Mama’s me-time Xmas Gift Guide

Mama’s me-time Xmas Gift Guide

As mamas, responsibility for Christmas gift shopping often falls to us, including making suggestions for our own presents (or buying them!)

To make your job a little easier I have put together some ideas of gifts (at various price points) to encourage you to take some me-time. Buy for yourself or give the list to those buying for you – either way you’ll be ensuring your self care is on the agenda for 2017. 

UNDER $10.00 

Yoga Bomb from Lush ($8.95) 

Helping you slow down is the intention behind this bath bomb. Designed to be slow-frothing, with a meditative blend of color and earthy, grounding oils, this bomb is perfect for busy mamas to take some time out to do, well nothing. 

https://au.lush.com/products/yoga-bomb


Mask from Trefiel ($9.95) 

I love it when I come across a product which cleverly fills a gap in the market. In this instance, masks which you don’t have to hide away in the bathroom while wearing. This plant based mask is a perfect for pick-me-up for dry or oily skin. A combination of aloe, vitamin E and rose extract to soothe your skin and boost hydration. 

https://trefiel.com/product/moisturising-hydromask/

UNDER$20.00

Mindfulness for Mothers Book by Rebecca Ryan ($19.95) 

I loved the book Mindfulness for Mothers so much I organised an event with Rebecca Ryan to learn more! Her book is designed to help mothers create a sense of balance, awareness and calm for themselves and their children. The beauty of the book is that Rebecca has created a series of simple exercises, from 10-second tension breakers to 30-minute restorative body awareness routines, to do either alone or in the company of your child.

http://rebeccaryan.com.au/mindfulnessformothers/

Gratitude journal from kikki k ($18.95)

As a stationery lover, Kikki K is one of my absolute favourite stores.  I know myself how important a gratitude practice can be to transforming your outlook. This thoughtfully designed journal gives you the space to make a daily practice of stopping to reflect on all the positives in your life. It’s a great tool to help you get perspective. 

http://www.kikki-k.com/thankful-journal-pink-thrive

UNDER $30.00

“Hey there Hot-tea” mug from Hunting Louise ($22.50) 

Tea drinking is high on my list of me-time activities, so these gorgeous mugs are the perfect gift for any tea loving mamas like me. 

http://www.huntinglouise.com/mugs/


Magnesium Bath Flakes from Amazing Oils ($24.95)

Magnesium helps with energy production, mineral balance and building new cells. A magnesium deficiency (which is more common than you may think) can produce symptoms ranging from restless leg to headaches. An easy way to practice self care is to take a bath and add some magnesium flakes. I use these and also their spray. 

https://www.amazingoils.com.au/products/magnesium-bath-flakes

UNDER $50.00

Celebrate vapouriser gift pack from Twenty 8  ($49.00)

Earlier this year I had the absolute pleasure of hearing Kim Morrison, the founder of Twenty 8 speak  (if you get a chance – do – she’s brilliant) and in the process learnt about essential oils. Kim spoke a lot about self care and the importance of rituals. This set includes a vaporiser and the synergy blend – Celebrate & Uplift – a perfect introduction to the benefits of aromatherapy. 

http://www.twenty8.com/shop/gifts-1/celebrate-vaporiser-gift-pack

Breathe soy candle from the Commonfolk Collective ($45.00)

This candle is part of the feel good range by the Commonfolk Collective. I love it because as it serves as a reminder to slow down, be present and breathe! 

https://thecommonfolkcollective.com/collections/feel-good-collection/products/breathe-soy-candle

UNDER $100.00

Annual magazine subscription from the Collective hub ($89.00)

What mamas doesn’t love an inspiring read and the Collective Hub certainly delivers. I’ve seen Lisa Messenger speak a few times and I love her unconventional thinking and passion – both of which come across in her mag. 

https://www.magshop.com.au/collective

Annual subscription to Food Matters TV ($99.00) 

Food Matters TV is like Netflix for Wellness. With a subscription you can access hundreds of health & wellness documentaries, recipe videos, yoga classes, expert interviews and more… on demand.

https://www.fmtv.com/join-today

UNDER $150.00

Palm yoga mat by Kamuka ($129.00)

I received a yoga mat by Kamuka a few years ago for my birthday. Since then I’ve lost count of the number of compliments it has received. I love their whole range but this one has to be my favourite – I’m obsessed with palm trees. ?

https://www.kamuka.com.au/shop/palms/

60 minute deep tissue massage in your home from Still Beauty ($140.00)

I have reviewed Still Beauty on my blog. They are a Melbourne based massage and beauty service that provides a holistic approach to rejuvenation and relaxation in the comfort of your own home. For massage, I think they are the best in town. 

http://www.stillbeauty.com.au/treatments/massage/

Two minutes with … Anja Mari, mama to Simon, aged 4.5 years and Leo, aged 14 months

Two minutes with … Anja Mari, mama to Simon, aged 4.5 years and Leo, aged 14 months

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

Last Sunday! But it doesn’t happen that regularly. I had brunch with girlfriends and it was heaven sent. After being away for a little bit, not being a mom but a friend, careless and free.  I came home recharged and happy, which makes me a better mom.

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

Keeping fit physically. I do yoga three times a week, it helps my body as much as it helps my mind. I also go to the gym once or twice a week, sweating out the anxiety and worry is the best way for me to feel brand new for the next day.

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

Just DO IT, I am not slewing a certain slogan, I am saying it works! Don’t put it aside, don’t put it on your future agenda, just do it, and do it now. Your future self will thank you.

Two minutes with … Katie Rose Decoeli, mama to  Aubrey, aged 3 years and Poppy, aged 4 months

Two minutes with … Katie Rose Decoeli, mama to  Aubrey, aged 3 years and Poppy, aged 4 months

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

Truthfully, as I sit here trying to think back, I haven’t really had “me-time” since Poppy was born. Breastfeeding makes that hard. But, the few walks to get Aubrey from daycare while Rob watches her definitely recharge my batteries. And to be totally honest, I know how fast these months of her needing me go by so I’m ok with putting myself aside for a bit longer.

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

I love working out. Yoga has been a favorite of mine lately when the house is quiet, the boys are asleep in their beds, and Poppy is asleep next to me. It gives me a sense of confidence.

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

For those moms struggling, have a support system around you to help if you really need the time away. Or Schedule it in! I’m huge into planning. For me, my days revolve around kids, blogging, social media management, making sure we all eat, you know, the usual mom stuff when you work from home. But, once the kids are asleep, and my husband is asleep (he does morning shift so is in bed by 8pm) that is my time for me. And even when I’m exhausted, I’ll squeeze in a workout, or make a fancy coffee (decaf) and watch a movie that I want to watch. Taking that time whenever you have it, whether is 6am like my mom did or 8pm like I do, to have a quiet house and a happy heart will make all the difference.

Ancient wisdom for modern stress

Ancient wisdom for modern stress

What? Kodo Massage

Where? Peninsula Hot Springs, Mornington Peninsula

Why?  The physical and mental benefits of massage are well known. 

While deep tissue massages are my go-to, I also love trying new things. In the spirit of trying something new on a recent visit to the Mornington Peninsula I booked in for one of Peninsula Hot Springs spa’s signature treatments – the Kodo Massage. 

Before the massage I made use of the immaculately presented steam room and spa. I then spent some time sipping herbal tea in my new obsession – hanging chairs. 

The Kodo Massage is described as a rhythmic massage inspired by traditional Australian Aboriginal techniques to tone and re-align energy flow. 

The massage begins with an indigenous flora smoking ritual to clear negative energy from the room and bring you into the here and now, the present moment – Linj’dta. I loved this aspect of the massage and for me it brought clarity around why I love massages so much. During a treatment I’m totally present – feeling the therapist at work on my body, smelling the divine essential oils and listening to relaxing music. 

The whole experience was beautiful and I was so relaxed I may have dozed off for a while….

It’s worth mentioning the spa is part of the Peninsula Hot Springs complex. For an additional fee you can purchase a package which includes use of the hot springs facilities – which are incredible. 

Peninsula Hot Springs is a really special place and a perfect spot to spend me-time alone or with friends. 
How much? $150.00 for 60 minutes 

Two minutes with … Amanda Waaldyk, mama to Winnie, aged 3 years and Freddie, aged 2 years

Two minutes with … Amanda Waaldyk, mama to Winnie, aged 3 years and Freddie, aged 2 years

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

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago. Since having children, I decided that I would not work on my birthday. Instead I dedicate the entire day to myself. It’s ME time. We have a birthday breakfast, then I drop the kids off at childcare. The first half of the morning was spent having a mani & pedi (my feet and hands were in desperate need). Followed by a yoga class then a delicious facial. I felt completely rejuvenated! My body and mind were craving this self-nurture. 

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

Self care is so important to me. This is a practice we teach women in the clinic. Looking after myself allows me to have more energy and be more present with the kids. Running a busy household and business my hubby and I have our non-negotiables. Meaning these “non -negotiables” are a part of our daily routine. My non-negotiables are my daily 20 minute meditation practice and regular yoga practice 3 x week. I schedule my yoga practice during my lunch break at work. Eating a nutritious based diet is also important to us a family (Winnie has chronic Kidney Disease), it keeps us in good health. That 15 minute shower at the end of the day is absolute bliss- peace & quiet. 

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

I know how hard it can be. I remember earlier this year I was feeling absolutely depleted. I was playing catch up from when Winnie as critically ill, then giving birth to Freddie who was 6 weeks prem. I would recommend finding just 5 minutes a day for some “me time”. This “me time” could include breathing exercises, lying on your bed in savasana, listening to some of your favourite music, dancing in the lounge room. Find something that makes your heart sing. Garth and I have a wonderful partnership where we allow each other “me” time to schedule into our routine. What I also found to be really helpful is asking your girlfriends who also have kids around the same age to do a swap babysitting, so you and hubby can go for a night out.