Reminding Moms to Take Care of Themselves {& a $25 Giveaway to help}

As I mentioned in my earlier post today I’ve decided to start a weekly post that is dedicated to helping moms remember to take good care of themselves.

As a busy mom of 6 I often forget to set aside time, and even money, to take care of myself, but I have realized that when I don’t it hurts me and it hurts those in my care.  So I hope to encourage you, as I am learning myself, to take care of your self without guilt.  Motherhood is a long journey and you need to be strong and ready for it.

Join me each week for “Taking Care of yourself Tuesdays.” We’ll discuss ways to set aside time and take better care of ourselves.

To kick it off I thought a giveaway would be fun! How about $25 to spend at on something that is just for you?  You can buy a new workout DVD, some new makeup, some great smelling lotion, a good book or two, or Downton Abbey on DVD (warning: you will be addicted if you start watching!).

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    About Kristin

    Kristin is happily married to her best friend and "momma" to 6 kids. She has twins in the mix and had them all in just 10 years. She loves to share what she has learned and encourage other moms that they are good at what they do and they will survive. She could talk for hours about blogging and social media, eating healthy & exciting products that makes moms lives a bit easier and more fun.


    1. Mary Happymommy says:

      I’ve been eyeing the Brazilian butt lift videos. I’ve been watching too many infomercials, I guess. I would use the Amazon gift code towards that. Thanks!

    2. I would buy a new sunscreen

    3. My amazon wish list is long!! Right now, I have a few books that I’d love to snag! :)
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    4. I would use it towards a wireless router

    5. I’d get a book I really want

    6. I would spend it on new clothes.

    7. Jessie C. says:

      I ‘d get books on my wishlist.

    8. Pinky Sade says:

      I’d spend it on books. Thanks!

    9. I would get the best baby on the block book. I hear good things about it!

    10. I would love to get some new makeup!
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    11. I’d buy my Mom a book for Mother’s Day.

    12. Harmony B says:

      most likely buy diapers

    13. I would spend it on gifts for my Mom’s birthday or my granddaughter’s graduation.

    14. A+A blanket

    15. I would buy some Scotts lawn fertilizer

    16. Ann Fantom says:

      I would buy my daughter the SpongeBob DVD that she wants

    17. Margaret Smith says:

      I’m trying to lose weight and started walking everyday. I’d love to by myself some nice quality sneakers.
      Thanks so much.

    18. Amazon sells everything, so I would use it to replace something I normally buy, depending on circumstances at the time.

    19. I would buy a book or two.

    20. Michelle Fosnaugh says:

      Books for my kindle

    21. I would get a couple of books.

    22. Tari Lawson says:

      I would get some K-cups.

    23. Adrienne gordon says:

      on clothes

    24. Cynthia C says:

      I’d probably get some Kindle books for vacation

    25. I’d buy groceries.

    26. Debra Guillen says:


    27. a new phone

    28. Kristi P. says:

      On some Kindle books.

    29. Some nice new philosophy shower gels. Thanks.

    30. Trixie Dotson says:

      I’d spend it on a couple new e-books for myself. :)

    31. I would by my wife a wireless mouse shes been wanting

    32. Charlotte W. says:

      I’d buy myself a few books that I’ve wanted to read for ages.

    33. Susan Smith says:

      I’d spend it on books.

    34. I would like to get some beach towels for our summer vacation.

    35. Kyl Neusch says:

      get some books

    36. Katherine says:

      Put it in my kindle fire “fund”

    37. kelly nicholson says:

      Let me know what you would spend the $25 on

      i need a pizza stone

    38. I’d spend it on some household items I need.

    39. Jody Sisson says:

      I would buy a few books.

    40. I would put it towards my daughter’s birthday party. Thanks for the chance.

    41. Lesley F says:


    42. Daniel Thornton says:

      I would spend the 25 dollars on dvds and yarn

    43. Erin Rok says:

      I would put it towards a new car seat for my son

    44. ELIZABETH says:

      I would buy Makeup

    45. Rebecca Graham says:

      I would buy books for my Kindle.

    46. Id buy eczema cream. Mines getting pretty bad.

    47. Judith R. says:

      I’d spend the $25 on Jeff Lindsay books.

    48. Melissa Shirley says:

      College textbooks

    49. I would save it for a birthday present.

    50. I was gonna say video game, but I’ll go with Mother’s Day present!

    51. Amanda J says:

      I would put it towards purchasing Adobe Illustrator CS2,3,4, or 5.

    52. Steve Stone says:

      buy a new flash drive

    53. Barbara Montag says:

      I’d buy my favorite coffee – Turtle Sundae!
      Thank you.

    54. Catherine Buell says:

      Let’s see, I haven’t gotten myself anything “just because” in a long time. It’s so hard to do that! I would buy myself some workout pants/capris.

    55. A pair of jeans!

    56. A new photography book!

    57. Monique Rizzo says:

      Id get a blu ray dvd.
      Thanks for the chance.

    58. Crystal F says:

      I would get a few books for my kindle. thank you!

    59. Jessica Eaton Ledford says:

      I’d get some nice bubble bath!

    60. Cindy Loo says:

      I would buy her some new nail polish!

    61. patricia skinner says:

      I would put it towards a garden cart.

    62. I would get books.

    63. Lisa Brown says:

      I would buy some makeup

    64. Give it to a new mother that I know.

    65. save it first

    66. virgomomwriter says:

      I would get a birthday gift for my niece, and bath salts for myself.

    67. new headphones
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    68. id spend it on dog food!

    69. Lane Mahnke says:

      I would apply it towards an XBOX 360.

    70. Heather S says:

      A new dvd for family movie night

    71. Misty Hurtado says:

      I’m obsessed with purfume!!! sooo purfume! =)

    72. I’d get essential oils.

    73. i’d get the hunger games series

    74. Jannie Bryant says:

      A pedicure

    75. I would get some OPI nail polish! I’ve got a whole wishlist of them, lol

    76. I would get a purse.

    77. a new pair of shoes

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    78. I would get the new Stephen King book.
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    79. I’d buy books for my grandson.

    80. April Brenay says:

      apply it towards a kindle fire!

    81. alyce poalillo says:

      I have several ebooks in my Amazon cart and if I win I will have much new reading material!

    82. I would get a case for my Kindle Fire.

    83. DAMIAN JARREAU says:

      I would get some books

    84. Stephanie says:

      i would buy a book

    85. would get some scrapbooking items for myself

    86. Rhonda Petersen says:


    87. I would buy some ink cartridges

    88. Theresa Shafer says:

      I am saving for a big like home size air purifier. Every bit helps.

    89. Kristy Thiel says:

      I’d use it toward a new vacuum! thanks for hosting!

    90. Betty Antibus says:

      I would like a grill

    91. Couple of books

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    92. Debbie R says:

      I am saving for a steam mop from Amazon

    93. Jason Crooks says:

      I would get a couple of disney dvd’s for my niece.

    94. Alex Liz Robinson says:

      I am saving amazon gift cards for a crib!

    95. Mary Calabrese says:

      Books for my Kindle fire.

    96. I would probably spend it on e-books I’ve been wanting to read.

    97. Taking care of myself? hmm, not sure if I can do that right away. I have a baby on the way… and it’s only a matter of days or weeks before the baby comes!!!! So… might have to be for diapers. :)

    98. Theresa DeRosa says:

      I think I would spend the $ 25 on a new pair of flip flops for summer.

    99. I would use it toward a new mattress pad.

    100. I would buy books

    101. I’d get books and/or dvds

    102. Daniel M says:

      still got a few movies on my wish list!

    103. dario moniz says:

      i need new sunglasses

    104. Patricia Treskovich says:

      would buy slacks

    105. Anthony says:

      I would buy a blu ray dvd

    106. brenda says:

      my sons size 15 sneaker fund

    107. Christine says:


    108. I would buy a deep fryer.

    109. Candice Hull says:

      I would put it towards an anniversary gift for my husband. Even though it is “our money”, I hate taking money from his paycheck to buy him gifts.
      Thank you for the chance to win!

    110. Angela Cisco says:

      I would use it toward legos for my sons birthday

    111. shivani sood says:

      I would love to buy a bundt pan

    112. Eileen Burke says:

      I would spend it on baby gifts for my sister!

    113. Debbie C says:

      I would save it with my other codes toward a new TV.


    114. Aubrey says:

      i would spend it on books

    115. jennifer cecil says:

      The new Charlaine Harris book.

    116. Danielle says:

      I would spend it on clothes!

    117. oh i’d love this! i’m an amazon addict!!

    118. I want to get my wife something nice and this would go towards that.
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    119. Diane F says:

      I would buy some books

    120. Raving Rabbids for the Kinect. Something everyone can enjoy…especially me!

    121. Tara Woods says:

      a camera bag

    122. in the spirit of taking care of myself i’d use the giftcard for snazzy lotion or some make-up. things i really love but don’t spend the money on usually.
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    123. Some new ebooks!

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    124. Zanita says:

      I would spend on How to BLOG, I am starting my own blog and still have a WHOLE lot to learn..I have became fascinated with it and am really anxious to get started so I’m in research mode:)

    125. Samantha says:

      I would use it toward the purchase of the Kindle Fire!

    126. Mary Casper says:

      I would buy a new audio book

    127. I saw a couple of spring tops I would love to get

    128. James Van Hooser says:


    129. Molly K says:

      I would get myself a bike helmet. I just started training for a duathlon and really need to get a helmet.

    130. Nicole C. says:

      I would buy some new books.

    131. ewhatley says:

      I really want a stick blender and I might put the $25 toward that.

    132. Harold D says:

      A game for my grand daughter

    133. Shirley Hicks says:

      id use it on new summer clothing

    134. Kathleen Conner says:

      I’d buy some shorts

    135. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

      i need a new set of pans
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    136. jeanne conner says:

      I need the pet attachment for my Dyson, so probably that…

    137. Leona P says:

      I would put it towards a rug cleaner

    138. I would spend it on books! I can’t wait to get my hands on Insurgent!

    139. Birthday present for my daughter! :)
      Thank You!

    140. mistysunrise says:

      I would use it to buy legos for my daughters birthday.

    141. Miz Vickik says:

      Books! Thanks!!

    142. weights
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    143. Cheri Anne says:

      I would spend the money on some new wall decor for my bedroom.

    144. Heather Poindexter says:

      I would use it on myself! I need some new shorts.

    145. Purchase my significant other a gift.

    146. Tabathia B says:

      books, books and more books

    147. Tiffany Hoyt says:

      I would get a hair dryer.

    148. paige jagan says:

      I would spend the $25 on some first readers for my Kindergartener!

    149. Michelle Tucker says:

      I’m saving up amazon codes to buy a soda stream. Really would love to have one.

    150. Michele P. says:

      There were some great deals on Vera Bradley bags. Cute too!

    151. Sarah L says:

      I’ll put it toward an Amazon Fire.
      Thanks for the contest.

    152. Leslie Luke Stanziani says:

      My son’s mp3 player stopped working so he needs a new one like the other 3 kids.Thanks!

    153. Conor S. says:

      My wifey!


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