Friday, June 27, 2014

Comfy Momma Style

My family and I just returned home from a wonderful road trip to San Antonio, Texas.  Both Mr. How and I are educators, so we have the same vacation time.  I've come to realize what a blessing it is to also have the same breaks as our kids.  The four of us will always be able to spend time together during our time off of work and school.

The drive to San Antonio is nine hours without stops and since the kids are so little, we decided to stop in Dallas to and from San Antonio in order to break up the time spent in the car.  (I'll post more about our trip to the Lone Star State soon.)  Today we spent the day just vegging out recovering from all the traveling.  K.D. and Abigail* were content to play together in their rooms and in the living room after being cooped up in the car for such a long time yesterday.  It was the perfect day for me to just take my time to unpack, do laundry, and...start this blog!

I don't know about you, but it's tempting to want to spend the day in pajamas when you know you'll just be in the house taking care of little ones and doing chores.  I mean, even my kids were in their pajamas literally the entire day.  After becoming a momma, I've learned that even if I know that I'll be spending the entire day at home, I need to change out of my pajamas and into "real clothes."   I've come to realize that when I actually get dressed, I tend to feel more motivated to get things done around the house.  I could also leave the house to run errands or have people over and actually look presentable.

About 18 months ago, I discovered some really helpful mom-friendly style blogs via Pinterest,  (Hooray for Pinterest!) and  I spent a year fasting from clothes shopping (more about that in another post).  It was then that I began my "comfy momma style" quest.  In my pre-style-blog-following days, I was content to wear a pair of stretchy hand-me-down capris and an old graphic t-shirt which quite honestly, are not very different from pajamas and would still make me look and feel frumpy.  I realized I needed clothing pieces that were comfortable and mom-friendly, and yet were stylish and flattering at the same time.  Now remember, my husband and I are both educators, so it's not like we have a lot of extra money for me to go spending on clothes.  I have no problem wearing hand-me-downs or clothes that I've had for the past 10 years.

Why am I writing all of this?  As I stated earlier, I've learned so much over the past 18 months about this subject and it's one of the things I want to share in this blog.  If you're in the same boat as me, I want you to know that you don't have to feel frumpy and you don't have to spend a lot of money trying not to feel frumpy.  I truly believe that God has led me to the blogs that have helped me in my quest and He is the One who helps me to be a better steward of what I do have.  Through this blog, I want to share with others some of the things I've learned about how to dress comfortably and modestly without breaking the bank.

So will you join me in my "comfy momma style" quest?  I've been posting some of my "comfy momma style" outfits on Instagram for awhile now under #comfymommastyle, but you would only be able to see them if you followed my old account which is private.  I started a new Instagram account @howcomfy and it will be a public account where I will post my "comfy momma style" outfits through the summer.  Feel free to hashtag your favorite "comfy momma style" outfits and inspire me, too!  Here's my #comfymommastyle outfit from today: track pants + black tee + leopard slides.  All of these were on sale by the way!

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