I don’t know why, but for some reason Molly has been waking up every 2.5 to 3 hours at night over the past few weeks. Ugh. It’s ROUGH to say the least. I think she might be going through a growth spurt or maybe the 4 month sleep regression (but a month early!). I’m not sure what’s going on. All I know is that I am so exhausted lately. That’s why I am always looking for ways to treat myself to what I like to call “Mommy pick-me-ups!” So today’s post is about all the things I do when I need a boost.
Take A Drive (Sans Baby)
I know many babies (including mine) tend to fall asleep in the car. But sometimes I like to take drives by myself. I’ll crank up the music really loud and sing along to my favorite song. Something about doing this makes me feel like my younger self. I feel free – think Tom Cruise in Jerry McGuire – “I’m FREEEEEEEEE, free fallen!” Ha! And if Kevin isn’t around to watch her, I will bring Molly with me. I just won’t have the music quite as loud. That’s what’s great about this “me time” – I can do it with Molly too. It really helps me feel normal. Give it a try!
Tea is a great way to both relax or give you a boost of energy (without a gross crash later). Plus I feel that tea is better for me to drink than coffee since I’m breastfeeding (although I totally indulge in coffee when I really want it!). Teami Blends tea is my absolute favorite tea. A friend recommended it to me a few months ago and I’ve been hooked ever since!
You guys have seen me post to Instagram about it a couple times now because I drink it all the time! I drink their Relax tea when I need to chill after a stressful day (and I have a lot of those lately) and their Profit tea when I need a healthy pick-me-up during the day! Since Molly has had trouble sleeping lately, I am using the profit tea more than ever.
They also have a skinny tea and a detox tea kit that I am dying to try! The Colon tea (1 part of the cleanse) is not suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women and is not recommend. However the Skinny tea (the other part of the cleanse) is approved for pregnant & breastfeeding mamas to drink on its own, as it helps raise energy and can replace coffee (all pregnant and breastfeeding women should always consult their doctors before trying anything new). But I’m going to wait until I am done breastfeeding because I want to do the cleanse as a whole! These teas boost your metabolism and reduce bloating (among other things). I figure that if I am going to drink tea anyway, I might as well choose a tea that helps me with my diet and exercise plan! Especially since that plan currently involves eating pasta 3 times a day 😉 Use code ALILUVS to get 10% off the tea. And if you try the skinny or detox teas tell me what you think since I want to try it! www.teamiblends.com
A Nice Long Walk
Let’s face it, as parents we have very little time to exercise. But every health professional will tell you that exercising will give you more energy and is great for your overall well being. That’s why I frequently go on long walks with Kevin, Molly, and our dog Owen. As you can see in the photo below, I brought my Teami Blends tea and tumbler with me on our last walk! I needed the energy boost since we walked 4 miles! I love that their tumbler is so easy to bring with me anywhere I go! Their tumblers are BPA free and are double insulated so my tea will stay cold in the summer and warm in the fall/winter! I started with the pink one but I can’t wait to get blue one too!
Fall is a really great time to do this too because it tends to be the perfect weather to bring a little one outside – not too hot or too cold. I am definitely going to be taking advantage of this cooler weather to bring Molly out for long walks. Its good for both me and her! Babies love the stimulation of looking at new things outside!
Happy Hour with Friends
I just love happy hour. And I don’t necessarily mean getting drinks! I just say happy hour since it’s, well, “happy” time and because it’s a convenient time when work is over for most people. Yes, sometimes I bring Molly with me, so this is also something I do with her, but sometimes it’s nice to go out for a couple hours with just my girlfriends and catch up. I actually did this last Friday and it was SO nice! Below is a photo of me feeding Molly right before my Happy Hour drink!
A Fresh Hair Color and/or Cut
I said this many times before but I really feel that when I look my best, I feel my best and that makes me a better Mommy to Molly. So when I started to feel a bit overwhelmed with parenthood a couple weeks ago, I decided to schedule an appointment at the salon! It was the absolute best decision I could have made in that moment! It’s funny because normally I don’t like going to the salon. At least I didn’t pre-baby because I thought the coloring and cut always took so long and there were a million other things I’d rather be doing. But now that I’m a mom, I LOVE it! It doesn’t feel like a waste of time, it feels like I’m pampering myself! And to have that “me” time among other adults is really key. And having a fresh color/cut made me feel better. It definitely gave me that pick-me-up that I needed.
What do you guys do for a pick-me-up? How do you pamper yourself? And have you used the Teamiblend tea? Tell me if you have and tell me what you think!
Thank you Teami Blends for partnering with me to do this post about ways moms can do something for themselves! And remember, use code ALILUVS for a special discount!