Kid Wardrobe Checklist

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Finally.  It is finally warm here.

I feel like, after complaining about the winter weather that lasted until May, I need to acknowledge that the weather these last few weeks has been nothing short of perfect.  A little chill in the morning and warm and sunny in the afternoon.  And a day here or there when it rains just so you don’t get bored with perfection.

80 degrees and sunny, however, means that my kid’s wardrobes of pants and long-sleeve shirts aren’t going to cut it any more.  It’s time to bust out the summer threads.

When it comes to my kids’ wardrobes (and mine, for that matter), I don’t like having more clothing than we need.  Unworn clothes is wasting money.  Even if we’re not buying the clothes and are getting them from someone else, having more than we need means that another person who could be using the clothes isn’t because they’re just sitting in our drawers.

Having more clothes than we need also requires additional maintenance.  The more clothes kids have, the more they will wear.  I can’t quote a study, but I’m guessing that if you’ve ever had to wardrobe children, you know this to be true.  Kids wearing more clothes means me doing more laundry.  That is not an equation that I like.  By limiting their choices, I’m limiting the amount of laundry I do.  All in the name of self-preservation.

Kids are just like us.  When they have too many options, they get overwhelmed by the choices, and so they wear the same things over and over again anyway.

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Each of our kids have one drawer in their dresser for their tops, bottoms, underwear and socks.  We only have as many clothes as can fit in that dresser drawer.

When it comes to outfitting my children, I would rather err on the lesser side and run out of clothes before the end of a season than get to the end of said season and find clothes that barely got worn.

Our kids are 2 and 4, so we’ve reached the point where we buy 80-90% of their wardrobes.  They will get an occasional gift or hand-me-down, but we are buying the majority of their clothes.  And I can think of a LOT of ways that I’d rather spend money than on clothes for pre-schoolers.

Our kids’ clothes buying mantra is this: Buy what is necessary and stop there.

Use this free printable to keep track of everything and make sure that you don’t over or under purchase.

Get the Fall, Winter & Spring versions too.

How To Create Your Kid Wardrobe Checklist

1 – Determine Season & Size

As much as you can (which I admit is hard to do with children who grow at the most unpredictable rates), anticipate a child’s size for the upcoming season.  If you’re unsure, size up.

My son was over ten pounds when he was born, and continued to be off the growth charts until the summer before he turned 2.  Going into the summer, I knew that he had very little wiggle room in his 2T clothes, and I was used to him only being able to wear a size for a month or two, so when I had to buy summer clothes for him, I bought 3T.  His shorts looked liked capris.  It was pretty absurd.  But I just couldn’t fathom that the same size he wore in March would fit him in August.

I was wrong.  His off-the-charts growth plateaued a few months before he turned 2 and his summer clothes were all a little baggy.  But, on the plus side, 3T still fits him, so we barely had to buy anything for him this summer.

2 – Decide What & How Many You Need

Notice I said need, and not want or wish to have.  This number will be different for everyone, but consider what your kids’ days look like to decide what they really need.

Our rule of thumb is: One week’s outfits + 20% more of each item + a Church/nice outfit

Let me break down that equation for you:

One Week’s Outfits: 7 bottoms and 10 tops.  There are 7 days in the week, so 7 bottoms does what we need.  A few days a week, a park, lunch, or spill require a shirt change, so 10 tops will outfit a child for one week.

20% of each item: This is your safety net.  20% of 7 is a little over 1, so we have one additional pair of shorts, just in case, for a grand total of 8 pairs of bottoms needed.  20% of 10 tops is 2, so I  add that 2 to the originally needed 10 tops and say that 12 tops will get us through the summer.

Church/Nice Outfit:  Especially in the summer, my children’s clothes take a beating.  During most other seasons, they can get away with wearing the same clothes to church as they would on a day during the week, but not in the summer.  Each kid has one outfit that is reserved for events where they are not rolling around in dirt (that is not a euphemism or an exaggeration).  They both wear the same thing to church every week for 3 straight months.  And I bet that if I never told you that you’d never know.  Kids don’t need more than one nice outfit.

3 – Inventory What You Have

Start with what your child wore last year for this same season.  Track how many of those items can be included in this season’s wardrobe.

Count what you have in your “Grow Into Bin” (these are bins that we have for each child that hold clothes that were too big when we bought or received them).

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4 – Do the Math

Take the number of items in your ‘Need’ column and subtract the number in your ‘Have’ column to get the number of items that you need to buy.  Do this for each category.

I take a photo of the completed worksheet so that I always have the information on my phone.  I was at OshKosh a while back and they were having a big sale, and instead of guessing what my kids needed or just finding things that looked cute or fun (but may not be needed or ever worn), I consulted my list and crossed a few things off.

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As I acquire pieces, I make changes to the worksheet.  It’s a messy, scribbly mess when it’s done, but my children are clothed, their entire wardrobes fit in one drawer and I didn’t spend any more money than was absolutely necessary.

Mission: Accomplished.

Then I start the entire process over again in 3 months.  Or next week – if another growth spurt hits.

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Simplifying Your Makeup Routine

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Let’s start with the disclaimer that I am sooooo not a beauty blogger.  I can give you absolutely ZERO advice about how to apply makeup.  I’m also not a food blogger, but that didn’t stop me from sharing my favorite way to load up on lean protein quickly in the morning.

I’m venturing a little outside of my realm of expertise here because everyone eats and a lot of us where make up.  And finding ways to make the things that we do every day happen more efficiently maximizes our days.  Which is why this little blog exists at all.

I’m a big believer in the 5 Minute Face.

What I mean by that is that every woman (who chooses to wear makeup) should have a simple makeup routine that makes her look and feel great, but that only takes 5 minutes to do.  The 5 minute face is more about deciding ahead of time what that is and what products it requires than it is about how to actually apply those products.  (If you have any questions about makeup application, do yourself and favor and head on over to The Small Things Blog.  I’m not kidding when I say that anything I know about hair or makeup, I’ve learned from reading her blog over the last five years).

For the days when you want to look put together and like you made an effort, but don’t have the time, create a routine with minimal products and effort that gives you maximum impact.

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How To Simplify Your Makeup Routine

1 – Start by choosing products that make the biggest difference when you apply your makeup

Eye makeup is the thing that makes the biggest impact for me, so 3 of my 5 products are eye makeup.  Conversely, I have relatively fair and even skin, so if I don’t wear foundation, you can’t really tell.  When I’m in a hurry, I skip that step.

2 – Choose products that do double duty

Try to find products that you use separately that are combined into one product.  It’s an easy way to hurry up the makeup application process and you’re not giving up anything.

Moisturizers that have a  primer and SPF in them take one third of the time to apply than if you applied them each separately.   Tinted lip balm is another great time-saver (and one of my 5 minute face products).

Any kind of palette is also a great choice because you can grab one item and have multiple, coordinating colors all in one place.  It saves you the time of digging out and putting away multiple products.

*If palettes are part of your 5 minute face, then decide ahead of time which colors in that palette are part of your simple makeup routine, so that you’re not taking the time to decide when you’re pinched for time.

3 – Set a timer

Time yourself on a normal day to see how long it takes you to apply your full makeup.  The next day, cut that time in half, set a timer and see how much you can get done.  This will give you a good idea of how much you can reasonably get done in 5 minutes.

4 – Use your fingers for application instead of brushes

I stole this one from Kate at The Small Things.  That tip is the extent of my knowledge.  She talks about it in all of her makeup tutorials where she’s applying makeup quickly.  And it works, so I trust her.

My 5 Minute Face Products

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1 – Revlon Colorystay Cream Eyeshadow; 2 – Clinique All About Eyes Concealer; 3 – Clinique High Impact Mascara; 4 – Maybelline Master Contour Palette; 5 – Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm

Why I Chose My 5 Minute Face Products

1 – Cream Eyeshadow – Cream eyeshadows are great for a 5 minute face because they are easily applied (no brush necessary!) and you can do as light or full coverage as you prefer

2 – Under Eye Concealer –  If I had to choose one product that makes the most difference for me in going from looking like I just woke up to looking like I’m ready for the day, it’s under eye concealer.  I don’t have a huge issue with dark circles under my eyes, thankfully.  But, the concealer just lightens and brightens all around my eyes and it makes me look more alert, awake and alive.  A good under eye concealer is a miracle worker.

3 – Mascara – Just the tiniest bit of mascara pulls my lashes up and opens my eyes.  Between the miracle powers of under eye concealer and mascara, many of the people I talked to in my son’s first year didn’t even know that I was only sleeping 3 or 4 hours a night.

4 – Contour Palette – This is my cheat product because it really is 3 products in one.  But, because they’re all right there, I can quickly apply all three products.  I do a very light dusting of all three products; the contour, blush and highlighting powder.

5 – Tinted lip balm – I am addicted to chapstick.  I have to have it applied and tubes near me AT ALL TIMES.  If I’m going to be applying lip balm all day, I might as well add some color to it and kick it up a notch.  It doesn’t take any more time than regular chapstick, and it makes me look like I’ve made a little bit of an effort.

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Once I mastered my 5 minute face, and by mastered, I mean learned how to apply it really well, I could tell a very little difference between this look and my full makeup look.  I’ve reached the point where I only wear my full makeup one time a week, and every other day is my 5 minute face.

By doing this, I’ve gained 1/2 hour each week and I buy fewer products.  I may not know much about how to apply makeup, but I know I like having more time and spending less money.

And I know that you do too.

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Beauty image created by Freepik”>photo credit

P.S. See how I organized all of my makeup products here.  While you’re thinking about bathroom organization, tackle that linen closet too.

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe – Try #2

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Three weeks into my Spring Capsule Wardrobe and I had to start over.

I made the same mistake that I made with my first capsule wardrobe which was that I chose clothes that I thought I should wear and not clothes that I wanted to wear.

What I mean by that is about 70% of the time, I want to be super casual.  The kind of casual where my outfit could also double as pajamas.  My problem was that only 30% of my spring capsule wardrobe was made up of those kinds of clothes.  And even though I didn’t love all of my choices, I was feeling like I had too many choices, so I wanted to pare down even more.

By this time it was the middle of April, which meant only six more weeks until I switched to summer clothes.  I decided this would be a great time to try a “real” capsule wardrobe.

By “real”, I mean that is while there are no hard and fast rules, most people say that a capsule wardrobe should be 30-35 pieces and it should be made up of coordinating colors.

I never followed either of those “rules”.

When I started, I felt like, in order to make a capsule wardrobe work for me, I needed more than 35 pieces so that I didn’t get sick of it.  But this time, I was only going to be wearing these clothes for six weeks, so maybe I didn’t need as much variety.  And I got a new pair of shoes that replaced two in my original spring capsule.  That made this the perfect time to really downsize and see how it felt.

I went from 50 pieces to 33.  Let me do the math for you.  That’s a 33% cut.  That’s significant.  But I don’t look at my closet and feel overwhelmed.  Now I look at my closet and feel like I have the perfect amount of options.

As far as the coordinating colors part, when I first started, I wasn’t starting my wardrobes from scratch (by going out and buying an all-new wardrobe), which meant I was working with the colors that I already had, and there was no dominant color palette in those items.  If you look at my original spring capsule wardrobe, there was very much a dominant color palette – and pattern for that matter – which was not at all intentional.

Let’s play the capsule wardrobe version of Where’s Waldo and see if you can find the super redundant pattern

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LOTS of navy and white stripes, and some navy and white solids too.  This meant that I didn’t have to choose a color palette, but rather adhere to a pre-determined one.

As I weeded through to pare down, I thought a lot – for the first time – about each piece being able to be worn with multiple other pieces.  This hadn’t been part of my decision-making process in previous capsule wardrobes.  To do this well and consistently through future capsule wardrobes, it is best if this consideration is taken when purchasing clothes.  Lesson learned.

The biggest takeaway in all of this is to remember why I started doing capsule wardrobes.  I wanted to be excited about wearing all of my options, I wanted to feel good in everything that I wore and I wanted it to be minimalistic.  Three weeks after creating my original spring capsule wardrobe, I realized that I was only achieving one of those three goals.  So, back to the drawing board.

It’s like I always say, Progress Over Perfection.

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Why We Make Our Kids Sit With Us In Church

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A lot of kids go through a “why?” phase where they ask why about EVERYTHING.  Our son’s version of it is “Doing here?”  Wherever we are, whatever we’re doing, my two year-old son asks “Doing here?”.

Approximately 762 times a day.

But while we were sitting in church a few weeks ago my son looked up at me and asked “Doing here?”, and my unfiltered (silent) response was “I have no idea.  At the moment, all I’m doing here is arbitrating crayons and rationing fruit snacks.”

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In our home, my husband and I prioritize teaching our children the truths of the Bible.  When our daughter was born, we decided that meant making a conscience effort to have our children sit in church with us.  We want them to know how to sit in church, what goes on and what is expected of them.  And we want to include them in our worship habits.

We think about it from the ‘If they don’t learn it now, then when?’ perspective.  We would rather have worshipping as a family be something that we’ve just always done rather than make a shift at some point.

That being said, there are many Sundays when I think, “Is this really worth it?”

My daughter is 4 1/2 and my son is 2 1/2, and for the first time since my daughter was born, we are starting to see glimpses of the fruits of our labors.

Recognizing Bible Stories

A few weeks ago, our pastor was preaching and mentioned John the Baptist.  My son dropped his crayon, looked up from his coloring and shouted “John the Baptist!” with such excitement in his eyes.  The story of the John the Baptist is the one my son chooses almost every night at bed time.  I would have never guessed that he was even aware that someone, somewhere was talking, but my son was listening.  And when he heard what he recognized, he made sure that we knew it.  Hearing someone else tell the story that my son reads each night from his Bible gives it credibility and helps my son understand that the Bible isn’t just another one of our books with silly stories and characters.

Bible Familiarity

In our church, the sermon usually starts with reading a passage of Scripture, and we have our kids read it with us.  Neither of them can actually read, but we run our finger along the words to keep them engaged.  Recently, once the scripture reading is done, my son has started taking the Bible and flipping through it.  He points out numbers and letters and gets excited about what he finds.

He can’t read the words in front of him, but he’s gaining familiarity and comfort with God’s Word.  We call that a win.

Church & Home Integration

Every night, before we leave our kids room, my husband and I pray the Benediction (“May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.  May He lift up His countenance and give you His peace.  In the name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit, Amen – Numbers 6:24-26) over each of our kids.  And every Sunday church ends with our Pastor praying that same prayer over us as a congregation.

Last month, as our Pastor was saying those words, my daughter looked at me and said “Mom! That’s what you say!”.

I had to laugh.

She’s heard one of us pray that over her every night since she can remember, and she’s heard it almost every Sunday of her life, and just now, she connects the dots.

We’re starting to get the same reaction when we sing songs in church that we also sing at home.  That look in my kids’ eyes when they realize that what we’re talking about and teaching is bigger than just our family is our home is priceless.

Service

One of the ways that my husband serves at church is by being an usher.  Our daughter is SUPER shy and is legitimately afraid to talk to anyone to whom she is not related.  But she will “help” Dad usher.  She stands next to him, hands out bulletins and greets complete strangers (to her) as they enter the sanctuary.  The combined comforts of standing next to her Dad in a safe and familiar setting gives her the degree of comfort she needs to see that even she, a shy 4 year-old girl, has gifts that can be used to serve God.

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Prayer Warriors

My husband was born and raised in the church that we attend.  Many of the people who sit in the pews around us remember when he was my kids’ age.  And many of those people have come up to us afterward and told us that they are praying for us and our family.  I’ve never asked what it is, exactly, that they’re praying for.  If it’s that my children don’t throw temper tantrums or that I don’t lose my mind for the hour we sit there, then it is – MOSTLY – working.

But I have a hunch that it’s something more.  These people are praying for my children’s hearts.  For their futures.  For their parents (they can tell that we really need it).

I had this ah-ha moment a while back when a nearly 90 year-old lady came to tell me – again – that she prays for us when she’s sees us in church.  She said, “when I see you sitting there, I’m reminded to pray for your family.”  I thought, “Wow, well, if that’s the only thing we get out of coming to church, that just might be worth it!”

Teachable Moments

Occasionally, my kids will notice something that we’re doing in church and ask why.  Last week, my daughter looked at my communion wafer and asked what it was.  I could have poo-pooed it and given her some trite answer, but, by God’s grace, I took advantage of that opportunity to explain to her that we celebrate communion as way of remembering that Jesus gave his body (the cracker) and his blood (the grape juice) to pay the price for our sin.

She nodded along, and when I finished, said “Okay”, then went on with her coloring.  Did she understand what I said?  Probably not.  But did that conversation lay the foundation for her to know that whenever she has a question about what’s going on around her or in church, that she can come ask me and we can talk about it?  I sure hope so.

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Both my husband and I used to volunteer with high school students at our church, and we had the privilege of seeing things “click” for students as we studied the Bible.

More often than not, we weren’t telling the kids something that they hadn’t heard before.  But, because it came from someone other than Mom or Dad, the students heard it with a different legitimacy.

We want the church and the people we see there every week to be that which legitimizes what we’re teaching at home.  And in order to do that, our kids have to participate in church.

I think now would be a good time to insert the disclaimer that I am not, in any way, opposed to church nurseries.  Our kids have gone to the nursery, we have volunteered in the nursery.  As a part-time employee of our church, I am in charge of our church nursery.  It is a necessary tool for ministry.  But our default is not putting our kids in the nursery.

We start each Sunday with the mindset and expectation that we will attend church together.  And then we adjust when necessary.

I will say this; Over time, it has become a lot less necessary.

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How do we get our children to sit through church?

We drug them.  (I’m kidding.  I just wanted to see if you were still reading.)

Here are a few things that we’ve found helpful in setting our children up for success in this area:

1 – Location

Find a spot to sit in the sanctuary that works best for your kids.

Notice that I didn’t say you.  Your preference may be sitting in the back – because that’s where you’re comfortable or because that’s less time people will be staring at you as you carry out a screaming child.  But, that might not be the best place for your children to sit to increase engagement.

We have found that our kids do exponentially better the closer we sit to the front.  Now, we go to a Lutheran church, so the “front” is still the 5th or 6th pew, but there’s nothing between my kids’ eyes and the front of the church to distract them.

Where you sit isn’t as important as why, and that why should be minimizing distractions and maximizing their engagement in what’s going on.

2 – Set Reasonable Expectations

Instead of defaulting to “My kids can’t sit in one place for an entire hour!”, change your perspective.  Ask yourself “What can my kids do?”, and set them up for it.

Our service structure is one where the first 35 minutes is made up of singing, reading Scripture, praying, listening to music and greeting people around us.  The activity – and posture – changes about every 5 minutes.  My kids can do that.  At 2 and 4, it is reasonable to expect them to sit to listen to the choir sing a four minute song, or stand and pray for three minutes.

The sermon is at the end of the service and usually lasts about 25 minutes.  Expecting them to sit and listen for that amount of time might be too much, so we plan for that.

This may be a good time to have them go to the church nursery.  Or bust out an activity bag.  (Read below to see what we pack in ours)

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3 – Include Your Kids

During a worship service, our kids do everything that we do.  They stand and sing when we do.  They fold their hands to pray and open a Bible and “read” it.

Don’t sell kids short.  They can do more than we think they can.

You might read that and think “My kids will never do that.”  But you don’t know until you try.  And celebrate baby steps of progress.  The more you do it and the more you set that expectation, the more likely they are to meet it.

4 – Plan for Shorter Attention Spans

Like I said before, the church nursery isn’t a bad thing.  Your kids may only be able to last five minutes into the sermon before they’re rolling under the pews (that actually happened to us), but that’s five minutes that they wouldn’t have been sitting in church with you if you would have started by handing them off somewhere.

Have a Plan B for what to do when they’re attention spans have been maxed out.

We bring an activity bag with a few activities that they have chosen (which we approved) that they are allowed to use once the sermon has started.

Scroll down to see what we pack in ours.  And search for even more ideas on Pinterest.

5 – Model for your Kids what Worship Looks Like

As much as you can, do what you would do in church if your kids weren’t with you.  They will learn by watching you.

This week, our sermon was telling the story of Jacob’s wives, and I was intrigued by which of his two wives bore which of his 12 sons.  So, I busted out my kids’ coloring pad and their crayon and started going through Genesis 39 and making a list.  My daughter saw it and asked what I was doing and when I told her, she grabbed the other pad, opened a Bible and started writing letters she saw.

My heart almost exploded.  And I learned how messed up Jacob’s family is.

6 – Focus on the BIG PICTURE

Remember WHY you do this; so that your children can learn how to experience this integral part of the Christian faith.  It’s not so people will think you have well-behaved kids.  Or so that YOU can get an undistracted hour.  Like everything else with toddlers (and elementary, middle & high school kids, I presume), this part of your life looks different now than it did before.  But it’s just a season.

And this is an investment, with an Return on Investment that is better than any stock you could ever purchase.

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A year ago, I never would have guessed we’d be here.  Sunday mornings weren’t enjoyable and there seemed no way our children would ever learn to sit.

But here we are.

It’s not perfect.

Half of the Sundays, I still don’t hear most of the sermon.  And last week, my son lunged at me while I was holding my communion cup and juice went everywhere.

But then my daughter whispers in my ear, “Mom, I read that story in my Bible” after listening to the sermon.  And all the spilled grape juice and humiliating walk outs with a tantrum-throwing child are worth it.

It’s not perfect and it’s a piece of how we teach our children faith.  But it’s a beautiful piece.

An imperfectly beautiful part of our family’s story.

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Church Activity Bag

 

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The two keys are:

  1. Less is more.
  2. Simplicity is best

We have one small bag for both of our children and they share it’s contents.  Choose activities that are quiet (duh!) that will keep their attention, but aren’t a distraction to others.

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We include

  • High 5 Magazines – These have a variety of activities in them, so packing one magazine is like packing 8 activities.  We have a stockpile of them, so I switch them out every couple weeks.
  • Paper pads – Something to write or color on (and something for you take notes on when you want to figure out Jacob’s 12 sons…..)
  • Crayola Twistables – I love these because I don’t have to worry about them breaking
  • Bible – My kids like to “read along” when we’re reading out of “big” Bibles
  • Book – I choose books that are pertinent to what we talk about in church, but it doesn’t have to be
  • Lacing cards – these are lightweight but can entertain kids for a long time

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Currently……

The Never-Ending Winter :: maximizingdaysblog.comThis photo is titled ‘Never-Ending Winter’.
Is this not the most depressing picture?  It’s our backyard.
April 12th and not a sign of green ANYWHERE.
But don’t worry, because it will all be white again this weekend. (I’m not kidding….)

Full Disclosure: I am completely aware of my inability to stop complaining about the weather.  In the words of Squints Paladoris,  “I can’t take this any more!”

I Am Currently…..

Wearing

I started my Spring Capsule Wardrobe last week, so this should be filled with all of the fun, warm weather items that have been stored under my bed for the last six months.  But, alas, winter just won’t leave us alone.

So I will dream of actually wearing spring clothes sometime before July.  Until then…..

I bought these pants and sweatshirt during Athleta’s sale this past week, and am anxiously awaiting their arrival.  It’s still pants and long sleeves, but they’re more lightweight, so I’m hoping that will make it feel more spring-y.

Reading

Obama An Intimate Portrait.

I found this last week on a return cart at our public library and grabbed it as fast as my nerd hands could.  It is a collection of photos taken by Pete Souza, the official White House photographer for Barack Obama during his entire eight years in office.

It.is.fascinating.

With each photo is a short caption giving some context to what you see.  Beautiful photography aside (there’s a reason this guy was hired by The White House), flipping through the pages of this book gives an insight into what the job entails, the human side of the office, and behind the scenes parts of the job and cause us political science majors heart palpitations.

We don’t have a coffee table, but if we did, this book would be on it.

Eating

Dried apricots.

During Holy Week, our church does a Maundy Thursday ‘Experience’.  We eat a meal together inspired by the passover meal, sing hymns, read scripture and take communion.  It’s one of my favorite events of the year.

One of the items served for supper was an assortment of dried fruit, including dried apricots.  One of my children didn’t eat hers, so I helped her out.  Oh.my.goodness.  Where have these been my whole life?

That was two weeks ago today.  I’ve since purchased four bags of dried apricots.  I cannot get enough of them.

Watching

If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know that I am an Aaron Sorkin nerd.  Before I knew what a screenwriter did, let alone any of their names, A Few Good Men & The American President were my two favorite movies (they were both written by Aaron Sorkin).  I started watching The West Wing when the pilot aired the fall of my senior year in high school, and faithfully watched every single episode of it’s seven year run.

Molly’s Game was Sorkin’s directorial debut, and my husband and I saw it in the theater.  It came out on Tuesday, and I created a Redbox account to rent it that day and watch it for a second time.

I’ve heard mixed reviews about the movie, but I, obviously, thought it was fantastic.  It’s a LOT of words, and they come pretty quickly.  But it’s a riveting story of a woman who tried to do what’s right while breaking the law.  Rent it.

And then google ‘Aaron Sorkin’ and watch anything else he’s ever written.

Loving

As I mentioned earlier, I did some online shopping this week at Athleta.  My husband bought me a swimsuit from there that I’ve been drooling over for the last six months, and since that purchase, I’m addicted.

I want everything they sell.  It’s a problem.

This conversation actually occurred in our kitchen this morning:
Me: The next time we go to the Cities (Minneapolis), I need to go into Athleta and ignore the price tags and just try on everything.
Husband: Whyyyyyyy?
Me: So I can learn what styles fit well so that when they go on sale online, I know what to buy without having to worry about it not fitting.
Husband: This sounds like a plan that can’t go wrong.

Thinking

That I’m going to buy this Simplified planner.  I’ve seen it around the blogosphere world and heard people talk about it, but I have my trusty Daily To Do List printable, so didn’t think much about it.

But now, I’m starting to change my tune.  They are currently sold out of planners, but are releasing new versions on May 2nd, and I’m leaning toward making the switch.  I will keep you posted.

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