Heyyyy Moms!

Spring Break is finally here for many of us! While some are packing up and heading on family vacations, some of us have some major financial goals this year (or just ain’t got it) and need to get creative with our budgets. Don’t worry, I have you covered. I’ve highlighted a few activities that your children will LOVE, and your pockets will thank me for!

  1. Water Play! Name one single kid that doesn’t love splashing water and making a complete mess of their clothes? I’ll wait! Water play is one of the easiest ways to entertain your little one with little to no money involved. Simply turn on the hose, and let.them.live! Or, if you’re wanting to give them a little extra, try a splash pad for the babies, or a sprinkler for older children to enjoy.

  2. Here’s a crowd favorite : MOVIE DAY!! Skip ahead if you’re a mom who shuns screen time, but if not, a movie day/night is a perfect activity without spending a ton. Grab some popcorn and snacks from the grocery store, create the best tent/fort EVER, and let your children sit back and enjoy all of their favorites! If you’re anything like me, you’ll be singing right along with them!

  3. If your child is anything like my #princesskalyn, they are absolutely positively insane over SLIME! Kay could sit for hours and make all the messes as she creates different colors, textures, and scents of slime. Here is any easy slime recipe, with all materials costing well under $10. Get your hands dirty and bring out the inner scientist in your little genius!

  4. “JUMP, JUMP!” I’m totally showing my age, but if you didn’t read that in a Kris Kross voice, we can’t be friends. Wanna make sure your kids have a blast, but tire them out at the same time? Take them to the local bounce house and watch your mission be effortlessly accomplished. These place are everywhere, so be sure to search for the location nearest you. Our Atlanta favorite is under $10 for a child’s admission. Bonus is that Kay is really small and I often get to climb in and jump with her! Make a morning of it, and watch nap time be a breeze.

  5. I’m living vicariously through my daughter, because I’ve always wanted to learn how to make pottery. Since I haven’t learned yet, the next best thing is painting pottery. I can’t tell you how excited Kalyn gets while picking out her pieces and choosing her colors. It’s so fun to watch her being creative, and even better to see her having a blast. Our favorite place has tons of kid friendly pieces for those with a small budget, and the employees are amazing with assisting little artists! Try it out for some good fun.

Spring Break doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. Try some activities at home or out and about that won’t break the bank! Enjoy the time with your little loves and be sure to share any Spring Break ideas you may have!

Dear Mommies...

Dear Moms,

I write this to you because I’ve been hoping that someone would say it to me. Let me start by being completely transparent. Being a mom is the absolute greatest blessing in life. I couldn’t picture things any other way. But there are days like today, where I miss just being me. If you’ve ever felt that way, this message is for you.

I sat in bed today for about thirty minutes with my eyes closed, attempting to sleep, but feeling the weight of guilt as I knew my daughter was somewhere having fun without me. As silly as that may sound, if you’re a mom, you’ve experienced that feeling. It didn’t matter that in a week’s time, an hour and a half would be my only waking moments to enjoy being completely by myself. All I could think of was that I was missing out or she was missing me while I selfishly laid in bed.

I started scanning my brain and thinking about my weekend. How I’d taken care of her, taken care of my nephew, taken care of everyone but me. And it made me angry. Besides being so exhausted I could cry, it seemed really unfair that I, the person who takes care of everyone, never has anyone to take care of me.

If you’re an over-extended mom, that last statement hit hard. But what hit me harder today was that I’m at fault for my own situation. In being a super mom, I forgot all about ME!

The saying rings true “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” Too often, as mothers, we give until we have nothing left in us. We forget the essence of who we are, what we desire, and what we deserve. We essentially give up living in hopes to feel like we got everything right as a mom.

What’s the harm in leaving for a few hours to have some girl time? Why can’t Dad take the kids while you sleep? Why can’t roles be shared equally? Why can’t you pursue education, your dream career, or your passion without the guilt of missing out?

Truth is, self care isn’t just spas and manicures. It’s having time for to be YOU. It’s following your dreams. It’s not letting anyone make you feel like less of a “mom” for having a career, a hobby, or just needing time away.

To every mom who may be feeling burnt out, tired, overwhelmed…I challenge you to truly put as much effort into taking care of yourself as you do taking care of your children. Without guilt. Hand off a chore to someone else. Get a babysitter for the weekend. Take a solo vacation. For all you do, it’s the least you deserve.

Dear Mommies,

Find peace in knowing that you are doing the absolute best you can. In the eyes of your children, you are a super hero. You are more than enough.