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20 Mom-Favorite Ways to Relax Sans Kids

Take a break from all of your mommy duties with these de-stressing ideas

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With all of the baby chasing, meal making, and cleaning up you have to do every day-along with everything else-it's hard to find time for yourself. But we got you to take a minute and tell us how you sneak a bit of R&R into your busy schedules.

1. "I bake any chance I get when my husband is home or grandma comes over. I miss being able to make cookies all the time." -Manda

2. "I clean the bathroom so that I can hide in it with a book and chocolate. On a really good day, I even get to take a bath without an audience." -Angela

3. "I relax by escaping to Starbucks. I love drinking my coffee there in silence."-Michelle

4. "I take pictures of nature. It's so peaceful and rewarding at the same time." -Necee

5. "Painting and being creative are the most relaxing things for me. Sometimes it's just a matter of finding the time, but when I do, it was well worth the wait." -Terri

6. "As a mom of six, going to the store all by myself is a huge deal for me. Who would have thought that grocery shopping could be so relaxing?" -Faith

7. "I have nightly dance sessions with my 3-year-old and 6 month-old. So. Much. Fun!" -Meredith

8. "I don't relax much, but when I do, I like a glass of wine with cheese and crackers and catching up on my reality shows." -Amber

9. "I take a pottery class once a week and find it to be a very relaxing thing I do just for myself." -Jennifer

10. "Jigsaw puzzles. I'm quite good at them and am currently doing a 1,000-piece Wizard of Oz puzzle."- Stephanie

11. "I'll go for a quick drive alone to relax. When my hubby gets home, I run to the grocery store or gas station down the street with the windows down and music blasting." -Heylea

12. "Crossword puzzles keep me relaxed and my mom brain from turning to mush." -Mallory

13. "To relax, I enjoy reading an adult book. Not that I don't love Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? or Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" -Amber

14. "When I get a second, I sneak out to get a pedicure; but it only happens about four times a year." -Shari

15. "I enjoy a good workout class at the gym. It's a time I get to do something for me." -Beth

16. "Talking with my husband at the end of the day is how I relax. It doesn't matter what we talk about, as long as it's an intelligent adult conversation." -Laura

17. "I relax with a cozy blanket, cup of cocoa, and a good book." -Heather

18. "After my son leaves for school in the morning, I love laying in my bed with my cat and two dogs." -Marcia

19. "It's a rare occasion, but ice cream and Netflix!" -Kim

20. "There's not much relaxing time for me, but when I have a friend come over, we go for a run. That's when I get to go out and clear my head." -Ma