This page is about a Mom who likes to think she is closer to the Hot side than the alternative. Here is my story of the daily journey of a less than rich, less than skinny and more than happy lady :D

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Make Over Your Mu-Mu: If The Pants Don't Fit

Friends, I'd like to introduce you to something that has made my life simple, made me feel better about myself and reduced the amount of stress in my day!

I know, it sounds like a magic potion or something. Now that you mention it, it does come in a "capsule"... but its not what you're thinking!

CAPSULE WARDROBE!!! If you don't know, you better ask somebody!!!! Here's the low down:

A traditional capsule wardrobe is simply this:

1. a collection of a few essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion 
  (i.e. skirts, trousers, coats)

2. basic pieces that can be livened up by seasonal pieces

3. these pieces should be inter-changeable, working together in multiple ways

I was scrolling through Facebook one day last spring and I came across a blog explaining the concept of the capsule wardrobe. I thought there was no way I could pull it off, there was no way I could operate on so few items in my closet. Here are the two ladies that I read about:

Why I Got Rid Of My Wardrobe...

Un-fancy: 37 piece wardrobe

I thought these broads were bananas... B A N A N A S.

Then I did a little homework. I was only wearing 20% of the clothing in my closet. That was so much wasted space. And so many moments of disappointment. Putting that cute shirt on only to realize my mommy pooch was prominent enough to mistake for a 4 month pregnancy. Trying those jeans on for the 137th time and guess what, they still don't fit. Ah, these yoga pants will always fit, let's wear those again.

If you have walked down that path of thinking, this is going to make you a better, happier, more confident person. Here's where you'll want to start...



Pinterest is a great source for options for a capsule wardrobe. Since we live in Florida it is hard to swap the seasons because summer tends to be 10 months long. I opted to keep most of my warm weather stuff available in case we have an extra sunny December day. That's what those in the biz call an "all seasons" or "life season" capsule wardrobe.

This was my favorite website and worksheet, and I loved her approach!

Elisa Pulliam Capsule Wardrobe Worksheet




Here are a few other great websites I found to be very helpful:

Un-Fancy Capsule Wardrobe Planner


Before you even start purging, there are steps to consider:
  • Start a vision board- or use the one you already have on Pinterest:
    • Notice trends: colors, style, repetition of items
  • Create a color palette:
    • Look at the colors you have pinned and the colors you love OR
    • There are color analysis websites that will help if you'd like to be scientific
  • Choose specific items:
    • Think uniform
    • Not just with the items but the repeated style
  • Analyze your lifestyle
    • I tend to find that wedge heels are not a mommy staple...
    • But its nice to have a pair in case I want to get fancy :D
  • Assess what you already have
  • Make a shopping list using one of the linked worksheets suggested
  • GO SLOW!

After 3 days of making lists and checking them twice, I started my purge. I spent 2 weeks making piles, debating and driving the Dashboard Dad nuts! But one huge mess turned into something beautiful!!! I slimmed it down to 75 items and its still a work in progress.




Here are a few of my basic pieces that I wear most often and that are the easiest to accessorize. On a rushed or blah day, these are my go-to, my comfort pieces. They look put together but they are still very functional for my life.





One thing I found important was making my closet a place of joy. I made an awesome display for my hanging jewelry, up-cycled a painting and made it a place that I like to go now. So getting ready for the day is less stressful and takes up less of my time. I'm all about streamlining my processes- hence taking 2016 to make over this momma! 

  


I would LOVE to see some of your wardrobe redos!!!




Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday Mommy Hack: Play-doh Nesting Eggs!!!

Okay Moms, if you have not heard about the Play-doh nesting egg sensation taking over the world I'm about to introduce you to a life changing phenomena. 

Is it the surprise at the end? Is it the build up? Is it the Play-doh? 

It can't be the voices, or the script. I think my kids would watch it on mute.

There's just something about these eggs. 

In the words of an up and coming lyrical genius:

"Don't believe me just watch
Don't believe me just watch
Don't believe me just watch
Don't believe me just watch
Don't believe me just watch
Hey Hey Hey Uh"



Now that you've spent 16 minutes enchanted by plastic eggs and play-doh, do you get it?
Don't worry, you're not alone... 

Please do not think I am condoning the TV as a babysitter, but we all know that sometimes you need a few minutes to:
- get dressed OR
- brush your teeth OR
- shower OR
- eat OR
- go to the bathroom OR
- fill any of those basic mommy needs

Why not give your kids the surprise of their life while you finally accomplish fulfilling your basic human needs?

I'd love to see a few photos of you introducing this trend to your kids, or even better your spouse. See if they think you're crazy... hey they might even think you're nuts enough to tell you to take an extra long mommy break! :D


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Make Over Your "Momma"

Friends, its time.

We have been surviving long enough.

Its time to thrive, succeed and feel better about today than we did yesterday.

Instead of to-do lists, we are going to work on making our to-done list.

This year is going to be your year- to shine, to glow to be alive. To stop hiding behind the yoga pants/camera/excuses/peer pressure.

I am going to spell out to you how to make the most of the time you have and how to feel great about getting it done.

The coming blogs are going to be a step by step instruction on how to improve an area of your life. These are areas that we all struggle with- some more than others. I have lived these transformations and I can say I came out on the other side a better mom, wife, friend and person.

No, I'm not a motivational speaker, but I think I could give one heck of a pep talk. But I am in a better place than I was a year ago. And I want you to be here, in the great place, with me.

I've made over my "momma" and its your turn. Glean from my mistakes and learn from my bumbles. There are so many too...

Get ready for (in no particular order):
Make Over Your Mu-Mu: If The Pants Don't Fit
Make Over Your Musk: Ain't That The Pits
Make Over Your Mornings: Early to Bed, Early to Rise
Make Over Your Mind: Namascraycray
Make Over Your Mood: No More Manic Monday's
Make Over Your Man: Trust Me, It's NOT What You Think
Make Over Your Monthly: Just Roll With It
Make Over Your Mid-Section: Have You Tried 6 Minute Abs?
Make Over Your Mothership: Hacks For The Decorating Impaired
Make Over Your Mess: 12 Step Program for the Hot Mess In Us All
Make Over Your Madness: Chill Pill- Take 3
Make Over Your Mindset: Pure. Simple.