When you’re a brand-new mom, chances are you’re tired. And sore. And short on time. And did we mention tired? You deserve some pampering, and that shouldn’t be a one-time thing! We’ve made it easy on you by giving you seven special ways to spoil yourself (or for someone else to spoil you) — one for every day of the week. Treat yo’self!
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Monday — Taste the Forbidden Fruit (Er, Food)
You’ve denied yourself some of your favorite foods for nine months, so it’s time to indulge! Have your favorite sushi joint deliver a rainbow of tuna and salmon. Make yourself a giant latte and froth it up with the latest-model milk frother from Breville. Or send your honey to the grocery store to buy a fridge full of goat cheese and crackers and savor the lunch (and breakfast and dinner) of champions.
Tuesday — Think Inside the Box
Now that you have the taste for delicious nibbles that require minimal prep work, sign up for a subscription box service like Green Chef, the latest in organic subscription boxes, and choose from a variety of meal types, including omnivore, paleo, keto or vegan. Ingredients are pre-measured, so you don’t have to worry about mombrain messing with your meal. Just relax and enjoy a delicious dinner like a plateful of chicken bruschetta pasta or a tuna poke bowl. Perhaps with a side of sleep.
Wednesday — Keep Calm and Shine On
Now that you have meals figured out, consider some eye candy. Complement your post-baby glow with a little mom bling by slipping on these personalized bangles from artist Canela Lemoine, who hand-stamps each sterling silver bangle with a name, date, or special word. Choose two, three or four bangles, which are connected by a heart. Available at uncommongoods.com, $70-140.
Thursday — Massage: It Does the Body Good
Your body probably hurts in ways you couldn’t anticipate, but the thought of finding child care or battling traffic to get to a spa or massage studio is almost as painful. Log on to Zeel to book a licensed, insured, experienced and fully vetted massage therapist to come to your home. Choose from a number of massage types (including Swedish, deep tissue, or sports), and bliss out for 60, 75 or 90 minutes.
Friday — Get Gifts that Keep on Giving
Maybe that massage wasn’t enough. Maybe you also need some girly pampering and retail therapy. Bring beauty and fashion goodies to your doorstep with one of the highest-rated, new subscription boxes of 2017, FabFitFun! For $49.99 every quarter, you get at least $200 worth of seasonal products (sometimes much more!), including clothing, full-size skin care products, makeup, jewelry, wellness items, and home goods like mugs and candles.
Saturday — Escape to a Land Far, Far Away
You may not be able to book a vacation just yet, let alone take ten minutes to yourself in the bathroom. But you can always escape with a book, and audiobooks make that even easier when your hands are tied up with diaper changes and precarious nursing positions. Amazon’s audiobooks have you covered an endless supply of titles.
Sunday — Become an Environmentalist
Studies show that we are acutely affected by our environment, that our surroundings can deeply affect the way we think and feel. If your living space has suddenly become overwhelmed by all things baby, take some time to purge and donate items you no longer need. Or consider hiring a professional organizer to bring some zen to new parenthood. You might be surprised at how much calmer you feel when you can actually find what you’re looking for (especially at 3 a.m.).
What’s your favorite way to pamper yourself? Let us know in the comments!
— Katie Brown
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