I was prepared for a lot of things when I became a mom. I knew there would be diapers and bottles and activities and sports. I knew that for the next eighteen years, life would be about helping tiny little people that grew inside my body become functional human beings. I knew that as their mom I’d have tons of responsibilities; that I’d be the boo-boo kisser and the monster chaser, the disciplinarian and the confidant. What I didn’t know is that life would be so blasted busy. I thought once my boys were in school, things would pretty much go back to normal and that life for me would just chug along smoothly. Little did I know that the older my kids get, the busier life becomes and honestly, there are days where I feel like it’s just impossible to fit everything in. Days like this used to frustrate me. I’d find myself exhausted by 3 o’clock, when the real craziness of the day was just getting ready to start. I felt at times like I was a slave to activities and schedules and events. Then I discovered something… I’m in charge of my life and my schedule. After that big ah-ha moment, making the jump to discovering some easy tips for recharging my afternoon was the easy part. All it required was a little planning, a quiet place and a bottle of Snapple® Takes 2 to Mango™ Tea.
So, how did I take frustrating, overly busy afternoons and turn them into my favorite time of the day? The answer was shockingly easy. I gave myself a fifteen minute break to reset the afternoon. While it may sound like such a little thing, I was shocked at the BIG difference that it makes in my busy mom life. And, surprisingly, making it happen daily is pretty simple! Here’s how to do it.
Set a Time
Once I had a recharge time set on my daily calendar, I was feeling pretty happy with myself. I’m one of those people who will make something happen as long as it’s on the calendar, so I knew without a doubt that my recharge time was going to be a reality. But then the question became where do I want to recharge? Simply sitting in my kitchen wouldn’t work… those dirty dishes would be calling my name and the mommy guilt would overtake me (it’s real ya’ll). So I thought about my favorite relaxation places… my front porch, the fire pit behind my house, the pond on the edge of our property.
Find Your Happy Place
Once I had a recharge time set on my daily calendar, I was feeling pretty happy with myself. I’m one of those people who will make something happen as long as it’s on the calendar so I knew without a doubt that my recharge time was going to be a reality. But then the question became where do I want to recharge? Simply sitting in my kitchen wouldn’t work…those dirty dishes would be calling my name and the mommy guilt would overtake me (it’s real ya’ll). So I thought about my favorite relaxation places…my front porch, the firepit behind my house, the pond on the edge of our property.
One thing became apparently clear – my happy place is outdoors. Just being out in the sunshine refreshes me and energizes the rest of my day. So I decided that during my time, I would head outdoors. I may sit on the covered porch on the days when it’s raining. On beautiful spring days, I venture further out and enjoy the solace of the woods.
For those fifteen minutes every afternoon, I put the responsibilities and confines of my home behind me and enjoy the very reasons that we chose to move to this beautiful piece of the world.
Add a Beverage that Recharges You
The when and where of my afternoon recharge were now taken care of and while just being outdoors energizes me, I knew I needed a delicious beverage to enjoy during my fifteen minutes of me time. Growing up in the south, tea was the first thing that came to mind. However, with the way I love to keep things fresh, I wanted a beverage that would do the same. After discovering new Snapple Takes 2 to Mango Tea at Walmart, I knew I had the perfect combination of all my favorite things to help recharge my afternoon.
This new Snapple Mango Tea that boasts a blend of black and green tea leaves combined with ripe mango flavors is the perfect companion for my few minutes of time alone. Whether paired with a book, some awesome tunes (yeah, it’s 90’s pop…what can I say) or my favorite magazine, this delicious drink is the perfect way to make my afternoon time alone into exactly what I want it to be… a time to boost my energy and leave me feeling refreshed.
All I have to do is place a bottle in the refrigerator and the moment my recharge time comes up on my calendar, I’m out the door and enjoying the fresh, delicious taste of my favorite new tea paired with the fresh, spring air of my beautiful surroundings.
From the very first sip, the mango flavors shine through and pair perfectly with the taste of tea that I’ve loved for so long to create an energizing moment where the stress of the day fades away, the worries of the afternoon don’t seem so big and the craziness of my schedule seems minor.
Instead, in those moments it’s just a mama and her bottle of Snapple tea, taking a few minutes to get ready to take on the remainder of the day.
Don’t Let Anything Interrupt
The more I get used to my new schedule of taking time in the afternoon to recharge, the more I realized how much I need it. Whether I pair a book, a magazine, music or simply the sound of the spring breeze with my bottle of Snapple tea, it’s quickly become apparent to me that this break in my day not only helps my afternoons be more productive, but it seems to reset me so that I feel recharged and ready to take on the rest of the day.
Knowing that these fifteen short minutes in my afternoon paired with a bottle of Snapple Mango Tea are changing my days, I’ve banned interruptions from this time. My hubby knows not to call. My kids know to wait patiently for mom to get to school. My friends even know that when it’s my recharge time, I don’t answer the phone. After all, fifteen minutes a day isn’t too much to ask for and the benefits of it continue to amaze me!
Now it’s your turn to recharge yourself and reset your afternoon! Start by heading to Walmart today to pick up NEW Snapple Takes 2 to Mango Tea! Available in single bottles, six packs and twelve packs, it’s the perfect way to reset your afternoon. Whether you pair it with a book, a craft or simply time to watch the clouds move by as you take a break from your busy mom day, it’s a perfect way to recharge, refresh and ensure that you’re ready for whatever the rest of your day brings!
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