12 Ideas for a Happy Mom, Happy Family

Whether you've got 30 minutes, 3 hours, or a even the whole glorious day to yourself, here's how to maximize your relaxation, so you'll be recharged when you return to your family. (13 Photos)

Lisa Milbrand on Oct 27, 2012 at 10:55PM

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12 Ideas for a Happy Mom, Happy Family

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The Ultimate "Me Time" List for Moms

You want to be the best mama you can be -- and surprisingly, sometimes that means taking a step away from your kids and actually doing something for yourself. By yourself. (We know, crazy, right?) But seriously, getting time to yourself, to refresh and recharge, is key to being a sane, happy mama. "Self-care is necessary for being the best parent as well as the best person possible," says Mia Redrick, a strategy coach for moms and author of Time for Mom-Me. "Whatever you do, however you take care of yourself, your family benefits directly." If it's been so long since you had any "me" time that even your hubs is telling you to take a break, check out our tips for helping you carve out some much-needed mommy time.

Laugh a Little
Just one good belly laugh will reduce stress by 70 percent, and make you more inclined to chuckle when your 2-year-old decides to color the walls with your new Chanel lipstick. Go go ahead: Get in a water fight with friends at the pool or beach, or even just watch one of those old SNL or Funny Or Die videos.

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