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!

The Perfect Purse for Moms

This is the perfect purse for moms!

If you’re anything like me, you change purses a lot.

I’m always looking for the perfect blend of style, organization, and comfort.  With two toddlers, a full time job, and a busy life, my purse has to work for me.

After using a bazillion different purses in my life, I think I’ve found it.  The perfect purse for moms like me:

The cross body purse.

Ok, maybe you’ve already discovered the magical unicorn that is the cross body purse, and you think I’m a little slow to the game, but I have to share just in case other mamas out there are still searching!

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Why the Morgan Traveler Cross Body is the perfect purse for moms.

I have this Fossil Morgan Traveler Cross Body Bag, and it’s the best purse ever!  Here is why it’s the perfect purse for moms:

It’s hands free!

Like the name suggest, the strap is worn across your body.  No hands!  For a mom slugging twin two year olds to daycare, the grocery store, gymnastics, and the doctor’s office, this is a necessity that I didn’t think about before I had kids.  Mamas, you’re with me.  Two hands are necessary when parenting toddlers.

Versatility

Yes, you can wear it like the name suggests, OR, you can wear it over one shoulder for a more casual look.  And, if you get one with an adjustable strap like mine, you can shorten the strap and have a completely different style.  One purse, three ways!  Versatility, people!

Organization

Is there anything worse than a purse that is just one giant pocket?  A black hole of disorganization that makes it impossible to find anything.  This purse has pockets, pockets, and more pockets!  Inside pockets, outside pockets, zippered pockets, open pockets, even a pocket with slots for your driver’s license and cards if you don’t want to carry a wallet.  I can organize all my stuff and access it easily.

Size

This purse is the perfect size.  It’s big enough to fit what I need, but not so big that I end up carrying too much stuff.  I usually carry my wallet, small first aid kit, keys, lip balm, sunglasses, and still have room to spare.  When I travel, I can fit a small bottle of water and an umbrella too!

Travel

Not only is this my go-to everyday purse, but it’s also perfect for travel.  I’ve worn this purse in London, Paris, Rome, and on more local trips to the White Mountains, Rhode Island, and Boston.  A cross body bag is a must for travel because it’s hands free, it secures your belongings better, and it makes you less likely to be pick-pocketed.  Just turn the purse around to the front, hold onto it with one hand, and pick-pockets will move on to someone with their purse slung under their shoulder or even around to the back.  Also, the millions of pockets make it super easy to organize all the essentials for a travel day.

Style

I bought this purse in the color ‘saddle’, a light brown kind of color.  I love that the color goes with everything and is classic.  I tend to lean more towards a classic, timeless style and shy away from anything too trendy, and this purse fits the bill.  I wear it with jeans, sneakers, and a tee, and just as easily with black skinnies, boots, and a blouse.

What do you think?  Is the cross body purse the perfect purse for you?  What kind of purse to use and love?  Let me know in the comments!