Instagram

[instagram-feed]

Subscribe to our Mailing List

Get the news right in your inbox!

Daily Self-Care Tips for Moms

September 18, 2017 in Uncategorized - No Comments

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TimeWithAveeno #CollectiveBias
As Moms, it’s basically impossible to get a quiet moment to ourselves. Because, I mean, come on… we’re spending the entire day catering to a tiny version of ourselves who keeps yelling at us for snacks. I can’t count how many times a day I hear “more peaches, PLEASE!”, or “I want rice cake, PLEASE!” (at least he has manners, right?) And at the end of the night, when they’re finally asleep and the house is quiet, you just want to crawl into bed and sleep until it starts over again in the morning. But half the time, there’s laundry to be put away, dishes to be washed, and messes to clean up. Motherhood is the most exhausting yet rewarding job of all time.

I wouldn’t have it any other way, though. As a Stay at Home Mom, I spend nearly every waking moment with my son, and I love it. Honestly, I can’t get enough of him. However, I do think that’s 100% due to the fact that I regularly practice self-care. Before I started a self-care routine, I was sluggish, I rarely found joy in the day to day, and I couldn’t wait until the day was over. Self-Care has helped me to freak/stress out less and laugh more. I’ve put together a list of 10 Daily Self-Care Tips for Moms that I think are relatively easy to put into practice every day. Start off adding one or two of these tips, like using AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash and AVEENO® POSITIVELY SMOOTH® Shave Gel during a nice relaxing bath, and see what happens.

If I can do it, y’all can do it!

aveeno

1. BEGIN EACH DAY WITH INTENTION

I’ve found that when I start my day with clear intention it greatly improves my mood and the overall flow of the day. Whether you take take 20 minutes in the morning or 5 (let’s be honest, it’ll probably be 5) give yourself this time before your feet even hit the floor. Take a few big deep breaths. You can meditate, pray alone or with your spouse, jot some thoughts down in a journal, or even do some light stretching/yoga…whatever floats your boat. Follow that with some water with lemon, a green smoothie or your morning coffee. How you spend those first few minutes in the morning will set the tone for the day.

2. NOURISH YOUR BODY WELL

We typically focus on our child’s nutrition and put them first, but it’s important to keep your body nourished as well. It’s also a great way for your children to see that you have a healthy relationship with food. Putting good foods into your body daily will keep your body fueled properly. I know that I tend to feel super sluggish after over indulging in a really unhealthy meal. Try replacing your soda with water, cooking more meals at home from scratch, and trying new and exciting recipes every week. I also make it a point to meal plan weekly, as well as keep healthy snacks for us on hand during the week…that way, we’re more inclined to make better choices.

3. GO OUTSIDE

Go outside! Breathe in that fresh air and get some Vitamin D. You (and your children) can get out some energy and enjoy being active together. Grab their favorite toys, a ball, some bubbles, or even some sidewalk chalk and spend 20-30 minutes outside each day. Even taking a walk around the block in the mornings just to get your body moving.

4. LET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOW

Do something that feeds your creative side. Whether it’s trying a new recipe, crafting, gardening, writing—whatever hobby that you enjoy. With pretty much all of these, it’s really easy to involve your children as well, so that you can enjoy it together. My son and I like to color in coloring books together, and he also likes helping me in the kitchen when I make cookies.

5. RECHARGE AT NAP TIME

If you’re lucky enough to have a child who still takes naps, take advantage of that! Even if it’s just resting on the couch for 15-20 minutes to recharge your mind and body–do that! Unless I have something important going on that day, I nap with my son every single day. I tend to wake up 30-45 minutes before him and I take that time to start a load of laundry, make sure I’ve eaten lunch, and get his afternoon snack ready. Taking naps during the day also ensures that you have enough energy to keep going until bed time (or, if you’re like I am, way after bed time).

6. CUT YOUR TO-DO LIST IN HALF

One big lesson that I’ve learned in the last 2 and a half years of being a stay at home wife and mom is that not everything has to get done in a single day. I’m still working on this…since I’ve always been a “right now” person. When I want something done, typically I’ve always needed it done right then and there. I have to-do lists each day, and they never get completely finished. That’s okay! Get your laundry done one day and put it away the next, clean one room today and one tomorrow, schedule certain chores for certain days each week. Minimize your to-do list and your stress this way. Your soul (and your family) will thank you for it.

7. LISTEN TO YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC–DANCE!

Music always makes me feel good. If I don’t have music on, I’m singing something. My son and I regularly stop during our day for Dance Breaks. Sure, sometimes we look silly, but it keeps both of us laughing and moving our bodies. It’s also a great way to teach your children some sweet dance moves.

8. INDULGE DURING BATH + SHOWER TIME

I’ve been a night shower taker for as long as I can remember, it’s just always something that I’ve done. Even more so now, as a Mom, I look forward to that quiet time to myself each night. Typically, I treat it like a nightly spa experience. I have time to sit with purple conditioner on my hair (blonde hair is a lot of work, you guys), shave my legs, and keep myself from developing a smell. There’s something about being clean and having smooth legs that just, as a woman, makes you feel like a million bucks.

Lately, I’ve been using AVEENO® products because I love how gentle they are on my sensitive skin. My favorite products for daily/weekly use are the AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash and the AVEENO® POSITIVELY SMOOTH® Shave Gel.
DSC_0124

AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash is my go-to daily body wash because it is hypoallergenic, dye-free, and extremely gentle on my sensitive skin. I love it because even though it’s gentle enough for daily use, it works great at cleansing my skin while keeping it moisturized and looking healthy.
DSC_0093

AVEENO® POSITIVELY SMOOTH® Shave Gel is specifically formulated to help you shave less often, which is great for us Moms who don’t always have time to shave every day. I know that I don’t always keep up with shaving my legs daily, does anyone? So, being able to go a little longer between shaves is ideal and convenient. My husband probably appreciates it. The secret is a combination of ingredients (natural soy extract, oat, aloe, vitamins E and skin conditioners) which have been shown to minimize the reappearance of unwanted hair with continued use. I love the way that this gel lathers, the scent is light but very pleasant, and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.
DSC_0099

AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash and the AVEENO® POSITIVELY SMOOTH® Shave Gel Shave Gel can be found at your local Walmart.

(Click here to download a coupon and save $2.00 on AVEENO® products!)
IMG_7176IMG_7177

9. DO SOMETHING JUST FOR YOU

This is hands down the most difficult self care practice to remember to do, but make it a priority each day to do something just for you. I like to keep a good book on my nightstand, and instead of browsing social media at night when I’m winding down, I will read. Until recently, it was rare that I read for pleasure. I enjoy diving deep into any kind of fiction novels, but I also love reading books on relationships, marriage, and parenting. Although I haven’t done it in a while, I sometimes like to listen to my favorite station on Pandora while I paint my nails and toe nails. You could also use this time to binge on an episode or two of your favorite TV show, or that movie you’ve been meaning to check out.

10. MAKE SLEEP A PRIORITY

I know that once you get your children down, your mind can start to race and go over each thing that you didn’t get done and should get done before you go to sleep, but stop! Lack of sleep can have so many adverse reactions on your body physically and mentally, and after a while it starts to take a toll. I try to not be awake longer than two hours after my son goes to sleep. My sheets are washed at least once a week, and I use my favorite fabric softener so that my bed always feels relaxing and welcoming. Try dabbing some lavender essential oils on your pillow to help you fall asleep quickly.

Of course, some of these Self-Care Tips may not work for you…everyone’s schedules and lives are so different. Pick one that sounds manageable and try adding it to your routine tomorrow. You can also create some of your own tips and tricks for self-care and add those to your day. Self-Care is so incredibly important, not just for Moms but for everyone. Find a routine that works for you and your family and stick with it. Everyone can and will benefit from it.

What are some of your favorite self-care tips? I would love to hear them!

Brandi
Brandi

All posts

No Comments

Leave a Reply

About Me

About Me

I'm Brandi, a thirty year old Mom of two living just outside of Nashville. I share all of my passions here. My hope is to help you realize that you can make some absolutely amazing, flavorful, and healthy meals at home...meals that your family will love, and you don't have to spend a lot of money or put in a ton of effort in the kitchen. I want you to be able to find community, encouragement, tips, and several laughs here.. So grab a snack and your favorite drink and stay a while! Let's be friends. Read More

Subscribe & Follow

Subscribe to our Mailing List

Get the news right in your inbox!

Latest Posts

Instagram

  • HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY FRIENDS. 
Get you a Valentine who looks at you the way that Grayson looks at ice cream in the ➡️➡️s w i p e 😂😂😂
  • These didn’t photograph as well as I wanted, but they were insanely delicious. 
Baja Chicken and QUESO stuffed Bell Peppers. 🤤🤤 I cooked two chicken breasts in a little bit of chicken broth in the crockpot—seasoned with @goyafoods Adobo Seasoning, onion and garlic powder, chili powder, and pepper. High for 3/4 or low for 6. 
Then I began by caramelizing some onions in my pan, added a bit (a lot) of minced garlic and sautéed until fragrant. I added a can of tri bean blend (this was kidney, black, and pinto beans but you can use your fave) and a can of corn drained and rinsed into the pan. Seasoned all with onion and garlic powder, as well as salt and pepper. I added my shredded chicken and a jar of my favorite Queso to these. 
After cutting the tops off and cleaning the seeds out from inside my peppers, I spooned this mixture into each and sprinkled with cotija cheese. 
Bake them at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until the cheese on top is brown and bubbling. *You can boil your peppers prior to this so they’re soft and not super chewy. 
I served them over Mexican Rice (also from Goya). These will be on the blog soon. But I wanted to share it since it was super yummy. ■ ■ 
#foodblogger #eatingfortheinsta #eatmunchies #epicurious #feedfeed #foodbloggerfeed #foodbloggersofinstagram #foodie #foodies #foodlover #foodphotography #foodstagram #foodstyling #forkyeah #huffposttaste #instafood #nashvillefoodblogger #seriouseats #spoonfeed #buzzfeast #bonappetit #tasty #yummy #beautifulcuisines
  • Perfect Saturday Family Lunch. 
We tried out @baddaddysburger for the first time today and it did *not* disappoint. Jacob got the Bad Ass Burger, which is a 10oz beef patty with buttermilk fried bacon on top. It comes with horseradish mayo, but he subbed for original. 
And I got the create your own (giant) salad—with chopped romaine, red onions, hard boiled eggs, black olives, grapes, shredded cheese, croutons and fried chicken tenders; with ranch on the side. Seriously delicious. 
Their fried pickles were noteworthy—coated in a seasoned batter and super tasty. Our server told us that the fried deviled eggs were really popular as well, so that’s on my to try list. 
We didn’t try their milkshakes or banana pudding today because we were just so full, but I can’t wait to go back. 
#bonappetit #buzzfeast #eatingfortheinsta #eatmunchies #epicurious #feedfeed #foodblogger #foodbloggerfeed #foodbloggersofinstagram #foodie #foodies #foodlover #foodphotography #foodstagram #foodstyling #forkyeah #huffposttaste #instafood #nashvillefoodblogger #seriouseats #spoonfeed #baddaddysburgerbar #baddaddy #bdburgerporn
  • My photo dump rambling of a weekend recap is live on the blog. I had so much fun with these ladies, and I swear I’ll stop talking about it eventually. 😂 
Shout outs to every single place we went that accommodated such a large group of loud women, all with cameras out. 
@noelle_nashville / @makeready_nashville provided us with THE most delicious dinner Friday night, where this photo was taken. (I think that I may take Jacob there for Valentine’s Day). 📸: @ellie_kayphotography 
#rrnashville2020 #rootandrise #nashvillemom #nashvillemomblogger #momblogger #nashvilleblogger #lovewhatmatters #communityovercompetition #nashvillefoodblogger #eatnashville
  • Wow. FIVE YEARS.⠀
⠀
While we’ve been together for much longer, marriage is so much different. And I definitely think that getting to the five year mark is a feat in itself. ⠀
⠀
Today on the blog—I’m sharing a few, five to be exact, of the lessons I’ve learned over the course of the last five years. (Click the Link in my Bio to read). ⠀
Being married to someone and in their space almost constantly, you learn a lot about a person...and I honestly feel like I picked one of the best. He’s my best friend and he is always in my corner. He supports me unconditionally, even if I’m not believing in myself. ⠀
⠀
Spoiler Alert: It isn’t always Sunshine and Rainbows, but Marriage isn’t supposed to suck. ⠀
⠀
If I could give one quick piece of advice it would be this: Marry someone who just gets you. Someone who sets your soul on fire. ⠀
⠀
I’ve said this many times, but I knew almost instantly that I was going to marry my husband. ⠀
⠀
TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS ⬇️:⠀
What is the best piece of marriage/relationship advice you’ve ever received, and what is the worst? ⠀
•⠀
•⠀
•⠀
#nashvilleblogger #nashvillemom #mommyblogger #momentsinmotherhood #motherhoodintheraw #momblogger #lovewhatmatters #funnyparenting #theselittlemoments #scarymommy #nashvillemomblogger #motherhoodunplugged
  • If you had told me a few weeks ago that I would have been brave enough to meet 30+ bloggers and women who I looked up to and who inspired me, I would have laughed. 
When @katiemcrenshaw created a small and tight knit community of creators, I joined because at the time blogging was my only source of income, and while I do make money from it often, I always felt like a bit of an imposter in this group of women who just seemed to do it a little *better* than I did. 
At first, I felt like I didn’t quite fit in...I kept to myself, I gave advice where I could and took even more advice and tips from that group. 
When we planned for this weekend in Nashville I was so nervous. I was sure no one would want me there. (No idea why...these women had no reason to think that. Just my own anxiety and self confidence waivering). I was wondering if I even deserved to go. I had convinced myself I wasn’t even going to, but then I thought of all of the reasons that I should. 
And you know what? 
Every single one of these women, who I look up to and felt like I knew just from watching their stories and talking to them in this community, every single one of them welcomed not only me but everyone who came. These women were exactly how I thought they would be, and completely exceeded my expectations—just truly awesome humans. 
No one compared followings. No one made anyone feel any less. No one was better than anyone else. There was a seat at the table for everyone... I went into the weekend uncomfortable and nervous, and ended it dancing and singing at the top of my lungs with this beautiful and amazing group of women that made sure we all felt included. 
My favorite part, and I mentioned this in my stories as well, was that everyone felt the same as I did! No one wanted it to end. And I feel like I just gained some really amazing friends to not only support me in life, but in this blogging career as well. It was truly a weekend for the books. 
This is the kind of thing that can happen if you commit to just showing up. 
Thank you, ladies. For the fellowship, for the laughs, and for letting me show you around my city! 📸: @arynhinton and @verbalgoldblog 
#rrnashville2020

Follow @brandiamabisca

Blogs That I Love

×