Thursday, January 31, 2013

Retail Therapy - Because Everyone Needs a Break

Ever had a toddler demanding from and a baby screaming at you at the same time? Welcome to my everyday.

When new moms go to therapy, people mistake them for encountering postpartum depression. However, most of them just need an hour every month to themselves, and talk about common motherhood anxieties to a sounding ear (with a ph.d of course).

While some moms may have it worse -- and I feel for them -- my job is still quite laborious: long days, hectic schedule, and spontaneous mishaps. (By the way, your child will have millions of accidents before she is potty trained.)

Luckily, my parents have been exceptionally generous with their time. Today, they gave me a break from the children -- what? really? Hells yes! -- by offering to babysit.

"Go do whatever you want for two hours," my mom said. It was music to my ears.

New In: Statement Necklace. Perhaps for the next fashion blog post?

Hello Target! Hello TJ Maxx!

Favoring stores that start with a "T" was not my intention, but I love Target and TJ Maxx. They are affordable and carry good brands. What's not to like?

Today, I filled my two hours of freedom with time at both stores.

New In: Night Cream. Always in search of a good one.

New In: Mud Mask. Can't wait for the shower tonight :O)

New In: Cheap Makeup. Reviews to come.

Hey, It's Okay...

To take a break, and buy yourself something nice.

According to, "after a stressful experience that challenges their self-image, consumers tend to increase their overall consumption in order to distract themselves" -- and handling two little ones 24-7 brings plenty of stress.

Sure, the pleasure is temporary, and superficial. But good God I needed it! 

"The important thing about retail therapy is not in the buying...but the process of looking. Like a treasure hunt, it is the journey not the destination that is most real fun." (  

Well, if that's the case, I certainly had a productive journey today :O).

New In: Yoga pants. Hey, I'm a mom. Yoga pants are my uniform.

New In: Leopard top. Yes, I still love leopard.


Stressed? Take a break. Buy something.


And feel better!


  1. Lol so agreed! Great buys dear, enjoyed all!:) Kisses! xo

  2. I love your necklace! Got to love a bit of retail therapy :) x

  3. Hello there Girlie!!! YES I can relate! I did the exact same thing this past weekend! I needed some me time... my children are older but Good Lord know I needed a break from all my mommy duties... and I went to Target!!! It Felt WONDERFUL!! By the way I am really digging the leopard top... NICE! Have a good Day ;-) Jackie xoxo

  4. Your mama is a good grandma! How nice to let you have some private "down" time. It seems that is what new mommys forget to give themselves. I like how your purchases show signs of self-love and pampering. And I love that leopard top!

  5. Really interesting products sweetie~~


  6. That is why I love thrifty buys. When ever I have an extra $10 I am off at the dollar days at my fav stores and I come home with 10 items. Rush city fantastic!!!!

  7. Great retail therapy! I think all moms need a break once in a while to pamper themselves. I don't have kids but I have babysat a lot and at the end of the day, I am totally exhausted and can't imagine how moms do it every day.

  8. I think most ladies can't get out of Target without spending at least $100 - they know how to get you, hehe!

  9. I'm glad you had a break to yourself - you totally deserve it! The leopard top looks so fun and sassy. I haven't had the best week, so maybe I could use a little "treasure hunting," too.

  10. Cute leopard top! I love shopping at Target and TJ Maxx.. esp Target.. so dangerous going in there! I come out spending more than I should!

    xo - Sheila

  11. Thank you so much for this post. Although I don't have a little toddles, stress really consumes me these days.
    Totally agree about the treasure hunt ^_^ Looking at pretty stuff makes me happy :D

  12. Just reading this post was uplifting! Your parents sound like sweethearts.


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