As a mom I have many varied roles. I’m not only a personal chef; I’m also a round-the-clock housekeeper, a taxi driver who’s always on call, a toy repair expert, family therapist and many more besides. And exhausting as it may be, I wear these hats proudly and wouldn’t change a single thing. But while I love being a mom – the ups, the downs, and everything in between – it’s definitely taught me the importance of ‘me’ time, and the necessity to schedule in some time to myself on a regular basis. With Mother’s Day coming up, I wanted to share the three lessons I’ve learned as a mom when it comes to making time for me.
Make the time
In our house, we spell love T.I.M.E. Whether it’s making time for my kids, carving out an evening for my husband or some much needed time for myself, we make time a priority. One of the things I learnt soon after having children was the importance of making time for myself. Whether an extra five minutes in the shower, or half an hour to curl up on the sofa with a magazine, I consciously make sure that I allow myself the time to stop, refuel and rest. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life but doing so is a direct route to burnout. Scheduling in time to myself ensures that I’m the best mom and wife I can be, and a rested one at that!
Be a role model
Kids see, hear and digest everything; I’ve learned that very quickly, and are experts at mimicking what we, as parents do. Knowing I have the ability to raise my boys to be kind, loving and giving is very important to me, and I also want them to be strong and independent. By making time just for me, I am teaching them that I matter. That mom is more than just a word and more than just a title. She is a person who values herself and is better when she invests in herself, too. The choices I make are ones I want my kids to emulate and to make for themselves, too.
Take care of yourself
I truly believe the more we take care of ourselves the better moms we are. Let’s face it, life as a mom is so much more than a nine to five job. Sometimes my day starts as the sun rises and doesn’t slow down until it sets. It’s only then that I can tackle the laundry and the dishes before trying to find a way to have a little down time, too. In order to be a great mom to my boys, I need to take care of myself. That means everything from eating healthy, to getting as much sleep as I can and staying active (which is easy with two little boys!). Making time for myself not only makes me a better mom, it makes me a better wife, too. The more you invest in you, the better you are to others.
One of the ways I like to make time for myself is spending it in the kitchen. Whether it’s baking up a favourite dessert, or trying a new recipe it’s something I have grown to love. And one of my favourite things to whip up lately are healthy smoothies. It’s something that started with my son wanting to experiment in the kitchen, and ended up with us creating a collection of delicious smoothies that the whole family enjoy.
If you might like to join me, I thought I’d share one of our latest creations with you. We call it our berry healthy muffin smoothie. It’s become a firm favourite in our house and I’m sure it will be a favourite in yours, too!
Before I get to the recipe, let me share with you what I use to make my smoothies with. It’s a game changer in the kitchen.
I recently had the opportunity to partner with Vitamix and it took my smoothie creations to a whole different level. I had received the amazing Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series blender, which is so much more than just a blender. Even my husband will attest to that; he’s all about the 2 hp motor and it’s fast become his new favourite item in our kitchen. We use it for just about everything, both hot and cold recipes from smoothies to soups. My husband is a soup lover, I’m a smoothie and frozen dessert lover and with the Vitamix blender we can make all of these quickly and easily.
One of the features I love is the digital timer. I can set it to the desired time, walk away and I don’t have to worry about something being over or under mixed; it also has three program settings which is a particularly handy feature. I mentioned how we love making smoothies, frozen desserts and most recently soups and they all have their own setting. It’s literally that easy to use.
And what about the cleanup, you ask? What if I told you it’s one of the easier things to clean?! A drop of soap and it cleans itself in less than a minute. You don’t even have to take it apart. This is my kind of kitchen tool!
So now that I’ve had a chance to introduce you to our new family member, the Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series blender, let’s get on with the yummy recipe.
Berry Healthy Muffin Smoothie
There you have it! As we’re about to celebrate Mother’s day I wanted to share these three important lessons along with a quick and easy healthy recipe that moms and the whole family can enjoy. Leave me a comment and let me know what your favourite way to spend some “me time” looks like.
Sincerely, Nikki xo