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  • You Deserve Me Time! Here’s How You Can Go About Getting It

    Being a mom is no walk in the park. There will be occasions when you’ll feel tired, irritated, overburdened, and so many other emotions in between, and for those reasons, one should never feel guilty about putting themselves first from time to time.

    It cannot be stressed enough, that if you don’t carve out time for yourself, you’ll find yourself continually fighting (and failing) to maintain your senses. Of course, your children are your first priority, but we should also remember not to neglect our personal pleasures and desires. That said, let’s talk about why moms deserve me time and how you can get it in spite of your hectic schedule.

    Pros For Taking Me Time

    A Chance To Recharge Your Energy

    Between work deadlines, running the kids between school and their extracurriculars, to caring for other family members who depend on you, your week (and sometimes weekends) is jammed packed. This full schedule makes it highly probable that you’re too exhausted to even function by week’s end. Nevertheless, you push yourself to go above and beyond to satisfy your obligations. By taking some time for yourself, you will regain your energy In the end, this will encourage you to pick up where you left off and finish the tasks at hand with enthusiasm.

    In What Seems Like a Fraction of Seconds, Your Child Will Grow Up

    Every mother’s greatest fear is that their child will grow up too quickly. You will miss out on a lot of these critical memories if you are continually too exhausted to pay attention to the tiny things. Additionally, you will find it difficult to maintain your happiness once your child leaves the house. As a result, it’s crucial to have some independent activities that serve as your motivation.

    Your Child(ren) Benefits From Your Me Time as Well

    This is two-fold. First, you’ll be more encouraged to set aside some me time once you realize how important it is for you to allow your child to be self-reliant. It will be challenging to teach your child to do activities on their own or to entertain themselves while you take a moment for yourself.  Secondly, because you’re taking time for yourself and refilling your self-care cup your child(ren) will see you more relaxed, energetic, and engaged.

    It Allows You to Reconnect With Other Loved Ones

    When you are so busy caring for your babies, it sometimes seems impossible to keep in touch with everyone else. But this type of disconnect can affect you mentally in the long run. If you keep aside some “me time” – you can utilize it to reconnect with old friends or simply spend time with family members you haven’t seen in a while.

    Ultimately, You Progress As A Mother

    You must have the stamina to cope with the frequent changes and difficult obstacles if you want to be the best mother you can be. You finally allow yourself to become a better version of yourself when you allow yourself the time to accomplish the things that bring you joy. In this way, you will have the patience necessary to support your child in every way. In order to finally become a better mom, you must prioritize me time.

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    Getting Me Time: How Do You Do It?

    Time to Reconsider Your Sleep Routine

    How are you winding down before bedtime? Are you creating an atmosphere that tells your body that it’s time to wind down for rest? Having a sleep routine not only prepares your body for sleep. It also helps your body sleep peacefully once your body is in the bed.

    My personal sleep routine consists of a warm shower, a cup of hot tea or cold water (depending on the season), moisturizing my skin, and I listen to relaxing instrumental sounds. This routine takes less than an hour to complete. Create a bedtime routine that works for you, tweak it, and most importantly – stick with it.

    If Necessary, Officially Include Me Time In Your Schedule

    I’m here to tell you, get your me time in whenever you’re able. Schedule it if your schedule may not leave room for spontaneity. Never feel bad for scheduling a brief period of time to do nothing but what you want. To focus on your activities without distractions, leave the kids with their dad or you can ask a loved one to watch your child during that time. Seeing that free time on your calendar will give you something to look forward to.

    Your Free Time Should Be Used Sensibly

    It’s so easy to just lounge around without realizing how much time has passed. Nonetheless, it’s paramount that you utilize your spare time to complete tasks that make you feel satisfied. Don’t get me wrong I’m not knocking a good nap but it’s good to get out of the house for a little fresh air.

    Before you leave the house, plan in advance how you want to spend your free time. Think about whether you want to concentrate on a hobby or take a long walk. Whichever you choose, make sure your free time will be spent doing things that will bring you joy.

    If you really want to stay in the house (as I’m prone to do) you can use the time for yourself to work on projects that you’ve been putting off. It could be working on a family photo collage, organizing your work area, or tending the garden.

    Feel Free to Request Assistance Occasionally

    Because we don’t want to burden others with their duties, most moms frequently prefer to manage everything on their own. But on occasion, it’s totally acceptable to request assistance from loved ones so that you can take a short breath. Your family and friends care about your well-being they will not mind watching the little ones for a little while, trust me.

    Never Forget That You Are the Best Mother for Your Kids!

    You’ll have days when you feel like you’re not taking the best care of your kids. On those occasions, you should be kind to yourself and keep in mind how well you’re doing.

    I shared why you deserve me time and I’ve also provided you with some strategies for finding that time, even on the busiest of days. Hopefully, you can now routinely allow yourself to relax and enjoy your life as a mother.

  • Simple Morning Self-Care Routine Ideas To Help Get Your Day Started

    For most of my life, I’ve never been a morning person. As a mom, that’s changed. Getting up before the sun is all a part of parenthood. Despite the mental pains of rising early, I discovered some positives to it. I realized after school drop-off I fell into specific habits which ultimately became my morning self-care routine.

    This routine consisted of taking a slow walk around the neighborhood before heading back home, showering, having breakfast with a cup of tea, listening to meditative sounds, and putting on my diffuser to signify the start of my day.

    The thing about a morning self-care routine is that it doesn’t have to take all morning. It’s whatever you want it to be for however long you want it to last. It’s about ensuring you’ll be starting the day feeling at peace with yourself. Without my morning self-care routine, my day would seem incomplete.

     Morning Self-Care Routine Ideas To Get Your Day Started

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    Make breakfast / Hydrate

    You cannot start the day without breakfast. Make a little something to eat that will give you a morning energy boost that will last the morning. Don’t forget to remain hydrated throughout the day.

    Make bed / Tidy space

    When your space is tidy your mind and spirit will be clear as well. So make your bed, sweep the floors, fluff the pillows, remove dust from your furniture, and crack the window to let a little fresh air in. You’ll be shocked to discover that you won’t be tired but instead full of energy – enough to tackle the day.

    Exercise / Yoga

    Get your body moving with 20 to 30 minutes of exercise or yoga. Working out stimulates your body and gets you feeling in a better mood, boosts energy, and improves your body’s overall health.

    Meditate / Pray

    Meditation can help you clear your mind of stressors and organizes jumbled thoughts and ideas. It also allows you to really tap into your deepest thoughts and feelings.  You can meditate anywhere in your home or even outside. Choose a spot either on the floor sitting or laying the floor, whichever is comfortable, set a timer, play music or not, take note of your body and breath, let your mind wander letting thoughts come and go with ease. Praying works the same exact way instead you can read religious verses to gain wisdom and to connect further with the higher power above. Meditate and pray for as long as necessary.

    Spend time outdoors

    Going outside, especially in nature, has a number of benefits from improving your overall emotional mood, lowering stress, and helps you find inspiration. You can connect with yourself and the outdoor world around you by going on neighborhood walks, sitting in the park, going on a hike, and even sitting under a tree in the park. The possibilities for outdoor fun are endless.

    Play music that makes you feel good

    Aside from working out, music that makes you feel good is another way to get the body going. Dance around letting the music take hold of you. Use those happy vibes to release anything that’s pent up inside you.

    Take an indulgent shower or bath

    Showering is an ultimate act of privacy. Bathing is more than just washing away the dirt and sweat. It’s really about connecting with yourself and being fully present in the moment. Showers can alter our whole mood for the day. We start out feeling sluggish and unwilling to do anything but after showering we’re given an instant pick me up and are ready to face the day.

    Read / Journal / Update planner

    Read books that will feed your soul. Whatever topic or genre you feel compelled to read, dive into that. If you choose not to read then you can journal your thoughts and feelings. Oh, and don’t forget to keep your planner up to date for the day, week, and month so no appointments are forgotten.

    Unplug from social / Turn off ringer

    Unplugging from social and/or keeping your ringer off is a way to guarantee that your morning routine will not be disturbed. Social media timelines can be overwhelming at times and that’s not the first thing you want to look at in the morning.

    Set goals for the day

    Have things to do for the day? Now is your time to map them out so you can clearly see how your time will be spent for the day.

    Recite positive affirmations

    Reciting positive phrases to yourself in the mirror may sound silly but I assure you it’s not. Telling yourself these positive messages will empower you, help your focus on your goals, and most importantly, removes negative self-doubt from your mind.

    Spend time on a hobby or new activity

    Working on a hobby or discovering a new one is always fun. Work on a puzzle, learn to knit, or take up photography – the possibilities are endless on how you want to spend your time.

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  • Undated Wellness Calendar For Black Women {FREE Printable}

    This undated Wellness Calendar is a free printable download that features Black women in the wellness space.

    Why a calendar centered around Black women?

    Why Black women? Well, if you didn’t notice I AM a Black woman and as a member of the planner community, I’m always looking for planners and other accessories that reflect who I am. You see, I don’t just want to see myself represented with certain brand collaborations. I’m looking for planners and calendars that have been created specifically for me. And the sad thing is there isn’t much in this niche. So because I haven’t seen it, I created it. I know what I’ve been looking for and if I’ve been looking for it, I know others have been too and it’s long overdue that we get it.

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    Why a wellness-themed calendar?

    As I have mentioned before there really is a lack of wellness-based calendars and planners on the market. I mean, sure you can take any ole calendar/planner and with enough tailoring make it suit your wellness needs but why should you. If we can get a dozen variations of teacher, faith, sport, and mommy planners (not that I have a problem with any of those), surely we can get a wellness planner. No, not a fitness planner. That’s totally different. I mean wellness. Yes, there can be a hint of fitness but instead of this planner telling you when it’s leg day a wellness planner will tell you it’s time to rest your legs. See the difference?  

    What does this Wellness Calendar feature?

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    In addition to 12 images of Black women, (see images above) this calendar features a monthly calendar that includes a general goal and to-do list, a monthly wellness list, and a self-care tracker for you to monitor how much self-care you’ve taken for the month. And before you ask, there is no such thing as too much self-care. You take it when you need it without the guilt of doing so. The blank notes space is for you to jot down your next meditation session, words of wisdom, or your upcoming doctor’s appointment. It’s completely up to you.

    How to get your undated Wellness Calendar

    In order to claim your FREE calendar, you have to subscribe to the Mommy R+R newsletter. Sent once a month, this email contains exclusive stories, self-care tips, and everything in between you need to feel rejuvenated and recharged.

    Claim Your Wellness Calendar

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    What would your ideal undated wellness calendar or planner contain?
  • 2020 Wellness Calendar For Black Women {FREE Printable}

    What better way to start the new year than with a 12-month wellness calendar. My 2020 Wellness Calendar is a free printable download that is completely centered around Black women in the wellness space.

    Why a calendar centered around Black women?

    Well, if you didn’t notice I AM a Black woman and as a member of the planner community, I’m always on the lookout for planners and other accessories that reflect who I am. You see, I don’t just want to see myself represented with certain brand collaborations. I’m looking for planners and calendars that have been created specifically for me. And the sad thing is there isn’t much in this niche. So because I haven’t seen it, I created it. I know what I’ve been looking for and if I’ve been looking for it, I know others have been too and it’s long overdue that we get it.

    Why a wellness-themed calendar?

    As I have mentioned before there really is a lack of wellness-based calendars and planners on the market. I mean, sure you can take any ole calendar/planner and with enough tailoring make it suit your wellness needs but why should you. If we can get dozens of variations of teacher, faith, sport, and mommy planners (not that I have a problem with any of those), surely we can get a wellness planner. No, not a fitness planner. That’s totally different. I mean wellness. Yes, there can be a hint of fitness but instead of this planner telling you when it’s leg day a wellness planner will tell you it’s time to rest your legs. See the difference?  

    What does the 2020 Wellness Calendar feature?


    In addition to 12 images of Black women, (see images above) this 2020 calendar features wellness-related quotes from famous Black women. It also has a section to track your self-care and upcoming notes and reminders. It also prints to fit on standard letterhead making it perfect for your clipboard or to stick on your fridge.

    Now the self-care tracker is there for you to monitor how much self-care you’ve planned/taken for the week/month. It will help you keep tabs if you’re going too long without taking care of yourself. And before you ask, there is no such thing as too much self-care. You take it when you need it without the guilt of doing so. The blank notes and reminders space is there for you to jot down your next meditation session, motivational words of wisdom, or your upcoming doctor’s appointment. It’s completely up to you.

    How to get your 2020 Wellness Calendar

    In order to claim your FREE calendar, you have to subscribe to the Mommy R+R newsletter. Sent only once a month this email contains exclusive stories not shared here, self-care tips, and everything in between you need to feel rejuvenated and recharged.

    Claim Your 2020 Wellness Calendar

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    What would your ideal wellness calendar or planner contain?