How to survive a particularly crappy day

Some days just aren’t as good as others. There are different levels of bad days. Sometimes you know a bad day is coming, other times they just seem to fall out of the sky. But I do feel like bad days don’t have to be so bad. I find myself to be a positive person a majority of the time, but I have bad days just like everyone else (I think that’s a requirement in being a human). Of course I am no expert, but these are just my tips on how I get through a bad day.

1. Try to find the positives in the bad day. Maybe something about the day might be bad, but as they say “this too shall pass”. There could be good reason that something isn’t going your way. Try to think of what good things happened to you today. A friendly smile, an invite to lunch, etc.

2. If step 1 doesn’t work, just remember that every day has an end. Maybe you are having a particularly bad day at work, but eventually the work day will be over and you will get to go home.

3. Try not to anticipate bad days. There are times when you might know a bad day is coming (a deadline, an exam, a jam-packed scheduled day at work). But try not to let it get to you before the day even arrives. It’s hard when you know it’s coming but you don’t want to ruin the days before it even happens. And just remember like in step 2, that day will eventually come and go before you know it.

4. Radiate good vibes, or talk with someone you know that radiates good vibes. It is true that you feed off the emotions around you. So if you know one of your friends or co-workers is always happy and positive, try to talk with them. And stay away from the Debbie Downers.

5. Take a break. Even if you have an extremely busy day scheduled, stop for 10 seconds, take a deep breath and analyze your situation. Sometimes all you have to do is stop moving for a short while to clear your head again.

6. Go for a walk, get some exercise, hit the gym, get your blood pumping. All those extra endorphins always do the body good.

7. Play some tunes. Whether it’s pop, rock, hip-hop, anything with a good beat. Music always seems to help. Just try to stay away from the slow, sappy songs.

8. Dance. This goes along with steps 6 and 7. For any Grey’s Anatomy fans out there, just dance it out. But really, get up, get moving. It will make you feel better.

9. Manage your day. Maybe you just have too much to do, try to prioritize it all. It’s possible that not everything needs to be done right away. If you make a list of what is the most important and what needs to be done first, it will help put your mind at ease.

10. If all else fails, have a glass of wine at the end of the day.



Preparing for travel with a baby

Next week we are heading to Florida to visit John’s parents for a week. We’ve been piling items up on our dining room table for about a month now, trying to organize what we need to bring. We’ve been making lists, checking them twice, and heading to the store to pick up extra supplies.

It’s crazy how everything you do changes so much when you have a baby. When going on trips before I would just throw everything in a suitcase the night before and be on my way. But now with Lincoln, I want to make sure I have enough supplies to survive our day of travel.

Our flight leaves our home airport at 5:30 AM and we arrive in Florida around 1:30 PM. We have two flights, from home to Chicago (about 1 hour) and Chicago to Tampa (about 2 hours 45 min) and about a 3 hour layover.

I’ve been searching all over Pinterest on what to bring on the plane and what to pack when you have a baby. We don’t leave until early Wednesday but we plan on doing more of our packing on Sunday. This is my first time flying with a little one, but here are some tips I’m following to make the trip go smoothly (fingers crossed).

1. Bring as much formula/food, diapers, wipes, etc (and maybe a few extra) to get you through your travel and buy the rest when you get to your destination. (This tip works as long as you’re going somewhere with a store nearby.)

2. Look online at what you can and can’t bring or check on your airline. We are flying with United and we are allowed to bring on unopened, pre-made formula, which is so much nicer than having to pack the powder. We are also allowed to check one stroller AND one carseat for FREE. Checked baggage can add up quick when you need to pay so it’s nice that they let you do this.

3. Bring an umbrella stroller or baby carrier. The stroller could be plane side checked and you could fit a baby carrier in your carry-on bag. It will be so much nicer to have something to put the baby in rather than trying to carry them and your luggage at the same time.

4. Feed the baby or give them their pacifier on take-off and landing. The sucking motion keeps their ears from popping and makes for a much happier flight for everyone.

4.5. But make sure you don’t start feeding the baby until the plane is actually beginning take-off. If you start when you’re just leaving the gate the bottle will be gone and you won’t be so happy.

5. Bring their favorite blanket or non-noise making toy with you on the flight. Baby is more likely to remain in a good mood with familiar items.

I’m sure there are plenty that I’m forgetting to list, and I won’t find out until the day arrives but that’s okay. I feel we’re prepared but not over prepared to the point that we won’t fit everything in our suitcases.

Do you have any tips on packing for travel or flying with a baby? If so feel free to share below!


Getting organized (and hopefully staying that way)

Ah, the first day of a new month. It always feels nice to sort of hit a “refresh” button from the month before and set some new goals for the month ahead.

When I started this blog, I wasn’t quite sure where I wanted to go with it. I didn’t know how many times I wanted to post a week, or even what I necessarily wanted my posts to be about. All I knew was that I really loved to write and share my thoughts with other people. Maybe why I got a degree in Communications, right?

I feel that I’ve been doing a “decent” job keeping up with posts considering I have a crazy 9 month old at home and I work in the evenings. But, I’ve recently joined an online group with other women bloggers called “Fab Female Bloggers”. I am really impressed with the blogs that I’ve seen through our group and I know that I really want to make my blog something great.

From having a newborn, I’ve come to learn that schedule means everything. If he doesn’t get his nap at the time that he is used to, he turns from a lovely baby to a crazed overtired “toddler”. (Seriously, sometimes when he has his temper tantrums I swear he has aged 2 years already.) I’ve started to get on my own schedule as well, learning the best time to do my own things. Basically, whenever he takes a nap.

I’ve decided that with this new month, I will become more organized with my blog. I found my old planner from school (that only goes until July 2015, so I’ll need to purchase a new one soon!) Also, can you believe it’s already half way through 2015?? Anyways, back on topic, I plan to organize my blog at least two weeks in advance. I hope to post at least 2-3 times a week and may have some guest bloggers write for me as well (specially when I will be out of town for the first week of July).

I will continue with my monthly Lincoln posts (one coming tomorrow), things about motherhood and my life, and life from my iPhone posts. But to widen my range of viewers or just to have more topics to post about I plan to start adding in some recipes (considering I love to cook and am always trying out new recipes that I find online), DIY, and maybe some product reviews. I am also open for suggestions of blog posts. If there is anything you think you would like to read about, feel free to comment below and let me know.

I really appreciate all the views I get on my blog, and all the nice comments I receive about my posts. I hope to give you even more to be excited about in the future.