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

In between the school/nursery run, working 4 days a week, blogging, football training/matches and being cook for the 5 boys – there’s not exactly an abundance of time for me. I last managed a bit of “me time” just before the madness of Christmas; all the boys were in bed, so I took myself to the bedroom to indulge in a DIY mini-facial while listening to my favourite pod-cast of the moment, The Minimalists. I then dozed off with my absolute must-have for a relaxing night, a Space Mask, a warming eye mask which sends me into a slumber without me even noticing!

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

I squeeze pockets of time when I can, and I’m hoping a few more boundaries around tech in 2018 will help me use those precious minutes to the max. I love the calm before the storm – the 15 minutes before the big boys get home from school, usually Casper’s waking up from his nap, so I use those last few peaceful moments to enjoy a cuppa on my green sofa of dreams, starring (mindlessly!) into the garden, watching the birds.

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

My  best piece of advice on getting “me time” would be ‘take it when you can get it’! It’s tempting, when the baby’s napping, when the kids are at school or when they’ve gone out with relatives to be super-woman and get everything done – but 5-10 minutes of ‘you’ before cracking on, recharged, it better than trying to run on empty.

While I might aspire to a spa-day, pilates course or a day of pottering on my own – I know those kinda things are few and far between, so I’ve learnt, as a mum, to get my little “me kicks” in the small things. I ensure I can sit for a quiet cup of tea in the mornings (even if means being up before everyone else!) and I really luxuriate on my drive to and from work – a peaceful car, a smoothie and a good pod-cast – then I’m a happy mama!

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