As a wife and mother of two, I feel like my tank is permanently running on empty. I’m pretty sure that I’ve worn the same t-shirt three days in a row, haven’t brushed my hair in about a week, and let’s not even talk about the last time I wore a bra. My 2-year-old has recently started to boycott naps and refuses to eat anything I make her. If she had it her way, she’d eat goldfish and blueberries all day long. And ya know what- some days I let her.
Let’s face it people, motherhood is hard. Really hard. Now, just because I say that, doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy every chaotic moment. In fact, I love all the ups and downs of motherhood. But in between balancing my many roles, I often forget to take care of me. Why is it that us moms think that putting others before ourselves is for the greater good? Don’t get me wrong- I put others before myself day in and day out, but my point is that we need to remember ourselves and our needs as well.
Of course, what self-care means to me, may be something entirely different for you. For me, my self-care starts first thing in the morning. Starting my day on the right foot leaves me feeling refreshed, confident, and ready to slay the day.
Wake Up Early
For me, this means 30 minutes before my kids wake up. This quiet time allows me to drink my coffee hot, plan out my day, and do things at my own pace. There’s no rushing and no complaining- this time is solely for me. Find a time that works best for you and your schedule. Maybe it’s during naptime, or once the kids go to bed. Either way, spending a few moments alone is good for the mind, body, and soul.
How many times have you found yourself wearing the same yoga pants from 2 nights before? No shame, I’m guilty too! And as small of a task this may be, it makes all the difference! Believe me, I have days where my mom uniform is nothing but my pajamas-and that’s ok. But I do make a conscious effort to wear something that makes me feel good, and confident. Even if it’s a new sun dress and my only plans for the day are laundry and dusting.
Add A Pop Of Color
If I were limited to only 3 cosmetics for the rest of my life, I would pick mascara, bronzer and LipSense! Wearing lip gloss wasn’t always part of my daily routine, but since recently it’s something I cannot go a day without. Whether it’s an everyday nude, or a date night red, applying any pop of color leaves me feeling radiant and beautiful.
I’m sure most of you have witnessed LipSense take over your social media feeds recently, it happened to me too! But believe me when I say it’s worth the hype. For starters, all of the claims- are true! It is waterproof, smooch-proof, smudge-proof and will definitely last all day long! No more doing gymnastics trying to put on a white shirt, or licking your teeth full of lipstick residue before smiling. This miracle product will not budge– seriously. Plus it’s vegan, non-GMO, lead-free AND it’s not tested on animals.
Did you know, that if worn everyday LipSence is equivalent to 4 tubes of lipstick?! Crazy huh? Not only are you saving money, but you only need to apply ONCE a day! And because I am so in love with this brand, I have partnered with my girl Mackenzie to give you the opportunity to win a starter kit for FREE (valued at $55). If you don’t already follow her Facebook page, do so now! Not only is she super energetic and hilarious, but she also posts quick tips and awesome tutorials!
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I used to think that coffee qualified as breakfast, and some days it does. But eating a healthy, balanced breakfast gives me more energy, allows me to focus, plus I can avoid getting hangry around 11am. As much as I’d love to sit with the kiddos in the am, some day’s it’s just not possible. Making something simple, like this Make-Ahead Breakfast Trail Mix, gives me no excuse to skip the most important meal of the day!
Take Care Of Your Skin
My skin care routine is pretty simple. I exfoliate at night, wash in the morning, and moisturize 2 times daily! I never realized how important skin care was until I started seeing a difference, a.k.a I got older. So when choosing skin care products, I only want what is best for my face, especially considering facial tissue is so sensitive.
I recently started incorporating SeneGence products as part of my new daily regime, and I love them! The Tinted Moisturizer helps with redness and sun spots, while also protecting my skin from harmful rays. I love that fact that it leaves my skin feeling smooth and healthy. With weightless coverage, I can run errands without feeling self conscious about the appearance of my skin.
Although I haven’t been using Climate Control long enough to notice the anti-aging effects, it leaves my skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Which is especially helpful for the climate I live in, as my skin tends to dry out easily. It’s super simple too, all I do is spray prior to applying my Tinted Moisturizer and I’m ready to take on the world!
While I love both of those products, I think my personal favorite would have to be the SeneDerm® Facial Resurfacer. This particular product is part of my night-care routine, so be sure to check back soon. Or subscribe to The Lucky Pear’s monthly news letter HERE and you’ll never miss a post!
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