Wednesday, 16 October 2019

2019 Fall Outfits-16.10.19

It has been a minute since I have posted.  My "real life" has taken over my time and I haven't had time left over to post on the blog.  I love this space, but I have not taken measures to ensure that my work here isn't pushed to the back burner when my real life becomes full or has something urgent to attend to.  I am working on that.

Here are some outfits that I have been wearing out of my fall capsule wardrobe.


Happy Wednesday, friends!

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Quick Swap

I have made a quick swap in my fall capsule wardrobe.  I have decided that the black "romperall" is best worn at home as lounge wear.  I don't think that it is flattering, although it is extremely comfortable.

I have switched out my romperall for these leopard overalls.  I am enamored with these!  I love all things leopard and I can't wait to wear them.

I will back next week with an outfit post.  Happy Wednesday, friends!

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

2019 Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Fall is my favourite season.  It is warm, but not hot.  The leaves turn beautiful colours.  Pumpkin spice lattes are available.  What's not to like?  I especially love dressing in the fall.  I love the colours and the sweaters.  It doesn't really surprise me that my fall capsule wardrobe is quite a bit bigger than my last few capsule wardrobes.  

Before spring, I had created a core capsule wardrobe.  The idea is that I would simply change out seasonal pieces and always work from the same core wardrobe.  I still like this idea in theory, but some of the clothes don't fit well anymore.  I chose to do away with this core capsule idea until I am out of this stage of my life.

My 2019 Fall Capsule Wardrobe consists of 35 pieces.  I will bump that number to 36 if I can get the stain out of one of my sweatshirts.  In my wardrobe I have: 22 tops, 2 dresses, 4 pants, 2 rompers, 2 vests, 1 shawl, and 2 jackets.  I plan to use this wardrobe until the end of December.

I have linked my previous fall capsule wardrobes if you want to check them out:
Happy Wednesday, friends!

Monday, 9 September 2019

Updating Routines

If there is one constant in life, it is change.  Life is always evolving and we need to adapt as change happens.  When changes in our lives happen, I find that my old routines often don't work anymore.  We have experienced some changes in the past month so I thought I would talk about how I have updated our routines.

The biggest change that has happened is that my oldest daughter has started kindergarten.  She goes to school for full days.  Kindergarten school days start an hour earlier than her playschool days.  Another change that is that I have started taking online courses, as I am working towards a different career path.  I have to be intentional about designating time to work on my schooling.

With these changes our morning routine and my evening routine has changed.  We have also developed an after school routine.  When working on new routines it is important to establish what you need to accomplish and the time that you need to do that.  I try to always allow for extra time.  With kids, I find that I need it!

For example, I need to have my daughter at school for 8:30.  I know that before school I need to do my morning routine, both kids need to get ready, we need to eat breakfast and walk to school.  It takes me about an hour to get my routine done and hour to get my kids out of the door.  I add a 15 minute buffer to my kids' morning.  It can take up to 15 minutes to walk to school.  With all this in mind, I start my mornings at 6:00 a.m.  My kids get up at 7:00.  I get my daughters ready and then we head to the breakfast table.  I make my oldest daughter's lunch while the kids eat.  Depending on how much time this all has taken, we either get our shoes on and head out the door or my kids can play for a few minutes.

Routines can't be rigid as life changes constantly.  With little tweaks and adjustments, everyone can feel comfortable and know what they are expected to do.  I will continue adjusting our routines this week as we get used to the changes in our schedule.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Wardrobe Wednesday- Summer 2019 Capsule Wardrobe

I have to be honest with you.  It really feels like summer is long gone.  Our August has been cool with chilly winds.  My wardrobe hasn't been completely appropriate for the weather, as I had been banking on summer sticking around a little longer.  I have been enjoying this capsule wardrobe and the outfits I have been wearing, even if I have been a tiny bit chilly!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Monday, 26 August 2019

Transitioning Back to School

It's that time of year again.  Summer is over and kids are heading back to school.  Although I love the freedom of summer, I am ready to settle into a routine again.  The transition back to school is made easier if you ease your family back into the routine before you actually head back. 

1.)  Get back to bedtimes.  I honestly stay consistent with bedtimes with my kids all summer long.  We let them stay up late for the odd special event, but everyone in our house is happier when we stick to bedtimes.  If your kids have been staying up later start rolling back their bedtime 15-20 minutes a night until you arrive at their ideal bedtime.

2.)  Wake up on time.  This one will be starting in our house this week.  While we stick to bedtimes, I have been letting my kids get up at whatever time they want.  We will be back to our regular wake up time this week.  After waking up we will also get back to our morning routine so that we will be used to getting ready to leave the house on time.

3.)  Stick to mealtimes.  In our house meal times and snack times get blurry in the summer.  It feels like my kids eat all day long.  My child will not get to eat all day at school.  This week we will start eating at designated times.  I will have to keep my girls busy in between because both of my kids love to snack.

Monday, 19 August 2019

20 Minute Challenge- Update

I started my 20 minute challenge and I can not believe how much it helped.  20 minutes goes by quickly and I have gotten so much done!  I have almost completed the 3 major areas of my home that were needing the most work.  I like the short work time because it doesn't feel like a large commitment or overwhelming.  Even though the time is short, I have been able to be productive.  I have completed our bar area, our cold room and most of the laundry room.  

Laundry Room: 


In Progress:

Cold Room:



I have been so happy with my progress.  If you have a problem area in your home that you have avoided tackling, I suggest you attempt this 20 minute challenge.  I think you will be surprised at how helpful it can be.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Goals Update

I usually review my goals monthly, but I really haven't done that this year.  Boy, does it show!  I had forgotten several of my goals (eep!) and even the ones I remember have fallen by the wayside.  I have recently gone over my goals and I know that I need to put some work in if I want to end the year successfully.

1.)  Establish a morning routine.  This one wasn't going too bad until summer hit.  I will get back at it with my routine, especially with school starting soon.

2.)  Treat the Earth better.  This is going fairly well.  I bath much less often (I do quick daily showers instead) and I have been aware of packaging when making purchases.  I need to work on walking or biking more, as my vehicle is still being driven regularly.  

3..)  Save.  This goal is going well.  It is probably because we review our finances quite often.  We are still plugging away, but our savings is definitely coming along.

4.)  Walk five or more times a week.  This goal has been neglected.  I definitely need to work on it!

My word of the year is embrace.  I feel like I am doing a good job embracing life and those around me.  It takes effort, especially on days when things are difficult.    I am happy that I looked over my year's goals.  I will be putting in more effort in the coming months.

Happy Friday, friends!

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

This Week's Wardrobe

I designed my Summer Capsule with warm days and sunshine in mind.  It has been quite cool and it feels a bit like fall.  I don't have many outfits to show, as I worked all last week and just came home to change into sweats.  I wasn't feeling great so my sweats worked for just being at home.  I am hoping to throw together a few more outfits this week.  Maybe it will be warm enough for all those shorts I included in my wardrobe!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Summer Capsule Wardrobe

I have finally created a summer capsule wardrobe.  I know that summer is half over but July was a bit of a write off for us.  With cooler weather, my miscarriage and Hubby's surgery, it really didn't feel like summer.  I am now fresh off my last capsule wardrobe and I was excited to put together something for the remaining days of summer.  I have kept this capsule wardrobe small, as it doesn't cover a long period of time.  I will also tell you that none of these clothes will end up at the cabin with me.  When I am camping I like to wear old clothes that can get dirty.  I play in the sand with the kids, deal with sticky marshmallow hands and help build fires.  I don't really want my regular clothes getting ruined during these activities.

My summer capsule wardrobe has 20 pieces: 7 bottoms, 5 tops, 4 dresses, 3 sweaters and a jean jacket.  It will carry me through the remaining days of summer.

4 shorts and 1 pair of pants

2 skirts

3 sweaters and 1 jean jacket

5 tops

4 dresses

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

7 Day Capsule Recap

My 7 day capsule wardrobe is complete.  I had fun getting dressed in clothes that made me feel good every day.  It did help my mood and helped me feel motivated to move forward with my summer.  I enjoyed wearing dresses and I think I will keep that in mind as I move forward with future capsule wardrobes.  In case you weren't following along on Instagram, here are my 7 days of outfits:

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Monday, 29 July 2019

20 Minute Challenge

With July drawing to a close, we only have one more month before school starts up again.  This summer has already been filled with ups (weddings, birthdays, graduations) and downs (our miscarriage).  With everything going on, I haven't touched any of my house projects that I have been wanting to tackle.  

I have decided to employ a 20 minute challenge to help me get going with my projects.  I plan to spend 20 minutes every day that we are home working on a cleaning/decluttering project in my home.  Those 20 minutes per day will really add up over the month of August.  I am excited to see what I can accomplish.

I will be posting my progress both here an on my Instagram (@peacefulsimplelifeblog).  I would love to see your progress, if you want to join in.  

Happy Monday!  Have a fabulous week!

Friday, 26 July 2019

5 Fun and Simple Ways to Enjoy Summer

Summer is short and fleeting.  Most of us want to make the most of it, but sometimes it can be a struggle.  The good news is that you don't need a ton of money, time or effort in order to enjoy your summer.  Today I am going to share with you 5 fun and simple ways to enjoy your summer.

1.  Grow Something  There is nothing quite like nurturing a plant and watching it grow before your very eyes.  I have many plants and I love it.  If you are just starting out a simple flower or herb may be a good way to start.  Try to choose something hardy that won't mind if you forget about it from time to time.

2. Backyard Pool or Sprinkler  Nothing fancy here.  Just a plastic pool with some water or a sprinkler for the kids (and adults!) to run through.  This screams summer to me.  Some of my favourite memories from my childhood summers involve running through the water with my brother.

3.  Enjoy a frozen treat  This also screams summer to me.  We like to eat pospicles, freezies and ice cream outside at the park or on the patio.  Nothing like a dripping treat in the hot sunshine.  (And the added plus of less clean up because you are outside.)  Bonus points if you make your own!

4.  Blow bubbles  I have a fascination with bubbles.  I think that they are beautiful to watch.  My kids love to chase them and attempt to catch them.  Summer time is bubble time.

5.  Nature Walks  I think that nature walks are important all year round.  Nature is calming and so gorgeous.  I really like bird watching with my kiddos in the summer.  There are so many birds in our yard that only come for spring and summer.  Animals in general are much more active in the summer and there is so much to see.

How do you like to spend your time in the summer?  Do you have any simple past times that you like to enjoy?  Have a great weekend, friends!

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

7 Day Dress-Up Capsule

I haven't felt like getting dressed properly over the last few weeks.  There were moments that called for it and I did pull myself together, but for the most part I have spent my time in my sweatpants.  I don't think that there is anything wrong with this.  I was hurting both physically and emotionally and staying in my sweats was comforting.  

In the last few days I have started to feel much more like myself.  I am physically feeling much better.  Sometimes, when facing something difficult, I need to make the effort into my appearance in order to buoy my mood and to help me function better.  Yesterday, I decided to create a dressier capsule for the next week.  I think it will help bring me out of this funk.  Honestly, I am ready for it.  I needed time and space to feel my feelings, but I also don't want to check out of life for too long. 

My dress-up capsule contains 7 articles of clothing that I would consider to be dressier than my normal fare (although not really that dressy).  I am trying to go the extra mile to feel good in my skin again.  I have included 3 dresses, 1 sweater, 1 skirt, 1 pair of dress shorts and a blue tank.

I will post my outfits next week and let you know if this experiment worked!  I will also be posting on Instagram.  Happy Wednesday, friends!

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Walking Through Difficult Times

We all walk through difficult and stressful times in our lives.  No one makes it through unscathed.  Recently, my husband and I learned that our pregnancy was ending is miscarriage.  We are both heartbroken.  This will be our second miscarriage.  We were so excited for our new little one and the thought that we won't get to meet this sweet baby fills me with sadness.  Unfortunately, there is no way around grief.  You have to walk through it.  I have learned a few things that help me make it through painful times and I thought I would share them with you.

Share your pain with your support network.  Whenever I am going through something difficult, I feel a strange responsibility to shield those around me from my pain so that I don't make them feel uncomfortable.  I don't know why this is my knee-jerk response, but I so badly want everything to be okay, so I pretend that it is.  I try not to let my pain spill over into areas of my life that other people see.  It really isn't the healthiest response.  While I recognize that I don't feel comfortable (nor should I) sharing my pain with everyone around me, I do have a handful of people who are in my support network.  These people are more than willing to share the burden of my pain.  These are the people who love me no matter what and who are willing to sit with the discomfort in order to help me wade through my heartbreak.  So I share.  I call them when I can't carry on my brave face and I start to crumble.  They listen, give me love and slowly help me pick up the pieces.

Set boundaries.  Setting boundaries is a lifelong skill that I am quite certain I will never fully master.  It is challenging to set boundaries at the best of times, let alone when we are feeling raw and broken.  The unfortunate fact of life is that there are people who always seem to overstep, ask for too much or can't recognize when they need to give space.  When you are hurting you need to grant yourself the time and the space to walk through your grief.  This might mean taking some responsibilities off your plate for a while, stepping away from activities or people whom you find draining, or simply building protected time into your schedule so that you can process in the way that works best for you.

Ask for what you need.  This can be hard to do, especially when we are used to being able to meet our needs on our own.  When we are hurting, the people around us want to help.  Sometimes they don't know how to do that.  It is perfectly okay to ask for what you need, especially when someone offers to help.  It can be as simple as just having someone listen or give you a hug.  It can also be asking someone to watch your children for an hour while you take a moment to yourself.  Everyone deals with challenges in different ways so it can be beneficial to clearly state what you need when someone is trying to help. 

If you don't have a good support network in place, please seek help through your medical provider or through a support group.  You shouldn't have to walk through painful times alone.  We are built for community, especially during times of need.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Time Out For Mom

I have a difficult time leaving my children.  I always have.  My anxiety goes through the roof, even when they are in safe hands.  We struggled for years to get pregnant.  When we had our first daughter, she was in medical distress and had to be transferred to a different hospital in a city that was an hour and a half away.  That hospital had no room for me and being fresh off of an emergency c-section, I was not allowed to follow for 36 hours.  Those were the longest 36 hours of my life.  I think that once I finally got my baby in my arms, I simply never wanted to let go.  I had nightmares for months about being separated from her.

I think a lot of my anxiety has stemmed from the events following her birth.  I am also a worrier by nature, so I often have to step back and remind myself that worrying doesn't do anything productive.  At any rate, I struggle to feel safe being away from my kids.

This has been fine and well for a long time.  Our kids had fallen into a nice evening routine.  I was feeling like I was getting ample alone time during my nights.  Recently, our oldest daughter has been struggling with her sleep and our alone time in the evenings has been greatly diminished or non-existent.  Coupled with her being overtired and feeling defiant, my frustration grew quickly and I finally became overwhelmed.  Saturday night, I found myself losing my temper and having to hand bedtime duties over to my husband before my I completely boiled over.  When he finally got our daughter down to sleep, I tearfully told him that I needed a break.

I was tired of spending my days trying to help my kids sort through emotions, while feeling spent and overtired.  I was tired of spending my nights trying to calm my older daughter while feeling anything but calm.  He agreed and suggested I take the time to recharge.

The next afternoon I decided to go to a nearby city.  I almost chickened out.  I nearly turned around.  I phoned home and my husband assured me all was well.  I took a few deep breaths and kept driving.  I eventually made it to the city.  I looked at pretty decor, drank coffee and browsed through stores.  I bought my next planner (Eeek!  I love planners!).  My afternoon was quiet.  No one asked me for anything.  I didn't have to help anyone calm down or share or find a productive way to channel anger.  I relaxed and thought only of trivial things.  I enjoyed my coffee while it was hot.  Best of all, no one followed me into the bathroom.  (If this seems strange, I apologize.  My kids make it their personal mission to be in the bathroom with me at all times.  If I manage to close and lock the door, they sit outside and talk to me the whole time.)

It was a lovely break.  It was a needed break.  When I came home, I was refreshed.  My daughter had another difficult bedtime that night, but I didn't get frustrated.  I felt better able to help her through it because I was no longer depleted.

Take the time, Mama.  Everyone needs a break now and then.  It can be difficult to find a way to make it work, but it is vital.  Sometimes you only need an hour.  Other times you need a whole afternoon.  Take what you need to stay healthy.   As the old adage goes, 'you can't pour from an empty cup'.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Capsule Wardrobe- Trying a New Method

We have had an active Spring and our May is going to be filled with a bunch of fun events.  This means that we spend less time at home.  I strongly identify as an introvert, so spending time away from home is stressful for me.  I begin to feel overwhelmed by many aspects of my life.  This includes simple things, like my closet.

When I have a full schedule, the last thing I want to think about is clothes.  I have found capsule wardrobes to be extremely helpful for this, but it wasn't really working out for me this time.  I chose all my items and had them in my closet.  It wasn't a large capsule wardrobe, but it felt suffocating.  I toyed with the idea of a uniform but I am not sure I could make that work.

Like many people, I know what I like to wear.  If you have been following my wardrobes for a while you know that I often repeat the same items over and over.   Certain clothes make it into every single wardrobe.  I took those items out of my closet and separated them from the rest.  I am going to call this my core capsule.

My core capsule consists of 10 items.  3 pairs of pants and 7 tops.  I wear these items constantly and that isn't going to change any time soon.

Apparently I like to wear black and grey.

I have decided that instead of designing entire capsule wardrobes, I will simply choose pieces to add to my core capsule every month.  This will help me choose items that make sense depending on the weather and what my life is demanding of me that month.  It will also keep my capsule wardrobe feeling fresh and fun.  I will simply shop my closet every month.

I have added 13 items to my core capsule this month, for a total of 23 items.  2 of those items are not pictured, as I just ordered them from an ethical clothing company.  I will share my thoughts on those items after I have had a chance to wear them.  My May capsule will encompass Mother's Day, Playschool graduation, my daughter's birthday, my Grandma's 80th birthday and my cousin's wedding.  (Plus all the regular life in between!)  

My May capsule items include my coral blazer, my black jumpsuit, striped sundress, 2 Harry Potter t-shirts, floral off-the-shoulder top, black nursing top, raspberry nursing sweater, blue tank top, cropped jeans and pink jeans.  It is a nice amount of colour to go along with my neutral core wardrobe.

Happy Wednesday, friends!