Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!
Do you remember when you were a kid and Valentine's Day used to mean red construction paper hearts and lace doily cut outs? And little heart shaped candies that said "I Love You" and "Be Mine?" Do you remember the fun you had exchanging handmade cards and giggling over the messages written on those candies?
|DIY Gold Foil Heart Box by one of our favorite DIY Bloggers Tell Love Chocolate|
|This was Jay helping me make Valentine's Day cupcakes for his class|
Speaking of relaxing, since the start of the new year, I've been learning about ways to be more productive so I can get more done in less time and with less effort. Who out there doesn't want that, right? Well, the most amazing part of what I'm learning is that to be more productive and focused, you actually have to learn to truly relax. And not just relax, but deeply rejuvenate.
|Samantha Silk Kimomo Robe by Girl With Serious Dream, Lavendar Eye Pillows by Gardenmis|
Body Mist Layer Kit by Nature Your Body
|Organic Rose Leaf Bath Salts by Garden Apathecary, Amber Vanilla Body Butter handmade by Sweet Cheeks Natural|
Organic Lavender Candle by Olive Branch Organics, French Green Clay Mud Mask by Garden Apothecary
The idea of relaxing to be more productive is so counter-intuitive that it's hard to get my head around it. It almost sounds too good to be true! And I often feel like I need to deserve a relaxation break like that. How about you? But I'm personally tired (literally and figuratively) of running around and being busy all day and then at the end, feeling like I got nothing productive done. So I'm giving this relaxation thing a try. Starting today. It's my little Valentine's Day gift to myself.
|Rose Leaf Bath Tea by Garden Apathecary|
To help me enter into a self-care ritual that includes deep relaxation, I did some searching on Etsy (my favorite place to find handmade goodies by mommies like myself!) I went in search for some simple and natural products that would entice me to stick to my new ritual. And I found these beautiful products made by women who seemed to already share my concerns for health, wellness and relaxation. Each one made lovingly by hand in their homes. I also found a few yummy indulgences that make for a very special Valentine's Day treat.
|Coconut Chocolate Truffles by Talk About Sweet|
Mommies, if you have to do this after the little ones have all gone to bed, then I completely get it. Just remember to give yourself this time. Relax, rejuvenate and remember to appreciate and love yourself.
Happy Valentine's Day.
P.S. Let me know if this relaxation time becomes a ritual for you, and how it impacts your productivity. I'll be working toward my goals right alongside you and will share my progress in the upcoming posts!