Top 12 Blog Posts of 2020

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Like all businesses, 2020 required lots of pivoting from the ABQ Mom team. A year characterized by a global pandemic, long overdue racial reckoning, a monumental election, shutdowns, lockdowns, and so much more required us to rethink our content to reflect the world around us.

We’re proud of our growth, flexibility, and partnerships this year despite the difficult circumstances.

top 12 posts of 2020One of the most exciting things for us in 2020 was a big rebrand. We got a new logo, new name, and new website while continuing with the mission we’ve always been on. To be a unifying force for motherhood in our city!

Without further ado, we want to share our most popular blog posts from 2020. We hope you enjoy re-visiting them as much as we do.

1. Working Vs Stay-at-Home Mama :: A Raw and Real Look at Both

About a month and a half ago I transitioned from being a full-time working mama to a pretty much stay-at-home mama. I’ve got this blog, my personal blog, and a couple of projects I am working on, but I am pretty much at home with babies. I wanted to document a real look at what it’s like, how it’s different, and the things I’ve learned.

2. 5 Life Lessons My Child and I Have Learned from the Movie “Cars”

life lessons from the movie cars, ABQ Moms

One of the favorite movies in our house is the Pixar movie, Cars. We have gleaned a few life lessons from Cars and its two sequels and wanted to share some of them with you.

3. I Tested Positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico

I Tested Positive for COVID-19 in New Mexico, ABQ Mom

This is my story. I cannot offer advice or recommend a better way. I can just tell you how my family and I faced this head-on when I tested positive for Covid-19. We went on vacation in June and came back Covid-19 positive. We went on vacation this summer after quarantining for literally three months. We came back with COVID 19.

4. So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling? Here’s How To Start

So You're Thinking About Homeschooling? Here's How To Start

With the uncertainty of COVID-19 and our kids adjusting to what school may look like this year, there has been a huge increase in interest for all things homeschooling. Now, when you think about a homeschool family, I’m sure there are a handful of stereotypes that come to mind. I am going to let you fill in the gaps because I’ve heard them all a million times!

5. Fun Ideas for a COVID-Safe, Socially Distanced Halloween

Halloween 2020 ABQ Mom

I started to have my doubts back in mid-summer when it became clear that this virus isn’t letting up any time soon. I have had to face the facts. There’s a pretty good chance that all of our holiday traditions will be turned upside-down this year, Halloween included.

6. Are You Tired, Mom? Here’s What to Do Instead of Self-Care

Are You Tired, Mom? Here's What to Do Instead of Self-Care from Albuquerque Moms Blog

I know all the things that will help me power through this season of “blah”: sunlight (even if it’s freezing and windy), exercise, water, good sleep, vitamins, etc. I try my best at self-care during winter. But sometimes self-care and #treatyourself just don’t cut it. After the treats are gone and the glow of the holidays fades, I find myself in a major funk. Is winter-life crisis a thing? It totally should be.

7. Depression Doesn’t Have a Face :: Living with High-Functioning Depression & Anxiety

Happy In My Backyard

Depression doesn’t have a face. My name is Margo, and I have high-functioning depression and anxiety. What do high-functioning depression and anxiety mean? It means that every day, I function. It means I still get out of bed in the morning, even when I am unbelievably down. Instead of staying in bed and not showering/ shutting the world out, I do the exact opposite. Anything to keep my mind busy to not have to deal with issues.

8. So You Want To Do Something? Here’s a Round-Up of Anti-Racism Resources

So You Want To Do Something? Here's a Round-Up of Anti-Racism Resources

Especially if you are white and you want to help but don’t know where to start, here are a few things I’ve learned that may be helpful, and more importantly, below are some powerful anti-racism resources.

9. Sex and Social Media :: Turn It Off To Turn It On

sex and social media, turn if off to turn it on, ABQ Moms

So often we get caught up in trying to engage with our followers that we forget to engage with our spouse. It’s easy to climb into bed after a long day and open Instagram. Scroll through Facebook to see what posts you’ve missed. Or turn on Netflix. I would be lying if I said I don’t enjoy binge-watching anything rated over PG once the kids fall asleep. But before I know it two hours have passed like seconds, and my husband is asleep. Did we even say goodnight?

10. No Excuse At-Home Date Nights

At Home Date Night Ideas

Dating is so important as you grow into the years of your marriage and add on to your family. The two that started it all should always matter. I want to share a few DIY at-home date nights with you to create for you and your sweetheart. The best part is there is no room for excuses because you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to make it happen.

11. Easy and Cheap Backyard Makeover: 7 Tricks to Help Your Yard Not Suck

An ugly backyard | Do an easy and cheap backyard makeover :: Albuquerque Moms Blog

Are you overwhelmed with your yard? Is it really, well, ugly and embarrassing? If your yard is a hot mess, you may believe you have to spend a ton of time and money to get it looking presentable. But there are a few ways to do an easy and cheap backyard makeover that will make you less embarrassed of your yard.

12. When Mother’s Day Is a Set-Up for Disappointment

Mother's Day disappointment, ABQ Mom

I don’t expect my family to worship the ground I walk on for an entire day. But we all know that moms do a lot of thankless jobs. We work really hard for our families, and we’d like to feel appreciated every once in a while. Especially on Mother’s Day!

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Vanessa Bush
Vanessa loves her people and loves Albuquerque and has lots to say about both. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, Nate, and they have three kids (Micah, Corban, & Evangeline). Originally from Florida, she’s lived in Albuquerque since 2009 when she and her family relocated to start a new church. Even though she misses wearing flip-flops year-round, New Mexico has truly enchanted her, and the desert feels like home. When she is not chauffeuring children about town, Vanessa works as the Director of Strategy and part-owner of Truly Social Digital Marketing Agency, enjoys volunteering at church, loves watching college football, and drinks a little too much coffee. She is passionate about connecting women with each other, loving her people, and finding the good in her place. Follow her on Instagram @vanessamaebush.