Is Overwhelmed the New Normal? (Eversave Manicure/Pedicure Giveaway)

Is Overwhelmed the New Normal? (Eversave Manicure/Pedicure Giveaway)

overwhelmed balanceI often have people ask me in pity awe – How do you do it all?  

My response is usually to stare at them blankly trying to figure out what they are talking about, but then my sleep deprived, mommy fried brain the caffeine kicks in and I realize what they are talking about.

To me though,well, my life is… my life.

Family

I have three kids that outsmart me are amazing and bounce off the walls active and are on the verge of being overscheduled curious about everything.   Although we have a one sport per season rule, with three kids that can still turn into a lot of practices and games.  Finding time to eat dinner together as a family – let alone get homework done and reading time in – can be nearly impossible at times.

But, my 9 year old was in a play this summer and has decided she wants to be a rock star/actress/model.  My 7 year old son is over the moon about joining cub scouts and my 3 year old daughter has decided she will be on So You Think You Can Dance when she’s older and therefore begs almost daily to have a dance class.

How can I possibly hold them back from finding their passions?

So on top of soccer (for all 3), I now have CJ in a hip hop class, Tev joined a local pack (or maybe it’s a den?), and I met with a talent agent for Jaeda on Saturday.

But that’s not all.

Work

I am also the primary breadwinner in our family and all of the activities in the world won’t compensate for having no place to live.   Therefore, I have a consulting job that I am very lucky to be able to do from home, but am also starting my own business and doing fix and flips so have two LLC’s… plus my real estate license. Then, of course, there is this whole blogging thing.  :) At a minimum I need to work 30 hours a week, but 40 or 50 is much more comfortable and that doesn’t include blogging time.

Other Stuff

Throw in a husband that amazingly still likes me wants to spend time together, my interest in scrapbooking & other crafts, a new house that has a bazillion things we need to do to it, two dogs, a cat, fostering rescued cats and dogs, my interest in local politics, monthly volunteering with local charities, active involvement in my kids’ classes and PTA, a voracious appetite for completely mindless fiction, a garden, friends, trying to maintain our house slightly above the status of pig sty and the time vacuum twitter…well, I’m breathless just typing the list.

Me Time

Although no one is pointing a gun to my head forcing me to do these things, I still want to do them all and therefore have my moments of feeling completely overwhelmed.  When that happens I try to find space for a little me time.  Me time can be anything:

  • reading a book
  • having drinks with girlfriends
  • monthly bunco
  • walking the dogs by myself while the kids are in school
  • watching a completely brainless TV show and giving up the idea of being productive for the duration

But, I must admit the me times when I feel the most pampered include a pedicure.  There is just something about sitting in a massaging chair while my feet are massaged, then having someone else paint my toenails – with no mistakes and it lasts forever! – that just really feels like I’ve taken a deep breath, centered myself, and am ready to jump back into the chaos.

Manicure/Pedicure Giveaway

When Eversave approached me and asked if I wanted to give away a manicure & pedicure to a reader – but not only a reader – to a reader PLUS a friend – I not only said “Yes!”  I said “Heck Yeah!” (maybe not so PC even).

So here is the deal – Eversave is co-hosting a blog carnival with Audrey McClelland, author of the Digital Mom Handbook. Throughout the day bloggers will share posts about how they “do it all” at www.momgenerations.com.

Along with this blog carnival, Eversave is sponsoring a Back to Beauty giveaway of their local Denver deal today, September 14 – $22 for a Spa Combo mani/pedi at Sit ‘N Chirp in Lakewood.  A $45 value!

They are giving you two certificates – one for you and one so you can take a friend with you.   The giveaway will run through September 18 and is open to anyone that wants to travel to Sit ‘N Chirp in Lakewood, Colorado to redeem this deal.

Mandatory – you must leave a comment thanking Eversave for the opportunity for a little me time on them.

Optional:  Additional Entries (leave a separate comment for each):

I just entered to win a mani/pedi from @EversaveDEN &  @mominmanagement! Go here http://www.mominmanagement.com/?p=4065 for your chance to win!

Good Luck!

**Disclosure:  Eversave provided a mani/pedi certificate for the winner and for me. 

Interesting Additional Information

*My comments are in pink below.

Eversave is sponsoring this Back to Beauty promotion to coincide with the release of Sarah Jessica Parker movie I Don’t Know How She Does It which opens on Friday (9/16).  Going along with the theme of - I don’t know how she does it – Eversave, surveyed more than 700 mothers to find out how they “do it all.”

Stress and Balance and Busy MomIn the film, Parker’s character, a working mother, lies awake at night mentally running through her “list” of things she needs to do. In reality, 90 percent of the respondents said they lie awake at night thinking about the things they need to get done. For both mothers who work outside the home and those who parent full-time, the same concerns keep them awake:

  • Money stress: 71%
  • Worrying about their kids: 53%
  • Finding time for their spouse/significant other: 45%
  • Preparing meals/managing the household: 33%
During waking hours, the majority of moms said they never finish their to-do lists, and as a result they take some pretty creative steps to get it all done. In fact, moms will:

  • Stuff clutter into closets or dirty dishes into the oven before guests come over: 66%
  • Serve their children fast food more than once per week: 58% (Yep, with soccer 5 nights a week it happens)
  • Give in to a child’s temper tantrum in order to save time: 47%
  • Let children dress in mismatched clothes to get to school/work on time: 38%  (I absolutely do this!) 
Regardless of how busy they are, all moms make their children a priority. Close to 60 percent of working mothers and 76 percent of stay-at-home mothers find the time to tuck their kids in every night. Forty-nine percent of working mothers attend school events, as do 56 percent of stay at home mothers. Where women skimp: “me time.” (Is anyone really surprised?)
Thirty-five percent of the moms polled find time for themselves once a month and their preferred way to spend that time is pampering themselves with manicures, pedicures, facials and other spa treatments. (Only 35% get me time ONCE a month? – sadly this is all too easy for me to believe)  

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