As amazing and rewarding as motherhood is, it can sometimes be hard to see the bigger picture when you’re stressed out from constantly dealing with dirty diapers, screaming babies, and a perpetually messy house. Which is why it’s important to take a little bit of time for yourself every once in a while. As a new mom, especially, it isn’t always going to be possible to find the time (or the money) to steal yourself away to a luxurious spa with your girlfriends. Those precious stolen moments of free time have to be utilized to take a hot, thorough shower or shovel as much food in your mouth as you can. Which means you have to take advantage of every free moment you get to keep yourself from going completely crazy, and that’s where this awesome new mom survival kit comes in.
Full of awesome tools and materials that are perfectly tailored to your happiness, creating your very own mommy kit is surprisingly easy and a total life saver. We’ve compiled a helpful list of a few items to get you started but feel free to change or add as much as you like. You can thank us later!
This item is pretty self-explanatory, between the normal mommy aches and pains and the crazy headaches, that bottle of Advil in your kit will quickly turn into your best friend. When paired with a nice glass of sweet tea or some lemonade, you’ll feel like you’ll feel like a brand new mom in no time.
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We should totally be telling you to snack on natural granola and nuts and dried pieces of fruit, but truthfully, you should probably fill your kit with all of your favorite chocolate-y candy bars and the saltiest of salty chips. They may not be healthy, or at all good for you, but they sure as heck taste good, which means they probably make you super happy, which is what this entire kit is about!
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3. Sappy Romance Novel
It’s completely okay to admit that you love sappy romance novels. Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, old school harlequin’s, we all have our guilty pleasure. Some of those pleasures consist of drowning the screens of out Kindles with our tears as we read wildly tragic love stories. Splurge on a nice paperback or go the cheaper route and buy an ebook. Either way, those few minutes of precious escapism are always appreciated. Of course, if terrifying tentacled space monsters and mysterious disappearances are more your thing, feel free to go with sci-fi instead.
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4. Mints and/or Gum
Coffee may be your new best friend, but that doesn’t mean you need to smell like him. Invest in a tin of breath mints or a pack of gum for those times when your breath is less than fresh. Not only will this keep you from feeling yucky, but your partner definitely won’t shy away from any much-appreciated minty kisses either.
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5. Dry Shampoo
Those times when you are able to sneak away to enjoy a shower, no matter how short, are always a blessing, but for the times that you aren’t, a little bit of dry shampoo goes such a long way. All you need to do is dust your roots with your favorite dry shampoo brand before bed, let the stuff do its magic, and wake up feeling refreshed, clean, and surprisingly non-greasy.
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Much like the dry shampoo and mints, chapstick does wonders for helping you feel like a real person when you’re up in the middle of the night dealing with a fussy little one or stressed out in the middle of the day. A few swipes of a high-quality chapstick will moisturize your chapped lips and help you feel alive.
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7. Tide To-Go Pen
If you can get through a single day without being stained by food, markers, or any icky kid fluids, you’re pretty much SuperMom, but if you’re more like the rest of us, you’re probably having trouble thinking of a t-shirt in your closet that doesn’t have at least a tiny spot of something on the front of it. Luckily, the ever popular Tide To Go pen has your back! A few swipes of the life-changing stick and you can save your favorite clothes from instant death.
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