Most moms know that day-to-day tasks like loading the dishwasher, making dinner and even going to the bathroom are things that are forever changed once you have kids. Everyone wants to help, or see or just be close to mommy and while these gestures are precious and sweet there are some days you want or need to do things alone.

I travel for work and I recently had someone say "I bet you miss your little ones so much when you travel." My answer to her was "I do, BUT I love getting ready by myself." I know a little something like getting ready is something that I took for granted before I had kids and it's something that all of my kidless friends don't even think about.

Being able to wash, dry and fix my hair, put on my makeup and select today's outfit in a consecutive fashion is priceless. There is no stopping to tie someone's shoes, or select a new outfit because this one is "yucky" or clean up a disastrous mess of baby powder. I am able to gather my thoughts for the day, take my time and hey, maybe even try a new makeup trick or hair tutorial that I have been pinning but knew I would never get to.

While it's nice to go on a mini vacation, nothing beats coming home, sleeping in your bed and hugging your kids. The following days are filled with morning dance parties and lengthy wardrobe selection and extravagant weekday breakfasts and I relish in these moments, too, knowing that my mini vacation is coming soon.

As moms, we shouldn't feel guilty about wanting or needing alone time. It is what recharges us for another day, so urge your spouse or partner to give you a little time to take a bath or get ready in the morning and you may just feel like you went on a mini vacation — all expenses paid.


LEFT: This is what happens when I leave her alone too long near the makeup — she attempts a smokey eye

RIGHT: One of the rare occasions where Luna lets me "fix" her hair while she stays occupied by spraying hairspray on the mirror.

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