Pamper Yourself, Mommy! May is typically the mom to honor mothers. It is also the time that kids are getting ready to get out of school. How’s that for irony? The good news is, it’s not too late to have your cake and eat it too, in the pampering sense. First off, it’s really time to change our mindset on the whole treating ourselves business. It doesn’t even require a lot of the two things that moms today seem to have in such short supply; time and money. Really on a budget? Check out these low or no cost options. Call a friend and catch up on some juicy gossip or that tv show you tivo’d a couple of weeks ago. Read a book at the park. Spend some time at the gym. Take a nap or a bubble bath. Cook a recipe you’ve been meaning to try. Make a paper bag scrapbook of your kids’ or family photos you have been meaning to put away for ages. Meditate. If you have about $5 and ½ an hour…Take time to catch up with a friend over a cup of joe and a snack. Or pick up your favorite magazine or check out the ½ rack at your local bookstore. If you have about $10 and a couple of hours… Catch that movie you wanted to see at the matinee or half price theater. Visit an exhibit at the local museum or arboretum. Go to that lunch with your mom, husband, or friend. If you have about $20 and an hour…. Check out the massage schools. Walk through your local specialty market and try a new fruit, delicacy, or snack. If you have about $30 and a couple of hours….The early part of the week is slow at many area nail salons. You would be surprised at how reasonable a mani-pedi can be. Take a cooking class, art class, or try a new hobby. Hit a resale store, outlet store, or low cost department store in order to find yourself a real deal or a steal, or maybe just a special something you see. Remember, the old adage is true. You will be better equipped to help others if you take care of you, and here’s to you, Mom…..