As Mother's Day draws nearer, we've been finding ourselves thinking about what the day is really about. For one, it's a celebration of motherhood-an appreciation for the women in our lives (biologically related to us or not) who raised us, nurtured us, and continue to love us unconditionally. But it's also for recognizing that moms are people with needs too. Believe it or not, they crave вЂњmeвЂќ time just like the rest of us.
So while we still might ply the moms in our lives with flowers and chocolates, we also decided to ask them what they really want-and their answers involved simple little luxuries like quality alone time spent relaxing withВ a multitasking, hydrating hydrogelВ mask from European Wax CenterВ®.
Read on to find out what six real women do to take time out for themselves, and steal a few of their tips to treat the special women in your life.
Monday Morning Manifest@topshelfieillustrated
вЂњI love spending time with my daughter, but after a long weekend playing Barbies and dress-up, sometimes coming into work early on a Monday morning can actually feel like a luxury. To sit and go through emails in silence (and maybe do some online shopping)-that's bliss.вЂќ - Brooke, mother of a 3-year-old daughter
вЂњAdmittedly, since having my son, I haven't been great about doing things for myself. Although I'm trying to be better about carving out some 'me' time a few nights a week. I recently found out that I actually like taking the time to do a face mask before bed. It's refreshing after a long day and helps me relax. I'm starting to understand the importance of indulging in the little things.вЂќ - Janina, mother of a 14-month-old son
Ed. note: Right now we're low-key obsessed with European Wax Center's Mask Meв„ў Hydrogel Mask ($9). It's chock-full of concentrated ingredients, like kelp extract and chamomile extract, to hydrate and smooth skin. The sheet mask comes in two pieces, so it can better conform to your face. Not only does the mask brighten and firm, but the bottom piece contains a hair growth minimizer, so you're really killing two birds with one stone.
вЂњI wake up at 5 a.m. to go to barre every day. This isn't because I'm super into fitness or anything; it just forces me to get up early enough so that I get 30 minutes to myself when I come home. I'll use that to enjoy a smoothie and prep for my day. Even if one of the boys wakes up early, I'll tell them to go back to bed until the clock says 6:30 a.m.вЂќ - Jade, mother of two sons, ages 7 and 2
Dip at Dusk@topshelfieillustrated
вЂњAs a mom, you tend to put your needs last, but self-care is important. I'm trying to carve out two little moments for myself each day: a morning trampoline workout class and then a salt bath after I put the baby to bed. The workout is basically therapy in exercise form, and the salt bath helps my muscles recover and gives me a moment to decompress after a long day.вЂќ - Hillary, mother of a 5-month-old son
вЂњI love waking up early-around 6:30 a.m.-before my husband and son do. The house is quiet, and there's a stillness you can't get any other time of the day. I sleepily make my way to the kettle and boil water for a cup of hot chai rooibos tea with vanilla almond milk. I sip it slowly as I look out the window and enjoy a sweet indulgence of 'me' time before the demands of the day (and my son) officially kick in.вЂќ - Sacha, mother of a 9-year-old son
Walking and Wandering@topshelfieillustrated
вЂњI love to walk to nearby stores. It gives me a chance to clear my head, check out what's new, and maybe get a fancy cup of coffee. Even if it's just window shopping, it's a nice break that helps me reset.вЂќ - Cate, mother of a 7-year-old son