How This Mom Spent an Evening Alone (Don't be Jealous)

Alone time.

It’s what every busy mom longs for most. We’ll take what we can get—  a solo trip to the grocery store or an unaccompanied visit to the toilet seem like indulgences sometimes.

I love my family— don’t get me wrong— but sometimes I need a break. This is especially true since I work from home and my husband’s job often requires weekends and evenings away. These breaks are rare, though, and I’ve learned to take advantage of every bit of solo time that comes my way.

I recently hit the alone time jackpot when my husband offered to take my three children with him to visit relatives for the night. You heard that right: I had 24 hours to myself, my friends.

Leading up to my big night I spent more than a little time fantasizing about how I’d spend it.

Reading a good book by the fire?

Getting a pedicure?

Sipping wine and reading gossip magazines while catching up on the latest in reality tv?

Nope. I don’t mean to brag, but I went to Target. Don’t be jealous.

  • Don’t Be Jealous 1 of 6
    Don't Be Jealous
    It might not be your idea of a a fun Friday night, but I'll take alone time where I can get it.
  • For the Boys 2 of 6
    For the Boys
    First I hit up the boys' clothing section in search of some new duds for my dudes. My 9 year old loves the Shaun White Collection and so do it.
  • How Cute is This? 3 of 6
    How Cute is This?
    My daughter already has a basic black dress that'll work just fine for Christmas, but this faux leopard shrug adds a little bit of holiday flair.
  • Stocking Stuffers 4 of 6
    Stocking Stuffers
    Target is my go-to spot for the cutest stocking stuffers, like these adorable winter hats.
  • Also I bought a toilet scrub brush. 5 of 6
    Also I bought a toilet scrub brush.
    So there's that.
  • Success! 6 of 6
    I came home, wrapped a couple Christmas presents, watched a little tv, and was in bed by 10. Maybe it wasn't the rocking evening of my 20s but it rocked in a different kind of way. Target style.

Do you keep your family festively stylish during the holidays? We’re giving away three $50 Target giftcards to brighten the season! To enter for a chance to win, simply comment on this post with a personal tip on how you dress your children conveniently — and with style — during the holidays!

A big thanks to Target for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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