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A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
You’ve probably heard the saying, “If mom’s not happy, nobody’s happy,” but have you really thought about what it means? We mothers try to do everything for everyone else, often leaving ourselves feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. That stress, in turn, affects our loved ones – the very people we are living each day for. So today, let’s talk about busting stress. Let’s talk about taking a piece of the pie. And by that what I literally mean is, I’m going to show you a recipe for Lemon Buttermilk Tart and I want you to eat it all. by. yourself.
First, a little background. This week has been crazy for me, to say the least. (I think I might say that every week, though…). I accidentally timed catering a small event and throwing a Halloween party the same week that my husband is out of town– oops. For me that means all of my work obligations, domestic obligations, child-watching obligations on top of the added stress of extra cleaning for company, extra cooking for company, and having my daughter’s cheer team families depending on me.
I’m pretty proud to say that I kept my cool though.
My personal tip for managing stress is finding plenty of “me” time. That means a glass of wine after the kids go to bed, kicking up my feet and watching Walking Dead (I know, I know!). For this post I partnered up with Crios wines to share how they helped me unwind after these long days.
This was a brand that was new to me; a family-owned brand by Susana Balbo, Argentina’s leading and most innovative winemaker. Crios in Spanish means “offspring” and was created by Susana as a tribute to her son, José, and daughter, Ana. It seems fitting then that Susana’s children have joined the family business. Crios wines are harvested from specific areas in Mendoza and Salta in Argentina, where grapes are optimal for the fruit-forward style of Crios.
The fun thing about these wines is that each flavors has a story behind it. Susana picked milestones in her life and attached an inspirational message with each variety. The one that I tried was the Rosé of Malbec, which reminds us to look at life differently with this ingenious, one-of-a-kind dry wine filled with notes of wild strawberry, red cherry, and hints of spice.
With this deliciously light yet dry wine I made a Buttermilk Lemon Tart which I found in Country Living magazine. You can find the full recipe here!
Stress Buster #1: Be Positive and Express Gratitude
Sometimes it’s hard to do, but when you start your day in a positive frame of mind and are thankful for the things you do have (and you almost certainly have plenty), it’s much easier to face what the day throws in your face.
Each morning and throughout the day, remind yourself what you are grateful for. One of my biggest triggers is balancing work life and domestic duties, but I’m so grateful to have an amazing job (THIS ONE) that allows me to stay home with my children.
The great thing is, gratitude and appreciation costs you absolutely nothing. In fact, staying positive makes you healthier and probably means you’ll save a ton on Advil and other self-medication. Take a moment each day to remember what you’re grateful for and it makes just about everything else more bearable.
Stress Buster #2: Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
It’s one of the worst things you can do to yourself…comparing yourself to someone else. You see the mom who looks great and does it all, and you think that you should be like that as well. The problem is, we’re not all the same and you have no idea what that woman’s life is really like. All you know is who you are, so be you.
On another note, it’s important to separate yourself from people who are comparing themselves to you. We all have that competitive friend– does she bring you down? Don’t feel guilty if you decide to spend less time with her.
Stress Buster #3: Learn to Say No
We moms are notorious for being people pleasers. Most of the things on my list I choose to do because it’ll help out my friends, family or neighbors. However, sometimes it just gets to be overwhelming! We teach our children to think for themselves, to do what’s right for them, and yet we don’t do it for ourselves. It’s time we stand up and be a role model, right?
Now that you know that you have the power to say no, it’s time to look at everything you already have on your plate. Oh, and again I mean that literally. Like literally put this on your plate 😉
Now it’s your turn: Do you have any advice on how to beat stress? Do you feel like you do a good job managing “me time”?