Making time for Mommy!

Mommy’s time out! I was stumped on what to talk about this month. So I asked “What would be a great topic to speak about” within seconds of my tweet the trend of responses was “Making time for myself” so let me get started in telling you on a personal level on my “Mommy Time Out”. I put the question out there on Facebook and asked “What do you do when you have Mommy Free time… free from everything and have “ME” time?” and I got loads of responses from working out, taking a bath, reading, pedicure/spa treatments, getaways, get out with friends, shopping, a glass of vino and tv, sleep, listen to music, but the biggest surprise of them all was I got a lot of answers that said “What Me time” so if your one of the Mom’s who said what is Mommy time, what is me time this is what I’m going to tell you.

“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. ~ M. Scott Peck”

After having 2 boys only 17 months apart and being a work at home mom. I personally need “Mommy time Out” as we are all Moms and need that time out from time to time. When my boys where younger I joined a “Mom & Baby” play group. That was great and I have met some wonderful women from a few play-groups. What I do now is host a few Mom’s Night In or Out. Have you been to a MNI/MNO? They are a fun way to make time for yourself.  If you have made friends along the way here are a great list of things to do for MNI/MNO. These are things I have done personally and still do with my girlfriends. (**they don’t have to be Mom’s either to enjoy**)

~Host Come Dine With Me (you get 4 or 6 of your closest girlfriends) and each take a turn hosting “Come Dine with Me” you can plan a theam, (Mexican, Indian, Italian, French, Greek) sky’s the limit and have fun with it. We do this every 3 months it’s fun. We did start off playing for 20$ each and a winner take home the cash but we could not just vote for 1 person as we all had great dishes…

~Pj’s and Movie Oh My! I have done this a few time it’s great for winter nights. You get a bunch of girlfriends over for a movie night, treats and laughs the kids are in bed sleeping. Your hubby is home making sure that if the child(ren) do wake you don’t have to worry. Fun fun fun!

~Spa Nights where you do pedicures, manicure, facials this is a great fun night with other girlfriends I just hosted my “Moms Night In” Spa night here are some photos of the “food table”
Hearb Goat Cheese Balls & some Vino

yummy meat/fruit platter

Let the Mom's have a great time out!!!

Here is just a quick list of things you can do with your girlfriends. Feel free to comment below if you have any that you would like to share:
~Glow in the Dark mini putt
~Girls night out at a restaurant
~Book Club … if you like to read why not read the book and then get together and talk about it
~Tinis and Toes (drink Martinis and do a pedi )
~Mom’s Night In: Totally 80’s Movie(s)
~Bunco Game Night click here to watch video
~Cravings and Conversation
~Fondue Night
~X-Box Game Night
~Murder Mystery Cocktail Party
~Wine & Cheese MNI
~Camping for the weekend

So sure I talked about Mom’s Night In/Out lets talk about Mommy’s time to get away from it all (Me, Myself & I) I told you what I do to have a wonderful night out with my girlfriends however I always need that 30min to 1 hour time for myself and I only do MNI or MNO once or twice a month depending on what’s going on. Alone time a few moms where right on the money with what they do in their free time:
~read a book
~take a bubble bath
~have a glass of vino
~do your own pedicure or manicure (or go to the spa)
~hit the gym (this is something I need to do but require a partner in crime)
~catch up on your favorite TV show or movie
~go for a walk
~play video games
~play on the computer
~knitt do crafts and things that you love to do like hobbies
~enjoy a cup of tea or coffee
~go have quiet time at the coffee shop with a good book and drink
~scrapbooking
~getting your hair done
~going to the library
~sleep
~hot Yoga
~write blog posts
~taking phtoos

I’m hoping that this list of things to do have inspired you to take much-needed time that you need. Everyone needs time to themself 15 min or 1 hour or a day or two. Regardless of the time that you do get what matters most is you take the time that you do get and make it special for yourself. You will notice a change in how you feel be it a much-needed coffee break a walk outside or a full on body work-out. I have learned over the past 3 years of having children your life will never be the same pre: children nor should it be. However life with kids does not mean your “Me” time is gone. You can find time, make time for everyone else and everything else in your life why not do it for You. I wrote this for everyone and I hope you enjoy some or all of these suggestions. If you have anything that I did not mention please feel free to comment below and let me know what you do and share with other Moms.  If you’d like copies of my wording for hosting your on Mom’s Night In with your girlfriends send me a e-mail to info@babyyums.com (sub: MNI) and I’d be more than happy to pass the info along.

Enjoy your Mommy’s Time Out! I just did writing this blog post for you!

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3 Comments »

  1. Marie Reid said

    Reading this has made me realize I need to take more time for myself. I don’t think I do enough. I always feel like if I do the to-do list will just get longer. I think all Mom’s put too much pressure on ourselves to get it all done. I think it’s ok if the dishes wait till the morning sometimes… I will have to start doing that and trying to meet new Mom’s to hang out with too. Thanks for using your time to write this and inspire me !!

  2. babyyums said

    Marie it took me a while before I did anything after being a first time Mom I relized that I still needed to have a piece of me without feeling guilty about it and thus far it has worked out and I keep a good balance about it !

  3. Luckily, I’m able to squeeze in Mom time a few times a month. My favourite? Going scrapbooking. I love photos and putting them together to tell our stories. I thought I’d add this to your list:)

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