This is one of the great pitfalls of being a stay-at-home-mom - the misconception that what you look like doesn't matter when you stay at home all day and see no one but your kids and husband. This is an easy rut to fall into. I've been there many times. My "worst" was probably a year or two after I got married; we had no kids, but I worked a housekeeping job that required me to wear a uniform. I would come home, change into sweats, and throw on a baggy t-shirt...even (gasp!) my husband's t-shirt once in awhile. Terrible, I know. Thankfully, I got rid of most of my baggy, ugly t-shirts a few years ago when I said enough was enough.
Now with a busy toddler who doesn't sleep well and a baby on the way, it's still a challenge most days to make an effort to look presentable although I think I am improving from where I was a couple years ago. But my daughter and husband deserve better, don't they? I know from past experience I also feel better and get more accomplished when I take just a few minutes to pull myself together for the day.
What does this challenge mean to me? It doesn't mean getting "fancied up" every day, per say. For me, it doesn't mean wearing a skirt or dress every day (although I might wear them more than usual.) For me it means making an effort and actually giving thought and time to my clothes, makeup, and hair choices whenever possible whereas previously I would have given little or no thought to my appearance. It means a change in attitude by remembering my husband is worth the effort and remembering my daughter is watching me even if no one else is.
Oh yes, and I'll try to take some pictures along the way.