Happy Aloha Friday!

From Kailani at An Island Life:
In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So on Fridays let’s take it easy on posting, too. Ask a simple question…nothing that requires a lengthy response. It’s a great way to make new blogging friends!

BH&K (Before Hubby and Kids) I used to have a ritual every Sunday night where I would have candles lit throughout my apartment, make myself a nice dinner followed by a nice hot bubble bath complete with candles, wine and a good book.  It was the perfect way to wrap up a normally hectic weekend, and get some nice relaxation in before my hectic work week started.

Once I got married, I still did the whole candlelit dinner mode with the hubby as a weekly thing, and every so often I’d relish in a nice hot bath with wine and a good book.  Then along came Princess Nagger, and the weekly routine became a distant memory.   Every so often I’ll have the opportunity for a ‘Calgon take me away’ moment, but not without constant interruptions – usually the norm for being a mom.

Now my ‘relaxing moments’ tend to be early morning when all is quiet, Princess Nagger is still sleeping and I’m enjoying my first cup of coffee.  But it’s definitely not the same, especially when followed by the hustle and bustle of the morning routine of making sure Princess Nagger gets a good breakfast, her backpack is ready for the mad dash out the door, her teeth and hair brushed.  Usually I have about 15-30 minutes of ‘relaxation’ in the morning before that chaos ensues.

Which brings me to my question for the week:

Do you make time to relax, and if so what things do you do?

I think it’s time to bring back my Sunday night bubble bath routine.  I’m pretty sure Princess Nagger and the hubby can do without me for an hour or so, don’t you?

Have a great weekend!


Follow Friday 40 and Over


There are a lot of fabulous bloggers who are 40, so I’m participating in Follow Friday 40 and Over – please be sure to leave a link to your blog so I can come check out your site and follow you, too!

Fun Follow Friday


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  1. I like to take a bubble bath and read. Sometimes when hubby comes home late and I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with only kiddy conversations and babies hanging off of me, I retreat upstairs to my bubble bath and book for a few minutes! 🙂

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    Ask someone to Vote and Validate the email, please. It only takes a few seconds and doesn’t cost anything to help. It’s for a much needed bathroom repair/makeover.
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  3. Not much ‘me’ time while our 4 daughters were growing up. But, now that the nest is empty, we have plenty of individual and together time. I’m sure I’ll appreciate all this time some day, but we’re mostly still missing our full nest and the wonderful chaos that it brought on a daily basis!

  4. I really don’t take much time for myself. I love to read so I guess when I take time to get into a good book that’s my way of relaxing.

  5. I am pro-relaxing. We don’t have kids yet, so it’s a little easier. In fact I have “bath, book, bed” routine for at least 3 nights a week. Sometimes I’ll just spend a weekend day in jammies all day, watch movies, and blog.

  6. Hi,

    I’m following from Friday Follow Over 40. My thing to relax is reading a magazine. I love, love, love magazines. I probably should join a support group but I love those glossy pages. Pick a topic, any topic. I love them all.
    Have a great day!

  7. Hi,

    I’ m following from Follow Friday over 40. I read magazines to relax. Love, love, love them. Any topic, it doesn’t matter. But I tend to reach for fashion and my guilty pleasure is the tabloid kind. 🙂 There’s something about sitting down with those glossy pages that I just find relaxing.
    Have a great day!


  8. I don’t relax much, always too much to do. I guess my favorite way to relax is reading. I have found that baths work better if the kids are in there with you. They don’t interrupt as much if they are involved.

  9. When I have a chance to relax, I love sitting with my nook, a blanket, and chocolate milk (I am such a nerd).
    When the kids are around I try to lock myself in the bathroom for 5 min.

  10. You definitely had a nice time b/h&k) 🙂

    I don’t have time for relaxing that I make available which causes friction for hubs and myself. AFter being with the kids all day, and then I put them to bed, I just want to sit and veg with my pc, but alas, hubs require attention.

    So I stay up later so I can watch tv. It’s my midnight little time. Which means I stay up too late and regret it in the morning.

    I will have to figure something out.

  11. yeah mine are early morning as well…i get up about an hour before everyone jsut to have that time…have a great weekend

  12. You sound a lot like me! When I was younger (before kids) I used to take a relaxing bath every Friday night and on Sundays I would give myself a manicure after church. I miss those days.

    Like you now that I have kids sometimes I get 10-15 minutes to myself in the morning as I drink my coffee.

  13. What is this “relax” you speak of? hahah I try to go walking almost every night of the week it works out to 4-5 most weeks. Just being OUT is relaxing for me. Pre kids? I used to zone out to Saturday afternoon decorating shows. no time now, and more people to fight for remote access

  14. I think I could probably do a better job making time to relax, but I try. I read before bed at night and that relaxes me. I also mandate quiet time / naptime with my kids so I get a break in the afternoon.

  15. I do make time to relax 5 days per week. Once every one has gone to bed and the house is quiet, I turn on our DVR and watch Coronation Street for 20 minutes. Makes me day and the perfect way to unwind after a crazy day 🙂

    Happy Friday!

  16. I use to relax by taking a nap on Sundays when I was single…

    Now…I like to watch a little TV in the evenings but since I received my Kindle I have been absorbed in reading. A great escape for me.

  17. Oh yes, you really should. Get some “ME” time! Every woman should have that for herself. I get plenty of it now that the kids are all married & have homes of their own. To tell you the truth I have a routine of using Oil of Olay on my face & their body wash when I shower (smells wonderful) & I use the cream when I get out. So, Once a month when I perform my miracle & look 10 yrs younger (remove gray & do me a facial) that’s my me time.

  18. Beer on a summer evening on the deck. Not possible at the moment. Having survived 5 kids growing up in the house, I can relate to the quiet time.
    Now they have become adults (one is still hanging out here) so the quiet time comes often. You’ll get there soon enough.

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