Making Time For MOM

making time for momLast weekend, I was standing in line at Target with all 3 kids. Yes, I know what you are thinking, “Going to Target on the weekends is a BAD idea!!!” I realized that once I pulled in the super busy parking lot, haha!!! But standing in line, I got to chat with the lovely Mom of 2 behind me. She was a bit frazzled and was having a rough time, so I helped her with a toy her child threw down. It took 2 seconds, but she was so thankful to have someone to help!!!

When I handed the toy back, she saw my manicure.  Her question to me in a very shocked voice was “How do you have time for such nice nails with 3 little kids??? I never make it to the nail salon!!!”

Been there, done that!!!! I had given up on nice nails after my second child was born. No one to babysit so I could get a manicure, and not enough time for them to dry at home!! Over 3 years it has been since I stepped in a nail salon!!! Yet as a Mom, I still want some part of me too look put together when I’m in sweat pants, baggy t’s and my hair in a bun on a daily basis.  I have 3 kids under 5 so spending time on my appearance is very tough!!myjams

Often times as Mom’s, we come dead last. We take care of our kids, our spouse, our house, and then there is nothing left for us!!! We go all day long, give everything we have, and at the end of the day are just too exhausted to spend any time on our appearances or things we enjoy. That was how I was!! Forget manicures, I didn’t have TIME for me!! And then I realized, I needed to find some way, every once in awhile, to do something I enjoyed just for me.

I stumbled across these fabulous little gems almost 2 years ago. They are vinyl adhesive “nail wraps”. You warm them up with heat, and then stick them on your nails!!! Super easy!!! In fact, it takes me about 10 minutes to do my manicure and they stay put and keep looking fabulous for 2 weeks!! One of the best parts??? A manicure at the nail salon use to cost me about $15-$20 not including tip. With these, I get FOUR applications for $15!!!!! Not to mention they have so many styles to choose from!! You can do animal print, floral, or French tips! And the whole “no dry time, no chipping, no touch ups, no glue” is a BIG plus for this Mom!!! I can change diapers in the middle of a manicure haha!!!

This is my “me time”. Sure its only 10 minutes every other week. But it’s a chance for me to do something for myself. Every single Mom needs something for them, wheather its a bubble bath, glass of wine, chocolate bar, or manicure. We work so hard taking care of others, we each DESERVE something for ourselves every once in awhile. All week long when I look at my nails, I feel put together!!! Sure I might not look it to the rest of the world, but I FEEL IT and that is what matters!!! No matter what it is, a manicure, a massage, a haircut, make sure as a Mom that you find some time for YOU!!! Because no matter what, you are doing a great job and deserve it!!!!


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  1. says

    I agree!! Every mom needs time to relax, recoup, and make sure she takes care of herself~ I’ve always agreed with the saying, “In order to take care of others well, we have to make sure to take care of ourselves.” I love your nails, too!! 😉

  2. Mary Geisen says

    Mommy time us so important and it is very easy to put yourself last. Good for you for recognizing this. Thank you joining The Weekend Brew.

  3. says

    I love the nail wraps aren’t they great! I am a mother of four but my two oldest children are adults now and the younger two are teens but I remember when I never had anytime for myself… Not even to use the bathroom! I missed my Mommy time but now that the kids are pretty much grown I have way too much Mommy time and wish that they were young and still around all of the time. Funny how in life we want what we don’t have!
    Thank you for linking up to the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Linky Party!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    Co-Host OMHGWW

  4. says

    Hi Dana, I commend you for taking some time for yourself, “You Deserve It”, I am a manicurist by trade and the one thing I used to say was when you are getting ready for your day, you usually take one last look in the mirror, but you can look down and see a pretty manicure and it can make you feel good, all day long.

    Thanks for stopping by to link up this week on THe Oh My Heartsie Girls ww. I hope to see you again soon

    Karren~Oh My Heartsie Girl

  5. says

    What a fun way to have pretty nails when you are so busy. I must look into this as I couldn’t see spending money to have my nails done professionally. Thank you for sharing with us here at “Tell me a Story.”

  6. says

    I could not agree more moms really do have little time for themselves, and always when I do have a little time I’m always still thinking of what I should be doing. Glad you found something to do for you :)!

  7. Jann Olson says

    The nail wraps sound wonderful! Mommies do need a little time to themselves. Makes them better moms! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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