Exfoliating: 3 Reasons To Try It Today!

If you are anything like me, you know that you need to take time for yourself. One of my favorite ways to pamper myself is by exfoliating my skin using a body scrub. It seems like women are finally taking time for themselves and getting a spa experience at home! Fantastic for those of us that can’t afford a spa day once a month! Body scrubs consist of an abrasive substance and some type of oil. They can be super elaborate or very simple. My favorite type of body scrubs are sugar scrubs! The cane sugar is a great consistency that isn’t too rough on your skin. The following are some benefits of exfoliating and using a body scrub in your weekly routine.

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  1. Relaxing – my favorite body scrubs also include essential oils in them that way I can get a relaxing experience while I’m scrubbing my skin. One of my favorite essential oil is lavender. It is one of the most relaxing smells on Earth to me. I buy as much as I can with a lavender scent. Everybody deserves to relax but I feel like most moms are overwhelmed and stressed out. I feel like taking just five minutes to themselves will help.
  2. Smoother Skin – you can use a body scrub all over your body. The sugar scrubs away dead skin cells and the oil moisturizes your skin, leaving it silky and smooth to the touch. I like to use a nice moisturizer afterwards to extend the smooth feeling.
  3. Closest Shave Ever – I recently discovered that if I use my body scrub prior to shaving that I can get a closer shave than normal since it is getting rid of the dead skin cells. I also don’t need to use as much shaving cream since it already lubricates my legs.

I have some amazing body scrubs in my Etsy shop that will help you to achieve the ultimate spa day! Currently I have lavender sugar scrub and vanilla pumpkin spice sugar scrub! I am also working on a peppermint sugar scrub that will make the perfect Christmas gift! What do you feel like you really deserve? Do something for yourself today and check out my Etsy shop!

 

Dollar Tree – Christmas Decorating On a Budget

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Oh my goodness I can’t believe it’s going to be Christmas in 2 months! I know it’s not even Halloween yet but as a busy mom, it is definitely best to plan ahead! I know most of you are also on a budget but want to plan an amazing Christmas for your family! Well I have the answer for you!

DollarTree.com

What????? Dollar Tree has a website? Yes I know, I was amazed too! It is one of my favorite stores to pick up quick essentials and trendy decorating items for my house. I am on a major budget but I can pick up a few things from my local Dollar Tree to completely spruce up my home. Well now you can shop online at your favorite store!

It is absolutely the perfect place to go to get all of your Christmas present supplies! I don’t know about you but I love to shop online whenever I can. I am super busy all of the time but especially during the holiday season so any errands that I can do online is so helpful! Get wrapping paper, ribbons, bows and tags all online and all for a dollar!

I don’t know about you but I love the selection of gift bags at Dollar Tree! Honestly they are so much better than some of the bigger stores. I’ve always gotten complements on them. They have great cards as well!

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Go check them out and let me know how much you love them! You’ll definitely thank me later!

Self-Care When You Need It Most

I need to take my own advice and take some time for self-care this weekend. A year ago this coming week we had a miscarriage and it’s hitting me really hard now. We weren’t very far along and didn’t plan for this baby but it still meant the world. My daughter was so excited to be a big sister. But when I started getting cramps and spotting my heart sunk. I knew I was going to lose the baby. It was a really difficult time and a year later I am still struggling. But this past week or so has been really rough. I know this means I need to slow down and take time for myself. I won’t over schedule myself during the weekend. Also, I will allow myself to sleep in and not feel guilty. Maybe I’ll paint my toe nails or use my body scrub for a little spa like experience. Journaling would be perfect for this so I can reflect back on this past year and how I am doing with all of this. I had to be strong for my daughter and continue doing so. She always talks about how she misses Peanut (our name for the baby while I was pregnant) and how she wishes I had the baby. It’s so sad that I couldn’t give that to her. It’s so upsetting to me that I didn’t get to hold my precious baby in my arms. So I will hold my daughter tight this weekend. I was blessed with one child and she is just amazing and my world. But a piece of my heart will always be with Peanut. I feel like something is missing.

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Self-Care List

  • sleep in
  • take a bath
  • journal
  • snuggle time with my daughter
  • enjoy a glass of wine
  • read a good book
  • allow myself to feel whatever emotions I need to feel

Moms during these hard seasons of your life, take the time to rest and breathe. Enjoy your little ones and enjoy yourself.

Journal Prompts for Busy Moms

Life is so incredibly busy right now. It feels like you never get a spare moment to yourself. I know I personally feel like there are a million things running through my mind at any given time. One way to help this is to journal. You may be thinking of your secret diary during your teenage years but it can be much simpler. It is just a space for your thoughts to flow freely. Some of you may have no problem writing everyday, whatever is going on in your life. Hopefully it helps ease all the burdens on your mind. Others of us may think of this as another chore. You want me to add one more thing to my to-do list? Yeah right! I promise you it shouldn’t feel like something you have to do. I want you to consider this as a way to take care of yourself. To sit still for five minutes and breathe. I want you to focus on you and your thoughts.

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What should I write? This is what you are probably asking right now. There are millions of topics that you can explore with this. Some of you may like to do the same thing every week and others may want to do something different each day. You can also write whatever is at the top of your mind that day or plan it out in advance. The following are three topics to get you started.

  1. High/low for the week – we do this at our weekly staff meeting and I know a lot of families do this during dinner daily. Sometimes I don’t feel like I can be truly honest when it comes to this. At work, my low may be something going on there and I don’t want to complain in front of my boss. Maybe at home your husband is really getting on your nerves or your kids are really stressing you out. Doesn’t sound like bonding to me, does it? In your journal you can be 100% honest to what you are feeling.
  2. 3 things you are grateful for – This is a journal prompt that I think everyone should write on at least once. There is so much complaining and negativity in this world. It helps so much to focus on the good, even if it is just for five minutes. I’ve seen on Facebook how some people will do this for an entire month and I always am fascinated by what they write. It is so interesting to see what everyone is grateful for. Really dig deep on this. Some days it may just be that you woke up (which is a pretty amazing thing to be grateful for) but that may be the only thing.
  3. What one thing would you like to work on for the rest of this year – goals are an amazing thing and a good way to stay focused. It doesn’t need to be like a New Year’s Resolution or anything like that. But putting it on paper makes it more concrete. Maybe you can come back to it each week to check in or maybe you will just leave it as it is. This is your journal and it’s to help you in whatever way you need it to.

I think it would be amazing if you could journal every single day. Do I journal every day? No I do not but I would love to get started with it. I have journaled during some really hard transitions in my life and honestly it made all the difference. I think if you add this to your self care routine it will really help you. Even if you only write for five minutes a night, I know it will make a difference.

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When you decide to journal doesn’t make a difference. Some moms may love to get up before everyone else in the morning and write. It will clear their minds and help start their day off right. Other moms will use it as a way to wind down and summarize the day. It will help them sleep better once they get their thoughts out on paper.

Let me know whether or not you journal and what are your favorite prompts.

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