Say Yes to Less

Little remedies DisclosureCollageBack in November, I joined a movement of moms and dads and took the Little Remedies® Say Yes to Less Pledge. Some people pledged to say yes to less sugar, less distractions, less waste and less negativity in their lives. I vowed to say yes to less stress and less spending and more imaginative play. I know, it’s a mouthful! At the time, I worried whether or not I would have enough money to put enough gifts under the Christmas tree. I stressed over the messes being made by my daughter–she could wreck a room faster than I could grab a broom. I also agonized about my health and a pending surgery.  My forehead wrinkled, and my hair grayed. All the while, my little girl skipped merrily along without a worry in the world. Her positive attitude motivated me to follow through on my pledge. I set a budget and bought only what I could afford. I cleaned our house one room at a time. I took my vitamins and followed my doctor’s orders. And instead of sitting in the house, fearing the future, we celebrated the present and headed to the children’s museum, where she taught me three important lesson about how not to stress out as a new mom.

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Although everyone gets stressed from time to time, I now focus on the silver lining of the cloud or the rainbow after the storm.  It’s a bit cliché, but this less is more mentality brings about hope and happiness.  We’re not the only family pledging to Say Yes to Less.  Check out this story from the Applegate’s.

Speaking of saying less, as a first time mom, I like less ingredients in the medicine administered to my daughter, which is why my cabinets are stocked with the Little Remedies® line. The products contain only what is needed to make your child feel better – that means no saccharin, alcohol, artificial flavors, artificial coloring or dyes. And for days like today when the winds are whipping and the snow is falling, I make sure I have a bottle of Little Remedies® Soothing Syrup on hand. It calms fiery throats and supports the immune system with ederberry. You too can stock up on products that will make your little one feel better by entering the Diary of a First Time Mom giveaway.  Let me know how you’re saying Yes to Less Stress!

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About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the Board of Directors for Big Sisters Big Brothers and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp Campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 3-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 40+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

  • Elle

    I say yes to less stress, by buying myself roses and filling up my bath water with bubble bath solutions and rose petals. I lock the door and let Daddy watch his kids for an hour.

  • Marcelle Marie Alvarado

    Definitely, yes to less! I know my kids get their fair share of sweets and salty snacks from grandparents and family but in my house and under my watch, I gotta keep it to a bare minimum. – especially, when I know they’re getting from others. In have noticed a huge difference in my son’s behavior when I switched from juice to milk in his lunch. It’s the small things but they make a difference. As far as the stress… I’m working on allowing myself some “me” time.

  • disqus_nF2Xpl7xCC

    Lots of deep breaths. Taking a few moments to breathe calms me down and allows me to focus on the situation in front of me.