards. I’m a huge believer in striving for more and continuous improvement. And to put it plainly, achievement equals confidence. The goal doesn’t have to be anything monumental, but it has to be measurable and attainable. Once you set your goal and visualize it in your mind, write it down. Make it real. Begin planning first steps towards achievement, and use your Mondays to apply yourself towards it.

    Self-Care

    To be honest, I could go for self-care any day of the week. If you choose just one of these practices to implement in your weekly routine, let it be self-care. Treat yourself to a pedicure, exfoliate, set aside 20 minutes to meditate. Self-care looks different for everyone, so do what works for you. It’s important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself in order to boost positive feelings and self-esteem.

    Digital Detox

    This one is probably the most straight forward yet hardest to accomplish, but I promise its worth it. Turn off that phone/television/computer for an evening and go screen free. Read a book, play a game, listen to a podcast.

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    See below!

    Organize/Purge

    Free your mind of clutter, quite literally! When the environment around us is chaos, it can be difficult to feel in control. Pick one item in your house/office/room that needs a good cleanse. Tackle that overflowing junk drawer or delete excess emails in your inbox. This could also apply to a toxic individual in your life that doesn’t contribute to your happiness and should be kindly removed. Release them. Talk about a mental refresh!

    Energize

    Everyone energizes in different ways. Maybe its socializing with friends or grabbing some fresh air. Perhaps it’s binge watching the latest Netflix series after a long week at work or catching up on sleep. Find the best way for you to re-energize for the weekend and make that your focus for Friday.

    Health

    Saturdays are focused on physical health which we all know, deeply impacts us mentally. I use Saturdays to get my long runs in for exercise, but again it doesn’t have to be that daunting. Make a healthy meal, meal plan for the week or take a yoga class at the gym. Focus on yourself physically, and the benefits to the mind will follow.

    Gratitude

    On long, exhausting, frustrating days with my boys (lets be honest we all have them) there is one thing I lean on to pull me through: Gratitude. I started practicing intentional gratitude after my first was born in an attempt to ease my anxiety. Quickly I learned that when I regularly took time to give thanks and share a sense of abundance around me, I attracted a goodness that elevated my mood and carried me through the day. I encourage journaling these feelings of gratitude to really drill down on the good in your life & to help make it a habit.



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  • Spring Cleaning Checklist – Free Printables Included

    Picture of Rock It Mama ultimate spring cleaning checklistThere are few rites of passage as we move into spring, and for me – one of them is spring cleaning! As a family who has had our fair share of winter sicknesses, I am ready to get my spring cleaning on and eliminate all lingering germs. And if you are too – I have made this handy spring deep cleaning checklist for you, along with a customizable weekly cleaning schedule you can fill out on your own!

    See below to download your FREE spring cleaning printables!

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    This checklist is a great reminder to tackle all those essential, but easily forgettable tasks. And these downloads are a great addition to your Family Home Binder printables available in my post here.

    Are you a fan of spring cleaning? What are some items on your list that you think I should add to mine?



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  • Why I am Choosing New Years Affirmations and Not Resolutions in 2019

    It’s that time of year again!

    The time where we reflect back on all the opportunities, endeavors and experiences we have had in 2018; and a new opportunity to set goals and prioritize what we hope to accomplish next year!

    Enter: New Years Resolutions.

    Now I am all about turning over a new leaf – and my intentions with resolutions in the past have always come with high motivation. However, I have realized that I have consistently set unrealistic goals for myself.

    So this year – I am nixing resolutions altogether and practicing affirmations instead. Why you ask? Let me explain.

    First let’s define New Years Resolutions: Noun – A promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year.

    And now Affirmations: Noun – Consciously choosing words that will either help eliminate something from your life or help create something new in your life. Every thought you think and every word you speak is an affirmation.

    To put it simply – A resolution is basically a make-it-or-break-it promise. For example: You decide in 2019 you will go to the gym 5 days a week. Blessings to you, as that is highly unrealistic for myself, and sets the bar high (:::slow handclap::: if you can do that). BUT, the caveat is, if you don’t go 5 days a week, you have “failed” your resolution and likely will not continue.

    WHY I AM CHOOSING NEW YEARS AFFIRMATIONS AND NOT RESOLUTIONS IN 2018 | Rock It Mama | Printable affirmations for the New Year

    When you change your mindset, you are able to overhaul thought patterns that typically hold you back.

    An affirmation on the other hand is a consciously directed thought for the present moment; one that will manifest or attract something into your life. A comparable affirmation for your resolution would be something like “I feel healthier and stronger when I exercise regularly and take care of myself”. When you change your mindset and make a commitment towards a disciplined thought, you are cultivating your subconscious mind with positivity, happiness and success and are able to overhaul thought patterns that typically hold you back. Those positive thoughts and reminders you give yourself then translate into prolific actions and goals! 

    So every morning starting January 1st, I plan to set aside a few moments and go over the affirmations that resonate with me – and I encourage you to do the same!

    To make it easier, I have created a few of my favorite affirmations for you, for FREE. Find the ones that reflect who you are and your future goals and with consistent use, see the changes you want come to fruition!

     

     

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  • Free Customizable Thanksgiving Printables – Utensil Holder, Place Card and Food Tent Cards

    Happy November everyone! We are officially gearing up for the next fall holiday and, piggybacking off of last weeks post, I have some more FREE Thanksgiving printables to share with you!

    Free Thanksgiving Printables - Utensil Holder, Place Card and Food Tent Cards | Rock It Mama | Download your fee Thanksgiving hosting decoration

    One of my favorite things about the holidays when hosting is decorating and I truly believe every last detail counts. That is why I created these customizable Thanksgiving printables for the dinner table and I’m happy to share them with you today. The PDFs available contain witty utensil holders, place cards and food tent cards and are a fun extension to add to your Thanksgiving decor.

    Free Thanksgiving Printables - Utensil Holder, Place Card and Food Tent Cards | Rock It Mama | Download your fee Thanksgiving hosting decoration

    Simply enter your information below and the download link for the free Thanksgiving printables will pop up!

    I printed the PDFs on 65lb white cardstock, used my scoring tool to create the folds for the cards and was good to go! Also – be sure to download the following font so you can customize your food tent cards and place cards:

    Thisay font by 7NTypes.otf

    If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out our post on our Table Talk Thanksgiving Conversation Game (hint: it includes another free printable)!

    PPS. Also check out our Pinterest page, full of more Thanksgiving ideas we are smitten with.

    Free Thanksgiving Printables - Utensil Holder, Place Card and Food Tent Cards | Rock It Mama | Download your fee Thanksgiving hosting decoration

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  • Table Talk Thanksgiving Conversation Game – Free Printable!

    Each year we gather round the table to feast on a grand Thanksgiving dinner. This is one of my favorite holidays and one that I love to host, and in doing so, I always try to drum up some fun activities to do while the whole family is in town.

    As a host, I find that the best way to make Thanksgiving more memorable is by growing connections through intentional conversations and moments. BUT I’ll be honest, the holidays can be quite stressful. Beyond the cooking, you need folks to get along and everything to go swimmingly and without a hitch.

    Sometimes it’s hard to initiate conversation and Thanksgiving reunions are not the time to discuss the weather (or even worse, religion or politics – leave that ‘ish at the door). So this year I have decided to incorporate a table talk game to spark dialogue and hopefully lead to deeper conversations between guests.

    Table Talk Thanksgiving Conversation Game – Free Printable | Rock It Mama | Grow closer to family members as you join in conversation and answer questions with this table talk game!

    Incorporate a table talk game to spark dialogue

    I created a few table talk conversation questions to break the ice and I have made them available FOR FREE below. Simply download the file, print, cut and throw into a bowl or similar container. I just used my resources and found a tin bucket that was lying around. Guests will pick a question from the bucket and answer and repeat OR guests can all go around in a circle and all answer the question individually.

    Table Talk Thanksgiving Conversation Game – Free Printable | Rock It Mama | Grow closer to family members as you join in conversation and answer questions with this table talk game!

    I created a few table talk conversation questions to break the ice and I have made them available FOR FREE below

    Table Talk Thanksgiving Conversation Game – Free Printable | Rock It Mama | Grow closer to family members as you join in conversation and answer questions with this table talk game!

    The best thing about this game is that you will leave knowing more about those you have spent the holiday with. And you don’t necessarily need to keep this as a once-a-year game. You can always recycle the questions for dinner conversation starters, Christmas get-togethers, car rides – you name it (as long as the pumpkin designs don’t bother you).

    Enjoy!



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  • How to Plan A Spooky Wine Tasting

    I’m going to be real with y’all. I love wine. I have a deep affinity for my evening glass while winding down after a long day with the kiddos. The tannins. Mouthfeel. Aromas. I love it all. I decided recently that I didn’t know enough about this beverage for how intensely I feel about it, so I started doing a ton of research and informing myself about all things wine. Thats when I came up with the idea of a Spooky Wine Tasting. One: to flex my newfound wine knowledge. Two: to spend time with friends. And Three: to celebrate this macabre time of year. I was delighted in how perfectly the event unfolded and how much fun we all had!

    All of that being said, I want to share with you guys everything I did to plan and host a spooky wine tasting in the hopes that you will plan your own, revel in some adult time and de-stress in the company of great friends. We deserve it Mamas!

    How to Plan a Spooky Wine Tasting | Rock It Mama

    ALSO: We’ve made our Spooky Wine Tasting Trivia Printable available for FREE. Simply scroll to the bottom. You’re welcome!

    Find a Sitter

    I was up in the air at first on whether or not to keep the kids at home or send them to the grandparents and now I am so glad I went with the latter. The luxury of uninterrupted conversation is one I don’t take for granted when my kids are gone. Plus, I’m not sure I would have been able to get through a detailed tasting with my two year old calling my name every 5 seconds. My advice: find a sitter. Enjoy adult time and encourage your mom friends to leave their babies behind so they can do the same. There is nothing better than spending time with mom friends emancipated from their children for a few hours. As the saying goes, in vino veritas.

    Wine and Food Selection

    I decided to offer a variety of wines at the tasting to keep everyone happy. Reds, whites and even a good Rose. I sought out a few local wineries and some international bottles. Total Wine is my go-to but any grocery store with a decent wine selection will do. I chose wines under $15 that rated highly on the reviews.  That way, I kept costs fairly low and my friends who enjoyed a certain bottle could easily pick it up next time they’re out shopping. To add a creepy touch, I found some spooky wines in the seasonal aisle (one was labeled Witching Hour). We served Halloween themed finger foods to match the vibe and decor. I was thrilled with how the mummy jalapeno poppers turned out (recipe here) and I will say, Pinterest was a huge help. For the tasting portion of the event, I typed up small blurbs about each wine and gave a few tips on what to pair it with.

    We served Halloween themed finger foods to match the vibe and decor

    Games

    What’s a Spooky Wine Tasting without a little trivia? Games are a great ice breaker and a fantastic way to get the whole gang involved in the action. Our Spooky Wine Trivia game was a big hit with all of our guests and I could tell they enjoyed learning fun wine facts to take with them. I found a cute pumpkin charmed wine stopper as the game prize and stuck it in a Halloween bag with a card which both congratulated and thanked them for coming. Easy Peazy! And in case you didn’t see, our Spooky Wine Tasting Trivia printable is available for download below!

    Games are a great ice breaker and a fantastic way to get the whole gang involved in the action

    Costumes

    I have a proclivity for dressing up on Halloween. It is the only time of year I can transform into a mermaid or a Dr. Seuss character without fear of judgment. However, we permitted our guests to make the call on costumes so no-one felt forced to come up with something.  The different ideas were great conversation pieces and allowed for hilarious photo opportunities. My husband and I decided to do a play on snapchat and personify filter vs. no filter, which meant he was in a skirt all night and that in and of itself was worthing dressing up for. My advice: let your guests make the call! Costumes can be a real hit but you don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable. Some great ideas for easy DIY costumes here.

    The different costume ideas were great conversation pieces and allowed for hilarious photo opportunities

    Decor

    Decor for our Spooky Wine Tasting was easy and simple. I used generic Halloween gear that I had collected over the years, some faux cob web on our railings and mirrors and purple lights on the stairwell. The black cauldron was a perfect place to store the wines. I use my felt board for every event that we host at our house so that was a must. Emoji wine markers added a fun touch to each glass you can purchase them here.

    I used generic Halloween gear I have collected over the years, some faux cob web on mirrors and railings and purple lights in the stairwell

    And there you have it! The Spooky Wine Tasting. A unique and entertaining experience for everyone to enjoy. There are so many different things you can do with this event to make it your own. The most important takeaway: set aside time to be kid free with people you care about. You’ll never regret it!



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