GIVEAWAY – Treat Yo Self, Mama!

 ** THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED **

This past year I’ve learned a new appreciation for the little things. Crisp clean sheets. A hot cup of coffee from a sweet friend. That perfect oversized sweatshirt that feels like a giant hug.

These little things have gotten me through rough nights when I wonder how could I possibly continue juggling everything that parenthood entails. Because so many of our readers are either expecting or recently had children, we thought we’d pull together the ultimate mama care package for a handful of our lucky readers.

Each item in this bundle was hand-picked by me, mostly because I use each one of these products daily, and each one has brought me joy when I needed a pick-me-up, or it made me feel like ME again, even when I was in desperate need of a long shower and 12 hours of sleep.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our brand partners, we are giving away a “Mama Care Package” to THREE entrants chosen at random. To enter, comment below on the little things you do for yourself, what do you have a new appreciation for?

Disclaimer: You do not need to be a mom to enter! Giveaway will close on 10/12/17 at 12 pm CST.

1. SNOWE – Bathrobe // 2. Goodwin – Na Nin Moondance Candle // 3. Little Mother’s Helper // 4. Chronicle Books – Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book // 5. Halo® SleepSack® 2-piece gift set // 6. aden + anais white label – Serengeti Swaddles // 7. The Citizenry -Nizado Lumbar Pillow // Baby Dove Tip-to-Toe Wash (not pictured, but always used)

Thank you to all of our brand partners that so generously donated product. And a shout-out to Baby Dove for the motivation to document this crazy year.

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  • On my lunch breaks every few weeks I get take out nachos, a diet coke and watch Bravo for an hour. For some reason being at work and doing that for myself feels like such an indulgence!

  • As a first time mom of a now 7 month old, I have developed a strong appreciation for coffee mugs that don’t leak in my bag, soft sheets, stretch pants, nursing camis, and Saturday mornings on the couch with my babe

  • I have a whole new appreciation for a little morning routine. Nothing crazy, just a little time carved out for myself to make my latte, light a candle, and just be. It starts my day off on a great, intentional note.

  • I go to the grocery store by myself, grab a cup of coffee and do my shopping. I also love when I can do yoga with a glass of wine after the kids go to bed. I have a new appreciation for a hot meal!

  • I have a new appreciation for being able to sit quietly for more than 10 minutes without interruption. Also, shopping at Target alone.

  • I eat my daughter’s fruit snacks and watch bad reality TV after she goes to bed. I have a new appreciation for leftovers.

  • I listen to podcasts on the way to the gym. That ten minute drive is so uplifting and refreshing! It is one of my favorite parts of the day.

  • Expecting our first baby in a few short weeks! New found appreciation for morning walks with me and the pup, enjoying the weather, leaves and wiggly baby snug in my belly.

  • No matter what, during my lunch hour each day, I go for a walk. Whether it’s outside or on the treadmill (winters are tough..), having those 20 minutes to clear my head, indulge in a podcast or YouTube video, can make my day or turn it around.

  • I’m a mom of 2 and expecting our third in a few months. I have found exercise is the best thing I can do for myself, but it sure is hard to fit in. So I get up early, or sometimes do a workout in my office (I have my own company and an office that is very private once the doors are closed!). More recently, I’ve enjoyed relaxing with a scented candle and a good book!

  • I’ve started treating myself each evening with a book and a cup of herbal tea. It helps me wind down my day and preps me for a good night’s sleep. I’ve started appreciating the boot-camp style weightlifting class I’m taking weekly for helping me realize my strength.

  • I have a whole new appreciation for my running shoes and the dog! Three times a week, the dog and I get to go for a run (nothing crazy long or fast) but I get to totally unplug and just work through everything. It’s been amazing and helped me be a better mama!

  • Once a week I take myself out for lunch and bring a magazine to read. If I get through the meal without checking my phone I treat myself to dessert too.

  • I’ve learned so many self-care tips from my mom, which is why if I won, I’d give the gifts to her. She has taught me to take pause by letting out lent up energy through creativity – writing handwritten notes, sketching, and daydreaming.

  • I’m expecting my first in December and am really trying to embrace self-care during these last few months of pregnancy! I’ve enjoyed taking my pup on a walk and listening to podcasts. 🙂

  • I have a 7 month old and I so enjoy winding down at the end of the night with Netflix and a good beverage, sometimes tea… sometimes wine… 😊

  • After living without a bath tub for two years, I really get into my bathtime rituals – candles, bath bombs, glass of wine, music… the works!

  • Making sure to get outside every day! Calms me and the babe. Being able to get through a whole cup of coffee without it going cold is also a treat! Doesn’t happen often, but its great when it does.

  • Getting groceries delivered – saves so much time and I don’t have to bring two kids to the grocery store. Best time saver.

  • I’m 31 weeks pregnant with my first and have been sick the entire time. I couldn’t have made it without a long shower at the end of each day, and when I feel up to it, I like to make a stop on the way to work for fall pastries at my favorite local bakeries.

  • Hi! I just hit 20 weeks with my first pregnancy and I have become so much more aware of the importance of slowing down (mainly because of how I’m walking!) and taking time to read a book before bed, using a face mask weekly, and buying really decadent lotion. ❤️

  • I’m a first time mama with an 8 month old. While she naps and I’m able to relax for a moment, I treat my self by reading blogs, (like yours!) reading books, and doing kettle bell swing sets.

  • A few minutes of a good book before bed, a nice glass of wine, or a dance party by myself to let it all out! After having my son, I learned such an appreciation for the little things, to recognize how gratifying they are and how wonderful it is that they make such a difference!

  • There are few things that relax me more than ending the day on my big overstuffed sectional with my husband and puppy. He might be watching a game while I read a book but just relaxing in each others presence is the perfect way to end each day.

  • I love to spend “me” time curled up on the couch with a bowl of homemade guac and a giant Dr. Pepper. Sometimes though, I try to remind myself that fresh air is truly the best remedy and I’ll take my fluffy pup Archer out for walk by the lakes.

  • I have an appreciation for the quiet moments in the morning before all the kids wake up! I try to end my day with yoga to unwind 🙂

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  • Every night, when I’m getting ready for bed, I diffuse some lavender on my nightstand. I’ve done it for so long (and take it with me when traveling!) that when that amazing smell hits my nose, it switches my brain over to knowing it’s time for bed.

  • Exercise, time with friends, and some alone time with my husband! All important things for keeping myself and as a result my family happy!

  • I try to keep my room clean and spare of a lot of things. Having a calm space to end my day has made such a difference in my sleep! I’m in the first trimester of pregnancy so I need all the rest I can get!

  • I’m expecting my first baby (a little girl!) in January, just a two weeks after you, Kate! Getting excited and nervous, but really starting to savour moments of quiet with my husband – just watching a movie or reading side by side with music playing. Taking my pup for long walks, and indulging in lots more baked goods until baby girl comes. Would love this mama package! Hope you’re feeling wonderful and strong in your pregnancy this time around!

  • I’m expecting my first child, and I can’t wrap my mind around how much my life is about to change! I find myself appreciating the little things that make me feel like me, like wandering alone around my neighborhood with no particular destination, browsing for hours at the library, and reading a book in bed.

  • A hot bath + good book at least once a week. A honey lavender latte with hemp milk at least once a week. A spin class at least once a week. These things kee0 this mama-to-be happy!

  • Hot bubble baths, warm coffee, and quiet moments to myself are more precious now that our baby girl is here. I still wouldn’t change it for the world!

  • I have a little 5 month old and another sweet baby on the way! I appreciate taking a nice bath after a long day, leggings, long walks with my girl and the dog, and when my husband lets me get extra sleep on the weekends!

  • Hot bubble baths, warm coffee, and quiet moments to myself are more precious now that our baby girl is here. I still wouldn’t change it for the world!

  • Amazing giveaway! I have a 2 month old daughter and I have a new appreciation for coffee! lol I’ve always loved coffee but I LOOOOOOVE it now. It’s quite challenging trying to find the time to do little things for myself here and there when you’re in the thick of the 4th trimester, but spending time to put on my makeup, shower, and just generally get myself ready for the day makes a world of difference in how my days go. I’ve also bought like 4 bags of pumpkin pie M&M’s for myself, haha.

  • Two things: I wake up 10 minutes early, so I can take a long, hot shower where I do as many yoga poses as possible with the hot water running over me. It melts away the knots in my shoulders and helps me to slow down and breathe. I also started Self Care Sunday, where I lock myself in the bathroom for an hour, soak my feet in epsom salts, and put on a face mask while I drink a glass of wine. It doesn’t happen every Sunday, but I try to fit it in as often as possible.

  • I have been making it a point to have a tidy bedroom (50% success rate) with farmers market flowers next to my bed and every night at I light a candle in my room and read for a half hour. These little steps make my bedroom feel like a getaway from the madness.

  • Due any day with baby girl #2 and I’m seriously relishing in the fleeting moments I have with my two year old while it’s “just us.” Whether it’s morning snuggles, finger painting, running around the house getting silly (as best I can) – I’m focusing as much as I can on them (which also helps distract me from being 39ish weeks pregnant!)

  • I love listening to podcasts about lifestyle, beauty, health and well-being…you name it! (My new favorite is The Heart of It by Estée Lalonde…you have to check it out if haven’t!)
    Thanks for doing this giveaway, that’s so nice of you and the brands!

  • I’m expecting my first baby in December. Right now I’m indulging in baths and pedicures. I’m enjoying slowing down and pampering myself just a little without feeling guilty or worrying about my to do list for a few minutes each day.

  • As a new mom of 3 (ages 5, 2, & 2 months), this time around I’m prioritizing self-care. No more guilt if my little guy cries a bit so I can take a shower, and I’m taking my husband up on his offers to take the kids several times a week so I can work out and have some time to myself.

  • Hot showers, a pedicure with my mom, and my husband handing me a snack and a glass of wine after I put our 8-month old to bed.

  • Due any day with my first – prenatal yoga in a sweet little studio in St. Paul with other mamas has been an amazing part of my pregnancy. I have a new appreciation for my mom, I never knew how hard it was to grow a little person! Thanks Mom 🙂

  • How I indulge: waking up early and having a cup of coffee in the quiet, walking the aisles of Michael’s alone, listening to MY music really loud in the car after the school drop off, calling a friend and talking for an hour during naptime, and, best of all, after bed-time footrubs from my husband 🙂

  • I have discovered a new appreciation for nothingness. Too often I don’t let myself sit down without the worry that I should be ‘accomplishing’ something. Now I am content to just let myself relax without the need to cross something off of a to-do list, even if it’s just for an hour.

  • at the end of a long day, I light a candle and write down three things I’m thankful for in my gratitude journal. Expressing gratitude always re-energizes me.

  • It is hard for me to remember what life was like two years ago without my son, and what did I actually do with all the free time I had! I wish I could say that I still exercise daily, but with work, cooking dinner, running errands, I am lucky to go for a nice long walk by myself. Little things I enjoy are naps on the weekends, shopping by myself, watching tv with my husband, campfires in our backyard, then crawling into bed and reading. Anxious for no. 2 in May!

  • I try to make myself a proper cup of coffee or tea everyday, and succeed most days. I have a newfound appreciation for a hot shower at night after the little guy is in bed. But the best part of my day is the “real” morning wake up when he greets me with a huge grin-makes it all worthwhile. Thank you for a lovely giveaway.

  • In the past 3 months I have discovered the joy and amazing benefits of a consistent morning walk with my 2 year old. We both get fresh air, I try to notice at least one new thing that brings beauty to the world, and I get a little me time to listen to a podcast of my choice whether it’s in the educational, spiritual seeking, or just plain entertaining realm. It has been the beat thing I’ve done for myself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in a long time. (And we just found out we’re expecting again so I can only imagine the importance of this in several months time!!)

  • I never appreciated going to the bathroom alone and shopping alone and sitting down for 15 minutes without anyone calling for me or climbing on me or things crashing in the other room. Now I carve out time to run 4 times a week. It’s my time to be alone and think, even if I just park and run around the block before picking the oldest up from school. As I get further into my pregnancy, I worry how I’ll make time once the little one arrives.

  • Third trimester, first-timer here! I try to take really good care of my skin, and just got a dermaroller and a bunch of stuff from The Ordinary. I feel like I just get bigger and bigger, but at least I can control my skin and it looks better than ever! And man do I have a new appreciation for what sleep felt like before you felt like you had to pee every hour…I will treasure it when I’m no longer pregnant!

  • These days I have a new appreciation for a clean room and also drinking my coffee while it’s still hot (but both of those would be asking for too much)! To unwind I’ve found myself drawing and writing more during naptimes.

  • This is great! I have a 15 month old son and am 22 weeks pregnant with my baby girl. I have found a new appreciation for exercise since becoming a parent. I make sure we go to the YMCA several times a week. Working out gives me more energy so that I can take care of my child and helps me feel like myself. Also, reading before bed instead of scrolling through my phone!

  • While at the library with the kids I take the time to go look at the massive cookbook selection and pick out 3-4 to slowly go thru, picking recipes out, then trying them out.. Also, I’m getting better at reading myself and knowing when I need quiet time. Love this giveawat!! 🙂

  • The best part of my week is when I do Zumba! It makes me feel carefree and helps me take my mind off of my little one!

  • I’m eight months preggo and enjoying napping whenever I can, long indulgent showers with lavender shower gel, making the time to get to prenatal yoga (it’s amazing!) and planning the whisky cocktails to enjoy during that sleep deprived postnatal period.

  • I’m a first time pregnant mama and lately I cannot get enough of warm tea, candles, oils and cozy sheets. Taking a relaxing bath has been a simple joy to ease those third trimester aches.

  • Our little guys is 2 months now and any time I can have a shower, even if it’s just 2-3 minutes, I feel a tad more sane! And screen time, especially while nursing.

  • Going for a relaxing, mid-afternoon walk outside as a break from work. Maybe it will also speed up the arrival of our little guy!

  • FIRST TIME MAMA HERE DUE IN MARCH! I’VE BEEN TAKING LONG WALKS, LIGHTING CANDLES AND TAKING RELAXING BATHS. IT’S BEEN SUCH A TREAT TO TAKE THE TIME TO FIND LITTLE MOMENTS OF SWEETNESS.

  • I hired a house cleaning service to come in once a month. As a working mom, time is precious. I want to spend as much time as possible with my two boys – and NOT cleaning!

  • Expecting my first in a few months. Knowing my life is going to change drastically forever (and for the good!) I have a newfound appreciation for every moment with my hubby alone as we inch towards the due date. As far as little things I do for myself, I’ll see what really matters to me when the little one actually arrives!

  • man, making breakfast and sitting down to eat it, rather than scarfing it down on over the sink. it’s not even that hard to do!

  • Bravo reality tv is my escape!! And I appreciate time spent with my husband so much more now. Even if it’s just a whispered conversation while she’s napping on one of us!

  • I let myself binge on a whole season of Call the Midwife (and try not to feel silly for all the tears I shed) and be reminded that life is beautiful especially when we love and appreciate the little things in life.
    I have a new appreciation for simple moments of bliss. My 2 yr old neice reminded me of this last week. She loves swings and will throw her head back and close her eyes and smile while swinging at the park.

  • Expecting my first babe any day (sitting at 3 days overdue), and appreciate each of the minor moments I have alone to reflect and contemplate the amazing change that’s coming. I’m also so grateful to my support system (husband, parents, in-laws, friends and coworkers) who really have my back. Every day that ticks by gives me more appreciation and love for every incredible single mother out there.

  • Expecting first baby in January. So right now just in “me time” mode. Lots of gym classes, snuggle time on the couch, movies out, etc. I definitely have a new appreciation for my own Mom and Grandma.

  • Meditation in the mornings! Even waking up five minutes earlier than “usual” is helpful to center me before my crazy day of dealing with middle school students and then with my sweet/crazy two-year-old when I get home.

  • Working a full time job and being a new mom, it has been challenging trying to find a “new normal” for me. I am a type A personality and always have struggled to let things just be-I.e leave the sink filled with dishes or not read that last email that just popped up in my inbox at work at the end of the day. So what I do is just steal 15 minutes out of the day to read a poem, enjoy a nice glass of wine or simply just take a walk to reconnect with my self as a woman. The rush of the day can make you lose sight of what is important that taking time to focus on the little things such as the sound of my 8 month old’s precious giggle or a sweet peck on the cheek from my husband at the end of a long winded day makes it all worth it.

  • Make time to mediate…I’ve started doing it while nursing in the am! I also make sure to move my body whether it’s a walk or something else, it makes me feel much better, and it’s great for the babe, too. Finally, I use the 5-min journal app on my phone to stay positive and grateful for all I have!

  • I start each day with a delicious chai latte. After powering through the morning I take sometime in the afternoon to relax and recharge. I end each evening with a long shower (love showers) and my kids have to go to Dad if they need anything at that time. It’s the little things.

  • I’ve been a mom for almost 4 weeks so I appreciate all the small things right now. Most of all, taking a shower and getting dressed in an outfit that makes me feel good and like myself. I’ve realized that taking just 10 minutes to get ready makes a world of difference in how I approach my day with the little one, even if I get spit up or pee on myself an hour later 🙂

  • Walking the dog while listening to my favorite audiobook (it’s great for the both of us) and ice cream. My husband works far away so I’ve learned to put down the phone and enjoy the moment when he’s home.

  • If I’m having a rough day or week, I make an effort to take the long way home or a detour through a park. I do so, to clear my head and get some alone time with myself. It’s incredibly peaceful.

  • Going to bed early. Waking up before the kids to start the day with intention. Letting my husband make the kids breakfast so I can take a shower and get ready before he leaves for the day. These are things I didn’t do for myself with my first or even second, but by my third, I have learned what a difference they make toward making me feel more human and ultimately a better mommy.

  • I started taking baths!! Such a nice treat, I throw a face mask and read a book for 20 uninterrupted minutes. Unheard of.

  • i take my dog for a long walk most mornings. It’s a nice way to clear my head and get some fresh air.

    I wasn’t good at taking time for myself during the first year of my son’s life, and I’m determined to be better about that after my next baby is born in March!

  • I don’t get very much time for myself, but when I do, I like to go for a nice quiet walk by myself, or sit down with a good book and some ice cream.d

  • My first is due in January and I can only anticipate all the things I will come to both miss & find a greater appreciation for. For the moment I’m finding pleasure in time spent reading, time spent in solitude and time spent talking “mom” with the mamas in my life.

  • I run a bath, do a charcoal facemask from Beautycounter, light my eucalyptus candle and rest! That sounds like the best thing right now but instead we’re traveling and now dealing with a flat tire.. so curly fries will have to do!

  • I’ve gotten back into reading again. Actual full length novels! It’s so nice to be able to disappear into a good book!

  • I reward myself by watching my daughter’s belly as my granddaughter grows inside her. Just as I felt a whole new kind of love break open inside me when I first saw my daughter’s face, I am feeling a new level of love and respect for my daughter and, finally, a feeling of pride in the mothering I provided her.

  • I truly appreciate those me moments. It can be a good book, or a music talking to my heart, early morning walk, or a herbal tea in the evening. It is time for thinking and dreaming.

  • My first born is three weeks old and my partner is had to head out of town for the next two months for work. Single parenting is hard, especially at this age when you are your baby’s world.

    I have a new appareciation for getting to do basic things like shower and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning without breastfeeding. I love motherhood so far, and it’s taught me so much about not being selfish and caring for another human. But it’s also beautifully hard work. Work that makes your heart grow.

  • I wasn’t very good with self-care with my first, and, boy, did it show. Now that I’m expecting my second in April, I’m determined to take time for myself. Reading, solo trips out of the house, hot baths, lighting a good candle, and time with my husband all fill me up.

  • I’m due with my first this December. What I am appreciating now, before things chg age are long, uninterrupted showers and Saturday sleep-ins plus pancakes with my husband.

  • Most Tuesday nights a few fellow Mom friends and I have a chill girls night, and for the most part we don’t talk about kids! Ahhh, those nights keep me sane. 👍🏻

  • I’m actually entering for my best friend who is 6 months pregnant with her first baby. I can only imagine the little moments of zen she could have with these items!

  • As a first time mom to be I’ve learned a whole new definition of self-care. Mainly naps when I need them and to not stress over every little thing (too much!)

  • It’s the little things in life. Finding the time to take an extra long shower and wash my hair thoroughly (and use conditioner!) I try and do this once a week to have complete me time with two littles running around. I have an absolute new appreciation for my husband. He encourages me to take time for myself, even if only for 10 minutes!

  • Since being a mom, I have learned to appreciate a Friday night in with a slice of homemade pizza in my hand (and maybe a cocktail as well :).

  • I’ll be having my 3rd boy in December! These days I just try to grab as many naps as I can. Any extra sleep is like heaven.

  • I recently splurged on nice skin care products for the first time, so every time I use them is like a treat. Lately I have been appreciating the rain in MI, such a dry summer! And the sound on the roof is cozy 🙂

  • Pretty much any time now I can get a Starbucks, I do get a Starbucks. I also love pedicures. Even if I don’t need one, I love sitting in a chair for an hour with a coffee getting my feet scrubbed.

  • Simple pleasures as a first time mom: watching Netflix with hubby after babe is asleep, running errands alone, and lazy Sundays at home with the whole family.

  • Ok ok I confess. After a long and hectic day I like to relax and unwind with a bar of very dark chocolate and a dessert wine. PURE BLISS! What a fantastic prize pack. I would be over the moon thrilled to win this! Thank you so very much for the chance to win!

  • I take long morning walks and listen to podcasts or just walk with my own thoughts (the baby comes along, but sleeps the whole time). I follow it up with a nice, warm shower.

  • One of my absolute favorite things to do is to turn the bathroom lights off, take a hand towel into a hot shower and wrap it around my neck while listening to relaxing music. It turns an average shower into a mini spa session.

  • I go to cryotherapy. It’s a life changing experience especially if you are like me & battle an autoimmune disease

  • I’m trying to get into this self care routine BUT IT’S SO HARD TO STICK WITH IT. If I’m lucky and it’s not exceptionally late, I’ll catch up on my writing and reading or at least put a face mask on (and inevitably fall asleep with it on!)

  • Walking or biking to and from work is how I look after myself. It gets me out of the headache of traffic and gives me a little time to myself. It’s a relief to demands except getting from A to B.

  • As a first time Mama, I am super grateful for getting into my pajamas early and having clean sheets often. I love that first cup of coffee in the morning (it means getting up before my babe but it’s worth it!) but equally love when she seems me first thing in the morning and my heart is full. As silly as it sounds, I really enjoy getting my hair done (even just cut!)… scalp massage and all ❤️ Those things feel like treasures!

  • As a Mom of a two week old, I’m still trying to figure out how and when to carve out that me time. So far, a hot shower with the door shut is just what I need. I have a new appreciation for fresh hot coffee!

  • I’ve new aspiration for these 3 things: meditating every evening post hectic days of work with a scented candle, having my husband-made latte, and time for those long heart to heart FaceTime chats with family in a different country ❤️

  • Some quiet time sitting outside with my dog. Watching the trees change color in the morning. Good tea. Not stressing about folding laundry is a big one, too.

  • I try to do as many little things for myself as possible! Put on that face mask while I fold laundry. Sit on the front step for five minutes before coming inside. Every little action makes such a difference.

  • We just found out that we’re expecting #2 and I’m equal parts exhilierated and completely terrified. Getting in a workout is important to me because it clears my head and honeatly makes me a better mom! But I also enjoy a good glass of red wine (oh, how I miss that!) and eating delicious food! It’s all about balance!

  • If the weather is nice, I grab a book and read and drink coffee outside in the hammock in the morning. It’s a great way to start the day and assures I get some me time in the best way possible. After my baby was born last year, I also appreciated time to have a hot shower and someone to hold him so I could pee on my own. I’ve come a long way!

  • I have a new appreciation for quiet. To treat myself, I try to meditate or just sit quietly before bedtime. It doesn’t always happen, but when it does it helps me sleep and shake off the noise of the day!

  • Baths! It’s amazing what 10 to 15 minutes away from the girls can do for my mood. If I can add a face mask, I’m halfway to a restorative day at the spa. Given all the horrible events of the past few weeks, honestly, I’ve been especially appreciative of having a healthy and safe family. I couldn’t ask for more!

  • I make sure to fit in a workout during the day because I know it helps me relieve stress! I also like to have a little bit of me time by watching my favorite shows before I fall asleep!

  • Exercising has been one of the major things that kept me sane this year. It gave me a chance to get out of the house and clear my head and made me feel more like myself. Being by myself (whether it’s been a solo trip to the grocery store or even a doctor appointment) has also been oddly therapeutic!

  • For me time I do a little Salsa dancing -in Zumba – yes with 20 other excited women and an instructor! In between slow down I go through 2 or 3 things in my head that I’m grateful for.
    I have a new appreciation for my strong willed 7 year old now that I run out the door to work at 6 a.m. I miss my kids when I don’t see them in the morning.

  • This is so sweet. I like to “indulge” in taking baths. I’ve even splurged on some shea moisture bubble bath. For some reason my grimmey ol tub feels like a scared hot spring away from the world. Also I’ve given myself permission to get dressed LOL. But really like to get all dressed up for me and no one else. And man! I wish I had done that before having kids, like it’s okay to feel good about yourself. Sometimes it’s these real little things that we take for granted.

  • I have a new appreciation for a bedtime routine. Getting good quality sleep is so important as I prepare for motherhood and still take care of other peoples kiddos daily at work.

  • I have a new appreciation for reading after my son goes to sleep. He is two now and for the first two years I just went to sleep when he did but that new window of time has really allowed more opportunities for me-time.

  • i appreciate the chance to get out of the house for a coffee run (even if it’s only for a few minutes), the feel of clean sheets on my bed and the time i get to read a good book during nap time or after my daughter goes to sleep. it really is the little things! 🙂

  • I’m 7 months pregnant now and just trying to soak up every moment getting ready for this sweet boy to join us. I love sitting with my hand on my belly feeling him kick and stockpiling as much rest as possible!

  • I’m a true introvert, so I take time to be completely alone by myself, make myself a cup of tea, light a fancy candle (I used to hoard and save them, for no reason!) and read some library books and magazines. Lately, I have a new appreciation for saying no to commitments that I just don’t to go to…and I don’t feel bad about it!!

  • I take 10 minutes each day to just sit in the quiet end reflect on the day. I try hard to focus on all the positive things that happened, and not all the things I still need to do. I have a new appreciation for my friends. I recently went through some tough times and my friends were really there to support me.

  • On Saturdays if we don’t have a kid planned event. I get up two hours early to watch my guilty pleasure shows on the DVR while drinking a cup of coffee.

  • As a Mom of a 1 year old my routines have changed by I try to have a few indulgences every day. Every night we take a bath together but once she is all washed up my husband comes to get her, gets her the rest of the way ready for bed – I jack up the temp of the water and just zen out for 20 minutes before doing my lotion routine solo. There are days where i’m counting down the minutes til this time. Also. I have a newfound appreciation for my steaming hot cup (or 3) of coffee in the morning.

  • This looks too dreamy and as an expecting first-time mom, the idea of getting in a little self care now while I can is perfect.

  • Time with my partner alone. Honestly, even if we are both home all day it becomes all about the baby and no time for us. Trying to get alone time with my husband and doing some things we love have been the goal. Like bubble bath, cooking, having a morning coffee together. Awesome promotion! I am so excited!

  • I have a new appreciation for having luxurious leisure time because it’s such a rarity these days (whether that’s reading before bed, watching a TV show by myself, going shopping by myself, etc.). But one of the things I do for myself is I get up early on Saturday mornings and go to a class I like at the gym, then to the farmers market, and to a bakery to get some coffee and breakfast treats to take home. It’s so nice!

  • I splurged on a Kindle Fire. It’s backlit, so I can read under the covers after everyone else has gone to sleep. It’s just as much fun as when I was a little kid with a book and a flashlight. The sleep deprivation is worth it — it’s about the only “me” time I get 🙂

  • I shut myself in our office and either admire the things I’ve built in there, sit quietly and daydream/think about new projects, or work on a creative project. If it is nice enough out I’ll take at least 10 minutes to work on my current garage project or garden project.

  • Little things I do for myself include making a list of things I need to do, picking out an outfit for the next day, small things like that! I have a new appreciation for my new little fan that blows cool air in front of me while I lay in bed! Hope I win! Thanks for the chance!

  • I don’t have a lot of time or space to take care of myself these days but I try to take pleasure and peace in the small things – enjoying one quite sip of cinnamon tea while I start my day, laying down with my 5 month old to nurse him to sleep or rocking out to a good tune in my 5′ commute to work. Every little bit counts. ❤️

  • I just ended my year-long maternity leave and entering the “working mama” transition phase. Days have been hectic (almost as hectic as having a newborn baby all over again), but I do find space for the little things. Brewing my cup of coffee in the morning before my husband and baby wake up. Getting to dim the lights and shut my office door so I can pump and listen to piano music. And of course, the moment when I get to pick up my son and take him home.

  • the little things i do to indulge myself is curl with a good book and cup of tea while a candle is burning. thanks for hosting the giveaway 🙂

  • I used to take my simple beauty routine (washing my face, showering, etc.), but now it’s a simple time for self care!

  • I take long walks and cook – both relax me and make me feel content. I’m currently expecting my first baby and I have come to appreciate the calm downtime at home – I used to always have to be active and doing something, so it’s quite a change of pace for me, but I’m wholeheartedly embracing it.

  • Run. I may have gotten slower post baby but I really appreciate my time to myself and am so thankful for my husband who supports my me-time.

  • I LOve having some “Me” time and cuddling up with a great book for some little relaxation time. I have a whole new appreciation as a new mom for bubble baths 😉

  • I have a heated blanket only on my side of the bed. My husband sleeps hot, but I am perpetually cold. I turn it on an hour before bed and the sheets are so warm when I get in. Turn off the blanket for the rest of the night and sleep like a baby.

  • intentionally enjoying nature while on a dog walk- even if it’s just appreciating the crunchy leaves while taking him on a quick potty break!

  • I normally reserve the time after the kids go to bed for me. Even if that means not doing a thing but watching my favorite show. I find it makes me a much better momma!

  • In a season where sleep is cherished, it can be hard to wake up early, but when I can get up before the rest of my house and have a cup of coffee, fill out my gratitude/prayer journals and do a devo. Those are mornings I feel like I can take on the world. Maybe I’ll have another one of those some day soon ☺️

  • As a new Mom of a 12 week old, I have a new appreciation for eating meals at a relaxed pace and drinking my coffee while it’s still hot! I’ve been meditating for at least a few minutes each day while my little one naps which helps bring a sense of calm.

  • I’m a new mom from a newly adopted 3 year old daughter. I’m overwhelmed all the time and the biggest rest for me is just having some mommy/daughter bonding time. We are getting our nails done this weekend and she couldn’t be more excited. Always makes me know whatever the challenge, she’s worth it.

  • Love this! A couple things I’m loving for self care are going to sleep at a decent hour – no phone between getting ready and laying in bed is important too. For too long I had a bad habit of going to bed late and feeling not rested so I’m happy to have made the effort to change it. Also, I do face masks at least two times a week. Xo

  • I started doing my daily workouts again, and let me tell you with 2 kids (2.5yrs & 2mo) this is a luxury. And indulging on about an hour of Instagram at night after everyone’s asleep! I adore my babies and this time just reminds me that I have all day for love and okay and snuggles, but sometimes mama just needs a little zoning out stres free time 💕

  • As with most of us, not nearly enough. My self care has been on the back burner for far too long due to others needs. I am making a appointment with myself this week for a home gel mani and facial!