Two minutes with … Kate Reardon, mama to Ruby, aged 2 years and a baby due any day now :)

Two minutes with … Kate Reardon, mama to Ruby, aged 2 years and a baby due any day now :)

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

The last time I had any substantial time to myself was about 2 weeks ago and I had the whole day to myself (what a treat). I spent the day at the beach, made myself a delicious healthy lunch and curled up under the sun with a good book that I have been waiting to read for ages. It was divine, just to have some space to pause, breathe and reconnect to myself.

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

For me it is all about spending time going inwards as opposed to pampering. So meditation, journaling, yoga, spending time in nature, dancing, playing music. Anything that enables me to deeply connect to that deeper part of myself, my soul and also really just celebrate life!

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

Prioritise it. “You cannot serve from an empty cup” is my mantra that I have to remind myself over and over again. When I understand this and know how crucial ‘me-time’ is it becomes easier to put it into my schedule. Me-time makes me a better mother, wife, friend, sister, daughter etc. So if I look after myself, everyone benefits.

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Two minutes with … Alissa Laderer, mama to Poppy, aged 5 months 

Two minutes with … Alissa Laderer, mama to Poppy, aged 5 months 

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

Last weekend I got a pedicure. It was AMAZING. I grabbed a Chai Latte (my guilty pleasure) and sat down for a 30 min pedi, I added a 10 min massage to that too, because they were like GIRL YOU ARE TIGHT. It felt so good!

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

I try to take walks everyday (though it is hard when its sooo cold) and I have a few TV shows im addicted to, so I love to sit back with a snack and binge.

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

It is HARD. Poppy is 5 months old and I still haven’t left her for more than an hour. I think the main thing is, no matter how much you want time for yourself, you always want time with your baby more. I would never feel comfortable leaving her with a sitter so my husband and I could go out. Maybe when she’s in college 😉 

Two minutes with … Rosie Luik, mama to Ava, aged 11 years, Aston aged 9 years, Coco, aged 7.5 years and Elvie, aged 5 years

Two minutes with … Rosie Luik, mama to Ava, aged 11 years, Aston aged 9 years, Coco, aged 7.5 years and Elvie, aged 5 years

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

I guess “me time” is different for every mum and is always hard to find time for. For the first time in eleven years our home is now child free during the day as our youngest is off to school this year. 

I’m fortunate enough to say that I had “Me-time” this morning! My “Me-time” includes going for a run on the treadmill with my headphones in – which I try to do at least once a day or writing and reading when the kids are all asleep. It wasn’t that long ago that “me-time” for me was something as simple as an uninterrupted shower or toilet trip during nap time.  

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

I try to make sure that I care for my heart and mind first and foremost by trying to remain positive, take steps (even small ones) towards my goals and not let people’s negativity in. 

Then comes the body – I try to get a 5km walk/run in every day. Sometimes I have to split it to get it in around the kids. I loooove Pilates and boxing (it’s so good to hit something sometimes) but I do sometimes struggle to make a regular class around the kids, work and the cost. I don’t follow a strict diet, just try to make good decisions and keep the temptations out of the trolley on grocery day!

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

If a mama is struggling to create “me-time” I would suggest find the one or two things that REALLY make you happy and give you some joy. Whether it is an exercise class (even a DVD one in your lounge room) of some description, a hobby or nails and hair. Then sometimes you just have to leave the washing for an hour, it’s really ok! The benefits to your body and spirit far out weigh an empty wash basket. A happy you flows through the kids and your home. It does get easier to find “me-time” as the kids get older too, which is what I reminded myself during the years of “crazy”. 

Two minutes with … Liz Amaya, mama to Dominic, aged 10 years, Gabriela, aged 8 years, Sofia, aged 5 years and Luca, aged 3 years

Two minutes with … Liz Amaya, mama to Dominic, aged 10 years, Gabriela, aged 8 years, Sofia, aged 5 years and Luca, aged 3 years

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

Me time!?! Good question.

Well I have just started Bootcamp fitness sessions – 30 minute high intensity training, three times a week and I am loving it. I use to be fit before my kids so I am loving the ME time this provides! It allows me to exercise, get fit, escape the busy routine of Mum life and focus on ME for a change, whilst being a role model to my children to take care of your mind, body and spirit.

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

Practicing self care is super important I believe. Finding passions, hobbies and life loves. For me that is Interior Styling.

I was getting caught up in being a ‘Mum’ and putting myself last with all the craziness of running the kids around to all their activities and the never ending house work! I was finding myself becoming bitter and saddened that I never got to do anything I loved or pursue any passions I use to have.

So that was when I started my Instagram account which allowed me to balance my passion for Interior, work in my own time, from home and still maintain Mum life. It is a new lease of life for me. 

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

Me time! Anyone can do it! It’s all about planning, organization and being proactive! No more excuses! Find what you love, and find ways to do it. Becoming a Mum shouldn’t define who you are as a person but only be an element of your life. 

Weekly planners are very important in our household. Put it on the fridge, so it’s in your face and makes planning for the week much easier. Meal planning is also very important. Most days I make dinner at lunch time, because on our busy afternoons, we may not get home until 7pm. I now make the kids lunches the night before, have bags packed for activities and ready to go in the car.

Take the opportunity to plan out your daily dinners. I recommend a slow cooker if you don’t already own one. You can make healthy meals anytime of the day and put it on when suits and it cooks your meal for you while you are out and about. 

For more from Liz you can find her on Instagram @_la.style

Two minutes with … Rembulan Azitaningrum, mama to Alea, aged 7 months

Two minutes with … Rembulan Azitaningrum, mama to Alea, aged 7 months

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

To be honest, it was this morning in the kitchen when I cooked breakfast for my hubby. As a first time mom I have to admit that I’ve not found it easy to find me-time, especially with my baby at her age (who likes to roll over everywhere and is also starting to crawl). But after I found @mamasmetime on instagram I began to realize how important it is to find my balance. So I can find me-time by cooking (and singing ?) in the kitchen, just me and myself. And I enjoyed it.

And besides that, it’s moment like this. When baby is taking a nap, I’m taking my time reading blogs, e-books, anything.  I often do online shopping on my me-time – finding good online shops which sell good stuff for my little one or ordering yummy snacks / cakes for myself.

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

Sleep! ?

Or go for a massage and spa on the weekend (if husband has time to babysit our daughter).

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

Be thankful for everything you have. Cherish every minute you spend with your children and family! But whenever you have time to have me-time, even if it’s only a very short time, do anything that makes you happy! Time we spend for our “me-time” is never wasted.

For now I’ll schedule my pampering session on the weekend and let my husband babysit our daughter for a while (he’s the one who offered it actually hihi).