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Baby Steps: A New Mamas Guide to Getting Out of the House

by: Valerie McDermott
Some moms I know are all over the mama get-together idea from the day they deliver their little bundle of joy. Scrapbooking, girls night out, dinner and drinks, shopping, even a movie are all perfect and deserving breaks. Other mothers, however, especially new moms find that the idea of a regular get together with her girlfriends can be just another added stress. How do I find the time or energy? Can I leave the baby? Do I deserve time away? Please dont stress. It doesnt take a late night out on the town to recharge your battery. Think baby steps! Can you get a two hour slot of time in the following month that can be just for you? Of course you can! Just think, it could be a Saturday or Sunday morning or a Friday afternoon lunch. There are no right ways or wrong ways to have fun and reconnect with the special women in your life.

Some ideas to get two extra hours of time order take out for dinner (no prep, no clean up), wake up a little earlier than the kids (its amazing what you can cross off your to-do list before 6 am) put on a video or DVD (its ok to do every once in a while ha, ha, ha).

What do with your 2 hours of me time? Some quick, easy, get your feet wet ideas -- coffee, paint pottery, lunch at a fancy restaurant, a walking date, a scrapbook party, Barnes and Noble for coffee and swapping book ideas, brunch on Sunday...the list is endless. Just remember these simple rules:

You must make it a priority at least once a month

No kids! Plan ahead of time for stress free day care and plan for at least two hours of time.

I guarantee after three or four months of these mini get togethers you will see the benefits. Youll then be ready for the late night out on the town! Remember Mama -- Baby Steps!!

About The Author
Valerie McDermott is a mother of 2 and co-founder of To receive free monthly tips, articles and special offers to help you look like a million... feel like a million even after children sign up for our Million-Dollar-Mamazine at

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