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30 Ways for 30 Days to show simple ways of affection

When I started to think about Valentine’s Day I wanted to show my husband that there are ways to celebrate that doesn’t cost a dime. I wanted to do this for two reasons. One is that he is accustomed to events and holidays celebrated with balloons, banners, presents, the whole nine yards. There is nothing wrong with having all those decorations and extras but I wanted to show my husband what I cherish most is the thought and creativity of it all. My second reason is we are watching how we spend our money, especially now that we have a new born!

With those two reasons in mind I brainstormed on how I could be romantic for Valentine’s without a cost. During my brainstorm event another thought crossed my mind. Why plan for just one day? Valentine’s Day is to show your affection and love but I wanted it to last longer than just the one day. I wanted to take this opportunity to possibly start something special and rekindle our relationship. Since I got pregnant our romantic life has slowed down to prepare for another baby and for us both taking on side jobs to help the family income. That’s when I created my list of 30 ways for 30 days.

30 ways for 30 days is a list of quick, easy, and simple ways to show you care and that your thinking of your partner. I did not do each action item in order. It would depend on the day and mood that we were in. Below is my 30 ways for 30 days to show your affection. Join my email list to receive the template to track and check off each way you showed your affection!  

1.       Give a surprise hug and kiss

2.       Have sticky notes with cute messages in random places

3.       Send a sexy text message

4.       Make their favorite meal

5.       Read up on something they are interested in and discuss

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6.       Let them pick the movie/show

7.       Help them with a project they are working on

8.       Make them have a man’s/girls night

9.       Plan a date night

10.   Make them a treat

11.   Give them a massage

12.   When they arrive home make a big deal out of it other by yourself or w kids

13.   Wash the cars

14.   Give them a compliment every day

15.   Give a passionate kiss before work

16.   Explain what your grateful for

17.   Surprise them with getting dressed up for them

18.   Focus on them, turn off your phone and t.v

19.   Play a game together

20.   Create a new dish together

21.   Slow dance in the living room or outside under the stars

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22.   Set up a backyard starry night date

23.   Take a long walk together

24.   Take cute selfies together

25.   Create a bucket list together

26.   Do something to make them laugh

27.   Figure how to encourage them

28.   Make a point to smile more and be positive

29.   Learn about their hobby

30.   Explain why they are so special

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Self-Manicured

I love having my nails done. I just feel when my hands look nice that it gives the illusion that I have things together as a mom and wife as well as professionally at work. More importantly it makes me happy. Now that I have a new born, when will I have the time to go get it done. Also taking him to a nail salon is a huge no no with those chemicals. What if I accidently let him suck on my finger by mistake. I usually let him suck on my knuckle while I am looking for his pacifier or trying to figure out if he’s hungry but there have been quick moments that I have accidently used my finger instead. Ok I know I am worrying to much and believe it or not this is my second child! The other issue is my 2 ½ year old loves for me to paint her nails and I don’t want to take that bounding away either. Next best thing is to do them yourself! (when you can)

I started to do some research about nail upkeep and nail polish. What I have learned is that there is certain nail polish that is water based and less toxic for you and your mini you! That allows me to still pamper myself and have my one-on-one time with my daughter. I think that’s especially important now that she is adjusting to being a big sister. I also read that those types of nail polish do not last as long as the others that are not water based. (If you want a list of some nail polish I have tried that are water based subscribe to the blog and I will email you a list and pictures!)  Of course I can keep my nails shaped, clear, and buffed as an alternative for myself.

By now I have figured out how to spare a few minutes for me during the day or even night. I have learned that if I do not take care of me sometimes I will not be able to take care of my family all the time. Below are a few tips and tricks I have used to keep my hands and nails looking nice while on the go or caring for the house and family!

  1. I keep hand cream in purse or by computer. That way I will see the hand cream since I at least grab my purse once a day and always by the computer.
  2. I have several nail filers: one at home, purse, and at work. I notice that I am always in need of one!
  3. The days I exfoliate my legs I also exfoliate my hands and focus on my nail area.
  4. I have used olive oil or vegetable oil on my nails when I am cooking in the Kitchen and washed off after dinner was ready.
  5. I did invest in a few nail care products such as a good cuticle clipper and good nail filers.
  6. When I take a bath I have nail care products around since my hands will be soaking.
  7. I try to cut and shape my nails after they have been soaking in water, I have read it’s a cleaner cut and less ridged after you file them down.

Below are a few of my favorite nail products! Yes these are affiliate links but I like to share products that I love, that work, and are at great prices. My favorite is the last one that you wet a cotton ball with nail polish remover then add those gadgets to your fingers. It does the magic for me of removing even the toughest nail polish and saving me time. So go ahead and pamper yourself! 


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My Positive Journal to a Positive Life

I have once read that we don’t realize how many good things that happen to us in a day. A lot of the small positive actions go unnoticed. Can you blame us we are moms! We are busy trying to keep up with the grocery list, the house keeping, cooking, work, and lets not forget the family. But we can’t let those small moment go unnoticed because those little things matter too and can makes a big difference in our lives when you reflect back on them.

That’s why I started a positive journal. It’s a small hand held journal that I keep with me in my purse, diaper bag, and even in the kitchen while I am cooking. Every time I see my positive journal, I recollect my day and write those small actions that really did mean something. At the end of the day, other when I am watching my little one take a bath or lying in bed, I reflect on that list and realize how much it has grown throughout the day. I would realize how much I was blessed and how many goods things went my way for that day. As a mom it’s a calming feeling and gives me a sense of accomplishment and appreciation.

I challenge you moms out there to try this. It does take time to build into a habit to remember to write everyday but it doesn’t take much time to actually write down a few things that happened that day. Here is a tip; do not get into details in your positive journal of what happened, just write down the action. For example, today when I went out this morning to treat myself and my daughter I was surprised to hear that the person in front of me paid for my coffee and my daughters breakfast. It was such a kind jester and was really touching. I wrote in my journal treated to coffee and breakfast. That is all I need to remember that moment and I am sure it will be the same for you. You should notice your attitude and days become more positive and the people around you will notice too!

Below is a great journal to start with! Its a great size and quality especially if your anything like me. I am always on the go and have to throw things in the diaper bag and need to make sure what I use can handle the abuse! Just keep that in mind when you pick out your journal!

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