Hey everyone! Happy Friday! Hope you all had a great week. As always, thanks to Jen for hosting! By now, I figure you know what this is all about, so let's get to it, shall we?
|Emily, grinning for the camera (she is afraid of the flash)|
|Erin, enjoying her bath (no flash needed!)|
Catholic and Crunchy! did a fantastic guest post on living off 50 percent of your income to prepare for being at home with kids. I wish I'd read her advice a couple of years ago - it would have come in handy this past year! If you missed it, be sure to check out the first post in the series here. Fine Linen and Purple. Check it out! "Get thee a daily uniform, woman!" over at Moxie Wife. It was exactly what I needed to read. As I shared last week, I just finished cleaning our closet to prepare for our move at the end of the month. The interesting thing about cleaning out your closet 7 weeks after having twins is . . . you aren't very well acquainted with its contents. Since I own more fall/winter/spring wear than summer clothes, I'm even less inclined to keep my clothes, since I can't imagine it ever being cool enough to wear a sweater again. Enter Hallie's words of wisdom. By a "daily uniform," she doesn't mean you have to wear the same thing every day. She is just pointing out that there are certain outfits we feel great in, and the "uniform" is just a way of making sure that you are wearing some version of that outfit every day. It doesn't mean you can't ever be creative or try new things, but on those days where you just wish you didn't ever have to get dressed, you know you have something to wear. Best of all, she says, is that you know you'll feel great when you put it on. She shares her own uniform - eeriely similar to what mine probably will be - jeans or a black skirt, a fitted tee, a cardigan, and Danskos - and her favorite brands. I was inspired to dig through my dresser and find some things that really don't make me feel good when I wear them, and don't really fit into my new image of mommy. I have a neat stack of Hollister graphic tees to sell this weekend, and perhaps I'll add some other things to the pile. Then I can get a few more pieces to add to my "uniform basics." I'm super excited to try her idea! Have you tried it? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
original design. So far, the only disadvantage I see to this system is that I do have to prepare everything on the menu. I love that the first thing Dan does when he walks in the door is go see what's for dinner- he doesn't even have to ask! And he has loved everything I've made so far. I love not having to think about it, other than shopping for needed ingredients. Right now, to ease the strain of moving the kitchen, I'm intentionally picking meals for which we already have the ingredients, so really all we need to buy is milk, coffee, coffee creamer, and bread each week. Hopefully, in two weeks our cupboards and freezer will be a bit more manageable to pack. I may or may not have overdone it with the freezer dinners I made while nesting . . .
|Our menu board, nothing picked out for the week yet|
|This week's meals|
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