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Moms give up so much.
It’s something I always knew but never fully understood until becoming a mom myself.
Really, it starts as soon as we find out we are pregnant. Right away, we start making little lifestyle changes – we switch up our diets, stop some of our favorite activities and are forced to find new sleeping positions.
Once baby comes, we give up restful nights, adult conversation and sometimes our careers.
As our babies turn into toddlers we give up clean houses, quiet car rides and our sanity (kidding…mostly).
^^ If Lyla is awake, this is what our kitchen probably looks like.
Of course, there isn’t anything that I wouldn’t give up for my children. Being a mama is the most rewarding experience and I love being able to stay home with my sweet Lyla girl but, that doesn’t change the fact that some days are just downright exhausting.
Most days, I use Lyla’s nap time as my time to catch up on our never ending piles of laundry, or to do the dishes, or to work on posts for the blog but I am really trying to allow myself time to slow down and enjoy some “mama time” before mister Byrd comes along. Because this time around, I know what I’m getting myself into with a newborn. I know that those sleepless nights are just around the corner again. I know that any “mama time” that I can get now is extra precious because soon it will be so hard to come by.
Luckily, I have an awesome husband who understands my need for “mama time”. So when he gets home from a long day of work, he offers to take Lyla and Rocco out on a walk and I whip out my “mama time” basket.
My “mama time” basket is exactly what it sounds like! It’s where I keep a bunch of my favorite things so I don’t have to spend precious alone time searching around the house for something to do.
Inside my basket I have…
magazines | lotion | nail polish | lip balm | nail polish | a notebook (toddler scribble free) | water | a couple of SNICKERS® bars
It’s crazy how rejuvenating a half hour of uninterrupted nail painting, magazine reading, note making and SNICKERS® eating can be.
I highly suggest that every mama here makes one of these baskets for themselves – whether you have young kids at home or not! Not a mama? Make one for the favorite mama in your life – it really doesn’t take a lot of time and I promise that they will appreciate it.
Next time you are at Walmart, pick up a few of their favorite things — some magazines, a book, maybe a nice scented candle — grab a cute basket to house it all in, and when you are at the checkout stand, don’t forget to add a few SNICKERS® bars because really, you can’t go wrong with all that chocolate, peanut, caramel and nougat goodness.
Be sure to check out other great SNICKERS® ideas and to take the quiz below to find out who you are when you are hungry. (I got rebellious..haha)