What would you do with a day off? A real day off, with no emails to answer, kids to drive, or meals to prepare. Chances are, it’s been a long time since you thought about your needs and desires. As moms we expend so much energy catering to the requirements of everyone else, we often forget about our own.
If you are like most women, guilt seeps in as you consider taking a day off for some alone time. However regardless of how old your kids are, taking time off from the daily grind is a fantastic way to recharge your internal battery and rejuvenate your spirit.
Plan Your Day
To plan your day off, think about being totally free for a whole day. Take out a pad of paper and write down what comes to mind.
First on my list, no early morning alarm; I’ll sleep in and have some quiet time. I long for time with no interruptions, so my first challenge will be to turn off my cellphone and leave it at home. I will also dare myself not to turn on my computer—no work on my day off!
After sufficient silence, I will be ready for lunch with a girlfriend at one of my favorite foodie haunts followed by a trip to local boutiques to soak in creative inspirations. I might even stop for a chocolate treat and an iced tea.
Nature is energizing, so I’ll head over to a neighborhood park for a walk and feed the ducks. I keep my day-old bread in Ziploc® Brand Freezer bags. With no cellphone to check the time, I’ll go home like I did when I was a kid… when it gets dark outside.
Get Your Family Set
Now that I have an awesome plan for my day off, I will clear it with my hubby and set a date. My husband agrees that a day off would be good for me so he will take care of our teenage son and run interference with our daughter in college so I can have a bliss-filled day of peace.
Mom’s day off will offer the perfect opportunity for some much-needed male bonding. The guys will start their day with an early trip to the golf course, followed by a lunch of total dude food. Next, they will head over to an outdoor superstore to look around before heading home to do a little laundry and get dinner ready.
To make dinner prep effortless for my husband, I’ll line up an easy recipe like Chicken Spaghetti. I’ll measure ingredients the day before and put everything together in a Ziploc® Brand Gallon Storage bag along with the instructions; it’s like a recipe packet. He can pull the “packet” out of the fridge, and getting dinner on the table will be as simple as boiling water!
Salad is easy too when you create it in a Ziploc® Brand Gallon bag: just add dressing and shake to toss before serving.
The plan is in place and everyone is on board. As my day off approaches I am eager to take a break from the daily stresses and strains and return home feeling recharged. When it’s over, we will connect back around our dinner table to share the details of our separate adventures and enjoy a warm meal. Now the big question: Who will do the dishes?
1 chicken breast cooked and cubed
1 can cream of chicken soup
½ cup milk
2 ounces American cheese cut into cubes
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 pound package spaghetti
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
Cook pasta to al dente in salted water. In medium saucepan combine, chicken, soup, milk, American cheese, onion powder and pepper. Cook over medium heat until heated through and bubbly. Pour sauce over pasta, toss to coat. Serve with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. Serves 4.
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