Simply a Happy Home: Figure Out Your Home Style - Episode 83

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How many times have you tried to put your house together but have no clue how to do it? How many times have you bought a few decor items and wall art you liked and hammered some nails in the wall just to fill up the blank space only to be unhappy and confused and feeling like whatever, its fine. I don’t really know what I’m doing but I like that picture and I saw Joanna Gaines put it up so it has to be alright. What if I told you that you have a home style. You do! There are a few different types of home styles we are going to discuss today. We are going to talk about what the book says makes up this home style and I bet ya, just by discussing these different styles you will be saying ohhhh yeaahhh!! I gravitate toward that look. OR, oh no, that is definitely not my style. 

You might be asking how this is important to Catch This Mama. How is this going to help me own my mom life? Well, it is simple. We are so busy pursuing life. We are so busy and time is so precious that we are often left with little time to create and maintain and curate and cultivate a place where we feel proud to call home. Your home should be your sanctuary. It should be your jam. It should be the cherry on top at the end of your busy day. This is why we are doing an entire series we are calling Simply A Happy Home. We want you to rid yourself of the clutter that leaves you feeling exhausted and stressed. Once you’ve done that, you make room to create a space you feel so happy to be in.  So, let’s dig into what some of the styles are and how we can create that space within out own homes. 

 We are in no way experts just appreciate home decor and wanted to share what he have learned. So we just touched on some of the styles but there are a TON out there. We are going to touch on Modern with sub categories industrial and mid century, Traditional, Farmhouse subcategories shabby chic, country, and English country, scandinavian, bohemian/moroccan,  coastal/nautical, and eclectic.

MODERN

INDUSTRIAL

Coastal/Nautical

Scandinavian

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Bohemian

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Traditional

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Simply a Happy Home: Decluttering Simple Spaces - Episode 82 Part 3

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Welcome to the first of a series we are calling - Simply A Happy Home - In the next few episodes we are going to push and motivate and empower you to love and embrace and curate and cultivate and create a space where you feel proud to have people drop by and see. I want you to have a space that is clutter free, cozy, comfortable, practical functional and all that you ever want in a home. 

 

I’ve heard from countless moms that keeping their house clean is a big time struggle. It’s a daunting, never ending task that leaves a cleaning company on speed dial to control the chaos. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can spend your free time enjoying your kids instead of chasing after clutter. 

 

In this 4 part series, you will find a step by step guide that will allow you to chip away at decluttering each room until you achieve that minimalist look, feel and life you desire. Say good-bye to overwhelming messes that typically leave you feeling like your home is anything but a sanctuary. Your home deserves to be a sanctuary. It’s the place you go to after a hard days work to feel comfortable and stress free.

 

Check out our favorite spaces here! https://www.catchthismama.com/blog/simplyahappyhome

Simply a Happy Home: Attacking the Big Spaces - Episode 82 Part 2

Welcome to the first of a series we are calling - Simply A Happy Home - In the next few episodes we are going to push and motivate and empower you to love and embrace and curate and cultivate and create a space where you feel proud to have people drop by and see. I want you to have a space that is clutter free, cozy, comfortable, practical functional and all that you ever want in a home. 

 

I’ve heard from countless moms that keeping their house clean is a big time struggle. It’s a daunting, never ending task that leaves a cleaning company on speed dial to control the chaos. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can spend your free time enjoying your kids instead of chasing after clutter. 

 

In this 4 part series, you will find a step by step guide that will allow you to chip away at decluttering each room until you achieve that minimalist look, feel and life you desire. Say good-bye to overwhelming messes that typically leave you feeling like your home is anything but a sanctuary. Your home deserves to be a sanctuary. It’s the place you go to after a hard days work to feel comfortable and stress free.

 

Check out our favorite spaces here! https://www.catchthismama.com/blog/simplyahappyhome

Simply a Happy Home: Your Kickstart to Purge - Episode 82 Part 1

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Welcome to the first of a series we are calling - Simply A Happy Home - In the next few episodes we are going to push and motivate and empower you to love and embrace and curate and cultivate and create a space where you feel proud to have people drop by and see. I want you to have a space that is clutter free, cozy, comfortable, practical functional and all that you ever want in a home. 

 

I’ve heard from countless moms that keeping their house clean is a big time struggle. It’s a daunting, never ending task that leaves a cleaning company on speed dial to control the chaos. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can spend your free time enjoying your kids instead of chasing after clutter. 

 

In this 4 part series, you will find a step by step guide that will allow you to chip away at decluttering each room until you achieve that minimalist look, feel and life you desire. Say good-bye to overwhelming messes that typically leave you feeling like your home is anything but a sanctuary. Your home deserves to be a sanctuary. It’s the place you go to after a hard days work to feel comfortable and stress free.

 

Check out our favorite spaces here! https://www.catchthismama.com/blog/simplyahappyhome

They Sold Everything and Travel The U.S. - Episode 78 - Part 1 - Catherine Middlebrooks

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Catherine Middlebrooks is a yoga teacher, postpartum corrective exercise specialist, wife, mom and the founder of brb Yoga and the Heal Your Core with Yoga program.

With the mind of a researcher and the heart of a yogi, Catherine geeks out on the science behind corrective exercise and helping moms like you restore your core strength so you can say YES to life again.

Catherine is currently taking yoga on the road, traveling the United States in an RV with her husband Paul and their two young children. Today we are going to talk about so much! In the first 1/2 of the program we are going to chat with Catherine about how and why she came to the wild decision to sell everything including her house and then travel the US with her husband and two kids in an RV! I want to know the obstacles leading up to and during this transition. In the second half, we are going to talk about what Catherine is an expert and passionate pursuer of. We are going to address Catherine’s obsession with alignment and yoga, chat about why she believes pregnancy is an injury and postpartum is more of a rehabilitation. We are going to talk about how busy moms can set themselves up for SUCCESS in their core strengthening and you know what, we are going to talk about SO MUCH MORE.

In this episode we dive into...

  • What life is like on the road
  • Where all Catherine has been
  • Does she get alone time
  • What has it been like for her kids
  • How do she earn while on the road
  • How she plan meals and keeps from eating out all the time
  • Missing out on the sense of belonging

You can find out more about Catherine below!

brbyoga.com

facebook.com/brbyoga

instagram.com/brbyoga

Reclaim Your Core And Pelvic Floor Health - Episode 78 - Part 2 - With Catherine Middlebrooks

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Catherine Middlebrooks is a yoga teacher, postpartum corrective exercise specialist, wife, mom and the founder of brb Yoga and the Heal Your Core with Yoga program.

With the mind of a researcher and the heart of a yogi, Catherine geeks out on the science behind corrective exercise and helping moms like you restore your core strength so you can say YES to life again.

Catherine is currently taking yoga on the road, traveling the United States in an RV with her husband Paul and their two young children. Today we are going to talk about so much! In the first 1/2 of the program we are going to chat with Catherine about how and why she came to the wild decision to sell everything including her house and then travel the US with her husband and two kids in an RV! I want to know the obstacles leading up to and during this transition. In the second half, we are going to talk about what Catherine is an expert and passionate pursuer of. We are going to address Catherine’s obsession with alignment and yoga, chat about why she believes pregnancy is an injury and postpartum is more of a rehabilitation. We are going to talk about how busy moms can set themselves up for SUCCESS in their core strengthening and you know what, we are going to talk about SO MUCH MORE.

In this episode we dive into...

  • How pregnancy is an injury and postpartum is more of a rehabilitation
  • How busy moms can set themselves up for SUCCESS in their core strengthening
  • How Yoga make a Mom’s life easier on a day to day basis
  • How to involve your kiddos in Yoga
  • What is your typical morning ritual and how do you add little bits of YOGA in your day to day grind

You can find out more about Catherine below!

brbyoga.com

facebook.com/brbyoga

instagram.com/brbyoga

Behavioral Epigenetics, Mystical Motherhood and More with Chelsea Wiley - Episode 73

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Chelsea Wiley is a Masters prepared nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner who has also studied Eastern practices and holistic medicine. She is a mother of 2 girls. While working as a Labor and Delivery Nurse and studying within Family Practice she recognized that there was a lot missing when it came to preparing women for motherhood. Most of her patients took only a birthing class and were sent home with little to no resources of how to take care of themselves or their baby. Chelsea was determined to find a better way and wrote the book Mystical Motherhood to guide women through fertility, conscious conception, safety in birth, a mindful pregnancy, a healing postpartum period, and steps to create a brilliant child. She now works with women around the world  taking them through this process and watching them create happy and conscious families. I am pumped today to learn from Chelsea and really get into her theories on diet and toxins as it relates to conscious conception. How to maintain a healthy lifestyle into pregnancy and beyond and then something that is different than the typical approach is how to connect to your baby in the womb and enhance yourself using ancient yogic science!

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Get Out! - Episode 72

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With it being the time of year here where temps are finally starting to creep into the 50’s we are DYING to get outside and and get some fresh air. Let me tell you, my mood is suffering. FOR REAL. And if my mood is suffering, so are my kids. We are encouraging you to get over these cold weather blues and get outside!  Here is why! 

 

Why outside: care.com 

    1) Improves Vision

A study published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology found that kids who spend time playing outside are at a reduced risk of developing nearsightedness. The team of researchers found that a child's chances of developing myopia (nearsidedness) dropped by two percent for each additional hour spent outdoors, per week.

 

2) Promotes Social Skills

Specifically on the playground- You have to take turns on the slide and play take ect. 

The University of Missouri-Kansas' School of Education found that outdoor play strengthens the language and communication interactions between young children who play together at the park.

 

3) Increases Attention Span

-Kids who play outside are more investigative 

An estimated 6.4 million children between the ages of 4 and 17 have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Studies have shown that green outdoor settings appear to reduce ADHD symptoms in children, which includes the exposure they get to natural settings like parks and beaches through after-school and weekend activities. Overall, it's becoming increasingly more apparent that these types of outdoor activities may be widely effective in reducing attention deficit symptoms in children.

 

4) Reduces Stress

Being outside is a stress relief -it’s relaxing are recharging for kids as well as parents! 

In 2014, researchers from the University of Colorado teamed up with educators from Maryland and Colorado to study the effects that green schoolyards had on children's stress levels and resilience. They made the argument that increasing children's exposure to green outdoor spaces (e.g., lush playgrounds) could help decrease children's' stress levels by offering them an escape from life's daily routine. The study said that kids who play outside found "peace away from stresses in the classroom and daily life.” 

 

5) Increases Vitamin D Levels

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that vitamin D offers us several health benefits, such as strengthening bone health and helping to prevent diabetes and heart disease. In order to stave off vitamin D deficiencies in children, the Cleveland Clinic strongly urges parents and child care providers to make sure that their kids receive a healthy dose of the nutrient starting at birth. There are vitamin D supplements that you can take, but you can also get it through a free and natural version: sunlight.

Allow your kids to play outside for a few minutes without sunscreen. (Although sunscreen is extremely useful for blocking out harmful ultraviolet rays that can cause cancer, it's also prevents vitamin D from getting absorbed into the skin.) Then, slather on the lotion.

Of course, if your child burns easily, you should absolutely use the sunscreen -- just make sure to increase your child's intake of vitamin D-heavy foods and supplements. Consult your pediatrician to find the best option for your child.

 

How to get them outdoors: (active for life is where I found a lot of these)

    1.     Tell your kids it’s ok to get messy, wet and dirty outside. 

    2.    Limit screen time and warn them when it’s up they have to go outside. 

    3.    Go outside and play with them 

    4.    Set up and outdoor kid friendly play space

    5.    Have an outdoor play date with other kids. Or even organize a weekly play group.

    6.    Go for regular walks as a family 

    7.    Have activities planned for kids when they do go outside which leads us to...

Things to do: some of these are no brainers and you can reference our episode 50 fun things to do this summer with your kids episode 19

Quotes: 

“Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls” - Erin Kenny

“When I was a kid my social network was called outside” 

 

10 Lessons We Learned From Moving With Kids - Episode 70

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Moving is no small feat. Prior to kids my family had moved multiple times. There are people who have moved far more than us but we have indeed moved 8 times in 9 years. We used to think it was easy. The last time we moved was over 5 years ago and the key here was that was BEFORE having children. Fast forward. We’ve had three children in 5 years. Emily, also has 3 little tiny children. We both decided to move and get settled into our next “forever home” prior to kids starting kindergarden. While we firmly believe we’ve done the right thing, moving and all, it was not an easy task. There was a lot of unknown and a lot more to consider when moving with kids. Today we’ve compiled 10 lessons we’ve learned from moving with kids.

Notable Quotes:

"All great change is pre-ceded by chaos" - deepak chopra

"If you want change, be willing to sacrifice comfort"

“It’s going to be hard but hard is not impossible”