My Mom Uniform {And a Giveaway!}

“Here, mom. I’ll take your picture for you.”

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Such great help, he is. ;)

So, I’ve read a lot of blog posts over the last several years about how important it is to “dress for success,” even as a mom at home. That dressing for the day is a large step toward productivity and treating your at home job (whatever that may be) as a job.

And I just can’t do it. (Honestly, it’s more about taking the time and money to make nicer clothes a priority. They simply aren’t right now.) Skirts? The last one I bought was for our Disney trip two years ago, and I haven’t worn it since. Dresses? I have a few tucked away… for when we sponsor prom. It’s rather difficult to nurse a baby in a dress. (I’m a “pull the shirt up” nurser, not a “pull it down” nurser, and you won’t be changing my mind on that. Nor will you talk me into any special clothing for nursing. Not interested.)

Dressier pants? I wear them to church. Jeans? I was down to one pair for the longest time, until some teenage friends rescued me with a couple of hand-me-downs that don’t fit my daughter yet. (Yes, really.) I do wear jeans or capris when out and about, and once I’m done nursing babies my dressier wardrobe will likely expand (I want a maxi skirt!) but as for the Mom Uniform?

T-shirt. Yoga/Exercise pants.

 

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And when I’m really on my game? A cute apron.

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I wear a LOT of t-shirts in the day to day. Shirts for my kids’ sports teams. Spirit shirts for our Tiny Town. Shirts to share my Oily Love. While I’m still working to make it a habit, I have found that pulling a pretty apron over my head completely dresses up my Mom Uniform. Look! It has ruffles! When the 2yo saw me wear this particular apron for the first time, she asked me if it was my Princess Dress. Close enough!

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That’s about as close to a skirt or dress that you’ll ever find me wearing while frying fish on my stove, and it keeps the grease off of my clothes. So, winning!

Because I do several jobs from home with small children needing something at.all.times. I tend to multi-task my way through the day. Tying on an apron helps me transition mentally from my computer work to my housework. It helps me focus and stick with the task at hand for longer than 30 seconds.

How many of you wear aprons on a regular basis? I know you want one of these Princess Dresses ;) and I know just where you can get one! My friend Amy makes the cutest items for her shop, Amy’s Monkeys. I have one of her Taggie Blankies for the baby, and my littles love the Crayon Roll for coloring on the go. I gave Miss 12 a much-coveted Essential Oil Pouch for her birthday. And, yes. Amy makes the cutest ruffled aprons around!

I appreciate how the apron slides snugly over my head and comes up high on my chest for perfect grease-splatter coverage. When I want to shorten the length a bit, I simply pull up on the tie, folding the front up and over, before tying in the back. It’s cute, practical, and fun, which is exactly what a Mom Uniform should be!

apronsWant to win one? Amy has generously offered an apron of your choice to one of my readers this week! (And truthfully, I was supposed to get this published last week so it could be a Mother’s Day gift. Can we celebrate Mother’s Day a little while longer, please?)

To enter, simply leave a comment. Any comment will do, but I’d love to know if you wear an apron regularly, what your Mom Uniform generally looks like, which items in Amy’s shop you like (I am determined to snag one of her necklace organizers once we get our bedroom done), or anything you want to share.

 

Giveaway ends Saturday, May 16, at 11:59 pm. Or probably more like sometime Sunday morning when I get around to choosing a winner. Winner will be notified by email.

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Mother’s Day Done Right

So Mother’s Day ended up absolutely lovely around here, and in many unexpected ways.

The 5:15 alarm was rather rough after a restless night with the baby. Four of us headed out the door to a baseball tournament 15 minutes late at 7:00 to drive an hour and a half in the fog and rain, only to turn around and come home when the tournament was canceled 15 minutes after we arrived. Awesome.

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I feel ya, sister!

When we arrived home 10 hours earlier than we expected, we found big sister helping three littles make Mother’s Day cards. Awesome! She was earning her babysitting money (I have a child old enough to babysit for extended periods of time! Yipee!) by playing school with them. Teaching them. Helping them write and draw and oh, my heart was full when I walked into the house! (Totally expected them to all be bummed out in front of the tv.)

The kids were mad that we were home. “Does this mean she won’t play with us any more?!” Ha!

I got a nice back rub, tried to take a nap (dang coffee I drank in anticipation of our long day), and woke up to THE BEST (I’m not even kidding) cookies made by The Teacher The Babysitter the 12 year old who was just blowing my doors off. And the kitchen was clean, oh yes it was.

I played Skip Bo with three of the kids (Mr. 4 is a card shark, but Miss 7 won by one card) and then we headed to the park. The two older girls trailed us after they made sandwiches and brought a picnic. Mercy!

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After we got home and cleaned up, we ended the day curled up with popcorn and The Incredibles. I had never watched the whole movie! Mr. 4 rubbed my feet. He kept getting into the movie, then would giggle and start rubbing again. “Oh! I keep forgetting your feet!” It was hysterical.

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It was simple. It was unexpected. It was perfect. Yep. They did Mother’s Day right.

 

 

 

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