Monday, October 19, 2009

"Time For Us" Week


Lush "Jack-o" Bath Bomb

For the last few weeks we've been working to clean and organize our homes for our families and to welcome guests. Now it's time to turn inward, to pamper ourselves and enrich our lives.

Be a little selfish. Make time for yourself. Demand it, you deserve it! Make your children's father spend time with them while you get a manicure - or drop them off at a grandparents' or friend's house for a few hours. Encourage your boyfriend to go out with the guys, so you can go out with the girls or just have a few quiet hours at home alone. Read that book you've been dying to finish; lazily leaf through magazines drooling at the pretty pictures; take an extra long bath. Linger just a bit longer over your morning hot beverage of choice.

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

- With long winter nights ahead of us, consider joining an online book club or book reading group.

- Make yourself a manicure, pedicure or hair appointment for this week, or just go get a walk-in service. (Or whatever would make you feel pampered!) If your budget is tight, just make room in your schedule to give yourself a manicure or pedicure.

- See if you can make plans to have lunch with a friend this week; or go to a movie some evening. Tight budget? Rewatch an old favorite DVD or find something intriguing on cable.

- Make a list of fun things you'd enjoy doing this week. Definitely take your budget into consideration, but spoil yourself a bit if you can.

TODAY'S PROJECT: Pampering

Whatever pampering means to you, see if you can treat yourself to some tonight. Get hubby to give you a massage maybe. Take a long, hot bath with lemon icewater to sip and a book or magazine. Watch a TV show that isn't very good for your brain but is deliciously fun to watch. (I recommend Eastwick on Wednesday nights!) Go out to dinner, or grab fast food (something I don't normally do) for a one-time treat. Think just about yourself, doing the bare minimum you can do tonight to keep your house in order and your family happy and fed. Remember that a happy wife and mom makes for a happy household.

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