Just YOU! Get Your Fun Times On

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The hustle of everyday life is tough on you. So, try to get back the fun when you can. Here are some ways to do so.

EVERY MOM NEEDS A LITTLE ME TIME

>> Because just getting a shower long enough to shave your legs is hard enough!

Are your friends having fun without you? Does it seem like everyone’s doing something EXCEPT you? Then YOU have to make the first move. Text a pal and ask, “Hey, wanna go on that NashTrash Tour?” In other words, make time for yourself and kill off those anxieties that make you feel more isolated than you actually are! This month … WHY NOT?

DO THE NASHTRASH TOUR
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Book the pink bus for a Jugg Sister’s Original Tour — it’s fab and fun. No bachelorettes are allowed, though! $36 a head.

LEARN TO POLE DANCE
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That’s right. Everything from beginners to aerial skills. Parties, too. There’s a new student special going on: any three classes for $30.

PAINT YOUR HEART OUT
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Brand new paint and wine studio now open in Franklin (with new locations coming soon in Spring Hill and Nolensville) — girls’ night out!

HAND-PICKED OUTING
JULY 27: Way Late Play Date at Adventure Science Center (800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville). This 21+ outing has an ‘80s theme & includes drinks; register in advance.

Photo above by Wine and Design.

TALK ABOUT SEX!

>> You really, really, really want your kids to talk to you about anything, right?

SEX. See, it’s easy to say. Now you try. Now say it to your 8-year-old. Oh, wait. He’s not here. But you DO need to think about it. Sex, that is. And how you should talk to your kids about it. Read up a little first; research says your efforts to talk to your kids will pay off.

Deborah Roffman is the author of Talk to Me First (Da Capo; 2012) a straight-forward invaluable guide. Don’t sit there twisting your hands and acting all weird about it. Believe it when Roffman writes, “How freeing it is, magical really, to accept that talking forthrightly to our kids about sexuality is the very best thing we can do to help keep them healthy and safe.” Written for parents with kids ages 0 – 18, you really DO need help with answering their burning questions — just like your parents did with you.

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE … (and NOT a DROP TO DRINK!)

>> Beauty secrets from celebs.

Carrie Underwood prefers doing her own stage makeup, she tells Elle magazine. “It’s calming to me to be there with all of my tools. It’s quiet and it’s nice, and I don’t need 20 hands on me before I go on stage — it just makes me nervous.” Our down-to-earth super star is pretty normal in other ways, too. “I love drugstore makeup,” she says. “I honestly don’t think there’s anything in my bag that’s expensive.” Underwood swears by good hydration, too. She says she can tell that she hasn’t been drinking enough water when her skin looks dull!

Talk about H20 … So many celebs are into drinking coconut water these days, but gorgeous Gwyneth Paltrow takes the coconut thing a tad further: she swishes coconut oil in her mouth. This “oil pulling,” she tells E! Online, is “supposed to be great for oral health and making your teeth white.” Her teeth are pretty white.

Model Kate Moss may not swish her mouth with coconut oil, but she DOES dunk her face in a basin of icy cold water every day. “These old school tricks work!” Moss tells W magazine. She likes cucumbers with the ice, too. “With slices of cucumbers you just put your face in it and you definitely wake up, because all of the blood comes to the surface.”

LOVE YOUR MOCKTAIL

>> Pleasure, no guilt.

On hot summer days, a mocktail does the trick. Besides, if you’re pregnant, a mocktail is an essential when you’re at dinner with friends. We have a fave right now:

Fave Summer NOjito
6 oz. club soda
2 oz. lime juice & simple syrup
Mint leaves
Basil leaves
Wedge of lime
Lots of ice
Pretty glass
Straw

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Susan Swindell Day is the editor in chief of Nashville Parent and the mom of four amazing kids.

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