Dressing my kids when they were babies wasÂ fun and - althoughÂ it was easier to find things for the girlsÂ as opposed toÂ theÂ choices offered inÂ theÂ boys'Â department -Â I amÂ thankful that my girls areÂ comfortable in their own skins and each have their own unique style.
Thing OneÂ has been into the bohemian-folksy look (before it wasÂ even in style) while Thing TwoÂ isÂ into the t-shirt and jeans sort of casual.Â And Mini-meÂ is very girly and loves to shop for clothes...as long as it is purple and/or pink.
Well,Â he's okay with whatever he's wearing, as long as it's gotÂ something to do with baseball.
Though they each have their own particular tastes, there's one thing that my four kidsÂ have one thing in common - they love watching Project Runway and then coming up with their own designs and try and think of new looks...FOR MOMMY!?!
And especially with that bitch-designer Laura's remark...about how you would never, ever,Â catch her "dressed-down" becauseÂ she'sÂ a mom with five kids andÂ doesn't want look like other mothers...who wear sweat pants and drive minivans.
And as all four ofÂ their heads simultaneously turned towards me, I couldn't help blurt out the first thing that came to mind:
[eyes go wide]
Yah...like, okay...so,Â she likes to look her best...and dress up everyday...andÂ I thought she brilliantly met the first designÂ challenge and madeÂ an awesome coat (out of aÂ rug andÂ a showerÂ curtain or something) but,Â I thought sheÂ was stupid for talking down to other moms like that!?!
Pssst...Laura...tailored skirts, high heelsÂ on a baseball/soccer field...theyÂ don't match, honey!
I'd stick out like a sore thumb and, quite frankly, feel as if I were sending out all the wrong messages - especially to my kids!
It's not the clothes that make the mom and - especiallyÂ in thisÂ designer'sÂ caseÂ - it's the mom who makes the clothes...andÂ sheÂ shoulda known better than to be dissingÂ a rather large share of the clothing market!
[takes a deep breath and continues to fold laundry]
So, the girlsÂ felt the needÂ to glam mom up and - because I loaned my sewing machine to my SIL - decided to make, package and distribute their own line of lip gloss...for moms.
These ar the colors currently available:Â Gimme Green, Sea Blue, Palooza Blue, Black-eyed Blue, Blastoff Black, Lookin' Good Lavender, Ravenous Rose.
And my personal favorite:Â Lime-a-lot
I think they're onto something (not to mention an easy sell beingÂ so gosh-darned CUTE!)Â andÂ likeÂ the fact that they wereÂ being creativeÂ in coming up with a way to make mommy's feel more...prettiful...and texted my husband, saying so!
Until my husband responded by text-messaging:
"Why is it on your nose?"
[taking a closer look]
Yep -Â I didn't notice theÂ glare on my nose - that's me all right (one big 'ole green mess) good thing I'm not going anywhere...but, like the grocery store...and then perhapsÂ cut the grass in the front, later...in my mommy-civies of shorts and a t-shirt, no less!
And I text-messaged him the first thing that came into my head: