Gifts for Mums – It’s Time To Treat Yourself

Venturing into the mothering stage of my life, I never realised how much of myself I’d be giving up. I didn’t even realise how at peace I was with giving these things up. For most of us mums it comes as a shock to the system, to not be your own priority anymore, but it’s a natural transition into a selfless person and mother.

Instinctively we put the needs of our little babes before our own, this means for many of us we never treat ourselves. We never take time for ourselves, this is something we all need to do more often. Dads too, but I don’t think this list will please many Daddys. But a happy wife makes a happy life…

I didn’t realise how much I appreciated the smallest of treats, nor did I realise how much I needed them. A little treat and time for yourself can really help recharge your batteries, which have been run down by relentless night-wakings. Whether it’s a soak in the bath or a new pair of shoes, you’ll feel all fuzzy with happiness and ultimately, you deserve it.

But where do you start? How do you treat yourself? (Or someone else)

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Here’s a little list of things that we could all do with, the best part is, they’re all under £20!

An At-Home Oil Treatment for your Hair.

Argan Oil

I started using Schwarzkopf Styling Oil a few weeks ago and have absolutely adored my hair afterwards. On a whim I bought this in the hopes it would extend the period of time in-between each hair wash and soften my dry ends. You don’t necessarily need this product, any hair oil will be the perfect treat for you. Even coconut oil.

Smother your hair in the oil before you wash your hair, then tie it up so it isn’t slick to your face. Leave on for as long as you like before showering. Kick back with a good book while you let the oil sink in to your hair. Once you’ve washed the oil out, roughly towel dry your hair and add a little more oil. Smooth the oil from root to tip, focusing on the ends of your hair. The oil doesn’t tend to give you greasy roots, it encourages your natural shine and gives you a gorgeous sleek look.

A Delicious Smelling Candle

Heart and Home

One thing most of us mums have, is an addiction to candles. They look and smell so pretty. I have a Grapefruit & Cassis scented candle from Heart & Home and the fruity smell makes me drool. A little candle purchase is definitely something I love to treat myself to. This candle from Heart & Home is a gorgeous pop of colour with a unique lid. It burns for 75 hours, so that’s 75 hours of heavenly scented you-time.

Don’t scrimp when you treat yourself to candles, the brands such as Yankee Candle, The White Company and Heart & Home sell candles which last much longer than budget brands, with a scent that fills the room.

However, sometimes you see a candle which is perfect for decoration, there’s no harm in sprucing up your home with candles. You can find plenty of decorative candles in B&M bargains.

A Set of Soap Flowers

Heathcote and Ivory

You can use these Soap Flowers from Heathcote & Ivory as soap, or you may feel they’re too beautiful to use and sit them in a bowl in your bathroom.

They can be used in a luxurious bath or as pot-pouri in any room. They’re extremely pretty flowers which will brighten up the room. Also, if you’re a blogger or photographer, they’re perfect to use in the background to make your photos really pop.

Stationery

You make plenty of lists throughout your week, why not do so using gorgeous stationery.

Positive Prints

calm gallery

Something that I’m really starting to adore is positive prints. They’re prints with inspirational quotes and little messages of happiness on them. It’ll be a treat that keeps on giving each time you look at it.

My favourite is a ‘Make The Most Of It’ print from The Calm Gallery. It’s certainly a special treat and is something we may need to look at every day. Especially when you relate it back to our devilish kiddies.

Bespoke Hand-Made Necklace

diwah

I recently discovered the fabulous company, Diwah and am currently working with them to create my own beautiful necklace. The unique thing about Diwah is that they not only stock a beautiful selection of hand-made Jewellery, but their website also allows you to create your own. Once you see their designs you will fall in love with their pieces.

The fabulous thing about creating you own necklace is that you can personalize it, it’s unique and you can create it to suit your budget. So why not treat yourself to a gorgeous piece of jewellery.

Think of a Hobby

I’ve recently started doing crafts, anything from upcycling furniture to making cards. Having a hobby really helps you to escape briefly and focus your mind on something. It also leaves you feeling a sense of achievement. It’s a wonderful feeling when you achieve something, other than raising your sweet children, of course.

A hobby doesn’t have to be crafty, it can be an activity, perhaps one you can do with a friend, while doing another favourite hobby, gossiping.

Mini Spa at Home

soap and glory

Every mother deserves a little pampering, some of us deserve a lot! Set aside one night a month, or a week if you can spare it and make that entire evening about yourself.

To pamper yourself from head to toe you can use the Hair Oil as previously mentioned, a Mudd mask for your face, a scrub for your body, a scrub for your feet, nail polish and an all over body moisturizer.

My favourite scrubs and moisturizers are from Soap & Glory. It’s the smell that really makes me feel pampered. The face mask you can find in every supermarket for 99p. When combined with a bath and your favourite robe afterwards, you’ll feel like a new woman.

Exercise

I know, it sounds like hard-work. Exercising can be hard work. But think about that post-workout feeling, a buzz of achievement (we already know how wonderful this feels) and relief once it’s over.

Exercising doesn’t have to be a chore, it can be fun. You know dancing counts right?

Escaping with a Book

unmumsy mum

For every mum the must-read is of course the Unmumsy-Mum book. She depicts in the most hilarious way how tough parenting can be. With her book she’s not only created a more honest conversation between mums, but she makes us as the reader feel relief that other mums go through it too. Or other mums think it too, you know what we think, or carelessly say. You’ll laugh and cry, I cannot recommend this book enough to mums. Actually dads, it’s a sense of humour you’ll appreciate too.


If you ever need a little pick-me-up, but can’t decide on what, then pretend you’re planning a thoughtful gift for your best friend and you really want to make her happy and relaxed. Inspiration will soon flow.

It’s so important to treat yourself, whether it’s time to read a book, a visit to the hairdressers or if your treat is in the form of accessories and things that make you happy. A happy mum means happy parenting. You probably don’t treat yourself very often, and when you do, you appreciate it so much more. Everyone will notice your beaming smile!

Let me know your favourite mum-treats in the comments.


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  1. June 18, 2016 / 6:16 am

    Oh I love the idea of creating my own necklace what a great idea! Thos soaps are awesome too, far to pretty to use xx

  2. June 18, 2016 / 6:57 am

    A good book is always my little treat, and if I’m lucky I will get a few hours of quiet to finish reading it. Lovely post, some lovely ideas, we mums do tend to forget ourselves #justanotherlinkie

  3. Geraldine
    June 18, 2016 / 7:02 am

    I love these ideas and your right, what is it about mums not treating themselves. We haven’t had anything nice since I bought a penny’s jumper at Christmas! #justanotherlinky

  4. June 18, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    You’re right we really should treat ourselves more! Some lovely ideas here x #justanotherlinky

  5. June 18, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    We all need a treat every now and then. Some real goodies here. i love the candle #KCACOLS

  6. June 18, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    I use Schwarzkopf Styling Oil as well and it does wonder. I love the fact that you talk about exercise. it’s so important to feel good both physically and mentally. #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 4:44 pm

      It’s fab isn’t it! Definitely when we feel good we’re better at everything

  7. June 19, 2016 / 7:52 am

    Lovely list of ideas, and I love the idea that you don’t have to spend a fortune to treat yourself! Now I’m off to check out some of those links, the scented candle and the pretty soaps both look so nice! x #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 4:45 pm

      They’re SO lovely I’d definitely recommend as a little treat. It’s the smallest of things that can be the biggest rewards x

  8. June 19, 2016 / 8:54 am

    I feel like this about my allotment – I hot foot it there every Saturday for ‘me time’ – so important! #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 4:47 pm

      Sounds lovely! That time to indulge and focus on something else does wonders for us

  9. June 19, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    Oh I’d love any of these but I know my poor hair is crying out for the oil treatment, I do always worry about greasy roots afterwards and might be tempted just to use this on the ends.

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 4:50 pm

      I was sceptical when I bought it but after I used it I couldn’t get enough. I use a little everyday now and smother my hair in it before I shower. It was half price when I bought it so hopefully you can catch that offer too

  10. June 19, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    Candles are great for relaxing, you can never have to many ;). I do like a nice long bath to pamper myself if I get time.
    #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 4:52 pm

      We must have about 40 candles in our home. At first Mr F would despair but now he lights them each evening! I’m actually treating myself to a soak now it’s lovely isn’t it. Must make the most of it as I’m sure I won’t get the chance for a long time x

  11. June 20, 2016 / 9:05 am

    This is such a good, and a good reminder that every mum deserve a treat every now and again, and it doesn’t need to be extravagant! I have The Unmumsy Mum’s book on my kindle to read, so I might just go and buy myself a nice candle, a bath bomb and book myself some ‘me’ time in the bath tonight and start reading it! #marvmondays

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 4:53 pm

      That sounds too tempting to not! I hope you enjoy the book I thought it was hilarious. Definitely treat yourself to a candle too, this one smells of summer it’s gorgeous x

  12. June 20, 2016 / 11:39 am

    Yes yes yes. It really is crazy how we lose so much of ourselves at the beginning of motherhood because we’re so focused on making sure our little baby’s needs are met. But it is so important to take care of ourselves as well (once we get out of that newborn fog!) and all of the above sound amazing, especially a book to lose yourself in. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 4:55 pm

      It’s so easy so never set aside time for ourselves but it’s important to do it regularly, these kiddies deserve a relaxed mum! Thanks for hosting x

  13. June 20, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    Oh I love the idea of taking time to treat ourselves – so important for being a better mummy too I feel – love the idea of new stationery – just inspires me no end! Love the idea of a book too – haven’t read that one yet – I really must!! Thank you for sharing and inspiring me to take a little time out! #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 4:56 pm

      I hope you enjoy your time! I love stationary but I like it to look at more than to use. Defeats the object but we have tons of the stuff here!

  14. June 20, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    That hair oil sounds fab – off to get myself some. And I love that necklace! #MarvMondays xx

  15. June 20, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Great ideas to treat oursevles! I’m treating myself by getting my hair done next week! Total change before baby arrives #MarvMondays

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 4:57 pm

      Eek!! I’m hoping to have mine done this week. That’s the ultimate treat I think. Pop some pics up when it’s finished if you’re going for a complete transformation

  16. June 20, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    brilliant round up! the positive prints look great. we move soon so I am on the look out for new bits and bobs! #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 6:36 pm

      The prints are really fab, I’ve been printing a few of my own and I love the sentiment behind them. I hope everything goes well with the move! An exciting change

  17. Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme)
    June 20, 2016 / 6:41 pm

    So true! Finding time to ourselves can be difficult.I love candles! I’ve not read the Unmumsy book yet – i may have to read this! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 6:44 pm

      Candles are a mums best friend aren’t they! Such a relaxing treat. I’d really recommend her book, or any book for an escape. Thanks for hosting

  18. June 20, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    This soap flowers are adorable and the candle sounds delightful. Some really love ideas. #MarvMonday

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 8:31 pm

      Thank you. Those flowers are absolutely fab, I love looking at them when I pop into the bathroom

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 8:31 pm

      The necklace is gorgeous isn’t it. I’m nudging Mr F about it… The print is lovely too, you can’t beat a positive print

  19. June 21, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    Great list! I really love the little gifts and tiny treats my husband and family give me. As I would never get my own, however, I like your list. 🙂 thank you for sharing #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      June 21, 2016 / 4:57 pm

      That’s really sweet of them. It’s nice to receive a little something to show their appreciation

  20. June 23, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    I would just want to display those soaps and not actually use them! The Unmumsy Mum’s book looks great, I must get round to reading it. Thank you for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

  21. June 24, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    All my non-blogging friends have read that book – I really should read it haha!! Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

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