Majority of moms hide snacks from their family, study finds.
I read an article on FOX news that polled mothers and the survey found that two-thirds of American moms have a secret snack stash that is kept hidden from family and 66 percent of moms polled hide really good snacks to avoid sharing them with the rest of the household.
Reading this article reminded me of some advice I received when I became a first-time mother. The advice was “as a mother you give so much of yourself, time and effort, to ensure your child has the best, most well-rounded life, don’t ever forget to replenish yourself, you can’t give from a source that’s empty’’.
When I read the article, I thought. ….Really!!! So this is what our lives have come to Moms?! Nothing else for ourselves so we retort to hiding a snack, a delicious treat just for us! Maybe those mothers surveyed just wanted a snack to themselves, I can definitely think of a few snacks I rather keep to myself, like the double chocolate Magnum ice-cream bar. Or maybe, like the advice I was given, those mothers feel so depleted they just want something to call their own, and why not reward with a snack, most of the snacks mentioned were healthy, so not necessarily a guilty pleasure, just something that no one else could have.
I can’t say that advice I was given is always in the back of my mind, but in moments of feeling overwhelmed while in full working mommy mode, a trip for one to a deserted tropical island to replenish, can seem like a dream come true. How many of you have been offered to take a few hours for yourself and you decline because you don't want to be away from your children? *Raises hand* I'm Guilty!! Much like a well, when drawing from the well, it can run dry or it can appear to be dry and just need to be re-primed. Mothers, I'm here to tell you, sometimes you need to be re-primed, and it isn't something you should feel guilty or ashamed about.
As a mother, I know how hard this is to do, but you have to make yourself a priority. Motherhood is the most beautiful and rewarding journey I’ve ever been on. Every day is so fulfilling and different. Being a Mother to toddler boys especially with no relatives nearby and my husband frequently traveling for work, at the end of the night I’m pooped and thinking of a good snack to sit back and enjoy, more importantly, I’m also thinking about a reasonable way I could replenish myself.
I don’t know about you, but I’m in need of a vacation. To me, a vacation doesn’t have to be a 10-day all out oasis or tropical get away. It can simply be some time away from the typical day-to-day responsibilities (cooking, cleaning), with people whose company I enjoy the most. Most importantly for me, a vacation cannot be truly enjoyed if puts me in debt. I like to enjoy my time away knowing that my vacation is paid for and I don’t have to starve myself upon returning home. Can you imagine: you have a great time on your trip, then when you get home your Zen mood from the previous week is replaced by anxiety and vexation because you totally overspent for the month.
Being that we have a little over a month until the spring season and a few months until summer, we have plenty of time to plan and prepare with a travel savings plan.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How does saving $1000 in 3 months sound, if you put aside $77 a week for 13 weeks? Not bad right. Below is a reminder you can plaster to serve as a visual to help you meet your goal. The great thing about this plan is, you can always opt to add a little extra to your goal for the week, with the expectation that at the end of the 3 months you will have over a thousand dollars toward your trip.
If you’re fretting over being able to save $77 a week, no fear, below are some helpful tips to maximize your budget to reach your goal.
Cash is King: Keep a cash budget for the month; this will help you realize where you can turn some excess waste into savings. Write out your budget (needs) and stick with it, turn access into savings. Using a cash envelope system will be instrumental in helping you achieve this goal. See more at:
Sorry Starbucks: If you have a Starbucks habit, I have good and bad news for you. The good news is, you can save over 30 dollars a week if you visit at least 4 times a week, the not so good news is, it won’t be brewed for you:
DYI Manicures & Pedicures: who doesn’t love a good mani pedi? I for one sure do, but I am also the DYI queen. I’ll do hair, nails, make up, especially if it means saving money. A mani Pedi combo can cost upwards of $65 dollars, not including the tip. I hardly ever go without my nails being painted, and over the years I’ve gotten really good at hooking myself up, you wouldn’t even know the difference. How you ask? Read below my friend. There is a style and technique for whatever your heart desires. Below is a sample.
Sometimes a little sacrifice is worth a large gain; I’d say having an enjoyable debt free vacation definitely qualifies as such. Save up, cut back, and enjoy your much-deserved special time away.