I have been a mom for a year now, and being a mom is a bit of a juggling act. It wasn’t too bad at first, I had a good baby who rarely fussed, slept well and was really content. He’s grown into a happy one year old who loves to play, cuddle and move. He’s on the move a lot. And once he learned to crawl, it seemed my routines and habits were upended. Blogging became harder. It didn’t help that I suddenly had no idea what I had to offer when it came to Tidbits of Care—I was finding it harder and harder to stay fresh and feel confident about my blog and content.
Since that happened, you haven’t seen much from me on the blog. I don’t post twice a week like I used to, and I don’t even promote my content like I used to. I feel super disorganized and pulled in a thousand directions. But this didn’t mean I wanted to stop blogging. I just wasn’t sure what to do, and whenever I started to feel as though maybe I was getting an idea of the direction to go, I would lose the sense of the direction.
And, eventually, I started to realize that I was a bit burnt out. And it wasn’t that I burnt out from running a blog, it was that I was burnt out from being constantly around my baby, caring for him, having only short breaks from him was making me tired and frustrated because I was spread too thin.
We all spread ourselves too thin sometimes. My husband was also spread too thin. He hadn’t had a real break from work in a year, having only time off when Baby J was born (which he spent in hospital with me) and then a few days at Christmas. He finally took some vacation in July and we decided we needed a getaway.
And so we combined romance with relaxation by booking ourselves into a spa for an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast at an inn in the countryside.
The Millcroft Inn
I don’t know much about the history of this inn, which was clearly once a running mill about an hour or so from where I live. However, now it’s been converted into an inn with the hot and cold baths found at spas, and also has saunas. I love how relaxed I become after the hot soaks and cold dips and it was so nice for my husband and I to share this experience. The pools were outdoors, which was perfect because there was nature all around us. Perfect for a self care getaway!
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If you have never had a Scandinavian spa experience, there is a science to it–which I won’t get into, but you are supposed to soak in the hot tub for twenty minutes, then dip yourself (full body) in the cold pool–which is super cold, especially after the hot tub–and from there you can do the sauna for fifteen minutes and then you rest for twenty minutes. I saw people skipping the cold dip because it was really really cold, but I think it’s really important to do all the steps and I always leave feeling incredibly relaxed and renewed.
Later, we went for a walk around the grounds and that was amazing. There is a wedding garden and a little path into the woods to follow to the waterfall and we got some really nice photos. The grounds were really pretty and I quite enjoyed the little stroll we took as it’s always nice to be immersed in nature and there was plenty of trees and flowers all around.
It is essential that couples get that time together, alone to focus on themselves and the relationship. It was hard leaving Baby J for the first time overnight, but he was nearly a year and I knew he would be okay and that it would do my husband and I a world of good. And honestly, getting that special time with my hubby was great for both of us as we got to be a couple again, enjoying each other’s company instead of rushing through chores and tasks around each other. This weekend proved both romantic and relaxing and was a great self care getaway at the same time.
The spa package we purchased came with a lovely and quaint little room plus dinner and breakfast. And the food was amazing. It not only looked amazing, but tasted absolutely amazing. My appetizer turned out to be something different from what I was expecting–I thought I ordered a salad but instead it was a soup (I had no idea veloute meant soup) and it was too die for. I have never had anything so delicious in my whole life. I could have had three more bowls! My husband’s appetizer was a salad and he’s been attempting to reproduce it ever since.
Breakfast was even better however, with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce and a bacon veggie scramble and I can’t even tell you how good that was. I mean, if you like breakfast food, this was A++ breakfast food.
I already said the room was lovely and quaint and it really was. I loved the look of it, simple and neat and the bathroom blew me away with a clawfoot bath tub. It’s not every day I get away and I don’t often get to enjoy nice hotels and such, and this wasn’t super classy but it totally was cozy and romantic. And the bed was laid with a fresh rose as well, which I thought was a nice touch.
We loved the room, the bed was also warm and cozy and after the spa dips and the yummy food we slept like babies. Both of us needed the self care and this getaway did the trick.
Now a weekend like this doesn’t exactly come cheap, but we couldn’t get away to Mexico or some such tropical getaway so this was our big getaway, only locally and it was really worth it. We both enjoyed ourselves, we reconnected, and we didn’t have to spend more than a day away from the baby, which was important to me. If you have ever wanted to do a day like this, I encourage you to for your own self care and mental care because I think it did us both a ton of good. It was the perfect self care getaway.
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