I’m not sure when it happened, but somewhere in my ’30s I became that woman.
The woman who looked forward to nothing more than slipping into my floppiest PJ pants, settling into the couch and winding down with some trashy telly after a day at work.
Oh yeah, it’s all party, party, party over here.
I had a routine – my super-fast daily dose of home pampering that would keep me looking fresh as a daisy each morning, delivering the utmost chillaxing time the night before.
Then along came kids. Those scrumptious little buttons of mine managed to suck up my ‘me’ time faster than I could say mani-pedi.
Keeping things simple seems to work for us and sticking to a few tried and tested tricks has led our little family into the swing of a calm before-bed routine.
1. Timing is important.
The Australian Government’s Raising Children website says a regular bedtime routine, starting around the same time each night, encourages good sleep patterns.
Pick a time that works for their age and stick to it like glue. Getting the little loves into bed at the same time each night means they drift off faster and wake less, giving you some of your precious time – and sleep – back.
2. The cranky-to-calm routine that always works.
Everyone’s a little cranky at the end of the day. But once little tummies have had their fill, look to the bathroom for the next respite.
A splash under the shower or a lie in the bath is just the tonic to snap anyone, of any age, out of the grumps and onto the path to the land of nod.
Double-duty bath products that work for the whole family keep it simple for mum and dad in the middle of witching hour.
Our entire household uses QV Skin Lotion after a bath or shower, giving our skin a little love and attention. In a handy pump pack, the lotion is light and very easily absorbed and works like a dream when slathered all over to hydrate and relieve dry skin.
It’s suitable for sensitive skin and I can also use it on my young son’s eczema, as well as on my dry elbows and hands.
The low-irritant and fragrance-free lotion doesn’t have a lingering scent that causes me to sneeze or my children (or husband) to complain.