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.
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, victoriasecret.com.
Check our more of Meredith's favorite Mother's Day gift ideas on
her ABC 7 segment with Judy Hsu!
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, paper-source.com.
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, sephora.com
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 (theabbeyresort.com) 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
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, theabbeyresort.com.