This morning, I was getting the kids ready for school and realized, CRAP. It’s the day of the Valentine’s party at Ricky’s school, and guess who forgot to put together the Valentines over the weekend? That’s right. This mom.
To be fair, I’ve had so many little things on my plate lately, and I wound up in the maternity ward of the hospital because of pre-eclampsia symptoms AND contractions. Plus, my short-term memory is kind of wonky, what with 4th pregnancy brain and all, so I can’t take all of the blame for not being on the ball this weekend. Some of it, definitely. Haha.
So I was rushing around trying to get the kids ready, bags packed, Valentines done…and Rick came into the kitchen, when I was just elated that I had gotten all of this stuff done in the span of like 15 minutes, and I exclaimed, “THE VALENTINES ARE DONE!”
And he looks at me, super confused, and says, “ohhh, Happy Valentine’s Day?”
Of course, if you look at your calendar, today ISN’T Valentine’s Day, so this was basically the funniest thing my preggo brain had heard so far this week (hey, it was Monday at 7 AM!), and I collapsed into giggles. Can you tell that we don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day? Valentine’s Day falls so soon after the holidays, and my birthday, and our Anniversary is next week, so it just never winds up being a priority for us.
But this weekend’s trip to the hospital, and my focus on helping moms put more focus on themselves, has me wondering if we should be a little more indulgent of self-love this holiday. And because I like this idea SO MUCH, I’ve pulled together FIVE WAYS you busy ladies out there can treat yourselves to a little R&R (or special products) this special week.
1. Take a bubble bath
Honestly, at the end of a long day, this is one of my favorite ways to relax (especially as a preggo). And on the weekend, it’s like the best nap time indulgence ever. My hubby knows this, and typically gets me new bubbles + candles + lotions for Christmas and/or my birthday, but bath products are an AMAZING (and inexpensive) gift to yourself! I usually grab some at Target (plus some epsom salts), or HomeGoods (they have really yummy candles).
2. Read a book
I’ve always loved to read, but after Ricky was born, I put down my habit. In fact, from the time that he was born until he turned 3 1/2, I don’t think I read more than 3 books. I re-engaged with my love of literature last summer by adding book apps (Kindle, Google Books and 2 apps from our local library) to my phone so that I can read on the go, and always have my book with me in a convenient little package. I never thought I’d actually LIKE reading on my phone, but I wound up reading over 100 books last year just because it was accessible! And let me tell you, it’s been fun to re-engage my brain with something that’s not just work related. I’m so glad that I picked this habit back up!
3. Get yourself a treat
I’ll be the first on to admit that I can be a little stingy when it comes to spending money on myself, especially for things like skin care and makeup. But I’ve also noticed that as I’m aging (AHHHH!!!!) I really need some better products or I’m going to wind up spending an insane amount of money on dermatology by the time I’m 40. A few months ago, my friend Molly introduced me to the Beauty Counter products (they’re all natural, but EFFECTIVE) and I fell in love. I’m ordering some myself, so I thought I would share with some of you who might be interested – I’m hosting a social with her through Sunday, and we’re giving all of the free product earned BACK (by random drawing, depending on number of products we earn) to anyone who makes a purchase! Check out info on the products/giveaway here (note: You have to select “Cortney’s Social” on Molly’s BeautyCounter page when you buy if you want to be entered to win. This just lets us know you’re part of our group.).
My personal favorites:
The Cleansing Balm – because it works like 5 separate products, lasts forever, and starts showing results right away (super hydrating for winter, too!)
Charcoal Mask – I love charcoal masks because they pull impurities out of your skin. The BeautyCounter charcoal products are more concentrated than what you buy at the drugstore, which makes them WAY more effective (they also have a charcoal bar, which is for more regular use).
Lip Sheers: They look really concentrated, but they go on sheer (and they’re super moisturizing, which is helpful for a gal who experiences super dry lips in the winter). My fave color: Petal.
Sun protection: Last year, all we seemed to hear about was the dangers of toxic sunscreen. Since BeautyCounter bans over 1500 ingredients from their products as a whole (The US bans 30 or so), I feel safer about this sunscreen for my kiddos. And since warm weather is just around the corner, I’m ready to start stocking up (although that might be wishful thinking).
You can watch our video on the products here – but be warned, two of our children were causing chaos in the background, HAH!
4. Do something fun.
This sounds sooo simple, doesn’t it? I don’t know about you, but oftentimes my family gets so wrapped up with everything that has to get done – grocery shopping, cleaning the house, etc. – that we don’t find time to intentionally do something fun, especially when the weather is crappy. Planning something fun to do (especially with President’s Day next week – and an extra day off of school!) like going to the Children’s Museum, the Zoo, etc. is a great way to reconnect as a family, and also feel like you’re getting out and doing something outside of your normal routine (which feels rejuvenating!).
5. Work out!
There’s just something about getting in a good workout that makes you feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Your body feels better, you boost your confidence and you release happy hormones into your body. My personal favorite workout right now is PiYo (through Beachbody, where I’m a coach). You can try it for 30 days with their current trial offer, here, if you’re looking for a great new program that’s low impact, with great results!