What Moms Really Do On A Kid Free Day

Our job as a mom can be so daunting and tiring. Sometimes all we want is a day off and we often fantasize about what we could do with a whole day off from mom duty. I was recently lucky enough to have a full day off from mom and wife duty when my husband took our son to his family’s house in Ohio. I couldn’t join them when they initially left because I was in a theater production in Georgetown. When my show wrapped up…

I opted to stay a whole day by myself with no obligations whatsoever. 

I didn’t know what I would do. I felt like all of the Austin area was my oyster! Maybe I would go see a movie, or go on a nice long run, or take myself to dinner, or get ice cream, or go stand up paddle boarding. There were so many options! So what did I actually do? Well, I did do some chores, but I also had a fantabulous day taking care of myself. The following is a timeline of my amazing day which I have dubbed my Once-a-year day.

10 a.m.

  • Woke up singing Once-A-Year Day from the musical The Pajama Game 
  • Gleefully had this song stuck in my head for the rest of the day


10:05-12 p.m.

  • Let dogs out
  • brushed teeth and washed my face
  • Facetimed with my husband and son
  • emptied the dishwasher
  • made coffee (didn’t drink it yet)
  • Folded laundry and hung up my child’s clothing, threw a load into the washer
  • made the bed (without a toddler jumping on it and messing it up!)
  • decided to make an over-easy egg breakfast
  • Decided to pick up toys before I made breakfast so I could bask in the glory of a clean house
  • Went ahead and vacuumed the floors as well so it would really be cleaner
  • texted dog sitter to set up a time to meet and give him the house key
  • got to go to the bathroom BY MYSELF and even left the door open BECAUSE I COULD
  • finally started to take the egg breakfast ingredients out of the fridge
  • got lazy and just poured a bowl of cereal

12:15 p.m. 

  • Dog sitter came to the house and I went over the whole shebang and expectations.

12:26 p.m.

  • Dog sitter left
  • I finally remembered I had coffee to drink. It was delicious. 
  • Basked in the glory of a nice clean house knowing that it wouldn’t get messy unless I made it messy
  • started a chick flick on Netflix

1:30 p.m.

  • Went to Woodhouse Day Spa to finally use the gift certificate my husband gave me for Mother’s Day. Bonus: he even called and scheduled my appointments for me.

1:35 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Drinking my mimosa with a heated neck pillow while waiting for my next session.
  • Spent the day in a plush robe drinking mimosas and listening to Enya type music. 
  • Got a 50 minute deep tissue massage, followed by a Lavender foot scrub and pedicure and finished with a Hydra facial which is a really cool facial where they suck yucky things out of your face and rehydrate it.
  • Spent the time between my services texting with my best friends, taking selfies to add to show off to my mom and sister, and lounging on a chaise drinking and snacking. It was heavenly.



5:30-6:15 p.m.

  • Came home and prepared myself for an audition I had later in the evening.


  • Rocked my audition

7:30-around 2:30 a.m. the next morning…

  • Got and ate dinner from Arby’s 
  • came home and finished watching the chick flick I had started earlier
  • watched The Bachelorette and drank peach wine
  • ate some nachos with cheese that I threw together
  • played piano and sang at the top of my lungs
  • took a bubble bath and finally used that bath bomb my mom had sent my for Mother’s Day
  • talked to one of my besties on the phone for over 2 hours
  • brushed my teeth
  • Thought about packing my suitcase for my trip but decided I would do it in the morning before I left for the airport
  • relaxed into bed with my dog cuddled up next to me
  • Decided I need this kind of Once-a-year day every year. 

What would you do on a totally kid free day?


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