I'm with you. As a busy mom of three boys, I totally get how difficult it is to find time for yourself. But let me tell you, the benefits far outweigh the struggle it may take to make it happen. Below, find three reasons I believe me time is so important, and some suggestions I have to carve out time for it.
You need me time because...
1. you can't get today back. I know, it's cliche. But it's true. Skip making beds one day and have another cup of coffee while you flip through a magazine. Let the laundry sit in the dryer and read a book. Leave the dishes and go for a walk after dinner. Don't worry, your chores will still be there when you get around to them.
2. you can. Celebrate the fact that you have a healthy body and go for a run. Embrace your inner artist and create something, for yourself. Rejoice in your musical talent and sing or play an instrument.
3. you should be modeling for your kids healthy ways of unwinding. If they see you reading a book for your book club, they will know that you value reading and friendship. If you turn to exercise to relieve stress, they will realize the health benefits of working out.
As moms, we are sometimes so focused on caring for our little ones, that we forget to take care of ourselves! These moms on Instagram stole a moment to show you how they treat themselves (or try to remember to...) Then, we all got together and decided to offer you a little cash to help you reward yourself! Yup, one lucky winner will receive $50 USD via PayPal to pamper yourself. Get yourself Starbucks for a week, treat yourself to a gel manicure, or splurge on those shoes you wanted! The choice is yours! The only rule: if you win, you must use it for yourself. No cheating. No buying toys, baby clothing, or (dare I say it?) groceries! Ready for it? First, here are some great ideas of how some of our favorite moms on Instagram treat themselves, or take time to relax. Make sure to follow them - as that's how you'll enter to win a chance to treat yourself!
Mani time! I <3 nail strips! #manicure #nails #beauty #style #fashion #nailstrips #mani #photooftheday #picoftheday A photo posted by menucha (@menuchadesign) on
My favourite weekends are the ones where there's no busyness. When the kids get out all the toys and create great big imaginary worlds. When Ryan gets to drink his coffee on the back porch, enjoying the peace and quiet. When we make a cake with pink frosting just because we want to. And when I get to take a bubble bath in the middle of the afternoon. Maybe we will decide to do something productive later. Or maybe we'll stay in our pjs and read books all evening. Either way, my heart is happy. A photo posted by Kalista (@whenwereathome) on
So nice to have a husband who makes #empanadas ! #ticos #tiquizia #puravida #costarica #comida A photo posted by Leanna Alldonemonkey (@alldonemonkey) on
My go to for relaxing- sweet dreams guaranteed #mommylife A photo posted by Alecia Francois (@learning2walk) on
How do you spoil yourself after a stressful day? We are going for #cupcakes, @starbucks coffee, and some #Terraria via #Steam. #videogames #destress #lovemyjob #relaxation #geek #gamergirl A photo posted by Susan Bewley (@susanlbewley) on
Relaxin' A photo posted by Pam (@ourlittletinies) on
Now that you see how some of my favorite moms on Instagram treat themselves, share with us: how do YOU treat yourself? Post an image of how you relax or pamper yourself on Instagram with the following hashtag: #MomsDeserveMeTime We'll make sure to head on over and give it a like! For now, you can enter using the form below. If you've already followed all of us above, you can just enter your Instagram handle in each box, and submit. Otherwise, head on over to the links and follow whomever you'd like. Each one you follow gets you another entry, but only one is mandatory. Giveaway starts 8.1.2015 at 12 AM and ends 8.31.2015 at 11:59 PM, and is open worldwide. Good luck! $50 Cash for Mom Giveaway Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Prize delivery and fulfillment is the responsibility of Moms & Crafters. The winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. Instagram is not endorsing or liable for this giveaway. Giveaway is open where legal, worldwide, to participants who have reached the age of majority. Prize will be fulfilled via PayPal. Winner is responsible for any associated fees or taxes. Limit one entry, per entry method, per household. Duplicate IP addresses will be disqualified. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.