What NOT to Wear Changed My Life

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So, for those of you who didn’t already know this, I was previously on What NOT to Wear.

Yep.  The make over show.  On TLC.  With Stacy and Clinton.  That one.

Prior to that whole thing, I was a daily-sweat-pants-wearing-hair-in-a-bun-still-holding-onto-make-up-from-8th-grade hot mess of a woman.  I looked about as good as I felt about myself at the time.

My lack of effort was directly related to the amount I actually cared about myself.  Which was, um, zero.

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Going on the show forced me to take some time to step back and reevaluate my life.  What was I teaching my boys by not loving myself?  What kind of mother and wife was I truly when I didn’t even care about myself?  How did I get so ridiculously unawesome?

Naturally, that last tidbit is what snapped me out of my frumpy clad funk.

And, it’s also why I like to show other moms that being exhausted, and rushed, and pushed to your limit is no reason to give up on yourself.  Because once you do, you’re really going to lose it.  Once you start feeling so blah about yourself on the inside, that it actually starts to show on the outside (I also gained 50 pounds over this whole thing), it’s time for an intervention!

Mine came in the form of a secret ambush on national TV, but maybe yours can come from a blog you happen to enjoy reading a couple of times a week!

This month’s style inspiration is: dresses.

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I wear them constantly because they don’t require time to match; no does this shirt go with these pants baloney.  Wearing a dress helps me feel put together even when it only took me like 12 seconds to put it on.  And, they make me feel girly when pretty much every single other element of my world is covered in Dude.

What do you wear to feel pretty?

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What NOT to Wear Changed My Life

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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2 comments

  1. LadyTitan says:

    I agree, MAMASEXXY! Sometimes, I think they go way too far over the top with the change. To give fashion tips/advice is not a bad thing, but to ‘cut’ someone’s hair because it just fits the show, I don’t understand that!

  2. MAMASEXXY says:

    THEY DO A GOOD JOB SOMETIMES, IT’S A MESS HOW THEY CHANGE THE WAY SOME PEOPLE ARE COMPLETELY.

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