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Win The Bathtime Battle

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Bathtime. The mere mention of it makes most parents groan. While baths were once relaxing, the arrival of your little one has turned them into trauma. Instead of relating your bath with bubbles and comfort, it now looks like a struggle. We’ve all been there. Wash day for your little one comes around, and they turn into a beast. Worse, they are a beast that will do anything to stay out of the water. You do everything possible to get them clean, but they fight you the whole way. In fact, they develop a sixth sense, As soon as the bathwater starts running, so do they. The goods news is, there are ways to make the job easier. All you need to do is take these easy steps.

TREAT NOT PUNISHMENT

To start with, change the way you speak about baths. Because the trauma feels like a punishment, we get into the habit of treating it like one. The way we approach the subject of bathing does us no favours. Children are perceptive, and your child will pick up on your reluctance. If you go in all guns blazing, they’ll start seeing bathtime as a punishment. Instead, ensure you treat it like a treat. That way, your child won’t be so reluctant. Small things, like changing your language, will make all the difference. Speak to your child before you grab them. Say things like. ‘Aren’t you lucky, it’s bath day today.’ You may not feel positive, but it’s important you act it! A lot of the time, we’re the ones that make the bath seem daunting.

TOYS

Never underestimate the power of toys. Kids love to play, so incorporate that into bathtime. The treat theory will work better if your child has fun in the bath. Stock up on rubber ducks, waterproof action figures, and even bath safe crayons! Keep these hidden and only get them out when it’s bathtime. That way, your child will look forward to playing with them even more. Bribery isn’t always the right way to go, but it can’t hurt if it gets them to wash.

MAKE IT PLEASANT

If you scrub and pull, it’s no wonder your child doesn’t enjoy baths. Instead, make the process as pleasant as possible. Spend time playing with your child before you get down to cleaning them. Run the bath ready, so that the bathroom is warm for your kid. No one likes undressing in a cold room! It’s also worth investing in a towel rail with heating. That way, getting out will be a treat too. No horrible dashes in the cold for your little one!

LEAD BY EXAMPLE

Your child looks to you for ideas about how to act. If they see you enjoying your baths, they’re more likely to enjoy their own. Leave the bathroom door open while you have a bath, and let your child see you. Explain how much you enjoy bathing, too. Make them jealous that you’re having a soak and not them!

This House Is Not A Home

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Any single mom knows the struggle of trying to provide for a family. It’s not easy when you’re the only breadwinner in your house. Most of us wouldn’t have it any other way. But, that doesn’t lessen the struggle. Living on a budget is always tough, but never more so than when it comes to the home. Not only do you have to take care of the place, but the bills and mortgage payments fall to you alone. That can often mean that you end in a home that’s far from ideal. If you’re trying to cope in a property that’s far from your dreams, it’s time to see the silver lining. Any house can become a home with a little tender loving care. And that’s one thing you have by the bucket load!

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MAKE YOUR MARK


A lot of the time, a house can fail to feel like home because you’ve yet to put your mark on it. Yes, some houses capture our hearts on first viewing. A lot of the time, though, that’s a matter of furniture and decor, rather than an effect of the house itself. Remember that houses are just bricks and mortar. The heart comes from what you fill it with! So, get to work putting your mark on your home as soon as possible. Include your little ones in this. They are, of course, the central part of your heart. So, sit down and get crafting with them. Let them paint pictures and hang them on the walls. Hang photographs, too, to give the place a more comforting feel! It can also help to buy furniture you love. Any room can look fantastic if you pick the right pieces. As you build your collection, you’ll see that the empty shell you found it hard to love is starting to come together.

THERE’S ALWAYS RENOVATION

If your problem is with layout rather than aesthetic, consider renovation. This is still going to cost, but it should be a lot cheaper than buying a larger house. And, remember that you don’t have to do the work straight away. You could save up for the project and get it done later down the line. When the time comes, turn to a company like The Renovation Company. Most renovation companies aim to work fast, so you won’t have to worry about work taking place for too long. You’ll be able to work with the professionals to achieve a home you love.

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A LIVED IN HOME IS A HAPPY ONE

If you’ve just moved in, don’t despair. The same as making your mark, living in a home gives it heart. Before you have any memories there, your home will be an empty shell to you. But, the more time you spend there, the more it will feel like an extension of your family. Make an effort to spend quality time at home, especially to start with. Your family is what will transfer those cold rooms into warm havens of comfort!

The Science of Sleep

What exactly do you know about sleep? Even though we need to sleep each and every night, few of us know a lot about it. Sure, we all know that our body and mind need it to stay healthy, but I’m pretty certain that not many of you will know much about the science behind it. Even though you probably won’t be a scientist researching sleep and the body’s sleep patterns, it is very important to know the basics as it can help you improve your natural rhythms and get a better quality of sleep each night. So, what exactly should you know? Here are some of the simplest facts of the science of sleep for you.

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Circadian Rhythms

Every living orgasm has a circadian rhythm. Even though different species have slightly different rhythms, generally speaking, they are the same between individuals of the same species. This explains why all humans sleep through the night. That’s because our circadian rhythm tells our body to feel tired through the night. However, nocturnal animals such as bats and foxes have a reversed rhythm, which tells them to sleep through the day and wake up at night. But what exactly is this circadian rhythm? It is a 24-hour cycle that our body goes through which tells our body and mind when to wake up and when to fall asleep. It influences our energy levels and feelings of tiredness. If you make sure that you move your sleep patterns so that they are more in line with your body’s circadian rhythm, you will find that it is easier to fall asleep and enjoy a good night’s sleep.

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Relaxation Is Key

If you go to sleep feeling unrelaxed, there is no way you are going to find it easy to drop off! For this reason, you need to take your relaxation before bed very seriously. There are various ways that people like to unwind, some of which will work for you and some which won’t. For instance, it is highly recommended that people take a bath before bed. The warm water can relax muscles and help your mind to switch off. For the ultimate bath, add plenty of bubble bath and spread candles around your bathroom. Some people also like to read in bed before they switch the light off. If you get a good quality mattress from one of the mattress specialists around the country, you can stay cozy while reading and will be able to sleep without suffering from back ache.

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Don’t Go Hungry

One of the most common reasons why people wake up through the night is that they are hungry. Even if they do not feel any hunger, not eating before bed leads to low blood sugar levels, which can cause the body to wake up frequently during the night. So if you have been struggling with broken sleep recently, you should think about having a little snack before you hit the hay. Ideally, it should be a healthy snack that is high in protein. Don’t eat anything with excessive sugar as this can keep you awake. Some good snacks to try are toast with peanut butter or a portion of Greek yogurt.

Scents Help Sleep

This point may sound a bit like an old wive’s tale, but you will be very surprised to learn that it is totally true – in fact, there is a lot of science to back it up! There have been many studies in the effect that various scents have on our sleep, and almost every one of these studies shows that lavender is the most effective for helping people get a peaceful night’s sleep. The studies looked at the effect of sprinkling lavender essence onto bed sheets. Lots of the studies’ participants found that this helped them drop off quicker than usual. But there are other ways you can incorporate lavender into your sleep routine. For instance, try burning a lavender-scented candle in your living room before you head upstairs to bed.

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Use Neutral Sounds

Does your bedroom overlook a busy road? If so, you are probably disturbed by all the traffic every night. There is one way around this, though. You should use neutral sounds to help block out the noise pollution. One way to do this is to play some white noise in your bedroom through the night. This blocks out annoying noises and can help you drift off in a matter of no time at all!

There we have it – all the science you need to know behind a good night’s sleep!

Making Sure Your Bathroom is Family Friendly

A bathroom needs to be suitable for every member of the family, but often it is not designed with this in mind. Unlike the other communal parts of the home, the bathroom can be somewhat impractical for smaller members of your family.

There are, however, a number of ways that you can make this part of your home more child-friendly, ensuring that it everyone feels comfortable using it.

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Make it look brand new

One of the more drastic ways of making your bathroom family-ready is to use a professional renovating team. This is a particularly good option if your bathroom is a little past it’s best and needs a makeover. Smart Style Bathrooms virtual showroom lets you visualise your bathroom interior before work begins, meaning that the entire family can have their say on how it should look.

Toys, toys, toys

To inject a little bit of fun into your bathroom, why not invest in a few waterproof toys to keep your children (and any big kids in the family) entertained. Bath time is meant to be an enjoyable experience and a few toys can add to this, even if it’s just a few rubber ducks to play with. There are a wide range of children’s toys specially designed for use in the bathroom, including stickers and easy-to-clean pens that let them express their creativity.

Accessories for the little people

Other bathroom accessories provide practical benefits for the little ones. Attaching hooks to the wall at differing heights can ensure that everyone has a place to put their towel and there’ll never be a reason for anyone to leave their wet towel on the floor.

Make it colorful

Try to make the bathroom an inviting space for everyone. Although bathrooms usually adopt a clean, crisp design with neutral shades like black and white, a bit of colour can make the room a lot more interesting for your children. This could be in the form of a bright shower curtain or mat and you could even choose one that includes some of your children’s favourite themes, whether they’re into robots or fairies.

Get rid of tricky taps

If your bathroom is going to be of practical use to the entire family then being able to operate the taps safely is a must. However, twist handle taps can be difficult for little children to use and often result in having one scolding hot tap and one that’s freezing cold. By choosing a single lever tap, the temperature can be controlled much more effectively and your kids can operate it themselves with ease. This means that children can gain independence and learn an important lesson about washing their hands and personal hygiene.

Make room for everyone

A bathroom being used by a whole family needs a lot more space than if it was only being used by a single individual. Think carefully about the fittings you choose and consider whether a larger option would prevent an early morning race to the bathroom. Choosing a longer sink, for example, or even opting for two, would enable more than one person to brush their teeth at the same time.

Let everyone have their own space

When designing your bathroom, it’s important for everyone to have a little space to call their own. Storage may be at a premium in many bathrooms, but try to give each family member a little area where they can put their towel and toiletries. You could give everyone their own drawer or utilise open shelving to let everyone have their own personal bathroom storage basket. If you go for the latter, use named stickers on each one so your children feel like they have something of their own in the bathroom.

Give them a boost

Sometimes it helps to point out even the most obvious aspects of your home. For anyone with little children, you’ll be well aware that reaching things can be a challenge, but have you given them a helping hand in the bathroom? Including a small, but stable, stool in the bathroom can help them reach those high up places and give them some added independence that they will begin to demand as they get older.  

Safety first

A family home needs to be a safe home and this applies to your bathroom too. Even something as simple as a non-slip mat, inside the bath and on the floor outside it, can make a big difference to how child-friendly your bathroom is. With some extra safety features installed, your children will feel more confident in the bathroom and you will feel more confident to let them use it unsupervised.

Preventing Appliance Breakdown

As a busy mommy, modern appliances can be a godsend. They enable us to spend less time on chores and more time enjoying family life. However, appliances aren’t always as reliable as they used to be, which means that it is important to take care of them if you want them to last as long as possible and avoid expensive repairs.

Here are some handy tips that could help you keep your appliances running for a decade or more:

Fridges and Freezer

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Keeping an eye on your fridge and freezer seals is one of the simplest things you can do to prevent their breakdown. If the seals get even a little bit loose, cold air can get out and warm air can enter into your appliance. You should also clean your seals carefully with a paste of water and baking soda to keep them clean and functional.

To keep your fridge in tip-top condition, every fourth months or so, you should give the coils a quick clean, Unfortunately, this means pulling the fridge out from the wall so that you can get behind in many cases, but since dirty coils are one of the main caused of temperature malfunctions and a loss of energy efficiency, it is a job that needs to be done and it means that you can avoid taking out home owner loans to replace your appliances for a while longer.

Washer and Dryer

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You should give your washing machines hoses and ducts some attention at least twice a year. Check that the hose is in full working order and does not have any cracks and take the time to clean the ducts to avoid breakdowns, fires and floods.

It is also a good idea to check your machine every time you wash or dry a load. That way, you will be able to handle any small problems before they become major issues.

If you want to avoid a tumble dryer fire, you should clean out any lint from the filters at least once per week as a minimum.

The Dishwasher

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One thing you should never do is put dishes that still have particles of food on them into the dishwasher. By simply scraping your plates before you put them into the machine, you can avoid a build-up of old food that could cause your washer to be less effective. If you do notice a build-up of scraps inside your dishwasher, simply put a cup of white vinegar into the machine and let it run for a cycle.

It is also a good idea to clean your dishwasher’s rubber gasket every 3-4 months to get rid of any dirt and grime which could make it less effective.

Although carrying out regular maintenance on your appliances will reduce a lot of the risk of breakdown, it is not possible to prevent every issue that might crop up, which is why it is never a bad idea to take out warranties on expensive appliances, or start your own emergency repair fund so that you don’t have to go without your appliances for very long.

Gifts That Your Son Will Absolutely Love

As moms, we spend a lot of our lives picking out gifts for our kids. Christmas is barely over by the time you have to start thinking about and saving for birthday gifts! Here are some tips to help you out for ideas…

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Go For Creative Play

As mothers of sons, we spend a lot of our lives thinking about how best to help our sons to grow up into the sort of men that we want them to be – and luckily for us, we are their biggest influences and the people who can mould them into who we want them to be. Obviously, every boy and young man is different – but as mothers it’s our responsibility to show them what being a man really is. And a huge part of that is forgetting about traditional masculinity, about guns and competition and violence – and showing them how important it is to be creative and sensitive too. Not only will you be creating fine young men but you’ll also be forming great husbands and fathers one day. Go for gifts that will help with creativity, from art supplies to dressing up clothes and other items that can encourage imaginative play, from bobbleheads to dolls to stuffed animals. Toys that can teach your son gentleness and creativity will produce traits that will be important for the rest of his life.

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What About Experiences?

Of course it’s great to be able to open some gifts on the morning of your birthday – but as a rule, people remember experiences more than they remember objects. Even if your son is young, he’ll be forming memories every day of his life. Think back to when you were a toddler – your memories are probably hazy but they’re still there! You don’t have to take him to Disneyland to have an incredible time – building his own Build A Bear will be something he’ll remember and treasure forever, and going to see the dinosaur exhibit at your local museum is something that’s bound to produce absolutely rapturous delight. Making precious memories for both of you is one of the most important parts of being a parent.

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Sometimes It’s Okay To Be Part Of The In Crowd

We seem to spend half our lives wanting to wean our kids off the TV, off the common path, away from anything that makes them cool and part of the in crowd – but honestly, it’s absolutely okay to pander to that once in a while. If your kid loves animated movies then that’s great – get him some Toy Story or Zootopia toys to play with. If he can’t tear himself away from Paw Patrol then why not get him a stuffed animal version of his favourite character? It’s easy to be snobby about these things but having the same toys as some of his friends isn’t a bad thing – they’ll have things in common on playdates and topics of conversation – in as far as little kids have conversations! – at school. Plus, can you imagine the smile on your kid’s face when he unwraps his Chase doll? Absolutely priceless.

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Fun Times In Your Garden: What To Do To Ensure Your Yard Is Safe For Your Little One

One of the best places where you can create memories with your child is the garden. After all, there are lots of fun opportunities for them in the yard. And with all the space, it offers a great way for them to burn off some energy. But like everywhere in the home, you need to think about safety. After all, so many children are taken to hospital every year from accidents in their backyard! Therefore, here are some things every mom needs to do to ensure their yard is safe for their little one so fun times can commence in the garden!

Make sure you invest in a sturdy fence

When your little one is running around the garden, they might easily knock into the fence. And if it’s not sturdy, it could end up falling over causing damage in your yard. And it could even hurt your little one if it lands on them. Therefore, you need to make sure you have a sturdy fence which will stay standing while your kid is around. And you need to ensure it’s a good height. After all, you don’t want your little one climbing over the top of the fence into the neighbor’s garden!

Get a lock for the water spigot and make sure it’s working correctly

It’s always handy to have an outdoor water faucet in the garden. After all, it saves you having to rush inside to get water. Therefore, it can be good when you and your child are having a day taking care of the plants. But you need to be careful that it doesn’t become a danger for your kid. After all, you don’t want your child to go up to it when you are not looking and switch it on. They might end up slipping over from the water if they push it on too quickly. Therefore, to keep it safe, you could consider making a lock for the faucet. This article will help you to easily make one to ensure it’s child-friendly. And remember to get it fixed quickly if there is a problem with your outdoor water spigot. After all, if it’s leaking, it could end up being a hazard for your kid. Therefore, look online to find a company who can do outdoor spigot repair.

Stick to plants which are family-friendly

You need to make sure you get clued up on plants for your garden. After all, you don’t want to get anything which will cause harm to your little one. Unlike adults, they won’t be aware that they should stay away from the plant so could end up getting hurt. For one thing, anything with nettles needs to be a no-no for your backyard. They might run into the plant and then end up with itchy skin. Here are some other plants which might look beautiful, but could pose a risk to your child. That way, you know to avoid them when you are next at the local nursery.

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And make sure that you keep tools and equipment locked in a shed. After all, your little one might end up getting hurt if they get their hands on one of these items!

Why I decided to leave my 3rd son intact, after choosing circumcision for the first two.

I have been pretty vocal on my personal page about circumcision over the past year and I don’t think a lot of people truly understand WHY it is that I made this decision.  This also seems to be the biggest question I get when people are why I left my son intact, especially since his brothers are circumcised.

First… my response is this, you live and you learn.  Yes- I LEARNED what a circumcision actually is, I LEARNED the true functions of the foreskin (the “flap” of skin that is removed– Oh yes it serves very important functions for a man- all of which are taken away from him at birth or shortly after with Routine Infant Circumcision), and I LEARNED WHY we do it in the United States.

I only wish that someone would have given me all this information when I was 21 and my first born was brought into this world.  Unfortunately, I had no idea.  With my second son- I really started to question it.  I really didn’t feel right about it, but I felt pressure to make him “normal” so I had it done… and I regretted it pretty much instantly and I still do.

I knew when I found out I was expecting another boy that I would leave him intact.  I knew that I really regretted allowing that to happen to my son’s and that I would break the cycle now.  I also want to inform other parents-to-be that YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CHOOSE TO CIRCUMCISE your son.  It is not necessary, it is not normal, you ARE taking something away from him, and most of all- truly– it is not your body and not your decision to remove body parts from your child because in some way, you feel this is how a man’s penis is supposed to look.

I am not going to harp and preach on circumcision in this post.  I will leave you with a link to video that I feel every person should watch Elephant in the Hospital.  I hope you will take the time to watch the video because it does have really great information in it.

What made me change my stance?

Well first… I was not exactly “pro cut” I feel like I was a sheep- just doing what I thought I had to do.  And for that, my sons suffered.  After my second son was born, I feel like something immediately clicked and I knew what I did was wrong.  I also met a friend that was a huge intactivist and she shared some info with me to help solidify the feelings that I was already having.  Once I realized everything- did some of my own research… I knew where I stood.

1. It is NOT a sin NOT to circumcise your sons.  This is one thing that I hear- about how the bible says you should or you are “unclean” or you are sinning.  This is not true.  Not only this, but the circumcision that is performed today is not at all like the circumcision that was performed by Abraham in the Bible.
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2. The foreskin has functions!!  We are led to believe the forskin is just a flap of skin that has no purpose and will cause infection if we leave it attached.

This is NOT TRUE.  The foreskin has 16 functions, all of which are lost with circumcision, and most of which can not be regained with restoration.

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3. It is NOT my body.  I think this is the biggest one parents need to remember.  How do you know that your son wants to be circumcised?  You don’t!  An infant can not express if he wants to have this elective cosmetic surgery done, why should you be the one to decide this for him?

4.  It is cruel.  Think about what actually happens during circumcision… YOU ARE ALLOWING THIS HARM AND PAIN TO HAPPEN TO YOUR NEWBORN BABY!  We are so desensitized and are so concerned with what is “normal” that we don’t care that we are intentionally causing pain to our children.  Pain that can have life long negative effects!  (And a circumcised penis is not “normal”!!)

5.  It is not important for my sons to “match”… If you are choosing to circumcise because your husband is… Why?  Do you think they are going to “compare”… no and if they somehow notice… you can explain how you did better for your son because you had all the information.

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I really hope this helps to answer the questions most people have asked me about my choice to leave my son intact (after choosing to circumcise the first two).  The one thing I can urge every parent to be is– do your research!  Don’t just do it because you think you have to… you don’t!  You can break the cycle and your son will thank you for it when he older.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments.  :-)

Get Your New Kitchen Cooking As Soon As Possible To Save Stress During Your Move

Moving house is fun, but it can be unsettling. For the first few days in your new home, you won’t know what to do with yourself. Living out of boxes isn’t fun, and being in a new place can be disorienting. The sooner you get settled, the better. That’s when you can start enjoying the home you dreamt of! The whole house will need your attention, but some rooms can’t wait. The kitchen is the one place you need functional from the go. None of us can go without food. When the kitchen is out of order, it causes immense amounts of disruption. That’s why you should set your sights on getting the kitchen sorted as soon as you can! Here are a few tips on how to get your kitchen functional in no time at all!

KEEP ESSENTIALS TO HAND

Consider keeping your kitchen up and running, even before you’ve moved in. Think, during the packing process, what you need to keep available. Pack a small box that you don’t tape up, and keep it on hand throughout your moving day. Put some snacks in there, and maybe some sandwiches! Remember, too, to include a kettle, mugs, and tea supplies. Your movers are sure to appreciate a cup of tea once you get to the other end! Having these pieces on hand will help you resume a running a kitchen as soon as you reach your destination. They’ll also ensure that you don’t go hungry.

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DO A FOOD SHOP

A food shop may be the last thing on your mind, but the sooner you do one, the better! Any food you brought with you will be in boxes and will be minimal anyway. It isn’t practical to transfer perishable food! With your cupboards empty, you’ll find life hard. Give yourself the first night off by treating yourself to a takeout. Then, go shopping first thing the next morning. Doing such a regular activity will help to make you feel normal again. Not to mention that you’ll feel much better once your cupboards are stocked again. Make a big event of the first meal you cook in your new home. It may take you awhile to get used to your new kitchen so the sooner you start using it, the better! It’s doing regular activities like this in your new house that will make it feel like home.

UNPACK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Decluttering your house of all those boxes is important. Decluttering the kitchen even more so. Unpacking as soon as you can will free up space you need to cook. It’ll also ensure you know where everything is again! Make sure the kitchen is the first room you get to work on by marking what’s in each of the boxes you pack. Have the boxes marked ‘kitchen’ put straight into the room, so you don’t have to hunt for them when the time comes. You’ve already sorted the food, so focus on boxes containing cutlery and cooking equipment!

Feeling More Frumpy Mummy Than Yummy Mummy?

It’s easy to get into a rut with your appearance and end up being more of a frumpy mummy than a yummy mummy. The truth is that when you’ve got little ones to take care of, you have a tendency to put your appearance on the back burner, to concentrate on your little ones.

While there’s nothing wrong with dressing in clothing that’s comfortable and easy to pull on, like sweatpants and jumpers, for instance, you can end up feeling frumpy and lacking self-esteem because of it.

The key to feeling more like a yummy mummy is to put time and thought into what you wear, as well as into your hair and makeup. There’s nothing wrong with going bare-faced every so often, but if you want to feel good about yourself, you need to make time to style your hair and apply your makeup each day – you’ll feel better for it.

To become more yummy and less frumpy, here are the steps to take:

Treat yourself to some new clothes

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The first step to feeling more confident in your appearance and less frumpy is to treat yourself to new clothes. If the clothes that you usually wear are a little on the frumpy side, now is the time to update your wardrobe. Start off by having a look online to get an idea of what’s in fashion, and then do some shopping.

You can either shop online or head to your local shopping centre and shop there, depending on your personal preference, of course. If you are going to shop online, make sure to take advantage of deals and discount sites, such as www.plusvouchercode.co.uk. When you’re a parent, every penny counts.

As for what to buy, leggings can work well as they’re comfortable and when teamed with a dress, stylish jumper or tunic, can look stylish. Or, how about buying a nice pair of jeans, to team with tops and jumpers? Skirts and tops can also look lovely, teamed with a pair of thick woolen tights.

Get a new haircut

To prevent having to scrape your hair into a bun or ponytail each morning, have your hair cut into a new, easy-to-style do. That way you can ensure that doing your hair in the mornings doesn’t have to be time-consuming or stressful. Opting for an easy-to-do style means that you can wake up, brush it, and be ready to go, and feel good about how your hair looks.

Practice minimal makeup looks

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To get your everyday makeup look right, minimal makeup is a must. You don’t want to look overdone up. You want to wear enough makeup so that you feel good about yourself. Spend a couple of evenings practicing applying your makeup quickly so that in the mornings you can get your face on before the kids wake up. It might only be a little bit of makeup, but it will give your self-esteem that boost it needs.

So there you have it, everything that you need to know to look and feel better. Take note of the tips above, and you can wave goodbye to being a frumpy mummy.