Wardrobe Wednesday: What to wear when everything You Wear gets ruined...

These little people that come into our lives couldn’t be any cuter, but they also can wreck quite a bit of havoc on some of the finer things in life (ie. silk, marble, a long strand of pearls, etc). 

So how do we continue to look like ourselves without wasting lots of $$$? 

The goal: being dressed (not in workout clothes or pjs) for the carpool line or school performance…but, we promise, no pencil skirts or heels required! 

1. Buy a couple of the finer things (that you absolutely cannot live without).

Wear them on date nights and when you travel (not on family vacay)! 

* If you really absolutely cannot wear silk blouses around your kids, then buy 2 or 3 that you LOVE every season…wear the heck out of them! And get new ones the next year! You can typically get about a year out of each, because you can wear them with white jeans for spring and dark for fall! So, that’s giving you a good amount of options (without over complicating things). Wear them a lot, and then give them to a younger mom who might need the same thing ;) 

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Parenting & Fashion

Melissa talks often about the importance of being a person while also being a parent.   We believe in having life outside of your children - friendships, hobbies, interests, etc.   It’s never helpful for our kids to believe the sun rises and sets around them.  We certainly want to communicate they are loved, enjoyed and valued, but never that they are the center of the universe. 

We encourage parents not just to have outside interests, but to talk openly about those.  Let kids see how excited you are to leave on date nights with your spouse.  Talk at length about a new restaurant you discovered and enjoyed.  Share stories and photos from a recent weekend trip with friends.  If you are training for a half marathon or taking an art class, talk openly about those experiences.  You are creating opportunities for kids to develop valuable relational skills in listening to your interests and asking questions around them... Continue Reading

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