Don’t you love a cozy sweatshirt and finding a favorite tee? If you live in the PNW or are from there ( I’m not, and still love these 😜), I’ve found some really fun designs for you! Rainy State Threads is a small shop (you know how I love small shops)! And living in comfortable, cozy clothes is my life right now. Most of you young mamas are probably in the same stage as me. You want to be put together, but you need to be comfortable and really don’t have that much time to put into your outfit every day. If you’re a stay at home mom or work at home mom…heck even a mom that works and then comes home to crazy kid life…you just have to be comfortable. You have to be ready for messes, spills, and all of the “oopsies!” Most of our clothing needs to be able to be washed and then ready to wear. Rainy State Threads is going to be your jam.
I used to be so proud to be a clean mom. I hate the messiness that comes with motherhood (There. I said it. I’m not a good messy mom). And the Lord gave me a clean child the first go around! Woohoo! I had found His favor😂. Hallen HATES getting messy. As soon as her hands get a few crumbs on them or a little bit of melted chocolate, she immediately needs to have her hands wiped. She never loved to dig in the dirt or eat leaves, or even try to feed herself! So, I was able to keep her pretty clean most of the time (besides the random blowouts, which were beyond her control, right? 😂). But Hazel is another breed. She wants everything and wants to get into everything. All of the bugs, dirt, leaves, and messy food! And she has to feed herself, smashing everything into her fingers before she puts it in her mouth. She loves it! She’d probably take a mud bath if I let her, but that just makes my clean freak mind start getting all sorts of anxious! She’s definitely been teaching me to let go, though…that it’s okay to have messy moments and not clean up every 15 seconds.
This sweatshirt should totally be hers. She’s the happiest camper out there. She takes life in stride and seems to just giggle at everything…no matter what happens! It’s the simple joys that we see in our children that ultimately teach us. They teach us to relax, slow down, take things as they come…don’t fear the future, and make a mess once in a while! Y’all… children are such a breath of fresh air after living in fear and with all the anxieties that surround adulthood/motherhood, right? I know I’m speaking to the choir, because most of you that read my blog (thank you for following along, by the way <3 ) are mamas! I’m trying my best these days to honestly follow my girls’ leads…not letting them boss me around, but play how they play and try to see things how they see them.
I probably won’t ever let my kids paint inside like some fun moms out there…or even play with play-doh very often (gosh, that makes me sound awful!), but we live in an area where there are so many great things to do outside or just fields to explore and pretend in. I want them to see that there is more than technology (although, I’m not going to pretend I hate it)…and seeing how Hallen’s imagination is developing right now makes me want to keep it expanding, and just let her explore all of it! Just like this tee…fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. They certainly are! And there is so much to do in the fresh air and sunshine…they can also make messes in the great outdoors and I don’t have to worry about it messing up my carpets 😂 So, it’s a win win really, right?!
Motherhood really does make you come face to face wth your fears, though, right? Whether your fears are messiness (seriously, one of mine) or your child getting hurt, acknowledging our fears and then turning them around so that we can conquer them is where the power of motherhood lies. And that little baby on your hip (or maybe your sweet angel baby) was created to help you. It’s so funny how we can see our fears when we look at them. So many things run through our heads, and yet we can decide to let that fear control how we mother or we can slam that fear in the ground! The simple one I’m working on is the messiness of motherhood. And it’s slowly dwindling. Not that I don’t hate a mess now. I still do. But I know a mess is easily cleaned up. It’s more important to experience every emotion that comes with being a mom than to become numb…clearly I’m talking about bigger fears than messes now, but that’s a whole other post (for next week😉)!
Whether it’s joy or grief. Feel those emotions. Acknowledge them. And conquer them. Then go breathe in some fresh air and feel the sunshine on your shoulders (or your face if it’s still freezing where you are!)
Have a great weekend <3
Tee/Sweatshirt: Rainy State Threads
Hazel’s Daisy Dress: Dot Dot Smile Brandi Compton