5 Appointments to Schedule Now that Kids are in School


Settling back into a school schedule gives moms an opportunity to catch up on some much-needed self-care that can be difficult to maintain during the summer. It’s easy as moms to set aside our own needs to make sure everyone else’s are met. We must remember if we don’t take care of ourselves, our own health, we cannot be the best for our families. So here are my top five appointments to schedule for yourself now that the kids are back in school!


Go without kids. The reason is likely obvious and clear – we all know it’s probably best to eliminate any potential scarring memory with mom in the stirrups. This appointment is an important part of health and self-care. Regular pap smears and breast exams are vital to early detection for certain types of cancer! Schedule this appointment ahead of time and have the doctor’s office automatically re-schedule this appointment the same time each year.


With the potential of having to undress and wear a patient robe or be evaluated in a sensitive area, this is another good appointment to make while the kids are in school or childcare. You never know if this appointment will end with a mole removal, skin biopsy or cyst excision, so it is much better to go without company. Apply the same strategy as above, and ask the office to get you on an annual appointment schedule for ease!


appointments to scheduleVisiting the dentist as a family seems like a good idea, in theory. But it is hard to wrangle kids when you are the one in the dentist chair – how do you expect to tell them to behave when someone else’s hands are in your mouth? Many of us overlook this appointment; we assume brushing and flossing daily is enough! But this is another place where early detection is key. Finding a cavity before it impacts the root of the tooth and stopping gum disease in its beginning stages – both are easy for your dentist! Good dental hygiene is an important form of healthcare and an easy, quick way to put yourself first. 


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Those roots are more than obvious, and the dead ends are a clear sign of soaking in the sun and soaking up the chlorine. These appointments can easily take up an entire morning or afternoon which can make it hard to do with kids around. It also proves pricey to pay a babysitter on top of the cost for a cut & color. By the end of summer a fresh cut is not only necessary but it will be sure to feel good. Take a couple of hours while the kids are in class and make the day about you.


I’m an avid “treat yourself” person; we all need time to not just do the necessary but also time to do the fun. A massage is exactly that … a fun treat. As moms we all need an extra minute to relax and break out of the monotony. A good massage can release unhealthy toxins and relieve stress that builds up in your muscles. Sometimes moms forget how to relax when taking care of everyone else. Give yourself the gift to unwind after a very full summer at home!

If you’re looking at the list above and feeling overwhelmed, take it one step at a time! Maybe you need feel the relaxation from a massage before you can think about heading to the dentist – completely understandable – just start somewhere. Make a promise to put yourself first for a change; your mind and body will thank you for all of the self-love!

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Sarah lives in Waco with her husband, Mark, and their three children Seth (11), Hannah Grace (9), and Adalee (6). Sarah and Mark just celebrated 16 years of marriage. Sarah grew up in Coppell, Texas (a Dallas suburb), and graduated from Baylor University with a BBA in Marketing in 2000. Sarah started her career in Sales, Marketing, and Advertising, and spent five years in corporate business. She then chose to stay home when her first two children were born. In 2009, Sarah took on the balancing act of being a business owner while maintaining the role of “stay at home” mom. Sarah found the many aspects of creating and implementing business strategies very fulfilling, and loved working in the beauty and skincare industry. After seven years of juggling these roles, she sold the business and has enjoyed taking time over the last year to write and prepare for the next stage of her “crazy life” Sarah was born with a passion for music, and has been leading praise and worship in different capacities since she was thirteen. Sarah and her family are members of First Baptist Church Woodway, where she is on the praise team, and has the blessing to serve in different areas of ministry. Over the years, she has been gifted with opportunities to create music, and to work with organizations such as the American Family Radio and Gospel Music Association, while releasing original music an independent artist within the Christian Contemporary genre https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/everypage/id373073044. Over the years, Sarah has loved getting to know the women of Waco by being involved in organizations such as Junior League, and MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers). These experiences, along with being a mom, have given her a heart to encourage and relate to other women. Over the past two years, Sarah has felt led to begin to share some of her own experiences as a woman and mom to help minister and to encourage others. She recently started a personal blog www.saranelsonblog.com, which is still in the process of completion. Sarah is currently writing a series on dealing with crisis from a spiritual perspective, which is based on her own personal experience. Her goal with this project is to help others find hope in hardship. Sarah is beyond excited about being able to share, and to be a part of Waco Mom’s Blog. The last sixteen years have been an adventure! Eleven of those years have been spent living in Waco. Sarah and Mark moved away from Waco twice to live in Austin and Miami, and moved back both times for business opportunities. They are grateful to have laid down roots that have grown deep within the heartbeat of the city. They are thankful for their community, and dear friends they get to live life with. Sarah is beyond blessed to call Waco home.