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KEEP CALM & BE THE MOM

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I was interviewed in a Boston Globe article recently.  They asked a variety of questions (and ended up only using the part about my work-out routine) but the main point I made during the interview was – taking time for yourself makes you a better Mom.  Instead of being “on” as Mom all day, taking time away makes you more present so that you can enjoy the time you should be on, later.  I want my kids to grow up knowing a Mom that enjoyed parenting; not a Mom that was always complaining she never had time.  We can strive to teach through observation.  If our kids witness us always trying to get too much done, or see that we are constantly bitter because we didn’t take the time we needed, then what are  we teaching them? That being a parent means never feeling happy or at peace? Poor time management skills?  Carving out a couple of hours is not easy, but it’s absolutely necessary to be a better parent.  Read the full Boston Globe article, here.

So, you have a couple of hours alone…what would you do? I love to shop and that’s something I rarely get to do anymore.  I do most of my shopping online which is certainly more convenient but I miss the real live experience.  I enjoy browsing through clothing racks, the smell of leather in a shoe store, the people watching in a cafe sipping a hot cup of coffee, and the thrill of buying something new.  Doing these things makes me feel refreshed when I’m done, like I rejoined adult civilization.  The trick is to find a location that has all of these things in the same place so you don’t have to “rejoin” the part of adult civilization that involves looking for a parking spot multiple times a day.  The other key (for me) is to find a place where you aren’t cooped up inside.  Lately indoor Malls give me anxiety (becoming a Mom made me weird, what can I say.)  My favorite place to go locally is The Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham, MA.  Does your town have one of these all-inclusive, outdoor shopping areas? They are the best!  You aren’t stuck inside a stuffy mall battling crowds and you get everything you need all in one space.  Here’s how I spent my couple of hours (with a chance to win a day out at Derby for yourself at the end!)

9am: Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Hubby makes fun of me for being old-school but I refuse to read off a Kindle.  I have to touch and turn the pages of a new book in order to really enjoy it.  I also really love buying new books for the kids and I especially love doing all of this while eating banana bread from the Barnes & Noble Starbucks cafe.

9:30am: Anthropologie
I adore this store.  Being 8 months pregnant I struggle to find anything that doesn’t look dumpy and matronly on me. My trick lately has been to pair a long black tight maternity tank with a non-maternity wrap or cute cardigan.  I top it off with a big piece of chunky jewelry.  This is the only way I know how to keep some sense of style during this stage or pregnancy. Antho is perfect for both wraps and chunky jewelry and I don’t feel guilty spending the money because I know I can wear both post pregnancy! 

10:30am: Sephora
My happy place.

11:30am: Lunch at Chipotle  
If I wasn’t pregnant I would have sat and had a delicious sushi and wine lunch at The Legal C Bar  but that will just have to wait.  For now it’s a veggie burrito bowl and a Mr. Pibb.  (I’ve lived off Chipotle through all three pregnancies, anyone else?)

12pm: A decaf latte at the new Capital One Cafe
This spot is seriously cool.  It has plenty of areas to lounge, chat, check email, (they even have a special meeting room in the back if you work for a non-profit.)

I love me some free wifi…

Do you know what I’m doing here? Getting money out of an automated fee-free ATM that gives you bills as small as $1!

1pm: Hair appointment at the new Toni & Guy salon!  
Operation? Fix My Chronic Top Knot.  The staff here is incredible, I never stopped smiling from the moment I walked in.  The space is beautiful, fresh, and new, and the stylists are all knowledgable and fun.  I saw Ashley, she taught me how to set my hair while blow-drying so that the curls come out with a ton of body.  She was also patient with me when I got up to pee TWICE and munched on nuts in her chair.  Thanks for everything, Ash.

And thanks to The Derby Street Shoppes for welcoming me back to the land of the living, giving me a renewed sense of self, and the energy to keep calm and be the mom!
{Picture taken 4 hours after adulating: enjoying, discovering and being present with the kiddos.}

So my friends, how would you like a morning out at The Derby Street Shoppes?  One lucky MIM reader will get the following:
A Toni & Guy deep conditioning treatment and a blowdry
A Mani/Pedi from MiniLuxe
A $50 gift card from Legal C Bar
A $20 gift card for Peet’s coffee at the Capital One Cafe
A $75 giftcard to Anthropologie

Head on over to my Instagram page, tell me you need a day out under the picture of me sitting in the Cafe.  Then “Like” The Derby Street Shoppes Instagram page and tag a friend under the same picture.  Winner will be chosen at the end of the week by Derby Street Shoppes.  Contest ends 2/25, tag as many friends as you’d like this week!

-MIM-
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