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Beneath the Ever-Present Tees and Yoga Pants

She thinks I'm beautiful and there's no better feeling.

When you’re struggling to get pregnant, so much of your energy is spent on what your body isn’t doing. How it’s failing. How you are failing.

And when you have small children and just showering feels like an accomplishment, it’s tough to look in the mirror and see beauty.

I have to admit that yoga pants and a ponytail don’t help matters much, either.

But despite all of this, there are times when I do feel beautiful…

…not from what I see in the mirror, but by what I see mirrored in my 4-year-old daughter.

When I catch her copying me, my mannerisms, the way I often push my sunglasses on top of my head, or the way she wants me to paint her nails the same color as mine, I see myself in her eyes.

In those moments I feel gorgeous.

To her, I am the most beautiful woman in the world.  She looks at me and simply sees beauty.

And I can’t think of anything more amazing than that.

Essie Polish in Coat Azure

I’m not sure who is happier about the fact that we have matching manicures, Katie or me.

Nail polish is the beauty product that makes me feel most beautiful.

I love that while makeup washes away at the end of the day, polish hangs around a bit longer and gives me an excuse to avoid doing the dishes.

The only brand of polish that I use is Essie because I’m convinced there is no polish more fabulous. Katie and I are currently head over heels in love with Coat Azure.

What makes you feel beautiful? I’d love to know!

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