As a mom, there are never enough hours in the day. Between my children, full-time job and this blog, time to relax and decompress can be hard to come by. Most of the time, when I have a free moment, I use that time to do things around the house, work on content, or run errands, instead of doing something relaxing for myself.
The busy holiday season is just around the corner, and now is a more important time than ever to think about ways we can decompress and practice self-care more often (especially given the limited time we have as moms).
I picked up some incredible bath, body and premium beauty products at Tuesday Morning during a family shopping trip recently and I’m going to share with you some quick and easy things you can do at home (and products to have on hand) that will make you feel pampered and relaxed without a spa or blowout appointment.
I was impressed with all of the bath and body products available at Tuesday Morning – from luxury body washes and soaps to OPI nail polish and Macadamia hair products (one of my favorite hair care lines ever), all at really affordable prices. You can find a Tuesday Morning location near you, here.
F A S T + E A S Y S M O O T H S K I N
I’ve been using body scrubbing mitts in the shower for years now and picked up two new pairs, plus a coconut lavender body wash. You can wear one or both and simultaneously clean your body while also doing a nice deep exfoliation to keep your skin smooth. Using the mitts is an easy way to make your skin look its best — they really slough off those dead skin cells. I try to use them about three times a week (you should replace your mitts every couple of months depending on how often you use them). I also prefer a scented body wash because I find it can leave you feeling relaxed, calm or re-invigorated, depending on the scent. E X T E N D Y O U R H A I R ( D O )
I’m a frequent user of dry shampoo, and proud of it. It needs to be in every woman’s beauty arsenal because it helps extend your hairstyle for a few days so you’re not having to wash and blow dry it constantly. It may seem counter-intuitive to consider dry shampoo to be a way to pamper yourself — but I think about it as time and energy saved to devote to other things! Instead of spending 30 or more minutes washing and styling your hair, you can extend your blowout for 2-4 days. Pro tip- always shake the can vigorously before spraying, use fingers to lift your roots and spray from about 8 inches away in sections, focusing on the areas where you have the most oil and/or flatness. I always wait 30 seconds or so and then use my fingertips to sort of massage the product into my roots. Then, I brush my hair out to disperse the dry shampoo and ensure it’s all absorbed.
I picked up Macadamia’s style extend dry shampoo from Tuesday Morning’s beauty section and have been loving it so far. Macadamia makes my holy grail hair conditioning mask, so it’s a brand I love and trust.
T H E A T – H O M E M A N I
I never go without nail polish, but I do my nails at home for the convenience and cost-savings. I paint them every single week, even when I don’t have the time. The way I make it work is that I paint them in bed. I know that sounds kind of silly, but I keep my nail polishes in my nightstand (and just added this shimmery nude/pink to my collection) so they’re right there ready to use. I trim my nails in the shower (all about that multi-tasking) and file them before I get into bed. Then, I paint my nails (I usually do 2-3 coats, plus a top coat) and let them dry as I scroll through Instagram or Facebook before I go to sleep. Many people have asked if I get ridges in my nail polish this way, but I’ve never had that happen. By the time I go to sleep they’re almost dry and I also make it a point to sleep with my hands in front of me so they’re not touching anything like pillows, under sheets or our head board. Of course you’ll move around as you sleep, but by then, your nails will be dry anyway! Having my nails painted makes me feel more put together, so I make time for it every week.
R E L A X + C O Z Y – U P!
I carry a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders (as I’m sure many women and mothers do) so I like to keep a neck wrap at home to help relieve some of that discomfort. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a long day and in the winter months it’s especially nice to have one on hand to feel cozy. And speaking of cozy, I also picked up some socks, because my feet are always freezing and there is seriously no worse feeling!
The neck wrap pops into the microwave for a minute and the heat lasts quite awhile. I’ll throw it on as I’m on my laptop or watching TV after the kids are down for the night. It’s also great for cramp relief and sore muscles. As I was thinking about the items I’m sharing in this post, I thought about what an incredible gift this would make for any woman or mom in your life.
The marble tray that I used in these photos and that now holds my glass canisters filled with q-tips and cotton rounds on my bathroom counter is also from Tuesday Morning (it was only $14.99!) and I just love the way these items looked all paired together on it. You could package all of the items in a decorative box or use cellophane secured with a ribbon — I think any woman in your life would be thrilled to receive this pampering set.
I also couldn’t resist also picking up some kitchen items at Tuesday Morning and I thought they would make such a cute gift paired together. As you can see, lavender is one of my favorite scents of all time, so this dish soap immediately spoke to me. I think the pineapple knickknack is super cute and on trend and it was under $10! Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for others, consider checking out your local Tuesday Morning for great deals on home decor, bath and body items, linens and much more!How do you pamper yourself at home? Do you make self-care a priority? I would love for y’all to share any beauty/at-home pampering hacks!
This post is sponsored by Tuesday Morning. Thank you for supporting the brands that I partner with!