Mama Monday – Mommy Resolution!

I was driving to work this morning and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and wondered who that was looking back at me? Ever have one of these mornings? You are going about your day and all of a sudden you realize that your eye brows need to be desperately waxed and your roots are exposing a look similar to Madonna’s in the 80’s! Ok, I exaggerate, but not much.

I decided that I am making a mommy resolution right then and there! I will get my eyebrows waxed every 2-3 weeks (I have found a great deal at the local nail salon and maybe if I am feeling really lucky I will get a pedicure too)! I will get my hair trimmed and colored every 6-8 weeks as needed and feel fantastic when I leave the salon. I don’t know about you but a good couple of hours at the hair salon and I feel like a new person. But my hair dresser is also pretty fabulous and always is there with the customary, “you look so beautiful!”….”you are absolutely shrinking” (I had a baby six months ago)….”Yes, your hair is falling out but look at all this baby hair growing in” (Well, that one is questionable but at least he is honest .) And he fluffs my hair, washes it with extra time for a head massage and then does a beautiful blowout, just in time for me to get home, get the girls in the bath and fall into bed….but I sure feel gorgeous when I do.

Yes, just writing them makes me want to go to the salon right now for a full treatment…hmmm, I think Mother’s day is coming up soon – maybe I will have to get a day at the spa!

How do you treat yourself? What is your mama resolution?

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Mama Monday’s….Makeup Tip!

Good Morning Mama’s!

I didn’t really wear makeup until I was in my mid-20’s. I first tried it out in junior high; my mom found out and banned it. But of course, being the rebellious tween (I shudder to think of the payback I am going to get with my two daughters – at least I have ten years) for about a month I snuck over to a girlfriends house in the morning before school to put on that terrible, pink lipstick with blue mascara….anyone else remember that look?

In my 20’s, I went through a heavy black eyeliner and red lipstick (which I still seem to fall back on every now and then) and now I pretty much have a daily routine. Please let me just say that I am not saying that anyone needs to wear makeup! However, if you are someone that enjoys applying makeup and/or wearing it then here is your tip!

Have I mentioned that I have a three year old and five month old and haven’t slept in oh, three to four years? Add to the fact that I have Italian blood and the beautiful (yes that is sarcasm) raccoon eyes that come with that ethnicity. For those reasons, I have been on the hunt for a good under eye concealer and boy oh boy did I find one!

I am not here to promote any brand over another so I am not going to mention the specific brand…if you really want to know leave me a comment with your email address and I will ping you directly. BUT, I do want to share that if you can find a good under eye concealer, it makes all the difference between being a disheveled, tired looking mama and a bright eyed and bushy tailed mama…personally, I prefer for people to see me and not that I am just another tired mama.

And, a very Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your lovies!

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Namaste…

Have you ever tried yoga? I know it’s not for everyone. I have been going to classes off and on for the past (not sure I want to say this number out loud) actually, I will cheat and say since I was 18. Anyway, every time I go to a class I leave feeling like I have rejuvenated my mind, body and soul and can take on whatever I have coming to me next. This feeling lasts until I walk in the door of my house….but oh, those 15 minutes are wonderful!

Yesterday, we hosted a Superbowl party at our house. One of my girlfriends suggested we hit up a yoga class that we occasionally go to before the party. It was a great idea, and hour and a half of yoga before my house is filled with children and beer drinking daddies sounded like just what was needed.

There is a beautiful yoga studio just 5 minutes from my house. It is a converted church, so it has gorgeous stain glass windows and a chapel and just feels like you are reconnecting with yourself. It was a great class; it’s for beginners so it’s lots of low impact stretching, which is perfect for me….almost 5 months postpartum, I am still not up for anything strenuous yet.

My favorite part of the class is the relaxation part at the end. When else in your daily life do you take five minutes (doesn’t seem like a lot but it does the trick), to lie on the floor with your eyes closed, covered in a blanket and just do nothing? Try doing this at home and the three year old thinks it is time to take mama out and the baby cries…you know the routine. I am still working on actually relaxing during this time and not running through my mental checklist but I am getting better.

As I was leaving the class, I thanked my friend for getting me there before the big day. I felt relaxed and ready to have a house full of people. I felt connected to myself and that I could move through the day feeling just a bit lighter….that is until I helped myself to the chicken wings the boys had cooking at home!

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Happy Feet

I had one of the most enjoyable shoe shopping experiences last week! Currently, I’m training to run the Big Sur Marathon as part of a 5-person relay team. My leg is 7 miles with a challenging 2-mile climb. With all of the training runs I have planned, I figured it was time to invest in a new pair of running shoes. My last three have been Nike’s Air Pegasus. They fit my narrow feet like a glove, breathe well, and offer ample cushioning and absolutely no “support” in terms of pronation. This is ideal for me since I’ve had my gait and foot strike examined and I’m not prone to under- or over-pronating when my feet strike the ground. Early in my running (15 or so years ago) when they first started coming out with shoes specific to certain types of foot strikes and surfaces, I learned the painful way that running in the wrong shoes will do more damage than good. For me it was unwittingly wearing shoes that corrected over-pronation. Fortunately around this same time, the stores that specialize in running and shoes started putting people on the floor knowledgeable in this arena to help fit you in the best shoe based on your specific needs. Now, I always bring my current running shoes that I’m replacing into the store with me along with a pair of athletic socks. The socks are because the ones I run in are usually a little thicker than my everyday socks and often, living in California, I don’t wear them at all with the flats or sandals I wear into the store. The wrong socks or no socks at all will affect fit and shoe size! I bring my shoes because if the folks know what they’re doing, they’ll be able to tell by examining the heels how your feet strike the ground and thus, which shoes you should be running in. If you’re new to exercise, they can also examine an everyday shoe that you wear regularly. This coupled with what kind of exercise you want to do can get you in the right shoes!

Okay, back to my shopping experience.

My go-to running shoe store did not have my shoes in stock, so after a little lunchtime research on Yelp, I headed over to another locally-run athletic store. From what I read, this is where the local high school track & fielders go along with the more serious runners. Bingo! Right when I walked into the store, I felt “at home.” Although no one greeted me at first — they were busy fitting other customers — I could see they had a great supply of shoes, gear, and garb. Not too much time passed before an older gentleman helping another couple saw me studying the shoes and asked if I’d been helped. From overhearing snippets of his conversations with others, I concluded he must be a former track coach. Cool. Soon enough, he had me in the next generation Pegasus. He invited me to take a run around the block in them which I would recommend to help make a definitive decision. I, on the other hand, was already old friends with the shoe and knew they were the ones for me, so I declined. As I was paying, he generously matched the discount I usually receive from my other running shoe place “just for being a great customer.” The best part, though? I inquired about group runs. I’ve found more often than not, neighborhood running stores have organized weekly runs that start and finish at the business. Not only did I get the scoop on several groups and weekly meet-ups, but I also got a personal invitation along with a cell number from one of the women working at the store to join her on a weekend run. Turns out we run the same pace… only she runs for twice as long. This weekend I’m looking to run 14 miles, 7 miles each day. She wants to do that in one run. One of these days I will get there. Especially with the stellar products, customer service, and support in the form of running groups I just discovered!

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