Our Mother’s Day Make Over Contest continues… Below are the fabulous essays written by the five finalists for the Chester County Moms Needs a Make Over Contest…. Please read them and vote in the poll ( The poll is located to the right of this post) on your favorite. The essay with the most votes will be the winner.
Thank You for voting and a special thanks to our wonderful sponsors that picked the finalists and are giving one lucky Chester County Mom a Mother’s Day to remember!
Good luck to all of the finalists!
For the past year and half, my family has been completely turned upside. My husband found out he has some health issues going on along with our two year old daughter. Months have been spent in physician’s offices and hospitals seeking treatment and trying to get both of them back ‘in shape’ In addition to all of this, I am trying to hold down a full time job and be the rock for my husband and mother to my daughter. My career is extremely intense and stressful and requires long hours away from my family in addition to the 25 mile commute from home to the Philly Office. Last week, I looked in the mirror and could not believe the person I was looking at was me!! I have put my family and career first and forgot about myself over the last 18 monts. Now that my husband has his medical issues under control and my daughter has had surgery and doing so much better; now I can focus on me!!! I hope I am selected as the winner of the this wonderful prize as it would be wonderful to have someone do something for me since I am always the one giving and doing for others. Not to mention, my hair is so out of shape and style that is making it’s own fashion statement.
I sooooo want this makeover. This upcoming year I have some key events happening in my life: my younger sister is getting married in June, my 10 year wedding anniversary is this September and next March (I know it’s far away) I will be 40. I can’t stop thinking about that part. I would love a new look and change because I feel like I’ve been in a rut for a long, long time. I’ve had the same hair and really old clothes forever. For case in point, I thought I would share with you my clothing and makeup woes for the past couple days to give you a sample of what I go through. Once you read it, then just multiply it by years and years and you’ll get the picture.
Saturday, April 3 – I’m looking for speed and comfort when getting ready for the day, there is t-ball in the morning and then fishing in the afternoon. I pull back my wet hair with one of my kid’s hair scrunchies. It’s a white fuzzy thing. I lather on moisturizer on my face and anti- cellulite cream on my belly hoping to stop the signs of aging .Two kids later and my belly looks like an orange peel. I put on a t-shirt and some jean Capri pants that if I’m not careful with may show some crack. Why can’t I find a pair of pants that fit right, and why do they seem to be so low? To fix this problem I throw on my reversible belt to help with the pant situation. Did I mention that my belt is broken? It’s about to break any time but I still have it. I like the belt because it’s black on one side and brown on the other. I then throw on my one dollar flip flops and am ready for the day. As I get out of the door I notice that I have a couple of chipped nails but ignore it. Got to go.
Sunday, April 4. – It’s Easter and a day to get dressed up especially since we are having family over. I look in my closet and try to find something to wear. I don’t really have many dresses. Maybe two. I decide to not wear one dress that I had in mind because I think I wore it last time we got together. Plus there is a photo of me wearing the same dress already. It seems like I tend to wear the same clothes over and over again and if you look thru photos you’ll see the same pattern of clothes. I need something new. I finally decide to wear a floral skirt and pink top. It looks all right, but I feel like my belly is sticking out. I look for my underwear that sucks everything in, but it is no where to be found. Did my kids take it? I have no idea where it is. I look in the closet and some drawers and it’s gone. Missing. I will just suck in my belly when I walk around I guess. Next for make-up. I add a bit more than just the moisturizer and do foundation and some eye shadow too. That’s it. Pretty simple. As I’m peering at my face and wrinkles I notice a hair on my chin. Where are these coming from and why am I finding hairs on strange places? Just the other week my youngest said that, “you have fur on your chin.” I just about died. I pluck the hair and then that’s it. I still have the chip nails…
So that’s it. I could write more as I go thru my fashion woes but I feel like I would be writing forever. Please help me out. I need it.
I have been blessed with 4 beautiful children ages 6,5,3,and 1 yrs old. I am a RN,at Paoli Hospital in Labor and Delivery,helping to bring new life into the world. Raising my children is a priority,and most of my time is spent with them. I often hear “this time goes too fast”,so without regret,I work weekends and nights to be at home with my children during the day.We make the ‘most’ of our time by catching frogs, salamanders, painting, playing princess dressup,blowing bubbles and drawing pokemon figures and rainbows with sidewalk chalk. My kids love the outdoors and love to go on ‘adventures’.If I could bottle their energy I would.I returned to school full time at night since May 2009 to pursue my BSN at WCU and will graduate next month.My husband works full time and is currently working on a Doctorate in History. Due to lack of time and money,I place myself very low on the priority list.My wardrobe consists of t-shirts,sweatpants,and sneakers just about every day.To cut back on expenses,I use coupons,cut everyone’s hair in the house(including our dog, Dr.Evil), shop at consigment and thrift stores for clothing, do my own house repairs,and dry my clothes using solar energy(the outdoor clothes line).I recently have been exhibiting symtoms of hair loss,extreme fatigue,inability to lose weight and have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, requiring treatment. I would love to be the lucky mom that wins the makover contest, but in a way feel selfish, knowing that there are other moms with more chaotic lives than myself. Too bad there will only be one winner.
Boy, does this Mama ever need a makeover! I am a thirty three years old stay at home mother of two children, ages two and six. I have a wonderful life with a great husband and perfect children but I could really use some help with my appearance. I recently pulled out an album of pictures from when my husband and I were dating and I barely recognized myself!
Everyday I wear the same thing- some type of athletic clothes with sneakers or flip flops. I spend all day with the kids and I have a husband who is ALWAYS working so I started wearing what is comfortable each and every day. I have not lost the “baby” weight from my second born (is it still baby weight when they are 2??) and I could definitely use some help finding clothes that do not have a Nike symbol or an elastic waist! My daughter actually asks me when I wear jeans or khakis, “Why are you dressed so fancy today?”. As I mentioned my husband works a lot, so I usually have to take the kids with me to all my hair appointments. Last time I went to my salon, I ended up holding the youngest on my lap the entire time and haven‘t been back since! I have been getting quick cuts at the walk ins welcome type of salons and my hair is almost long enough now to rock the mom ponytail (one half won’t stay in but I keep trying). I haven’t had a hair cut I liked in about two years and my do it yourself color is not so hot either!
Makeup? Where do I start? I do not wear make up on a daily basis and on my rare night out, I wear some bronzer and eye liner. My lovely daughter (who is not used to me in any makeup) calls my going out look “Scary Eyes”. Obviously, I am not doing something right!
I would love a makeover and some pampering. I spend all day, every day with my children and love my life but I could use a jump start to feeling more confident in my appearance. I spend most of my days car pooling, driving to swim practice, and doing household chores. A day at the salon, shopping, and eating a wonderful dinner would be a dream come true. I am stuck in a rut and I am ready for a change! Thank you for reading my story and a big thanks to Chester County Moms and the local businesses for offering such a wonderful package!
Why do I need a makeover? Where do I start??? Well, first off I spend most of my time looking like a man! I am a police officer and wear a bullet proof vest all the time. My work attire is not so form flattering! Other than that I live in sweats. I have such a bad body image. My whole life has been a struggle with my weight. Food is my weakness! Over the past couple years I gained a ton of weight and none of my clothes fit me. I wasn’t going to sit back and feel sorry for myself, so in October I dedicated myself to making a change. Through a healthy diet and exercise I lost 50 pounds. Although my smaller sized clothes fit me again, I still wear sweats all the time. I feel bigger than I am now, and so I still have my insecurities.
I need to take better care of myself! I spend all day taking care of other people, and when the day is done I have no time for me! I am 30 years old and have 2 precious children who take up the rest of my time. My husband and I work opposite shifts, so I come home from work and it’s straight to Mom time with no help! I can’t complain about my kids – I wouldn’t change them for the world! I would just like a little break every once in a while!!!
I would like to feel pretty, and take some time to be selfish. My hair is so long, with new grays popping out daily. I really need some highlights and a nice shape. My feet need some TLC! Wearing waterproof steel-toe boots daily doesn’t make for pretty feet! I know that there are a LOT of women out there with my same circumstances, and some who might have worse. I’m asking for a shot at a day of relaxation and a boost in my self image. I honestly give constantly and do believe that I deserve this! Thank you for having this competition and considering me to win. Mothers are overworked, underpaid, overstressed, and under pampered. It’s nice to recognize them!