Welcome to the May 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Taking Time for Mom.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. Oftentimes, Moms are so busy taking care of their families that they forget to take care of themselves. This month our carnival participants have written posts about what they do just for themselves.
As a mother of two toddlers, the days of spending an hour or so "glamming-up" are over. I am lucky if I even brush my hair in the morning and change out of my pajama's.
Now, I do not mean to sound extremely shallow and self-absorbed, but I do think it is important to try to embrace my femininity. In fact, shortly after giving birth to my babies, one of the main reasons I became depressed about my appearance. My makeup bag remained unzipped and my curling iron collected dust...literally.
However, it is possible to boost your self confidence in a matter of minutes. So, set your alarm 15-30 minutes before your kids get up and enjoy some magical "me" time!
Super Sexy Beach Hair Recipe:
2 tbs epsom salt (don't worry, this will not dry up your hair. Epsom salt is often used as a water softener)
1 tsp sea salt (to "stiffen up" your hair)
1 cup warm water (to dissolve salts)
8 drops of jojoba, sweet almond, or olive oil
Optional: a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance.
Mix ingredients in a spritzer bottle and shake until salts are dissolve. Spray on damp (not dripping wet!) hair, making sure that you also get the roots. With your fingers, "comb" your hair, tousle and scrunch for a minute or two...that's it!
If you have long and thin hair like mine, you may have to reapply the spray every few hours for a touch-up. You can add more sea salt if needed for longer hold.
For slightly different styles:
Use with a hot-roller set, without the heat. I spray the salt water mixture on dry hair, roll them up, and pin in sections, giving my hair at least an half hour to dry. Of course, you can use with heat, but my hair is thin an fragile, so I prefer less breakage.
Create crimped hair by braiding your hair wet. You can style your hair the night before by spraying the salt water solution onto wet hair. Comb through and braid sections of your hair, banding them at the bottom. I prefer the cheap small plastic ones found in the girl's hair accessory section (while you are braiding your hair, take this time to unwind from the day, watch a movie, and have a glass of wine). The more braids you have, the tighter the crimp. In the morning, simply pull off the bands and undo your braids and shake out your hair!
As for my make-up, I like to keep it as "natural" as possible, not only in color, as well as the ingredients.
My make-up essentials:
* Sweet almond oil (moisturizer)
* Powdered mineral foundation
* Eye shadow
* Lip gloss
Before I put on makeup, I apply sweet almond oil directly on my skin. This oil is a natural way to not only soften skin, but it helps reduce signs of aging by eliminating impurities and removing dead skin cells while refining the skin’s structure and stimulating cell renewal. The oil is absorbed by the skin and is non-greasy.
Today I used cosmetics (except for the mascara) from an Etsy shop called Smash Cosmetics that carries mostly pure and chemical-free make-up (* Update * - sadly this shop no longer exists, but I now get my cosmetics from Pure Skin Essentials and have nothing but FABULOUS things to say about them!). In a matter of minutes, I apply the foundation, smear a little cream eyeshadow, and top off my face with mascara and lip gloss.
Yeah! In about 5 minutes I have my hair and makeup done! I was so excited that the very first thing that I heard from my kids and husband this morning was "mommy, you look so pretty!" and "wow, you are wearing makeup". Ok, so the latter came from my husband who after he wiped the sleep from his eyes, finally noticed that I did my hair.
Now how should I spend the remaining 10-20 minutes?
Moms, don't forget to make some time each day to help make yourselves feel special. You have one of the most difficult jobs in the world which requires quite a bit of energy and unselfishness. Stopping to take a breath, treating yourself to something nice, etc. no matter how small makes a world of difference.
What do you do to make yourself feel special?
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