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Beauty Tips for Moms on the Go

For many busy moms, it can be too easy to let the beauty routines slip after the kids arrive. Between changing diapers, going to work, and keeping your sanity intact, who has time for make-up and moisturizing? Fortunately, we’ve got six tips for self maintenance that don’t require sixty minutes.

 

 1. Keep it clean - Keep your skin clean with a quick, no-nonsense routine every morning and night. For new moms, it helps to keep everything you need within reach, like cleansing wipes, toner, and moisturizer. Pack a small kit of beauty essentials in your work bag so you’re always ready.

 

 

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2. Go natural! - Who needs new products when you’ve got most of what you need already sitting in your fridge or cupboards? For a quick (not to mention cheap) facial, whip two egg whites in a bowl until they’re thick and foamy, and apply to your face. Let it dry for a fifteen to twenty minutes, then wash it off. Your skin will look brighter and feel tighter.

 

 

 

3. Pick me (make)up! - For a refreshed look, without the need for a spa day, apply shimmering white eye shadow on the brow bone, in the corner and just below the eyebrow.

 

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4. Sunscreen is your friend - As much as you might want to bake underneath the sun to achieve that healthy, bronzy tan, melanoma is a real threat and is related to prolonged sun exposure. Protect yourself and keep your skin looking young and supple by having a daily sunscreen routine - even on overcast days.

 

5. Never underestimate the power of the brow - A strong brow can round out a look for a more complete and polished finish. Using an angled brush in a soft and neutral shade, fill in your brows, keeping in mind its natural shape, then finish off with some tinted moisturizer for a fresh-faced day look.

 

 

 

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6. Quick and smokey - Transition from day to night with ease with this quick, four-minute smokey eye look. It’s a lifesaver when you’re pressed for time.

Start by prepping your face by cleansing it and applying moisturizer. Apply concealer and face powder. Sweep one color of shadow across the creases of your lids and lower lashlines. Line your top lids with black eyeliner. Gently blend the liner into the eyeshadow with a smudger. Repeat last two steps on the outer corners of your lower lashlines. Blend towards the inner corners of your eyes. Finish off with multiple coats of mascara and you’re good to go.

 

 

How to Deal with Tantrums

Tantrums are one of the more fun aspects of motherhood and unless you're extraordinarily lucky you will experience the tantrum or 10 during your parenthood journey. Don't panic, there's absolutely nothing wrong with your child. Tantrums are a normal part of a child's development. It is simply his way of venting his frustration that he is not able to communicate or be understood.

It is essential to understand that your child's brain is still developing. The part of the brain that contains impulse control takes years to fully develop so it is virtually impossible for a toddler to reign in his behavior in a rational way. We know that tantrums are not only characteristic of a toddler but are generally unavoidable too, so what can we do to minimize them and handle ourselves and our children with dignity rather than frustration.

Most tantrum-avoidance techniques are common sense. Children work better when they have a clear routine, when they know what is coming. Try to stick to the plans and remember to observe your child's mood. We all know when a tantrum is about to explode. You can avoid them by stepping in before things get hairy. Providing lots of things to keep them engaged and occupied is also key to side stepping the oftentimes embarrassing tantrum.

When a tantrum does roll in, I find that ignoring it can work wonders if my child hasn't wound himself up too much. If he's going nuts, I try to ground him by giving him a cuddle and speaking calmly to him, trying to get to the root of the problem in his eyes. Of course sometimes, I am too heated and can't always focus on these strategies. If you find yourself getting upset or annoyed, try some relaxation tricks on yourself and then deal with your screaming child. A great piece of advice my friend Helen Preston gave about tantrums is to "act like every action between you and your child is being broadcast on live TV so you need to keep your cool at all times". I think this is a great way to handle yourself.

The important thing to remember is that most children outgrow tantrums and the way we deal with them while they are happening is crucial to preventing them from happening again.

Strengthening Bonds After Baby

A romantic relationship with your partner has led to a bundle of joy that takes all of your time and focus. Intimacy, money, and couple time sometimes takes a small toll on your marriage. Here are several ways to strengthen your bond with your family after having a baby.

 

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Your Partner is not Your Enemy

You are now both parents, but why does it feel like you're the only one who cares about the baby? His style of baby handling raises your eyebrow and he suddenly seems annoying and might cause you to snap at him more often.

 

Talk to your hubby and schedule on who does what and take turns in doing certain chores. If you're the one who prepared the baby food, then let him do his share by picking up the toys. If he was up all night on daddy duties then let him rest and take the morning shift.

 

Keep The Fire Burning

 

The sexy stud and the hot vixen now favors snoozing than making love. Too tired and overwhelmed, you both prefer taking naps rather than spending time with each other. Never let a day pass without having some sweet time. Spend time during coffee breaks, whisper sweet nothings or simply cuddle after you put the baby to sleep.

 

Set a date for a romantic night.
Let the grandparents look after the baby. Take a shower, dress up, do a little flirting, and spend a great night with your partner.

 

 

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Couple Time is Now Family Time

 

Nothing excites you more than your baby and, unfortunately at this stage in your life, his stories about his day at work doesn't quite interest you anymore. You are super in love with the baby that suddenly your partner doesn't feel he exists. He's not a robot and may be feeling a little resentment that you are more happy with the baby rather than with him.

 

It's family time now, so make him a part of it. have fun goofing around and take turns making funny faces to make your baby laugh, take a romantic stroll with the baby in the park, set up family picnics or plan a weekend getaway for more family bonding and activities.

 

Work Around Financial Difficulties

 

No matter how much money you saved, first time parents freak out with the thought of not having enough money to raise a family. Expenses might surprise you from the cost of childbirth, diapers, baby clothes, gears, and formulas. Be creative in saving money by borrowing used gears, or ask friends if they have baby clothes that their children have outgrown.

 

Learn how to budget and follow it. If it means reducing your weekly dinners out, so be it. The important thing is for the family to be happy and to meet the needs of each family member.

 

 

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Laugh

 

Put humor on your new roles as parents and crack a joke about it. A little laughter goes a long way and will bring you much closer to each other.

 

You Are a Team

 

Facing everything alone is hard. Remember, you have your partner and you are in this together. Communication is the key to a healthy marriage. Support, appreciate, listen, and respect each other's decisions and act as a team in every obstacle and joy parenthood brings you.

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