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.

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 boyboxers before jumping into bed, it’s time to step up the show. I’mnot saying you have to wear lingerie but putting a wee bit ofeffort into what you wear between the sheets will make everyoneinvolved feel a whole lot better.

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

hankypanky.com.

Instead of a big bulky robe, this beautiful andwell-priced wrap (right) is perfect for the morning grind ofcarpools, dog walks or a coffee run. Its lightweight, easy-to-packnature also makes it ideal for travel. Victoria’s Secret CottonCashmere Wrap, $39.50, victoriasecret.com.

Night moves


I have always wanted to keep a journal but usually end upwith giant gaps between entries because I can’t seem to find thetime to sit down and spill my guts. So when I discovered this OneLine a Day diary, I knew I had met my soulmate of memory keepers.This beautiful book asks you simply to write one line each daydescribing a moment and is set up to record these over the nextfive years. Brilliant. Paper Source, $16.50, paper-source.com.

One line a day


On those random Wednesday nights when you really want acocktail 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, knownfor deliciously scented products, has created a cocktail party foryour tubby-time. The set comes with three shampoo/bath/shower gelsin Señorita Margarita, Mimosa and Melon Daiquiri. Think of it as abuzz for your bath. $30, sephora.com

Bath time for mom


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

Located right on the shores of Lake Geneva, The AbbeyResort & Spa (theabbeyresort.com) is just 80 miles fromdowntown Chicago. It’s a simple drive-or you can just hop on theMetra. The Union Pacific Northwest line picks you up at Ogilviestation and drops you at the Harvard stop. From there, The Abbeyoffers complimentary shuttle service if you call inadvance.

One of the most popular treatments for moms-aside from the50-minute Avani massage-is a new Aqua Embrace treatment. Thisrelaxing scalp massage and customized oil conditioning treatmenthelps to resuscitate dry Chicago-winterized hair.

Prices this month start at $139 and the Aqua Embracetreatment is $60, theabbeyresort.com.

Super Mom Slumber Party


Check our more of Meredith’s favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas onher ABC 7 segment with Judy Hsu!


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