We made these! Such a fun and much needed girls' night. 💓🍷
15220 hours ago
Speaking of travel, be sure to make one of your trips in 2019 a "momcation.” No matter where you turn—from social media to pop culture to everyday chats with friends—chances are you're barraged with messages about prioritizing self-care. But whether it looks like taking a yoga class, enjoying a girls' night out, or just taking a shower, building in that elusive "me time" can be quite a challenge. In fact, according to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey, more half of all parents said they don't have enough time away from the kids to spend with friends or on hobbies. Meanwhile, a study from Happify found that though dads get an average of 28 hours of leisure time every week, moms get 25. And research published in the American Sociological Review found that, compared to dads, moms spend an extra 10 hours per week multitasking—usually juggling housework and childcare.
All of this amounts to a major case for a legit break in the form of a "momcation," experts say. One psychologist in particular has been making headlines for advocating moms take a real vacation away from their kiddos at least once a year.
Nava Silton, PhD, notes that, "Motherhood can be very stressful, whether it's financial stresses, time stresses, just trying to get a whole lot done in a very short period of time. I think it's really important for mothers to be rejuvenated and refreshed." While experiencing mom guilt as a result of taking a vacation may be inevitable, Silton encourages parents to remember that "momcation"-ing has extended benefits for L.O.s, as well. "It's very important for kids to see that balance that ideally needs to be achieved in a family situation," she explained.
Silton's recommendation echoes a study previously published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal which concluded that women who took vacations at least twice a year were "less likely to become tense, depressed, or tired, and are more satisfied with their marriages.” Plus, the “odds of marital satisfaction decreased as the frequency of vacations decreased.” 🙋♀️ [more in comments] / 📷 by @andreapcreative shot at @sophiejameswine
I finally have a night off, and I doubled my money at blackjack #momsnightout
5021 hours ago
Grab all your gal pals for our wine glass painting 🎨 and tasting 🍷night with Infinite Monkey Theorem!
Tuesday 1/29 6:30-8:30pm
$1️⃣5️⃣ gets you a wine glass to paint + supplies + a can of wine or tasting! Tickets available on Eventbrite.com or at Snack Attack!
Spots are filling up!
What's working Wednesday? Asking for help, and saying yes. .
Went out on my date night with myself tonight and got my eyebrows threaded. Big deal right? Well, first of all, no. I was by myself and because I was tired I felt super uncomfortable at first, plus I knew it wasn't just going to tickle 😬. But I almost backed out on myself. I was tired, the kids and I had a great day, and I found myself trying to convince my mind as to why I should go. I knew that if I didn't go tonight as planned, I would be standing myself up, and I didn't want to do that.
I found myself saying, "I don't NEED to go, I can stay and help with bedtime. I don't NEED to go we had a good day and I'd miss out on silly time with Brian and the kids" Brian encouraged, so I continued on with my plan.
It was like I was trying to figure out if I had "earned" this time or "deserved" it TODAY. I am a human being who pours into other people everyday, JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, and we all need to be showing up for ourselves. Every. Single. Day.
Lets talk about being beautiful, inside out and outside in. Can beauty coexist with motherhood, modesty, sleepless night and finger foods? Most certainly! To learn how, signup up at the link in my bio for a moms night out in my new studio, (which I CANNOT WAIT to show you!!!!!) filled with fun tips about all sorts of beautiful for you and your friends. Like any night worth venturing out when the kids are tucked in, swag bags, salad bar, free gifts, and epic workshops approved by moi are on the program.
Click the link in my bio to sign up, it's only $10 to RSVP. Free gift from @lulukidsclothing worth $25+ for the first 10 women to sign up.
Bring your friends and try tasty acai bowls and juice bar from @risewellness
Savory fermented veggies and fresh salad bar from @fer_real_foods
Highlighting how-to and makeup on sale by @esteecosmetics
Wonderful inspiration on "Women of th Bible and What Made Them Beautiful" by @email@example.com
A guided meditation, "Finding the Beauty Inside" by www.faigyknopfler.com
Posing tips by moi, learn how to look your best and GET RID OF YOUR PHOTO DOUBLE CHIN every single time, no matter who's photographing you and with what.
There's loads more fun, please go check out the web page (link in bio).
When: Next Wednesday, 1.23 #momsnightout.1.23
I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU!
We are open about finances with our kids. My parents weren’t and I wish I had known more as a young adult. We talk about grocery budgets and shopping for deals and sometimes eating what’s on sale even when it’s not our favorite and how expensive it is to eat out so it’s a treat in our current lifestyle. We still get pizza every other week or so, they certainly aren’t deprived and we are in no way struggling, so I hope it doesn’t come off like that. We just have goals we’d like to meet. I usually feel like #finnleyryan isn’t paying attention at all. But he came home with this today (used his reward tickets at school to get it) and said he hopes it will help us get a new car lol. So in his 9yo brain, budgeting and being frugal = new car. My car was totaled and we are just waiting for the deposit to clear. I can’t wait to make his day when we find a new one. Hopefully it’s before this expires and I can surprise him with both the same day. He’s a sweet boy 💚 and he loves pizza 🍕
#mademeteary#raisinggoodhumans#boymom#momlife#dfc#debtfreecommunity#currentlevelofbudgeting#sweet#boymom#mealplan#pizza#turnerrocks #❤️ #💚 #wild#wildandfree#momsnightout
This is 30! 🎉 Celebrated with a bunch of my favorite gals this past weekend and left the husbands at home. Big thanks to my best @kelseydepaola for setting it all up! Was definitely a little dirty with a wardrobe malfunction, lap dances and possibly falling off my chair. 😂 Love you all! Here’s to a new decade! Andddd pretty sure full sequins is my new favorite thing to wear! Lol #momsnightout#sur#dirty30
Why in the WORLD do I have a PLUM & a BANANA with my #chocolateproteinshake ⁉️ who would ever put all of that together⁉️especially the PLUM⁉️Wellllll... #becausekids 🤪 yep! The toddler & preschooler INSISTED on “eating” one of the brand new, not-ripe-enough #plums with their breakfast this morning even when I urged otherwise. AND the toddler ALSO insisted on the “BANA” which was GREEN as #allgetout since I literally JUST bought all of that fruit very late last night! #momsnightout 🤷♀️😂 Soooooo, of course, neither of them cared for their #notquiteripe fruit! Therefore, Mom-who-refuses-to-waste-fresh-fruit got to add them both to her already delicious #milkchocolate 🍫 #wheyproteinshake 🥛 🤪 and #believeitornot ...it was actually QUITE YUMMY!!! 😋 I definitely recommend you try it sometime! What odd shake / #smoothieingredients 🥛 have you tried and liked⁉️ and which ones were #epicfails ⁉️😂🤪 Do tell!!! 👇👇👇
I don’t get to get dressed up very often; and my life is mostly lived in my trusted, dependable, AND childproof workout wear. But when I do, I definitely need a little (okay, honestly...A LOT) of help! 😂 A huge shout out to @nordstrom for having amazing stylists (See Gabe in Dresses), and for carrying a beautiful, and affordable gown line by @lulusdresses I LOVE my dress, and plan to wear as often as fashionably possible. 🙌🏻 Also, a shout-out to @kadie.scissorhands for transforming my locks - she delivered just what I wanted, and I loved my updo so much I wore it for another 3 days (yes, 3). I am so grateful for it all - it takes a village to transform this Mama, thank you for making it happen. ❤️