14 Must-Have Finds for Busy Single Mamas
As a wife and a mother, who hadn’t dated for a significant period of time, I admittedly stopped worrying much about my appearance. I had a husband who liked the way I looked. Plus, I had a busy life as a work-at-home mom. Most days, I wouldn’t change out of my workout clothes and didn’t give it a second thought. Shaving my legs was optional, and I usually chose not to do it. And makeup was pretty much the last thing on my to-do list, unless I had some exceedingly rare night out on the calendar.
But once I became a single mother after my husband and I separated about a year ago, I didn’t feel quite as confident going out into the dating world with my uber-low-key mom style. Suddenly, I had the desire to put a little more time into how I presented myself to, not just dating prospects, but the world. I had settled in so much that I’d forgotten that it actually feels good to invest in yourself, too. And not just in your appearance, but in your overall wellness and mental health.
Here are a few products that I recommend for all single moms (or really all moms) looking to get their groove back.
Bliss Kiss Balm
If you haven’t been big on makeup for a while, start back with the little things, like this smoothing, moisturizing lip gloss from Cannabliss.
While it gives your lips a hemp oil nutrient boost, it also contains Gogi berry, which naturally plumps your lips, making your feel extra kissable.
We’ve all experienced the glory that is coming home after a long day and immediately unhooking your bra. That’s because most women walk around in bras that either don’t properly fit or are just downright uncomfortable.
That’s why ThirdLove makes bras with real women’s bodies in mind. That includes women who have had babies, whose breast may have changed over the years. The company uses memory foam to ensure the best fit and has bras that are customized for any breast type, whether they’re asymmetrical, busty or bell-shaped.
Sustain Natural's Vagina-Friendly Products
Shouldn’t all products that go in (or near) your vagina be vagina-friendly? That’s the belief behind the company Sustain Natural, which makes only all-natural, chemical-free products for your lady bits.
From condoms and lube to 100 percent cotton tampons, pads and period underwear, it’s all focused on making sure your vagina stays healthy and happy.
Zeel Massage On-Demand App
It’s tough for a hard-working mom to find time for relaxation in her busy lifestyle. But stress no more. Zeel is a new massage on-demand app that allows you to schedule a massage instantly and right in the comfort of your own home.
Just download the app and enter your location, and you’ll be able to book in just a couple of swipes. Your highly trained masseuse will show up, give you a massage, and once they are done, so are you. Everything has already been taken care of on the app, so you can get on with the rest of your day, totally blissed out.
Kut From the Kluth Jeans
Jeans for the real mom? We’ll take five, please. No, seriously. With Kut from the Kluth’s TRY 5 program, you can do your shopping at home, which is perfect for busy parents who don’t have time to go shopping with kids in tow.
Pick five pairs, and keep only the ones that fit you the best. With the new FAB AB styles that are aimed at both comfort and a slimming look, you might just end up with more than one perfect fit.
“The Kickass Single Mom” Book
Emma Johnson, the creator of WeathySingleMom.com, also has a book, titled “The Kickass Single Mom,” that serves as a how-to guide for single mothers.
In it, she discusses everything from raising healthy kids, to building a career and finding romance. Filled with humor and wonderful insight, this book is a must-have for single moms navigating their new journey.
Moroccanoil Hair Treatment
As moms, we don’t have all the time in the world to style our hair. In fact, sometimes we utterly neglect it. But working a little dab of Moroccanoil treatment through your tresses goes a long way.
It works with all types of hair to give it a healthy, shiny glow, while actually repairing damaged hair at the same time. And it also smells amazing, which certainly can’t hurt your love life!
Candle That Smells Like Freshly Signed Divorce Papers
If you’re a single mama that needs a little post-divorce humor (and don’t we all), how about this candle that smells like your freshly signed divorce papers? Not only is it handy for lighting up a room, or maybe even setting the mood, but it will give you a well-needed chuckle.
Getting divorced is sad, for sure, but it’s also a time for liberation and embracing the new life before you. So, relax and breathe in the smell of those signed papers.
“The She Book”
Sometimes, in times of strife, a little inspirational reading can go a long way. “The She Book” by Tanya Markul has become somewhat of an anthem for divorced women or anyone navigating difficult changes, and for good reason.
It’s an empowering book of 107 poems, prose and beautiful quotes meant to foster emotional growth and help women find the beauty in shifting, making it a must-have for especially single moms everywhere.
When you’re a mom, your non-period days don’t always align with your date nights. Luckily, the FLEX Cup is the mess-free period sex solution. It’s like a menstrual cup, only softer and more flexible.
It sits all the way up by your cervix, which causes less cramping (like tampons can when they fill with blood) and catches blood, while also allowing you to have blood-free sex at the same time. It might be a little strange at first, but hey, so is dating again after all these years.
Hitachi Magic Wand
The busy single mama doesn’t always have time for play. But that doesn’t mean she can’t have a little fun of her own.
If your dating life is on pause, you can still enjoy yourself with what’s known as “the king of vibrators.”
If you’re like me, shopping for makeup is a confounding experience. I’m never quite sure what to buy, and I wonder about what harmful ingredients my body might be absorbing, especially with products that I might put on daily.
With Crunchi cosmetics, worry no more. All the products are toxin-free, but they don’t compromise on performance either. The makeup stays put, looks beautiful and contains minerals that actually encourage healthy skin.
BSafe Dating Safety App
Savvy moms who are back on the market need to have their guard up without being worried all the time. This dating safety app has all the tools you need in one to keep you feeling safe and secure.
With an SOS button, a network of “guardians,” recording, tracking and more, you can relax and enjoy yourself knowing your bases are covered.
True & Co. Undergarments
If it’s been a while since you shopped for bras, underwear or lingerie, True & Co. is the place for it all. Not only are the styles beautiful, but they are also so comfortable you’ll forget you’re wearing them.
The True Body Triangle Razorback is a favorite not only for its gorgeous lace back, but for its sheer comfort that forms to your body and supports all shapes and sizes.