Happy Martin Luther King Day, my lovelies. The snow is falling over here in MA and I am loving the excuse to stay in doors and cuddle with my loves. But before I get into hibernation mode, I thought I'd get this post up!
Every mama of littles should constantly be reminded of self-care. Actually all multi-tasking, hardworking, wearer of many hats, should take a little time each day for themselves. But mamas, mamas need it more than anything. Especially when you have these tiny human who depend on you 24/7.
On top of self-care is also cutting yourself some slack. We are not perfect and we can't do it all. There I said it. We cannot do it all. I have struggled with this a lot. I especially struggled in those early months of cluster feeding and not remembering when my last shower or proper meal was. It had a little to do with not wanting to miss a thing and be a part of every second with my little lady and LOT to do with bringing home a preemie baby. The worry was like a dark cloud that hung over me. Every comment about how little she was (we brought her home at 4 pounds!!) was a constant reminder about her premature emergency birth, something I blamed myself for. So instead of taking and enjoying me-time, I would rush through any moments and decline many offers. It was just easier to do it myself.
Little did I know I was doing much more harm than good. But this year I made it one of my big goals. Doing one thing for myself every single day.
Hardest dang goal I've ever come up with but so far very worth it.
Yesterday it was a hot soak in my favorite epsom salt instead of the workout that I usually squeeze in during Zoe's nap. Saturday it was girls night and the day before a toddler free grocery trip! So nothing big, just some prioritized small moments for myself every day, to make sure I am in the best shape to allow myself to being present with my two-ager!
What are your favorite ways to self-care?
Another 2016 goal of mine is to DIY more. I love me a craft and homemade anything, so this year following through on my pinned projects will be a must! And sharing them with you too. First up, one of my favorite sprays EVER. I use this lavender & rose water spray all day long. As toner on my clean face, to set my makeup and to refresh through out the day. I even had it in my hospital bag when Z was born.
I recently started spraying on my hairline and legs where my psoriasis is worse and it does wonder for the itching. It's so easy to make and a great way to use dried roses.
Homemade Rose Water
Place the dried rose petals from 10-12 roses (petals only, not the stem or leaves) in a small pot and add 3 cups of distilled water.
Cover with a lid and let simmer on low heat for 40 - 60 minutes.
Don't boil the water. You will notice the petals loosing their color and an oil residue forming on the surface of your distilled water. Using a fine strainer, strain the petals and let cool completely.
What You Need for spray:
1 cup distilled water
all rose water (about 2 cups)
5 tsp witch hazel
organic high grade lavender oil (hoping to make my own when I grow it in my garden!)
small dark spray bottle
Using a funnel, add one drop of lavender oil to each dark spray bottle and then pour the ingredients into the bottles. Shake well before each use. Keep in a cool place.
*You can also choose to buy your rose water!
There are so many different ways to make your own rose water, a few which I have tried but this altered/mesh of a few recipe has worked and done wonders for me!
Daily Care: – After cleansing – After shower – When sunburned – To set makeup – After shaving / waxing – During travel Benefits: -Restoring, toning and moisturizing -Anti-aging and rejuvenating -Uplifts emotional levels -Balances skin Ph level -Anti-inflammatory, acne-preventing -Protects and purifies skin
Hope you are all having a great start to the week, it's a holiday for O, which means we get one more day of snuggles with dadda!