Mom Makeover from Mom.me

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I was just looking for a free highlight job when I saw on one of my mommy boards that a national mom blog was seeking a makeover subject.  I put my name in the hat, and soon I was a finalist, and then the chosen one for a Mom.me Mommy Makeover.

The makeover team, from stylist to coordinator, were top-notch professionals.  The prep for the makeover and photo shoot was intensive, as was the actual makeover process.  I felt like I was back in my film product days – early call time, no breaks for lunch, hustle and hurry from hair to make-up  to wardrobe.

After all was said and done to me, the end result was … not what I expected, but a great experience and worthwhile, especially to have met and worked with the team.  I learned a few fashion lessons – to not fear my curves, go bolder, accessorize, and some grooming tips – shape my brows, let my hair be messy, and in general, dress the part and you will feel it.

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I’ve maintained some of the look I was given.  I’ve worn the clothes (yes, they let me keep them!), and I got some The Joey Healy Elite Sculpting Tweezers to maintain my brows, and I am accessorizing more.  I did however wash out the color from my hair.  I’ve been a blond all my life, and the dark hair just didn’t feel like me.  I’m also letting it grow out, as I like my hair longer.  But it was worth a try at least once in my life to be brunette, or auburn as it were.

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The story on the site was a bit embarrassing.  I think I oversold my “poor me” story, as I sound like a sad sack.  I do have my ups and downs as I search for a new job, but my outlook is not so grim as it sounds in the article.  I really did want the highlights.  Little did I know it would be auburn!

Thanks again to Mom.me for the makeover.  They have an awesome site.

Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms with Taste

Treat Mom to Coffee, Tea or Lunch To-Go with These Tasteful Gifts

Mo’ Joe for Mom

Let Mom have it her way with the KRUPS XP6040 ($360.00), a state-of-the-art combination espresso and coffee machine. If her taste is for espresso, she can craft an exquisite cup with the Swiss-designed espresso machine, featuring an Italian-made 19-bar pump that delivers perfect shots that will make her feel like she has a café barista at her service. The espresso side also comes equipped with electronic controls, 30-minute automatic stop, removable front-access 50-ounce water tank, side frothing wand, and Thermoblock technology for ideal heating and durability. The coffee maker side of the XP6040 offers a 10-cup carafe, one-button electronic control, pause-and-serve feature, removable cone filter basket, non-stick warming plate and auto shut-off after two hours. The design not only takes less space than two separate machines, its stainless steel styling will look fabulous on her counter. Available at Bed, Bath and Beyond or www.krupsusa.com.

KRUPS XP6040 state-of-the-art combination espresso and coffee machine

KRUPS XP6040 state-of-the-art combination espresso and coffee machine

Tea for One … Great Mom

Mother’s Day is time for some “me time” for Mom, so give her the accoutrement she needs to relax. The Mother’s Day Tea Gift ($29.95) from Harry & David sets her up with scrumptious lemon shortbread cookies, Earl Gray tea, clover honey sticks and a special stainless steel teaspoon, all wrapped up in an adorable tin. If Mom likes to unwind with something a bit more fermented, Harry & David also offers Mom’s Day wine themed gift baskets as well as traditional flower gifts with treats, or a combination, like the Cookie Bouquet Gift of rose shaped sugar cookies in a bouquet ($39.99). All available at www.Harryanddavid.com.

The Mother's Day Tea Gift by Harry and David

The Mother’s Day Tea Gift by Harry and David

The Cookie Bouquet by Harry and David

The Cookie Bouquet by Harry and David

Bring on the Cool Mom

Pack a special picnic for Mom in the adorable SoYoung insulated cooler bag ($29.99/small, $36.99/large). Perfect to take to the beach, the park, work or anywhere she wants to nosh, the cutely designed bags include a detachable carry strap and feature clever retro-inspired designs like Blue Bicycle, Purple Dandelion and Brown Bird on coated linen, and a leak-proof insert for easily cleaning. All materials are lead-safe, Pthalate-free and PVC-free. Available at select retailers or at www.soyoung.ca.

The Blue Bicycle cooler bag by SoYoung

The Blue Bicycle cooler bag by SoYoung