Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

April 6, 2009

Goodbye Yummy Mummy, Hello Hum-Drum-Mum

So, it’s week three of life as a Stay At Home Mum (SAHM from now on). So far, so good. My floors are actually quite clean, the hot press has been organised to military precision and even the fridge has had a makeover.

The only down-side, so far, to this life change is the resulting impact on my personal appearance. The world is in a recession and so, it would appear, is my image. Whatever small sense of style I used to possess seems to have disappeared along with my monthly salary.

It is definitely a case of goodbye, Yummy Mummy and hello, Hum Drum Mum as I find myself putting on – yet again – the drab jeans and tops I don’t mind getting covered in yoghurt, beans, Sudocrem or any of the other multitude of messes which pass me by in any 24 hour period.

Also, I just don’t have time to do much about my appearance in a morning. It’s hard enough having a wash and brushing your teeth with a small boy clamped to your legs, never mind doing anything which requires any significant time or detailed attention.

My 3-step beauty regime now consists of a splash of water, a dollop of Beauty Flash Balm and a splodge of mascara. This may soon be a 2-step regime as the Beauty Flash Balm is running low and I have yet to have the discussion about the household budget for ‘Miscellaneous Lotions and Potions’.

And yes, it bothers me when I meet working mums outside playgroup looking utterly glamorous and groomed and realise I still have a blob of yoghurt on my shoulder and several Cheerios stuck to my bum.

I haven’t yet resorted to a track suit, but am definitely on a slippery style slope which can only lead to such dark places. Yikes. Better do something about this and quick……



  1. nooo, not the dreaded tracksuit ! funny post - but you know I bet most of those yummy-mummys would prefer to be at home with their kids...

  2. Appearance schmearances!! I would love to stay at home with little ones and not have to manage depressives, psycho's and ego's!!! Enjoy while you have it and the boys have you!! All said, you made me giggle, wasn't Seinfeld who said if you go out in trackies you have given up on life - so at home is fine - really - no its fine!!!!!

    Went to see an amateur production of 'The Importance of Being Ernest' remember when you and I went to see it at the Gate? Love Oscar Wilde and love that particular play. We did have some great times didn't we!!?!


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