Make Time for Yourself: Tips from Real Moms and a ‘Me Time’ Essentials {Giveaway}

by Melanie Edwards on April 25, 2012 · 74 comments

in Giveaways, life, Women

Tips for Me Time from Real Moms

These days, I’m barely able to find a little quiet time for myself. Even with these 7 ways to squeeze in ‘me time’, I don’t always feel like I can make it happen. As the majority of you know, there’s a lot that goes into raising two kids, owning a business, and juggling all the roles a woman plays. If we don’t make ourselves a priority and take time for ourselves, it’s just not going to happen. We have to make it happen, right? This is me making it happen for two of you! Read on for some cool tips and a fun giveaway to help you get some ‘me time’ in your week.

I figured the best people to ask for tips for getting some ‘me time’ would be other moms and business owners. After all, who wants advice from someone not walking the walk? These ladies live a full life, just as you and I do, and have shared their ideas, tips, and tricks for adding some ‘me time’ to their lives.

Tips from Real Moms on Taking Time for Yourself

I like to do shopping, or window shopping, run or do yoga, read a good book, or watch comedy or reality TV–preferably with a glass of wine,” shared Kelly of The Centsible Life, who also lists 10 ways to get some ‘me’ time while updating your look or wardrobe on her own site.

Sometimes I just have to lock myself in the bathroom,” says Megan of SweetSadieMarie.com. Monica of Mommy Maestra shared Megan’s sentiments saying she too locks the bathroom door!

Julie at Julieverse.com stresses that ‘me time’ is a total necessity in mommying, and also says her favorite ways to get ‘me time’ include, “gym time, mani/pedis, quiet time at a coffee shop, shopping.”

I send my kids and husband to the park,” is Silvia’s trick for getting ‘me time’. Silvia writes at Mamá Latina Tips.

Jessica of Found the Marbles had this to say: “Because I have worked from home for the past six years I need to get out of my house to truly decompress, whether that means having dinner or drinks with girlfriends or getting out on a Saturday night with my husband.” Jessica also shared The Art of Decompressing with readers on her site.

I leave the house with my laptop and iPad citing that I’m off to the grocery store. Then I spend hours at my local coffee house enjoying a day of caffeine and writing,” said Sara, Founder and Editor at www.mommafindings.com

Nadia of JusticeJonesie.com told us: “For me time, I pick one of my two Cs. Cocktails with friends or a coffee at a coffee house somewhere.”

I squeeze me time after work or head on over to the coffee shop for FREE wifi on weekends. I love me time. I need more of it,” was the tip provided by Eva of Tech.Food.Life.

As you can see, everyone has their own way of getting some ‘me time’ and taking some time to relax. Hopefully, you’ve learned some new tricks you didn’t already know! To help you out even more, two of you will win a fun ‘me time’ kit to put these tips to use and have some time for yourself!

We’ve partnered with CVS/pharmacy to provide the following essentials for a little self-pampering, all of which you can find at your local CVS store or online:

Me Time Essentials Kit

‘Me Time’ Essentials Giveaway

We want you to have some ‘me time’ and take care of yourself, so we’re giving two of you this kit full of ‘me time’ essentials! Consider it an early Mother’s Day gift for yourself or give it away to your own mom or special lady in your life!

How to Enter

Required entry: If you’d like to enter this giveaway for a ‘me time’ kit, simply leave a comment below sharing your favorite way to make time for yourself.

Extra entries (optional):
Each of the following will count as 1 extra entry. You’ll need to leave a separate comment for each entry.

  1. Follow @modernmami on Twitter.
  2. Tweet the following (1 time only): Need some ‘me time’? Who doesn’t?! Enter to win a ‘me time’ pampering kit from @modernmami! http://bit.ly/metimeideas #giveaway #balance
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  4. Write a blog post on your own blog sharing the details of this giveaway. Be sure to include a link back to this post. Leave a comment with your post link.

All entries must be in by Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST. You must be 18 or older and a U.S. resident. No purchase necessary. Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry. The winners will be chosen using Random.org and will be notified via email. (Please be sure to provide a valid email address with your entry.) Winners will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Disclosure: I received the same ‘me time’ kit from CVS/pharmacy in order to facilitate this giveaway. No compensation received.

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1 Jessica @FoundtheMarbles April 25, 2012 at 9:58 am

I love this post (and not just because you were kind enough to include me)!  I may just have to steal Sara’s idea for getting out of the house. I just wonder what happens when she comes home without groceries!

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2 berwyn100 April 25, 2012 at 11:59 am

My favorite way to make time for myself is to organize my day with a checklist.

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3 Sarah W April 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I make time for myself after my baby girl goes to bed, by taking a bath or reading a book on my Kindle Fire.

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4 Susan Smith April 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm

My favorite way to make time for myself is reading and listening to music

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5 Susan Smith April 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm
6 Susan Smith April 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm

follow via twitter susan1215

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7 Candice H April 26, 2012 at 1:58 am

I wake up before everyone so I can have some coffee, read, get on the computer, watch a show I recorded, etc. before they all get up.  I also stay up a little late.  Then, I take a nap with the kids to make up for the lack of sleep.  Thank you for the chance to win!

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8 Jerseygirl137 April 26, 2012 at 7:03 am

I go for a walk, not only do I get exercise and fresh air but I also get some me time.

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9 Jerseygirl137 April 26, 2012 at 7:04 am

Tweet

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10 Jerseygirl137 April 26, 2012 at 7:05 am

Already a subscriber via e-mail

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11 debbie April 26, 2012 at 8:11 am

I get up before everyone else does. That way I can do what I need to get done.
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12 Claire April 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

I get up about an hour early so I can do something relaxing before my crazy day starts.

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13 tracy davis April 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm

My favorite way to make time for myself is to wait until everyone has gone to bed

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14 Kristy Thiel April 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm

My favorite thing to do is read. Thanks for hosting!

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15 Monique Rizzo April 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I take a hot bubble bath.
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill12@gmail.com

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16 Jennifer V April 26, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I try to break away for pedicure when I can (and if I need one.)  I love to relax in the massage chair, read a magazine, and enjoy the foot massage!

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17 Jennifer V April 26, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I try to break away for pedicure when I can (and if I need one.)  I love to relax in the massage chair, read a magazine, and enjoy the foot massage!

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18 Jennifer V April 26, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I follow you on Twitter (@jenalber).

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19 Jennifer V April 26, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I follow you on Twitter (@jenalber).

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20 modernmami May 17, 2012 at 11:56 am

Congrats, you won!

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21 Jennifer V April 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I subscribe via email

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22 Jennifer V April 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I subscribe via email

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23 Jennifer V April 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm
24 Anonymous April 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm

when I need time to myself I ride my bike on the trails down by the river-quiet and beautiful views

tiramisu392@yahoo.com

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25 Anonymous April 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm

e-mail subscriber

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26 Kristi C April 30, 2012 at 4:42 am

I like to go to the movie theater by myself.

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27 Kristi C April 30, 2012 at 4:42 am
28 Helenabeatriz April 30, 2012 at 10:31 am

I like to read a good book and discover new music…but reading is for sure best me time 🙂 

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29 Helenabeatriz April 30, 2012 at 10:32 am

I follow @modernmami on twitter! I am @pinkguayoyo:twitter 

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30 Helenabeatriz April 30, 2012 at 10:33 am

I sent the tweet.  https://twitter.com/#!/PinkGuayoyo/status/196970299223318528

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31 Latinaish April 30, 2012 at 11:02 am

I’m such a nerd. My “me time” is usually hiding out at the library. LOL. My husband doesn’t like to read so it’s one place he’s happy not to accompany me to. I just take my sweet time walking around, finding books and enjoying quiet 😉

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32 Latinaish April 30, 2012 at 11:03 am

I follow you on Twitter 🙂 … Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway.

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33 Susan C April 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm

I go to bed early and read for me time. Everybody knows not to bug me when I am in bed:)

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34 tamar May 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm

My favorite me time is on the computer listening to music.

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35 jen gersch May 3, 2012 at 6:08 am

I make time by taking 30 minutes a day for yoga

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36 deana c May 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

My favorite way to make time for myself is to grab a great book and go sit in my hottub. 

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37 deana c May 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

I Follow @modernmami on Twitter. (@mariecal123)

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38 Paula Tavernie May 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I enjoy a nice Hot Bubble bath and the lights dimmed and I really relax!!
ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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39 Paula Tavernie May 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I subscribed via email!
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40 Mizvickik May 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I try to stay up later than everyone else. Thanks!

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41 Rusty May 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I like to get up first and have time for myself then – I can read or watch tv or check news/email on the computer.  It gets my day off to a good start.

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42 robyn paris May 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I enjoy taking a long bath with scented candles.
parisrobyn18@gmail.com

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43 robyn paris May 4, 2012 at 11:21 pm

following @modernmami on twitter parisrobyn18@gmail.com

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44 robyn paris May 4, 2012 at 11:23 pm
45 Danielle May 5, 2012 at 12:55 am

i make sure i have an hr every week to take a bubble bath, and listen to music by candle light.

ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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46 Danielle May 5, 2012 at 12:56 am

twitter follow @xferriza2:disqus
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47 Anonymous May 5, 2012 at 8:40 am

Sometimes you just have to come right out and say you need it and then make it happen, make the time. I like to take off alone for few hours and go antique and flea market browsing and have something unusual for lunch.

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48 Anonymous May 5, 2012 at 8:41 am

 chrisdeglen tweeted:
twitter.com/#!/chrisdeglen/status/198754125578633216

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49 modernmami May 17, 2012 at 11:58 am

Congrats, you won!

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50 Danielle May 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I spend time by myself and read a good book!

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51 Joy F May 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I read or exercise.

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52 J Fortunato May 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

sometimes I get up earlier than everyone else just for the free time to start the day!
jofo120 at yahoo dot com

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53 J Fortunato May 5, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Follow @modernmami on Twitter @Italcutiejofo120 at yahoo dot com 

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54 J Fortunato May 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm
55 J Fortunato May 5, 2012 at 9:19 pm

email subscriber
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56 Christine Viscomi May 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

 listening to music

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57 Sarah M May 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm

A nice warm bath with the door locked. 

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58 tallcapp May 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I make time for myself by brewing a lovely pot of tea and sitting out on my patio with a good book.

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59 C.P. May 6, 2012 at 1:07 am

I make time for myself by getting up a little earlier than my kids and starting a pot of coffee and then exercising. It helps me feel refreshed for the day and gives me the time to myself I need!

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60 Angela H May 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

I go and take a nice hot bubble bath.  It is relaxing and gives me a little bit of time to myself.

thisisme79 @ gmail dot com

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61 Angela H May 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

I follow you on Twitter. @thisisme79:disqus 

thisisme79 @ gmail dot com

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62 Angela H May 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

Email subscriber

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63 Angela H May 6, 2012 at 10:56 am
64 jules boot mcnubbin May 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

i love to read a good book, or relax in a bubblebath

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65 LuckyTJG May 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I make time for myself by planning out about an hour a day to exercise and meditate.

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66 Michelle Tucker May 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm

My favorite way to get some “me” time is to tell the husband I’m going to take a long bath and he’s in charge:)
michedt at yahoo . com

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67 Michelle Tucker May 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm
68 Michelle Tucker May 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Follow via email (confirmed)
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69 Paige Jagan May 6, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I make time for me by locking myself in my bedroom and letting husband take over with the kids for an hour 😀

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70 Paige Jagan May 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm

i follow you on twitter @xfaithinspikex:twitter 

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71 Paige Jagan May 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm

i tweeted @xfaithinspikex:twitter 

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72 Paige Jagan May 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm

i subscribe via rss paige jagan

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73 Anonymous May 6, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I wake up early to get me time in the form of exercise!

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