Two minutes with … Danielle Vella, mama to Aria, aged 1

Two minutes with … Danielle Vella, mama to Aria, aged 1

When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?

I do love to have a bit of “me time” everyday even if it’s just a few minutes. I like to head out early in the morning and walk our dog Buckley. Before bed I try and get in some reading even if it’s just 10 minutes!

What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?

Facials! I love getting a facial. At home its a good body scrub, then slathering my skin in Coco Body and painting my nails. And my weekly personal training session always makes feel so good after! I’m a huge believer fitness makes you feel good.

What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?

I find routine and a schedule works well for us. I’m a stay at home mum and also have my own small business so I need to have an idea of how my day/week is heading. Even though some days the schedule doesn’t go to exact plan, I sneak in some me time when Aria has her day nap, that is if I don’t have too much work to do. Even just for me to focus 100% on my work while she naps is relaxing for me! Or just taking her out for a long walk in her pram makes me feel refreshed and energized ready to take on the remainder of the day.

For mumma’s that are struggling to find some me time never be afraid to ask for help or take those offers up whether it is from family or even friends. When your baby has that nap time take some time out for yourself. Forget about the dirty floors and massive pile of ironing that can wait (honestly you should see how long my ironing sits for sometimes haha). Sit back with a coffee and a good book or indulge in your fav TV show. Or if you are a fitness lover head outside for a mini workout. It’s amazing how much happier and rejuvenated you will feel.

With Baby no.2 coming I know I’m going to have to find a whole new balance with everything and especially “me time”. I look forward to stepping into the next chapter of motherhood all the challenges, joy, tears and love it will bring.

Two minutes with … Kayla Giacalone, mama to Eliana, aged 5, Brayden, aged 3 and Adelise, 9 months 

Two minutes with … Kayla Giacalone, mama to Eliana, aged 5, Brayden, aged 3 and Adelise, 9 months 

When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?

To be honest, “me time” is hard to come by as a nursing mom. It was probably a month ago when I went to the salon to get my hair done. I actually really love being with my kids all day, every day, so I definitely tend to stick to activities that include them. Don’t get me wrong – I love time to breathe and think on my own…but being a mom is so much a part of my being that it’s just my normal. 🙂

What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?

I feel refreshed just walking through Target alone with a Starbucks in hand. I also love pedicures!

What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?

My advice would be just do what works for you. Some moms need a lot of me time and some moms only need a little. Neither is wrong. We all “mom” differently and that’s the great part of motherhood – we have the ability to do what is best for our own families. Usually my me time happens so sporadically – it’s not really scheduled….just kinda happens last minute when it works. Having three kids is a big job!

Two minutes with … Taline Gabrielian, mama to Seb, aged 6 and Camille aged 3

Two minutes with … Taline Gabrielian, mama to Seb, aged 6 and Camille aged 3

When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?

Just this morning – I went for an early morning ocean walk and swim. Simple bliss.

What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?

Yoga for sure. I also love to indulge with a massage, head to the shops for some retail therapy, and a beautiful night bath with candles.

What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?

Ask for it. If you have a partner, take turns in taking care of the kids after hours or on weekend so that you can getaway for an hour or two and do something for you.

A gift of me-time

A gift of me-time

Inspired by the beautiful me-time stories of mamas in the two minutes with series, I decided I wanted to create a gift card with a difference. 

I’m a real believer in the saying “it’s the thought that counts” when it comes to presents. Knowing how challenging I find it to create the time and space for me-time, I wanted a card someone could give to a mama, like me, to help them to bring some me-time into their days. 

My vision is to create a “mamas me-time movement” which sees mamas making a commitment to their own self care but recognizing it’s not that easy to have me-time without help, also creates a community which helps and supports mamas to take me-time. 

1. Email mamametime@outlook.com to receive the PDF print ready files. 

2. When you receive your e-gift card, print and complete the recipients details and your details. The card gives you the space to complete the following :

“For you to enjoy some me-time with…” Some examples of gift ideas are:

  • An hour of babysitting so you can do something you love
  • The school run taken care of one Monday morning
  • These bath salts for a long soak in the tub
  • This book to inspire you
  • These essential oils to relax you
  • This yoga pass to revitalise you

The gift should reflect a me-time activity you think the mama will love but the only limit is your imagination. 

3. Gift the card – for a mama’s birthday, to a mama on her children’s birthdays, an anniversary,  Mother’s Day or anytime. 

4. Share on Instagram your completed gift card to inspire others with ideas or the mama enjoying her me-time with your help using the hashtags #mamasmetimemovement #mamasmetime

I hope you embrace and enjoy the idea. 

Finally, I would like to recognise and thank Karla Pizzica for her generosity in sharing her talents and creating the graphics for our beautiful card as a love job – so I could share it with you for no cost.   

Two minutes with … Liz Sefton, mama to Isabella, 8 and Jonty, 5

Two minutes with … Liz Sefton, mama to Isabella, 8 and Jonty, 5

When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?

I have me-time every morning. It is a part of my routine. I wake up before the rest of the family and I exercise either at the gym, go for walk, meditate or go to pilates and always find that sets me up for the rest of the day. I come home and have a shower and then give myself a mini massage called a body boost using essentials oils. During my little self care massage ritual I say positive affirmations, think about the things I am grateful for or just ask for courage to get me through the day. At night I also enjoy 5 or 10 minutes at bedtime of some guided meditation or reading a book.

What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?

Regular chiropractic care is something I have always done. This is something children and I do regularly together. It is important for the brain and body communication.

I usually have a massage every couple of months. I use to love health spas back before kids but with time and money that isn’t something I do regularly anymore. However last year I found my love for aromatherapy again and was introduced to Twenty8 essentials. I have been lucky enough to enrol in their education course and since then have really come to understand the power and importance of rituals and routines and love the positive effect it has had on me. So every day I now have a regular self care ritual of skincare, body boost, spritzing and using a vaporizer/diffuser both at home and work. And I can now replicate those health spas at home with the beautiful twenty8 products. By making health and self-care a priority for me I have noticed the ripple effect it has had on my family, friends and work.

I also have a regular ‘mums only dinner’ with friends every couple of months and find our evenings together really nourishes my soul. We laugh a lot!

What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself? 

Without sounding too harsh I think if you have time for Facebook and social media you have time for self care and me-time. It is just a matter of prioritising at times.

I also think it is a great to get up before the rest of the family to allocate some time and it soon becomes a habit.

Also I think it’s important to schedule your time into the family calendar so hubby and kids all know that on this time, on this day you are spending time doing something you love and that it is booked in like an appointment.