5 Fun & Easy Tips for Young Moms, New Moms & Single Moms – From a young, new, single Mom!

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When I first announced that I was pregnant, I heard many mixed opinions, of course.  However, one that I heard over and over again from friends and family was “enjoy your time and sleep now, you’ll never get it back!” And sheesh, was this true right?! Well motherhood is obviously about putting our children first, but don’t get me wrong, we just transformed our lives; we are SUPERWOMEN, and we deserve some time for US!

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Kasha’s 5 Easy Tips

Tip #1 –  Pick one night out of the week, even for just an hour to occupy the children/child (what works best for me is when my Avynn goes down for an hour+ nap).   I remember when she was first born everyone encouraged me to sleep while she slept. I did that for so long, until I realized both her and I were waking up with bed heads, rushing to get ready and on to appointments!

What works best is REST at night, NO MORE day naps! When the kids are occupied or resting, that is the perfect time for you to do something for you, even if just 1 hour a day!

Personally, I usually take that 1 hour a day to squeeze in a quick work-out, and jump in the shower! When she was younger I used to bring her bouncer right in the bathroom with me so I could still keep an eye on her while I relaxed in the hot shower. Before baby came along I remember it would take me almost an hour every shower, especially to shave my legs etc. After baby, I found myself rushing to get done just in case Avynn needed me.  Now, I realize that I can take that time and baby would be OK!

Also, after baby, I was introduced to an amazing shaving cream found right here at Undercover Wear Boutique. This Hemp shaving crème is my “go-to” I feel the shaving creams I used previously were too foamy and the water would knock the cream right off of my legs, and down the drain. I would then have to reapply more cream, and repeat. Now I just use a few pumps of my Hemp shaving crème and its thickness stays on my skin while I shave, adding water allows it to lather, so I am IN LOVE!

Tip #2 – What is most important about finding your free time is to decide what it is that you really need to get done.  I just find that pampering myself keeps me sane. Don’t just find time to get work done; remember you are still a strong, amazing person who gets the bonus of being called a mother!

Tip #3 – PLAN AHEAD! Organization can be so tough especially with diapers in your purse, or dirty bibs in the car, with a crazy child ruling the house! Keeping a routine will allow you to have a structured way to your day which then = less stress. And for the kiddies, that means they are adapting to a lifestyle that you have organized!

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Tip #4 – Balance comes with adaption. Trying to create routines at first is tiring, once you find what works best for you, the children will adapt as well! And if you can create balance, it opens so many doors. Before having children we learned from birth how to balance whatever lifestyle we were maintaining. All that changes now is putting our needs on hold temporarily, while making sure our children are all set! But when you find this balance that is when it is most important to reward yourself!

Tip #5 – MAKE A DATE NIGHT W/YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER. Just because you are a parent now does not mean your fun has to end! Throw on a cute little lingerie set to spice up the night. Pick something from our “Sexy Gifts” Collection.  Find something that works for you because keeping in touch with your sexuality is key. (My personal favorite is the all-in-one “Sexy Nights Gift Package” – it has lingerie, lotions, bath bombs and more!)  Remember, YOU ARE AMAZING, you are a mother.  Plan ahead, set a date. and pamper yourself and be sexy! I feel best when I plan ahead, am well groomed, have had a relaxing shower, and I’m wearing a nice & sexy outfit!

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Always remember what your passions were and incorporate them into your new lifestyle! When you became a mother, your life expanded, did not end. The word ‘routine’ can sound so boring, but I guarantee you once you adapt, and child adapts, there will be room for so much growth!

Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you soon!  (And just for reading all the way to the end, here’s a bonus for you!  When you shop at UCWBoutique – use my name, “Kasha” at checkout for a 10% discount on your order!)

-Kasha

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A Few of My Fashion Faves

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messy women's closet ready for spring cleaning

Spring Cleaning and time to take stock of my warmer weather wardrobe! Now that it has (dare I say it?) FINALLY stopped snowing here in New England I can start thinking about lighter clothes, springy skirts and short sleeves. As a “mature woman” (though the term unpleasantly makes me think “old lady” and is neither fun nor spirited, which I believe most of us are!) there are certain fashions that sadly can no longer grace my “mature” figureJ. I can safely say my curvier self no longer looks “cute” or “sexy” in short-shorts, miniskirts or bikinis. I don’t feel more time in the gym would totally correct this problem for me. And I am clearly stating this “For Me” as I have lots of friends and acquaintances who still look fantastic in these fashions! I am just no longer one of them.

I have always had what is referred to as a more “womanly or curvier figure”, even when I could spend hours in the gym and had gravity and youth on my side. They have since defected and I’ve had a couple kids, which forever changes a body in many large and subtle ways. Ask even the most fit, active mom you can find and she will tell you about the inevitable “pregnancy pooch” that stayed long after the baby started walking…and driving. So, with rounder edges, not much height (I’m 5’ 2” ish), and a busy, varied lifestyle I look for colors and lines that are slimming, figure flattering and easy to care for. Any Mom will tell you that kids killed their ability to wear “Dry Clean ONLY” clothing!

When shopping, I look for fashions that make me feel confident and comfortable wearing them. This means that they have to hide my flaws; most of us have some, and accentuate the positives and just look great in general. It’s also a plus to find clothes that can go from business, to casual, to dressy. I love when I can wear a dress to work, then to parent teacher conference and then to a cocktail party with maybe just a shoe and accessory change. Some of my favorite items are:

Perfect Fit Black Pants: Everyone must own a few pairs! They can be straight or wide leg and must be a perfect fit. I love them and have them in winter and summer weight wool and cotton blends. They are comfortable and can do more than double duty for all occasions, all you have to do is mix up tops, jackets and shoes. You can build an outfit for the board room or the benefit in the ballroom! There is usually a new, trendier style to try each season. You can never go wrong with the classic styles either.

Dark Wash Jeans: My absolute favorite, “Go To” item! They can go anywhere; out to dinner dressed up with heels and a sexy top, to work with a crisp shirt and jacket or casual with boots and a T! I am a fan of a mid-rise or not too low, low rise (remember that après prego pooch!) for comfort and in boot cut to make my legs look longer. Depending on what you pair them with you can go anywhere and look great!

Maxi Skirts/Dresses: These are great all year round, but especially in spring and summer! They look great with heels or flats and can be worn to work, brunch or the beach. I really like them in neutral colors like black, grey and tan because I can wear a similar colored shoe to get that leg lengthening effect I like. They are a dream to pack, wrinkles fall away when you hang them and they can be worn anywhere. For one with great versatility that I like, check out UCW Boutique for the Long Black Maxi-Dress That Converts to Maxi Skirt. It goes from dress to skirt by folding the top down and can be dressed up or down for any occasion. It is incredibly comfortable and flattering, two of my must haves!

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Tunic Tops: I just love hip skimming tunic tops! They flatter most figure types, are very comfortable and can be very versatile. They look great with jeans, leggings or pants. I like to pair mine with low rise jeans to hide underwear peek-a-boo debacles and muffin topJ. They can be worn alone or layered to create all different looks; some with the right length can even double as a beach cover. A great one from UCW Boutique is the Black Lace Chemise/Top/Cover Up-Scandal! Pair it with a cami or tank and you have a sexy top for a night out or wear it over your favorite swimsuit at the pool. It has an amazing, flattering fit!

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So now you know what this “Mature Woman” really looks for in fashionJ. Some of you may notice that I did not specifically mention “Shoes”. That is because while I love the clothing types and styles above, I absolutely LOVE shoes! They really need, and deserve, their own post….‘Till next time, thanks for reading!

Vacation Time! Tips for packing for Warm Weather.

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Hello again – or I guess I should say, “Aloha” since I just came back from the most exotic place I’ve visited yet, Maui Hawaii!! 

Talk about relaxing; the islands are physically and organically stunning!! My husband, his parents and I all traveled together to the Kaanapali side of the Maui. After the traitorous snow storms Massachusetts had been hit with, we had sun, drinks and food, on repeat for eight days. Before my husband (whose name is Adam by the way) tied the knot we lived in Miami for three years. I am an expert on how to pack for a warm climate. I am going to take you into how I prepare for a warm destination and break down how to pack. Most will agree the only dreadful tag a vacation comes along with is filling that damn suitcase.jackie11

You must start with preparing your skin! Whether you are traveling from the cold or not you still are going to spend more time in the sun on a tropical vacation than usual. After much time experimenting with products, I have found two simple secret weapons.

Neutrogena sesame body oil. It is so moisturizing without any greasy residue. It works great with all skin types. Start using it when your trip is near. Now I use the oil as an everyday moisturizer right after I get out of the the shower while my skin is still damp. I shake the bottle and put it everywhere. This works as a serum, I put extra on my chest because this is where I am prone to burn in the sun. Your skin will become so smooth preventing burning and peeling from all the sun exposure.

Lotions for Travel

The second product is the UnderCoverWear “Skinny Dip” body lotion. I took this beauty with me in my suitcase. It has an easy to close pump that will not leek. This lotion leaves skin silky with no residue because it contains no fillers. Most lotions contain “mineral oil”, which is a junky cheap oil companies use to fill the bottle. Mineral oil clogs pores and does not moisturize. Skinny Dip contains all natural ingredients, including hemp oil. After a day of being in the sun I like to head back to my room shower, before I get dressed for the night I lather in the lotion. Skinny Dip is also amazing for keeping that envious glowing tan once you return home ;).

Packing Essentials! 

1.  Pack light – Keep in mind your on vacation you do not want to spend hours getting ready each night (nor does anyone want to wait for you) taking valuable time away!

2.  Pajamas – Baby dolls & Chemises are cute, sexy and comfortable! UCW has what I think is the best one yet! The color is a turquoise blue with dainty lace detail and looks great with any skin tone. This fits great with or without a bra. Also when you order anything from UCW it comes delicately and lightly wrapped in tissue paper. I packed this right in my suitcase and it was perfect!

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3.  Dresses – Dresses are light in weight, and perfect for day and night! While in Maui we, took a day trip to the small surfer town of Paia. I found the most beautiful hidden gem boutique where I bought the loveliest dress. The store is called “Tamara Catz” Everything in the store was unique and too die for! Lucky for us they have an online site. Next time I need a special dress I am defiantly ordering one from here. All the clothes run true to size, and come with a pretty sea green reusable bag.

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4.  Sunscreens – Buy them at the local store down town or at your hotel gift shop. Trust me you don’t want to have to pack them twice, this makes life easier.

5.  Hair Products –  Salt water and chlorine dries hair out and can drastically alter it’s color regardless if its colored or not. I found a lifesaver. My consistently proficient and pleasurable colorist Ciara Barretto at Rudolph Adamo Salon (in Cohasset, MA) turned me on to a hair tonic spray by “Hairo”. This is a very light weight spray for hair and scalp, it contains SPF and all natural oils to condition and protect. I brought it to the beach/pool and sprayed on my dry or wet hair before taking a dip! This stuff is the real deal.So, with the essentials out of the way, here is my entire Packing List for an 8-day tropical getaway:

PACKING LIST

Basics

  • lingerie
  • neutral beach cover up
  • swim suits (2)
  • flip flops
  • beach bag
  • sun glasses (I wear polarized gold Ray Band aviators)

Day Outfits

  • cut off shorts
  • gym shorts
  • sun dresses
  • Ts and tanks
  • sneakers

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Night Out

Jewelry

  • simple pieces that can be mixed and matched with any outfit
  • turquoise
  • gold bangles, gold hoop earrings

So those are my lists & tips!  Now, just hop online and book your Tropical Getaway!  After this winter, I think we all deserve a break!

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-Jacquelyn B

P.S. Follow me on my Instagram@jacquelynloves and Twitter @jacky_billotte

 

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