Black boots, leather jacket, Nars Lip Pencil in “Cruella,” gold hoops. This was my uniform before I was a mama. I even kept acrylic nails and called it my “Jenny from the Block” look. It worked for me.
Now that I have a one-year-old toddler, my uniform is still cute – it’s just different. Am I still rocking leggings from Motherhood Maternity most days? I mean yeah, I am. I have an old pair of Free People jeans that fit. I’m trucking along. I’m doing okay.
But the nails are gone, the hoops are out (not because I’m getting ready to fight, but because my child would rip them out otherwise), and my lips aren’t red anymore. Not really. These days, I’ve jumped on the self-care bandwagon and it’s keeping me going. My skin has to be clear because I don’t always have time for makeup. I’ve switched to natural beauty products wherever I can because I’ve got to make sure I’m healthy. It’s still working for me. I don’t have a bunch of free time to straighten my hair and try to get my eyelashes so long that they hit my eyebrows anymore – but I do make time to take care of myself.
Here are a few ways I still work on myself every day:
1) Magnesium Soaks
Most women are magnesium deficient. I know there are vitamins that correct this, but why do that when you could just sit in a tub of it? I like these ones.
I love me a podcast. I’m a huge fan of Alexis Haines’ “Recovering from Reality” podcast (she used to be Alexis Neiers. As in “Nancy Jo this is Alexis Neiers calling”). I also love Jackie Schimmel’s “The Bitch Bible” and sometimes when I feel like laughing I’ll put on Logan Paul’s podcast. I will not apologize. I am who I am.
3) Face Masks
So this is a new one for me. My skin is extremely sensitive and it sucks because I can’t use everything and anything like everyone else. HOWEVER, I found the Whamisa brand during my pregnancy (I was searching for pregnancy-safe skincare) and found it. It’s a Korean beauty brand and I love their fermented flowers mask and olive oil mist. I use the mist to take off my makeup and it works really well for me.
4) House Slippers
We don’t allow shoes in the house now that we have a small human boy running around. I work from home and I don’t always like to walk around barefoot… so I found these and they help me to feel put together.
5 Hand Masks
I wash my hands a ton because like I said: Greek mother with OCD. My hands dry out fast and my knuckles crack… it’s just ugly. A few weeks ago, I got a manicure (not acrylics, it was a sad day) and the technician put a hand mask on me before she did anything else.
I ordered a bunch of them after I got home. I like to put them on and then stare at my husband with a crazy look on my face because we both know I have an excuse to not do anything for the next 15-20 minutes (pretty sure the mask only has to stay on for like 10 but I told him that my hands specifically need 20).
I was half-asleep one night a few months ago and did some Amazon ordering… and I don’t really have any recollection of it. I only know what happened because I woke up to six Amazon order confirmation emails. Six. I ordered six self-help books for myself on anxiety, negative self-talk, gratitude, all of it. Maybe I could have just like started with one to see how it went? My cart looks like a cry for help. My husband thinks I’m a weirdo. It’s fine I’m fine. Message me if you want the links. The one I’ve been using the most is here.
Soooo apparently deodorant is full of aluminum and our armpits are basically lymphatic system hot spots. Not a good idea to put chemicals all up on them every day. I’ve been using the original-scented Kopari deodorant for over a year and I love it. I don’t get the scented ones – I just do the original scent and it smells like coconuts.
I love reading about how mamas (and all girls really) make the time to take care of their well-being. It’s probably my most-searched Pinterest topic. If you have any practices that make you feel put-together and better overall, I’m all ears.