As moms, we spend nearly every waking (and sometimes sleeping!) moment meeting everyone else’s needs: When does the baby need to be fed next? Does my toddler have clean clothes to wear tomorrow? Does my school-aged child have the field trip permission slip ready to turn in?
On and on the list goes of all the things we need to do to take care of our family’s needs. Some days we do it grudgingly, other days it’s full of love and feeling blessed to do it, and other times it’s just second nature. But rarely do we take the time to meet our own needs, physical, mental, or otherwise.
One of the best things moms can do to take care of themselves is spending time unwinding with other moms. The act of solidarity, sharing a drink with a fellow soldier in the battlefield of parenting, has the ability to turn the tide of your week. You could be having a terrible time dealing with your child’s tantrums, but suddenly after talking about it with another honest mom, it doesn’t feel like the end of the world. You could be at the end of your rope with your adolescent daughters backtalk, but commiserating with someone who is also in the midst of this or who has made it to the other side can mean the the world.
The makers of Mommy Tonic, a bubbly conversation game for moms and aunties, envisioned a game that would open up communication between women about the subjects most near and dear to their hearts. From the situations that make them want to tear their hair out to the moments that make them weep with joy and tenderness, they wanted Mommy Tonic to be a fun, no-strings-attached way for moms to get together and gab. Who wouldn’t love a night out with their gals?
Here’s how Mommy Tonic works: the hostess invites her best girl friends over, drinks and snacks are served, and the game cards (packaged in a cute martini rim salt container) are read and each woman gets a chance to respond! It couldn’t be simpler; there are no real rules, there’s no pressure to perform, and it’s just FUN!
I had the opportunity to host a Mommy Tonic party with my friends last week. We had a blast!
I went VERY simple for my party, because this was less than a week after my bunion surgery. Standing up to make even an easy appetizer was not an option! I had chips and salsa, a veggie tray, fruit tray, mocktails, and froyo pies from Luci Lou’s Frozen Yogurt, a local froyo joint.
After loading up our plates and glasses with yummy food and mocktails, it was time to get down to business!
We were playing the Every Mom edition of the Mommy Tonic game, but there are three other versions: New Mom, Working Mom, and Empty Nester — there’s really something for everybody!
We talked for about two hours, sharing silly things about TV shows and celebrity crushes, embarrassing stories from our childhood, to pretty personal stuff about our lives and parenting struggles. I hadn’t planned the questions to progressively get more serious, but about halfway through, one of my friends there said “Ohhhhh, we’re about to get real deep here, I can feel it!” And we did!
We all agreed that it was a fantastic way to spend an evening and we must do it again — SOON! We decided that the next time one of us was feeling frazzled and in need of another night hanging out, we would Facebook message the group, saying “Mommy needs a Tonic!!”
You should definitely pick up the Mommy Tonic game for your next girls night! It would be a great gift for a baby shower, Christmas, or any time! Each of the four versions includes 65 cards, instructions, and the suggested retail price is $22.00. You can purchase it at MommyTonic.com or at Amazon!
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of the game to facilitate my review. I also received monetary compensation for this sponsored post. My thoughts on this product are honest and my very own.