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What does your typical morning look like? Mine looks a bit like a scene from “Lord of the Flies”, wild and uncharted with everyone making their own rules each new day. Kyle sets the alarm for 30 minutes before he wants to be up because he can’t function unless he hits snooze at least 14 times before he falls out of bed. I stew in bed, trying to get just one more minute please! of sleep but I generally just spend the time talking myself out of throwing Kyle’s phone in the toilet.
One of us goes to wake the littles up and as we crawl down the stairs, we hope that Styles is already awake and getting himself ready for the day. If Kyle wakes the littles up, it is inevitable that they are cranky and obstinate. If I wake them up, it is inevitable that we run 10 minutes late because I believe in morning snuggles to wake gently and happily. Getting dressed is a war of comfort versus style. Breakfast is a medley of battles over wanting toast and absolutely NOT cereal when we’re out of toast, and spilled cereal milk on new clothes. Getting out the door is a delicate quickstep of lost shoes, remembering lunches, and making sure we’ve brushed our teeth and hair.
The days I am not returning to the house before pickup adds a completely different element of urgency, as I have to make sure my apparel, hair, makeup, and teeth are all suitable for public performance. We have to make sure the dog is walked and that she’s done ALL her business and that all shoes are hidden and out of sight.
It is inevitable that on the days I am not coming home, something falls down the cliffs of insanity into the murky abyss of not gonna happen. Most of the time it’s my makeup. Now listen, I don’t think I NEED makeup, but I am more comfortable in my own skin when I have a little mascara on my lashes and some color in my exhausted face. I guess that means I do think I need makeup, or at least a little bit of it.
You never know when you’re going to meet someone influential, famous, or your best frenemy who you absolutely cannot see without looking your best, which is why it’s so important to always have your purse stocked with a few things so you’re not caught unawares and feeling self conscious.
The same goes for your feminine products. I can’t possibly be the only woman on earth with a drivers license who has started her period all over the seat of her one day old SUV with tan fabric seats, right? Yes, that really did happen. It wasn’t pretty. I’ve kept my purse stocked with U by Kotex products ever since, and wouldn’t you know it? I’ve never bled on the seat of my car again. Finding great coupons, like this one for $2.00 off your favorite U by Kotex products, helps keep my stash fully stocked.
Being a woman isn’t always the easiest thing, but when you’re prepared for the curveballs life is incessantly willing to throw at you, you set yourself up for success. Murphy’s Law exists for a reason, ladies. That’s why you can never be unprepared.
I think confidence is one of the most important ingredients to a great day which is why a bad hair day can ruin any gal’s mood. I know all too well, I’m having a bad hair day today. If you keep the following things in your purse, you will always be prepared to spruce yourself up when you get to an empty parking lot.
Watch the tutorial video below to see how you can take yourself from “Just crawled outta bed” to carpool glam in less than 5 minutes using only 4 products from CVS.
One word of advice: Don’t start your makeup in the carpool line. It’s embarrassing for someone to let your kid out of the car when you look like Two-Face.
(read this next part with your best British accent)
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