Not just mum

So this year I hadn’t set any new years resolutions. I did however start a day out a month challenge to make more wonderful memories with the boys. Especially as this is my last year off with them before I return to full-time work, plus Noah starts school in September anyway.

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Will you join us in our day out a month challenge? Tag us on instagram and us the hashtag #adayoutamonth

But scrolling through Instagram this morning, one thing that was recurrent was lots of mummies desiring to make more time for themselves. It got me thinking that actually I need to do the same. We spend so much time being mum, the demanding role that it is, that sometimes we forget that we are a whole other person as well. We are not JUST mum! For anyone reading this I highly recommend checking out the bubba.club’s Self Care January Challenge.

Relax

I absolutely love a bubble bath to unwind when the boys are in bed. Add a face mask and a bath bomb and I’m in heaven! I definitely need to start doing this more often and give myself a little pamper for some well deserved me time.

Any recommendations for pamper products? Or better yet any recipes for homemade ones? I only use cruelty free brands now!

Read

I LOVE to read, but for the past six years 95% of my reading has looked a lot like this…

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So last year I attempted to start reading a book a month. I’m not proud to admit that I failed. I am going to try again this year, and I will succeed (she says). Now both boys are at nursery it’s certainly more realistic! I got some of the Disney Villain’s and Disney Twisted Tale’s for my birthday. I managed to read a few (which were fantastic!) so they are at the top of my list.

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I’ve already read As Old as Time, The Beast Within and A Whole New World. I started Once Upon a Dream so that is first on my list to finish.

Any recommendations for other good reads?

Film

I’m a proper film buff and love watching a good movie. In fact I don’t watch normal telly unless the kids have something on. And with the kids majority of the films I watch these days are for them! Therefore I plan to watch one film a week that is for me when they are in bed.

I have Prime and Netflix subscriptions so I have plenty of choice. I also signed up to a free three-month trial with Amazon Prime’s StarzPlay. If you haven’t done so already I recommend you do too.

I would also love to hear any film recommendations you have as well!

Self Care

I rarely do my hair and make up these days #mumlife! But I always feel so much better about myself when I do. I plan to make the effort more days a week than not from now on. I also desperately need a good cut. My hair is below my waist but it is in terrible condition. I’m considering having a whole restyle, what do you think? I’m also growing out an old colour from years ago, so the ends are much lighter. So I’m thinking of a colour as well.

Take a Break

I spend 99% of my day tidying toys away, only to walk out of the room and find they have mysteriously exploded all over the floor again! Anyone else? I know I should just leave it until the end of the day but I find myself doing it multiple times. I vow to really try to stop doing this. It gets stressful and is completely pointless anyway!

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I’d honestly just put all that away, and they aren’t even playing with it!

Sleep better

Sleep more! This is a definite must. Where I have been doing my degree for the past six years, and the last three of which I have had children. I often find myself up until the early hours studying. I literally run off coffee most of the time. Now both the boys are at nursery I can spend those precious fifteen hours a week studying instead of studying through the night. I know this is going to make an absolute massive difference to my weeks. Not to mention I’m probably going to study better as well. From now on I plan to get an early night at least once a week. After all a well rested mum is much more fun than a tiered one.

Eat better 

I’m officially all sugared out from Christmas, we’ve lived off junk for the past few weeks and it’s starting to take its toll. From now on we are back to eating healthier food and homemade grub.

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I made this earlier and Noah asked me why I was eating leaves!

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Homemade slow cooked pork curry for dinner tonight. Yum.

Exercise more

Now my theory is if I’m sleeping better then I should have more energy for this one. I’m very active and I walk a lot as I don’t drive. But even so a bit of exercise is so important for well-being. I always feel much happier and more energetic after a workout. I want to start putting aside at least 30 minutes, three times a week.

Give myself a pat on the back

Finally I want to regularly take time to remind myself of all the things I have achieved and am currently achieving. Probably the proudest for me is continuing with my studies after having the boys. It’s blooming hard being a mummy who studies. But this is the year I finally finish my degree! I’m smashing it.

 

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2 thoughts on “Not just mum

  1. So in January some of the new films I watched were:
    . The greatest showman – it was AMAZING! If ypu haven’t watched it yet, do so now. I’ve actually watched it twice now.
    . Bird box – I’m not sure how I feel about this one. It was OK but the ending was a bit of a let down in my opinion.
    . The other woman – I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would.
    . Dumpling – This is really good and well worth a watch.
    . Sarah Burgess is a loser – It was ok but could have been better. The story line is just a bit too unbelievable. It just wouldn’t happen, it had the potential to be a lot better if they thought the story line through a bit more I think.

    As for my book, I was reading Disney Twisted Tales: Once Upon a Dream. I was so disappointed with this book. It’s such a shame as the others I’ve read so far (A Tale as Old as Time and A Whole New World, the the Villains: A Beast Within) have been so good. I think this one struggled to find it’s audience. They are for quite the range. They are very dark versions of Disney classics, but they are still quite young in language that they could appeal to teenagers and young adults as well as adults. This one felt very immature in the characters emotions so I struggled to enjoy it, yet it was very dark in story plot.

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  2. So in February I read many books, granted they were for my studies, but I’ve chosen a topic of interest for my final piece for uni and it’s been enjoyable. I’ve watched lots of new films as well, and series (Dirty John is worth a watch if you haven’t seen it). I’ve taken time to have early nights, read a book, relax in the bath and get in the mind set of there’s always tomorrow if I’m not in the mood to study that night. I’ve started my application for teacher training and am currently hunting like crazy for a school placement so I can finish my application. I’m planning on returning to driving lessons soon and planning a trip away with the boys to see my dad in May. We have all our other lovely day outs planned and I’ve realised that self care is important but so is self worth. I’ve also realised how hard I’ve worked the past few years to get where I am now and how hard I will continue to work for my boys, I have a lot going for me and I’m lucky to have my two little men by my side. I’m so excited for the rest of this year!

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