7 Ways for Moms to Recharge

7 ways for moms to recharge, relax, and feel human again!

Yay for February Vacation! My husband and I are both teachers, so we’re off from work for the next week. I’m breathing a sigh of relief because, man did I need this break. Between teaching, caring for my children, and taking care of my home, I. Am. Exhausted.

Can you relate?

Being a teacher, wife, and mama is hard. It’s tiring. There’s always so much to do, and never enough time to do it in. Sometimes it’s all I can manage to get everyone through the day fed and clothed, and collapse into bed at the end of the day.

It’s so important for moms to take time for themselves. We spend all our time caring for other people, and sometimes neglect ourselves in the process. I’m feeling super lucky to have this week to recharge, but even if you don’t have time off, here are some ideas for how you can relax and recharge.

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1. Take a Hot Shower or Bath

Even if you have NO time to yourself at all, can’t get a babysitter, hubby is away, etc. etc. etc., everyone needs to bathe, right? Take your time. Light a candle, do a conditioning treatment on your hair or a facial mask. Pretend you’re at the spa. Play soothing music. Use the guest towels. And remember to lock the door!

2. Run Errands Alone

Here is another one for when you have very limited alone time. Groceries need to be bought, yes? Post office, pharmacy, Target, whatever errands you have. Leave the kids at home or drop them off at their grandparents, and go BY YOURSELF. Get a fancy latte to-go, play your favorites music in the car, wear your cool sunglasses, and enjoy being alone. I try to do this at least once a week. It’s not much, but even just an hour or two to be by myself works wonders for my sanity.

3. Get a Manicure, Pedicure, Massage, or Haircut

A little more time on your hands and a few bucks to spend? Indulge in something a little more decadent. Get your nails done in a fun color. Get a *gasp* professional massage. Go for a cut, color, and style. Have someone care for you for a little while. It’s amazing how a little pampering can lower your stress levels.

4. Go to a Coffee Shop

Have an hour or two but not a lot of money to spend? Grab your favorite book or Kindle, and park your butt in a coffee shop comfy chair for a bit. Order a fancy latte in a REAL MUG, not a paper to-go cup, and sip it while you relax with your reading. I recommend a chai tea latte and the Outlander series.

5. Meet Friends for Lunch or Drinks

Do you know other moms who are just as burnt out and stressed as you? Call them up and meet them for lunch or — my favorite — apps and drinks. Wear your cute boots and those new earrings, and order a fancy cocktail. Commiserate and celebrate with other moms who get it.

6. See a Movie

I’ve only done this once, but I found it rather enjoyable. Go see a movie by yourself. Or with someone, I guess, but really, you’re not talking to them during the movie, so what’s the difference? Get a popcorn with extra butter and some junior mints, and sit it the dark enjoying some Hollywood magic.

7. Attend a Church Service

If you’re not a religious or spiritual person, this one may not be for you, but I always feel refreshed and recharged after Sunday service. I’ve only recently started attending church again, and I really love the hour every week to sit, think, pray, be. I bring my kids up to the nursery for free care, and enjoy the time to reflect on my week and prepare for the next one.

What kinds of things do you do to relax, recharge, and feel like yourself again? Let me know in the comments!

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7 ways for moms to recharge, relax, and feel human again!

How to Make a Mini First Aid Kit

How to make a mini first aid kit.

Hi friends!

Today I’m sharing a super simple and cheap DIY mini first aid kit.  You can throw it in your purse, diaper bag, or day bag if your travelling, and know you’ll be prepared in case you feel sick.

I always carry this in my purse whether I’m traveling overseas or just going to the store.  This kit is really more for adults than small kids, though some of the items would work for any age.  The medicines I included are intended for me, but they would work if you have older kids.  I actually made a few of these for my chaperones when I took a group of high school students abroad!  I have a separate first aid kit for my twins (they’re 3) that I keep in my diaper bag.

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Johnson and Johnson Mini First Aid Kit

The base of my mini first aid kit is this Johnson and Johnson first aid kit.  The plastic container that it comes in is perfect to fit in my purse or travel day bag, and I just add a few things to make it work for me.

I add:

  • more Bandaids in various sizes
  • travel Advil, Tylenol, and Dramamine — two of those small travel tubes will fit in the container, or you could buy the single use packs and fit one of each.  I usually carry a tube of advil and a tube of tylenol, and throw the dramamine in my bag only for the plane or if I’m going to be on a boat.
  • blister Bandaids — these are necessary if you’re doing a lot of walking!  I always add these if I’m touring a city, hiking, or otherwise walking a lot
  • Pepto Bismol tablets — these are THE BEST.  Do not skip these.  Chew two of these if you have any kind of stomach problem (nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea…remember the song???)  Bonus — they aren’t a liquid so you can take it on the plane!
  • alcohol wipes — throw in a few of these in case you get a cut that needs cleaning on the go
  • antibiotic ointment packets — again, in case of a cut or scrape that needs attention.  I usually only put in one packet.

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How to make a mini first aid kit for travel, or everyday!

So easy to put together, and so handy when your out and about!  Small enough to throw in your day bag, but packed with all the necessities.  Do you carry a first aid kit when you’re away from home?