Life as a stay-at-home mom can sometimes feel repetitive and mundane. If you’re looking to add some fresh ideas for fun into your weekdays, we’re here to help. Here are 7 fun and guilt-free ways for you to get some more enjoyment out of your daily routine as a stay-at-home mom.
1) Create Your Own Alcohol-Free Happy Hour
A mocktail happy hour is an elegant and joyful addition to your daily routine as a stay-at-home mom. It gives you the perfect guilt-free treat to look forward to after a lunchtime play date.
You’ll get to feel like an adult when you sip on some alcohol-free Prosecco that tastes just like the real thing. Forget about fruit juice blends that don’t taste like cocktails at all. You can get the real, adults-only taste of your favorite bubbly drink — even alcohol-free champagne! A sober happy hour is a great way to feel classy and enjoy being an adult, all while still being on the job as a stay-at-home mom.
2) Have a Weekday Mocktail Party with Your Mom Friends
Try playing with different mocktail recipes with various combinations of alcohol-free beverages to add some adult flavors into your weekdays. Why not plan a different recipe for each day of the week?
Invite your stay-at-home mom friends over and ask them to bring their own favorite mocktail to mix it up. Take turns hosting weekday alcohol-free mom parties while all the kids play!
3) Plan a Picnic Day in the Park
Is there anything more lovely than a picnic in the park? Grab the biggest blanket you can find, your family’s favorite snacks and some alcohol-free wine for a joyful picnic that’s sure to create memories. Some fresh air and sunshine with some delicious food is a recipe for joy any day of the week!
4) Start a Weekday Book Club
Another way to enjoy your daily routine as a stay-at-home mom? A moms-only book club! A book club full of fellow women who are in the same season of life as you will give you a supportive community, as well as something unique to fill up your weekdays.
5) Turn Your Workout into Playtime
When we feel good, we enjoy our lives so much more. In fact, regular exercise habits can increase the serotonin levels in your brain which helps you to feel happier.
Try having your little one join you in your daily workout and turn it into playtime! If you’ve got a toddler bursting with energy, have them run shuttle sprints with you at the park or stand on your feet to give you high fives while you do sit-ups. There are endless ways to get creative by making your workout feel like playtime for you and your kids. Get your blood pumping and feel the boost of good-for-you chemicals in your brain afterward!
6) Visit Your Local Library
Libraries are a fun and free way to get you and your kids involved in the community. Most libraries offer story times and other free events for your kids to participate in. You’ll be able to give them a break from their screens and even get a little time to read yourself or mingle with other moms while they listen to story time. It’s a great way to mix it up and make new friends, which will bring more joy for you and your kids.
7) Be Sure to Schedule Your “Me Time”
The most important thing you can do to increase the joy in your stay at home mom life is to take care of yourself. If you have a partner who gets home at a certain time or a babysitter who helps you out, be sure to create a consistent routine that puts them in charge of the children for at least an hour.
Your “me time” can be anything you want it to be; it can even change on a daily basis! Maybe it’s a hot bath behind a locked door, a walk around the block or a drive down the street to Target. It’s crucial for your mental health and your own joy that you are able to have a little bit of time to relax each day. You can’t take care of anyone else if you’re not first taking care of yourself.
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To conclude, being a stay-at-home mom doesn’t have to mean you’re reliving the same day over and over again. Enjoy your life by mixing it up with these tips we talked about here. The secret to a fun routine is to add in a dash of elegance and adulthood where you can (like with a delicious mocktail), mix up the ways you exercise your body and your brain and get out in the world to experience what your community has to offer.