mom life | treat yourself

Us mommas are constantly putting ourselves and our needs and wants on the back burner. This is something I have struggled with since becoming a mom nearly ONE YEAR AGO (seriously time, you thief!) But it is SO important to make time for a little “me” time…that may (and most likely) look like the smallest things that many of us use to take for granted. Never did I ever imagine that something as simple as washing my hair (major bonus if in privacy) would become such a luxury. Seriously though, I can’t even count how many days I’ve dragged the bouncer into the washroom, just so I can enjoy a hot shower and feel human again. My husband works long days so pretty much five days a week it’s just peanut and I flying solo, which is awesome, and what we signed up for as we decided to become parents. I wouldn’t have it any other way. But that doesn’t mean that those days aren’t long (yet incredible and priceless) but often tiring. Living in another province from basically our entire support system (hi mom, miss you!) means that there is no one to casually stop by and watch Hunter while I get myself cleaned up, get laundry done, or tidy up the house, let alone get myself to one of my beloved hot yoga classes. For those of you that have your besties, grandma, grandpa, aunties and uncles close by and are able to take advantage of this…THANK THEM. THANK THEM NOW. And don’t for a second, take it for granted.

I am fortunate enough to have an exceptionally amazing and supportive husband who often has to literally push me out the front door with my yoga mat so I can at least have an hour of total zen and mommy time. I’m usually a bit annoyed at first because there could be a million things I could be doing around the house or for Hunter instead of a little yoga class but I can honestly say when that sweet, sweet, savassana time comes around and the instructor places that icy cold, essential oil infused towel on my forehead….I am SO incredibly grateful for my husband and his persistence. It’s funny how 90 minutes to yourself can totally change your day, decrease your anxiety and get you feeling FULL of energy and positive vibes. As much as I would love to get to sneak out to a class more often, it’s sometimes just not a reality.

Next up for ensuring I get my “me” time…something that is absolutely manageable for EACH AND EVERY MOMMA out there. Treating myself to an amazing skincare routine. Yep, I never thought I could get so pumped up about getting to wash my face every morning and evening but man, am I ever grateful for being introduced to An. Some of you may or may not have heard of it, if you haven’t you will soon as they have just become the #1 selling skincare line in ALL of North America (sorry Clinique!) I cannot tell you how much of a treat it is to look forward to rewarding myself and my skin (boy do I ever owe it to my former sun-bunny self) every morning and evening. Those 5 minutes are pure magic. It’s seriously like getting to experience a little slice of that ever-so luxurious spa life, but from the comfort of your own home. Full disclosure, I don’t look at myself as being old, by any means, and I never thought I would consider needing or wanting top of the line skincare products after all, I could spend that money or something else or just simply save it. Boy, was I wrong. I wish I introduced my skin to R+F products years ago, but instead I listened to my stubborn self and convinced myself that my Body Shop products were working just fine. I mean, I exfoliated every weekend and used a vitamin c serum to help with my aging spots. What more could I need? Looking back at photos of my skin before I started using these products, is crazy to see how run-down, dull and aged my skin really looked. I’m not even 30 yet, when did these pesky 11’s come out full force and HOW did all my years of basking in the sun, lathering up in oil, catch up with me out of nowhere, just like that? Was it the hormones, the sleep deprivation of being a new momma or just time catching up with me, finally? I often wish I could go back to my 16 year old self and say “put the sunscreen on and listen to your parents” but I can’t. Good news is, it’s never too late to start taking care of your skin and rewarding it by using the best possible products that it SO deserves.

There you have it, my little mommy pleasure that I get to look forward to TWICE a day – treating myself each morning and each evening to FIVE MINUTES of pure bliss and relaxation. The refreshed feeling after each routine is always surprising and remarkable. I get to step back and look at myself in the mirror, see my complexion improving more and more over time and know that I deserve this “me” time. To some, this may seem like a funny way that I like to spoil myself, but it’s true. I don’t need any new clothes, I don’t need anything fancy, I just like to feel good about myself and to me, that means the little things, like catching that noon yoga class and washing my face.

One of the most surprising and flattering comments I’ve gotten as a new mom is “wow, you look so rested!” Especially after a completely sleepless night (or week!) when I feel like a total zombie and have no time (or desire) to put any sort of make up on.  I have R+F to thank for that because let’s be real here…no new mom is ever rested! These products have helped to conceal these puffy and dark under eye circles like you wouldn’t believe. If by miracle you are a mom who is rested…I envy you and keep doing what you’re doing, momma! Tell me your secrets, seriously. 

I wanted to share my personal results so you can see why I am obsessing over these products so much. Both photos are completely natural, make up free photos. My after photo was taken almost three months after I implemented my favorite R+F routine.

My skin has never been brighter, smoother or firmer. No tired mom eyes over here.

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I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged on a personal level. I have been getting some questions as to where I have been the past little bit and why I haven’t been posting regularily. The truth is, blogging is hard. Momming is harder. For the first-time ever, multi-tasking has become nearly impossible over the past couple of months. I have always been able to put 100% into everything I do on a daily basis. And the past few months, I have been choosing to put 100% into our son and enjoying these precious, little moments before they become distant but cherished memories. It’s very important to me that I am not glued to my phone or computer when our son is around, I want him to feel like he has my undivided attention which he deserves, especially at this vulnerable infant stage where he is constantly learning and exploring new things. I want to be there for him in every way possible and make him feel like he is the most important thing ever. The past few months he has really started looking at me for sweet little looks of approval or pride, and I don’t want to miss these looks or moments by having my head down, glued to a screen. It has really hit me how insanely quick time is flying by with my peanut as a baby. I enjoy writing immensely. I enjoy cooking, baking, and sharing my recipes and creations with you. But most of all, I enjoy being a mom, and living in each moment with my little love, soaking up all that sweet, sweet baby lovin’.

If you’re going to do it, do it right. Sound familiar? Well, easier said than done my friends! There is no right way when it comes to parenthood, every day we do our very best and that is all we can do. Some days our very best is basically just keeping this tiny little human alive by ensuring he is fed. Some can look like pajama days while others, consist of play dates, Costco visits, library story time, mom & baby fitness classes, having a gourmet dinner (or take-out pizza) on the table. No matter what each day looks like for us, I can rest easy knowing I did my best and I know our peanut has gone to bed feeling healthy and happy and so freakin’ LOVED. Those are the simple things that matter most right now.

Blogging has always been a hobby of mine, key word “hobby.” I blog because it’s fun for me and I love sharing with you guys. But most of all, I am doing this for myself and our son so one day we can look back and read all about our adventures as a family (and all the highs and lows of being his momma…cause let’s be real, being a mom is no walk in the park.) I like to think our son will enjoy picking up a classic old journal to read through one day, but technology is our new reality and I’m doing my best to utilize it in a way that I know will benefit our little guy in a positive way. I hope one day he takes the time to detail all of his favorite memories too!

No matter what kind of day we’re having, it consists of about a million and one things that need to be done and lately, blogging has fallen to the bottom of my to-do list. Between all of the travelling we’ve been doing (Mexico adventure post coming up) being on the Board for the AH-mazing not-for-profit organization, Fundamentals For Change and most importantly, being a present wife and mom…all while starting my own business from home (sharing this soon!) that means putting certain hobbies off to the side temporarily. I seriously am in awe of how all these full-time mommy bloggers do it!?  No matter what you do as a mom, whether you work full-time, stay at home, blog etc. We all owe ourselves a massive pat on the back. Keep doing what you’re doing and what you feel is right for you and your little (and big) loves. You got this, mommas!

 

Thanks so much for reading, friends & family!