As my 19-month son become more and more active, it’s nice sometimes to just unwind after a long day. Whether it’s watching your favorite TV show or taking a long shower, every mom needs a little “me-time.” Having that time to yourself, in my opinion, helps me to be a better mommy. I feel recharged and ready to take on the next day. You don’t necessarily need to head to a spa to feel relaxed, you can create a little oasis in the comfort of your own home.
Here are a few ways to unwind and pamper yourself at home:
I recently did a post on tips for dressing your baby bump, but one of the biggest style challenges I had was not so much dressing my baby bump, but rather my post pregnancy body. I remember looking in the mirror and thinking—who is that person looking back at me? Getting dressed is a different story. But not to worry, here a few simple tips I picked up along the way to help make dressing your post pregnancy body a cinch.
Our son absolutely loves cheese–I think he got it from me. The other day we found this recipe for tofu quesadillas that ended up being a huge hit. It’s also a healthy twist on your classic quesadillas and makes for great finger food. Here’s how to make it:
2 Tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil (melted)
5 1/2 ounces of firm tofu crumbled
pinch of tumeric
pink of paprika
2 jarred roasted red bell peppers in oil (drained and chopped)
2 large handfuls of baby spinach leaves
1 tablespoon of cilantro
1/3 cup of shredded Monterey Jack or mozzarella cheese
4 flour tortillas
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a frying pan and fry the tofu with the turmeric and paprika for 4 to 5 minutes.
Stir in bell peppers, spinach and remaining oil and sauté until the spinach has wilted, about 1 minute. Season with cilantro
Heat one of the tortillas in a frying pan over low heat for 2 minutes. Spread half the tofu mixture over and then add half the cheese. Firmly press a second tortilla on top.
Fry until golden brown and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
Remove from the pan and repeat with the remaining tortillas. Let cool slightly before cutting into wedges.
Yesterday was National Dog Day, which celebrates the ways dogs impact our lives. It made me think about the bond our son has created with our dog, Bear (who, by the way, is a big mush). Right after Mama and Papa, our son’s third word was actually Bear. Now that he’s getting older, they’ve pretty much become inseparable.