When my second sweet bundle of joy arrived, I got sucked into the land of babies. My only focus was on my new little nurser (which is not nearly as sweet as it sounds, “new little nurser,” ha!), and my adorable toddler. The only time I took a shower was when it was gently suggested to me by my sweet husband. He always passed it off as I deserved time to myself. Smart man.
I stopped taking time to care for myself. I was eating everything in sight, and slathering on the Lanolin, but that was the extent of my self-care. It led me to feeling really down on myself. I was in the world of nursing tops and yoga pants and still, nothing looked right on me. I stopped wearing make-up completely because I figured, what’s the point? I never felt pretty because I wasn’t even trying.
Two years later, I can tell you, feeling pretty is so important for your mental health. It is for mine, anyway.
I want to point out here that I’m not talking about whether I’m attractive or not. I’m talking about making myself feel pretty. I understand that it is different for everyone, but I’m going to share a few things that have helped me improve my mood.
As a mother of two, I don’t always have the luxury of time, so I’m going to list things that you can do by the amount of time it takes.
30 seconds or less-
What better way to dress up any outfit than to add a favorite piece of jewelry. I don’t have my ears pierced (anymore), so earrings are out for me. If/when Miss Z decides she wants to pierce her ears, I’ll get mine done with her.
Lately, I’ve been wearing a necklace I received from Laurel Elliott**. I love it because it’s simple and it goes with practically everything I own. This little touch takes no time at all and it always gives me a boost. Every time I wear it, Miss Z tells me how pretty it is. I think she’s trying to hint that she wants it.If you’d like to check out more amazing pieces from Laurel Elliott, you can visit them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
2. Under-eye concealer
If I only have time for one thing to throw on my face, I go for the one that hides the pesky dark circles under my eyes.
3. Clothes that Fit
You’re getting dressed no matter what, might as well pick something that makes you feel good. It’s important to wear something that isn’t too tight or too loose. If it’s either, then you run the risk of feeling frumpy (speaking for myself).
I’ve gotten my “everyday” make-up routine down to 10 minutes or less. I’ve done this by narrowing it down to the essentials.
For me that includes-
*under eye concealer (I like Ulta’s brand)
*powder (Too Faced is my fave)
*eye shadow for my lids (one or two colors)
*mascara (I love Maybelline’s Royal Blue. I know it’s not the ’80’s anymore, but I love the look I get with the blue. I have dark eyelashes so it’s very subtle.)
I didn’t start doing this until my son was about a year old. I don’t mean you have to go in and get them done every other week. Do it yourself. If you want, you could get it done professionally the first time, then just keep it up at home.
I always pluck here and there when the kids are either in the bath or when they’re brushing their teeth. For some reason, since I started plucking my eyebrows, I’ve felt much more “put together.”
Obviously a shower can be accomplished in less than 30 minutes. But when I can, I prefer to take my sweet time.
There aren’t many things out there that makes a person feel better about themselves than a nice hot shower-especially if it’s been a few days…
I tend to go several days between showers (ugh, I know), so when I do shower, I do the “works.” Shampoo, condition, body wash, body scrub, and shave (depending on how much time I actually have).
Shaving used to take me forever. I hate messing with shaving cream, it’s such a huge pain. But recently I discovered a razor that has soap on it already, so you don’t have to use shaving cream. It’s called Venus SpaBreeze, and it has cut my shaving time in half…now I do it more than just once a week. It’s a little on the pricey side, but you have to put some money down for a decent razor anyhow, and it’s so worth it!
7. Fix my hair
This part only takes me about 5 minutes, but I only have to do it if I shower. I don’t brush my hair very often because it makes it frizzy and then I look like a lion. I usually throw my hair up in a “mom bun,” or I let it air dry. But, if I don’t do something with my bangs, they will turn into a ridiculous, curly mess. So no matter how rushed we are, if I have wet bangs, I will forego everything else to blow dry them.
These are just a few things I do to make myself feel pretty. I realize they’re all pretty obvious, but I went a very long time without doing any of them very often because I couldn’t justify taking time for myself. That was silly. I am important. I’m allowed to take a few moments to work on me. Even if I’m at home with the kids all day long, I’ve found I’m in a much better mood if I take even just a minute to make myself feel pretty.
Now its your turn! What do you do for yourself that boosts your mood or makes you feel pretty?
**Disclosure-I received product from Laurel Elliot in exchange for sharing my opinion. However, all thoughts are my own.
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