Having and raising a baby (or more than one) is exhausting, but it doesn’t have to be frumpy. Here are 11 essential items every mom needs to restore her confidence and charm. And, trust me, ladies, you need these, because you probably think you look okay, but really, you look like this.
1. Aveeno BB Cream
Instead of wasting your precious moments putting on makeup, trade your face time for “free time” by using this all-in-one moisturizer, sunscreen, and concealer. Aveeno BB Cream provides minimal coverage but delivers maximum results. It’s my personal favorite, whether I spend the day at the park or a night on the town.
2. Hand Sanitizer
You never know what kind of mess is going to happen when you’re out of the sink’s reach. Personally, I love Purell’s travel-sized option, which easily attaches to your keychain, purse, or diaper bag. This way, I’m never left with germs in my hands.
3. Starbucks Card
Because, let’s be honest, you can’t really buy anything for the baby at Starbucks, so this gift card is all about you.
4. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm
Like Aveeno’s BB Cream, Burt’s Bees Lip Balm is usually tinted, giving you amazingly soft lips and a put together look.
5. A Good Book
Preferably one like Khaled Housseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns. A book like this delivers adventure, romance, and perspective. You’ll love getting lost in every twist and turn, but you’ll finish the book with an overwhelming gratitude for your own life. And that’s the best kind of book.
6. Lifeproof Phone Case
Children are not know for being gentle with electronics. Accept it, move on, and protect your phone from spills, drops, and teething. Especially teething.
7. Reusable Grocery Totes
Because while carrying a sleeping child, nothing is worse than having your grocery bag break on the treacherous journey between car and house. NOTHING. Also, you’ll look fabulous while doing your grocery shopping.
8. Mommy Calling Cards
It sounds super old fashioned, but who carries a pen in their purse anymore (or has time to look for one AND paper)? Order some super cute calling cards from Minted.com and receive $25 off your first order by clicking that link. Even better news: mommy calling cards start at $30, so you can get your first 25 for just $5 with the link! Awesome! You’ll look like you’ve got your act together at all times. Priceless!
9. Blank Note Cards
You never know when you’re going to need a card to say thank you, happy birthday, “sorry”, or offer your condolences. No one wants to drag their kids into the store to pay $6.50 for a card. Get a pack of 10 or more blank cards and you’ll have saved the day more than once. Promise.
10. Hair Mask
You can bring your hair back to life in the shower with this awesome deep conditioning treatment. Shaving your legs while getting a hair makeover? That’s what I call multitasking.
11. A Great Hand Bag
We all know being a mom involves carrying lots of other people’s junk – I mean, stuff. Do it in style with a bag you love. You’ll feel like a million bucks, even if you’d really rather take a nap than drive carpool.