Category Archives: Self Care

Self Care and the Mom’s Night In Box: A Review

Mummy Review: I neglect to practise self-care a whole lot of the time. Mom’s Night In Boxes are a good way to help me practise self-care.

Disclosure: I was sent the Mom’s Night In Box in exchange for a review, however all opinions and suggestions are my own. The “Date Night In Box” is an affiliate link, which means I may get credit for qualifying referrals. See my disclosure policy for more details.

Time to myself is scarce lately. Especially since my littlest refuses to sleep through the night no matter the strategies or products we try. I know that it is important to take care of yourself as a mother, but it is HARD to find the time. Often, I am drained and exhausted by the end of the day, and the baby still won’t be officially “asleep for the night” until around 2 or 3 in the morning. (With that, he still wakes hourly or every other hour, so getting anything apart from sleep done is nearly impossible.)

The Mom’s Night In Box offers even a little pampering for those few minutes you find (or you lucky ladies can turn it into a night)! I was gifted this gorgeous little box and wanted to tell you all about it, because who doesn’t like a nice treat or pampering every now and then?

“Every month, MOMS NIGHT IN sends you a box filled with fun, unique, and relaxing moms night in items, ideas, and activities, all aimed to help you take a moment every month that is just for you! Each month will be a new theme and will focus on helping you renew and recharge.” — -~MomsNightInBox.com

The Mom’s Night In Box is a subscription service box full of pampering goodies (or you can choose just a once off). For a few minutes, or a whole night, you can get yourself started off with some of the great selections inside!
The June box included:
Stash Lavender-Tulsi Herbal Tea (in a teabag)
Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner
The Earthy Child Fresh Mint Sugar Lip Scrub
LemonCrate Handcrafted Cleansing Grain Scrub
Sinful Colors Professional Nail Polish in Rose Dust
Salon Board, Bath Scrubber, Face Cloth, 3 candles, small disposable cup and a sprig of lavender.

Since my husband was on baby watch, I make sure to use this opportunity for a nice bath. Yes, it may have been midnight, but I was going to use this opportunity to the fullest! I lit the candles and put in some of my favourite bath soak (Milk Bath) from The Body Shop along with my Christmas present, a never-opened bath pillow.

Next step was the face mask, which was definitely a refreshing feeling (and a resealable bag, since I only used a small amount), and let that set while the bath filled. The Sugar Lip Scrub was a cute little container and great for the winter months, since my lips are often dry and in need of exfoliation.

After I boiled some water in a kettle, I poured myself the tea, which was a nice change to my typical English Breakfast. I like that it came in a tea bag rather than loose leaf. It had a nice relaxing bit of lavender in it, great for a Saturday night!

After that, just soaking and enjoying the quiet, and use the scrubber which was handy. Yes, I know The Mom’s Night In Box website does have some music to play along, but I like the quiet. It’s not a common occurrence, so I cherish every silent moment.

The Black Vanilla Hair Conditioner smells absolutely amazing! I love that it can be used in wet or dry hair, or as a detangler and just left in! (I may have used it in-between showers, too, just so I smelled a bit nicer!) My girls insisted on their having some as well, as they like nice-smelling things.

I’m actually saving the nail polish for some time with my girls, so I haven’t utilised that as of now, but they’re in love with the colour! Maybe we can use some of the leftover scrubs and pampering bits for a little bit of a girly-night-in!

If you were interested in getting a Mom’s Night In Box, I do recommend it for either you or the person in your life who needs some pampering, even just for a few minutes!

Screen shot from Momsnightinbox.com

The Mom’s Night In Boxes come in various price ranges, from  a monthly subscription (non-renewing) to a full year’s subscription of Mom’s Night In Boxes delivered to your door each month!

Screen shot from Momsnightinbox.com

Do you want something a little different? Maybe something for time with the husband? How about getting another one of the their “Night In Boxes“?! They also offer a Date Night In Box, Faith Night In Box, and Daddy Daughter Night In Box along with the Mom’s Night In Box! They seem to have some great ideas for all sorts of night’s in, so if you are looking for something different to other subscription boxes, this is one to try! They do ship to the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and a few other countries!

What do you do to practise self-care? Do you remember to set time aside, or do you neglect to remember too often?

Pregnancy and Parenting Communities

Mummy Confession: I am making things up as I go with this whole parenting thing. Yes, even after three kids.

Pregnancy is hard. Post partum is hard. Parenting is hard. Once you start on the whole journey, there is no pause button. You run on food fumes and next to no sleep (if your babies are anything like mine) all while trying to keep this precious baby sustained (and other children if you have more than one). I’ve read all the advice of “put yourself first”, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”, and “a little crying won’t hurt them,” but sometimes, even when you take some time for yourself, you do just need to keep going without reprieve because you have no one there to physically support your role in parenting at the time. For this reason, I am thankful for the parenting and pregnancy communities and forums.
Pregnancy, belly, parenting, motherhood, communities, forums, friends, questions
My pregnancy journey began years ago, but I am still in touch with some lovely ladies from those first months before babies. Blissfully unaware of the task before us, a majority were first time mothers. This place was for asking the questions that were too embarrassing to ask someone face to face, creating woeful posts about symptoms, and enquiring about which names sound better alongside another. Those insomnia-laden nights gave all of our words and audience and a kind ear (or eye, rather). Yes, there was some drama which can’t be avoided (honestly, those nights were more exciting that way), but all in all, we dove into the journey together. We had our ups and downs, and I cherish those times as we were all oblivious and overjoyed for the memories to follow.

Now we share moments as our families grow and our questions change, but our desire for support from women on the same journey, and even just a virtual shoulder to lean on for a moment, remains the same. And I’m sure our husbands appreciate the fact that we don’t have to  chat their ears off (as much) once they walk through the door, too!

If you are struggling, or even just looking for some people to connect with, find yourself some of these ladies, these men (for you fathers and fathers to be, there are forums for you, too)! There is something about the anonymity in a forum that helps us to not feel any question is too stupid. Everyone refers you to whyyeswebreedlikerabbits and has a laugh at your screen name. They will be up at obscure hours just like you, fighting off the boredom or nursing a sick child. You can ask almost anything, get answers, and hear experiences from others who have been there before or are going through the same now.

A couple of the forums I have been blessed to be a part of are the What to Expect Community and the Baby Bump App. Search for your “birth group” (the month of your due date, usually) to find others who are due around the same time, and are experiencing the same hopes and woes. If you do a quick Google search for mother’s groups or even birth groups in your area, you should be able to find a good in-person connection!

And always feel free to reach out on my Facebook Page or via email or contact forms here with any questions!

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Furthur Resources:

Pregnancy, Birth, and Baby Website– Website with articles, resources and HOTLINE to call and ask questions. What a great thing for us mums!

theBump– Forum, Website and helpful articles and updates for parents (along with an email signup for baby’s development)!

WhattoExpect– Forum, Website and helpful articles for parents (and get an email weekly about your baby’s development)!

MumCentral, BabyCentre (Aus)/ Baby Center (US), Kidspot, Essential Baby…the list is endless for forums and resources for mums and their little ones. Check some of these out and sign up for their newsletters! You can also follow them on various social media sites!