Pretty Nails

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles /

As I mentioned earlier, I got married last month.  My coworkers got together and paid for me to have a French manicure and pedicure for the wedding.  Of course, I wanted my feet and hands to look pretty, so I had the gel nails put on my hands.

Well, it’s been a month now and they were due for a touchup, so last week I had my MTO at the nail salon. It was the first time I had the refills and I am really enjoying looking at my hands. I feel much better about myself, not to mention all the compliments.

Even with all that positive feedback, I keep going back and forth on whether or not I will keep them. Then I remember, it’s a small investment in myself, with a real big return!

So, for now I will keep them on because I have enjoyed going to the nail salon and getting that treatment. I feel I am taking care of me.  I used to bite my nails and they always looked so ugly. Now, my husband and kids are enjoying seeing my hands and my daughter, Sofia, will ask me to scratch her back while I am putting her to bed.

So interesting how everyone in my family has benefitted from this situation!

It just proves that old saying that when mommy is happy, everyone is happy!

It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Mommy

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Image courtesy of watiporn /

Last month I wrote about how I had planned all my MTO’s for the year. I must confess, it has not gone as planned.

I recently got remarried in December.  The wedding, honeymoon, Christmas and New Years all came and went in a blur.  I have two kids and he has three kids. You can imagine the rest.  There were many times that I was overwhelmed because we moved into his place.  I have yet to finish packing and I am still trying to patch up holes and clean the carpet at my old place.  Needless to say, I have been on edge with my husband and kids the last couple of weeks.

Yet with all of this going on, believe it or not, I still managed to take one MTO.

It wasn’t as long as I wished it was, granted, but it was enough. I have needed that alone time to just think clearly.  I put on my running shoes and just walked and walked.  It felt so great to be outside knowing I was doing something for me.  I gained a few pounds over the holidays, which I was feeling guilty about, so this walk has also motivated me to get fit and make healthier eating choices.

It’s the second week of the New Year and even though I got off to a slow start with my MTOs, I will not allow this to discourage me because I know I have the ability to change it. I will just be more consistent and not allow different situations or challenges throughout the day – and life in general – to keep me from having my MTO!

What about you? Have you had any challenges in meeting your MTO Resolution so far this year? Please tell me I’m not the only one! I’d love to hear from you!

Time For A Mommy Resolution!



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What New Year resolutions have you given yourself for 2014? Do they include taking regular and consistent Mommy Time-Outs?

I have promised myself that this year I will make my Mommy Time-Outs happen at least twice a month, if not more. Currently where I am working we have an employee benefit where we can get massages for a minimal fee. I plan to take full advantage of that!  I can go during my lunch break, before or after work, or on a day off, so I have a lot of flexibility here.

I have also written in my calendar the days that I plan to take my Mommy Time-Outs this year, from January through December!

I have specifically written on the days I’m going to have my Time-Outs, what I plan to do for that day, whether it is meeting a friend for a walk, reading a book, having coffee with a friend, going on a date with my husband, or just catching up with a friend by telephone.

I know, of course, that the unforeseen happens, and the days I picked now, or the activity I have planned today, may not be what actually occurs and when.  However, the mere fact of having my MTOs scheduled in my calendar, with weekly and daily reminders, will ensure I will not miss my MTOs because I have lost track of time. Not to mention I won’t be out of ideas when the time comes!

I plan to start this New Year taking care of my loved ones by taking care of me. We all know the old saying that if Mommy isn’t happy then nobody is happy.  So let’s make it a great year and set ourselves up for success! How will you plan your MTO’s for 2014?

It’s A Wonderful Mommy Time-Out!

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Merry Christmas

& Happy Holidays

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Can you believe Christmas is already here?!  I’m sure as moms you still have shopping to do, presents to buy, and pastries to bake.  You are probably asking yourself “How is it possible to have my Mommy Time-Out this month?”

Now would be a good time for you to stop for a minute and ask yourself how many Time-Outs you have had this year. Regardless of whether you were consistent throughout the year or not, have you thought what you want your last one of the year to be? Perhaps you don’t want any presents for Christmas, you just want to sleep in a couple days, play video games with your kids or even read a book.

My family asked me what I wanted for Christmas, and I told them I don’t need material things.  I told them that what I do want is no whining, back talking, complaining or fighting. All I want is for my family to take care of me. Breakfast in bed, a foot massage, and total control of the TV remote for at least a day, maybe two!

So get creative for your last Mommy Time-Out of the year. Oh, and I believe asking your family to take care of you is not asking too much.

A Stuffed Mommy Time-Out

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I know Thanksgiving tends to be the holiday where we eat the most, and as moms we will most likely do all of the cooking, entertaining, taking care of people’s needs, and cleaning up all the mess… but who’s going to take care of us?

So you ate too much, what a great opportunity to ask a family member or friend to watch the kids so you can go out to for more walks than usual to lose those extra pounds.  Or, go on a date with your significant other, maybe even a double date.

Last year my dear cousin Daniella was visiting from Las Vegas. We took advantage of the extra days off of work and left the kids with my niece while we met for coffee with some other old high school friends that were in town. We reminisced and laughed at how silly we were for the things we did way back when, how we thought we knew everything, and how we were certain our lives would turn out. We had a rare opportunity to look back as a group of friends and realize how much has changed and how much we’ve grown. That Mommy Time-Out last year created a whole new and wonderful memory for me with my friends, one I will cherish forever.

So whether you eat a lot of turkey or not, this Thanksgiving holiday just be kind to yourself and make it a point to take your Mommy Time-Out, and know that no matter what you do, you will be thankful you did it, as long as it was for YOU!

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