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Hello, It’s me

Making time for "me time." Love the idea of making time for a weekend getaway to rest up! Life has been busy around here lately. Coming off the holidays and into the new year, I’m surprised January is already halfway over. I talked about in in my New Year’s post but this year I didn’t rush to make new years goals – heck, I didn’t have time to even think about it. It really comes down to a whole bunch of balance – making┬áplans to get things done but also not missing out on the people around you and the everyday.

This weekend Bruce and I snuck away to the Art Hotel in Denver. It was slightly spontaneous, a bit last minute, and super luxurious. We drove to Denver to get away and spend some much needed “us time” but it took us awhile to get settled in and really let ourselves rest. The giant robes sure helped but Bruce had to gently remind me several times that we were up there to rest and I finally put everything away and cuddled up with him as we watched The Incredibles on TV (side note: we are now super pumped for the second one!)

The next morning I woke up earlier than I thought I would. The sun was shining through the windows and I had went to bed early the night before. We had all morning to be slow and lazy and I took advantage of it. I got up early to make myself a espresso… and also a cup of coffee and grabbed some magazines for me time. I’m a huge fan of Pinterest and online blogs (obviously since I am a blogger ­čśë ) but there is still something wonderful about sitting with a magazine. All the distractions of a phone/ computer are put away and you just have time to quietly read and think.

I picked these up at Safeway on our way up to Denver! You can take advantage of $1.00 off participating magazines (PEOPLE®, InStyle®, People StyleWatch®, Real Simple®, and Sunset®) with this digital offer until 2/15/16 while supplies last!

Carving out a little time for yourself is vital. You cannot run on empty for long. You need to fill your life – rest, be rejuvenated. Taking a break from all your distractions and responsibilities to breathe, think, sit, play,dream, and be is so important. Start your year off by making time for yourself so that you can give more & do more┬áin 2016.

Making time for "me time." Love the idea of making time for a weekend getaway to rest up! Making time for "me time." Love the idea of making time for a weekend getaway to rest up! Making time for "me time." Love the idea of making time for a weekend getaway to rest up! Making time for "me time." Love the idea of making time for a weekend getaway to rest up! Making time for "me time." Love the idea of making time for a weekend getaway to rest up! Making time for "me time." Love the idea of making time for a weekend getaway to rest up! Making time for "me time." Love the idea of making time for a weekend getaway to rest up! Making time for "me time." Love the idea of making time for a weekend getaway to rest up! Making time for "me time." Love the idea of making time for a weekend getaway to rest up! Making time for "me time." Love the idea of making time for a weekend getaway to rest up! Making time for "me time." Love the idea of making time for a weekend getaway to rest up! Making time for "me time." Love the idea of making time for a weekend getaway to rest up! Making time for "me time." Love the idea of making time for a weekend getaway to rest up!

How do you make time for yourself if the midst of chaos? Do you ever let yourself run away on weekend getaways or day trips? What is a way that you can make time for yourself this new year?

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® ,Real Simple®, and Sunset® Magazines but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #NewYearMeTime http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

  • This just looks so cozy! And I love Real Simple!

    Ashley
    messymilestones.com

    • Oak & Oats

      me too! Real Simple is my favorite!

  • Yeah I need to do this more often as well.. Sounds amazing to take some time for yourself!

    Liefs,
    Yara

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes! Take some time to just get away!

  • Me times are the best best best therapy!!!

    • Oak & Oats

      I so agree! We need to take time to care for ourselves!

  • I love your new hair! Is it naturally straight? That’s about the length of mine, but I never know how to style it!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much! It is naturally straight! This is I just got out of the shower and it is drying hair. I do have a straightener that I heat up to smooth it all out and curl it under a bit but my hair styling process is very simple! haha

  • What a nice getaway! That sounds wonderful ­čÖé

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks Emily! It really was a blast!

  • I love this post. I think you do sponsored posts the right way. I barely even noticed that it was sponsored, yet you still did a good job of letting us know about the deal (which is a cool deal. I love magazines!).
    I am glad you and your hubby were able to get away. That’s awesome!

    • Oak & Oats

      Kristin!

      Thank you so very much. This comment means a lot to me! My blog is my job and helps provide for my family but I never want it to lose site of “me.” My prayer is to be authentic and real in this space. I only work with brands I love (like Real Simple) and turn down a lot of opportunities to stay true to this space and to benefit my readers!

      We had a wonderful getaway and it was good for us!

  • This is giving me the overnight travel bug…ahhh

    • Oak & Oats

      hahah! I know. It is so good to plan a getaway every now and then. Overnights in cities near by are much more affordable than huge vacations and still really fun!

  • amy

    i’m so glad y’all were able to get away for a weekend and really unwind.
    that is SO important for y’alls marriage and for life.
    those robes look so comfy (and hold up, they are making an incredibles two?!?!) yessssssss.
    and the coffee = yes ma’am! ­čÖé
    p.s. i love, love, love my real simple magazines.

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes girl!! Incredibles two is in the making!!! And yes, it was like way magical to get away!

  • Oh man! I love getaways like this, so fun! And the hotel looks so dreamy!

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes & Yes!