I have something to admit: I let myself go.
I am of the school of thought that one should try to look her best for her husband. I didn’t always think that. But I suppose that my change of heart could be due to my husband’s career. He’s a touring musician and sees thousands of beautiful women each week. I realized that it was up to me to be not only a good wife, but a pretty one too. Looks aren’t everything – we both know that. But I’ve always cared how I look.
Just over a year ago, after a 7 year wait, I gave birth to baby #2. Being a new mommy is tough! And no one could have prepared me for the challenges that come with a new family addition. Bonding with baby was my number 1 priority – but I still have my firstborn to mother and a husband that deserves a good wife. I struggled with keeping balance, hell I still do. I’ve been so busy worrying about everything and everyone else, that I just didn’t focus on me. At all.
Losing the weight took a little more time after this baby, but I am fortunate to be one of those obnoxious people that doesn’t really have to work out to lose the weight. My workouts consist of bouncing on the workout ball with the baby, chasing my oldest around for a tickle-fest, dancing with the kids, etc. My body, for the most part, went back to normal. The rest of me, however, is a different story.
Just about a month ago, I decided that a little bit of something for me wouldn’t hurt. Heck, it might even be (dare I say it?) good for us all.
Thanks to my husband scheduling an appointment for me, I started with what I thought was my biggest problem: my hair. It become become too long, with no shape, and it was dry and limp. Granted, it is in a ponytail most of the time, but shouldn’t I be able to wear it down if I want to? And so, I got that haircut and WOW! I was starting to feel a little prettier! Add to that, a new shampoo and conditioner – Aveeno Nourish (click on the pic below for a link to save money on Aveeno products)- and I was feeling pretty darn good!
My parents then asked what I wanted for my birthday (which falls just after Christmas), and I took that opportunity to get all new makeup! I don’t wear much, haven’t really been wearing any lately. But I wanted to start fresh, since my old makeup wasn’t cutting it in the make-me-feel-pretty department. And so I headed off to ULTA to search. I wound up with bareMinerals and I feel so good! My skin looks healthier, with and without the makeup, and it covers those lovely I-have-a-baby circles under my eyes.
So, thanks to these 2 products (and a little effort on my part), I’m feeling like a prettier mommy.
I’ll be sure to keep you abreast of other products that I come across that make me feel good too! If there’s something you just can’t live without – share it with me! I’d love to hear about it!
Hurried Homemaker was in no way compensated for this post, nor did we receive these products for free. This is just an honest opinion shared with you as a result of finding products that I like.