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10 Reasons to Crop Your Hair for the Summer

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Toilet by Christian KrohgI am 28 years old and I have spent a lifetime dreaming about short hair. Last week, I finally went for it. And I couldn’t be happier with the result.

Honestly, I wanted to do something dramatic to mark a turning point in my life. I’m a wife and a mother—and now I’m also a survivor of post-partum depression. I cut my hair to celebrate. But here are ten reasons every woman should consider a summery short-‘do. Read the rest of this entry

How to Live without Shampoo

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The Birth of Venus by Eugene Emmanuel Amaury DuvalAll my life, I’ve wondered about the personal hygiene of my favorite heroines. How often did Anne of Green bathe? When did Jo March wash her hair? I couldn’t believe that all of my favorite characters were dirty and greasy all of the time.

It turns out that millennia of women washed less often than we do in part because they didn’t have to wash so often. In fact, the more often we wash our hair, the more often we have to. It’s like an addiction. And, once I found out I was addicted, I wanted to sober up.

That’s why I’ve gone “no poo.” Read the rest of this entry

A Month of Self-Care Round Up

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The Toilette of Louis XIII via WikimediaThank you for making January Experimental Wifery’s best month ever. As part of our Twelve Months to a Better Woman project, we’ve spent the last 31 days talking about self-care—ways to look and feel our best. Read on for

  • the best of A Month of Self-Care
  • the best of your comments
  • ideas for where to go next

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Make-Overs for Moms (and Other Busy People): You’re Worth It!

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Cinderella via WikimediaPerhaps you’re thinking that you’re too busy to “define your look,” that you only get to go shopping with what’s left of the clothing budget. Think again.

While it’s always important to keep a sense of balance and perspective about the way we dispose of our resources, feeling confident about yourself is a priority.

This is the third and final part of our series Make-Overs for Moms (and Other Busy People). Read more about changing your look by changing your wardrobe and hair and make-up. Read the rest of this entry

Make-Overs For Moms (and Other Busy People): Clothes

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The New DressLet’s face it. When it comes to prioritizing all the things we need to get done during a busy day, taking care of our physical appearances is often the first to go. But over time, neglecting ourselves can damage our sense of self-worth, our reputations, our marriages, and our overall well-being. That’s why, as part of my month of self-care, I gave myself a make-over. Read the rest of this entry

Just Because You’re a Mom Doesn’t Mean You Have to Dress Like One

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Lady Cockburn and Her Three Eldest Sons by Joshua ReynoldsA few years ago, Saturday Night Live aired a fake commercial for “Mom Jeans.” The video went viral—not only because it’s funny, but also because it spoofs a basic fact about the lives of millions of women: “You’re not a woman anymore. You’re a mom!”

It’s a perennial problem. How do I, as a mom, dress to fit my lifestyle and to send the right message to the people around me? I don’t want my clothes to say, “I’ve given up on myself.” But I want them to reflect certain features–psychiological, social, and practical–of my life. Read the rest of this entry

Make-Overs for Moms (and Other Busy People): Make-Up and Hair

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Woman in Red Bodice and Her Child by Mary CassattLet’s face it. When it comes to prioritizing all the things we need to get done during a busy day, taking care of our physical appearances is often the first to go. But over time, neglecting ourselves can damage our sense of self-worth, our reputations, our marriages, and our overall well-being. That’s why, as part of my month of self-care, I gave myself a make-over. And, more importantly, I found a beauty routine that fits into my routine and makes the right statement about who I am. Read the rest of this entry

Twelve Months to a Better Woman: A Month of Self-Care

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A Month of Self-CareAs far as I know, I was the only teenage girl to ever be sent to her room to “take off some of those clothes” and “put on a little more make-up, young lady.” Unwanted attention from boys and a desire to be modest drove me to feel deeply uncomfortable with my body. I hated the way I looked and kept as much skin covered as possible all the way through high school and college.

Then, a beautiful, Italian co-worker changed my life. After I complimented her clothes for many weeks, she finally turned to me and said, “You know, you are as beautiful as I am. Your body is a gift. You should treat it that way.”

And that’s true of all of us. Our bodies are a gift that we should both take care of and present beautifully to the world. Read the rest of this entry

The Case for the Ballet Bun

Pinterest is full of “Perfect Hairstyles for Moms” or “Great Hair in Minutes for Busy Women.” I don’t know about you, but I find just looking at the pictures overwhelming! That’s why, time and time again, I turn to the simple ballet bun.

Ballet buns have a lot to offer:

  • Buns are quick. With very little practice, you can put your hair up in a bun in under a minute. In fact, you can put towel-dried hair up in a bun any season of the year it won’t freeze.
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10 Tips for a Thriftier Wardrobe

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Thrifty and frugal are underused words. They describe a person who knows how to use money wisely and evaluate something’s value.

Too often we brag about being cheap—being able to buy something at the lowest price possible. When we focus on price instead, we forget to think about a product’s value—how well it’s made, how long it will last, and how much use and pleasure we will get out of it. Read the rest of this entry