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Dump the Mom Frump: Read...and Don't Read

reading and self-confidence, beauty and fashion magazinesYou might find today’s Dump the Mom Frump tip a bit surprising.

Yesterday, I shared my 11 favorite beauty products and the day before that, I showed you 11 pieces of clothing that can help you take things up a notch.

Today, I’m going in a different direction and I’m hoping that you’ll come with me.

Self-confidence comes from more than wearing the right clothes and applying some makeup. Those play a role, but they aren’t the whole story.

I’m going to suggest that you read. And not read.

What should you read? Anything that expands your mind, broadens your world, or brings you joy. I feel better when I spend a bit of time each day with a book. My personal goal is to spend 20 minutes a day reading something that isn’t on a computer screen or my iPhone.

Whether it’s the newspaper, a great piece of fiction, or a biography, just read.

And what am I suggesting you not read? Magazines that skew our sense of beauty.

What’s beautiful? Your body. Those arms that you use to hug your children, the eyes that you use to connect with theirs, and the warm smile you offer them throughout the day…those are what’s beautiful.

Comparing ourselves, consciously or subconsciously, to models who have been Photoshopped, sets us up to view ourselves as less beautiful. (Here’s a great video that shows the power of Photoshop.)

So, try grabbing a book, curling up in bed a few minutes early tonight and read. Not only will you be doing something for yourself, but you may find you feel a little better about yourself tomorrow.

At least that’s my plan.

Did you miss my tips on defrumping your wardrobe and updating your beauty routine?

You can also find Nichole over at in these small moments and on Facebook and Twitter too!


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