In case you haven’t noticed, it’s cold and there’s a lot of snow.
We’re on day three of hibernation and with the exception of a few short trips to the store (forget milk and bread…I ran out of Windex and Tide), our little family of four has been confined inside. Together. Just us. Every time this happens I feel that impending guilt that I should be totally happy and relaxed while facing the reality that we are on the go people who enjoy spending time together as long as we have the OPTION of leaving our house.
So I could post about the random things we’ve done to pass the time: puzzles, acting out fairy tales, opening an imaginary bookstore, watching movies, playing dominos and destroying bean bags. Reality is, I’m sure all of you have a lot better ideas than I do to keep your kids entertained while we wait for this Polar Vortex to go back to whatever dimension it came from.
Instead, I thought I’d share some beauty tips to help you feel glamorous while braving the worst (and first) snowstorm of 2014. Ha! You weren’t expecting beauty tips today, were you? Me either, but remember, I haven’t left the house in days!
Make a Water Goal– Since I haven’t been spending time at my goal-oriented job I’ve turned to making hydration goals. The last three days I’ve aimed to drink a gallon of water each day. I’ve filled this gallon jug at the beginning of the day and used it to make coffee, tea and refilled up my tumbler throughout the day. Water keeps you feeling full, makes the skin glow and drinking a gallon of it pretty much guarantees that you can’t sit down for more than an hour at a time with all the trips to the bathroom.
Give the Hairdryer a Snow Day- Without the rush to get out the door, why worry about blowing those locks out? If you’re drying and straightening every day that can really damage your hair. I have been showering and just letting my hair air dry. I figure I can reverse some serious damage if this snow storm sticks around a few more days.
Create a Pedi Priority– It’s been months since I’ve had on sandals. Add to that cold, dry weather and constant heel wearing and my poor feet have not been a priority at all. While trapped inside I have slathered on some great foot lotion (I love this Ahava brand) and put on socks. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
Beat the Under Eye Bags- Studies show that most women are sleep deprived. Without work, errands, trips to school there is no reason we can’t fit in a nap (or two) while we are snow sequestered. Go get your nap on. Yawn!
Fancy That- This tip is courtesy of my 7 and 4 year old girls. As much as we enjoyed a couple of days of staying in our pajamas and comfy clothes, this morning they both opted for a bit of fancy. One is in a tutu inspired dress and the other is wearing a sleeveless ruffle tunic and tights. Neither outfit is weather appropriate but I can understand the motivation. Sometimes dressing blah just makes you feel blah. Excuse me while I go find a necklace.
I know that none of those tips are terribly profound and in the light of eternity, no one is going to care if you have glowing skin or moisturized feet. Thankfully, we have a God who sees our beauty inside and out and delights when we take care of both. So, my last tip is this:
Read About Your Beauty– These verses each have a way of making me feel so uniquely beautiful, even on the most ordinary of days.
Song of Solomon 4:7 (NLT) You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way. 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NLT) 3 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. Psalm 34:5 (NLT) Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. Proverbs 31:30 (NLT) Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
Song of Solomon 4:7 (NLT) You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way.
1 Peter 3:3-4 (NLT) 3 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.
Psalm 34:5 (NLT) Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
Proverbs 31:30 (NLT) Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
Here’s to being snowed in…and feeling beautiful at the same time!
Alison Frye is married to an essential hospital employee and mom to two fancy girls. Between motherhood, work and volunteering she stays pretty busy which is why it takes a snowstorm to make her hit the pause button. Alison serves as a Table Leader at the Perrysburg PM MOMentum meeting.CedarCreek MOMentum exists to connect mothers in all seasons by encouraging and supporting them, while guiding their hearts toward Christ. Subscribe to our blog and never miss another post!