I am not one for New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve heard other people say they don’t like them because they know they won’t keep them. That’s not my problem. I don’t make them because as far as I’m concerned the New Year doesn’t begin on January 1st, it begins on the first day of school.
The “Real” New Year
Each year, when the kids head back to school, I make a lot of resolutions. I usually don’t call them resolutions or write them down. Instead as summer turns to fall and the first days of school creep closer, I notice all the things I’ve left undone. I open a closet and realize that it needs to be cleaned. I notice accumulated clutter, the uncared for appearance of my car, the online scrapbook that is only half done and the list of projects I need to tackle (which this year includes the unwaxed skis hanging in the garage). I resolve to do these things when the boys go back to school.
“Independence Day”? I Think Not
When I was a child, one of my mom’s friends called the first day of school “Independence day.” I’ve never felt that way. First of all, I find the long days of summer and the freedom that comes with no set schedule liberating. Having my sons at home is the perfect excuse to blow off all but the most essential responsibilities.
So rather than feeling emancipated as my sons go off to start a new grade, I feel indentured. Suddenly I have carpools, meetings, appointments and reams of papers to read and forms to fill out — and these are just the tasks related to having two students in the home.
My own list of deferred responsibilities feels endless and I want to run away.
National Skin Care Awareness Month
In addition to the beginning of the school year, September is National Skin Care Awareness Month. Now, lest you think I am going to stress myself out even more with resolutions to take better care of my skin and my health, I am not. Instead, when I was researching skin care tips (on nothing less than the Mayo Clinic website), I came across the following:
- Protect yourself from the sun (whew! that one I’ve got down).
- Don’t smoke (never have, that’s a bonus!)
- Treat your skin gently (avoid super hot water, strong soaps, and don’t forget to use moisturizer — the goal is to maintain moisture in your skin)
- Eat a healthy diet (Yum!)
- Manage stress (Bingo!)
So this school year, in honor of my skin (and family harmony), I resolve to be a more calm, more relaxed and less stressed mom. Not only that, but I’m hoping for luminous, healthy skin.
In honor of National Skin Care Awareness Month, Eucerin is offering a “Relaxation Package” for September. Here’s what you can win:
Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essentials Fast Absorbing Body Lotion: This lotion immediately makes my skin feel like I’ve given it a long drink. It contains buffered alpha hydroxyl to smooth and exfoliate your skin, but be aware, alpha hydroxyl can also increase your susceptibility to sunburn. This is definitely a lotion for the cooler months of the year.
Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand Crème: Thick and smooth, this lotion immediately pumps up the skin on my hands with moisture. This hand creme also contains alpha hydroxyl, so take extra precautions in the sun.
And for your personal relaxation, the prize pack contains a soothing TheraPearl eyemask; a eucalyptus and peppermint aromatherapy candle; a cotton terry bath pillow; and a mini massager. Just thinking about this makes me feel more relaxed (and luminous!).
To enter, leave a comment with your tips for managing stress and maintaining healthy skin as you transition into fall. One winner will be randomly drawn from all comments received by 8:00 a.m. Thursday, September 15th.
For an extra entry, please copy your comment onto the Eucerin Facebook page and tag The Brave Ski Mom Blog. While you’re there, take the Skin First pledge and sign up for a free sample of lotion. Or, like The Brave Ski Mom Blog on Facebook and let me know you like me!
I am very happy to be working with Eucerin as part of their Skin First Blogger Network. As part of this effort, Eucerin provides me with skin care information, as well as skin care and wellness products. They also provide giveaways to my readers. This month, I will receive the same prize pack as the giveaway winner. Occasionally, Eucerin offers prizes for creative blogs and for completing a series of goals.
All opinions expressed in this post are my own and reflect exactly what I would tell my friends and family.
This Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Trish for winning this month’s Eucerin prize pack!
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