So, I started a little 'project' on my Facebook
page, gathering ideas for this piece. Thinking about
items I, or my friends, would want to feel good about ourselves and
make life a tad bit easier. Let's start the conversation and add to
it to help each other out in this big game of surviving
Sleep & coffee -
Technically these are two, but they pair
together so beautifully. I didn't get into coffee until my
30th birthday. Once I
discovered that you didn't have to parent with one eye open, coffee
became my best friend when sleep wasn't.
- Any mother who doesn't have crumbs or
'shmutz' on the bottom of her purse has either just purchased it or
is lying. A granola bar, bag of pretzels, tissues, a juice box,
wipes - a mom should always be prepared for a hungry child, a runny
nose, dirty hands or a skipped breakfast. Period.
Concealer or mascara
- No matter how many hours of sleep I've had,
the years have taken its toll on my under eyes. I can wake up, look
in the mirror and see the years on my face or dab on a little
mom-friendly age defyer and a whip of mascara, and watch my face
instantly 'wake up.' It's not necessary for a whole makeover at 6
a.m., but a pick-me up always makes me happy.
- Bunched up, ripped or granny panties. It's
time to go shopping if that's all that's filling your drawers. I'm
not saying sexy thong, but hey, whatever floats your boat. Good
underwear starts a morning right and ends a day well. 'Nuff
Spanx - Yes, I'm expounding
on good underwear. You have that morning where you get up in your
old, ripped, oversized tee and take one look at your butt only
decide it has grown exponentially since the night before. Or, maybe
that's just me. But, squeeze into those Spanx for that night out
with hubby and you'll feel like you did way back when your butt
didn't need help to look like that.
Babysitter list - It happens
inevitably. Your sitter cancels, your mom can't do it and your
neighbor is busy. So, you'd better be prepped with that long list
of go-to's. Prepared moms have it ready to go and updated
frequently. Ask around on Facebook if you must, but get that list
and keep it handy.
A happy-dance song - We've
all have crappy days where we'd like to lock ourselves up in a room
and throw away the key. Vomit, tantrums, fight with hubby. This is
where that go to happy dance song will come in and shake those
blues away. The Pharrell song 'Happy' is my new jam. What's
Rita Haazan spray - Have you
seen this stuff? I do not get any money for saying this, but
seriously, it's my new best friend. If you're starting to 'go' in
between root touchups and you have that 'thing' to go to, spritz
this baby on and voila! You're good to go. It should be in any mom
arsenal for sure.
Extra keys - Who hasn't
locked themselves out only to realize there is no key in sight.
I've done this. More than once. So now, my neighbor, my friend, my
husband and even a hidden location has a copy of my key. Of course,
since I've done this I haven't once locked myself out, but I guess
that's what the insurance policy gets you.
A friend to call at 3 a.m. -
Everyone needs that go-to gal who no matter what and no
matter why you can call her at 3 in the morning and she won't care.
I've called in this favor more than once and it's been a lifesaver.
No good mom should be without her Designated Damsel.
Okay. So there you've got it, the beginnings of a great
Mommy Arsenal. What do you want to add to this list??
Sara Kutliroff is a freelance writer and blogger trying not to forget the "me” in mommy.
See more of Sara's stories here.
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