Dealing with stress (and a small give away)

Life has been a little stressful these past few months. 

Jason has been traveling a lot for work and he has been gone pretty much every other week since New Years. 

And while I love being at home with my boys it has not been without its challenges. I am going to be honest, raising two little boys age three and under and trying to run a business from home as well as care for 17 (count em 17!) chickens, it gets stressful. 

There has been more than one night when I found myself face down on my bed crying after the boys went to bed. It has been so hard. 

I feel myself getting stressed out, sweat dripping off my forehead and I feel the tears coming. I raise my voice at my children as I trip over the same toy I have put back on the shelf twelve times. I smear peanut butter on a piece of bread serve it to my kids for dinner and call it a day. 

And then I feel like a terrible mother/wife/person. 

Then I stay up til 2 or 3 a.m. working before I fall into bed and pray tomorrow I will be a kinder person. My toddler wakes at 6:30 and do it all again. 

Part of the reason I feel so stressed is because I have taken ZERO time for self care. I am lucky if I get a shower. Much less put on make up or go to sleep on time. 

So I have learned to take five minutes to decompress, light a candle, put on lip gloss take some time to complete a thought. 

And I know there are so many parents going it alone day in and day out. And I am by NO means comparing myself to them. Hats off to all of you. For real. You are in my prayers. 

I realize I am no the only woman going through this. I am not the only person on the planet who feels stressed, overwhelmed and under rested. 

So each day I am taking a few minutes to read a book, light a candle, shower and put on lotion. 

Today I am hosting a giveaway featuring several things I use to help me relax and compress. 

The giveaway includes a copy of Southern Holiday Life Magazine featuring my article

A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson

A Crave eucalyptus and spearmint candle from ePantry

Baby Lips lip gloss

Burt's Bees facial cleanser

Loreal EverStrong Sulfate Free shampoo and conditioner

Summer scented moisturizer 

There are 6 ways to enter to win:

1. Leave a comment on this post. Tell me what you do to relax. 

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You can get a total of 6 entries for extra shots at winning! Winners will be chosen by next Wednesday at noon (CST).