Being Yummy AND Mummy

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So you’re a new Mummy! Congratulations!! But let’s face it, in those early days of motherhood just having a shower and washing your hair can feel like a major accomplishment. Finding the time and the energy to get back to your regular beauty routine is most likely going to be feel like the last thing in the world you can be bothered with.

Gone are the days when you can lay in the bath with a book for an hour with a face mask on. Now it’s all about the three minute shower you rush to have whilst baby is napping! Once Josh came along I was less conscious about how I looked, although I certainly still made a bit of an effort. Once baby arrives though, there are more important things to worry about. But still having that bit of a beauty routine and keeping on top of these things goes a long way in helping you feel like you again

Once I’d really started to recover from labour and my C Section, I longed to get back to a bit of normality and get my beauty regime back. Of course being a new Mummy means you might have to adapt things a bit to fit in with your new lifestyle, and by no means am I saying this should take away from your time as a Mummy, but it doesn’t mean you have to let a bit of pampering fall to the wayside.  You can still feel glamourous even as a sleep deprived new Mummy.

Shower, Shower, Shower

Make sure you shower every single day! It can be so easy in the very early days to fall into that trap of skipping a shower because you’re exhausted, and out of sync with the sleep deprivation, but don’t let it happen. Even if you have to have the quickest shower in the world, those three minutes can feel wonderful and make you feel human and ready to face the day again.

Morning Routine

One thing I managed to maintain after having Josh was a bit of a morning routine.  It’s only generally 20 minutes but in that time I shower, wash my face, get dressed, do my hair and put on a bit of make up. I am very very lucky that Josh naps in the morning for a good 40 minutes so I have time to do this, and I know this may change at any time. But if are able to do this it makes you feel a bit more human and like yourself again.  It might only be 15-20 minutes but it still counts as a bit of you time.

Skin care

Pregnancy and having the baby can make your skin go crazy; thanks to those good old hormones!! Stick to your age old favourite products and stock up on them so you don’t have to scrimp on how much you use. For me, I love the Superdrug B Beautiful Skincare range and use their micellar water and also their refreshed essence lotion which is actually more of a liquid that you put on your skin before moisturiser. As for moisturiser, I always used Lancôme Hydra Zen Day Cream, but recently on a whim I bought some of the Aldi Caviar Illuminating face cream and Oh My God, it is AMAZING! It’s only £6.99, it’s thick and luxurious and I absolutely love it!

Beauty Sleep

I know this irritates some people when this is said, but please do nap when the baby naps. The magic 20 minutes of rest can help you feel human again and stop you from having an overtired hormonal meltdown! I won’t nag anymore on this subject, but please do try!

Get your hair done

After a few weeks, when you’re feeling ready and up to it, go to the hairdressers. It will make you feel like a new woman. I loved going to get my hair done after having Josh; it was a great excuse to have a hot cup of tea, read the latest crappy magazines and have a little pamper. We’ve been through labour; we deserve this! As my friend put it “it’s hard to be happy in life with bad hair”.

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Before and After!

Basic Make Up is Key

Applying a full face of make up is the last thing any mum can be bothered to do; no matter how good you’re feeling.  Stick to basic classics; a highlighting foundation, under – eye concealer (standard, now you’re a new mum), a bit of blush and the absolute essential , mascara!! If you can only be bothered to put on one item of make up, make it mascara. I couldn’t live without it and my new favourite is Maybellines the Falsies Push Up mascara and you can see below how it looks before use, with one coat and with two coats. It’s a god send and manages to make me look awake even if I’ve only had four hours sleep!

Keep the hands young

Once you have a baby you seem to wash your hands fifty thousand times more than you ever used to, and in turn this totally dries them out. I’ve taken to keeping handcream dotted around the house; by the sinks, on my bedside table, and in the changing bag. Every time you see it, put some on and that should prevent any dried out and wrinkly hands.

Paint Your Nails

I know it sounds like the impossible; doing your nails whilst having a baby to look after is no mean feat. You’ll manage to do one coat before baby will kick off and you’ll have to pick him up which will result in smudged nails and an irritated mummy! I read one tip which I just love; it may literally take all day but try doing them a stage at a time. So when munchkin is having a morning nap do one coat, leave it to dry then do the next coat during babies afternoon nap and finish off in the evening when baby has gone to bed. If that all sounds like a bit of a palaver then invest in one of the 60 second dry varnishes from Rimmel; they are my personal favourite and come in loads of colours and are touch dry within 60 seconds!  A top coat, if you have the time (and patience) can make them last even longer.

Treat Yourself

Once your little one arrives it’s all baby, baby, baby! Make the time to treat yourself – you’ve just had a baby you deserve it. And thank god for online shopping which can make a night feed far more interesting. Treat yourself to nice new changing bag (I am in love with the PacAPods), or some nice maternity underwear; it doesn’t all have to be shapeless and boring, there are some gorgeous nursing bras out there and many come with matching knickers. Elle Macpherson does a gorgeous range and there are loads on Figleaves so have a nose and pass the time on those long night feeds in a far more appealing way!

As a new mum, especially for the first time, it’s easy to feel like you’ve lost yourself a bit. Your body has been taken over by your baby for the last nine months and is now on tap, literally, for feeding. But it’s important to have a bit of time for you, and a bit of a girly pamper. It will cheer you up and everyone knows a happy mummy equals a happy baby. Don’t feel guilty because you long to have a bath or paint your toenails; it’s not selfish, you’re human and we all need that bit of escapism at times. Being a new Mum is magical but it can also be overwhelming and it’s important to have a bit of time for you sometimes too, even if it’s just a half hour bubble bath! Don’t let anyone make you think it makes you any less of a mummy;  indulge and enjoy you gorgeous yummy mummies!

Fi xx

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  1. May 20, 2016 / 7:51 am

    The arrival of my first baby is impending and I think showering is going to be the most essential thing for me to fit into my routine. Even pre-baby I don’t feel awake unless I’ve had a shower! Thanks for the other top tips – I’ll invest in multiple tubes of hand cream! #triballove

  2. May 20, 2016 / 8:02 am

    Haha, I remember not wearing make up for months and months, it was such an effort with a baby who thought sleep was for losers. It does help though, I should have at least drawn the eyebrows on (pregnancy made all mine fall out, yay) #tribe xx PS hope little is feeling better xxx

  3. May 20, 2016 / 11:03 am

    I really could have done with someone telling me to get hand cream before I have my daughter! I’m constantly saying now that I have the face of a 17yr old (I’m babyfaced) and the hands of an 80yr old!!

    Great post!

    Lu

  4. moderatemum
    May 20, 2016 / 11:38 pm

    I’ve just started using that cleanser and it makes me feel less guilty about not doing a proper scrub. I need a new mazzy as well and that one looks the business!

  5. May 21, 2016 / 9:06 am

    My ‘baby’ is almost 2 and I still don’t manage to do most of the things on this list! #fortheloveofBLOG

  6. May 21, 2016 / 9:10 am

    So agree with this lovely! Even after my daughter I would always shower, do make up and hair. Occasionally I haven’t kept up with hair cuts and colours but rarely! You need to feel like you!! X #jystanotherlinky

  7. May 21, 2016 / 9:29 am

    Great post. I’d definitely recommend trying to shower everyday! I did even after baby no. 2 came along. I always pop on some foundation and mascara too. I couldn’t face the school gates without it!! Really need to look after my hands though, they’re all dry and cracked from all the washing up I seem to do… #justanotherlinky

  8. May 21, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    My children are older now, but I still find it hard to get a full “face on” before the school run. I always try to put at least one thing on. It is hard as well as my nearly 18 yr old son hogs the bathroom in the mornings perfecting his hair lol.
    #fortheloveogBLOG

    • May 21, 2016 / 4:37 pm

      Ha ha god that must be a pain!!! A bit of mascara is all you need sometimes 🙂 xx #fortheloveofBLOG

    • May 22, 2016 / 10:51 am

      Also seen this post on #KCACOLS 🙂

  9. May 21, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    good tips… it’s always nice to feel a bit more ‘human’ after the little human arrives 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG

  10. May 21, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    Good tips…I remember in the hospital after birth having a lovely shower, shaving my legs and generally just spending some time on my sore body and it made me feel so much better (well a little bit better anyway!). Now I definitely like painted nails, this is really important to me to feel a bit more glam. If I could afford shellac every 2 weeks, I so would! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • May 22, 2016 / 2:05 pm

      Oh so would I if I could – I love getting my nails done xx #fortheloveofBLOG

  11. May 21, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    I really felt like id “list myself”. I stopped painting my nails and it is the one thing I just cant be bothered with anymore. I only straighten my hair after a wash as well. I remember the first time I went to my hairdresser after b was born. it was AMAZING! #KCACOLS

    • May 22, 2016 / 2:04 pm

      It is so tough at the beginning but after a while you can gently get back into the swing of things xx #KCACOLS

  12. May 21, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    Hahaha I’ve had my hair cut once this year. I’m thinking I might have to work on that if you aren’t all to shun me at the MADs! #KCACOLS

  13. May 21, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    That’s clearly where I’m going wrong, I’ve never straightened my hair and it permanently looks like your before picture! #KCACOLS

    • May 22, 2016 / 2:03 pm

      Ha ha I bet you look gorgeous! My husband said he saw the before pic and really liked it ha ha xx #KCACOLS

  14. May 21, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    Nearly fell into that trap of skipping a shower! Trying more and more now to take time out for myself. You’re right we deserve it! #KCACOLS

  15. May 21, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    I can’t wait to be able to go back to having my hair done more than once every six months or so – just need to find make some more money… lol. At least we’re never short of moisturiser in the house with a baby! x #KCACOLS

  16. May 21, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    I think this is great advice. After I had my bubs, even though I was shattered and like a deer in the headlights, I knew I had to retain some sense of me. I carried on showering every day, and some days straightening my hair and applying make-up. I also continued getting my eyebrows done and dressing every day – I only allowed myself one day in PJs and I had to paint my nails. Some days I didn’t feel like it but I knew if I didn’t, I would start to drift as ‘me’ x #KCACOLS

    • May 22, 2016 / 2:02 pm

      I totally understand this!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post hun xx #KCACOLS

  17. May 22, 2016 / 2:35 am

    I agree with the showering everyday – the alone time is great and refreshing. Even if my hair doesn’t get done afterwards 😉 #KCACOLS

  18. May 22, 2016 / 2:37 am

    Great post! My husband is great at keeping our little one entertained while I do my makeup in the morning. Or I’d have little finger prints in all my makeup products! Hahah! #KCACOLS

  19. May 22, 2016 / 3:57 am

    Love the message. Thanks for sharing your reminders. It is so hard to take care of yourself once you become a mom. I know mine is 2 now and I still have a hard time making time for these things. I definitely feel like I need to start making regular appointments to get my hair done so I don’t wait so long in between cuts. #KCACOLS

    Thanks again,

    Sarah

  20. May 22, 2016 / 7:36 am

    Love posts that remind new moms to take care of YOU! I forgot that in the first few months, and the whirlwind of diapers, tears, and sleep deprivation left me burnt out!
    I LOVE getting my hair done, and it’s something I try to keep up on. I’ve been wanting to change things up and go for a new look lately, and I think I’m going to do it! Thanks for sharing <3 #KCACOLS

  21. May 22, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Ah it’s so true, a bit of foundation and mascara makes the world of difference!

    I wish someone had told me about mum hands before I had Freddie! My go to gift for all new first time mums now is some neutrogena concentrated hand cream!!x
    #fortheloveofBLOG

  22. May 22, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Great tips! I felt like I was just a milk machine in those first few months! LOL! A bit of lipstick was the best I could do!

    #KCACOLS

  23. May 22, 2016 / 8:39 am

    I find primer a godsend if I don’t have time to properly put make up on – it takes the edges off, if you know what I mean! #KCACOLS

  24. May 22, 2016 / 9:40 am

    Really great tips here! A good hand cream is a must for me! #kcacols #fortheloveofblog

  25. May 22, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Some good tips. It’s very important for mum to take care of herself. I’m a new mum and it’s only recently I’ve been able to get into a routine (baby is now 7 weeks old). My skin has always been bad because I suffer from rosacea, but I do try to moisturise when I can. #KCACOLS

    • May 22, 2016 / 1:57 pm

      It takes a while sometimes hun but it makes you feel good when you get the chance to xx #KCACOLS

  26. May 22, 2016 / 10:53 am

    It is so hard when you have a young baby but I agree showering is key. I too used to take one when Youngest had her nap. Also painting your nails makes you feel loads better doesn’t it! Although I am rubbish at painting nails 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • May 22, 2016 / 1:57 pm

      Oh I am too – its often a source of amusement for my husband to look at my badly painted nails, but it does make me feel better when they’ve got a bit of colour 🙂 xx #KCACOLS

  27. May 22, 2016 / 11:42 am

    I actually have scales on my hands, despite all the hand creams!!! Oh well, add it to the list of body parts ruined by my kids 😉
    x Alice
    #kcacols

    • May 22, 2016 / 1:56 pm

      Ha ha – yeah they certainly do their best to destroy us don’t they 😉 xx #KCACOLS

  28. May 22, 2016 / 11:46 am

    Sounds like great tips. I am not a Mum myself, but I do follow the tip of the hand cream, as working in a school I wash my hands loads too.
    Amanda. #kcacols

  29. May 22, 2016 / 11:55 am

    I have good days and bad days. I found it easy in the early days, I mastered doing my makeup while breastfeeding Caspian. Felt like super mum! It’s now when he’s a toddler it’s problematic. He doesn’t nap much and if he does I try and get the house looking reasonable or get some blogging done.

    If I take out my makeup bag when he’s around he will go for it instantly. He loves playing with all the items. I though it was cute until he managed to open my concealer and started eating it! Ooops 🙂

    My biggest problem is taking off my makeup in the evening. I used to be very strict with my evening beauty routine, now I’m just so tired I curse myself for having put on the makeup in the first place, lol.

    But I do agree with you. It’s important to pamper youself as a mummy and no guilt should be felt!

    Thanks for co-hosting #KCACOLS

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

    • May 22, 2016 / 1:55 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment – I can understand the difficulties once they hit toddlerhood!!! I’m enjoying being able to do these things now 🙂 xx #KCACOLS

  30. reimerandruby
    May 22, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    I remember those days when even having a shower is a struggle to find time… however, my kids are big now, although I still don’t have the time all to myself but it’s a lot better than before. I have managed to do my beauty regimes now. Anyway, thanks for sharing your tips… Making oneself yummy is all worth it for every mummy! #KCACOLS

    • May 22, 2016 / 1:54 pm

      It can be very difficult to find the time but it gets you smiling when you do xx #KCACOLS

  31. Sara Handy Herbs
    May 22, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    Some really good tips – it is so easy to get into the habit of not looking after yourself when you have babies and young children to look after. I think feeling better about ourselves must have a positive impact on parenting as well as how we feel about ourselves 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • May 22, 2016 / 1:53 pm

      I’m glad you got the chance to do that it really helps doesn’t it xx #KCACOLS

  32. May 22, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    All of these are such great points, especially the morning routine. It makes me feel so much better if I get up and sorted before the children, if I don’t it’s difficult to find chance to get out of my pyjamas!

    • May 22, 2016 / 2:33 pm

      It can be a good way to start your day off – as you say you can easily get caught in the trap of staying in your pyjamas!! xx

  33. min1980
    May 22, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    Oh crikey, I didn’t even brush my hair for 5 months after Piglet was born. The hairdresser was NOT impressed when I finally got the chance to have a haircut! Must try harder! #KCACOLS

  34. May 22, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    This is really important to know and to implement even if you aren’t a new mum. We often forget still that it doesn’t have to be about kids when they’re having their bazillionth growth spurt and oushing out the 12th tooth. We all have out off days, weeks & months… & we should remember that on the particularly crappy days we should make an effort. Not for anyone else but ourselves. I did find it impossible esp in the first 6 months to do any of these. I think I would need to stick reminders around the house no matter how late in the day it is – wear make up, change your clothes and deal with my rubbish looking skin!

    ta for the face cream suggestions i’ve been looking for one that suits my skin for a while so will be looking those up soon!

    this was a great post and reminder for me #KCACOLS

    • May 22, 2016 / 8:32 pm

      Ah I’m so glad you found it helpful and you enjoyed it! Xx

  35. May 22, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    Absolutely love this post and agree with everything! I totally need to take some of your advice. I had my second baby 13weeks ago and am yet to have my hair and eyebrows done which I totally need doing because I know it will make me feel so much better! I’m so going to take your recommendation on the mascara too- most days that’s all I have time to apply and am yet to find a decent one! Xx #KCACOLS

    • May 22, 2016 / 8:31 pm

      Try that maybelline one chick it’s amazing! And yes get yourself pampered for an afternoon – you deserve it xx

  36. May 22, 2016 / 5:53 pm

    Good advice – a shower now feels like a spa treatment but it’s a bit of a must! #KCACOLS

  37. May 22, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    Wow your hair looked so shiny in the photo! Very jealous!

    I really struggled after having Arthut to get back into any kind of routine for a long time! It’s only recently, at 16 months old I’ve started to feel more like me again. Some great tips in here and nice reminder to make more time for myself – even though I don’t really have time TO myself as I’m always with Arthur, he’s at an age now where he is happier to sit and watch for a bit longer if I do my makeup – especially if I give him a clean brush to play with and he can copy! #KCACOLS

    • May 22, 2016 / 8:30 pm

      Bless him – he sounds like a cutie!! These things take time honey, I’m glad you’re feeling like you again 😘 #KCACOLS

  38. May 22, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    Great advice! I agree with the showering one in particular! It just makes you feel more human! Luckily my husband doesn’t go to work till 9:30am so I could always pass him our son while I had half an hour to sort myself out. Like you’d said though, it’s all about minimising your daily routine! What used to take me an hour, now takes 30mins! #KCACOLS

    • May 22, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      Exactly Hun – it might be a bit quicker than usual but at least you feel a bit more like you 😊😘 #KCACOLS

  39. May 22, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    I used to have a morning routine when I was at work but it’s completely gone since being a stay home dad! I’ve slipped to the bottom of the list of priorities when getting three kids out the door for school in the morning! I do catch up later with a shower and you’re right, it makes you feel human again, that bit of me time. Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

  40. May 22, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    Great advice. I have always wondered what the Aldi Lacura Face Creams are like as I spend a fortune on Boots Protect and Perfect. I think I’ll give the Caviar a go!! Thanks for sharing. #KCACOLS

  41. May 22, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Great post. It’s important to look after yourself as well as baby. I always felt better when I was washed, dressed and had my face on.

  42. May 22, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    My friend and I were just talking about how easy it is to let yourself go after having a baby! What is that about, why do we do that (and I’m as guilty as anyone!) This is a great list and place to start and I especially agree about keeping the hands young. I’ve been neglecting mine and they are horrendous! #KCACOLS

  43. May 22, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    I can’t claim to have done any of these in the first few weeks/months unfortunately – my little boy didn’t nap and my husband was always at work, so daily showers became daily baby-wipe-showers! So true that spending a bit of time on yourself makes you feel like a new woman though – I’m definitely back on that page now, it just took me a bit longer to get (back) with the programme I think 😉 #KCACOLS

  44. May 22, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    I can’t claim to have done any of these in the first few weeks/months unfortunately – my son didn’t nap and my husband was always at work, so daily showers became daily baby-wip-showers! But it’s so true that spending a bit of time on yourself makes you feel like a new woman. It just took me a bit longer to get back with the programme I think 😉 #KCACOLS

  45. May 22, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    I love this, though I have to tell you something terrible. Showering does not get easier as they get older. Toddlers and even a little older have no issue coming to chat with you or just interrupting your shower for fun. Then they get older and I swear their entire mission is to use all the hot water, all the time. I have taken to middle of the night showers, or super early morning ones, otherwise I get no peace or no hot water ! #KCACOLS

  46. Lori@savedbythemommy.com
    May 23, 2016 / 12:05 am

    Having children can definitely make it harder to do all of these things. When you do have the opportunity please take advantage.

  47. Lori@savedbythemommy.com
    May 23, 2016 / 12:06 am

    Sorry – I meant to add to my comment that I found your post via #KCACOLS

  48. May 23, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    This “old” mom (my baby is 14 lol) loves these tips! Even now I have to remind myself to do these things every day as I rush around working, teaching and everything else we mom’s must do. My nails and hands are neglected the most! #KCACOLS I will be trying that nail polish if I can find it.

    • May 24, 2016 / 8:33 am

      Ha ha I am so glad you enjoyed this post – its easy to lose sight of things when you’re rushing around after kids but it’s lovely to find time for yourself xx #KCACOLS

  49. May 23, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    I am very guilty of neglecting myself since I had the kids but I do take the time to have my hair done and I try and make an effort when I am going out OUT!! I definitely need to put more time aside for myself though, my hands are so dry and I’m lucky if I get two minutes in the shower! #KCACOLS

    • May 24, 2016 / 8:32 am

      It is hard honey when you’re so busy with the little ones. I know it’s hard to find the time but it makes you feel so good when you get the chance xx #KCACOLS

  50. May 23, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Some fab advice here, I did try adhere to as much this as possible but in those first few weeks it was all about just getting in the shower lol! Now my youngest is soon to turn one I have managed to carve out some proper time for myself (most of time) which feels great, it is important. Oh and yes those hands need to be looked after moisturise moisturise moisturise lol. #KCACOLS #triballove xx

    • May 24, 2016 / 8:32 am

      Ahh thanks for commenting honey I’m glad you enjoyed this post. It isn’t always easy to do but it does make you feel good xx #KCACOLS #triballove

  51. May 23, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    Great post, I couldnt agree more! You totally lose yourself for the fist few months (maybe even the 1sy year!) after having a baby so its really important to take some time for you. I love the underwear tips, I had no idea Elle Macpherson did a maternity range so Ill be heading over to check those out very soon. If you havent already discovered Seche Vite fast drying nail varnish top coat then check it out now, its a total game changer for mums! Emily #KCACOLS

    • May 24, 2016 / 8:30 am

      I agree honey – it takes a while to get back to yourself! Oh yes do check it out – beaut underwear! And I’m now going to look for that top coat! Thanks for the tip honey xx #KCACOLS

  52. May 23, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    I loved reading this Fi! I too have tried so hard to maintain a daily shower and beauty routine since having my little one. A shower is a daily must, if I miss it (which is rare) I feel disgusting for the whole day and not awake either. I love using the Origins range, and use their Cheeks and Balances face wash, their Morning Moisturiser and Evening Moisturiser, I am also a fan of their tinted moisturiser too which is great for holiday or to quickly slap on make-up and moisturiser at the same time. I try every week to paint my nails, I used to run the nail painting gauntlet – could I get a whole set of nails painted before the baby woke up. You are right, once you have a baby your body and mind goes through so much, that we all need a bit of pampering in our lives to make us feel slightly more normal. Thanks so much for linking up again at #fortheloveofBLOG, Claire x

    • May 24, 2016 / 8:25 am

      Ah thank you for your lovely comment honey. I haven’t tried Origins but I’m going to have a look now 🙂 So glad to be a part of #fortheloveofBLOG

  53. May 23, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    This is such a brilliant list – I could really relate to everything on it! I found it so important to have a (quick) morning routine, have a shower and put on my face so that I could feel a little bit human. So true what you say about the hands too – mine are terrible and I hardly ever paint my nails although it’s always on my list! I really need to get more hand cream. I shop in Aldi all the time and have never bought that cream but I can’t wait to try it. Great post xx #KCACOLS

    • May 24, 2016 / 8:24 am

      Ah thank you so much lovely I’m glad you enjoyed it. Do try it – I am hooked on it now it’s lovely and luxurious feeling!! xx #KCACOLS

  54. May 24, 2016 / 10:40 am

    I think unfortunately as mums whatever age our babies are we put ourselves at the bottom of our priority list, but it’s so important to schedule in some ‘me’ time #KCACOLS

  55. May 24, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    All very true. I also have the Superdrug Micellar water and I’m defo getting that cream from Aldi! A great reminder to us all to look after ourselves as it’s always the first thing to go. It does make a world of difference. #KCACOLS

  56. May 24, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    Great tips. I’ve seen this cream in Aldi and wondered if it’s any good, I may just have to purchase it the next time i’m there. I always try to paint my nails and have discovered a great top coat from Sally Hansen called Insta-Dri your nails are literally dry in 2 mins, it’s amazing! x #KCACOLS

    • May 24, 2016 / 7:05 pm

      Oh I am totally going to get that top coat sounds amazing xx

  57. Tracey @ One Frazzled Mum
    May 24, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    I’m going to keep an eye out for that cream when I go to Aldi it sounds like something my dry skin needs! When I first had my daughter I found it quite easy to get my appearance up it was as she got older I started having issues! #kcacols

  58. May 24, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    Great tips. It’s been a good while since our baby days but yes, I do remember how much better a shower and hairwash made me feel… *almost* human in those sleep-deprived days! #kcacols

  59. May 24, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    I’m not your target audience but I can second the call to look after your hands. A combination of cold weather, Milton and washing up led to very painful cracked and bleeding hands for the two of us!

    #KCACOLS

    • May 24, 2016 / 7:04 pm

      Ahh I’m still thrilled to have you comment ☺️ x

  60. May 24, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    Oh yes, lately I have felt like absolute rubbish, which in turn takes its toll on my confidence as a woman and parent. I recently started an exercise class and shortly after felt the need to go out and buy some new make up finally! It’s so nice to spend a bit of time taking care of myself instead of looking after others always.
    #KCACOLS
    Tori
    http://www.themamanurse.com

  61. May 24, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    beauty sleep is always a winner here! #KCACOLS

  62. May 24, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    I definitely agree with this. It’s so important to still make time for yourself when you e had a baby, otherwise you start to forget that you’re important too! #KCACOLS

  63. May 24, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    It’s easy to forget ourselves with young babies, we are so preoccupied all the time! The only thing i could not do was nap when my babies did, i just felt so put out afterwards i’d rather just relax or wash bottles! #KCACOLS

  64. May 24, 2016 / 11:01 pm

    This is great Fi, it is easy to get into really bad routines after having a baby (trust me nearly 6 years later I am just trying to find myself again!) And on you sleep when baby sleep comment…DO IT! Because when baby #2 comes along that isn’t even an option! #KCACOLS xx

  65. May 24, 2016 / 11:32 pm

    I hate the days when I don’t have time to wash my hair. I just don’t feel ready for the day. I think it really is important to have a little part of the day to yourself. With two it becomes even harder, but you can still manage. You just have to get quicker with the mascara! @KCACOLS

    • May 25, 2016 / 8:38 am

      Absolutely hun – the 3 minute shower is better than none at all xx #KCACOLS

  66. fairyqueen
    May 25, 2016 / 6:00 am

    For ages after my first I put anything that resembles self care on the back burner. I now know that thats not the best idea and everyones better off if I feel good!:)

    mainy – myrealfairy

    #KCACOLS

  67. May 25, 2016 / 9:26 am

    Eek. I never really did this before kids (well, apart from the showering every day 😂). After kids… well let’s just say I have worn make up less than 5 times since 2011 and maybe had my hair done twice? I do still shower every day though! Good tips though ☺#KCACOLS

  68. May 25, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    Since having my baby I have found it really hard to have the time to shower. Sometimes I have had to wait until my husband gets home from work to have it. It’s hard to find the time to look after yourself. I do think I am finally getting there tho. xx

    #KCACOLS
    #TribalLove

    • May 26, 2016 / 10:50 am

      It is tough babe especially at the beginning – sometimes I do the same, wait till hubs is home but rather than a rushed shower make the most of him being here and have a long hot bath!! xx #KCACOLS #triblallove

  69. May 25, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    What a great list – I couldn’t agree more with the whole morning routine thing. You feel like you can tackle anything once you’ve had a chance to shower and put make up on! #KCACOLS

    • May 26, 2016 / 10:49 am

      Thanks lovely – the power of a shower ha ha xx #KCACOLS

  70. May 26, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    Great post. I love the power of a shower. Shake off the puke and the sleep! I need a haircut desperately… #KCACOLS

  71. May 27, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    Good advice. I always maintained the shower, & I do basic make up (ie concealer), but I don’t do anything like I used to do before the children. & I really need to get my hair done! #KCACOLS

  72. May 27, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    I totally agree that when you become a parent all the stuff that we did to make us feel good just didn’t happen. Great post and brilliant tips! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:08 am

      Ah thanks chick glad you enjoyed it xx #justanotherlinky

  73. May 27, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Those first six months are such a tiring time it’s really hard to fins time to do anything but be a mum but it does get easier! I still almost never do my nails though 😂 #kcacols x

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