It's a crazy, scary world out there - and no matter how much we love our families or enjoy spending time away from offices, in warmth of our homes - when it hits us that we don't know when or how this will all end, it can hit pretty hard. What matters most during this … Continue reading How To Nurture Your Mental Health During Isolation
Last month, I wrote about our general attitude about screen time - we allow it in moderate amounts, and we control the content our almost 1-year old is exposed to. This time, I'd like to share the only three channels we currently allow our child to watch and why they're beneficial. Remember: screen time should … Continue reading 3 YouTube Channels That Won’t Destroy Your Children [And Will Do Some Good]
A couple of days ago, I decided to put myself into tryhard-mom-mode and see what other people are feeding their offspring. I was not surprised to realize that the whole mom society gets up at 4 o'clock in the morning to prepare baked avocado with raspberry sauce, homemade oatmeal blueberry bars and banana pancakes with … Continue reading Actually Realistic Breakfast Ideas For Kids
I had a mentally challenging day yesterday. It was a pretty similar to all the rest of my SAHM-countryside-isolation days, but I achieved far less than on any other day. On the outside, it may not look like it - my baby got all his meals, I played with him, went outside, managed to publish … Continue reading [Enough Is Enough] Establishing Daily Minimum Requirements
As difficult as it is to believe it right now, the state we are in is going to change - for better or for worse. The world can't function, the way it is now, with everything stopping completely. It will either cease to exist, or will find new ways for people to live in it … Continue reading Predictions About Post-Isolation World
There's a lot of people out there who, at some point of their lives, wanted to write a book. You may be one of them! Remember your childhood, when you thought life was all flowers and rainbows, when you said to yourself: "I'm gonna write a book the whole world will know about!" Here's the … Continue reading Here’s Why You Haven’t Written Your Own Book Yet
We're living through some tough times right now - the quarantine is hitting us hard, and we may be forced to spend all our available time in a limited space with our families and loved ones. As great as it sounds, it's challenging to be around someone 24/7 and not argue about anything - especially … Continue reading Ways To Stop Fighting With Your Partner Immediately
Isolation has struck plenty of parents these days unprepared. Maybe you're one of them, who used to have an out-of-home routine with a few hours of quality time with kids. You had your routine and it was working well, up until the quarantine. These days, working moms that turned into work-at-home ones rely on experienced … Continue reading How To Entertain Your Kids (And Yourself) At Home
When our children are brought into this world, with their innocent appearance and utter inability to take care of themselves, we realize that's what we're here for. We are their protectors. The providers of food, shelter, comfort, entertainment... Basically, the providers of their life. We love them more than the life itself. This is why … Continue reading I’m Having Trouble Accepting These 3 Things About My Child’s Future
In this time of the whole world collapsing socially and economically, social media is no different. There's a lot of negativity and depressing thoughts being shared all over the place. This is my way of making a difference - I want to remind you why it's great to spend time at home, by showing you … Continue reading Why It’s Wonderful To #StayHome
It doesn't often happen that I know exactly what I want to write about, but can't think of a proper title - so I'll give this blog post a name when I finish. (Not that it means anything to you -- there probably is a title as you're reading this, so it's all good.) I've … Continue reading The Day I Realized I’ve Had My Niche All Along
This topic has been on my mind lately, as I’ve been catching myself saying „I’m sorry“ to my 11-month old from time to time. Not in a sarcastic way, something along the lines of „nope, can’t do that, I’m sorry“ whereas I’m not sorry at all. My apologies are genuine. When it’s meal time and … Continue reading Here’s Why You Should Start Apologizing To Children TODAY
For most parents successful at… well, parenting – safety of their children is one of the most important things to consider. This has been on my mind a lot in the past few days, since we’re in the process of moving from our apartment to a big house in the countryside. How much should we … Continue reading Why We’re Not Baby-proofing House As Much As We „Should“
I wonder if there are actual groups where I could introduce myself like this. During these past couple of days, I’ve realized I am one. Is it a bad thing? I’m not sure. It’s more like a normal thing nowadays. Nevertheless, the realization still itches me uncomfortably. Long story short, we’ve been in the countryside … Continue reading Hello, My Name Is Ivona. I’m An Internet Addict.
I've been wanting to write about many different things today, however – since this is one of the most recent topics of my life I am now an expert on – I figured, why not? For those of you following my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you may know why I’m posting at a very different … Continue reading 40 Essential Things To Pack For A LONG Journey In Less Than 12 Hours
Well - they certainly blew mine when I became a SAHM and discovered that not everything is the way they've told me it would be. Who's they, you might ask? We all have that group of "them" - the unsolicited advice-givers and future-tellers (I still remember a particular lady at some birthday party who told … Continue reading Secrets About Stay-At-Home Moms That Will Blow Your Mind!
As you may know, yesterday I talked about Corona virus in general and what my main concerns were. Around 7pm, I went to the grocery store, only to find that some of my greatest fears are coming true. https://twitter.com/moms_den/status/1237846457085878272 I'm not planning on getting into whether this is panic buying or not; it most definitely … Continue reading Corona Virus Survival Tips For Parents
I'm not going to get into detail on things that are in the media right now. If you're trying to find research, it's literally one click away. This is based on research, as well as on personal evidence and things that happen in my city - in Novi Sad - that are beginning to worry … Continue reading My Concerns Regarding Corona Virus
Every first-time parent on this planet, ever, has - at least at some point - felt insecure. Like they have no idea what they're doing. This is not just true for moms - dads are also highly susceptible (especially when mama bears tell them they're doing all wrong!). Maybe you've got someone in your family … Continue reading Anxiety: How To Beat It When You’re With Baby All Day
I'm going to start this with a very important disclaimer: no matter what the gender of my child was, I would love them more than life itself, just like I love Viktor now. There's no doubt about that. What most people never admit to themselves and others is that they tend to have secret desires … Continue reading I’m Already EXCITED To Be A Boy Mom: Here’s Why
Having friends - better yet, managing friendships and keeping them fresh - is a rather difficult task when you have a little baby constantly pulling socks from your feet (that's not all that babies do, but my guy loves taking people's socks, so I imagine other babies do, too!). Friendships that a mom needs are … Continue reading The 4 Types Of Friends EVERY Mom Needs In Her Life
I don't really have a habit of taking a piece of the internet, someone's thoughts and content, ripping it to pieces and analyzing how upset it's made me. Except for this time. On this specific occasion, a piece of content has knocked on my family's door, into my inner circle, causing unnecessary drama and difficult … Continue reading [Angry React] Citizens Of The World, Is Your Life Really This Awful?
...and by fantastic, I mean big things, not just good things. Activities that will help you grow as a personality and not get lost in the "I'm a mom/dad and nothing else" kind of attitude. Believe me when I say it; so many people live their lives thinking they're supposed to be their children's slaves, … Continue reading 3 Fantastic Things Do While You’re Looking After Your Baby
Like it? Pin it! No, it's not only because I've recently became April Moon Boutique Affiliate (woohoo!). I don't need to sell them to you; their wonderful cause and clothes they make sell themselves. Still wondering why you should buy from them? The Noble Cause A portion of their proceeds are donated to Cross Roads … Continue reading Why You Should Be Buying Clothes For Your Baby From April Moon… Now!
Blissful mornings when everything is going great, you're rested and full of energy aren't my thing. Don't get me wrong - I absolutely am full of energy and drive. But that doesn't come from sleeping well, or sleeping long. It comes from my desire to get things done. I tried the rest thing. It wasn't … Continue reading Reasons Why I Can’t Stand Feeling Rested
Have you ever pictured yourself living, quite literally, at the top of the city? I haven't - well, at least not until we moved here. There are many things about living this high up that I couldn't even imagine; some of them I discovered only recently. My perspective and opinion about it is ever changing, … Continue reading The Truth About Living On The 18th Floor
If you're a mom who yesterday got called "a slut" by your son, I was thinking of you yesterday, and I still do today. You're probably not that mom, though, as a matter of fact - I don't believe it actually happened to anyone (I really hope not). Yesterday, Viktor and I went for a … Continue reading Don’t Raise This Type Of Playground Monster
At first, it sounds like a controversial statement. Isn't it everyone's goal to make as much money as possible, so they can improve their quality of life? Aren't less wealthy people hungry more often, or eating poor quality food more often? Essentially, you could argue that all of this makes sense. However, being on the … Continue reading This Is Why We Eat Better When We Spend Less On Food
Weekend is a great time for cooking big meals in our family - there's enough time for me to make something tasty while Filip is looking after the baby. Yesterday, I made this tasty cheese chard pie. We've gotten some great news - Viktor no longer seems to be showing signs of being allergic to … Continue reading Here’s How To Make This Incredible Cheese Chard Pie!
Lat night, we had a lot of fun making some super tasty muffins for my brother's birthday! After posting on Twitter and Instagram, I've gotten a bunch of feedback and requests for some cooking posts, too. So here goes! They're simple to make, and suuuper tasty! What you'll need: 3 large bananas 3/4 (100g, 3.5 … Continue reading How To Make Our Awesome Banana Raspberry Muffins!
From the moment it all began, I knew I was going to write about this today. I was so nervous about not having enough time, I even considered staying up late last night so I can get a head start. (For those who didn't know, I'm a nap blogger, hence the perfectly-timed, consistent posts.) Here … Continue reading How To Wean A Baby Off Pacifier
Yesterday was supposed to be like any other day. Well, none of our days are exactly like our other ones - with having a wild baby and all - but you know what I mean. Except it wasn't. I was struggling to put Viktor to sleep last night. A lot. We started the bedtime routine … Continue reading Viktor Now Sits Up And Stands Alone In The Crib!
We live in a judgmental world. There's a whole competition on the social media, parents trying to prove to the people they don't even know that they're the best. That their methods are the most effective in producing the "perfect child". The truth is, there are no perfect methods and there isn't a perfect child. … Continue reading The Stuff You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About: Baby’s First Year
I know, I know - the unpopular opinion that doesn't really put you into the Perfect mom basket. Now, I'm completely aware of the health recommendation that no screen time should be allowed for kids under two, and there are many facts that support it. I'm not completely against this, in a way that small … Continue reading Screen Time’s Fine, And Here’s Why
Like it? Pin it! It's hard to describe how saying this makes me feel. 2 years may not be a very long time, but for Filip and me, those were the years that will define the rest of our lives. We had our son, Viktor. Filip got an awesome job. We both finished university - … Continue reading Today Is Our 2-Year Anniversary!
...with all due respect to anyone who's ever written one. It's not for me. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, it's the plethora of blog posts that emphasize on how dedicated mothers will leave a house full of dirty dishes and unfolded laundry laying around the house, so they can be with their … Continue reading I’m Tired Of “I Chose You Instead Of Chores” Posts
I seem to be the living proof of that. This is not a feminist statement, by the way. I don't get defensive over the fact that I'm a woman. I don't spend my time talking about how men and women should be treated the same, no matter how controversial my attitude is. There are things … Continue reading Tiny Female Creatures Get Mistreated A Lot
It really has. So much time has passed, that I don't even remember the last time I logged in or the last card back I've gotten out of the chest. Maybe it's only been a few months since quitting, but for me, it feels like forever. When I think of the game now, it doesn't … Continue reading Dear Hearthstone, It’s Been A While
Don't be a fool. Don't pick a man you think may be worth your time and effort based on assumptions. Choose a man well suited for the job. Find yourself the one who will not be allergic to kitchen work, and will cook half of the make-ahead lunches in a week when you're struggling to … Continue reading Choose A Good Husband. Choose A Good Father, Too.
If you're a "new" reader, meaning you've only recently stumbled upon my content, this post may seem strange, or even not in line with my current content. I feel different about it, though, since I haven't moved away from either my previous content or personality. I've switched platforms and the way I express myself. For … Continue reading A Letter To All Who Know Me As Theoddone From TvZgames On Twitch
It's been a while since we lost you. I try not to be overly sentimental and think about it too often, mostly because you being gone breaks me every time. You weren't just a grandma to me and you know that. I feel like it isn't fair that you've gone so quickly, even though you … Continue reading I Wish You Were Here, Grandma
Food is such a mundane activity for a lot of us, that we often forget its real importance and value in our life. Quite commonly, we prepare baby’s food and put our best efforts into feeding her, while gulping our own lunch prepared in a hurry. Although this may seem like a logical way of … Continue reading Reasons To Eat At The Table Together With Your Baby
I love writing about my child. It is one of the greatest passions that I have, the reason for me to stay awake during those tempting baby-naps, and what makes me feel creatively alive. What I don’t like about it is when I feel the urge to share the stories that sadden me and shake … Continue reading The Disappointing Story About Our Pro-Sugar Pediatrician
Let’s admit it: the pressure on moms when it comes to who is the most dedicated one (and who loves their kids the most, even) is unfairly measured in time spent on doing baby-related things. We live lives where the efficiency matters, though, and you saving time on preparing food for your kids does not … Continue reading Preparing Food In Batches: Two Ways To Save Time In The First Year
I'm having a rough time these days. It's not even the lack of sleep, no - I try as hard as I can to go to bed at a decent time, knowing I have heck of a day tomorrow. I've been a student for about 6 years now - yes, I'm one of those people … Continue reading Life Of A Student Mom
From a mother’s perspective, parenting is hard. Our baby is 9 months old and I feel like this has been by far the most difficult, nerve-testing, sanity-challenging year of my life. Yes, it was beautiful and I am eternally grateful for having the privilege to experience the joy of having a baby. That doesn’t make … Continue reading Silent Relationship Killers: The Three No-No’s
When I hear about these things, I usually think I’m way past this point of my life. That I’ve grown, matured and become a person who is mindful when it comes to shopping for food (or anything else, really). For a while now, I’ve been in charge of our family budget and shopping for groceries. … Continue reading The Day I Couldn’t Afford My Shopping Cart
Regulations and advice about proper nutrition for babies are all around us, together with common sense. Right? Not really. I was hoping, at least, that would be the case – because, who in their right mind would launch a product that contains chocolate, sugar and cow’s milk for babies that are 6 months old? I … Continue reading Sugar And Cow’s Milk Are All Around Us (Although They Tell Us Otherwise)
My Dear Boy, I had a long, hard week. It’s Thursday evening as I write this, and I’m hoping for a Friday that treats me well. I’m tired. Very tired. I have my last two exams soon, and after that, I could be done with University. I could get my diploma, knowing that there’s nothing … Continue reading Letter To A 9-Month Old Boy
There’s something truly fascinating about becoming a parent that happens to you as a person. Before that little bundle of happiness arrives, you (most likely) have a clue who you really are. You can, at least, name some of your qualities and flaws. Simply put: you know what you know, and what you don’t. When … Continue reading 10 Things That Changed When I Became A Mother