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Shifting your Mindset to Become a Happier Mom

In 100 Days of Gratitude, Be Happy, Motherhood, Self-Care by Happy Mom Guide Staff

What works for you as you shift your mindset to be a happier mom? We all talk a lot about reframing, and making conscious mental shifts… but what does that actually mean? We’ve talked about what happiness actually means (maybe it’s a state of being – subjective well-being, deep contentment – as well as a journey we are present for). And we’ve considered 10 things you can do to be happier right now (based on things that help when struggling “in the moment,” i.e. with anxiety). But in this post, we’ll consider something bigger – some of the principles or …

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What is Happiness?

In Be Happy, Self-Care by Happy Mom Guide Staff

What does happiness mean? This entire website is about being a happier mom (related: why should I be a happy mom?), but what does that happiness actually mean? What happiness means refers to your overall subjective well-being – it is a state of being, that refers to your deep sense of contentment with yourself and your life. Happiness is your overall life satisfaction/contentment, and your sense of connectedness to life. Here’s what it is not. Happiness is not fleeting joy. Happiness is not a cheap thrill. It is not a high we chase or a sensation of abundant joy we …

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Perfect manicure at home (with a gel-like finish)

In Self-Care by Happy Mom Guide Staff

The holidays are here (winter break from school just started today!). I’m a fan of the clean and fresh look of a fresh manicure, but don’t have the patience (or really the inclination) to go to a salon. But I do have a procedure for getting a gel-like finish in an at-home manicure, which I’ll share below. Here’s how I get a perfect manicure at home (with a gel-like finish, without the ensuing damage of actual gel nails, which I avoid anyway)… 6 steps to a perfect manicure at home First, start with clean, dry, cut and filed nails. Then… …

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Another Baby Book!

In Family, Pregnancy by Happy Mom Guide Staff

Why a new baby book? As previously shared, I put together a new kind of baby book (since the baby books I’d previously come across were not what I was looking for). You can read that original post about the story behind the first baby book I made here. Below is some copy-pasta from the story of that first baby book, “A Story of You” — it all applies for this new baby book too. The new one is called “Watching you Grow.” When I was filling in a page of my younger son’s baby book one day, I thought …

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The Story of a New Kind of Baby Book

In Family, Pregnancy by Happy Mom Guide Staff

The story of “A Story of YOU” baby book When I was filling in a page of my younger son’s baby book one day, I thought I was going to lose my mind. Because what I wanted was to jot down some notes about what my son liked and disliked at age 1… but the baby book had no room allocated for such matters. Instead, I found myself flipping through ridiculous pages with teeth diagrams and doctor visit records (right, because when my son is an adult, maybe a new parent, reading through the baby book his own mom painstakingly …

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Starting a Gratitude Journal

In 100 Days of Gratitude, Be Happy by Happy Mom Guide Staff

The world can be garbage, and sometimes we put in the work to try to make it better. Life can be challenging, so we work hard to make it more manageable for the people we love. But to take care of the world and the people we love, we have to take care of ourselves. That’s where our “100 Days of Gratitude Journal for Being a Happier, More Positive Mama” comes into the picture. I (Punita, blogging here for Happy Mom Guide), started doing an informal gratitude journal this past year and I feel like a healthier me. Then I …

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Good Bones

In Family by Happy Mom Guide Staff

In the post about why it’s important to be happy as a mom, there was a little about this idea of choosing happiness in the face of negativity, and especially in the context of a messy world. As mentioned in the original post, when talking about choosing to be a happy mom… “I don’t mean a mom who ignores everything bad, and/or buries her head in the sand about the evils of the world… Instead, I mean a mom who tries to focus on the positive, and chooses to be happy (again, to the degree that it’s possible).” – From …

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10 Things You Can Do Right Now To Be Happier

In Be Happy, Self-Care by Happy Mom Guide Staff

So you’ve decided you want to commit to being a happier mom. Want to be happier right this minute? Here are 10 things you can do right now to be happier. 10 Things you can do Right Now to be Happier Relax your shoulders. Unclench your jaw. Take a deep breath! (And another, and another. Slow.) Drink a glass of water! Smile a big smile. (Even if you feel silly, just do it!) Hug or kiss someone. (Nobody around? Hug yourself.) Compliment someone. (Text or call if you have to.) Look outside or go outdoors (even for a minute!) Jump …

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Top 5 Fathers Day Gifts

In Family by Happy Mom Guide Staff

Happy June! Fathers Day is around the corner (in 2 weeks actually) and while you could wait for a week and a half an just Prime a gift then, some people like to cross things off their lists sooner rather than later. So, if you like not waiting until the last minute and if you’re looking for the best gift ideas for your Dad or your husband or partner or any other father in your life this year, this post may be helpful. Read on for a roundup of some of the best gifts for Fathers Day 2019. (Even though …

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Why Be a Happy Mom?

In Be Happy, Motherhood, Self-Care by Happy Mom Guide Staff

Have you ever heard the quote, in the end, you’re the only one who can give your kids a happy mom who loves life? It’s actually a variation on a quote from the author Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard, writer of the book Grin & Share It: Raising a Family with a Sense of Humor. In the original quote, it’s phrased in first person: “In the end, I am the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life.” – Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard, Grin & Share It: Raising a Family with a Sense of Humor I don’t remember where I …