Posted in Family Life, Real Talk

Dress For The Job You Want

“Cooking is 80 percent confidence, a skill best acquired starting from when the apron strings wrap around you twice.”

― Barbara KingsolverAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

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Making my favorite weight watchers breakfast.

According to this website, work uniforms, instill a sense of pride and responsibility and can convert employees into “brand ambassadors” outside the actual workplace. Schools also report favorable statistics when switching to uniforms. There is a connection in how we are dressed and how we feel. This is why we tell ladies to ditch the pants and wear skirts and dresses for a whole month before they try on a pair of pants again. As much as people don’t want to hear it, dressing like a lady does make you feel like a lady.

When I worked before I had children, I was a flight attendant. In between trips, when I would lounge in the lobby and stuff my face at all the free hotel buffets, I didn’t really feel put together to say the least. However when I put on my uniform, tied that scarf around my neck and put on my pumps, I did feel different. I did take pride in my job, even if I only greeted people and picked up their empty food trays.

So what is the homemaking uniform? I guess there is no wrong answer as long as you are keeping the home, however I find putting on this simple article of clothing has transformative powers. Exit tired mom, enter domestic super hero.

My apron is basically a cape worn backwards.

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Juicing before breakfast.

Long ago an apron was necessary to protect clothing, in a time where not everybody had washing machines and thrift stores. There are many other benefits to wearing one besides protecting clothing such as drying hands and tears from a crying child, you also won’t feel lazy wearing an apron. An apron is a working article of clothing.

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Instant Pot Strawberry Oatmeal for the kids.

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Zucchini Noodles and Egg for my breakfast.

An apron gently guides you back to the task at hand when you are likely to get distracted. Wearing an apron doesn’t just send a message that you are embracing homemaking, but that you are actually busy at work.

If you are not in the habit of wearing an apron, I encourage you to try it! It single-handedly HAS improved my cooking and mood in the kitchen. I read somehwere else of another mom buying a new one every year, and that sounds like a fun tradition. I would like to start that for my birthday every year…reminding me that I am older and still very much needed, and “employed.” Ha!

The one I am wearing is currently on sale at Anthropologie. They have a lot of summer stuff for sale with an extra 25% at the store so I scored a cute mug with it for the same price it is online.

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I wish I could have bought them all and displayed them like this picture I found online!

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Photo Credit

I did find some pretty cute ones on Amazon with prime shipping, so you won’t give the store associates a heart attack with all your small children touching all the breakable stuff.


Do you wear an apron regularly? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Posted in Documenting Delight 365

Documenting Delight 4/365

Yesterday was a very busy day. My van is on the fritz so I borrowed my husband’s car to do ALL the errands. There wasn’t much reading done besides the Bible.  Today though we are home for the day and plan on catching up. We picked up at the library Tucket’s Gold and Tucket’s Home, the next two books in the series after the one we just read for our book club.

I did want to mention these Spot books. Why haven’t I used these the last few years?! They are so wonderful! My 2 year old will look at it all day, lifting up the flaps.

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Tip #2- Leave a basket of books in the bathroom so your children will have something to read in there 🙂 This was a tip I read in the Read Aloud Handbook and while we have a small bathroom, I did add a little Ikea basket with a few books.

Posted in Family Life

New Morning Routine

I *was* doing so good when I was practicing the miracle morning routine. When we moved to this house though, it slowly stopped. I want that mountain back. It was such a powerful tool and the secret to my gusto throughout the day.  There is no comparison to waking up that way vs. having your kids wake you up.

My husband wakes up at 4.30am every day and I feel him get up but I just pull the covers over my head and go back to sleep. I decided no more. If he got up at 4.30am, I should do the same. I should work just as hard as him. In order for this to work I was going to have to go to sleep early like 9pm the latest.

I woke up this morning NOT tired. I felt great, excited. I sat at the edge of the bed and asked my husband, “What do we do now?” like a little kid on Christmas morning. It felt so wonderful to have time alone in the morning with just my husband and all our little angels still fast sleep. We had coffee, we read the book of James and we talked about Sports. Yes, I am that wife that will try to take an interest in what my husband likes to have some interesting conversations and I like the expression on his face when I try to talk to him like I know what I am talking about (most of the time I don’t just read a headline tweet!)

“So Lebron is probably going to go to the Lakers right?” -Me trying to sound like I know what I am talking about.

It was fun. We talked about the book of James, a little of this and that and then it was time for him to go.

It still gives me an hour before the kids wake up, which is when I will do my blogging. This counts as my “writing” miracle morning part. It wakes up my brain and sets the tone for the day…Words. My enjoyment will come from words…scripture, books, what my children talk to me about etc. Now I’m off to sneak in the exercise portion.

Have a great day!

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Posted in Documenting Delight 365

Documenting Delight 3/365

June 28th was interesting.

We had a random wasp sting. The thing somehow ended up in our couch and stung my boy while he was practicing his continental stitch on a plastic canvas project. Poor guy.

My daughter had a terrible headache and ended up throwing up once. She thought she brought it on from her book of mazes that had some psychedelic designs she stared at too long. I reassured her it wasn’t and she wasn’t going blind but she was pretty upset to say the least on the couch.

So after all that I had everyone join us on the couches. I told my daughter to just close her eyes and try not to think about her symptoms and just picture what I was reading from our read alouds. I read a lot from two main read aloud books. It helped to calm everybody down, especially the patients.

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I also read a lot of picture books to my little kids. Some titles recommended from this facebook thread. If you are on fb, please follow my page here.

Later when everybody was feeling better, we went swimming and I took breaks from the pool to read this treasure. It’s SO good that I am ordering my own copy to keep forever. I will be sharing some read aloud tips in these posts for that book.

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READ ALOUD-TIP # 1-

Always read the Book Title and Author/Illustrator, no matter how many times you pick up the same book to read. I have been implementing this and the goal it seems, is to convey to children that books are written by actual human beings and not machines. This also helps them recognize early on, the authors that we really enjoy. 

 

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Documenting Reading Delight 2/365

There wasn’t a lot of time for read alouds today. I did tuck the 3 youngest down for a nap and read them The Velveteen Rabbit. This is a classic but it was my first time actually reading it. It was very sweet. I love buying old books that have inscriptions in them. This one is pretty cool because it’s the same year my husband and I were born.

Joe also read to the kids before bed a lot of favorites.

I started reading a new book that is quickly become one of my favorites and I must order it for myself. I love being able to try them on first with the library. This book’s origins are from 1919. I will be including this in a writing homeschool dupe video.

The kids also received today their free books from the summer reading program.

Posted in Booktube, Homeschool Life, Wonderful Family Series

How We Do Bible Time

In this video I go over how we do Bible Time. I know a lot of moms make their kids sit still and pretend it’s like church and consider it practice or training for actually sitting through a service. I don’t do that myself, but I don’t disagree that it’s a good idea. Once my youngest turned one, I didn’t use the mother baby rooms in our church anymore. It was really out of necessity since my husband had to work Sundays and every other Wednesday, which meant I was on my own and didn’t want to leave the other kids alone in the auditorium. My style of doing church training to sit still is, I read their favorite, attention-getting books aloud, when they talk or move around, I stop and only continue when they are quiet and attentive.

I wanted Bible time to be enjoyable and not stressful for all of us. As long as the little kids are quiet, they can do other things in the room. I know they are still listening. I didn’t want to associate discipline with me reading the Bible to them, but if they do get noisy or out of hand then I deal with it. Our Bible time can get long as we like to discuss everything we read and the kids usually have a lot of questions..but I kept this video short to 10 minutes. How do you do Bible time? Helpful links below…

One Year Bible—–
Soul Stirring Songs and Hymns- 
The Complete Church Piano Course- 

Why King James Only?

MUSIC:
Song: In Times Like These
Music promoted by Faithful Word Baptist Church
Video Link: https://youtu.be/Gur5ssgl6nc