unnamedName – LiaWT
Location – Northern VA – DC Metro area
Occupation – Blogger at LiaWorldTraveler.com

How many children do you have? Two, a bright, funny, and energetic seven year old boy and a lively, lovely, and silly four year old girl.

When was the last time you had mommy me time? Last Saturday. How did you spend the time? I went to a conference that I had been wanting to go to for some time and got to think adult thoughts and have adult conversations.

When was the last time your spent time with your partner or girlfriends? Last Friday night.

How did you spend the time? I went with my amazing hubby to a parent’s potluck for my son’s class and had a good time.

Do you have a favorite place to go that gives you a little solitude? I like being out doors or at Spa World, even a Barnes and Nobles is a relaxing and welcome change of scenery.

If you could spend 24 hours alone how would you spend it? Sleeping, eating, reading, getting a complete spa treatment, writing, dancing or some other activity I love and rarely get to do.

What are your favorite hobbies? I just listed some of my favorite hobbies out in the last question because I love doing them so much, that is how I would spend a spare 24 hours.  Writing/blogging, reading, eating, traveling, dancing, exercising, watching movies, binge watching my favorite shows, spending time with family and friends.

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What song or type of music do you blast when the kids aren’t around? I love r&b from all eras, rap, rock, 80’s and 90’s music.  I pretty much listen to things that isn’t appropriate to listen to when they are around.

What is your family’s favorite fun time activity? Our family games night is our favorite family fun time, it is a night we hold sacred and commit to doing every week.  Beyond family fun night, we love going to water parks, playing miniature golf, bowling, going to the zoo, museum, library, or planetarium, our family movie nights are also popular.

How do you balance everything in your life so that you can have a little alone time? I play the margins and try to plan for alone time.  I also work with my spouse to carve out some much needed alone, down, re-charge time where he will take the kids out of the house for an activity so I get a few hours to myself and I do the same for him.  Alone time/downtime makes for a happy household and peace of mind.

Do you have a special morning routine that gets you geared up for the day and/or night time wind down routine that helps get you relaxed after long day? In the morning I am mostly focused on getting myself and the kids out the door on time, but in the evenings I tend to read, blog, talk/catch-up with my spouse, listen to music, or watch a movie/tv show to unwind, de-stress before going to sleep, sometimes I am doing these things simultaneously, like right now I am answering these questions and watching one of my favorite thrillers “The Shining”, but it is still relaxing for me because I am doing what I want to do on my terms.

What advice would you give a mom who is struggling to find that slice of mommy me time? No matter how busy you get and how much responsibility you carry it is critical to your peace of mind, well-being to have some mommy me time.  Negotiate with your spouse or significant other for some alone time,  if you are single parent see if you can team up with a good friend and take turns watching each other’s children/playdate style so you can each get a break.

Thank you Lia for sharing your story with us. My family loves game night as well. We haven’t done it in a while. But seeing how your family is committed to it, it’s given me the idea that we should get back into it. Maybe start once a month and add on to it. Before children me and my husband were heavily into Monopoly, Jenga and Connect 4. Another thing we have in common is our nightly routine. I too will watch a movie while working on my site or reading other people’s. It’s my mommy me time until I’m able to get out of the house. It’s definitely a good way to de-stress.

If you would like to be profiled for a Mommy Me Time interview email me at Valerie@MommyRandR.com.

Photo Credit: Lia World Traveler

Author: Mommy R+R

Valerie Pierre is the owner and content creator for Mommy R+R. She is a lover of food, wine & cuss words. She resides in Brooklyn, NY with her comic nerd husband and their two kids. Valerie is also Co-Owner of Sisterhued. A digital collective that showcases women of color in positive lights. She also contributes pieces to MomCave TV, Fit Noire and Football, Food & Motherhood.

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