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  1. I would set the guilt aside and buy myself new clothes. After back to school and growing kiddos there is never enough $ left for mommy. I have the hardest time taking care of me…the guilt eats me up.

  2. For me outer beauty is often coinciding with inner beauty. It has been on my heart for years to host 4 girlfriend getaways yearly..open to friends and their friends, and new friends. The purpose of the weekend would be to pamper each lady outwardly, at the same time using the weekend to be an encouraging and motivating force in their lives. I have a background in meeting planning and site inspection which would help to accomplish this. Would love to have my first GF getaway weekend this November in FL. @projecthope7

  3. I’d add more veggies and fruit to my diet…and continue drinking lots of water like I do now! More exercise would be good too!!

  4. TTo release my outer beauty I need to ake time out for myself too!

  5. I would do some guilt free shopping just for some fun accessories! 🙂

  6. Eat healthier – less junk! It’s so easy to fall into the rut of fast and easy – and unhealthy!

  7. Alita Alexander : August 18, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Take more walks! Take the kids out for a walk, healthy, and fun! Will increase Cognition by 20% and… Just make everyone feel like smiling, smile more often is one change I’d make!

  8. I agree with Arianah. I feel so guilty spending any of the clothing budget on myself. Kids are always outgrowing things and need new clothes. My husband is the one who is working full time and needs to look professional. I’m a Mom. No one cares what I look like.

  9. I would love a day at the hair salon for some pampering to help release my outer beauty.

  10. I’m always needing a bit of outer beauty as far manicures and pedicures go. Seriously I think my body could use a spa day to clean me up with facials, toes, nails etc at least once every 2 months. Instead usually 1 time per year lol

  11. A hair cut! I always feel amazing after 🙂

  12. Get a better night’s sleep. I could use some new pillows (mine do not provide enough support) & sheets (my faves are falling apart!).


  13. Taking time to exercize would release my outer beauty

  14. I think I would try to relax more by doing my bible study and praying. I miss that a lot!

  15. @kristrange I do pilates to get my pre baby body back I like fitting into my skinny jeans!

  16. I should drink more water and take better care of my skin!

  17. Keep my toe nails painted (I live in Fl – and where a lot of sandals!)

  18. Finding the time to exercise with a personal trainer would help release my outer beauty. It seems juggling a full time teaching job and 3 kids makes exercise a low priority most days.

  19. I would love to use my Kindle more to relax and learn a new language!

  20. One small change I can make to help me release my OUTER beauty is relax and do what i love….crafting! The more relaxed and happy I am, the more radiant and beautiful I look!

  21. Excercise! Love bootcamps outdoors in the park or piers! Shanna and amanda are awesome trainers 🙂

  22. I should try to accept the body I have while I work toward the body I want.

  23. I would definitely get a haircut!

  24. I think you should always make yourself presentable. When I don’t I seem to be unproductive.

  25. Smile. It is really so simple but so easily forgotten about. I think smiling instantly brightens the eyes, the cheeks and in turn the face. I may not always have time for eyeliner & gloss, but I can definitely find time to smile!

    (I want to apologize for not being at the last minutes of the twitter chat – I went to twitter jail! lol -its been a long time since I’ve done that that I couldn’t remember the password to my jail acct!! I’m actually still in ‘jail’ as I post this!)

  26. Martina Ferguson : August 18, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I would like to make more “me” time, and I would like to stop “beating myself up” for not being perfect. Maybe “good enough” can be my new “perfect” @martiferg

  27. to release my outer beauty I need to connect more with my inner beauty…by making time for me more of priority…to be able to get together with a friend, get a massage, take a yoga class, etc…

  28. I need to get a full night’s sleep… not more 2am bedtimes.

  29. One small change I could make is to remember to put hand cream on as often as possible. My hands get so dry- it’s NOT pretty.

  30. Go to the gym more. Shanna at 360fit.biz and Amanda Russell at arfit have great outdoor bootcamps that get me started on a fit lifestyle. The workouts are fun!

  31. Quit using hot temperatures as an excuse NOT to bike! Just do it, already. LOL

  32. I want to exercise more and get a scale so I can keep track of my weight loss. I hope to get at least close to my weight before I had my 3 kids!

    Good luck everyone!! 🙂

  33. I would splurge on an expensive haircut complete w/ a scalp massage and a fab blowout,

  34. The thing that I like to do to show some outer beauty is to get facials once every few weeks… it is amazing how one small thing helps me to feel so much better about my skin and myself!

  35. Margarita Viera : August 18, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I need to dye my hair to cover the gray so thats what I would use it for! I desperately need it. LOL!

  36. I definitely need to go to the salon and get these roots taken care of STAT!

  37. Every so often it’s great to treat myself to a relaxing pedicure and pick out a pretty polish for my toes. I wear sandals all the time, so my toes are always exposed. It really makes me feel nice when I look down and see polished toes with a color that makes me smile.

  38. I’ve FINALLY started going to the gym again, so I’d put the money toward renewing my membership!

  39. I would definitely put the money towards new clothes for myself. I recently have been loving Old Navy clothes. I am finally starting to lose some of this extra weight from my last baby. Clothes are definitely needed.

  40. One small change I could make to release my outer beauty would be to get more sleep!
    I could get in bed earlier if I really wanted to and it would make me look & feel refreshed
    and rejuvenated!

  41. A hair cut. I need one desperately.

  42. Melanie Baker : August 19, 2011 at 6:48 am

    This year has been a bad one for me it has been one health issue after another. I lost 29 pounds due to this and I have nothing to wear to work. I normally buy the majority of my dress clothes at second hand stores because I can’t afford dept stores and the good will that is close to me closed. I would love a new outfit that fits and is not baggy.

  43. RELAX! Take time out from the chaos and just enjoy life preferably on a daily basis. A simple way that my family does this is a daily picnic on the patio. It changes the family dynamic of the family dinner. WE unwind, relax, enjoy the simple beauty of the garden surrounding us. The(not so) simple art of relaxing lowers the blood pressure, releases the tension and makes you happier. When you are happy, you SMILE more and your outer beauty can’t help but shine.

  44. I think what I would do to for my outer self, if I could do this, is spend time one day doing whatever I wanted to do. Go to a grown up movie, have lunch at a “real” restaurant and buy some decent shoes to walk around in. I know, sounds boring but, it’s what I don’t get to do ever.

  45. To release my OUTER beauty I need to take some small breaks for ME TIME throughout the day.

  46. KANIYA KNIGHT : August 19, 2011 at 9:52 am

    So My Husband and I had twin boys 2 months and 2 weeks ago since then I’ve been sleepless, foodless, and meless!!!! I am A full time mom and my husband is a marine so he is always working. I have no time for myself and I’m pooped I would love to take a spa day and relax a bit, get my hair done and look pretty just for one day. I really would love to win

  47. Hi,

    One small change I can make to help me release my OUTER beauty is to eat more healthy foods like fruit and vegetables and drink more water.

    Thanks !

  48. My daughter and I both want to join a gym and exercise together. Exercise and getting in better shape will release our inner beauty, however my family’s expenses are very limited and stretched right now.

  49. I need more time to do things for me…exercise, reading. It’s hard w/ 2 little ones!!!

  50. This year is my boot camp year. I started in February, counting calories, doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred Dvd and riding the exercise bike for an hour five days a week. I even have enlisted the complete cooperation of everyone in the house. They make sure that I can have the house to myself for a half an hour for my exercise video, and even the cats and dogs disperse when they hear the music cue up. LOL

    But being really tightly focused on those things, tends to make me forget the other little things that might actually help make me feel better too. I haven’t had a hair cut since last Christmas, and I’d love to go out and but some makeup and moisturizes to add to the agenda. Thanks for the chance!

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