The holidays can be tough for even the most resilient of mamas. Hosting, keeping the kids occupied, traveling, and catering to difficult family members can be seriously draining. This is why this time of year is critical for self-care.

“As moms, we tend to run ourselves ragged trying to be everything to everyone – so much so that we often forget about ourselves in the process. And not only do we forget about our own self-care, but many of us also feel ‘mom guilt’ when we do try to treat ourselves,” according to Care. “However, the fact of the matter is that self-care is vitally important to the healthy function of any family.”

You deserve to treat yourself, even in the smallest of ways. The following are some ideas to put yourself first and shake the holiday stress.

Plan a mini getaway.

A recent survey found that 37% families say that vacations make them happy, making it the activity that makes families the happiest. But what about your individual happiness? Plan a weekend getaway with yourself, your best friend, or your partner for some fun and relaxation. Even the act of planning it can provide some much-needed relief.

Make time to unplug.

After answering demands at work and playing supermom at home, many mothers kick back with some television and a phone in their hand. While you might not realize it, constant scrolling can introduce a whole other level of stress and ruin your sleep. Pick up a book, start a non-electronic hobby, or write in your journal instead. You might find that your tension levels drop even more.

Exercise.

As a busy mom, it can be difficult to find time to work out. But it’s so important to do so. By finding this time to move your body, you can get some much-needed you time while taking care of your body and mind.

Schedule a hair appointment.

The average woman changes her hairstyle 104 times in her life, and there is good reason for it. A new haircut can help you feel rejuvenated and confident. It’s also nice to feel pampered while spending time at the salon.

Learn a new skill.

When was the last time you challenged yourself? By learning a new skill or completing a new goal, you will feel strong and capable. While rock climbing or learning French might sound daunting at first, the hardest part is actually starting.

Try out a fun beauty product.

A new shade of lipstick can go a long way. A recent Dove survey found that seven in 10 women considered a “beauty product” to be any product that makes them feel more confident. Find what makes you feel amazing and have fun with it.

By taking this much-needed time to yourself, you will feel more relaxed, vibrant, and in control of your life. These good feelings can translate to your parenting, making your family closer. And remember that you don’t need to implement all of the above items immediately. Sometimes self care is best introduced little by little, as small pockets of pampering can go a long way.

We are ecstatic to have Calzico as a part of our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

I truly love the concept behind their clothing. As a tween mom myself, I know first hand how difficult it can be to find clothes that are stylish, age apprpriate and fit well for girls during those in-between years. And, my daughter loves to be comfortable so it can be quite a challenge to find clothes that make the both of us happy.

Designed by a mom and her tween, CALZICO brand for tween girls includes versatile pieces with convertible or reversible features in sizes 6-8 through 12-14. With just-right stretch, serious comfort, and clever styles, girls will feel confident to choose well and wear often. Visit the full collection of globally inspired artwork tees, layered skirts, and reversible dresses and jackets online, and be the hero of your tween and her wardrobe this holiday.

I love Calzico because it meets all of our requirements, fit, comfort, style. My daughter loves her gray/coral reversible dress. She usually wears it with the pop of color, but can also wear it all gray. It’s comfortable, looks good and is easy to care for.

I highly recommend Calzico for all of your tween girl clothing needs. You won’t be disappointed! In addition to their website, you can look them up on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter.

Each and every year I purchase coordinating Christmas pajamas for our children. It’s been a fun tradition since they were all babies. Typically, we wrap them up and that is the one present they are allowed to open on Christmas Eve.

Every year it gets a little harder to find coordinating jammies that are approved by my 12-year-old boy and still look cute on the 6-year-old. This year, i was so thrilled when Butterfly Designs by Kristi came to the rescue. Butterfly Designs was featured in our Holiday Gift Guide last year and I absolutely LOVED the Santa bags I bought there. This year, when Kristi agreed to sponsor our gift guide with personalized Christmas pajamas, I was so excited.

The pajamas themselves come in a variety of sizes all the way up to adult, so there were no issues getting the sizes that I needed. Also, they were a cute, classic color combination that all three kids were happy with.

The best part? They are completely unique. Kristi personally created several design choices for me to pick from. They were all cute and we were able to customize my daughter’s a little more and give her some glitter to stand apart from the boys 🙂

They are great quality pieces and have washed up nicely. I would definitely recommend Butterfly Designs by Kristi. She can personalize almost anything!