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It isn't easy to have time to yourself when you are a mom. Those precious hours, or even minutes, are something that we treasure. When the time does strike we love to be prepared with our favorite books, movies, and glass of wine. Here are some of our current favorites to unwind and regroup when we aren't with the kids.

Notebooks
Notebooks

Writing/Drawing Time: Do you spend any time writing or drawing in an actual notebook anymore. We love this as a way to disconnect from our digital lives and reconnect with our thoughts. One of our favorite places to write/draw is using the fashionable and chic notebooks from Plumb, a brand that aspires to promote individuality and creativity with notebooks that not only look good but also serve as catalysts in the creative process. Each season, the company works with three artists to create notebooks based on careful consideration of the ways they personally use notebooks in their work.This includes journals with classic vinyl album covers: perfect for all music lovers, elevated journals with inspirational abstract art and cool observation notebooks that are bound to inspire you as you take some time to unplug.

Nails

Beauty Treatments at Home: Sometimes the simplest thing you can do to relax is to soak in some "me" time with some home beauty treatments. One of the easiest things to do is to have a home manicure. We love Nails inc and their new NAILKALE Polishes. As the first polish brand to introduce kale, the super-hero of clean eating, into a collection of everyday polishes. The range, supercharged with kale extract, is packed with high levels of vitamins A, C and K to stimulate advanced keratin production, hydrate and nourish nails. The collection also features Nails inc’s patented Regenerating Complex (a two-fold Aldehyde, Zinc and Calcium blend), making it the ultimate treatment for stronger, healthier looking nails. This includes fun colors like Montpelier Walk (nude); Mayfair Lane (light peachy pink); Victoria (deep cherry) and Bruton Mews – forest green.

Kindle Fire
Kindle Fire

Reading Time: There is nothing more relaxing than shutting down and reading. Since we moms-on-the-go, we like to keep our books light and easy to access in our Kindle Fire. Through this lightweight system, you can enjoy everything from movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books as well as a place for apps and games, including Netflix, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and more! Another cool feature is the Kindle Fire allows for fast web browsing with their built-in Wi-Fi and free cloud storage. Our favorite feature is that we can use the Kindle Owners' Lending Library (with Amazon Prime) where you can pick from over 145,000 books to borrow for free with no due dates, including over 100 current and former New York Times Best Sellers! It also has a crisp and clear screen where you can discover a rich color for all of your entertainment needs.

Keurig 2.0 brewing system

Coffee Made Easy: After we drop the kids off to school, we love to tackle our work with a cup of coffee. One of our favorite ways to make coffee these days is with the incredible new Keurig 2.0 brewing system. This innovative tool allows you to make both a single cup and a four-cup carafe from a Keurig® brand pack - offering a truly customizable way to brew your coffee. Perfect for a quality cup of coffee or entertaining, the new Keurig 2.0 enables the brewer to recognize the inserted Keurig® pack and optimize to the recommended, customized setting for that particular beverage. The Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology ensures that the Keurig 2.0 system delivers on the promise of excellent quality beverages, produced simply and consistently, every single time. This includes the K500, K400 and K300 series - all of which can brew more than 290 coffee, tea and other hot beverages from more than 50 brands. We have been loving the Keurig® 2.0 K500 Series (video recap up on this soon) where we have been loving its extra-large color touchscreen display with customizable wallpaper and a variety of programmable controls, including strength control, auto on/off, auto brew K-Carafe™ pack, programmable clock, a favorites settings option and a customizable night light.

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Glass of Wine: At the end of the day, we love to unwind with a glass of wine. One of our favorites is from Oberon, a premium Napa Valley brand. This includes two of their newest releases such as the Oberon 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. Produced by the Michael Mondavi Family, with winemaking led by Napa Valley native Tony Coltrin, the wines include fruit from Napa's volcanic hillside soils and the deeper alluvial soils of the valley floor. This includes the Oberon 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon that boasts a beautifully rounded, rich, and complex flavors such as vibrant red cherry, candied blackberry, licorice and spice flavors, with an added hint of cocoa powder and toffee. Extended fermentation yields bold flavors, tannins and seamless texture. The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is another favorite with its pureness of fruit and aromatics, with a subtle creaminess and length. We love its lemongrass and tart apple flavors that is layered and rich.

melts-smores-sensation

Something Sweet: For some me time snacks, we love something a little sweet with the new line of cookies called Pillsbury Melts. These new refrigerated cookies have a melt-in-your-mouth creamy filling that provides a delicious cookie that topped with a tasty chocolate drizzle. This includes tasty flavors like the S’more Sensation and Molten Fudge Cake that you can make (and enjoy) from the comfort of your home. 

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