I am raising a 1-year-old girl. As an actress I do have the (relative) advantage of traveling often and having excuses to get dressed up for events and auditions, but for many weeks at a time my life consists of sweatpants, coffee, diapers, barbies, an unending mess of toys and a bigger unending mess of my hair. The other morning I went to pour the beans into the Mr. Coffee when I notice my old French Press on the back shelf. I decided to take a moment for myself, boil some water and make a nice cozy cup of French Press coffee. It got me thinking– what else could I be doing that would make my ordinary days feel just a little more… romantic?
Wear Red Lipstick
Try to take a minute in the morning to curl your eyelashes and put on some bright red lips. If you can find a good colorstay red (Stila makes one), the impracticality of red lips rubbing off on everything goes away, and you’ll feel like une petite French schoolgirl! Maybe no one will see it but your kid or the walls, but you’ll feel better every time you pass the mirror and see some personality smiling back at you.
Buy a French Press or Cappuccino Machine
There’s something so soothing about the experience of watching the frothy, brown crema come up to the top of the French Press pot and pouring yourself a cup from that little, glass carafe. Equally as soothing is going about your business with a homemade cappuccino. Instead of your regular, boring pot o’joe, treat yourself to savoring the caffeine moment.
Clean House to Audiobooks
I recently became quite fond of cleaning when I began designating that time to enjoying audiobooks! I spent a summer listening through the entire series of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. It was such a nice alternative to having the TV on.
Make a Cooking Playlist
Even if it’s only 20 minutes in the morning, have a little Ella Fitzgerald or Doris Day playing in the background while you make the kids’ school lunches or prep your own snacks for the week. It’s just enough to shake the cobwebs out and put you in the right mood… and if you’re really need a lift– try dancing around the kitchen a little. You’ll feel like a goof, but it’ll make you smile.
Drink More Wine
I keep a bottle of cheap white in the fridge for lunchtimes. I never finish an entire glass but I’ve found that it is so relaxing to put the baby down for a nap, plate up some lunch, catch up on a show and drink a glass of light wine.
Get Yo’ Nails Did
When I’m doing laundry or dishes and l see manicured hands staring back at me, it makes me feel a little more “together”. In contrast, when I see torn nails and ragged cuticles I instantly feel bad about myself. I don’t know if I’m alone in this– but doing your nails regularly can work mental wonders.
Christmas Lights All Year Round
I have a strand of White Christmas lights strung up along the large picture window in my house. The little extra sparkle makes me feel so girlie and all warm & fuzzy inside.
If you can budget it in (or grow your own) to buy some fresh flowers every week, you’ll feel more motivated to keep your space clutter-free and it will make you feel so lovely to have tiny blossoms tucked into a few corners of the house.
That’s all I can think of for now, but I’ll let you know if I come up with more. Anyway, give some of these a try and let me know how it works out!
xoxo, Bethany Joy