Posts Tagged ‘advice’

Making Time for Your Marriage When You Have Kids

By RaddestMom

Keeping the fire going within your marriage when you have children can be a really hard task sometimes. Lots of interferences come into play on a daily basis, but it’s super important to make special time for your husband/wife. This also goes for people who don’t have kids! You guys have to work (not nearly as hard, ha!) as us at keeping the flame a’burnin’. Here are some ideas and concepts you may or may not have thought about:

1. Make Your Kid(s) Sleep In Their Own Bed!

When I go to sleep at night, I actually NEED my rest in order to keep up with my child’s demands during the day. It’s your one shot to re-energize and recharge, thus making you a better mom and partner. Let’s face it, when your child sleeps with you, NOBODY really sleeps, and you can never get comfortable.

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Your child is probably old enough to start sleeping in their own crib, by themselves, and through the night by 6 months. Training your baby to sleep in their crib from a young age (6 months) is a GREAT way to establish a restful sleep pattern. Once they get the hang of it, they usually keep it. Pearl sleeps in her crib every night, all night, unless she’s sick or something. It only took a few days of crying, fussing, and fighting, but she got the hang of it and now won’t sleep anywhere BUT a crib. Sleeping alone with your husband can be very beneficial as it gives you guys more cuddle time and chances to hang out together, watch movies, and snuggle! If you are wondering how to sleep train, HERE is an article I already wrote on how to do it :)

2. Go On Date Nights

Dressing up and getting out of the house on a regular basis is crucial to maintain the “dating” feeling in a relationship. All too often we become comfortable with wearing our sweatpants and ordering take-out. Jack and I go on a date or just out to dinner alone once a week. I understand that’s not do-able for everyone, but I’m sure everyone can swing once or twice a month. Ask your mom, sister, or friend to watch your kid(s) for 2 hours while you and your partner go for dinner or to a movie. If you have siblings, set up a system where twice a month they watch your kids, and twice a month you return the favor for them! It’s important to have one on one time, focus, and listen to each other without worrying about what little Timmy is getting into.

Date Night!

Date Night!

3. Pillow Talk

HERE is the printable version of a cute little article I found on Pinterest. It’s a questionnaire of sorts in which you can get to know your spouse better! Use this one or make up your own questions. I love this idea. It is so important to constantly grow and get to know each other better and better.

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4. Fun In-Home Dates

  • Have dinner or dessert outside. Light some candles, crack open a bottle of wine, and enjoy take out or a home cooked meal together on the deck!
  • Have a theme night: Order chinese food and watch a kung fu movie!
  • Make an easy dessert together, like bananas foster, and it eat together!
  • Pick something you guys both always wanted to learn to do, for example, juggling, and youtube an instructional video. Spend the night learning how to do cool things together!
  • Play trivia with each other. There are lots of good APPS that have trivia games you can download.

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5. Meet Your Partner for Impromptu Lunches

If your kids are in school, call your partner up for a lunchtime date. It can be fun to meet up during the day in a minute’s notice. It keeps things spontaneous and “young”…haha! Also, you can write an email that says “meet me at the park at 12:15 P.M.”….and when he gets there, have a small lunch time picnic set up for you guys!

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Keep it Fresh,

Lisa O

Wipe Warmers

By RaddestMom

If you’re a new mom, or you have a baby in diapers, this is a MUST have. Wipe warmers are awesome. You can put a pack of baby wipes in them, and when you take one out, it’s nice and warm for baby’s bum. Love it! I have two at my house. I have one Munchkin brand

Munchkin wipe warmer

And another one that is Babies R Us brand…

Babies R Us wipe warmer

Both work equally well!

Xo

Lisa O

Hi

By RaddestMom

For those of you who know me, Hi!….for those of you who don’t, my name is Lisa Osbourne, formerly Lisa Stelly.

I am a 25 year old new mother of a 6 month old baby girl named Pearl. I recently married Jack Osbourne. We live in Los Angeles, in a quaint little hipster village on the east side of Hollywood.

I used to be a full time actress, but now I just do that part time with commercials! My main job now is to take care of Pearl, which is a LOT harder than my old job! People always come up to me and say, “You look so familiar.”  My response is usually, “Yeah, you’ve probably seen me on TV putting on deodorant, driving a car, or batting my eyelashes.” I’ve appeared in lots and lots of commercials, music videos, and guest TV roles. At the height of my career, I became pregnant, sick, and took a year hiatus thinking I’d go back after the baby was born. Obviously, my priorities changed. Nothing can prepare you for how immensely your life changes after you take one look at your newborn baby. I immediately transformed as a person. Everything about me changed. Things that seemed so important and enticing before were now lackluster. I no longer felt running around Hollywood competing for a top spot in the industry was something that I was capable of doing anymore, nor was the idea appealing. So, here I am, a stay at home mom at the ripe age of 25 (hey, that’s like 15 in hollywood years).

I am a know-it-all, by nature. At least I can admit it. There is one good thing about being a know-it-all, though: I do my research. If I’m going to say something and stand by it. I like to make sure what I’m saying comes across the correct way for the benefit of all involved….which brings me to why I’m creating my own blog.

I am wholeheartedly involved in the health, happiness, and well-being of my child, and all children for that matter, as well as mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, etc. I think we can all agree that there is a lot of bullshit out there on the world wide web, and it’s hard to find good information when you are searching for the best answers when it comes to you and your family. My biggest problem with the internet is when I want to know something, I google it, which usually leads to thousands of swaying, black and white opinions that are mostly biased or flat out wrong. I’ve found it difficult to find legitimate information or “opinions” if you will, from people like ME.

Let me be more specific: If I google, “what is the best restaurant in los angeles?”, inevitably, someone will say “pink’s hot dogs is the best!” We all know that ain’t true! When I was pregnant, I constantly lurked the BabyCenter community forum. The ignorance of some of the members astounded me. What was even more astounding was how swaying one person’s opinion could be upon a whole group of people. If one person said something was true or false, everyone else would start saying, “Hey, thanks for the info! I had no clue!”, without even really researching it first.

This brings me to my biggest point of all. I am creating this blog so you can have an OPINION from a normal, 25 year old, in-the-know mom who is an OCD freak when it comes to researching anything and everything that exists in my life. I have been asked several times this year to start a blog by my friends and husband. So, here I am, finally putting all of my brain clutter onto figurative paper. I’m not a doctor (though I did study pre-med for a few semesters), I am not super experienced in motherhood (I only have one child), and I am NOT some random person behind a computer screen blasting you with information that I overheard at the local Wal-Mart (not that there’s anything wrong with Wal-Mart, I fricken love that place).

You know my face, you know my name, and now you will hear my product reviews and opinions on everything Motherhood, children, family, FASHION (shopping is my greatest skill), health, and relationships.







ENJOY!

xo

Lisa O