My winter capsule wardrobe

Sweater: Ella Bloom // Bandana: Madewell

 

I’ve been thinking of doing a capsule wardrobe for years, but the timing was finally right this fall. I was sick of not wearing half of my clothes and buying more to feel like I had more options, but I never really did. It felt like a vicious cycle of consumerism. And I’d much rather spend my money on traveling than buying more clothes than I need! I’ve had my winter capsule wardrobe for a little over a month now and I love it more than I ever thought I would.

Here’s why I love my capsule wardrobe:

  • I have way less clothes, but I somehow feel like I have more options.
  • I only own clothes that are good quality, fit well, and I feel great in.
  • I’m saving money (and wardrobe space) by not buying that trendy on-sale dress.
  • I’m much more thoughtful and disciplined about what I bring into my wardrobe, and that mindset is affecting other areas of my life too. I’m much more intentional about the toys, kitchen items and everything else we bring into our home.
Jacket: Madewell from Uptown Cheapskate

My winter capsule has 30 items total:

  • 14 tops
  • 4 pairs of pants
  • 6 dresses
  • 6 pairs of shoes (including rain and snow boots)

(I’m not counting outerwear, pjs, loungewear, workout clothes, or accessories.)

How I created my capsule:

I actually love getting rid of things and paring down my possessions. Sometimes a little too much. So, I took a couple of weeks to slowly and thoughtfully let go of items I didn’t wear often or ever, that I didn’t feel attractive in, that fit poorly, were defective in any way, or were too high-maintenance (must wear with undershirt or iron before each use). I hung on to items I wear often, are super comfortable, and are versatile.

I sold my discarded items at a local thrift store and used that money to go towards a few items I needed to complete my wardrobe (a dressy wool coat, black jeans, and a couple of long-sleeved shirts). My favorite shops are Madewell, Loft, J. Crew, and a few local boutiques.

My goal was to narrow my wardrobe down to somewhere between 30-40 items but didn’t want to get too hung up on an arbitrary number—just wanted to create a minimized wardrobe I love, and I have!

Dress: H&M

Getting ready is so much faster because I can easily see all of my options, and I know my go-tos for special occasions, for casual days, and for date nights. And I don’t think anyone has noticed that I keep wearing my favorites. Maybe they do, but I don’t really care, because I love them! This type of wardrobe just fits my lifestyle and mindset so well.

I like fashion and putting outfits together, but I don’t love the shopping side of it or the constant spending or keeping up with trends. I feel like this wardrobe has given me the permission I needed to invest in classic, good-quality pieces that will last a long time instead of buying things I get over or that go out of style quickly and justifying that they’re on sale! I think this will be a lifelong system for me.

My husband sees how much I love the changes I’ve made and he asked me to help him create his own capsule wardrobe. The kids are next!

I’d love to hear some of your favorite places to buy staples and if you’ve ever done a capsule wardrobe.

I used Unfancy and Simplified Life as resources for my capsule wardrobing. Hailey Devine, Little Miss Fearless, and Lizzy Loves Health have some great tips too!

Dress: Piper and Scoot // Cardigan: Urban Outfitters

My favorite developmental toys for kids

I’m trying to live more minimally and decrease the clutter that makes its way into our house.

So when the time came to buy Christmas gifts for my kids this year, I felt a little stressed about finding things that were in line with my desire for simplicity and purpose in our toy room.

I want toys that encourage my kids to use their brains and toys that they won’t get sick of after a few weeks (or a few days!) and that I will feel good about having in my home for a long time. That means no loud, annoying, cheap (easily breakable) or tacky toys.

I’m so excited to share my picks! I linked all of the products for you, so all you have to do is click on the images to check them out. Please share your own favorite toys in the comments!

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My favorite iPad games for kids

I’m very particular about the way my kids spend time with technology. It can quickly become time-wasting and brain-numbing. I think the biggest concern for me is that it can take away from time they could be spending imagining, interacting with others or learning in a more productive way. But our kids are growing up in a tech-savvy world, and I don’t want to shield them from it or demonize it. I want my kids to know how to take advantage of it for the positive tool it can be.

I was so excited to find a learning program that is in line with how I want technology to be used in our home. Osmo is an award-winning game system that uses the iPad and iPhone for interactive, hands-on learning.

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Getting (and not getting) answers

 

We got another negative pregnancy test today, and I found it easy to feel negativity about it.

We went to the temple in hopes of finding some clarity and peace.

Although I didn’t get a loud-and-clear answer that yes, there’s one more! And he’s comin’ soon!

Maybe I felt a soft whisper version of that.

And I realized something.

Sometimes, answers don’t come as clarity or confirmation.

Sometimes, the answer itself doesn’t come at all.

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Should I have another baby?

I originally wrote this in August, 2017, just shy of my third child’s 1st birthday.

 

Should I have another baby?

I don’t know why I feel like I have to know right now.

Can’t I just enjoy my baby for a couple more years before I answer the big question?

She has been such a joy to have in our family.

And if our family is just the five of us, I’d be the luckiest girl in the world.

But what if?

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A letter to my children

A letter to my children:

Maybe when you get a little older, you’ll start noticing my imperfections.

Maybe you’ll wonder why I get so impatient with you sometimes.

Why sometimes I’m too tired to make a fancy meal or read one more book.

Maybe you’ll start to see where I fall short as a mother, as a wife, as a sister, friend, a would-be follower of Christ.

But maybe you’ll also see me trying.

Trying to show you my love for each of you, individually—a love that is so expansive that it overwhelms me sometimes. And gives me anxiety. Fear that something should ever happen to you.

Maybe you’ll see me trying to feed you wholesome foods and saying no to the sucker because you already had an ice cream cone that day. Maybe you’ll thank me for it someday?

Maybe you’ll look back and realize that all those chores and all that homework I made you do was to help you learn to work and to progress.

Maybe, when you have a child of your own, you’ll realize how tired I was waking up with you night after night, tending to your needs day after day.

Maybe you’ll feel that overwhelming love for your own child and cry as you realize that’s how I love you, too. How I’ll always love you.

Maybe then, you’ll forgive me for the mistakes I’ve made and continue to make as your mother.

Why I teach my kids to believe in fairies + Woodland Fairies at Gardner Village

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.” -Mark Twain 

I grew up with an imaginative childhood. My mom wrote painstakingly tiny notes from the tooth fairy and left them under my pillow. I believed fairies were real, and we spent hours searching for them in the backyard, building little houses for them, knowing they must’ve flitted away just moments before.

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