There it was, a knock on the door and it’s almost noon. “What’s the big deal?” you ask. Well, I was bra-less, no make up (unless you count yesterday’s smeared mascara), hair going every direction, and I’m pretty sure there was food on my shirt… Sound familiar?? Haha if not, I’m quite impressed! You’re already at the top of your game and have no need to read any further (wink wink). But, if you, like me, can relate to this experience, then read on… Sometimes this whole plan A: get married to a handsome hunk and then have adorable babies just isn’t as glamorous as our 8-18 year old selves thought it would be! So here’s three great, but simple tips to help you up your mom game…
Dry Shampoo. Sometimes the idea of showering and drying your hair is just too big of a task in one day. Yet you look in the mirror and know you just can’t pull off another day because of the greasiness… Never fear- dry shampoo is here! Spray it in, shake it out and you just bought yourself one more day (maybe even two)! I am currently loving Batiste brand, (the Tropical scented one in particular) and found it at TJ Maxx for a great deal. You can also find this at Walgreens, Target, Nordstrom, Wal-Mart, or you can order it here on Amazon without even leaving your house! Thank goodness for the internet.
Accessorize. The other day I was getting ready to head out the door when my lovely little five going on fifteen year old stopped me, “Mom, I think you should put some earrings on.” Ummm, thanks for the tip child. Apparently one or two accessories makes all the difference. If it’s cold try a scarf, otherwise a simple necklace, bracelet or earrings will do.
Speaking of great accessories my dear friend Melissa employs and empowers women and mothers in Uganda-who hand make fabulous jewelry, through her company- Musana. I love the name because Musana, means “sunlight” in the local language of Luganda. And sunlight is exactly what Melissa is doing for these women- you can check them out here. You can also check out their lovely artisans here!
This one is the most important–so listen carefully. I recently read ‘Killing Kennedy’ by Bill O’reilly. One of my favorite takeaways from the book came from his wife Jacqueline, who was and still is a fashion icon and one of the most popular First Ladies. From a young age, Jacquie’s mother taught her to look her very best before leaving the house, not for vanity reasons, but so when she was interacting with others, she didn’t worry about how she looked and instead focused on others. Since Jacquie made sure everything about herself was in place, she could walk out her door, forget herself and seek service opportunities to help others. Isn’t that lovely!
So, take time for yourself today to be confident in your appearance so when you walk out the door you aren’t thinking about yourself anymore. This small change in your routine will mean confidence to look the grocery store clerk in the eye or saying hello with a smile to the grumpy old man you pass outside. Cheerfully complementing the next door neighbor, and being a light of hope and kindness to all you interact with. When you know you’re looking awful, you tend to hide from interacting with others robbing them and yourself from making a great connection. So it’s actually not selfish at all to make sure you’re lookin good! Pretty great right? Tell that to your husband next time you go shopping (wink wink).
Einstein sums it up best, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” So get out there with confidence in your appearance and make someone smile today!
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