Making Time for the Little Luxuries

As a new mom, I’m finding that my beauty routine has changed a bit. Even up until the day Madeline was born, I was (I’ll admit) quite the diva. So much has changed, being that time and funds are more limited nowadays.

Now, the things I would have accomplished without batting an eyelash are falling by the wayside. Things like bubble baths, curling my hair, and even shaving my legs (horrid, I know). Professional pedicures, where I used to spend $30 every two weeks, are few and far between. Tanning was a daily addiction, getting highlights every 5-6 weeks was a must, and I can’t forget how relaxing it was to get those massages.

Looking back, most of those little luxuries were pretty costly and unnecessary for me… to a point.

I know bottle blondes really do NEED highlights that often or else you start looking skunky and cracked out. I’ve been there. You might remember when I recently and very briefly made the switch back to blonde. Though I loved it so, the upkeep just wasn’t realistic for me at this time in my life. So back to low maintenance brunette I went, and I’m kind of loving it more than the blonde.

Tanning, well, I still love it despite all the damage it does. But I’m having a really hard time justifying spending $40+ for a month when I could just go outside and use the sun for free. Slathering on a little bit of self-tanner works just as well (and more quickly).

Pedicures on the other hand… I just can’t part with them. When we have the extra money to splurge a bit, the nail salon is the first place I’ll go. When we don’t have the extra money, I do what I happen to be doing right this second… soak my feet in a tub and paint my nails myself.

I never wanted to be the mom who made excuses for why her appearance went downhill, but now I can sort of understand it all. Babies have a way of sucking up your energy. Making time for the little things that make you feel relaxed and beautiful is still very important, you just have to work on finding new ways to make it happen.

What is the one thing in your beauty routine that makes you feel the most beautiful? What luxuries do you splurge on? Is there anything you absolutely can’t live without?

I told you it’s the pedicures with me… crusty feet have never been my thing. Do share!

Hair Issues

Hair Evolution:

1987 – Fatty Mo rockin’ the mohawk

Pigtails & Dad (when he had hair)

Naptime at preschool, then:  “Smile, Morgan!”  …

Big bows, scraggles, and little brother.

3rd grade flyaways & vest action.

Senior photo – hated my hair that day.

Chunky highlights (Sarah, recognize this place? haha)

Getting lighter…

Blonde and some roots at Steph’s wedding.

Blonde bob

Fried blonde

Getting darker…

The Big Black Mistake.

aaaand the dark, growing-out, in between, sucky stage.

As you can tell, I have some hair issues.  Let’s not talk about the first half of my life — I don’t hold myself fully responsible for that mess.  But since I’ve been coloring my hair, I have yet to commit to a single shade for more than a few months.  I’ve been black, blonde, and everything in between.  I have my favorites, and I have my those-photos-need-to-be-destroyed-not-so-much-my-favorites.

Tomorrow I have an appointment and I’m dying (get it, DYE-ing?  har-har) for a change.  I already know I’m going to keep growing it out… I’ve commanded my hair stylist not to let me talk her into cutting a bob again (those things are the devil to grow out, let me tell ya…), but the color is the big question.

So now what?  Suggestions?  Is anyone as color-happy as I’ve been?