In my experience as a mom, I have gained much wisdom and learned many life lessons that have shaped me into the amazing creature you see sitting before you. (….or…whatever.) Life lessons such as…
When one forgets to close the bathroom door, a wandering toddler may very well throw one’s lipstick in the toilet.
…such as, Keep your children close, keep your candy stash closer.
…such as, No seriously kid, get your own candy.
The chilly, rainy weather has finally hit California and with it, I’ve found myself inside with the kids more. While Maddie is at school from 8:00-3:30, that leaves quite a stretch of time indoors with Jack and Ruthie. Keeping them fed and learning and having fun is my job, but I’ve been learning really how important it is to make an effort in taking care of myself as well. As the one running things around here during the day, I am the one who sets the tone of the home. I’ve been seeing this more and more — when I am in peace, feeling human, having a few minutes set aside to be pampered a bit, it makes these long winter days indoors a lot less daunting and in turn, the atmosphere of our home is much lighter.
And that brings me to my current favorites, a few little luxuries that have been keeping me feeling like me, especially during those long days indoors.
Finding my happy coffee place
My morning routine isn’t exactly strict and can change at the drop of a hat, but I do like to have a clean sink and a cup of coffee by 10:00. Don’t ask me why, I just feel better when I have a clean kitchen behind me. Since my ideal setting of a quaint coffee shop with a good book isn’t exactly in the cards, I try to make it a treat I look forward to anyway. An experience, if you will.
Something that makes it a little more special is having a cute mug. It’s just not as fun to drink out of a plain old mug! Also, I take a few seconds to froth the milk. I know, I’m a wild woman with my frothy latte in a cute mug. But it works for me. One more thing: I will sit and enjoy the heck out of that thing from start to finish, butt firmly planted on the couch with a cozy blanket. Yes, if the kids need me I’ll get up; I am not a monster. But I have let one too many cups of coffee chill to arctic temperatures on the counter while I do “just one more thing real quick” (hence, the clean sink method mentioned above). If I’m going to limit myself to one caffeinated beverage a day, you better believe I’m going to enjoy it.
Candles, candles, everywhere…
Candles make a house a home. Someone said that somewhere. There’s just something about the gentle flicker of warm light and the scent of baked goods filling the air that is soothing to the soul. Hey, at the very least, they mask the smell of the morning’s dirty diapers piling up in double-knotted grocery bags by the front door. But man, I do love me some candles. I have them in every room and except for when I’m cooking, there’s usually one lit in the kitchen.
THIS. STUFF. IS. LEGIT. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. I was having tea with my friends Sarah and Jimaie last year and Jimaie whipped this stuff out of her purse and started rubbing it on her nails, telling us how every new mother should be given this as a gift when she has her baby. I watched in awestruck wonder. The little tin in all it’s adorableness drew me in immediately… and then there’s the scent. It is lemony heavenly goodness. I picked this up at Target for a few dollars and now it goes where I go, it stays where I stay.
I ran out of catchy titles. This one is about soap.
Okay, so this African Black Soap intrigued me as soon as I saw it at the store. It took me a while to gain the courage to buy it and see what it’s all about. For “acne prone and troubled skin”, which I do sometimes have, but let’s be real here, I bought it because it’s black soap! Keep the “soapist” remarks to yourself… I enjoy all colors of soap and do not discriminate. It just looks so exotic. It smells good too! It’s a behemoth of a bar too and it’s lasting forever. Every product I’ve tried from the Shea Moisture line has been great so far. I also really love this Olive and Green Tea Bubble Bath & Body Wash.
You might be thinking, “meh, soap”, but girl, try this body wash. My skin is so soft after I use this stuff, like buttah.
These simple things may seem very “duh”, but it’s taken me a few good years to get my groove here. I’m sure some ladies would be surprised how many days they go without taking any time for themselves to just chill and be still. So yes, these things sure go a long way in keeping me feeling like me. What are your little luxuries?