Good morning everyone! I hope you woke up today feeling refreshed, energized (maybe with the help of some caffeine:) and ready for your day! I’m talking about my favorite pampering ideas today! I have quite the deal for you at the end of this post for amazing shampoo and conditioner from PURA D’OR! This post is sponsored by 2-Minute Club featuring PURA D’OR. Thank you so much for supporting our sponsors and us!
Let’s talk about self-care for a few minutes! The older I get, the more I realize how much I NEED self-care each day for my mental health. When I am not taking care of myself, odds are that I’m not reaching my full potential in helping those around me. It’s so important to take time each day to care for ourselves so that we can fulfill the other roles in our lives. I think this is one of the main reasons that I love running so much as a mom. When I was a new mama and would have an hour each day to run by myself (even though it was before Brooke woke up) I felt like I was being selfish somehow. My perspective on that quickly changed when I realized how much running helped me to be a better mom for Brooke. Running was something I did each day to take care of myself mentally and physically so I could take better care of her.
During the first trimester of this pregnancy when I was sick as could be, it was really hard for me mentally to deal with going from running around doing things 100 mph to being in bed a good chunk of my day feeling awful. My mom (the genius that she is) recommended that I do something each day to pamper myself. I think we all get into those times in life when we are too busy doing everything else on our 4 mile long to-do list that we forget to take a little time each day to take-care of ourselves or pamper ourselves. All it takes is just a few minutes of doing something that helps to rejuvenate us and we feel so much better! As my body is changing a lot right now and will continue to change a lot, doing little things to pamper myself physically makes a BIG DIFFERENCE in how I feel. I thought I’d share some of my favorite ways to pamper myself.
A few of my favorite ways to pamper myself!
*A really good foot cream! I swear as runners we put our feet through SO much out on the roads. Using a foot cream in the morning or at night (and if Andrew volunteers to give me a foot massage with the foot cream that is just on a whole other level) is quite the pampering! Sometimes I give myself my own foot massage with a foot cream and I love it.
*Going out in nature. I don’t know what it is about nature but being outside for even just a few minutes helps me to feel better. A hike, a run, sitting by a river or even a drive in the canyons… definitely one way I love to pamper myself.
*A new book. I get overly excited about a new book. Curling up with a blanket (even though it is summer), a big cut up peach (or three) is by far one of the most calming things for me. Even just 15 minutes of reading on my own fills up my self-care canteen for a while!
*For me, something that I really love to do is to go to the local nail salon and get new gel nails. Every now and then if I’m grumpy, Andrew will say, ‘Hey honey you should go get your nails done.’ He gets it;)
*Sleep. Sometimes I think our society thinks it is cool to be so busy and overbooked that we don’t get enough sleep. If I know I need a little extra pampering you better believe I’m turning on a show for the kids so I can have a 30 minute nap or climbing into bed earlier than normal even if my kitchen is yelling at me to clean it up.
*Something I’ve really been doing (thanks to reading Hands Free Mama) that feels like an extra treat is leaving electronics in another room throughout the day. Try it, it feels nice to forget that you have anything else to do but be where you are in the moment.
*Do something great for my hair. Something that helps me out to have some ‘really good hair days.’ I’m not one for doing something drastic but I love getting it trimmed or colored and recently I started using PURA D’OR as my shampoo and conditioner! Each time I use it, it feels like a treat for my hair. I am excited to share my thoughts with you because it is a perfect way to pamper yourself!
PS my siblings and I all started out life with a full head of hair ha.
Brooke was born with quite the head of hair too! Do you think Brooke and I look alike in our baby pictures? PS I am SO excited to meet our new little one in December and see what she looks like!
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The first thing I noticed and loved about PURA D’OR was the smell of the shampoo and conditioner (smells are especially a big deal to me these days). After washing, using the conditioner and styling my hair for the day I DEFINITELY notice an increase in bounce/body and shine… all things that I really want and love for my hair. Even though my hair is in a ponytail most of the time because of running and kid life, I am LOVING my hair lately when I get ready for a date night with Andrew or for church. I think my hair looks shinier in a ponytail now and it probably bounces around more while running too!
Something else that I love about the PURA D’OR shampoo is that it is ‘anti-hair loss’ which is PERFECT for me during pregnancy. I do not know what all of these crazy hormones are doing to me but hair thinning is one of them. I have noticed that during the time I have been using PURA D’OR, I haven’t had as much hair coming out when I shower and wash my hair (that is when I notice most that I’m losing hair while pregnant). I find it super interesting that an 8 week clinical study showed that 9 out of 10 users of PURA D’OR noticed improvements in volume to their hair… join the club with me:) I feel like my hair is getting stronger (which I love and have wanted for a long time) by starting with helping me to have a healthy scalp! Their formulas help to ENERGIZE hair from the root to the tip which is what helps to reduce hair loss due to breakage. I swear my hair breaks off easier because of having it in a ponytail so this is helping me out a lot in that department. Also, the simple things in life make me happy and I love the pumps on the bottles, it makes it so easy in the shower for me.
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I hope that you find ways that you love to pamper yourself. Find the things that make you feel happy and energized and enjoy them! Take the time to care for yourself because I find I am SO much better at taking care of the people around me and my relationships when I make time to do something small for myself too!
I would love to hear about some of your favorite ways to pamper yourself? Does running fulfill your self-care needs?
Favorite type of relaxing music… I’m always looking for more (it’s another way I like to pamper myself)!
Do you feel like you get in enough sleep normally? What do you do to help yourself sleep better? Anyone else a lover of good naps?
Have any great hair tips.. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR THEM!