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

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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.

Top photo: D. Sharon Pruitt

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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.

fs4sarah at gmail dot com

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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.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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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

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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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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