When I was a younger person and without kids, I used to have an image in my head of what a ‘mom’ looked like; less worried about what she looks like and more worried about the next tantrum. I thought mom’s only dressed for comfort and function and make up and beauty was something their teenage daughters always nag them about. But some women can make nine months of pregnancy (and swollen ankles, back aches, and heartburn) look absolutely gorgeous and moms towing around four kids look like they’ve totally pampered themselves.
I confess that when I look back at old photos (high school years more than a decade ago) I feel as though I look better than I ever have AFTER having kids (the opposite of what I thought was supposed to happen).
There are lots of healthy things you can do for yourself but I’m not going to lecture about diet and exercise. You already know that. But there are a few simple ways being a mom can look more fabulous and less frazzled.
- Polish your nails. Don’t think you have time for it? You can get your nails painted and dry in less than five minutes with a quick drying polish. A little pop of color on your nails is a way to brighten things up or a neutral tone can keep your nails looking healthy and tidy.
- Stick to essential make-up. I am a light complexioned gal that looks rather sickly when I don’t have any make-up on. Although i have a toddler to get ready too, I just use the basics for a quick and light application. Just a little mascara, concealer, and lipstick can go a long way.
- Nap when the kids nap. Sleep is really important. Although it is nice to be a super-productive mom when the kids are in bed, too much production and not enough rest isn’t healthy. Even a small nap can do a lot to making you feel re-energized, focused, and refreshed.I’m pretty sure even Superman sleep sometimes.
In all honesty, my nails need polished right now, I have zero make up, and I’m not even wearing a bra as I write this. But before I walk out the door, I’m going to spend a little time on myself and it’s totally ok to do so! Our kids may always come first, but mom doesn’t always have to come last.
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