Category Archives: Still a Woman First

No Pedi – No Problem

As a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) finding time for self-care can often be a challenge. For example finding the time and for some of us the cash to get a professional manicure/pedicure, get a massage/go to a spa, a trip to the beauty salon, shopping FOR YOURSELF (not the kids or your husband) or simply getting some alone me time to read a book/magazine even if it will only be for as little as 30 minutes. Although I would love to get all of those special treats on a regular basis, it just isn’t realistic. Personally getting a manicure/pedicure on a regular basis (every 2 weeks) is my top choice on , completely honest it only happens maybe 4 times a year. Recently, i decided I needed a pedicure, rough heels are not the way to go, no matter how busy you are, IT’S UNATTRACTIVE, a huge sign that you are neglecting yourself and a shame when your husband’s feet are smoother than yours.

So, off to the beauty supply store I went and purchased the products attached below. I purchased both products at Sally Beauty Supply Store for less than $7.00, much cheaper than a pedicure. I locked myself in the bathroom for 10 mins.and went to work😊. I love the fact that the pumice file has an antibacterial solution and the butter goes a long way. There is no need to use a lot of the butter to get the best results because it is very thick. After my homemade pedi, my feet felt smooth and soft like a baby’s bottom. I would definitely recommend these products, but most of all recommend that every momma must squeeze in some me time. If you can afford the time and finances for your special treats, have your husband or someone you trust watch your children and walk away for a few hours, no looking back! For those of you who can’t afford the time to get away for a few hours nor have the money to get your treatments, don’t fret check the internet, youtube and other sources for quick and affordable DIY (do it yourself) ideas/methods and products that won’t break your budget. My homemade pedicure took 10 minutes and cost less than $7.00. in addition those products will take me through at least 10 home made pedicures.

Ultimately my message is simply, squeeze that me time in, if not daily various treats, than weekly. It will brighten your mood and boost your confidence, because after all when you look good, you feel good. Your happiness will rub off on your parenting and your kids will in turn be happy too and for those of us that are married remember Happy Wife, Happy Life! TAKE CARE OF YOU, YOU’RE WORTH IT!

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The Skin I’m In—Part II

Your eating habits are very important to the health of your skin. When it comes to my skin, what I put in my body literally shows up on my body, which includes weight. But when I get occasional breakouts and when I say occasional I mean maybe once every 2/3 months it is usually a sign that I need to change my diet. Fried foods, soda, candy and having sweets frequently are the triggers for me, so I do my very best to stay away from them. I don’t drink soda at all, other than ginger ale to treat an occasional upset stomach or if I get a Shirley temple drink on special occasions, which is maybe 4 times a year. I mainly drink 100% juices or water and fruits and veggies in my diet definitely play a role in healthy skin.

Another factor that influences healthy skin is stress. Stress can definitely have an impact on the health of your skin. I can’t speak from a medical perspective, but I can speak from a mental health professional’s perspective on this connection.  This is where my theory of the mind and the body are one is displayed.

We all get stressed from time to time, but the way in which you cope with the stress and how it affects your daily functioning and relationships is an indicator if there is a mental health concern. I truly believe that if your mind isn’t right then your body isn’t right and vice versa. Basically,  if you’re highly stressed, your thoughts may be scattered,  you may feel like you can’t get a handle on your emotions, you’re aloof, distant from those you love,  or feel numb and so many other symptoms could arise including the more severe feeling suicidal or homicidal (intent to harm someone else). When you are experiencing any of what I mentioned above it can result in poor sleeping habits, unhealthy appetite changes, poor self-care (not showering, not brushing your teeth and other hygienic behaviors) and that trickles down to a decline in your physical and medical health.

On the other end, if you’re suffering with a medical condition, that can trigger high stress levels and result in depression, anxiety, paranoia and other mental health issues including feeling suicidal or homicidal. The toll of the symptoms of that medical condition and/or the physical side effects of the medicine to treat it have a direct impact on your mental health.

So take the time out, as best as you can, to take care of your skin and other hygiene habits, take care of your body with healthy eating habits, exercise, making sure your medical and mental health are in tact and You will love the skin you’re in physically, from the inside out!!

The Skin I’m in!

I often get compliments on my skin “sans” make-up, including a make-up artist who told me she could tell I had great skin underneath the make-up I was wearing before she worked on my face. I am blessed not to suffer with acne, blackheads, etc. I am truly humbled by the compliments which is why I’d like to share what works for me.
I attribute my flawless skin to genes from my parents(thanks Mom and Dad;), people often mistake them for being younger than they are) and my skincare regimen for my face.

The picture I’ve attached have the two products that are my go to for washing and moisturizing my face, which I do twice a day. I also stopped using brand name make-up remover cloths and use baby wipes that contain natural ingredients in them to remove my make-up. It’s also cost effective since I have to purchase wipes for my kiddies anyway.

I don’t wear make-up every day, especially since I am a SAHM, I have an opportunity to let my face breathe. But I’m still a woman first so my lipgloss, lip liner and eyebrow liner are a must when I am out if I choose not to wear foundation/powder.

This cleanser and moisturizer are gentle on my skin and makes my face feel amazing and refreshed and the BONUS—-THE INGREDIENTS!! THEY are natural based so they don’t have a whole lotta junk in them :D;)! Although the cleanser does contain fragrance, it is the last ingredient listed which means that there is a small amount of fragrance in the product. Here’s a tip when looking at the ingredients, they are listed from the item that is largest in quantity put in the product to the least amount in quantity put in the product. This also goes for food products as well, so keep that in mind. You can find both of these products at a Target,  Wal-mart,  K-mart or your local pharmacy.

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