Saturday, July 17, 2010

Keeping a Comfort Box

Being wife and mother takes up a lot of time! We get so busy making sure our husband and children are ok, that we often forget about comforting ourselves.

I picked up a book from a local 2nd hand book store a couple of weeks ago called The Woman’s Comfort Book by Jennifer Louden.

Jennifer offers up lots of ideas and suggestions but the one that stood out for me was her suggestion to keep a comfort box for times when you’re feeling under the weather, sad, lonely or just a little “meh!”.

So I plan to find a cute box and start thinking about what sort of things comfort me. Things like:

• a scented candle – I love the smell of vanilla.

• the softest tissues I can find

• a small box of chocolates – my secret stash! LOL although being perishable, they obviously can’t be stored in there for too long…although I don’t think there will be any problem with that!

• bubble bath – I love taking bubble baths but I don’t often get a chance to. It’s easier to just jump in the shower quickly each day. But every once in a while, I do get to soak in a hot bath and having my favourite bubble bath out of my kids’ reach will ensure there’s some left when I need it.

• herbal tea – I love my peppermint tea!

• a book of quotes

• a notebook and pen

• a favourite CD of relaxing or uplifting music

• favourite photos

So once my comfort box contains some of my favourite things, I plan to keep it in a spot where I can see it so it’s a reminder for me that it’s there when I need it.

What would you keep in your comfort box?

Tina Gray is a wife to one husband and a mother to five children. She and her family live on the gorgeous South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. You can find her blogging at Tina Gray {dot} Me ( where she blogs (sometimes with colourful words) about family, home, health, photography, shopping, giveaways, reviews and more.


  1. Tina, is this you??? See, I'm drawn to you, like a magnet...or like chocolate!
    This is terrific, more of you! Now I'm off to read the Mayor's guest post, such good stuff all in one sitting!

  2. Ooops, this isn't Tina it's Tammy? See, I'm so, matter this post was soothing and refreshing, and since I'm a nursing student in the RN program, I suspect I'll learn alot, and maybe actually decide to stay in the program.

  3. Sigh...I SO need a comfort box! Perfect for those mid-life crisis moments...& those hormonal ones...which kinda go hand in hand I guess!! :-D

  4. Sandra,

    Psych!! No it actually was Tina, she was guest posting for me today. My bad for the lack of clarity. Good luck in school!!


  5. Comfort boxes are a great idea as pressies, we women tend to put ourselves last and wouldn't think of making one for ourselves.

  6. Hi Tammy, sorry it has taken me so long to come back and say thanks for letting my be a guest on your blog :)

    I'll be in touch soon if you're still interested in posting over on Tina Gray {dot} Me.