As a stay- at-home/work-at-home mom to three little ones – one starting school this year and one still in diapers, I am the first to admit that I might be spending way too many days in my yoga pants (without actually doing yoga). I don’t have much time for myself these days. This routine of being a stay-at-home mom can feel a bit mundane and having little ones to tend to all day leaves little time for myself. Sometimes this has me feeling a little less than myself, maybe even a bit gloomy. It’s so easy for a busy mom to lose herself in the hustle and bustle of things of daily life, but at the end of the day, we are still women and we still love to feel beautiful. We are moms, but we are much more than chauffeurs or snack keepers!
Over the years, going on 4 years now, that I’ve been working from home, I have realized that it doesn’t take a ton of time or effort to get me feeling a little put together each day. In fact, since I started this self-care routine I have found myself feeling more like myself and less of a frump who is too busy to take care of herself. This has me feeling more motivated to tackle the long days and unexpected events that happen in parenthood. These 4 things that I do every day don’t take much time at all either.
- Get Dressed – Being home all day can sometimes blur the lines between night and day. You know this is happening to you if you forget what day it is or you don’t know what time it is and you may also be spending all day in your pj’s. Getting dressed and changing out of my pj’s every morning helps me feel like I actually have a day and an evening. Because of this, I know when to put away the laptop and when to start getting everyone ready for dinner and when to read to my kids at bedtime. Long gone are the days where I used to sit down in front of my computer with the sun still out and look up to see that it’s dark outside. Getting dressed and undressed every day has become sort of a ritual that helps me balance work/home/family time.
- Put on makeup – This goes along with #1. Getting dressed means not just changing out of your pj’s, but also means getting out your makeup and applying some, even if it’s just a little. Even if you don’t plan on going anywhere that day, you never know when the day will turn into a circus and you will want to get everyone out of the house in a moment’s notice. I don’t have much time for touch-up’s throughout the day either, so picking the right makeup that I know will last all day is a plus. My favorite makeup line right now is Kat Von D’s Lock-It.
The Kat Von D’s Lock-It products can be found at Sephora inside JCPenney. I love Sephora because the Color IQ test helps you find the perfect shade. Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation is my favorite foundation to wear because there is no need for touch-up’s. It’s smudge and sweat proof which is perfect for snuggling babies and tackling the tough mama duties all day long. I can wear it all day without it creasing and it doesn’t feel cakey. It has a velvety texture and my skin feels like it can still breathe. The first time I wore this makeup my husband told me my skin looked healthy and had a glow. 🙂 He didn’t even know that I was using new makeup.
3. Get Moving – Go for a walk with the kids, get out of the house or do some yoga inside while the kid’s nap. Find something you like to do that will take you out of your day-to-day routine. You’d be surprised at just how rejuvenated you will feel breaking up your routine each week. You can also check online in your local communities to see if there are any mom-meets or stroller walks in your area. Those are always fun and you get to include the kids.
4. Do something you love – This is something you can do before or after the kids are in bed, or if you have little ones – during nap time. Years ago, being that I work from home, I found myself working every free moment I had. That had me feeling me overwhelmed and stressed out. Nowadays, when I have a free moment, usually after the kids are in bed, I will sit down and do something I love, whether that is reading a book, writing, catching up on my favorite TV shows or spending some quiet moments with my husband.
Thank you to Sephora inside JCPenney for sponsoring this post! It can sometimes take a while to get into a new routine but it’s well worth it. At first I would try setting your alarm to remember to do certain things during the day, like waking up earlier to get dressed or if you work from home. Even just 15 minutes a day to yourself can go a long way and is enough to you through the long days of motherhood when you start feeling a little less than yourself. #SephoraInJCP #SoWorthIt