The start of the school year is always such a fun time of year. Although it marks the end of summer, it also marks the start of a new chapter for our kids. After weeks of preparing for the start of school with shopping trips for new clothes and school supplies, attending orientation, and meeting the teacher, our kids are finally ready for their first day of school.
My favorite moments are the first day of school pictures on social media. Some kids are smiling, some kids are sulking, and some won’t even turn around for the picture (after all they are in high school now). But the best is the reaction of the parents to the start of the year. Some moms shed tears as they reminisce about years gone by, some moms exhale a sigh of relief that they made it through a very long summer, and some moms celebrate with cocktails and pool parties now that they finally have the house all to themselves.
Whatever your reaction to the start of the school year, below are a few tips to get you feeling more like yourself:
Schedule Time for You
Finding time for you can be a challenge during an active and fun-filled summer, but now that the kids are back in their routines, it’s time to focus a little more attention on you. Whether you schedule coffee dates with your girlfriends or attend a class at the gym, find time each week to rejuvenate.
Shop the Summer Sales
You’ve spent weeks shopping for your kids, now it’s time for a little retail therapy all for you. August is the best time to buy summer apparel that most retailers are clearing out. Since we wear summer clothing pretty much all year long, take advantage of the sales and shop for swimsuits, shorts, dresses, and sandals at a fraction of the cost.
Shop Fall Basics
Although our fall-like weather is still months away, many of the major retailers have just added fall apparel such as jeans, jackets, and boots to their merchandise. Consider what trips you may be going on this winter that may “require” a new pair of boots. Remember that we do have a few cold days in the Keys so your items certainly won’t go unworn.
Recharge with a massage or pedicure just for you. Better yet, plan a spa day with your girlfriends to really relax and unwind. Every mom (and parent) deserves to take a little time for themselves. Whether its reading a good book, going to the spa, or taking a bubble bath, make time to pamper you.