Low Maintenance Mama Essentials

by | January 19, 2018

You have enough going on throughout the day with laundry, feedings, diapers, errands and playdates.

It’s easy to prioritize getting everything and everyone ready before stepping out of the house. Here are a few simple essentials I have that still allow me to feel somewhat put together with simplicity and little effort.


Coconut oil

There will be some differences in opinion on this, but coconut oil is our #1 must have in our household. I used it on my belly throughout my pregnancy and still use it during the dry winter months on my face and hair. Coconut oil is perfect in helping remove eye makeup too! Just apply a bit over your eyes and use a cloth to wipe away.


Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

We love Dr. Bronner’s because of multifunctionality. My hubby, our little one and I all use it as a body wash and shampoo. I also use it as a shave cream. You can even use it as a household cleaner!


Mascara, a good concealer and lip balm  

I honestly have little knowledge about makeup and luckily my hubby prefers it that way. I keep it pretty simple. When we are going out for dinner or something all I do is apply my Tarte concealer to cover up those dark mama circles, top my eyes off with my Pacifica Stellar Gaze mascara and finish up by moisturizing my lips with some creamy Hurraw! lip balm (they offer a variety of yummy flavors and even lip tints).


Stylish and Roomy Tote/Bag

I originally bought a backpack to use as my diaper bag but was annoyed that it didn’t quite function with my going out ensemble so I found an adorable boho cross body bag that fit my LO’s essentials and mine while I stayed stylish.


Cute Casual Sneakers

White sneakers like the high top Converse are the best at dressing your outfit up or down while feeling comfy. I’ve worn them with leggings, shorts, skirts and dresses. Look cute while still being able to run after your little one. 


Black leggings

Yoga pants aren’t just for working out anymore. Ever since I got used to wearing leggings throughout my pregnancy I am rarely caught in jeans. With so many different styles and fits out there, the possibilities are endless. Go sporty with a tank and sneakers. Casual with a flowy tee, jean jacket and chucks. Dress them up with a stylish tunic and ankle booties.


Hair ties

I can’t even count how many I’ve bought over the years or figure out where they go but hair ties are a must for any long haired mama. You never know when you need to put your hair up and get stuff done. Messy buns are apparently in style so hey, take advantage of it while you can.


Essential Oils

A scent with a purpose. Why not indulge in the luxurious scent of lavender while also reaping the benefits of it’s naturally calming properties? There are so many varieties out there that are sure to mask the smell of spit up and poop on your pants from earlier, or at least bring you some zen. Added bonus, you avoid all the usual perfume chemicals. You can either find premade EO perfumes or make your own using a recipe like this one.  

Whatever craziness your day may bring, though it is easier said then done, pause for a moment and make time for yourself. Practice self-care on a daily basis. More importantly practice self-love and see yourself through your child and partner’s eyes.

You are amazing.


Michelle Alvarado I began my vegan journey after becoming pregnant. I initially did it for my/our health but quickly learned about the horrible treatment of animals that goes on and it turned into a bigger thing than myself. I currently live in the Chicago suburbs with my husband, son and shelter pup (she’s 11 but will always be a puppy in my eyes). I went to school for communications but pursued a career in early childhood education and was a preschool teacher for almost a decade. I owe my insight in child development to my hands on experience in the field and hope to utilize it to further the progress of future vegan generations. I am beyond grateful to have found Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting and Raise Vegan, not only for the platform that it has provided me to further the awareness of vegan family resources but for what I have personally gained from it by being a member and from knowing these wonderful women. I look forward to all the amazing things to come as we help pave the way and provide a haven of love and support for vegan families.


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