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Self-Care Sunday: My Weekly Routine and Affordable Products

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Self-Care Sunday is my new monthly blog series where I will share my monthly Sunday routine including what I’m reading/watching, products, and just my overall self-care necessities and favorites. I know you all have probably read a lot about self-care and have your own idea about what that means. Self-care for me is overall care for my mind, body, and soul. There is a beauty aspect for my body, but it’s also my way of just taking more time to do something for myself and preferably uninterrupted. I definitely enlist the help of my husband to take over with the kids 100%. This time makes me feel special and important. It allows me to care for myself and I deserve that after a busy week. It makes my mental outlook on my life more stable and balanced. It’s a time for me to slow down and put myself together for more busy days.

I start my Sunday self-care routine by escaping to the quietest room in my house. In the morning that’s my living room. I make sure that it is clean and organized before I go to bed on Saturday night so that I can wake up and enjoy being in the room without feeling the need to do anything, but care for myself. I like to begin with a little praise and worship. If I wake up with a song in my heart I will play it on YouTube or allow Amazon Music to rotate different songs on my favorite station. Next up I read my devotional on the YouVersion Bible App and after that, I like to read a scripture and finish with prayer and meditation.

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When I’m done with my morning quiet time I move on to my treadmill. I like to walk/jog for 30 minutes. While I’m doing all of this I’m sipping on my necessary, but not favorite lemon water. It helps me to not feel bloated. My treadmill time allows me to not only focus on my heart and physical health, but it also allows me to catch up on one of my podcasts or a YouTube channel.

My morning shower consists of me using my favorite products, exfoliating, shaving if necessary and listening to music. Can you believe that I use to be embarrassed to sing and dance around my husband? I was and I don’t know why. Now, I sing whenever and wherever and especially in the shower. If he catches me he just smiles.

I make my shower last as long as possible or until I can hear my family waking up. When I’m done I put me on pause for a little while and we all get ready for church. This includes me having a good breakfast, makeup/hair, perfume etc. Sundays are the days that I actually put in more effort for my looks. I like to do a full face for makeup, maybe heels, and a cute handbag now that I’ve ditched my diaper bag.

A Monthly Self-Care Series

After church, I like to shampoo, condition, and style my hair. I’m a natural hair woman so this can be an all-day process if I’m not careful. In between conditioning and styling, I normally start making dinner and I listen to my favorite podcast; I normally have to pause or rewind a few times because everyone suddenly and mysteriously needs me when they see me enjoying my time. That’s parenting for you!

After dinner, I apply a facial mask or scrub. If I haven’t gotten my nails/toes done professionally I take my time and remove any old polish from my nails/toes and trim or file them to prep for some polish. I take a quick shower and then I soak in a warm pH bath. My pH bath is simply organic apple cider vinegar and baking soda. I love listening to music during my bath time and I definitely burn a scented soy candle.

After my bath time, I make sure that the kids are getting ready for bed and of course help if I need to help. If I’m not doing polish that day I sit in bed and read and catch another show. If you are wondering if I go back and clean up my kitchen or do anything else to the home, the answer is nope! I make sure to clean as I cook and everyone is then responsible for placing their dirty dishes into the dishwasher.

That’s it! If you don’t have a self-care routine I hope that my self-care Sunday routine will inspire you to create one just for you. Will my routine change? Possibly, but right now this is what works for me!

My March Favorites for My Self-Care Sunday Routine:

Praise & Worship Music – Tasha Cobb Station on Amazon

Devotionals from YouVersion Bible App – “Read Through The New Testament”, “UnSupermommy,” and “Understanding Evil: Devotions from Your Time of Grace”

Facial ProductsFacial Scrub and Mask, Anti Wrinkle Moisturizer, Alcohol-Free Toner, Coconut Eye Cream

Body Products Exfoliating Towel, Shaving Cream, Moisturizer, Bath Soap, Body Wash

Hair Products Shampoo, Conditioner, Styling Cream, Hair Gel, Hair Oil

CandleSoy Candle

BookPraying Circles Around Your Children

Favorite Shows – Netflix (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) YouTube (Grandpa Kitchen, Soulful T, and Dr. Josh Axe)

Podcasts Chrystal Evans Hurst and The Kindness Podcast

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