Making Time for Me


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Making time for myself generally ends up at the very bottom of my To Do List. One of my resolutions this year is to learn to value my leisure time as much as I do my work time. This is hard for me as I tend to be a highly-productive individual who puts a lot of expectations on herself for work and taking care of the kids and being a homemaker and pretty much every other task that does little to make time for leisure… but I’m working on trying to change this, because I’m worth relaxation and stress-free time to myself. Here’s how I do it!

Step 1: Hide your To Do List.

I’m the girl who literally creates to do lists for her to do lists. I have reminders, calendars, marker boards, planners, spreadsheets, Word documents, etc. But sometimes those need to be set aside for a relaxing few moments out of the day.

Step 2: Grab a delicious beverage and a good book.

I recently had the most amazing iced vanilla maple latte in a biscuit restaurant in Tallahassee, FL while on a family road trip. I’ve been replicating the drink at home, and it’s just so yummy! I generally make it at home while the kids are in school when I sit down to do my work, but it’s also a great drink for some relaxing time for me.

Step 3: Pick your favorite bath and body products.

I recently discovered Le Petit Marseillais, France’s #1 body wash brand, which can now be found at Walmart {available in March}. This collection features 17 products {including an assortment of eight body/hand moisturizers, two liquid hand soaps, six body washes, and a bar soap}. They are located in the specialty bath and body aisle and can be purchased online at

Step 4: Relaxing soak.

Take a few moments out of the day to enjoy a relaxing bath with some of your favorite bath products, like the newLe Petit Marseillais collection. I’m really loving this orange blossom scent!

Step 5: Read a good book.

While I can tear through probably 25 random articles ad blog posts online each day, I never set aside the time to read a book. It’s been years, and it’s actually another resolution I made for 2018: read one book. I purchased this book a few weeks ago, and I hope to finish it soon because I actually really enjoy it!

Step 6: Quick pedicure

I don’t really have time to schedule a pedicure, but I can get in a quick pedicure at home. After soaking and washing my feet, I selected a fun spring color to put on my toes: yellow-green.

To really have fun with this pedicure, I added a little detail, a spring flower. Using a contrasting color – red-orange – and a pointed manicure tool, I made 5 small dots in a circle. Then I used a peach color to make one dot in the center.

Step 7: Apply lotion to your hands and feet.

I keep this Le Petit Marseillais™ Shea Butter, Sweet Almond & Argan Oil Nourishing Body Milk Lotion on my nightstand so I can apply it in the morning and night {or any other time when I want my skin to feel moisturized and lightly-fragranced}. It’s great to use after washing your hands with Le Petit Marseillais™ Orange Blossom Extra Gentle Hand Soap.

I am so glad I was able to sneak in a little relaxing time for me while the kids were in school. Le Petit Marseillais™ helped to make it a truly enjoyable experience!

How do you enjoy some “me” time?

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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One Response to Making Time for Me

  1. These days, “me time” is almost an after thought. I know it should not be but when the kids are in bed, that is the only time I can truly relax. #client

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