The life of a mom can be anything but glamorous. Amiright? My daily tasks include a lot of cleaning spills, household chores, killing spiders, dealing with various bodily functions, and trying to explain to my crying three-year-old why he can't eat a bag of marshmallows at 6:15 am. As non-glamorous as these tasks are, I wouldn't change what I do for the world. But it can be easy to lose yourself in the constant focus on taking care of your kids and your house. It is just as important to make sure you do a few things throughout the day for yourself!
In order to maintain a little mom sanity, I've come up with 4 simple tips I try to do everyday to add a little "elegance" to my daily routine.
1. Get dressed. This might sound like a no brainer, but there are plenty of days spent in pajamas or workout clothes that leave me feeling gross and unattractive by the end of the day. If I actually take the time to throw on an outfit and a bit of makeup, I feel so much more productive. And I don't scare the Fed Ex guy by answering the door in my robe at 2 pm. Not that that's ever happened...
2. Wear perfume. Again, super simple right? But even if I don't have time to shower, spraying on some good smelling perfume leaves me feeling fresh and pretty. I love perfume. I mean..love it. Smells are so nostalgic for me. I always remember my mom smelling so good when I hugged her growing up, and I want my boys to feel the same way about me. My current favorite scent is from AERIN Beauty. Floral scents are my favorite and AERIN has so many amazing smelling florals (rose, gardenia, jasmine) but Waterlily Sun is my top pick. It is so feminine and I love it! I would love for my boys to remember me smelling like that scent.
3. Eat a good breakfast. As tempting as your kids half eaten banana and toast crust may be, it's not the best way to fuel yourself for the day. You are running the ship all day and need to start out with a filling breakfast. It may take a few more minutes to fry an egg or make a bowl of oatmeal, but eating something filling and nutritious helps give me the energy I need starting first thing in the morning.
4. Reserve 20 minutes for yourself. As busy as I am during the day, I always try to steal 20 minutes of time completely for myself. And stopping to check your instagram doesn't count. Something that allows your mind and body to rest and unplug. This is usually during naptime/quiet time for me. And I usually spend my 20 minutes taking a power nap. I seriously don't make it till 8pm without one.
With a third baby just 2 months away, my life is only going to get more crazy and more demanding. I just need to do my best to add some kind of simple "elegance" to my daily life. (That is...after I come out of a 3 month post baby hibernation where I try to get my head on straight after giving birth). And for any expecting moms, do yourself a favor and add a signature scent to your baby registry along with all the diapers and onesies. Because even if your newborn is too small to appreciate how good you smell that day, you know you managed to squeeze in a bit of simple luxury for yourself in between feedings.