🥰 Treat Yourself to a Bit of YOU Time

It’s time to refill your cup

The Carry All

Edition #126 | Read time: 5 Minutes

Ahhhh….alone time. Hahaha… We know you just spit out your drink, laughing, because WHAT is ALONE TIME, right?

No but seriously, we NEED it.

We would never let our kids rush out to soccer practice or swim team if they weren’t properly fueled, right? We wouldn’t expect them to take those dreaded standardized tests without a good night’s sleep first, would we? 

So how can you expect YOURSELF to really be able to give 150% every day without so much as a deep breath in peace and quiet? (One way is to occupy your kids with Netflix’s fun, new Popcorn & Brainstorm podcast for kids…the link is below. They’ll love it and leave you alone!)

In this issue we’re giving you all the reasons (and tools) you need to take a moment for yourself. You deserve it.

Plus, if you were a kid in the 90s, you’ll want to keep reading — because the way we eat and the way we 💩 has drastically changed since then…

 This week in The CARRY™ ALL, we’re talking about:

  • 📖 Our Favorite Must-Reads for the Summer!

  • 😴 Weighted Eye Mask

  • 💃 How to Find Time for Yourself

Check-out Popcorn Brainstorm! Jokes & Trivia for Kids, the chart-topping Kids & Family podcast from Netflix. Featuring trivia, games and jokes from your favorite Netflix films and series, Popcorn Brainstorm explores Leo, The Dragon Prince and more!

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THE BIG 1️⃣ 2️⃣ 3️⃣

1️⃣ 📖 Our Favorite Must-Reads for the Summer! 

Whether you’re planning on getting in some much-needed pool or beach time this summer, or you’re focused on reading a bit before bed every night, we’ve got you covered when it comes to your next book.

Check out our favorite summer reads in the CARRY™ Must Reads List!

2️⃣ 😴 Weighted Eye Mask

We LOVE that the days are long at this time of year, and that the sun is shining bright. But that sun can wreak havoc on a midday nap or an early bedtime. Our solution?

The Alaska Bear Sleep Mask. This life saver provides 100% blackout, doesn’t put pressure on your eyeballs, and contours to your face. Yes please. 🙋‍♀️

3️⃣ 💃 How to Find Time for Yourself

As moms, we often put the needs of everyone else before our own. (Ever had to pee but first made sure everyone had what they needed to eat? We feel you.) It’s so easy to be burned out, touched out, and on your last nerve, but you still pull yourself together so you can keep providing for your loved ones. Eventually, “pulling yourself together” becomes harder to do when you haven’t taken proper care of yourself.

This article provides some great ideas for finding that much-needed alone time. Our favorite? Stargazing after bedtime.

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT 🤎

for working moms with older children
  • Fruit Roll Ups, Lunchables, ham sandwiches on white bread (do they even sell Wonder Bread anymore?!), Kool Aid. Ahh–the diet of a kid who grew up in the 90s. It’s a wonder we’re still alive, to be honest. If you’re in miraculously good health despite your 90s diet, and are doing everything you can to get actual nutrients into your own kids, you’ll appreciate this article on the subject.

  • As parents, we skate the line of keeping our kids safe, and letting them be independent to make mistakes that they can learn from. But what about questionable activities? Those that could be safe in the right circumstances but have the potential for disaster? This Pediatric OR Nurse mom talks about the 5 things that she’ll never let her kids do. (We’re looking at you, amateur fireworks…🧨)

Last week’s poll results: Over 50% of you know you’re going through perimenopause or menopause!

➡️ “I started in my late thirties and I am finally finished with the worst of menopause, except for the whole lack of estrogen and calcium problems that is, and I am fifty-six.”

➡️ “I feel like maybe I might have some symptoms but they aren't severe, so maybe I'm not”

➡️ “Trust your intuition! I started experiencing symptoms when I was 39, and my previous GYN gaslit me - told me I was too young and that I needed anxiety medicine. She never even did any blood work. Fast forward two years with worsening symptoms, I found a different doctor who did a full hormone panel. I had really low levels and started hormone replacement therapy at 42. Such a huge difference! I still have perimenopausal symptoms, but the crippling fatigue, brain fog and anxiety have improved significantly. I have energy again and no longer feel like a horrible mom.”

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