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What Goes Up Must Come Down: The Girls...What Goes Up Must Come Down: The Girls...
FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2010
Well, you know…the ‘girls’.
Since the tender age of 12 when “We must, we must, we must increase our bust” became the swan song of girls everywhere, women have been (just a wee bit) obsessed with their bust size.
Too small, too big, rarely just right…
Our fascination with our own silhouettes is the foundation of an entire industry (lead by Queen Victoria and her wonderful Wonder Bras).
Pregnancy and motherhood has it’s…ahem…perks in that department! But beware that what goes up, must (according to the laws of nature) come down. And sometimes that down goes WAY down…
What? I didn’t sign up for this!
Motherhood brings with it many things. First smiles, first steps, first words. It also brings dark circles under your eyes, a cosmopolitan wardrobe adored with shmoo, and a body that just isn’t the same (and well…the irreversible changes to the girls except by medical intervention).
So long to the days of disco
The first days, weeks, months after my daughter was born meant less time for me. A LOT less. Forget fancy hairdos, freshly pressed power suit and manicured fingernails – showering before my husband got home at 5 o’clock was a special occasion.
Getting your mojo back…
Kicks off the yoga pants and break out the lip gloss, even if it’s just to dance with your toddler in your living room. It’s about embracing motherhood, and celebrating the sexy, savvy woman you know is hiding under the shmoo and cat fur.
Carla Young is the Founder & CEO of MOMeo Community.com and Publisher of MOMeo Magazine.com , an online resource dedicated to supporting moms in their work life, their family life and in finding a little playtime for mommy!
Motherhood and MakeupMotherhood and Makeup
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2009
Do you feel better when you look better? I imagine most women would answer “yes” to this question. It seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? Why then, do so many women lose their beauty routines when they become mothers? Some women say it’s tough to find the time. Others say they stop caring once a baby comes along. Can you see yourself ever throwing in the beauty towel?
SheSpeaks.com recently ran a piece written by a working mom who won’t walk out the door without concealer and a little mascara. It takes just a few minutes to make an investment in yourself that will pay off all day long (provided you’re using a long-wearing formulation!). I agree with the idea that it’s important to keep making this investment, even when your life’s time bank might be tight.
What do you think? What makeup product gives you the biggest boost in the least amount of time?
Aliza Freud is the founder and CEO of SheSpeaks.com, a community of women who get the chance to try products, give their honest feedback to the companies that make them and connect with other women who are doing the same.
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Mom. Can I Wear Makeup?Mom. Can I Wear Makeup?
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 08, 2009
“Mom, when can I wear make-up?” that one sentence coming from your tween daughter is enough to make you want to cry. I know because I did. My daughter is the oldest of my four children and my only girl, so when she reached the age that she wanted to wear makeup it saddened me to see my baby grow up so quickly. To us it may seem trivial, but to our daughters, it is a big deal and we need to guide them through makeup just as we guide them through other stages of their development.
We had slowly been working our way up to makeup since the time she was 10, we started with lip gloss, then, gradually added a little more for special occasions, but I had told her she could not wear makeup to school until she was 12. When I would visit her school it shocked me to see how many of the girls her age and even younger were SO made up. During the tween years so much is going on with our daughters and we worry that we are giving them the information they need to deal with their changes, but sometimes I wonder how many moms have a “makeup” talk with their daughters.
After seeing some of the girls in middle school with more makeup on than me and some even looking very unflattering, I felt it was necessary to teach my daughter how to wear her makeup in moderation so that it highlighted her features, not drowned them.
I do not claim to be a makeup expert by any means, (my mom would probably laugh at this cause she is always yelling at me for leaving the house without makeup) but I just wanted to share with you some suggestions I like for helping your tween with makeup decisions.
Make a day of it – Spend the day with your daughter shopping for makeup. Take her to the makeup counter at the department store for some suggestions and even a makeover. You don’t have to buy the expensive products, just have fun with it. My daughter gets so excited when I have makeup coupons and we go shopping and I allow her to pick new products.
Teach her how to use it – After you have purchased makeup come home and have your daughter put makeup on you and then you put makeup on her. Teach your daughter about moderation, I am part of the “less is more” camp even when I am doing my own makeup. Who doesn’t enjoy playing “dress up” no matter what age we are right?
Monitor the makeup use – So you have bought stuff for you daughter, you have taught her how to use it, the lesson of makeup does not end there, you need to make sure your daughter is leaving the house in a responsible manner as well.
Be realistic – Set guidelines for your daughter that you are comfortable with but also that she is comfortable with, work together to come to an agreement about her makeup use. You may not want your daughter wearing makeup until she is 16 and that’s ok, but she may have different ideas. Discuss the ideas and come to a conclusion that makes you both comfortable and happy.
So, what do you think? When did you start allowing your daughter to wear makeup? Do you have any other suggestions for helping our daughters through this important stage of their development?
Kim Janecko, aka Crafty Mama of 4, is the creator of www.craftymamaof4.com. She is very active on Twitter and a member of Wal-mart’s More than Elevenmoms community. Kim works closely with Momfluence, Buzz Cooperative, and Party Planning Professor. An avid couponer, crafter, techy, photographer, shopper, and reader, Kim is a Stay at Home mom who is very involved in her kids activities and interests.
Kim started her blog craftymamaof4 in November of 2008 to share the things that interest her. She enjoys trying out new products and telling her readers all about them.
When her third child was born, Kim started her current career; event coordinator, nurse, taxi driver, chef, laundry matron, referee, personal shopper, assistant baseball coach, PTO President, Tiger den leader…..Kim loves every minute of being a Stay at Home Mom (except the laundry part)!! It is the job she has always wanted to do!
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Shhh - No Talking! - by Meggan RavazzoloShhh - No Talking! - by Meggan Ravazzolo
SUNDAY, AUGUST 02, 2009
WARNING: I took my Bitter Mommy pill. I have my Snarky Panties on. Blame it on the lack of sleep, but my patience is done run out with all the "helpful" comments people have been making to me lately about being a Mom and Motherhood. I would love to tell people to go shh!, but I don't. I just smile and trudge up the high road, secretly plotting my revenge. I have never actually done any of the replies, except maybe the one about the hamburger, but that pretty much is a given...like right now...yummy. Sometimes people just need to sssshhh.
Comment: How did YOU get such a cute baby?
Translation: You're not good looking enough to make a kid that cute.
Reply: He gets his good looks from your husband.
Comment: My girlfriend already lost ALL the baby weight.
Translation: You look fat.
Reply: No reply...too distracted day dreaming about hamburgers.
Comment: Are you sick? You look really tired!
Translation: Wow, you look baaad. I'll never look like that when I have a baby.
Reply: Just you wait bitch, you'll see.
Comment: Did you know you have food stuck to your clothing?
Reply: Don't touch me. That's my snack for later.
Comment: When I was your age, I had FOUR children and we didn't have all those fancy gizmos making our lives so much easier.
Translation: You stink you little hussie.
Reply: No words, whack her with her own cane.
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Meggan Ravazzolo of www.meggansamom.com has been many things in life. Graduate of the UCLA school of Theater-Film-and Television, Television Reporter, Comedian, Blackjack Dealer, Bartender, Fashion Victim, and Consumer of Hamburgers. None of which prepared her for her next “thing” in life; being a Wife, Mom, and Step-Mom. After a career in the spotlight Meggan traded in her microphone, size 6 body, personal pride and ego for a life as a stay at home Mom. Her life has never been better, funnier, or messier.
Hopefully funny, endlessly dirty, and forever hungry, follow Meggan and she accounts her life with her “salt and pepper sweetie” husband, her two teenage sons, and toddler baby boy. Meggan writes about it all. Meggansamom.com, “finding the funny and fabulous in family.”
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