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10 Tips for Being a Happy Mom in 2012

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Motherhood is exhausting. It's non-stop, all consuming and quite frankly... it doesn't always smell so good. But here are a few tips I've compiled to help handle the deluge, tackle the challenges, and improve your odds of ending your day with a smile on your face:

1. Nap. Even if it's only for 20 minutes. The simple act of lying down and calming your mind can help you collect your thoughts and energize you for the rest of your day.

2. Eat. Nothing makes baby (and ME) crabbier than an empty stomach. Keep ready-made, easy to grab snacks on hand. Try organic yogurt shakes, fresh pre-cut veggies, and roasted nuts (try tossing them in olive oil with a pinch of salt, a pinch of sugar and a sprig of rosemary, and roast at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. YUM!)

3. Get a hobby.
Finding time to pursue a passion reminds you that YOU still matter! Maybe it's photography, maybe it's stand-up comedy (Hey,I've done it!), maybe it's baking (which is run to do with the kids). Whatever it is, there is NEVER a better time than NOW to start doing something you love.

4. Have sex.
Preferably with somebody you know.

5. Laugh. Particularly if it's at somebody else's expense...

6. Dance around the house by yourself (or with the kids!) to good music.
I recommend "My Sharona" by The Knack.

7. Poop in peace.
Refuse to respond to quips like "MOM!!!! Alex won't give me the remote!" from behind bathroom door.

8. Soak. We've all heard "Calgon, Take me Away!" Well those Calgon peeps really know their stuff. After the kids are in bed, run yourself a nice hot bath (preferably with some wonderful smelling bath oil -- I LOVE Jo Malone's Pine and Eucalyptus bath oil). It's an amazing way to wind-down from a crazy day.

9. Just don't have the energy for a soak? Okay, wash your face.
It makes you feel good, it's great for your skin, and it helps you put the day behind you. Do it every day.

10. Give yourself a break.
We've all screamed. We've all yelled. I personally have hit my breaking point in front of my kids and they've witnessed my head spin around. But I've learned to accept the fact that I'm only human. I've been told by wiser parenting gurus than I, that it's okay for your kids to see that you're human. The important thing is you own up to your behavior, forgive it, and just keep trying to do your best.