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As a busy mom of two little boys that struggles with post partum depression, (yes, I've said it), life can be difficult at time. Hey, I am sure I'm not saying anything new if you're a stay at home, working from home or working outside of home mama. Life is hard, no matter what you do, because now you not only have to take care of yourself, but of others, and self-care tends to go into the back burner.
I've heard moms say that they don't shower for days, they don't comb their hair, they don't color their roots, they don't put any makeup, and of course the typical "mom uniform" of whatever is comfy but not necessarily looks good on us.

I am firm believer that not matter how we feel, we should try our best to fight those depressive actions that throw us into even more of a hole. When I do my hair, color my roots, style it, and put makeup on, I feel 100 times better and lifted up.

I know that if you're like me, struggling with medical depression this is not that easy, but I want to encourage you to step some small steps I'll talk about below to start moving into a more fulfilled life as a mom.

Time organization

Time organization for me is kind of a myth. No matter how much I try to organize my time, it doesn't always stick to my plan more often than not. So if you want to set up specific times to do things and it works, by all means, stick to it!
If you struggle with taking a shower or combing your hair, perhaps set up a time for that only. Talk to your significant other or a friend to help you. Let them know you really need this for your physical and mental health.
Something I like to do is straighten my hair, but I don't always have the time to be in front of the mirror alone in the bathroom, so when the kids play in the living room I put a show on TV and a mirror in front of me and I straight my hair.
Makeup for example, is not something I do everyday, and I dread it every time, but when I do I realize, hey, this doesn't take that long!
So use little dead times you have here and there and use it for yourself!

Find your tribe

This is so so so important when it comes to motherhood. There's so much pressure to be perfect, to live a Pinterest worthy life. and the truth is, it's all a facade. Asking for help and going to people to have a good support system doesn't make us weak mothers or less than perfect. For me, for example, it's absolutely important to have some girl time even if the kiddos are there. I can open up with mt friends, tell them what I am going through and I don't fear being judged. If they judged me because I have PPD, or because some days I feel sluggish they're not really my friend.

This past week I asked my sister in law to do my hair color. If I had to do it myself alone, I might not ever do it. And having gray hairs is something that makes me feel unkept, old, and ugly. So when I have it colored I feel so much better, sexy and prettier!

This time I got Schwarzkopf Keratin Color at Walmart and had my sister help me with the difficult areas of my head to color all the grays. I chose Schwarzkopf Keratin Color because I saw such good results! Your hair looks like you had it colored at a professional hair salon and it has Keratin Color that cares for your hair.

There's a pre-treatment to protect your ends and avoid hair breakage and the color payoff is so intense and it covers all grays 100%. I used Intense Cocoa because it's very close to my natural hair color that has reddish highlights.

This is how my hair looked before:

Another thing I loved about this brand is that it's partnered with Dress for Success®  to empower women to feel confident. Like I said, dressing, and adding a bit of self-care to your day goes a long way! With every purchase of Keratin Color we can also help women get a fresh start through a partnership with Dress for Success®. Dress for Success' mission is to empower women to achieve financial independence, by providing support, professional attire and tools to help them achieve success in the work environment.

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After the hair color treatment! Shiny, soft and no more grays! What I love about this brand is that it's Professional quality hair color at home that offers flattering colors while caring for the hair.

These after pictures are on the day of my 34th birthday and I have to say I do feel beautiful! Oh! And take advantage of a rebate going on!

To color your hair at home, make sure to follow the packaging instructions.
1. Perform a patch test 48 hours prior to dying the rest of your hair. This is called an allergy alert test. Perform the allergy alert test on an area of skin sized approximately 1cm × 1cm on the inside of the elbow. After 45 minutes, wash off the color creme carefully with lukewarm water. If any reaction occurs during the processing time or during the following 48 hours, you should rinse immediately and not use this colorant/lightener. This test represents an important precaution. However, be aware that even if an allergy alert test has been carried out you may still experience an allergic reaction when you color your hair. The allergy alert test is not a guarantee of avoiding future allergic reactions. Please consult a doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
2. Mixing: Before starting the application, place a watch or clock close at hand, so that you can monitor the application time. Place an old towel or cape around your shoulders to protect your clothes and put on the gloves supplied. 1. Unscrew the cap of the applicator bottle. 2. Now open the color creme by piercing the tube seal with the reverse of the cap. Press the whole contents of the tube into the applicator bottle. 3. Close the bottle again and shake vigorously until all components are thoroughly mixed. 4. Finally unscrew the tip of the upper cap and proceed to the application.
3. First application: This application is recommended if: • you are using a permanent coloration for the first time, or • your previous hair color has totally grown out, i.e. no regrowth can be seen.
1. Distribute the prepared coloration mixture strand by strand over the hair, then massage well. 2. a) Allow the coloration mixture to work for 30 minutes. b) For shades 204, 218, 230: Allow the coloration mixture to work for 45 minutes.
4. Regrowth application: A regrowth treatment is necessary if your hair has already been colored and regrowth can be seen or if the tips of your hair are darker or strained. 1. First apply about 2/3 of the coloration/lightening mixture to the regrowth area by making a parting with the top of the application bottle and applying the coloration/lightening mixture along the parting. Massage it into the roots with your fingertips. Repeat this procedure for all the roots
4. a) The processing time of the coloration mixture to the new roots should be 20 minutes. At the end of the recommended time, apply the remaining mixture to the rest of your hair and allow the whole to work for further 10 minutes. 4. b) For shades 204, 218, 230: The processing time of the coloration mixture to the new roots should be 35 minutes. At the end of the recommended time, apply the remaining mixture to the rest of your hair and allow the whole to work for further 10 minutes.
5.Rinsing:At the end of the application time, apply warm water to the hair. Then rinse out thoroughly until the water runs clear.
6. After treatment: As a subsequent care-treatment, massage the caring Palette after-treatment with 7-Oils Serum after coloring into your wet hair. Allow to work for 2 minutes, then rinse out thoroughly. The caring and nourishing Palette Deluxe after-treatment with 7-Oils Serum softens the hair and makes it supple & easy to detangle.

Continuing onto the tips on how to balance your life:

Let some things fall through the cracks

Listen to me and really listen to me: you don't have to have it all Martha Stewart's style. You don't have to have a life that looks like a Pinterest board, your house doesn't have to look like the cover of "Better Homes" but you CAN be a "better you" by keeping your sanity. Drop things that aren't that important. Fold clothes while you watch a funny tv show. Do a little craft while your kids play next to you. Put music on (it changes the mood a lot!). Schedule a hair day with your girl friends where each of you color and do each others hair. Trust me, you'll feel so empowered that it will give you confidence to know you got this!

Sometimes I don't have all the laundry done, I clean common areas and throw everything else into the other rooms, but I make some coffee and sit down with my planner to craft or decorate and even if it's 15 minutes it helps me out so much!

Get a planner!

If you've been following me you know I have a million planners. And no, I don't use all of them at the same time and sometimes I write down plans and don't even look at the planner the day of and forget appointments. But one thing that planning and decorating my planner has done for me is that little time of crafting that is so relaxing and therapeutic. And guess what? There are stickers that say "do hair" or "Hair appointment" to remind you of taking some me time.

To know how to start planning, feel free to check my "Planning 101" video below.

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