Friday, February 28, 2014

Carmex Gets Fashionable

Have you seen the new Carmex Moisture Plus lip balms?

They are fancy!

There are four styles to choose from:  Chic, Fab, Whimsical, and Adventurous.

Personally, my favorite is the Whimsical version.  The bright colors and patterns make it easy to find hiding in the bottom of my purse.  

My sister, the lover of all things purple, was smitten with the Fab lip balm.   It actually fits her perfectly, since she always looks nothing short of fabulous.  (Did I tell you the story of when someone thought Doc and I were her parents?  FYI - She's my older sister.  Ugh!)

Pumpkin is very fond of animal prints these days, and found the adventurous stick to be right up her alley.  It goes well with her zebra book bag and cheetah bean bag chair.

Peanut ended up with the Chic stick.  Not so much because it was her favorite, but because that is what we had left.  It worked out well, however, since her book bag is black and white as well.  It was a perfect match.

I have to say, that it seemed silly to worry about the color of your lip balm package when I first saw these new sticks.  However, after using them this winter, I have discovered that I absolutely LOVE it.  Now, we don't have to worry that we are using the wrong stick.  With chapped lip season coinciding with cold and flu season, there is no need to take the extra risk of using someone else's Carmex.  

In fact, I love these new sticks so much that I actually bought several as gifts for teachers, co-workers, and friends.  They made great stocking stuffers and would have been great for Valentine's gifts for teachers as well.  

My only problem with these new lip balms - it seems like they don't have as much lip balm in them.  They've run out of goodness and I've had to buy replacements already.  To be honest though, it may just be the ridiculousness of this winter.  I might be using lip balm even more than I ever have before. 

Now that spring is fast approaching (I hope!), maybe Carmex will even come out with some new summer sticks.  I know I'll be on the lookout for them!

*Disclaimer - Carmex sent me samples of this product to facilitate my review.  

PS - If you haven't tried the healing lotion and cream from Carmex, you should!  It is hard to find, but definitely worth the effort.   (I've only been able to locate it in CVS.)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Body Issues and Acceptance

This morning, as I was browsing Facebook, I came across this video.   (Warning:  Video contains profanity that is "bleeped", but not that well.)

I was shocked at the range of emotions that it brought up.  I laughed.  I was impressed with her fearlessness.  I thought, "There's no way I'd show my muffin top intentionally!"  I was frightened.  I was inspired.

Here's the thing.  I exercise regularly.  I generally eat healthy foods.  It doesn't matter.  I still have a muffin top.   I keep it tucked away under long shirts whenever possible, but occasionally it does sneak out to be seen.   It isn't something I'm proud of.  It isn't how I'd choose for my body to look.  It is however, my body.   It is something I need to learn to accept and even love - if not for myself, then for my girls.

While I try very hard not to say anything about my body around my girls, I think they can sense my body issues.  Kids are smart.  They don't need me to say anything.   Little actions (or inactions) are all they need to know that I'm not happy with the way I look.  The problem is that I want them to be happy with themselves.   I want them to love their bodies now, when they are teenagers, and when they become adults.  I don't want them to be self-conscious.  I don't want their body images to interfere with their relationships and happiness.  In order for them to have that confidence.  I think I need to develop more of my own.

Obviously, not all of a child's body image comes from her parents.  Kids are exposed to the message that weight loss is important on TV, in movies, on the radio, and just about everywhere else you look.  My girls aren't big TV watchers.  Recently, they've begun watching MeTV on the weekends though.  (They love Leave It To Beaver!)  At the start of the new year, every commercial on MeTV seemed to be about weight loss.  Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, and local gyms advertised during each and every two minute break.   A few weeks ago, Pumpkin asked if she could sign up for Nutrisystem because she needed to lose 15 lbs.


She's 8.  She's not even close to overweight.  If she lost 15 lbs, she'd probably die.  My heart broke at the thought that she might be even a little serious.

Her comment led to a talk about weight, bodies, shapes, sizes, exercising, and good food choices - all stuff we've talked about before.  She seemed like maybe she was just saying it for shock value. (She's my child that likes to get a reaction from people.)  However, I do worry about her especially.   I'll never forget the day that she came home from 3 year old preschool and said, "Sara (name has been changed) and I are the fat girls in our class."

Again - What?!

She didn't say it with any real emotion.  She said it as if it were fact.  I don't know who told her that, but  obviously someone had.  We had never used the word "fat" in our house.  I wasn't even sure if she knew what it meant.  Ever since that day I've watched her carefully because I knew that a seed had been planted.  One million people can tell her from now until forever that she isn't fat, but if she is anything like me, she will remember the one person that said she was louder and more clearly in her head.

How do you drown out that voice that tells you that you aren't good enough?

I don't know that you can ever really eliminate that voice, but hopefully my girls will be able to at least hear the other voices that are kind, loving and accepting.  With that love and acceptance I hope they develop a desire to take care of themselves with healthy food choices and an active lifestyle.  Then, when they're doing the best they can for themselves and enjoying their lives, I want them to look in the mirror and be proud of who they are.  My girls are beautiful and they always will be, regardless of their sizes, freckles, blemishes, etc.  They each have a big heart, amazing sense of humor, and a mind (and body) that will take them anywhere they want to go!  That is something to be grateful for!