Bright and Shiny

Have you ever walked into Target, caught a glimpse of yourself on the security cam and realized that your entire outfit came from there? Your tank top, capris, bejeweled flip-flops, even your underwear were purchased at Target. Your lotion, make-up, deodorant and the Van’s frozen gluten-free waffle that you shoved in your face that morning came from Target, which means you literally have a piece of Target inside of you. You’re certain that when you push your red cart up to aisle 8, the cashier is going to grab you by the belt hook, swipe your ass across the scanner and announce, “You saved $2.08 with Cartwheel today!”

Well, that didn’t happen to me yesterday. I didn’t even go to Target. I went to a salon where a trained professional cut and colored my hair. Having my hair washed was such an intimate experience that I almost asked her to cuddle afterward. It’s been years since I didn’t have to worry about getting hair dye on my walls or forget to wash it off behind my ears.  As I sipped my orange-essence water and indulged in the debauchery of People Magazine, I realized how long it had been since I did something special for myself. I’ve had dark brown hair for years and when I saw my new highlights, I felt a heaviness lift.

I’m a consumer in Babylon (or Target-ylon) and I feel guilty for living a life of middle class privilege while people starve each day. I don’t know how to reconcile my desire to do good in the world with my desire to have a comfortable life. But, man oh man, it feels good to be a girl sometimes.

When mama feels bright and shiny, everyone mama takes care of feels bright and shiny too.


The obligatory minivan selfie.
The obligatory minivan selfie.

30 thoughts on “Bright and Shiny

  1. Oh, how I’ve missed you! I backed up the last post I read of yours and was so thrilled to see your beautiful face!
    What a fun post and great message. I’ve made two big purchasing decisions in my life…lotion toilet paper (my husband’s wedding day request) AND lifetime loyalty to Target (Tar-jjay)…LOVE my Mossimo yoga pants and cheap sunglasses 🙂


  2. What a super great pic. The laughter and joy literally emanate from the screen. The kids are like purposeful photo bombers in that they provide the backdrop for the peaceful, glam mommy they have in their lives today. This makes me want to go to a car dealer, hop in a van, and snap some selfies… LOL> But as Paul said, the bar is way too high!


  3. Too often, in the midst of raising our families, we put treating ourselves on the back burner. You look so beautiful Karen. If you look close enough, you can actually see the joy shining from your heart in this picture. Wishing you a wonderful Mother’s Day!


  4. Wonderful way to spend some time with yourself! I now have to go take off my target pj’s, and put on my running gear, also from Target. Have a great day, you look beautiful!


  5. Your salon experience sounds like Aveda where I’m going today. I love the shampoo is the quiet, dimly lit room and the hand massage that follows. It is the best indulgence I treat myself to once every 2 months. At first it felt too much of a splurge but it’s not. I get the tension you mention between knowing what we have while 3/4 of the world are fortunate to have clean water. That tension is good. So is self-care. Good for you. The results look to go deeper than the external.


    1. Oooh…a hand massage! You’re right about this kind of self care going deeper than the external. When I look in the mirror, I see someone I haven’t seen in awhile and I like her. Thanks Debby!


  6. Sassy pants – love it! Oh, and I too just slipped my Target yoga pants off to put my Target flannel pjs on – both of which I love! It’s an epidemic, but man, why do they have to sell such cute stuff?! You truly look happy and I’m glad you feel that way too. The kiddos are adorable!


  7. WOW!
    You look fab! Giving me ideas!
    I used to do that, go and get streaked and gorgeous but now I have to try and not got hair color on walls and behind my ears (my color bought at target of course!). I do a nice shade of dark auburn, but oh, to have highlights again.
    I just for home from yoga in a complete target ensemble (Paul, in his lulemon would have fit in better than me)…
    but radiant is the perfect word for how you look, monkey’s in the back seat notwithstanding!
    Yeah for you!


    1. Thank you! I counted back and realized that I haven’t had highlights in 6 years. Everyone is mentioning Target yoga gear. It’s probably the one thing from Target I haven’t bought. Then I’d feel obligated to actually do yoga! 😉


  8. Best. Van. Selfie. Ever.

    Actually first one I have seen, but the bar has been set high. Waaayyyy high. Those knuckleheads in the back are priceless. I truly did laugh out loud when I saw that picture. For realies. Not a fake LOL. And yeah, you look stunning, my fair lady!! Booya! Mr. Musings will have a big grin for sure 🙂

    As for Target – I am new to it, and I don’t mind it. It is what it is. I wear lululemon pants almost all the time, so then again, I am not one to judge…ha ha.


  9. And I repeat what Christy has said, with the exception of wearing Mossimo yoga pants from Target, I don’t have shoes on). You. Look. GORGEOUS! As beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside.

    This reminds me that I need to get my eyebrows waxed, and I will say a silent thank you to you as I admire the finished product!

    Happy Mother’s Day (and your kids are as gorgeous as you!) Karen!


  10. Oh this is wonderful Karen! (I say in my Mossimo capris from Target.) Your hair looks all sparkly! I’m actually getting my hair “did” tomorrow … I’m past due for a trim and my gray roots are undeniable. And you’re right…when we take care of ourselves, we feel so much better and take better care of those around us too, so why is self-care one of the first things that gets sacrificed during stressful times?

    And how did the car/minivan selfie get started? LOL. Life’s big questions.

    But no question…you look radiant! xoxo


    1. Thank you! I feel radiant. I can’t take the gray roots which is why I chose a nice, solid brown for so long. Time to live a little! I always paint my toes but I’ve never had a pedicure. I guess I know what to do next! xoxo


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