The ‘Pretty Paradox’

The ‘Pretty Paradox’

So I’ve spent the last few days trying to pin point why my ‘pretty’ has faded during Motherhood, and I think I’ve narrowed it down to four main issues:

1. Lifestyle – My new mummy lifestyle is far different to my pre-mummy lifestyle. My day to day activities are different and what worked in terms of beauty and fashion no longer really ‘fits’.

2. Different Body – What used to flatter my slim, petite, proportioned body no longer works on my ‘new’ body…you know, the one with the sticky out tummy, bigger thighs and bum and serious lack of boobs :/

3. Money – I have none. The products and clothes I used to spend money on no longer fit into my budget.

4. Time – What time? Between changing nappies, feeding hungry tummies, doing the kindy drop off, the music run, the playgroup dash then repeating…just doesn’t leave much time for ‘pretty’.

So my mission , should I choose to accept it (I do, I really, really do!) is to find new alternatives that fit into my new lifestyle. I need to find ‘pretty’ that is mummy-friendly, flatters the new me, is affordable and is quick and easy. Game on! X

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Bargain Hunter: Price Wise

Bargain Hunter: Price Wise

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I don’t often pay full price for anything. So when I discovered a Price Wise store in the same complex as my kids doctors, I felt like I’d hit the jackpot! So much ‘pretty’ for so little money…

They stock a lot of big name, recognisable brands at wickedly discounted prices compared to retail. This little bunch cost me all of $11, I could barely buy one shampoo for that price at the Supermarket!

  

The fab thing about Price Wise is that you can also buy online (so I’ve recently discovered) so I no longer have to wait till one of the kids gets sick 😁 And the added bonus is that it’s free delivery on orders over $50 in NZ, so you could always go in with a friend if you needed to bulk up your order. Check them out here, Price Wise x

The Journey Begins…

The Journey Begins…

When I became a SAHM (Stay At Home Mum) a lot of things changed in my life. Firstly I got the most amazing gift of Motherhood, being ‘Mummy’ to two little boys is both the most rewarding and overwhelming experience I’ve ever had.  I went down to $0 income, which was a bizarre concept to someone who had always worked and earned, and therefore always bought whatever I wanted…if I’m being honest, mainly clothes, shoes and handbags! I suddenly had all the time in the world and yet no time at all, my own well-being came second, no, third, or fourth, no wait fifth after the two boys, dear husband and the dog. Anyway, you get the picture, life got real! And somewhere in all that ‘realness’ I sort of lost the former me, the pre-mummy me, the one that spent ages on hair and makeup, shopped the racks religiously every weekend, the one that bought things at full price (gasp!) Almost four years on from having my first child, I’m ready (and deserving!) of finding a bit of that ole’ girl.  Its time for me to get a bit of that ‘pretty’ back in my life of ‘boy-ness’.  Time to find a new me, which ideally will be a mix of the old in with the new…she probably won’t buy anything full price still and she definitely won’t be spending hours in front of the mirror, but she sure as hell is gonna be a bit more glam than the ‘mumsy-mum’ she currently is…join me on my journey to finding my ‘pretty’ again!