Listen up, Chicago moms: There's a time to be selfish, and it's called Mother's Day


I recently asked my Facebook friends, many of whom are moms, if they ever feel guilty about taking time or doing something nice just for themselves.

The overwhelming response: "NO!"

There is no need to ever feel guilty about treating ourselves well. So in honor of Mother's Day, here are a few ideas to help you celebrate Y.O.U.


Night moves

If you're still throwing on a big ol' T-shirt and a pair of boy boxers before jumping into bed, it's time to step up the show. I'm not saying you have to wear lingerie but putting a wee bit of effort into what you wear between the sheets will make everyone involved feel a whole lot better.

Try this little number (left) by Hanky Panky (known for great underthings), which is both comfortable for you and uber-appealing to the person next to you. I think every mom deserves just one of these pieces of slumber-time luxury. Persian Floral Chemise, $83,

Instead of a big bulky robe, this beautiful and well-priced wrap (right) is perfect for the morning grind of carpools, dog walks or a coffee run. Its lightweight, easy-to-pack nature also makes it ideal for travel. Victoria's Secret Cotton Cashmere Wrap, $39.50,


Check our more of Meredith's favorite Mother's Day gift ideas on her ABC 7 segment with Judy Hsu!


One line a day

I have always wanted to keep a journal but usually end up with giant gaps between entries because I can't seem to find the time to sit down and spill my guts. So when I discovered this One Line a Day diary, I knew I had met my soulmate of memory keepers. This beautiful book asks you simply to write one line each day describing a moment and is set up to record these over the next five years. Brilliant. Paper Source, $16.50,


Bath time for mom

On those random Wednesday nights when you really want a cocktail but know you have to catch a 3 a.m. feeding or 6 a.m. wake-up call, here's the next best thing. Philosophy brand, known for deliciously scented products, has created a cocktail party for your tubby-time. The set comes with three shampoo/bath/shower gels in Señorita Margarita, Mimosa and Melon Daiquiri. Think of it as a buzz for your bath. $30,


Super Mom Slumber Party

Have you and your mom pals always wanted to skip town for a little girlfriend getaway? If so, now's your time to pack that overnight bag and head north for a one-night stand in Spaville.

Located right on the shores of Lake Geneva, The Abbey Resort & Spa ( is just 80 miles from downtown Chicago. It's a simple drive-or you can just hop on the Metra. The Union Pacific Northwest line picks you up at Ogilvie station and drops you at the Harvard stop. From there, The Abbey offers complimentary shuttle service if you call in advance.

One of the most popular treatments for moms-aside from the 50-minute Avani massage-is a new Aqua Embrace treatment. This relaxing scalp massage and customized oil conditioning treatment helps to resuscitate dry Chicago-winterized hair.

Prices this month start at $139 and the Aqua Embrace treatment is $60,

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