SAHM Mom Survival Guide eBook Review

“We don’t have the benefit of a routine ‘eight to five’ job where you accomplish the same tasks day in and out. Our lives take us in a million different directions and there is no way anyone can keep all of those things. Getting the events, appointments, and schedules out of your head and onto paper will free you from the stress.”  – Rebekah, The Stay At Home Mom Survival Kit

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As a Stay at Home Mom of our twins, I have a soft spot for other mamas who try to do other things in addition to mothering and taking care of the house. Many of us were professionals before becoming wives and mothers, and it is honestly hard to just completely turn off the switch to want to have adult interaction and help others, thus setting a good example for our children in being a steward of the world.

Most of us bloggers don’t blog just for ourselves. We are hoping to reach others and somehow touch them, whether that is to make them laugh, cry, or create. Today, I want to feature a Stay at Home Mommy Blogger (Rebekah with Charming Imperfections) who has done that with her new ebook, The Stay At Home Mom Survival Kit. I had the chance to read an advanced copy, and it is fantastic for anyone who needs a little (or a lot of) help getting organized to run an entire household. Don’t let the name fool you, as this is really fantastic for all moms, dads, or even those without children. It really could be called the “Household Survival Kit,” because of how versatile it is! Although, if you are a SAHM, you will love Rebekah’s tidbits and discussions at each section.

So what is included in this survival kit?

  • Schedules: More than just a cute calendar, the scheduling pages will give you the chance to organize and plan for every event and appointment (with 6 printable pages)
  • Finances: Get on a budget, organize your bills, tackle that debt, and commit to becoming financially wise with the pages included in this section (with 13 printable pages)
  • Meal Planning: Meal planning is simplified with the inventories, planning pages, shopping lists, and strategy worksheets to help you feed your family and save money (with 10 printable pages)
  • Housework: Every checklist and chore chart you need to get started and stay on track towards a cleaner, more comfortable home (with 7 printable pages)
  • Activities: Take the work out of fun with the planning pages included in the Activities section. Plus, get the Vacation Planning Kit for free (with 11 printable pages)
  • Health: Monitor your weight and fitness progress, keep track of medications, and have information on all the medical facilities you visit on one page (with 10 printable pages)

The book is structured with a narrative and then the printable pages. Each section explains the background and also instructs you how to use and modify the printables to fit your family. It is absolutely beautiful, but it is also designed to take minimal ink when printed. It will also look gorgeous in black and white if you want to save your colored ink.

“As a mom of twins, I have to be organized. Our household wouldn’t function any other way. I really loved this eBook, as it was almost as if I wrote the book with the way that I try to keep my home, finances, and lists organized. Rebekah does a wonderful job explaining each of the sections well and then having thorough and cute charts, lists, and calendars that we can print out and use. This isn’t just a book for Stay at Home Moms, though! All families could take their household organization to the next level with the help of this kit!” – Dory Doyle

The entire eBook is $15, but there are also some free printables available on the book’s webpage if you want to try before you buy.  If you purchase this book during the launch week (September 15-22), you can save $5 by using the code LAUNCHWEEK. In addition, 10% of all sales from September 15-October 6 will be donated to a local charity called Esther House, which is a transitional, grace-based facility for women and/or women with children who have experienced incarceration, abuse, homelessness, and emotional and spiritual wounds.

There are also a slew of other products and updates coming from Rebakah and Charming Imperfections, including a holiday planner coming in mid-November and a New Year Planner and expanded Health and Fitness section coming at the end of December.

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Disclaimer: In the spirit of full disclosure, this post includes affiliate links, which means that I may get a commissions if you decide to purchase anything from Charming Imperfections. I only recommend products & systems that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands.

Lonliness

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Although it seems like so many of my friends are having babies at and around the same time that we did, there is something very isolating about having a baby (or babies, in our case). I first was able to put a finger on this feeling after I went on a walk with a friend and her baby at the beginning of the summer.

No, this isn’t postpartum depression, but it is loneliness. It’s the feeling that life is going on around you, without you.

Now, I have to be really careful to not seem like I’m complaining, because I am not. I longed for these babies, prayed for them, wanted them so much. I am more in love with them each and every day. I truly love my life and my family. I’m not overwhelmed like I was in the early days of motherhood. I actually feel quite settled.

But there are days and weeks that I do feel lonely. It’s odd, because I constantly have 2 other living, breathing, interacting beings with me at all hours of the day. At night, I have my amazing husband. I have a dog and a cat that vie for my attention. I also have a fantastic family: parents, parents-in-law, siblings, my sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, nephew… all who give me the adult stimulation that I need. They are there for me to talk, share feelings, being friends as well as family.

Yet I do feel loneliness and isolated.

My friends and co-workers from before are not in the same stage of life as me. They have not chosen to stay at home with their children (if they have any). If they do stay home, they aren’t moms of multiples, so they don’t have the same challenges as I do. Believe me, things are a lot more complicated with two babies than with one (or even one and a toddler).

Again, I’m not complaining… I’m just pointing it out. Having babies is isolating. Friends won’t be around like they used to. If you want to spend time with them, you have to figure out what to do with the babies (find a sitter? bring them? plan around meals/naps/activity time?). They will say that you can do something after they go to bed. You know what, though? You will just want to sleep.