We’re always so focused on our kiddos, aren’t we? I can’t tell you how often I spend 30 minutes getting the kids ready to go out the door only to spend 2 minutes throwing on jeans (maybe- it’s usually workout pants) and smelling my shirt to make sure it doesn’t stink before calling it good.
I’m trying to get better about this, but y’all, time management has not been my friend since having two littles. Even with my rushing out the door, though, there are just some things that are non-negotiables for me. These are the things I absolutely need to walk out the door, (almost) every single day. I’m calling these my “mommy-ssentials”. (I’m not even going to lie, I really like play on words.)
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My Top 5 Mommy-ssentials
1. Younique Concealer.
Y’all. I do not ever leave my house without this concealer on my face. I never used to wear concealer; it just never covered anything and I was constantly reapplying. This stuff covers all of my dark circles, which is crucial. As mamas we have more than our fair share of dark circles, amiright?! This covers it all, so my face instantly looks brighter and I look more awake. My makeup routine doesn’t get used very often since I’m home, but I literally don’t step out of my house without this. Favorite part- this little bottle has lasted me OVER A YEAR. Wearing it every day. The best. Head over here and check it out! (This is not an affiliate link, y’all- I just truly love this stuff. And the 3D mascara is phenomenal. Check that out, too.)
Bonus- My cousin sells this, and she does amazing make up tutorials and is just so helpful- go join her Facebook Group to get in on that! I love watching her lives to help me get some adult time during the day!
2. Dry shampoo.
I’m way behind the bandwagon on this, guys. I just recently discovered it, but it’s already my favorite. I won’t say that it leaves my hair fresh, but it definitely makes it look less dirty, and that’s a pretty big step. Also- helloooo volume! My hair is super flat, but I’ve used this even after just washing my hair just to give it a little lift. I’m still trying out brands, though, so drop me a comment and let me know your favorite!
3. Comfy shoes.
I love flip flops, but I had to quit those. Oliver has this thing where he likes to try and stand on my feet and this other thing where he likes to run away from me without any warning. Flip flops just don’t hold up to those job requirements. The ones in the picture up there are from Ross for super cheap, and unless I’m gettin fancy, they are the only shoes I wear. They slip right on and are so. dang. comfortable.
4. A hat.
Let’s be real- sometimes we’ve stretched the dry shampoo just a day too far. And on these days, we wear hats. I don’t pull off hats well, guys. But sometimes fashion must be sacrificed for the sake of people not telling you to go shower. I’m partial to this hat because, #broncos. (Anyone else just a little bit ready for football season?! Shop this hat here if you’re also a Broncos fan!)
We have almost this exact one. The holy grail with 2 kids. I had a messenger style diaper bag with Oliver and loved it, but couldn’t imagine a car seat and a toddler and a bag banging against my side. We switched to a backpack and haven’t looked back. It’s not even a diaper bag style backpack, but it’s great and being hands free has made all of the difference!
So tell me- what are your favorite mommy-ssentials?
Have a phenomenal day!
Emily @ Pizza & Pull-UpsJuly 25, 2017 at 6:30 am
Your posts always make me laugh. Totally there with you on the dry shampoo, it is essential!
AlexJuly 25, 2017 at 8:35 am
Haha, thanks! It is, I can’t believe I went this long without trying it!
DarcyJuly 25, 2017 at 7:15 am
Great tips! Is it bad I still leave the house with wet hair and flip flops? ? I love the advice on the shoes.. he’s 18 months and I’m sure about go take off soon!
AlexJuly 25, 2017 at 7:42 am
Not at all, girl! It puts you steps ahead of me in that you actually got your hair washed ?
VanessaJuly 25, 2017 at 7:57 am
Yes!! Love al of these! Will need tot try them out!
AlexJuly 25, 2017 at 8:35 am
Oh good, thank you so much for reading! ?
JackieJuly 25, 2017 at 8:42 am
Great round up! Thanks for sharing !
AlexJuly 25, 2017 at 9:06 am
Thanks for reading! ?
AudreyJuly 25, 2017 at 9:02 am
Love the backpack! With baby number three on the way, I’m re-evaluating our whole diaper back situation.
AlexJuly 25, 2017 at 9:06 am
Yes, it makes such a huge difference to hands free and not have a bag banging against my side!
CaseyJuly 25, 2017 at 10:53 am
I’ve been wanting to try dry shampoo. Thanks for the tips!
Corey | The Nostalgia DiariesJuly 25, 2017 at 11:42 am
I need to try that concealer. No sleep = dark circles! 🙂
AlexJuly 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Yes girl, try it! I have naturally dark circles anyway and sleep deprivation does not help me ? and this stuff lasts forever so more than worth the price!
AshleJuly 25, 2017 at 1:14 pm
Not Your Mother’s is a really great dry shampoo! I go 6-7 days before washing!!! LOL
RegJuly 25, 2017 at 1:22 pm
Haha I like #4. I wear a hat way too much.
Brittany BergmanJuly 25, 2017 at 2:19 pm
Dry shampoo has saved me so many days! Including today. 😉 I’ve been wanting to switch over from our messenger diaper bag to a backpack. It drives me crazy the way it swings around. Since we need less these days with just one 20-month-old, I may have her start carrying a small backpack with diaper supplies!
April KitchensJuly 25, 2017 at 3:44 pm
2, 3, and 5, yes, yes, yes!! When my hair is straight, I use dry shampoo on it. And you definitely need a good pair of walking shoes and a backpack to keep your hands free.
NancyJuly 25, 2017 at 5:31 pm
Love the shoes ideas, thinking of buying two pairs. I’ve never tried the dry shampoo any tips?
Brittany FerrellJuly 25, 2017 at 6:41 pm
Concealer that covers dark circles! Oh, I NEED that! You are so right about the flip flops. I was wearing flip flops because they are so easy to put on when your little one also needs to have shoes put on, but they are not built to handle chasing toddlers! I absolutely love that backpack. I converted from the diaper bag and attempted a purse, but then I end up getting crushed Goldfish crackers at the bottom. A backpack is the way to go! I wish I had done it sooner! Every new mom needs your list!
LexiJuly 25, 2017 at 7:01 pm
My essential: chocolate! 🙂
And exercise. I have to be able to keep up with my kids.
NatashaJuly 25, 2017 at 7:13 pm
Dry Shampoo and Comfy Shoes! Oh Yes!!
KeriJuly 25, 2017 at 8:41 pm
Dry shampoo is definitely a must!!!
JuliJuly 26, 2017 at 2:27 pm
YES to comfortable shoes, and dry shampoo, and backpack diaper bags! These things need to go super mainstream – it’s not a sacrifice of style, it’s necessity!
heatherJuly 26, 2017 at 5:55 pm
YES on the shoes!! I am so sad, but I have noticed my flip flops are not helping my feet anymore!!! Love your top 5!!! Great job mama!
AmandaJuly 26, 2017 at 8:38 pm
Love this list! I have been on the hunt for a dry shampoo, and this sounds perfect! AND I love my backpack…it is my everything!
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