10 Ways for moms to reinvent themselves

Dec 10, 2009 at 4:24 p.m. ET

Out with the old, in with the new -- a new look, that is. With the beginning of a New Year come resolutions, promises and goals for the future. Why not give yourself the gift of a new you this New Year? Here we offer 10 mom makeover ideas to reinvent your look and welcome a whole new self.

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Get a new look

We're not suggesting that a whole new you can come from a sexy new haircut and some fresh makeup hues, but they're a great start. Whether you want to start hitting the gym or if you simply want to try a new nail polish color, now is the time for a new look.

When it comes to hairstyles, versatility is the big trend in hairstyles this season, and women are opting for longer locks. Matte seems to be the trend when it comes to makeup. Be adventurous!

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  1. Get a makeover. Whether it's a cut and color or some snazzy new clothes, a new look can lead to a new lease on life.
  2. Nurture yourself.  Whether it's going back to school or learning a craft, enrich your own life.
  3. Get sexy. When there are bills and kids to consider, sex falls by the roadside. Rediscover the passion and get naughty!
  4. Present the best you. Don't be jealous or catty – love and feel proud of everything wonderful in your own life.
  5. Be daring. Is there something you've always wanted to do, and hadn't had the nerve? Do it now…and be ready for how great you feel after!

Create your own signature style

Being a mom does not require you to schlep around in sweat pants and hoodies all winter long. Break out of that mold. Go through your closet and determine what can stay and what should go. You may need to solicit the help of a good and totally honest friend for this.

Find a pattern in your wardrobe -- do you have more cute hats than pairs of jeans in your closet? -- and make that item your signature piece, or build on it for a signature style. Try this tip from Teresa Morisco, president and chief stylist of Wardrobe911.com: "Cut out pictures of fashion, buildings and environments that [you] are attracted to. It's amazing once you lay them all in front of you how they work together and tell a story about your personal tastes and style. Those pictures then provide cues for what designs and details to look for when putting together your own unique look."

Once you have your look clips together, start shopping for items that fit the themes. Generally speaking, fitted clothes look best. Go for classics, and supplement with trendy pieces.

Get rid of the excess

Clutter in your home will make you feel disorganized, so be ruthless and start your spring cleaning a bit early this year. "Getting organized is about taking baby steps, making small changes that allow you to take back control, so that you have more time and money to do the things you want to do," says professional organizer Susie Hayman of inyourbizness.com. "And, don't be afraid to ask for help."

Nurture your dreams

There is no time like the present to take hold of your future. If you have always wanted to open your own cupcake shop, take some steps to learn how to start a small business. Nurture yourself by carving out time just for you to engage in an activity that is a personal interest. Classes, community groups and day trips are all possible ways to do so.

Heat things up with your honey

Romance can take a back seat when it comes to our busy lives, but don't let your relationships crash and burn! Rekindle the spark by doing sexy little things each and every day. Send a sweet or sexy text, tell your hubby how much you appreciate his help around the house, and make time for sex -- no matter how tired you are!

Jill Savage, author of Is There Really Sex After Kids? and mother of five, suggests scheduling time for sex: "It may not seem romantic, but we've actually found that it is, because we both anticipate it and prepare for it!"

Reconnect with your kids

Getting caught up in simply being your kids' taxicab driver, homework helper, disciplinarian and cook is easy. But this New Year, make some time to just have fun with your children each and every day. Play with them, read them a book, and ask them about their days. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you are focusing on them and having fun together.

Get together with the girls

Think of your girls' night out as your sanity saver. Your girlfriends understand you and what you are going through better than anyone. So a night out with them to talk, laugh, vent and cry is like therapy -- without the couch and the hefty price tag. Call your ladies, grab a bottle of wine and let the healing begin!

Put things into perspective

A new year is a great time to take stock of your life, your accomplishments and your blessings. Look around and give thanks for what you have.

Do something daring

Whether it's signing up for a skydiving lesson or finally getting up the nerve to ask your boss for a raise, take the bull by the horns in 2010. Taking charge of your life and doing something a little brazen will be incredibly empowering... and it could be contagious.

Put your best self forward

In any situation, present your best you. Whether you are chatting up the grocer in your local market or caught in the elevator with your boss' boss, be friendly, relaxed and confident. Beauty for moms entails a whole, wonderful package of inner and outer traits.