Creating A Moment For Me With a Delicious Treat & Book
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I knew that when we moved across the country a year ago that life with three kids and no family support would be difficult to adjust to. What I did not foresee was the amount of traveling my husband would have to do and how I would actually need to get use to caring for three kids alone. In April alone he was traveling so much that he wasn’t home more than a week total. Being the full time caregiver to three children and not having a single person to give you a moment alone takes a lot of patience. I pride myself on the fact that I am an extremely patient mother to my children and do my best to keep them busy and happy. However, when my husband returned this week there was no doubt in my mind… I desperately need to create a moment for me! I just need a quite place to gather all my thoughts, recharge, and enjoy a few simple things that I may not otherwise have the opportunity to do so with children around.
I am a pretty simple girl, I don’t ask for too much when I need some me time… a pint of ice cream, a good book and a quite place to enjoy them and not have to share is all that ask for. So what do you need to create a moment for me afternoon that you are sure to enjoy? First find a shady tree in the back yard, a park or anywhere that looks like a great place to relax. Here is my go to shady tree:
If you have a book lying around that you have been dieing to read but just haven’t found time to, this is your opportunity! If you can sneak away to the book store than that is even better. I use to read so much when I just had one child, but since adding a few to that number it seems I can never find a moment to think, let alone read without interruption. Reading is so good for the soul and one of the most relaxing activities you can participate in.
The next thing you will need is a basket to fill all your goodies with, for mine I included a few of my favorite things. HÄAGEN-DAZS® Artisan Collection Tres Leches Brigadeiro Ice Cream is a favorite indulgent of mine and it is oh so delicious! They come in the perfect little containers so you can enjoy them all to yourself! You can find them conveniently located in the ice cream aisle at your local Walmart.
I also included some licorice to nibble on, as well as some nail polish to give myself a much needed mani and pedi. I feel like every time I try to accomplish that at home, a child needs me immediately after finishing my nails and I either smudge or ding them. I thought this would be the ideal time to get them done and allowing them to fully dry.
Your final step is to.. breath, relax and enjoy this moment for me time. Life with my three kids can be so overwhelming some days and I rarely find a moment to slow down. Every mom deserves time alone to be able to enjoy a hobby, visit a good friend, get their hair done or simple read a book and eat some ice cream without sharing. If I am happy and recharged than that allows me to be fully present with my children and not allowing myself to get worn down and exhausted. I use to feel so guilty taking time for myself and I know many mothers would agree with me, but it is o beneficial for both your mental and physical healthy to create moments just for you.