Having lived the life as both a stay-at-home mom and a mom who works outside the home, I can tell you motherhood is truly a job in itself, and it’s no joke. When first returning back to being a stay-at-home mom, I told my husband “Yay, now I can live the life of leisure.” Yeah right! I was quickly reminded that even though my son is in pre-school most of the day, there is still much to be done as a wife and mother. Between running errands, cooking, and cleaning, I find that I rarely have time for myself. If I am not doing for my family, I am thinking about them or what they need and how to make their lives more enjoyable.
In a recent survey conducted by Eversave, one of the top daily deal sites targeted towards women and family, they surveyed more that 700 mothers to find out how they “do it all.” The soon-to-be released movie, “I Don’t Know How She Does It” starring Sara Jessica Parker as a busy mom struggling to do it all is what prompted Eversave to conduct their survey.
The recent survey found that:
During waking hours, the majority of moms said they never finish their to-do list.
I agree, and personally find that it’s hard to do it all. I rarely have time to breathe, let alone do anything special for myself. Some things that I do and have done to help me manage being able to “do it all” are:
1. I try to make a menu at the beginning of the week and prepare some meals in advance. That way, in the evening after work and school, I am not scrambling trying to figure out what to cook. If I don’t plan in advance, I find that I am pressed for time because it starts to get too late in the evening for my young son, and I sometimes resort to feeding him “fast food,” which I prefer not to.
2. So that I don’t take away from precious time spent with my son, when he is in the bath after I have bathed him, I let him splash around a few minutes longer while I clean the rest of the bathroom around him or fold the never ending pile of laundry.
3. On certain nights I put my husband in charge of reading to my son and tucking him into bed, so that I can run around like a mad woman cleaning the downstairs. When my son is finally asleep, my husband and I can try and sit down and catch up with a peaceful conversation.
Don’t get me wrong the above things help a great deal however, sometimes I still struggle trying to get it all done. Like the 47% of other women surveyed given into my child’s temper tantrums just to keep the peace and save time.
Sometimes, when I am out on a play date at the park with other moms, I may take a moment to check myself out. When I look down at my feet I realize how ratty they look with the polish chipping off etc. A hot wreck! So when I do take that rare moment for myself, I tend to want to treat myself to pedicure.
In fact of the recent 700 women surveyed:
35% said they find time for themselves once a month and their preferred way to spend that time is pampering themselves with manicures, pedicures, facials and other spa treatments
Eversave would like to give away 2 Save vouchers to one lucky reader of my blog, so that they can treat themselves and a friend to a Shellac manicure or spa pedicure at The Polish Bar located inside The Green Tree: Day Spa and Skin Clinic. Lucky for me, they are treating me to one too!
Please leave a comment below to let me know how you “do it” all to enter to win.
If you don’t win, there is also an amazing deal going on right now. Check it out and tell your friends. Hey what better girls day than to treat yourself to a mani/pedi.
CONTEST ENDED ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 at 11:59pm
(Winner was chosen by a random number selector at RANDOM.ORG)