B.C. asks from Arlington, TX on August 23, 2009
Needing Tips on Keeping Myself Feeling like a Woman
I have an 8 year old and an almost 2 year old and I watch 2 kids all week too. Needless to say, I don't have alot of time/energy to keep myself looking good. That is changing as I have comanded some "me" time and went out and bought some nice shampoo, new makeup, and have been doing my hair. I'm looking for some tips on the best (but budget friendly) beauty products. I wear makeup every day, I like to straighten my hair, and I have just started working out again to tone up my tummy and tush. I'd like to get my nails done, but don't know what to get besides solars, which I used to get. I need help! I've been a tomboy mom for too long. This "girlie" thing is new to me.
S.L. answers from Dallas on August 23, 2009
i'd start taking long baths. think bubble bath or fizzy soap and a good smelling bathing gel or body scrub. add a tub of hot water, time to shave your legs, and then add a foam pillow. don't forget the music. if you do that atleast once a week, you will feel very feminine. wine during the bath doesn't hurt either. ;)
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C.B. answers from Dallas on August 24, 2009
I have really enjoyed ready this thread. I feel like I am in the same boat. I have been a SAHM for 4 years now and I have a newborn, don't sleep through the night, and don't have a lot of time or money to spend on myself. My husband has agreed to take the kids for 1.5 hours 4 times a week. I plan on that being time for myself. I have slowly begun to invest in cute "at home" clothes. So at least I don't feel so frumpy. Shimmery lip gloss daily, as I don't wear a lot of make-up. I have also decided to get up an make myself a fruit smoothy and work-out first thing in the morning, so at least everyday I have done something healthy for myself. Perfume for sure. I have long straigt hair that I pull back in a low messy bun with a chop stick and a cute clip in the front makes me feel young. Anyways, just know there are lots of us out there that feel exactly like you and try to put yourself back on the priority list. I know it is so hard. Good luck!
T.F. answers from Dallas on August 24, 2009
Kudos to you for noticing and working to make a difference for yourself. That is step #1
As for me, I am SAHM, run errands all the time, and my part of our business is at home. I am active with volunteer groups through Daughter's cheer booster club.
I shower and do my hair daily. I know some say don't wash your hair everyday and I know I probably shouldn't BUT the shower and fresh body washes make me feel refreshed. I don't have a fancy hairstyle....I am a good % Native American and that is the hair I have, long, dark and straight as a board.
Also, I dress and do my makeup (not a too much, but enough to make me feel good) daily. I'm FAR from a Tammy Faye type makeup person.
About once a month or so, I will get a good spa mani/pedi.
Another thing that I love is date night. I get dressed like I am going on a date and even if we just go watch football somewhere or go to a fancy restaurant....I get in sexy mode.
Remember to have fun, smile and be good to yourself.
J.R. answers from Dallas on August 24, 2009
I feel ya sister! I only have 1 daughter but already can tell I'm getting in a rut so thanks for the inspiration! :) When I do take the time to get "dressed," I make sure I have on perfume as well as earrings. Those two things are very feminine in my opinion.
I have also started putting my hair up in things other thank just a ponytail. Sometimes in a low side messy bun with with cute a bobby pin for decoration or kinda tease the front/middle and put it in a higher ponytail. I don't always have the time or energy to do my hair when it's down and the other ways are super cute and stylish too.
I also painted my nails, myself, red for the first time in MONTHS and it's amazing how much better I feel just with that. Good luck!
V.T. answers from Dallas on August 23, 2009
I don't know much about beauty products, I get all my makeup at the Target. I do love Mabelline's powder that mimics the Bare Essentials. I have both and can't tell a difference in feel and it great for the summer not having a heavy foundation, and it covers well. I also use a ceramic hair straightener. You can find them ranging anywhere from $20 to a couple hundred dollars. I have a $25 one by Conair that works great. It gets super hot and my hair feels so soft when I'm done.
M.C. answers from Omaha on August 23, 2009
Get some hot lingerie, Mommy! Nothing helps you feel more feminine than knowing you have something sexy underneath!