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Fight the Frump Report: Week One

By Amalah

So I was about halfway through a regular old Smackdown Q&A, cheerfully bossing someone around about their personal grooming habits, when it hit me that it’s already been a week since I posted this. The Laura Bennett Challenge. Fight the Frump. And so forth.
So I owe you an update.
Well, the short version is that Frump is the new Black, and Amalah is the new Miserable Failure.
But…um…I totally have a doctor’s note! We’ve been super sick around these parts lately, what with molars (Noah), colds (Noah & me), back spasms (Jason) and a series of mysterious stomach ailments (me, except for that one time Noah threw up on Jason). So hanging out all day in pyjamas? Sounds pretty dang good.
But like a lot of things, it really is better in theory than in practice. Especially when the UPS guys rings the doorbell around 2 pm and good lord, you’re still a greasy, bathrobey mess.
1) Shaved my legs on more than one occasion. (Points deducted for only going to the knee, but still.)
2) Left the house three times! (Points deducted for wearing blah jeans and sneakers every time, but still.)
3) Applied makeup. (Points deducted for only doing it on the weekend when Jason was home, but still. I did eyeshadow shading!)
4) Dug out the nail polish remover with every intention of redoing my pedicure. (Major points deducted because I…didn’t actually do it, but still.)
5) Purchased new clothing for myself with a minimum amount of guilt. (Points deducted because Jason is actually the one who did the purchasing while I kept insisting that I didn’t need anything, and also because he bought me skinny jeans AND LEGGINGS and has thrown me into sartorial chaos because OMG, they are cute.)
SO. I am going to try again this week. Same deal: up and out of bed, shower, makeup, whatever it takes to look like someone who gives a crap about how she looks again.
(Oh my. This needs to change)
1) I will remind myself that an extra half hour of lying in bed awake has less of an impact on the rest of my day than getting up and showered before Noah wakes up would.
2) I will wear other items of clothing besides jeans and sneakers, because there is no reason I can’t wear them around the house or for running errands. If a slob falls in the forest and and all that.
3) If my shirt gets stained with snot or drool or applesauce or whatever, I WILL CHANGE IT.
4) I will paint my toenails.
5) I will make a hair appointment for myself.
How did the rest of you do? Any successes? Any particularly humorous failures?


About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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You shave above the knee? I quit that when I realized that it wasn’t noticeable whether I did it except at distances 12″ or less.
A tip- I don’t wear shoes in my house. That’s how I paint my toenails- I see them too much to neglect them.


I blow-dried and curled my hair 2 times this week, wore my really super cute heals 1 day, wore makeup and did the skin care routine twice a day for the entire week and gave away all my maternity clothes so I am not tempted to throw on a maternity tank while cleaning just this once, oh my god I am 7 months post partum.
All in all, pretty good, I think.


When you issued your challenge, I remarked that I was doing less to improve my appearance than you were and I actually work away from home. But, I knew I was starting a new job so I’d need to step things up a notch.
But my new job! They are casual! And wear jeans and t-shirts!
But, I remembered the challenge and I have avoided jeans and have worn makeup everyday. Granted, today I put it on in the parking lot, but still! I did it!


Well I gave it my best shot but gave up yesterday (I blogged about and kept a running diary on my site). Let’s face it, I’m frumpy.


My successes sound much like yours (however I have not managed to shave, even to the knee. Oh woe.), but I know I have a good long way to go towards getting out of frump-ville. And reading this: “3) If my shirt gets stained with snot or drool or applesauce or whatever, I WILL CHANGE IT” made me look down at my shirt which has been spit up on an indeterminate amount of times throughout the day and realize that MAYBE I should think about changing it before my older son’s parent/teacher conference tonight. So… thanks. 🙂

Beth Ramsey
Beth Ramsey

Sooooo… Like everyone else I made some progrees, but I am definitely no where near Laura Bennett territory. I did remove my 4 month overgrown pedicure, and I shaved once [to the knees]. But I did not really fix my hair, and the one day I woke up late and barely put on my makeup.


Not wearing jeans would last me about 2 days. Because I only own 2 pairs of pants that aren’t jeans.
Also, sometimes at work I have to get on the floor to look at a computer. Not conducive to nice clothes. Oh well.


Jeans are part of my uniform, plus, at 36 1/2 weeks pregnant, I only have one pair of pants that are NOT leggings that fit me, and they are jeans. I do not wear leggings out of the house unless the house is on fire.
I’ve been showering every morning before the kids get up; managing to remember to blowdry my hair before it dries itself into a hideous fright wig, and have remembered concealer and powder EVERY DAY. Give me a cookie. 🙂

Deborah Svoboda

Ow, we got the frump…this week, I started fightin’ the frump from the inside out. My frumpy baby belly is making it so I can’t wear the nice clothes I want to, so I put myself on a diet, went to the gym nearly every day and started a yoga class. Help me, I need a chocolate chip cookie in the worst way!


Um, I don’t even have kids, and I’m somehow going through the second-frumpiest time of my life. (Worst was my final year of high school, I was the world’s biggest dork.) I mean last night was me and my boyfriend’s 3 year anniversary, and I’d been out all day shopping, so that I would have CLOTHES, and then it rained and my hair frizzed and I didn’t have time to redo it and then we went to see, what was I talking about?


You are my blog hero! And I believe that you can fight that nasty FRUMP. Attack the frump like secret service would a terrorist. And don’t give up.
Mom’s everywhere need more blogs like this!

I did hearts! Other than that, I haven’t done crap. I can’t seem to wake up in time!