Ready, Set, Go! How to Be Ready in No Time
by Hannah Thomas
Do you remember the carefree times when you were an adolescent who spent hours picking out her outfits and applying makeup? Oh, the good old days!
Today we’re dealing with strict deadlines, jobs, kids, and trying to keep the household from falling apart and we never seem to have time for ourselves.
Still, just because we lack the time it doesn’t mean that we can’t look good. If you’re one of those super moms who gets ready while also feeding, cleaning, and dressing the kids you will love some of the tips we’ve prepared for you.
Ready, Set, Go! How to Be Ready in No Time
Dry shampoo is your friend
Young moms soon learn that imperative when picking out a hairstyle is how convenient it is. This is why some ladies choose to cut their hair short or leave it long enough to keep it in a ponytail. If you like your long hair but don’t have time to wash and style it every day, reach for dry shampoo – it will remove excess oil from your scalp and add a bit of volume to your hair.
Blondes and ladies with fair hair are lucky as they can also use good old baby powder and get pretty much the same results, but if you have darker hair and don’t like using dry shampoo as much you can always make your own and keep it in the bathroom.
Twist and go – easy hairstyles
If you feel like you’re experiencing something worse than a regular ‘bad hair day’ and you wish to walk around with a paper bag over your head, don’t despair. You can always wear your hair in braids or twist it in a cute chignon, that way you won’t have to style it for at least a couple of days.
Pretty headbands and stylish hats are lifesavers too, always have one or the other in your bag or car. If you don’t want to straighten it, you could always wear it in a messy bun or a sleek ponytail which you can secure with bobby pins and plenty of hairspray.
You know how difficult it can be to contour your face even when you have time, but with kids to watch over it becomes virtually impossible to do it right. This is the time to use ‘smart’ makeup and to keep it simple at least for a while – simple B.B. cream instead of foundation and concealer, quality lash extensions instead of curling your lashes and applying mascara every morning, simple eyeliner and bright lipstick and you’re ready to go!
Forget about bronzers, highlighters, and eye shadows for a while; this simple look is elegant and will make you look fresh and glamorous in just a few minutes.
Pick an outfit in advance
Standing in front of your wardrobe, thinking about what you should wear while your brain still doesn’t feel like cooperating and making any decisions is a recipe for disaster and, ultimately being late.
This is why you should figure out your outfit the night before and prepare it – leave it on a hanger and iron it before you go to bed so you don’t have to do it in the morning (use the fact that the little ones are sleeping).
If you can, prepare everything, shoes and accessories included, so even if you’re running late at least you won’t have to think about what to wear.
Multitask in the shower
Showers are precious – they are that special me-time even if they only last a few minutes. Women are known for their multitasking skills, so you could put some of those skills to good use and try to do several things while you shower: brush your teeth, shave, and wash your face.
Make sure all your hair supplies, lotions, and makeup are within reach so you can get ready faster. You can even bring your clothes with you and get dressed after you’ve dried yourself.
If you get ready in the bathroom you will not only save some time, but you’ll save room as well.
There Ya Go!
Being a mom is one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences in a life of a woman, yet it doesn’t mean that we sometimes don’t daydream about being able to steal some time for ourselves.
Balancing tasks and always being on the go all sound great until you realize that you’ve put on different shoes and mismatched socks.
Rely on these useful tips to get you through those hasty mornings when it looks like the whole world is against you – you’ll look flawless in spite of the difficulties.
Alicia Trautwein is an autism parenting coach living in Missouri. She is the creator behind The Mom Kind, a website dedicated to parenting neurodiverse families. She is one of the head creators behind the #WeLoeveMoms campaign and is also featured in the “Amazing Moms” coffee table book by Hogan Hilling & Dr. Elise Ho. She shares her expertise along with her experience in parenting children, both with and without autism.