Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Time for Us Week - Treat Yourself


Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

  • Need to run the vacuum really quickly through a couple rooms? We can pamper and treat ourselves this week, but we can also certainly spare five minutes to vacuum our homes so they don't get out of control.

  • Any trash cans need emptying?

  • Dishwasher need to be filled, or emptied?

  • When's the last time you snuck a truffle or a caramel? Livened up your morning coffee with a dash or two of flavoring from your pantry?

TODAY'S PROJECT: Treat Yourself

As part of "Time for Us Week", do something nice for yourself today. It doesn't have to involve spending money, but it does have to involve spending time on yourself.

If you do have a little room in your budget, splurge on a hot drink at Starbucks, a fall candle at Pier 1, a new shower gel at Bath & Body Works, or perhaps a potted plant at Trader Joe's? Maybe you'd like to buy a new paperback at your local bookstore, or spend just $6 on a couple new magazines to peruse.

No room in the budget? Make your partner take care of the kids this evening (if you have any). Treat yourself to a Lifetime movie today, re-watch a favorite DVD, or play with your crafts supplies. Perhaps you'll spend the hour you would have spent housecleaning, reading a book or knitting while listening to music instead. Take a long bath, give yourself a manicure or pedicure, scrub and moisturize your skin. Go through old photos, if that's fun, or get out old children's books to enjoy for yourself. Write in your journal or diary, or work on a short story or poem you've been creating. Paint, or do something else creative that you enjoy doing. Write a letter to someone, go through old letters people have sent you, or try on some goofy makeup and hair styles.

Make someone else cook dinner, whether that be your partner, one of the kids, the microwave, or a takeout restaurant or fast food place. You'll have plenty of time to cook for your family and friends in the upcoming busy holiday season.

LOVELY LINKS FOR TODAY:

30 Simple, Festive Holiday Decor Ideas (Real Simple)

Your Guide to a Foolproof Thanksgiving (Real Simple)

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