As a stay-home mama, I’m very aware of how my mood affects the mood at home, and especially my interactions with dear Ellie. After all, I’m the one she faces all day (most of the time), so when my energy is running low, and stress is running high, I honestly do find myself very low on patience and grace.
So what do I do? I intentionally take steps back, and schedule in my little mood boosters. 😁
I call these things my “mama fresheners” (I know, I have strange terms in my world…), because well, they really do keep my mood refreshed! & when I’m filled up, I naturally have more joy to give. 🙂
💗going for a haircut (Kim Robinson never fails me all these years).
💗buying pretty flowers 🌸
💗baking my favorite brownies. I always use this recipe whenever I want a quick and easy treat!
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup unsifted flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1) Preheat oven to 175C. In large bowl, blend butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, and beat well.
2) In a small bowl, combine cocoa, baking powder, salt and flour. Gradually beat this into butter mixture. Spread in a 9×9 pan (lined with parchment paper) and bake for about 20 mins till it’s set in the middle.
So easy and yummy!
💗it can get expensive to have drinks frequently outside. So I buy home a big bottle of Aloe Honey Citron tea, and put 2 dollops of it in warm water whenever I want a nice drink.
💗having my recent favorite snack for tea – shio pan from FourLeaves bakery! Apparently it’s gaining in popularity haha.
💗making salads for breakfast put my day on a healthy start. ✌🏻️
💗morning devotions with the little one minister to my heart too. 🙂
💗making time to have high-tea fellowship with girlfriends, 2 of whom are about to pop!
::To close, let me share this from “The Mission of Motherhood”, pg.21:
God’s Word, you see, gives us the map or plan for the family so that we might better understand what he had in mind for us. Few things will last after we die, but our children and their children will live throughout eternity. What we do as mothers, therefore, has eternal significance, so it’s especially important to understand God’s original intentions in this regard. Exploring his design for families and for motherhood cannot only help us understand what has gone wrong, but also how, with God’s help, we can move closer to the joyful, fulfilling, and vitally important role he intended for us from the very beginning.
Let’s press on, fellow mamas! 💪🏻