After a weekend out in the woods, I had a little time to decompress.
Oh it was so nice. We went out to Colorado to celebrate Lucas’ birthday. We stayed in this beautiful old timey cabin with my family [me, Lucas, Logan, Mom, Dad, brother, and grandad]. I think the best part about staying there was having more people to help me watch Logan and play with him. I was even able to take a few naps and go out exploring with the boys while Grammie and Logan played finger puppets together.
So here I sit, back at my kitchen table [it's 6:15 in the morning] and I just lit one of my new summer-y candles. Reflecting on the weekend and thinking about the little things I can do for myself to just help me relax and unwind here and there, taking away a little of the stressors that come along with being a stay at home mom.
This may sound silly, but the other night after Logan went to bed, I pulled out my container of polishes and calmy sat and painted my nails while Lucas and watched a movie. Having a fresh coat of summer color on my nails just kind of made me smile.
2. Homemade Mocha Frappe
Homemade, because, let’s be honest…going to Starbucks with a toddler is almost impossible! Unless it’s a drive thru, and only if we’ve been in the car for less than 20 minutes. You laugh, but it’s true. Things as simple as a coffee shop visit go out the window when you’ve got a kid. So to still feel that relzxing coffee shop vibe, wait til nap time and then pull out the blender and maybe even give yourself an extra shot. That extra shot helps you get through the afternoon tantrums that are sure to ensue when you try to remove your babe from the dog food bowl for the hundredth time.
3. Dark Chocolate
Uummm, don’t really think I need to explain this one. It’s just mandatory sometimes. And these Speculoos Stuffed Chocolate Bars are heaven. Just sayin — 1 minute alone with a chocolate bar and the world becomes normal again.
4. An Hour with a Good Book
Getting lost in the words of a writer for 10, 15, 20 minutes is enough to transport me to a far away place, get lost in someone else’s life, problem, love story, drama, struggling, success. Finding time to actually sit down and read is few and far between, but I realize that when I do it, my mood and temperament is so much better. A few of my recent favorites are The Fault In Our Stars, The Storyteller, and The Husband’s Secret.