7 Me Time Ideas for Mamas

 I do still get a bittersweet feeling when I put my toddler to bed. But at the same time, another part of me that I tucked away for a while says, “Yesssssssss.” Here are a couple things I like to do after baby goes to bed, or when someone else can stay with him and I can sneak out the door.

Hey mamas,

So I know that after the working, cooking, cleaning, dipey changing, and booger wiping, there’s not a lot of time- or energy- left for mama.  I want to encourage you and tell you that the role of a mother is a dirty, but such an honorable job, even if you don’t feel very “honored” in the process. That being said, and as self sacrificing as I try to be for my family, I need to do a couple things just for me now and then before I get to the point of total melt down. Know the feeling? Here are a couple ideas to inspire you to get the “me-time” every mama needs from time to time!

Face masks7 Me time ideas for mamas

This is something I do at least once a week. I try to fit it in on days when my husband works late. But sometimes he’s not so lucky. I’ve recently started using the awesome mask called Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. Yeah, it’s about as cool as it sounds. This face not only clears my pores when I feel a breakout coming on, it also detoxes my skin and is completely natural! P.s. I’m not sponsored to write this, I just really really like it.

Get yo’ hair done

Getting your hair done can get pricy but see if there are any hair schools near you. I’ve found that a lot of the students who are learning really want to do a good job and put a lot of effort into the cut. Plus their instructors come to check on their work. You’d be surprised how many compliments I’ve gotten on a $12 haircut.

Go to Target and buy yourself something pretty

Even if you have to go with the kids, I find that target is way less stressful than visiting the local grocery store. (If I only need a few key things. If we’re at the point of eating dry cereal out of the box or we have jelly but so bread, then a trip to the grocery store is unfortunate, but needed)

Wake up early and get a mini (or full!) workout in

You know how you always wish there was more time in the day to get crap done? Well to be honest, there is, and it’s usually hiding away in the early morning while your head is snug in your pillow. Want more time in your day? Get up earlier! Get a whole “thing” checked off your list before you would normally wake up. For those of you who are already early risers, you probably know the benefits of this first-hand. I always feel like I’ve had a way more productive day if I can just manage to get myself out of bed. Usually picturing the first cup of coffee does the trick.

Keep a secret stash of your favorite snack

Come on moms. If there’s chocolate in the house, we know where it is. Even if it’s not chocolate, we sometimes need a tiny something that makes us happy when it’s been a long day. Sometimes it’s a handful of chocolate chips. Maybs an caffeinated afternoon pick-me-up.

Paint your toes

As a mom, I’ve all but given up on fingernail polish. I mean, I love when my fingernails are done, but it usually lasts 6 hours before then chip. But I will invest time in painting my toes! Having pretty toes, even if they’re not always visible, makes me feel a bit more- polished- if you will. If you’ve been neglecting those phalanges, pay them some special attention, even if you’re the only one who knows it until spring vacation.

Read a book before bed

As much as I love to catch Friends on Netflix after baby goes to bed, reading a book before bed gives me way more closure at the end of the day than staring at the TV does. Not to mention the possibility of learning something new.

So mamas, what sneaky snacks do you keep tucked away where the kids can’t reach? Favorite toenail polish color? Let me know in the comments below! And share with a pal who you know might be needing those few extra moments of me time!

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    Brilliant ideas, I chuckled because I do many of them! Need to workout a little more :0) thanks for sharing


    These are such great ideas! I feel a little more normal eating chocolate chips in the afternoon now, haha.


    The going to target and gym thing are my go-to’s… I have not done a mask in years! That is next!!

    Heather @ Simply Save

    Reading a book before bed is part of my daily routine to decompress from the day!


    These are great ideas and some of them I already do! I love hiding a sweet treat for those moments when I need a little pick-me-up! I will have to check out our local hair school – such a great suggestion to just get a fresh cut every once in awhile!


    I totally have a secret stash of little peppermint patties and Hershey’s dark chocolate nuggets with almonds. I need to do a face mask and get my hair done ASAP.


    Great list. Being a mom of five kids I really need some me time. My favorite idea is the fifth point. I love chocolate!

    Heather with WELLFITandFED

    All amazing ideas and ones we should do frequently. I love the facemask photo! 🙂


    I love to get my hair and nails done – it brightens me up a lot!

    Jessie Krutsinger

    Where do you get the mask from that you use?


      Hi Jessie! I bought it from Amazon. I had a hard time finding it in any drug store. I think I included the link in the post to the same brand.

    Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    I LOVE this! I especially love the hair tip – I got a student haircut once and it was great for all of the reasons you said. She tried so hard and it was just a fabulous time! And nothing beats a good mani/pedi. 🙂

    Coming Up Roses


    Love this post! Great tips! I’m getting my hair done next week for the first time in almost a year and I can’t wait!


    Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve started taking a dance class once a week and, while it’s hard to tear myself away from my toddler, it’s great finding some of who I was before she was around!