Being a parent is hard work. It's a 24/7 job with very little vacation time. But when you do get some time away from the kids, it's important to treat yourself to something nice and really enjoy your reprieve.
1. Get a massage. I know those mama muscles are sore. Lifting, breastfeeding, rocking to sleep, car seat buckling, stress all putting strain on your muscles constantly. Get a little relief by treating yourself to a nice massage.
2. Hit the nail salon. Spend your 'you' time pampering yourself at your favorite salon. Treat yourself to a nice mani/pedi and a wax so you can feel put together and polished, even if you are wearing yoga pants for the third day in a row.
3. Get a new haircut. How long has it been since you had your hair done? I looked in the mirror the other day and realized I have 3 inches grown out since my last coloring. Get yourself to a hair salon and maybe try out a new style. If you don't like it, it will grow back. And lets face it, how often is it up in a top knot or ponytail anyways?
4. Take a bubble bath. You don't have to spend a fortune to pamper yourself. Enjoy a nice hot soak in the tub. Add some bubbles, bath fizz, Epsom salts, essential oils or a combination for a relaxing, stress relieving time. Make it more fun with a bottle of wine and some fresh fruit. Thrifty tip: bubble bath, Epsom salts and bath bombs are great dollar store purchases!
5. Go take a nap. Enough said.
6. Curl up with a good book. One of the things I miss most about my pre-baby life was how much time I had to read. There's something soothing about curling up, under a blanket, with a hot cup of coffee and disappearing into a good book.
7. Eat out. At a fancy restaurant, with white table cloths and a sommelier and not a cheeseburger or hot dog in sight. No worrying about misbehaving kids or crying babies. Just enjoy some impeccable food.
9. Head to the beach. If you're not near a beach, go to the pool, park or wherever else you can enjoy some sunshine and work on your tan. Go for a swim, enjoy some relaxation time and bring along that book you've been meaning to read.
10. Spend some time with your spouse in the bedroom. Or the living room, or the kitchen, or the shower, or wherever else you want because you have some kid free time! Take your time and enjoy the *ahem* ride. Odds are your marriage could benefit from a little more intimacy.