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It’s been nine weeks since I returned to work and I have been doing the working mama thing again. As most of you know I’m a teacher, and I work with a class of five years olds two days a week. Of course that two days a week is often more than just the two days at school, when you include planning and all that goes with being a teacher. I carry those twenty five kids in my head and my heart all the time, always thinking of new ideas for their learning.
Then I have my own two cherubs (aged four and one) and our days are swept up with playing and cuddles and the mundane things that make up our existence, dinner, laundry, dishes, housework. Somewhere in there I fit in time with my husband too (poor bugga!) and family and friends and kindy meetings and grocery shopping and buying birthday presents and….. phew!
I know I’m preaching to the converted. If you’re reading this then chances are that you’re a Mama too and have your own fair share of stuff that’s got you rushed off your feet. The truth of it is that we’re all busy and we’re rarely taking time for ourselves. I’ve been trying to take care of myself a little bit more lately. It can be really, really hard to squeeze in the time, and if I do it can be really, really hard to do it without feeling guilty. But that has to stop. A happy mama makes a happy family so it’s time to take a break. Here are five easy and cheap ways that I like to give myself a treat. You might like them too.
Five low cost ways to spoil yourself
Whether they’re from your own garden or yesterday’s flowers going cheap at the market, you can get yourself a gorgeous bunch of flowers to brighten your home and your day for very little money. Look for flowers that are in season and in abundance, they’ll always be cheaper. We have some roses and some of these lovely blue pretties in our garden. I’m not good with flower names, does anyone know what they’re called? I’ll also gather some lavender from our little bushes too, they make a nice posie in a pretty glass next to my bed or on the window sill.
Clear your mind
Wave bye bye to the kiddos and your hubby and step outside for some fresh air and a clear mind. Go for a walk around your neighbourhood or find somewhere nearby that fills your heart with happiness. Maybe you live near the beach or a national park? It’s amazing the noise that clutters up our minds every day, we really need to step away from it and let it all fall away to give our minds some space and clarity. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and much more ready to tackle the busy day ahead.
Soak in some bubbles
Want to know a secret? Until recently I hadn’t had a bubble bath for five years. Yep, FIVE YEARS! With one thing and another I just hadn’t made time for it, which is very sad because I always loved a long, hot bath. I’ve recently reclaimed bath time as my indulgence and not just a time that I play with the kids and get soaked by their splashes. I use bath time for a bit of pampering and relaxing, getting a few of those little beauty jobs done and then soaking up the serenity with some scented candles. Since having children I’ve found it almost impossible to make time for a salon appointment and it can be a loooooooong, long, long (did I say long?) time between waxes. Instead I have been including shaving in my routine (ha! routine!) to keep myself hair free. Schick sent me their new Intuition pure nourishment razor to try. I love that it doesn’t need any soap or shaving gel, you just add water. The coconut milk and almond oil lathers and moisturisers while you’re getting silky smooth. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Now that your legs are silky smooth you need to get those toes looking pretty. I don’t know about you but I feel strange when my toe nails aren’t painted. The trouble is that I don’t have as much time to keep on top of that these days and often the paint is chipped or faded. I have been paying more attention to my tootsies lately and have found that I can give myself a super quick pedicure in about ten minutes. I do it while catching up on my recorded TV shows at night. All you need is:
- A quick wipe of any old toe nail polish. Nail polish remover wipes are awesome for this.
- A speedy buff all over your feet with a pumice stone or foot file to remove those scratchy bits.
- A slick of new nail colour. I love any nail polish that sets in under one minute. Any longer than that and it’s quite likely that a kid will step on them and smudge it :P
- A generous slather of moisturiser to keep more scratchies at bay.
There you have it, pretty toes that will have you feeling gorgeous, even if you’re the only one that gets to see them.
Lose yourself in story
I adore reading and have really missed it since having kids and not making as much time for it. I’m just starting to read a little bit more. To get hold of some books head to your local library or invite your friends for a book swap. Don’t look for anything too heavy, you just want to escape. Now snuggle up under a nice warm blanket or find yourself a spot in the sunshine and lose yourself in the story. I love reading just before bed, it helps to switch the chaos off in my mind. If you like something just a little bit racy one of my closest friends is an author and has published several romance ebooks that you might enjoy.
Are you making time for yourself? What’s your favourite indulgence?