I write a lot about the food I cook for my family, the things I do to make sure Daisy is growing and developing, but I want to make sure that I write about what I do for me, too.
Now that I devote almost every waking minute to my family (or making money to support my family), I’ve learned that squeezing in self-care is non-negotiable. Here are some of my favorite indulgences:
Yep, this seems really silly to put on a list but my #1 favorite indulgence as a mom is allowing myself to take naps. Sometimes, on the days I work from home, there's an hour between conference calls and Daisy is downstairs with the nanny - guess what I do? Yep. I sneak under the covers, set an alarm on my phone and I nap. I'm not ashamed one bit. We should all nap more.
Lululemon Naked Sensation Yoga Pants
The best $98 you'll ever spend. I always swore that I would never become the kind of woman who ran around town wearing yoga pants without ever actually going to yoga. While I do practice yoga now, turns out I wear yoga pants a LOT outside the yoga studio. Like, a lot a lot. Lululemon makes these incredibly soft, comfortable and flattering “naked sensation” pants that make you feel like you’re not actually wearing pants - and they're cute enough to pair with real clothes. They conform beautifully to the body and you will never want to put on another pair of pants for the rest of your life. I promise.
People often ask how I fit sleep into my crazy schedule between full-time work, grad school, motherhood, house projects etc - and the truth is, I use supplements - I don't have time to lay awake hoping I'll fall asleep soon! This product is a sprayable melatonin that seeps into your skin and helps you fall asleep naturally and quickly. I mist my neck a few times before I crawl into bed, read for fifteen minutes and I'm off to dreamland. Best part? You won't wake up drowsy!
Kiehls Crème de Corps
Okay, so, this isn’t the cheapest body lotion on the market – I’ll give you that. But a little goes a long way and a bottle this size will last you a year. I apply this all over after showering and I swear it is the reason I have no stretch marks post-pregnancy. It can’t fix cellulite or change the numbers on the scale but it makes skin soft, supple and stretchmark-free, which is good enough for me!
I got my first silk pillowcase when I was pregnant with Daisy and I’ve been a convert ever since. I bring mine everywhere. It’s cool and smooth on my face at night and it protects skin from wrinkling and hair from breaking or getting too tousled in the night. If I won the lottery, this is one thing I would buy for everyone I know.
I firmly believe that a home should smell as beautiful as it looks. With two dogs and a very messy child, this can be challenging, and I don’t feel comfortable with candles burning everywhere. Reed diffusers are a terrific way to subtly imbue your home environment with pleasant fragrance. This Spring Eden Coconut Milk Mango is great for the bathroom, Nest White Camellia is soft and subtle for the bedroom and Voluspa diffusers are beautiful on display in a living room and great for gifts.
I am absolutely horrible at doing my own hair. I worked at a very high-end hair salon in high school as a receptionist/"marketing assistant" and I tried so, so very hard to learn the tricks of the trade from the masters but it was as if my hands just didn’t work. I cannot achieve volume or curls to save my life. So, about once a month now, I splurge on a really great blowout. Thanks to my incredible stylist and my silk pillowcase, it lasts about four days – and in those four days I try to schedule at least one date with Nick, a family outing somewhere, and a get-together with friends, so I can get as much mileage out of my hair while it looks good as possible. I also take lots of pictures 😊 I'm a huge fan of drybar in other cities when I'm traveling. Their products smell amazing, they always have a great playlist going and I can book an appointment last-minute via their app when I need it.