This March while everyone else is occupied with March Madness, we thought it would be fun to do a little madness of our own and get rid of some mom guilt along the way.
Treat yo’ self with this bracket that will give you an excuse to take a break! Share with your friends and divide the bracket or do it all by yourself!
Don’t forget moms–keep doing what you’re doing. YOU ARE DOING GREAT.
Click the bracket below to download and share!
Relaxation is not something typically equated with motherhood. Most moms would probably admit that carving out “me-time” is one of the hardest things to do.
It’s not just the logistics of it, it’s also about that crushing mom guilt we all experience from time to time. This week we thought we would share with you our favorite ways to relax and unwind. It’s important to remember to take care of yourself, too!
“Resting for me, equals quiet. I love sitting on my porch just observing my surroundings … sitting anywhere, for that matter, in quiet, is restful for me. After having children I realized how much I love being alone. Ha! I love you children but y’all are loud! And let’s be honest. Sometimes a glass of wine just does the trick.” –Jenilee
“I grew up on the beaches of Florida. So my favorite way to relax is not convenient since I do not currently live by the beach anymore, but in a dream world I’d relax on the white sandy beaches under an umbrella with a good book and a Publix sub. That is my happy place.” –Chelsea
“During the day, if both kids are in school and I have downtime from my work, I just want to sit and stare out the window. I watch all of the things going outside … trees moving with the wind, birds flying from branch to branch, butterflies hopping from one bush to another … and I pray. I spend time thanking God for my life and all of the ways he’s blessed me. I thank him for the hard times because I know he uses them to shape me and strengthen me. At night my relaxing time consists of the hottest bath I can run without scolding myself, candles, hot tea and a book. We have put the kids to bed and my hubby is usually getting ready for his next work day on the computer so I’m free to dream or zone out to a good book. (Can I go there now?!!!)” –Lauren
“Almost every night as soon as the kids are asleep I run a hot bath and grab my Kindle. I love bathtub reading. I could stay in there for hours, but eventually I get out when the water gets to cold. All is right in the world after a decent bath. I also love watching tv with my husband. We binge watch shows like it’s our job! If I ever find myself with downtime during the day I like to drink tea and listen to a podcast.” –Deidra
For tips on how to save time so you CAN relax, watch our super helpful MOMcom short. And be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our channel!
Fall in our hometown of Franklin, Tennessee is a bit magical. Here are some of our favorite things to do with our kiddos when the temperatures start dipping and the trees begin to put on a show.
“Our family likes to be outside as much as possible during the fall as we know this weather is fleeting. A family fall favorite is a good old fashion hike. We like to take advantage of living so close to the Natchez Trace. Just this past weekend went on a hike and it was full of adventure. We were able to see the wild dinosaurs and tigers and ‘huge mountains.'”–Chelsea
“My favorite fall activity is taking walks. I love so much putting that first jacket on for the season. I love the cool brisk air in the mornings. Our nearby park, Jim Warren, has been my life saver. The boys and I walk there every week, whether for the playground or just to run around by the creek, it’s our favorite stop. The fall brings beautiful weather, so I’m out enjoying it for sure!” –Jenilee
“My favorite fall activity is walking with my family from our house to Downtown Franklin’s Main Street. We call it our ‘Gratitude Walk.’ The leaves are so beautiful and the air is crisp! The best part about the walk, however, is ‘The Pumpkin House.’ It’s an old Victorian home on our Main Street that goes crazy with over the top decorations for holidays. For Halloween there is a huge cut out pumpkin that covers her garage (hence the name The Pumpkin House) and in her garage is a haunted house that kids can go in and out when they please … (it’s not too scary). After we pass that we head to a coffee shop downtown and get a drink and a treat … in our house it’s called “a downtown treat.” We talk about what we are grateful for and just spend good time with one another.”–Lauren
“We love visiting Gentry’s Farm every fall. They open the doors of their historic family farm once a year for hay rides, pumpkin-picking, and so many other fun activities. It’s such a gorgeous spot. We look forward to it all year and every time I’m amazed at how relaxing and fun it is to be on their beautiful farm enjoying the weather. It’s a local treasure and a family tradition.” –Deidra
The Pants are so grateful to call historic Franklin, Tennessee home! We love the comfy small town setting and these are just a few of our favorite spots. If you ever visit, make sure you put these on your list to stop and see!
We all LOVE the Juice Bar. It’s organic, fresh, and locally-sourced. You can stop in and grab lunch, a smoothie or juice. They have a great kids menu too! Lauren loves the sweet green juice and lettuce wrap for a quick gluten-free lunch.
The Frothy Monkey is a Nashville area phenomenon. Everyone from out of town wants to visit because the coffee is unique and the food is amazing! It’s also a kid-friendly atmosphere with outdoor seating and plenty of healthy options! Jenilee recommends the cinnamon roll with a side of eggs and bacon!
The Pants have a special place in our hearts for this beautiful park! We used to meet up here when our first babies were really babies! This is where our first few play dates began and our sisterhood emerged. Fun Fact! It’s also where we filmed a portion of our very first national commercial for Chex cereal!
Our Franklin post office is pretty dreamy! Chelsea loves to stop in, drop off her mail, get a piece of candy (which they always have at the register!) and then visit the fountain outside to throw in a few coins. It’s a fun little afternoon outing and it also gets you one step closer to finishing that to-do list!
A new favorite of The Pants is a little spot called The Perch. Great crepes and yummy coffee plus lots of patio seating make this place the perfect location for our pants meetings. We love to meet up over brunch and discuss our upcoming projects. It’s such a treat to have a kid-free conversation!
What are your favorite places to relax, spend time with your kids or enjoy a good meal?
People always ask us how we met.
And it’s really quite simple. Chelsea and Lauren are neighbors so they already knew each other. But Jenilee and Deidra met one day at a play date hosted by a mutual friend. Since we all live within a mile of each other, we would often see each other at a local park. After a few play dates, our fate was sealed and we became The Texting Yoga Pants.
And the second question they ask is always, always about The Chick-fil-A video.
So here’s the honest to God truth.
We love eating at our nearby Chick-fil-A. We let the kids run wild; we order in shifts, and we always have ice cream. Lauren was thinking about our mutual affection for Chick-fil-A when it hit her: Other moms probably feel like this too.
She decided to flex her creative muscles and within minutes the parody was written as she drove home in her car.
We never expected this video get the crazy attention that it got. We knew the lyrics were hilarious and so relatable, but we had no idea this video would start an amazing new journey for all of us. Since then we’ve started calling our style of comedy “MOMcom.” We love laughing about the hilarious aspects of motherhood and it turns out, other moms love it too!
Watch our other parodies and MOMcom shorts!