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?

Hi Austin mamas! I am Veronica DeSantos Ryan, a mama from Round Rock. My husband and I moved to the area in 2014 and love every minute of it. Our baby Oliver (May 2016) is the light of our life and we are enjoying every minute with him. After spending seven years teaching, I decided that I wanted to be a stay at home mom and teacher of life to my little boy. As a family we love running with Ollie in his jogger stroller, having picnics outside, playing with our two dogs and exploring all the the Austin area has to offer! I am also a performing princess for Lexi's Little Princesses Princess company, a teaching artist at The Georgetown Palace Theatre, and a member of the singing group The Vintage Dreams. I am an avid reader, piano player, singer, and occasional actress in community theater, and have recently been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles and More.


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