Tuesday, May 26, 2009

How can a mama keep it "diva"... in an eco-friend manner?

Allow me to be just a little bit conceited for a minute...

I'm hot! I mean really, I'm HAWT. I've always thought I was cute, but admittedly I haven't always acted like it. And since Layla was born I've let a few things fall off, mainly my self-care and pampering time.

When I was little, I remember thinking my mother was Miss America. To me, she was the prettiest woman in the world. She took great care of herself, and even still today she does. She gets her hair done regularly, does her make-up every day, and always wears the nicest of outfits. Growing up, she took me to the salon to get my hair done every week and always made sure I had nice clothes. I dress my own daughter to the nines. I make sure the ribbons in her hair coordinate with her dresses. I match her cloth diaper covers to her outfits. She always looks like a little diva-princess. Me on the other hand, I haven't deep-conditioned my hair in entirely too long... and I need a trim BADLY. I haven't had a manicure in at least a year. I haven't had a facial in even longer than that. Make-up? Fuhgettaboutit! I'm lucky if I can manage to slap some Chap-Stik on my lips in the morning. I'm ashamed of how I've neglected myself.

I want my daughter to grow up knowing it's okay to take care of yourself. It's okay to sneak in a pedicure while you're running errands. It's fine to put on make-up even if you don't have anywhere to go. It's perfectly acceptable and sometimes even necessary to give yourself a sea salt scrub during your morning shower. Yes, I make sure she's well-taken care of, but I need to do a better job of leading by example. She needs to see mommy taking care of mommy, because nobody will treat you better than you treat yourself.

I came across a wonderful company called Soul Purpose. They are a "socially responsible" company that specializes in "highly differentiated, natural and botanically based beauty and wellness products." The founder, Nadine Thompson, used to be affiliated with a similar company whose products I once used, but that company has since folded. Since Soul Purpose had her name and stamp on it, I knew the products would be great. So I placed an order for a few items and I was NOT disappointed! The products -- from the solid perfumes to the body scrubs -- are wonderful... and eco-friendly! Oh, my personal favorite is the Zanzibar Girls Club perfume and body set. That stuff is sexy, honey!

I was so impressed with the company that I even became a consultant! I think what I'll do periodically on my blog is feature a few items that I particularly love. In the meantime, you can do a little shopping at the following link:

http://www.soulpurpose.net/esuite/control/ecommerceMain?REFERRING_USER_ID=YNGSP202716

If you see anything you'd like to try, be sure to use Consultant ID# YNGSP202716 when you place your order. And you can always connect with me if you have any questions. There's absolutely no reason NOT to take care of yourself, no matter how busy life gets. I'm learning that lesson day by day.

8 comments:

~Y said...

lol, denise i could have written this post myself. *smh* i'd always prided myself on how i took care of myself, my hair, my skin..... but since the baby (actually, to be honest, since the pregnancy) ive gotten so lax and its so not cool. i mean, i throw on anything to leave the house these days (and its often a maternity outfit, since those still fit so comfortably, lol) and wearing makeup is RARE. Totally fell off my hair game, and i'm lucky if i even comb my hair most days. Its a shame. But, as you said, Chase looks like a prince most days.... And while i know its okay for our babies to be our "priority," we also gotta take care of "us." Like you, i remember my mom always looking attractive, kept her nails polished and unchipped always (did them herself), and just always on her game. I aspire to return to that place, lol. Thanks for this post.

T. D. Anderson -- said...

OMG, Yaki... why do I still wear maternity clothes, too? LOL. Girl, we need to get back to cracking. And you of all people... one the O.D.s (Original Divas). We need get our Mwag on (Mommy Swag). LOL

~Y said...

LMAO!!! I know, i cant believe it myself. I only wish I cared more to do something about it.... I keep telling myself that once he's "older" I would go back to the way i used to be, because of having more time/adjustment to motherhood is over/etc. But then Baby #2 is gonna come.... and i know i'll have more excuses. I guess there's no time like the present, huh?

Oh, on another note... Would love to hear more about you and L's experience, either in a post or maybe just comment on mine with ure thoughts about how it is going: http://www.girlyhomewebzine.com/our_first_baby/2009/03/chase-the-water-baby.html

We're starting our lessons July 11th and I'm sooo amped!!!!

Yakini said...

Okay, for some reason part of my comment was cut off!

I was saying that I'd been meaning to ask you about the Mommy & Me swim classes you guys are taking! When i was first thinking about it, Tati had mentioned you guys were doing this, and i was reminded of it when you posted about the giveaway!

Anyhoo, I did a post on it a while ago, and had asked these questions:

"Have any of you had experience with a Parent/Child swim class? Did your baby enjoy it, and would you do it again with the next child? Did you just use swim diapers, or did you add swim trunks too? Did the pool require rubber pants as well? I would love to hear about your experience, please feel free to share!"

Would love any feedback you have! :-)

glamazini said...

Denise, are you sure the word "diva" is Godly? :-| hee hee :leave:

Kirsten said...

As usual, great information. I'm now following Nadine's blog and I'm waiting for an invitation to your first product party!!!! And like the you and rest of the ladies, I'm trying to find time for me as well. It's a challenge, but so necessary...

kelaine_2 said...

I want some products!!!!! Mommy

Yakini said...

This is so random, but i just realized that your blog's acronym (I.N.E.R.G.) actually reads "energy," which is so cool! Did you do that on purpose?!! lol