8 Tips to Help Busy Moms make Time for Themselves (Discount Codes Included)

Get adequate sleep, workout, make time for yourself, eat healthy, and apply your oxygen mask on the flight called life before you assist others! As moms we know what we NEED to do. And boy is everyone quick to remind us, doctors, child care providers, friends, family, etc. But have you ever noticed that no one really tells you how? HOW are we supposed to make time for ourselves when we have to work, do laundry, feed kids, get groceries, help kids with homework, drive kids to extracurricular, & keep the world turning? Here’s your HOW….

8 Tips to Help Busy Moms make Time for Themselves:


1-Early to Bed, Early to Rise

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a mom healthy, wealthy, and wise”, technically Benjamin Franklin said, man, but I think he meant mom. Going to bed earlier allows you to get into that deep sleep cycle sooner which is good for your cell reproduction, in layman terms, it helps us look younger longer, ladies (yes, please!). Going to bed earlier also means you can rise earlier and rising earlier means you don’t feel rushed, stressed out, and already behind & having to play catchup all day. It also means that you can actually get some “me time” in.  Morning is the best time for “me time”, set your alarm a half hour before kids get up and read, meditate, or just be. If the children do wake remember you are the mother, you are the Queen of your castle so reign! Let the children know it is quiet time in their rooms for a little bit and provide them with a few quiet toys to play with while you get your “me time”.



2-Say NO

Just say no! It’s the infamous slogan from the 80s made popular by First Lady Nancy Regan, “Just say NO!” Moms, we need to stop saying yes to everything. We need to not only set limits on how many extracurricular, b-day parties, etc. our children can participate in, but, also set limits on ourselves and how many clubs, boards, volunteer commitments  we make/participate in. And news flash….

According to a recent article in The New York Times, the number of activities your children are involved in doesn’t necessarily have an impact on their chances for academic success later in life. It might, however, have a negative effect on a parent’s emotional state, not to mention a family’s finances https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/29/overscheduled-kids-stressed-out-parents_n_940481.html


3-Meal Plan & Food Prep

This is LIFE CHANGING! If you are not doing this you are probably making too many trips to the store and wasting food. Don’t know how to Meal Plan? Here are a few simple steps….

  • Go grocery shopping once a week; pick a day, say, Fridays. On Thursday shop your kitchen, look through your fridge, freezer, and pantry and make note of the ingredients you have on hand. Let’s say you have a random can of enchilada mix, box of spaghetti noodles, 5 cans beans, & half bag potatoes.
  • Start your Meal plans for the week by including those ingredients. Thus, Enchilada, Spaghetti Pie, Chili, and Turkey & Smashed Potatoes will get you started then you only have to fill in two more dinners….say, a Stir-Fry and Burgers & sweet potatoes sticks. Then have children make their list for lunches, snacks, and breakfast (yes, I said children)
  • Make list of all ingredients you need from store & go to store to purchase said ingredients.
  • On Saturday set aside one hour to prep food for the meals (any longer and it becomes a chore). And then again on Tuesday set aside an hour and prep remaining food for meals.

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4-Transfer Responsibility to the Children

Moms, why are you still doing it all?! Why are you making beds, doing laundry, planning the meals, doing the dishes, etc. when you have children who are totally capable of helping out? After all, isn’t our goal as parents to raise self-sufficient contributors to society? How is that supposed to happen when Junior can’t even make his own bed? The honest answer is, because it is easier if I do it myself, the kids take way too long and we have to get to all those extracurricular. But look who just narrowed down their list of activities, now you have time to train the children on household chores. Transfer the responsibility of the household chores onto the children and you will find time for you. Start with a simple chore hub like the one below….



5-Walk it Off!

You don’t need an expensive gym membership, gym equipment, class, or DVD, just a pair of weatherproof walking shoes! January 1st everyone has the best intentions of joining that gym, taking that cycling class 3x a week, etc. like they are suddenly going to have all this time and energy. Be realistic with your expectations, you have a tight schedule that might not be consistent from day-to-day, you can’t make a commitment. But you know what you can do, take a brisk walk at least 5x a day each week whenever you please.


Regular brisk walking can help you:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination


The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits. Source:


Side note: I have lost 40+ pounds by removing processed foods and walking 2 miles 5 days a week, what’s more, my head has never been clearer, it feels amazing getting outdoors for a half hour. Humans were meant to be outside; our Metroparks are spot on, “Get Outside Yourself!”


6-Have scheduled Electronic Time

Would you let your child wake up in the morning and turn on the TV while checking Social Media, take their phone to school check it periodically throughout the day, use it during their lunch period, come home watch a few episodes on Netflix, & then end the day watching more shows while tweeting on twitter? I’m guessing no. Thus, why do you allow yourself unlimited screen time? It sabotages your productivity. But you need it!


Solution, give yourself blocked times throughout the day to view screens. For example, first thing in the morning only check the weather, at 10 am check messages on social media outlets and email (set timer for 20 minutes). At lunch see if anyone has returned emails/messages (set timer for 20 minutes). Check one last time before picking up kid. Then limit your Netflix/TV time to one hour or less in the evening. Mind you, it doesn’t have to be these exact times during the day but you get the idea, take control of your screen time with a schedule don’t let your screen time control you.


7-Have a standing appointment

Have a standing appointment to get out of the house…go to a moms group, peruse the library, or simply have coffee with a friend. If you make a standing appointment every month same day and time (Say 3rd Thursday of every month @ 6-8pm) you have a better chance of keeping the “appointment” and having a sitter.

8-Treat Yourself

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Ladies Night Out: Ugly Dress Party

“They’re all going to laugh at you…they’re all going to laugh at you!” that scene from the 1976 American supernatural horror film, Carrie, suddenly popped into my mind. Maybe this is a bad idea!? What if I’m the only one who shows up? What if everyone shows, but, I’m the only one dressed like a weirdo? Maybe we shouldn’t meet in public? Those were the many thoughts racing through my head just moments before I hit the create button on the event, Ugly Dress Party!


Moms Night Out: Ugly Dress Party

Are you prepared to laugh your asses off ladies? You know that ugly dress you keep shoved in the back of your closet and you don’t know why you didn’t donate it years ago? This is why! So you can take it out for one more night on the town.

How it Works:

Come dressed not to impress! Feel free to wear one of those “you can totally wear this again” bridesmaid dresses, old prom dress, etc. Don’t have an ugly dress? Make a dress ugly (add weird layers or accessories), hit up eBay (80s prom dresses) or thrift store, you can find them for cheap “shocker”, lol! Be sure to really bring it….hair accessories, shoes, etc. because there is a title on the line, Queen of the Ugly Dress Award! Yep, there will be prizes!!

Where: The Heights, 444 N Summit St. Toledo, OH 43604

When: January 18, 2018 @ 6:30pm

We will enjoy drinks, dinner, & fabulous conversation, so be sure to budget your money & time accordingly.

Call up that sitter, remove the mothballs from that dress, & be prepared to bring it!


Neale Donald Walsch said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”, and boy was he right! Life hasn’t felt that exhilarating in a long time! The Ugly Dress party was a success. I will admit, it did feel a little strange walking into a public restaurant wearing what we were, but I think we added a bit of liveliness to the atmosphere and maybe even helped some tables with a conversation starter, lol!


All the ladies brought it, so much so that it was hard to decide on a Queen of the Ugly Dress award so we had some help from the wait staff. And while yours truly was awarded the “most confused outfit award”, we had another mom who really committed head to toe to the event; we are talking hair and all!



If you are looking for something fun, outside the box, end of your comfort zone type of experience than hosting a Ladies Night Out: Ugly Dress Party will not disappoint! Feel free to copy the invitation above and send it out to all your girlfriends. Do remember to change the date and if you feel uncomfortable making a spectacle of yourself in public you could always host the party at someone’s house…though, I know our group would rather make a spectacle of themselves in public than have to clean their house for a party, it all boils down to priorities, lol!


Dear Diary…..Why We Can’t Promise our Kids the Moon

Dear Diary,

Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, November (something) 2016

What to Expect When You’re Expecting said nothing about this!! Last month it was turn a pumpkin into a horse’s head (literary pumpkin decorating), this month its turn a cake into Saturn (Boy Scout Bake-Off), lol! Talk about asking for the moon! So last night we got to work…and right when we were covered in sticky rice krispies & frosting the youngest came running in blood everywhere from a bloody nose, “I might be dying” she sobbed, phone rang, darn dog took off with marshmallows, 5th grader was yelling for a charger because the iPad was dying and with it, our 3rd grader’s dream of having a Saturn cake. His immediate reaction was denial, quickly followed by doors slamming, then some crazy ideas on how we could make a ring….”mom I just want to put a ring on it!”….”you & all the single ladies, son”, lol!  Then the water works, finally followed by acceptance, yep, we went through all 5 stages of grief in that one exhausting hour. And here is the big reveal of his Boy Scout Bake-Off Saturn Cake……


Our 3rd grader grew a lot last night, he learned that sometimes you shoot for Saturn and land on the moon…a.k.a. life is 2% what happens to you and 98% how you react. He still isn’t necessarily over the moon (see what I did there? ;)) Could I have rushed out at 10pm with all 3 kiddos in tow to get more marshmallows? Sure, but the authorities might have been called in on account of all the blood all over my youngest face, clothes, etc. 3rd grader’s red eyes, and puffy face from crying, and my 5th grader yelling about what a horrible mom I was because I let it die (the iPad)…yep, that scenario would not have ended well for me and what would my son have learned, that mom will  always fix “it”? Instead he received a good lesson in resilience, coping when things don’t go your way, and persevering…all valuable life skills that should be learned at a young age. Was it easy to watch him go through this experience, not particularly, but life wasn’t meant to always be easy, nor was parenting. It is so important that we don’t promise them the moon when they are kids. That we allow them to make their own mistakes and learn how to react appropriately when life happens….and you might just be surprised how far they will go if you let them grow. They might shoot for the moon and far exceed their own expectations and end up orbiting Saturn and it’s gosh darn ring system! 😉  

I love how multifaceted parenting becomes with each passing year. Coffee cheers to choosing joy, to seeing the humor in otherwise stressful situations, accepting all life’s challenges, allowing our children the opportunity to grow when life happens & loving our kiddos to the moon and back!


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Are you ready to make a memory that is sure to go down in history? As many of you know I have always been a HUGE proponent for giving the gift of an experience for Christmas. Giving the gift of a beautiful experience that a child can treasure for a lifetime is ultimately priceless, especially when they get to share that experience with a loved one. To this day I still treasure my first live performance show, the ballet, The Nutcracker, at Stranahan Theater with my mother and grandmother, it was seriously an experience like none other and one I enjoy sharing even to this day. My grandmother has since passed and that memory is one I cling to, getting all dressed up, chatting during intermission and the feeling of being part of something special, it was magical! And I can’t wait to share that same magical feeling with my children. The most famous reindeer of all is coming to Stranahan!!


As a child the Christmas season didn’t officially begin in our house until that highest rated CBS Christmas special of all time, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer aired. The excitement and anticipation was always off the chart that night. My sibling and I would sit way too close to the television set, eager to see if the story may playout differently this year, but every year my eyes would tear up when they met Charlie-in- the-box on the Island of Misfit toys. rudolph_hermey_and_yukonAfter learning of the Island of Misfit Toys I remember vowing to always take good care of my toys, and for the most part, I did. As an adult I really appreciate ALL the valuable lessons hidden in that critically acclaimed show….true friendship, how our unique traits should be treasured, the importance of diversity, not bullying, responsibility, etc. Come to think of it, there are some lessons in the show that even we grown-ups might need to go back and review. And review we can!








RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL (www.rudolphthemusical.com) is coming to Stranahan Theater!! November 25 for two performances ONLY!!!

Performance Schedule for RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL at the Stranahan Theater

Friday, November 25, 2016 1:00 PM

Friday, November 25, 2016 4:00 PM

Tickets for RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL start at $28 and are available online at http://www.BroadwayInToledo.com , at the Stranahan Theater box office, 4645 Heatherdowns Boulevard, or by calling 419.381.8851. (Looking to make this a scouting, playgroup, youth group, or club event? Group tickets of 10 or more can be ordered by calling 866.314.7687).

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Rudolph’s partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center continues this year. A new illustrated storybook, T.E.A.M. Rudolph and the Reindeer Games, will be available this year only at the stage show performances. A portion of the proceeds from all sales of the books will be donated to PACER.

***Please Note: Theaterleague.com, BroadwayInToledo.com, and the Stranahan Theater box office are the only official sources for tickets to RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL and all of the shows in the 2016-17 Broadway in Toledo. If you purchase tickets through another source, you may pay over-inflated prices and your tickets will not be guaranteed. ***

What is your favorite scene from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?


Moment that defines an Experienced Mom vs. A New Mom

What a day! We (my preschooler & I) have been running errands all day, Costco, candy & mints shop for teachers’ gifts, etc. with a few brief pauses in-between for lunch, and to pick up kiddos from school. With Christmas only 10 days away we have a lot of people and gifts to still cross off our list, thus, after my son got picked up for basketball practice this evening the girls and I set out to run a few more errands. Perhaps I was biting off more than I could chew; I mean, how long can a 5 year old run errands without something happening?

Our last errand of the day, Barnes & Nobel! The girls and I strolled in, located the items we needed, and started to make our way to the exit. We were so close to the door, in the main/central aisle, and then it happened, my little precious 5 year old started having a coughing fit. Now this might not seem like a big deal to most but my little lady isn’t like most. See, she is getting over a cold and has a bit of mucus, she hates mucus! Unlike her sister and brother she can’t handle excess mucus; can you guess what is coming next?  She looked up at me with that gaze and I knew I knew she needed to get outside STAT!! But instead of moving she stood her ground, more like claimed her ground.  She stood their coughing and coughing until she coughed up her dinner right there in the central aisle of Barnes and Noble during the busiest season of the year!!



Oh the looks, the verbal displays of dismay, the crowd that formed around us, fingers pointing at my poor little lady now in the center of a little pool that was once her dinner. I sprang into action, first order of business, eliminate my little lady’s embarrassment. I ran over to the Starbucks counter & retrieved as many cocktail sized napkins as I could to cover up the evidence. Then I walked around the store trying to locate an associate but I was unsuccessful, so I went over to the Starbuck’s barista and inquired about towels or mop to assist in the cleanup. She was a bit nervous; this must have been her first kid puking in the middle of the aisle incident. Don’t worry, I talked her through it, Lol! She got on the phone trying to contact someone and I assured her things would be okay, we were going to get through this if she could just part with a few paper towels and perhaps a couple bags. She handed me said items while still holding the phone and eagerly trying to contact help. I knelt down and cleaned up the mess, it took a few trips to the garbage, a few more glares and verbal declarations of disgust from strangers, and I had the mess almost entirely cleaned before the barista came over with a wet floor sign. As I gently guided my 5 year old up and we strolled outside I couldn’t help but grin from ear-to-ear, I kinda totally rocked that entire situation!

As I helped my little lady into her booster seat I couldn’t help but think back to when I was a new mom, back when my eldest was my youngest age, and how different the outcome of a situation like that would have been. My first inclination back then, as a new mom, after my child started vomiting in a crowded public place like that would have probably been one of total mortification. I would have become beat red in the face and overly consumed with other’s judgements and opinions of me as a mom. I probably would have beaten myself up and convinced myself that it was my entire fault. It would have probably taken me weeks to recover. So, why share my thoughts on this situation? Because, I want all those new moms to know that they are not alone, we have ALL been there at one time or another, it is not your fault; and yes, it will get better, promise! And I want us experienced moms to rejoice and be thankful for how far we have come, how much wisdom and knowledge we have attained.



Lastly, it is so important that we support one another, both old and new moms. We can learn so much from one another. Encourage, inspire, strengthen, and love one another no matter where we might currently be strolling on the path called motherhood.


What are your thoughts? Are you a new mom, experienced mom? How have you grown in motherhood?