It’s been mentioned more than once here that summer isn’t my strongest style season. I would say that 4-5 days a week I wear my denim cutoffs with one of the tops from my summer capsule. They are comfortable enough for chasing the kids and playing on the floor with the baby, easy enough to care for that I don’t worry about grubby hands, spilled bubbles, or dripping popsicles, and look just ‘cool’ enough that if I go out in public I don’t feel like a total slob.
I made this pair about 6 years ago from a pair of men’s jeans I bought on clearance when I was postpartum with Max (almost 9 years ago). Back then, I wore them as boyfriend style jeans, but they have been even better as cutoffs thanks to the oversized fit. Add a top, throw on some sandals, and call it a day. Here’s a great alternative I love.
My husband (who is also a teacher) and I have been swapping turns hanging out with the kids while the other does some work around the house a couple of days a week. This is how I’ve been managing to get the decluttering project done with four kids around, if you’re wondering. 🙂 In our last month of summer break I hope to ease up on that and enjoy the down time without worrying about my to-do list.
I’m the type that can’t really relax or rest if I have something hanging over my head that I want to accomplish. I know I’ve been guilty of rushing through things with my kids or letting them watch an extra TV show so I can get one more thing done. Lately, it’s been on my mind just how quickly the kids are changing… from their various levels of independence to their relationships with one another and everything in between.
I have really been trying to remind myself to take it all in and savor each stage (even the less than enjoyable ones) before it’s gone. I asked my friend, Andrea (Love Andrea’s Closet), to customize this bangle with the word ‘moments’ as a reminder for myself to be present in the moment and not mentally thinking of what else I should be/could be doing. To soak it all up because we never get these days back to do over.
In other news…next week another Andrea in my life and I will be doing a Summer 10×10 Challenge (similar to this one from spring). I’m working on choosing 10 items to wear 10 different ways and push out of my denim shorts comfort zone.
Is anyone interested in giving it a try?