Take a Break: 31 Mommy-Time Ideas for Busy Moms

Children take naps when they get cranky or sleepy-eyed. And that "night out with the boys" seems to do the men in our lives a world of good after a hard week. But what can busy moms do to reenergize?

When we asked iVillagers how they like to take a break, we got a wide range of answers -- from a day at the spa or a weekend trip to a short drive with the radio on or a long bubble bath. Read their ideas, use them for inspiration and start planning your own "mommy time" today. Then share your plans with other moms on the Woman to Woman message board.

Ah... the Spa
"For me it is getting a massage -- it is such a wonderful treat and really helps me recharge for days!"
-- iVillager Jan

"Two girlfriends and I are going to a spa overnight. We have already scheduled our massages and facials, manicures and pedicures. We will enjoy meals that somebody else has cooked and not have to wash the dishes or worry about cleaning up the spilled milk. We'll drink a little wine, soak in a hot tub, catch up on girl talk and stay up late if we want because we can sleep in the next morning!"
-- iVillager Melissa

Creative Outlets
"For me 'mental health' is about the time and ability to be creative. My creative outlet is quilting. What that means on most days is that when the children are settled in for the evening, I get to spend an hour or so at my quilt frame, stitching happily. Once a month it means I head off to Quilt Guild meetings and meet with other adults who share my creative pursuits."
-- iVillager Gail

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