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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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Christian, Homeschooling, Mother of 6 with way too many ideas.

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