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Why Motherhood is Like an Endless Spa Day

Time for your facial!

Yesterday I came to the realization that my life is uncannily similar to a getaway at a five star spa and resort.  I did not notice this at first because the execution is different than a typical spa, but all of the big players are there: yoga, massage etc.  To help us mommies realize how much pampering we actually get on a day-to-day basis I drew up a list of spa-like diversions that I get to enjoy!

1) Yoga: We start the day with a diaper change around here.  If your tot is like mine this means you stretch all four of your limbs into impossible configurations and hold the pose (wait, wait, wait) for 60-90 seconds with each diap. Occasional, with certain diaper poses we focus on breathing, so we practice conscious deep abdominal breaths and holding during the face-everted pose. Lucky us; we get to participate in diaper yoga anywhere from 6-10 times per day at the mommy spa! It brings a whole new meaning to “child’s pose.”

2) Facial: Your facial appointment coincides with breakfast time. Whether fruit, oatmeal or milk, breakfast ingredients are rife with micronutrients and antioxidants.  The expert application to our forehead, cheeks and occasional hair may go unnoticed by us, but our mommy friends at play date may be kind enough to point out our unconscious anti-aging mask.  Our little ones are keeping us young!

3) Acupuncture: It is well known that many important pressure points are found in the foot. Your tot knows this too and has strategically placed small pointy toys where you least expect them, so that you get the full benefit of the accupuncture as you bring your foot down into contact with them. Ahh, your entire nervous system has now been reset!

4) Meditation: Meditation is an important part of mental health and well-being. Luckily, your little guy or gal is eager to assist you with this.  Whether it be stacking blocks or re-reading “Little Blue Truck” for the tenth time, your tot is definitely has a mantra in mind for you. You repeat your mini Zen Master’s activity of choice until your mind is blank, and then you find yourself doing the shape sorter of your own volition.  Congratulations; your thought-purging is on par with a Buddhist monk!

5) Light Snack: Every excellent spa offers a light and healthy snack during the course of your stay; Mommyhood also ensures that you will snack lightly since you can’t remember the last time you sat down to eat a meal.  Don’t worry, you will get a few snacks during your spa day, as it will round out to four peanut butter sandwich crusts, eight cubes of cheese, half an apple, diced pre-chewed chicken, as many carrot sticks and you can eat and orange juice to wash it down.

6) Finally, the long awaited massage: After all of the cleansing of the day it is time to wind down with a massage.  You lay face down on the mattress or floor with your eyes closed and wait. Your little one begins the massage in an unorthodox manner, by climbing on to your shoulders and butting heads with you.  He continues to seek out all areas of tension and apply moderate to firm pressure. He uses varied techniques; climbing and applying feet and elbows liberally.  You find yourself dozing off and as the massage comes to a close your heart fills with bliss and gratefulness for another amazing day at the Mommy Spa!

The day has come to a close and you may not have noticed all of the rejuvenation that took place!  What a shame.  Don’t worry though, every day is spa day! Now go on with Mommy Spa Day and remember to RELAX!

What is your favorite part of Mommy Spa Day?


Rockin’ the Diaper Bag: Mom Style Beyond the Yoga Pants

Little Snooch and I rarely have occasion to go out of the house, so you are likely to find me most days in my favorite yoga pants and a tee shirt.  What makes this the uniform of most moms at home and on the go? For one, it’s all about comfort, bending, lifting, nursing, co-sleeping, playing and diaper changes make the stretch a necessity.  Then there is the ease of care. Athletic wear is wash-and-wear, no-iron, stain fighting, so it doesn’t add any extra hassle to your sleep-deprived, Itsy-Bitsy Spider-wracked brain.  And of course modesty, not to short and not to sheer… These are all great reasons to wear yoga pants forever and ever. But what about when you want to add a little hip to your look, to not scream “I don’t have time or energy to think about what I throw on in the morning (or afternoon)”, to have a certain je ne sais quoi, or even just a little pulled together, stylish look, even if it is just for the grocery store or coffee. My answer to this condondrum is, drumroll please, THE MAXI SKIRT!

Here are my reasons why the Duggar look is a do for moms in all capacities:

1) It meets the yoga-pantesque comfort standards. In fact, I dare say it surpasses yoga-pant standards in terms of comfort. It is like having a security blanket wrapped around your bottom half at all times, and yet it is so liberating! No material between your thighs (hence no reason to be self-conscious of your thighsJ) Enough room to contort your body to deep beneath the 3rd row of seats to reach a Sophie that fell on the floor.  Cozy, yet cool and breathable! The other beauty is that, unlike a maxi dress, it acts like pants in that you can pull up the top to nurse at your convenience, or do a quick change when just your top is soiled. Need I say more?

2) It is infinitely cuter! Yes, yoga pants can be cute, but beyond black, it may be difficult to imagine your legs tightly clad in patterned or bright hues.  With maxi skirts, however, pattern and color is integral to the style and so easy to wear. Stripes? Yes! Tribal Prints? Yes! Floral Patterns? Saturated Hues? Chevron? Yes, Yes and Yes!!!! Just add a solid tank or tee (or patterned! ) some flats or sandals and you looked utterly pulled together.

3) It is an easy-to-care for, affordable look! Many maxi skirts are literally wash and wear. For easiest care look for skirts made of cotton or poly-cotton blends..  Be there wrinkles, a few minutes of playtime will have them released without a worry. Additionally, these skirts come in many price points, from $12 at places like Charlotte Russe, to much more at higher end department stores.  But you don’t have to spend a lot to get the look.  With forgiving flowiness and stretch, and the trend of any-pattern-goes, there is no need to spend extra for tailoring details or fit that may be lost in the overall look. However, if you are so inclined, you can shop the look at your favorite flag-ship store as well!

4) It can be worn for all occasions.  In this regard, the maxi skirt trumps the yoga pant.  The maxi skirt can be dressed up with a flowy blouse and nice shoes and accessories, or dressed down, with a plain tee. It is perfect for family get-togethers, running errands, church events, being around home and  even date night if you happen to be so lucky. For any and all occasion, the maxi skirt  is super-versatile which is one of my favorite features about it!

5) Finally, it is just as modest, if not more so, as the yoga pant.  Length and volume keep you covered when doing all sorts of maneuvering. Even though modest, it is not stuffy, and can make a mom feel, gasp, cute again! This among all the others is the reason why the maxi skirt, or variations of, has been a standard of the feminine wardrobe for most of time.

I have listed here why moms may love maxi skirts, but it suffices to say that anyone can reap the benefits of this versatile piece, and I highly recommend that every wardrobe include at least one!

So, here is my maxi skirt of the day….I will post more pics of my other fave long length skirts as I wear them!

Tell me, what makes your favorite mom fashion moment?