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My Kid-Free Summer Kicks Off At The Residence Inn by Marriott

 

My Kid-Free Summer

Kicks Off At The Residence Inn

by Marriott

By Kimberly Seals Allers

Every year since my divorce, my summer ritual includes packing up my children, going to the airport and putting them on an international flight to London, England where they spend the summers with their Dad, the “wasband.”

This is never easy. But after a few anxious hours until I know they have safely landed and have been picked up, followed by a few transitional days of mixed emotions, I’ve learned to ease into my kid-free summer.

Usually, in preparation, I outline my work, personal and home projects that I want to take on. This year, my plan was to dive in head first into the edits for my upcoming book, prepare for speaking engagements, strategize next steps for my First Food Friendly movement based on a new way to think about supporting moms and their infant feeding choices–BIG PLANS!!

But this year, instead of getting into being distracted by work, I did something else first. I got away…

I escaped to a Residence Inn by Marriott within driving distance, for a three-day mommy retreat. Of course, my house is empty, why do you need a retreat, you may ask?  Well, sometimes the emptiness and the extreme quiet reminds me of the reasons why my house is empty and extremely quiet and that can sometimes spark emotions that are counterproductive to getting things done; especially creative things that need your full mental game.

With my Kid Free Summer Kick Off GetawayI got to enjoy the pleasures of a one-bedroom suite, the wonderful breakfast (I can still taste the waffles), the indoor pool and hot tub, while having the option to make a snack or cook a meal in my fully equipped kitchen. It was just what the doctor (Dr. Phil, I suppose) ordered.

A few days away at the Residence Inn gave me ample space to work, a big bed to lay in, a living room area for a change of scenery (when said bed was tired of me) and then a late night swim and hot tub soak–things I could never get at home (especially the ready-made breakfast that I didn’t have to prepare!) Oh, and I started my day in their great fitness room. Score!

It was such a great kick off for my kid free summer, I came home energized– excited about the strategic planning I had done, and the book pages I had written, and all the sausages I ate at the free breakfast!

I guess next time; I should go WITH the children. Until then, I’m grateful to have been a part of the Resident Mom Club and the opportunity to turn a usually difficult transition period into a great Mom getaway!

We’re giving away a $250 Residence Inn by Marriott gift card to an Amaz-INN Resident Mom! Nominate your favorite mom to win. Tell us on Twitter or Facebook in 150 characters or less why this mom is so Amaz-INN and deserving of a Residence Inn gift card. You must LIKE our Facebook page (if you haven’t already done so), and be a follower of @MochaManual and @IamKSealsAllers on Twitter to make a nomination. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #AmazINNMom & #RIMoms

Speical thanks to the Residence Inn by Marriott  for this Amaz-Inn treat!

Our giveaway ends July 29, 2013 at 11:59pm EST.

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