5 Small Ways to Spring into Self Care in 5 Minutes or Less

5 Small Ways to Spring into Self Care in 5 Minutes or Less was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, but all opinions are my own.

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You know how the New Year rolls around and everyone picks a word or phrase to stick by? They usually last until the end of January or the beginning of February, and then by Springtime people never really think about them again. I usually hate resolutions and words to stick by, but for some reason, this year I decided I was going to do it and truly stick by it. My phrase? “Self care.”

After spending 10 long months in the NICU and PICU with Addie throughout August 2014 til June 2015, I was ready for a new start when the New Year rolled around. Addie had been home 6 months by December, and January was the perfect time to try to get small pieces of me back. Being the parent of a medically fragile child isn’t easy. In fact, when we were in the hospital, Mathew and I were encouraged many times to leave early, go on a date night, or just take time for ourselves. I don’t think I’d even heard of the words “self care” before until a social worker or nurse had uttered them to me. I’m in several groups for trach moms or special needs moms, and the ones that are the healthiest are the ones that take time for self care. The moms that never take time for themselves or never get out of the house are the ones that are the most stressed and downtrodden. I always want to be the best mother I can possibly be, and self care is one way I can be everything that Addie needs. Besides, what good am I to her if I’m constantly stressed, unhappy, and haggard?

Self care is such an important thing for all moms. I love the 5 small ways this blogger does to spring into self care! #amopecrowd #doyouamope #ad

I have done some pretty large things this year in regards to my self care. It started out easy like getting a new pair of glasses, getting a couples massage with Mathew (our Christmas gifts to each other), completing Whole30, getting my hair cut and colored, and I even got Blade-Free HD IntraLASIK. I attempted to go to a Young Living Raindrop Technique class (and had to leave because Addie was having breathing problems and was admitted to the hospital for 2 days), and I went to Young Living Spring Symposium for a day. Although I love doing fun events where there are lots of people since I always see the same handful of people that come to our house for therapy or nursing, I don’t do it often because we simply don’t have the time.  It’s been incredibly helpful to find small ways to spring into self care in 5 minutes or less that I can do at home to better myself and I want to share them with you!

Ground yourself with essential oils. You all know how much our family loves our Young Living essential oils. When I’m feeling particularly stressed and just need a little self care, I grab my Grounding essential oil and Orange essential oil. I add 1 drop of each to the palm of my hand, rub 3 times clockwise, then cup my hands to my nose to inhale them and reset my limbic system. Then, I “wash” my hands over my body by putting them on my head and rubbing down my neck, shoulders, chest, legs, and feet in one slow, relaxed motion. Then I cup my hands to the back of my neck and let the tension release. It takes me about 1 minute to do this and I always feel a million times better doing this. It helps relax me and recharges me to finish whatever is stressing me out.

Throw on some makeup. I don’t know about you but I feel SO much better when I put some makeup on. I usually just sweep on some eye shadow, throw on some mascara, and I instantly feel better with my appearance. A little mascara goes a long way and boosts my confidence. Sometimes I even just throw on some contouring powder to at least give my face some shape and brighten up my complexion. Just doing part of my makeup helps me look better and I feel more like myself again. This self care in 5 minutes or less is one you can do as you head out the door!

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Give yourself a quick pedicure. I always feel so much better about myself whenever I get a chance to do a quick pedicure since I’m on my feet a lot. I turn the tub on, sit on the edge, do a foot soak and put on a foot mask, then turn on my Amopé™ Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry Rechargeable Foot File to smooth my feet. If I really have extra time, I grab some polish and paint my toes. It’s a great way that I like to put a little pep in my step for the day and is self care in 5 minutes! That’s super fast!

I love using the Amopé™ Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry Electronic Foot File because it’s incredibly quick and I can make myself feel better in a matter of minutes.. It has 2 different speeds, the ability to change the file when it’s dull , and you can use it wet or dry. It also has a little recharging dock that comes with it which is really nice because I hate messing with batteries! The Amopé™ Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry Electronic Foot File  also features an ergonomically designed soft touch handle for a better grip when wet, which is especially nice because I prefer to soak my feet in the tub to give myself extra pampering. It’s the first foot file I’ve used that gently and effectively buffs away rough, dry feet and hard calloused skin effortlessly.

Get in some prayer time. Saying a quick prayer or spending 5 minutes in prayer really can change my whole day and helps me to be in a better in body, soul, and mind. I love that I can wipe my worries away during prayer. I love reading Jesus Calling for a quick paragraph or two to help me reflect on the day.

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Getting dressed for the day. I know this sounds self explanatory, but being a work from home mom means that I have the luxury of staying in my pjs if I want. It can become a nasty habit that I get into on days when we don’t have appointments out of the house and I know I don’t have to go anywhere. I’ve been making it a point to get dressed every single day even if I know I’m not leaving my house. I feel better knowing I look nice and I’m so much more confident too. Getting dressed for the day gives me energy to clean the house more, want to cook dinner, and play until Addie can’t play anymore. If I can get a bit of self care in 5 minutes by throwing on a nice outfit, then I absolutely do it so I can feel my best.

I plan on taking more time for myself throughout the year. In fact, I’ll be going to Young Living convention in June, celebrating my 30th birthday in July, and planning lots of fun activities for Mathew, Addie, Pearl, and me. There are endless ways to have self care in 5 minutes with your family and without and it’s my hope that by the end of this year I’ll be a little bit closer to being the mom I want to be.

What are your favorite ways to spring into self care in 5 minutes or less this Spring? Comment below and then grab your Amopé™ Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry Rechargeable Foot File at Amope.com!

Sweet and Sour Skittles Creamsicles

I’m sharing #Buy2Get2 with this Sweet and Sour Skittles Creamsicles recipe as a part of a Skittles and Dollar General sponsored series for Socialstars.

I'm in love with these Sweet and Sour Skittles Creamsicles. They're so delicious and so easy that kids can make them. Yum! #Buy2Get2 #ad

It’s already April somehow and it’s starting to heat up here in Central Texas. One of my favorite things to do in the summertime is make different kinds of popsicles. When Mathew and I got married we were gifted a Zoku Popsicle Maker and it’s been one of our most used items in the house once Spring and Summer hit! It’s super fast and there are endless possibilities for making popsicles. Sometimes I love making fruit purees for popsicles, other times I get chocolate pudding for pudding pops, but the majority of the time I grab a can of coconut milk and random things from my pantry and make creamsicles because they’re my absolute favorite.

I'm in love with these Sweet and Sour Skittles Creamsicles. They're so delicious and so easy that kids can make them. Yum! #Buy2Get2 #ad

I’m really excited to share with you my Sweet and Sour Skittles® Creamsicles recipe today because it’s super easy and involves Mathew’s favorite candies- Original and Sour Skittles®. They’re sweet, tart, and refreshing on a nice Spring day or even a hot Summer day. These particular Sweet and Sour Skittles® Creamsicles are inspired by the new Marvel Captain America: Civil War movie where Captain America is battling Iron Man. I thought it would be fun to make a red, white, and blue creamsicle with Original Skittles® for Captain America and a red and yellow popsicle with Sour Skittles® for Iron Man.

What made me choose Original Skittles® for Captain America and a red and Sour Skittles® for Iron Man? The Original Skittles® totally scream Americana to me, so it’s only right that they’d be team Captain America. As for the Sour Skittles®, we all know Iron Man has a bit of a sour side. That’s why Sour Skittles® are the perfect match for team Iron Man! I’ll admit, I’m totally an Iron Man kind of gal, but these Sweet and Sour Skittles® creamsicles have me conflicted!

I'm in love with these Sweet and Sour Skittles Creamsicles. They're so delicious and so easy that kids can make them. Yum! #Buy2Get2 #ad

 

Skittles Creamsicles
 
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These easy Skittles Creamsicles will have you drooling for more!
Ingredients
  • Popsicle maker or mold
  • Original Skittles®
  • Sour Skittles®
  • Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Unsweetened Coconut Milk
Instructions
  1. In a spouted glass, pour ⅛ cup of red Original Skittles® and top off with 8 oz Lemon-Lime soda. Repeat with yellow Sour Skittles® in another glass and red Sour Skittles® in a third glass.
  2. Open can of Unsweetened Coconut Milk and whisk vigorously so the fat and milk combine. Pour half into a spouted glass. Add 2-4 drops of blue food coloring to one of the glasses and whisk vigorously until combine.
  3. For red, white, and blue creamsicles fill the popsicle mold ⅓ of the way with red Skittles® and Lemon-Lime soda mixture. Let set.
  4. Add coconut milk to the next ⅓ of the popsicle mold and let set.
  5. Add blue coconut milk with purple Original Skittles® and let set.
  6. Pop Skittles Creamsicles out of the popsicle mold when completely set and enjoy!
  7. For the red and yellow popsicles, fill the popsicle mold ½ of the way with red Sour Skittles® and Lemon-Lime soda mixture. Let set and repeat with Yellow Sour Skittles® and Lemon-Lime soda mixture. Let set.

I'm in love with these Sweet and Sour Skittles Creamsicles. They're so delicious and so easy that kids can make them. Yum! #Buy2Get2 #ad

I’m looking forward to having a date night within the next few weeks with Mathew (you know, once our lives settle down from Addie’s crazy hospital stay) and we’re definitely ones for action movies. Captain America: Civil War is on our “to see” list and I can’t wait! I’ve heard great reviews from other bloggers that went to the screening of it and it is looking like it will be a blockbuster hit!

Right now Wrigley’s has a national promotion where if you buy 5 participating products you get $10 Fandango movie cash to see Captain America: Civil War. How awesome is that? Plus, enjoy savings on Skittles® so you can make your own Sweet and Sour Skittles Creamsicles with Dollar General’s free digital coupon: Buy One Get One (from 5/5 to 5/15).

I'm in love with these Sweet and Sour Skittles Creamsicles. They're so delicious and so easy that kids can make them. Yum! #Buy2Get2 #ad

Which do you think will be your favorite? The sweet Captain America Skittles Creamsicles or the sour Iron Man Skittles Popsicles?

The Most Relaxing Foot Scrub and Foot Soak

The Most Relaxing Foot Scrub and Foot Soak recipe was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, but all opinions are my own.

This foot scrub and foot soak are the best I've ever tried! That Amopé™ Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry Rechargeable Foot File made my feet so soft! Definitely will be using this essential oil recipe again!

Lately I feel like I’ve been out of the house way more than usual. I’ve had classes to teach for Young Living, covering various events for social media projects, speaking at events about Addie’s journey, and been out enjoying the nice weather with my little family. My calendar is constantly booked and I’m working so much to help provide for our family until Mathew’s new job starts. By the end of the day, I’m utterly exhausted and feel like I just need to relax. I’m usually wearing heels or wedges to events that I attend because I’m so short, so once I get Addie in bed for the night, I grab Mathew and we both roll up our pants and give each other the most relaxing foot scrub and foot soak. The aromatherapy of essential oils fills our bathroom and we just sit and talk about our days. It’s so nice!

This foot scrub and foot soak are the best I've ever tried! That Amopé™ Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry Rechargeable Foot File made my feet so soft! Definitely will be using this essential oil recipe again!

We’re on a tight budget lately so going to get a pedicure isn’t an option right now. Because of that, I have been taking extra care of my feet, especially when they feel like they’re going to fall off after wearing the world’s tallest high heels. Instead of going and paying for a pedicure, I save money with an essential oil filled epsom salt foot soak, my Amopé™ Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry Electronic Foot File so I can get a good foot scrub, and my Eucalyptus Spearmint Foot Mask. Plus, it makes it so much better when Mathew joins me so we can just chat. I feel like our days are so busy and filled with constant appointments (whether at home or at the actual doctor), lots of alarms from Addie’s pulse oximeter, phone calls, texts, and Facebook alerts, that it’s SO nice to just sit there with him and take time for ourselves. Although it might seem like we aren’t doing much some days, you’d be surprised at how much we do and how we usually don’t get to even relax until 11 at night most of the time.

This foot scrub and foot soak are the best I've ever tried! That Amopé™ Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry Rechargeable Foot File made my feet so soft! Definitely will be using this essential oil recipe again!

I thought I’d share my recipe for the most relaxing foot scrub and foot soak so you can take time to yourself too. Here’s what you need:

Amopé™ Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry Electronic Foot File

1 generous cup Relief Epsom Salt (unscented)

6 drops Young Living Stress Away Essential Oil

1 tbsp Baking Soda 

2 tbsp Fractionated Coconut Oil

16 oz Wide Mouthed Mason Jar

Here’s how you make it:

All you need to do to make your foot soak is pour your epsom salt and baking soda into the mason jar and shake your jar really well to incorporate. It’s important to get an unscented epsom salt since it’s better to use therapeutic grade essential oils and we’re adding our own scent. Then, mix the coconut oil and Stress Away essential oil together, and pour them into your mason jar. You’ll want to put the lid on and shake your jar once more. I generally use this for two foot soaks. You’d be surprised to find that you don’t need much to get it to help you have the most relaxing foot soak ever. We generally soak our feet in the tub (like I said, just roll up your pants and sit on the edge!) and chat for at least 20 minutes. The epsom salts work to assist with alleviating muscle tension, and the Stress Away essential oil works to relieve daily stress, encourage relaxation, and reduce nervous tension. It’s a wonderful blend of vanilla, lime, copaiba, lavender, and cedarwood essential oils. I love adding the fractionated coconut oil to the foot soak to moisturize my feet so I can get them ready for my foot scrub.

Once we’re done soaking, we use the Amopé™ Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry Electronic Foot File for a relaxing foot scrub to add extra finesse to our feet. It has 2 different speeds (fast and faster!), the ability to take off the file part so you can change it when it’s dull (or when you want to share, like Mathew and I), and you can use it wet or dry. It also has a little recharging dock that comes with it which is really nice because I hate messing with batteries! The Amope™Wet & Dry Foot File also features an ergonomically designed soft touch handle for a better grip when wet. Really good for someone clumsy like me! Because I am on my feet a LOT, I like to use it on the highest speed, especially on my heels. It’s the first foot file I’ve used that gently and effectively buffs away rough, dry feet and hard calloused skin effortlessly. I had one that I used manually and put lots of elbow grease into my filing, but it didn’t work well. I dare say this is as good or better than the nail salon with their cheese grater file!

When we finish using our relaxing foot scrub and foot soak, we drain the water in our tub, pull out the Eucalyptus Spearmint Foot Mask that I made (a little goes a long way!), and sit for another 5-10 minutes just chatting and letting them dry. Then it’s time to rinse and admire our pretty piggies.

This foot scrub and foot soak are the best I've ever tried! That Amopé™ Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry Rechargeable Foot File made my feet so soft! Definitely will be using this essential oil recipe again!

It’s so great to spend some uninterrupted time with Mathew, especially when our days have been so crazy this past month. Taking the stress away with the most relaxing foot scrub and foot soak definitely helps take the edge off while we reconnect in the evening. I hope you’ll try it either by yourself, with a friend, or with your spouse as well! Let me know how much you like it!

Grab your Amopé™ Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry Rechargeable Foot File at Amope.com to make your most relaxing foot scrub and foot soak. I promise you’ll LOVE them together!