MAKE YOURSELF A PRIORITY
Four little words that have come out of my mouth a ridiculous amount of times. It’s almost always my number one advice for my besties…whether they’ve been in a rocky relationship or if they’re totally consumed at work and even my mama friends when they’re on the verge of mental breakdowns. It’s like on a plane when the flight attendants tell you to put your own oxygen mask on before you put the mask on your kids…because if you’re not okay (whether it’s mentally or physically) they’re not gonna be okay. I mean we’re everything they strive to be. We’re their first heroes and role models.
I find myself telling my girls that they should make sure they’re taking care of themselves, but I never really stop and do the same for myself. I’ve never really been all that great at setting time aside for myself. My biggest flaw is probably that I HATE asking for help. I would rather stress myself out to the point of a mental breakdown than take up someone else’s time. I’ve always been that way. Don’t get me wrong!! I have the BEST, most amazing support system in the world. But, when help is offered or suggested, I always just smile and say “I’m okay”. Before Chris left for basic, he would always make sure I knew that I could go sit in the shower for an hour if I needed to just wind down…or he’d let me go on a run while he watched the kids. He’s always been really good at making sure I know how important I am (I miss you so much). But, since he left, I’ve kind of lost touch with the whole taking care of myself thing.
One night after I put the kids to bed, I sat down on the couch and started watching TV and my stomach started growling…SO LOUD!! And I realized that I totally forgot to eat that day. Not just one meal. We were out and about all day and I stole a couple of strawberries and crackers here and there from the kids. But, I didn’t eat a single meal that day. And then when I sat and thought for another couple minutes I realized that I hadn’t even showered in five days. FIVE DAYS YOU GUYS!!! I had completely let myself go in every aspect other than being a mother. In that moment, I decided it was time to start taking my own advice.
The past couple months I’ve really focused on getting back to my old self…not the 21 year old that was out dancing in the clubs lol. But, I’m getting back in shape, exercising every day, eating healthy and taking care of my skin.
My newest obsession has been my Smile Brilliant whitening system..because if you know me, you KNOW that I am always sipping on a Dr Pepper!! Smile Brilliant makes it super easy because you never even have to leave your house. They send you a kit with everything you need!! Impression material to make your own custom-fitted trays, whitening gel, and desensitizing gel (if you want). You send back your impressions and within a week they send back your trays and you can start whitening!! Honestly, the desensitizing gel was SUCH a game changer for me because I’ve never really whitened my teeth and it really helped get rid of the sensitivity. Since I started the whole process, I’ve seen a complete 180 with my teeth and I don’t ever want to go back!! If you want a chance to win your own Smile Brilliant whitening system enter the giveaway at the VERY BOTTOM!!!
Sure, I’m really only making little changes and I’ll always make sure my kids are my number one priority. BUT!!!! I’m making baby steps to becoming a healthier and happier mama 💕
Before and after 12 whitening sessions: and, yes! My tooth is chipped thanks to my husband taking a champagne bottle to it 🙄😂🤷🏻♀️
GIVEAWAY TIME!! Finally, right? The giveaway is for a $149 credit at Smile Brilliant which will cover your entire whitening system!! To enter, simply follow the link and enter your email 🙂 Giveaway runs for one week and winner will be notified via email within 24 hours of giveaway closing!! I will also be announcing the winner on my Instagram stories so stay tuned!!! GOOD LUCK!!!! 🙂www.smilebrilliant.com/g/thestayatholmeslymom
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