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By Sally Oberth

Fall Fashion & The Mommy Sanctuary

Over the Knee Boots- If you don’t think you can pull off this trend, think again!  Casual materials and a flat heel help this, former lady of the night only, shoe, to feel comfy and hip.  Pairing them with skinny jeans and a chucky sweater or a shirtdress, these boots will be the perfect juxtapose to those conservative shapes!   Avoid adding any other provocative or edgy pieces to keep it casual.  Of course any hosiery should be opaque.  Now to deal with the “fad” factor, I’m not sure if I’ll be wearing these boots next year, so I went ahead and got a pair that was less than $50.  If I wear them enough to notice the “man-made materials” showing wear or find them to be uncomfortable, I’ll reconsider my cheap purchase.   Until I’m sure of the longevity of this style, I’m not willing to shell out more than $100 for a better pair.

Soft Gel Manicure- When I go to the nail salon and get a pedicure, they always offer a manicure too.  I usually decline, since who can keep a manicure looking good for more than a couple days?  Well I really wanted to treat myself and l got talked into this Soak-off Soft Gel manicure.  It is layers of this special gel polish dried under UV lights.  It gives the polished look of a manicure, without having to worry about chipping your nails.  It provides the added strength, like acrylics without the damage to the nail.

After suggesting it to a friend and mother of 2.5 kids herself, she tried it and had this to say, “Loving my new soft gel manicure.  It's a must for all acrylic wearing women.  It gives you durability of acrylics but natural look like a manicure!!  And it's 1/2 the cost!”

To remove the gel a cotton ball is soaked in acetone, placed on the nail and wrapped in a piece of foil.  After sitting for a bit, the gel polish is scraped away with a cuticle scraper. 

Building a Mommy Sanctuary-  I strongly believe in the phrase, “You won’t be able to take care of others, if you don’t take care of yourself first.”  Just think about the last time you were on a plane and the flight attendant was telling you to secure your own oxygen mask before helping a child or those around you.  Sometimes, throughout the day, I find myself on edge, and snappy… a little short on patience.  I have found solace in my empty bathtub.  This is when I settle down in my bathtub, on an old down comforter, with a blanket, reading up on my Twitter, Facebook or my soap opera.  It’s already suited to be a sanctuary; I’ve just taken the water out of the equation.  Maybe I’m sneaking some milk and cookies, maybe not.  Point is, everyone needs their quiet time, especially stay at home parents.  Don’t feel guilty about it.  Everyone, whether you’re a parent or not, needs to take care of themselves, first in order to help the others around them.

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