When you’re a busy mom, a career woman, or doing both, finding time to do things for yourself can be a task all its own. Getting up extra early, or making time at the end of the day to go to the gym is often the last thing you want to do. Even so, exercise and fitness is often the one thing that you really should be making time for. Developing an exercise habit has not only physical benefits, but mental benefits as well; and making it part of your daily routine can be a great way to get in some me time, before getting back to the daily grind.
Exercise is really important to me and I try and fit in at least 30 minutes of activity every day. I love classes and I try and make it to a class as often as I can, but sometimes I just can’t find the time. When I can’t make it to Orange Theory or a spin class, I am always hunting for great alternatives that I can do at home while the kids are napping or after they go to bed.
Also, when you’re as busy as I am, the drive to gym can be enough to talk yourself out of going all together. Not to mention the cost associated with a gym membership can be anywhere from $50-$150 a month! However, there’s no need to sacrifice physical fitness to save a buck; there are lots of ways to get in a great workout at home, without spending a dime. Take a look at some of these budget-friendly ideas for getting your sweat on!
Romper (Sold out but Similar) / Shoes / Earrings / Sunglasses (TJ Maxx)
Some days it seems like there are just not enough hours for me to get everything done. Between meetings, appointments, play dates, and school, I’m constantly chauffeuring my kids from place to place. Add in work, maintaining the house, and my own personal obligations and there’s barely enough “me time” leftover to relax.
You can’t buy time, but over the years I’ve found some products that come pretty close! Time I’m not spending mopping the floors or slaving over dinner is quality time I can spend with my family. So here I give you the gift of time, by sharing some of my favorite products that lessen the workload around the house. I think you’ll thank me!
I’m sure that many of you are familiar with the Roomba. If not, it’s a self-operating vacuum that will completely change your life. With the push of a button the Roomba will vacuum an entire floor with absolutely no effort. You can even program it to run when you’re not home so you can return to a freshly vacuumed house. If you have pets that shed, the Roomba is a total game changer. While there are a number of models, you can get your own personal sweeping service for as little as $250. A bit of an investment, you’ll save hours vacuuming; you can use that extra time to be a little extra messy with the kiddos. I have the Roomba and run it every day at least once! It has been a complete game changer for me and I cannot recommend it enough!
Dress, Sunglasses (Old Tory Burch), Earrings, Shoes
Another Red Dress Boutique dress for the win! I have been dying over all of the cute dresses I have been finding there and all for less than $100! These stripes are so cute and I LOVE the high neckline. I can’t wait to see what I snag for the fall!
I wore this dress in Destin and it was perfect for spending the day drinking beers on the beach and looking for dolphins while the kids ate crab legs and played on the park.
My husband and I are busy! It feels like we are always headed in different directions and with me working from home now, we have to make an effort to carve out “us” time during the week. One of the biggest changes we have made the past year is scheduling a date night once a week. We have a couple of hours to talk (without kids screaming over us or screaming “mommy” and “daddy” every 2.5 seconds) and enjoy each other’s company.
Whether you’ve been married for 50 years, you’re just starting a new relationship, or if you are still on the hunt for Mr or Mrs Right, everybody loves date night! When we are busy with work, family, and other responsibilities; planning a good date is always something to look forward to. If you have children you know that a night away from your kiddos is essential to not only maintaining your sanity, but keeping the romance alive. If you’re just starting to date, a night out is an opportunity to get to know someone’s personality, and learn more about each other. No matter what stage of a relationship you’re in, a good date is always the right idea.
So we’re all in agreement that date night is a good thing, but sometimes making time for each other can come with a cost. When it comes to a night out, dinner, drinks, and any other activities can start to add up. If you want to keep the romance alive without worrying about cost, I’ve put together some fun and unique date night ideas that are not only budget-friendly, but will keep your love life interesting.