As mothers, we juggle plenty of responsibilities each day. We go to work, run errands, complete house chores, feed the children and keep them entertained … the list is endless. Why do relaxing and taking breaks end up at the bottom of our list? Taking breaks is a must for renewed energy and replenished PATIENCE! Make it a priority to see the benefits it will bring to your life and set a great example for your kids when they become adults.

Our brains process incredible amounts of information every second. Taking a break requires you to slow down the pace for a moment and quiet down the mental chatter. We’ve come up with a list of things moms can do to relax and renew their energy. Try some of these after your children go to sleep at night, during a work break, even when you use the bathroom! Take a few minutes to explore the suggestions to see what works for you:

  1. Spend 5-10 minutes in a silent (or quieter) area –  Find an area that feels comfortable to you. Close your eyes. Use this time to breathe easy and clear your thoughts.

  2. Take a Quick Nap – People think naps should last an hour or longer, but in reality, just 15-30 minutes of sleep can give you a quick boost and help to continue your day on a better note.

  3. Look Closer – We are so rushed to do the next thing we forget to appreciate our experiences. Watch your children as they sleep. Find new details in the homes or buildings surrounding you, watch the clouds moving along the sky, anything that can help slow you down and appreciate the present moment.

  4. Decorate with Flowers – Flowers can brighten up the day for many of us. Buy flowers twice a month. Put them in a vase and pick a visible area of your home to display them. Make it a rule to keep the area around them uncluttered. Take a few seconds throughout your day to look at them, take in their colors, shapes, and textures.

  5. Take a Walk in Nature – This is something you can do alone or with your family. Take a long look at the trees, birds, water, anything you encounter during your walk.

  6. Write out Thank Yous – It can be easy to lose track of the good things when you are juggling so many things in a day. Write out thank you cards to someone who is there for you or just a letter thanking a higher power for the good things in your life.

  7. Take a Warm Bath – Nothing more relaxing than taking a warm bath after a long day.

  8. Light a Candle or Burn Incense – Nowadays fragrant candles are available everywhere. Pick a scent you like. At the end of the day, when the kids are asleep, light or burn your incense. Take a few minutes to watch the light burn the candle or smell the fragrant smoke as it comes up.

  9. Focus On The Good Things – Thinking for hours about what’s not working in your life only brings on more stress. Take a few minutes a couple times a day to only think about the good things you experience. Need ideas? Be grateful for the food you eat, the clothes you wear, your home, electricity, running water, your favorite song, your children, etc.

  10. Get Moving – Just a few minutes of moving your body can make a big difference. You don’t need any special equipment. From jogging in place to jumping jacks or sit-ups there’s a lot you can do at home to help energize your body.

  11. Get or Give Big Hugs – These don’t take long and are available for free from friends, relatives, and your children all of the time!
Taking a break is important especially for moms. Don’t just think of all the excuses for not trying this. Make a commitment that you will take care of yourself. You will notice positive changes in your mood, how you cope with your children, and even your outlook on the responsibilities you juggle every day. Try it, you are worth it!

September 22nd marked the first official day of the fall season! It’s time for pumpkins, falling leaves, comfy sweaters and more importantly fall events. In this blog series, we have searched high and low for the best family-friendly fall events happening in the Pittsburgh region. Festivals, hayrides, carnivals, trick or treating, you name it! Keep reading for more.

Fall Festival

Soergel Orchards
2573 Brandt School Rd, Franklin Park, Pennsylvania 15090

This festival occurs every weekend (Friday and Saturday) until the end of October. Starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m., the festival includes great food from the farm’s Food Barn, delicious desserts from the Sweet Saloon, hayrides, the pumpkin patch, kettle corn, pick your own apples, face painting, games, and so much more! The festival opened last weekend on September 30th and October 1st. Grab the kids and get ready for some fall fun. Click here for more information.

This event is free and open to the public.

2nd Annual Halloween Family Fun Day

200 Monroeville Mall, Monroeville, Pennsylvania 15146

Sunday, October 8 at 12 PM – 6 PM

Bring the entire family to this fun-filled event! There will be vendors on the second level of the mall. In addition, a costume contest (all ages welcome), crafts, storytime, DJ/Emcee entertainment, strolling zombies and princesses passing out candy, trick or treat w/the vendors, and a charity auction. Click here for full event information.

This event is free and open to the public.

Pumpkinfest 2017

3113 Brighton Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Saturday, October 21st at 1 PM – 4 PM

The Brightwood Civic Group will be hosting its 26th Annual Pumpkinfest in the Northside area of Pittsburgh. Pumpkinfest offers pony rides, food, arts and crafts, prizes and a bouncing house! Click here for more event information.

This event is open to the public. $5.00 for children, completely free for adults!

South Park Shops 28th Annual Halloween Spooktacular

South Park Shops
Baptist & Library Roads, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania 15102

Saturday, October 28 at 1 PM – 3 PM

Join South Park shops for horse-drawn hayrides, a costume contest, trick-or-treating, music by DJ Tooth, and a show by Count Chipula! The costume categories will be scariest, prettiest, cutest, funniest, best family/group, & best costume! Hope to see you there! Click here for more event information.

This event is free and open to the public.

Dia de Los Muertos Family Celebration

The Shop – Homewood
621 N Dallas, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208

Sunday, October 29 at 1 PM – 6 PM

Join La Escuelita Arcoiris in celebrating Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at The Shop in Homewood! Bring the entire familia for crafts, games, music, face painting, and delicious food! Click here for more event information.

This event is free and open to the public.

Know a fall event in Pittsburgh you’d like to share with us? Be sure tell us in the comments below! Not in Pittsburgh? Stay tuned, we will be creating a list of fall events for several other regions.

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