My Child’s Sense of Style

Sense of style? Gosh, I’m not sure my kids have style…well maybe they do because each of them is a little different!

 

Let me first think back to when I was a kid. I was a weird girl for awhile. I remember I liked it when my mom would pick out my clothes each night and lay them on my bed. I had matching outfits – far out pants to go with crazy looking shirts. Well that was the style!

Then junior high hit and I HAD to have Guess jeans or whatever brand name my friends had. I needed to be cool!

 

There is one advantage to having boys and that is that they do not care what they wear each day….let me explain…

C’Man is my oldest. When I take him shopping he likes to pick out shirts decorated with items he likes – skateboards, surfing, sharks, but best of all sports! He loves wearing his favorite teams. Cubs baseball, Clemson football, or whatever team his dad is rooting for.

O’Bear is a tad pickier. He looks more for the colors. If it’s orange then it’s good to go. Stripes? That probably won’t make into our cart. He also tends to go for the animals – dogs, dolphins, and bears.

Baby P’Diddy of course doesn’t have any say in what he puts on each day. Even though he is my third boy, I still love going shopping for him and picking out some new clothes so that his entire wardrobe does not have to be hand-me-downs. I think that I could live in the little boy sections. Tiny cargo shorts, mini polo shirts, little socks. The cuteness does not end.

 

My boys have gone to a few different schools and I think the way their current school does clothing is a good way. We have uniforms, but there is more than a couple of colors like most private schools have. Their school allows for 3 or 4 solid shirts. They can be t-shirts or golf type shirts. They can wear khakis or jeans which makes it super simple. All the kids look nice and it is very easy to go shopping and get ready in the morning.

Is there a sense of style in the uniform method? For my boys, not really. But I see all the little girls dressing it up a bit. Cute socks, hair ribbons, a little jewelry. They know how to do it!

 

Would I trade my easy, not caring what they wear for the most part, boys? No, never! 🙂

 

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Making Life Easier When On The Go

As a mom I am always looking for shortcuts or just easier ways in general to get things done.

When I’m on the go ~ anything to make my trip out more efficient is a bonus. Or also anything to make my errands a little more FUN always helps too!

When I go grocery shopping, a task that I dread, I treat myself to an iced latte or cappuccino as a little treat to myself.

 

Here are some other tips I have come across to speed up my time away from home…

~ Planning ahead. Making lists about where I have to go, what I need to bring with me and what I need to do or buy at that place. I’m a list girl!

~ Make a Schedule with a route. Keep in mind traffic and how to get from here to there the quickest way. I don’t want to be zig-zagging all over town for my errands

~ Bring your own cloth bags. You’re not only saving the landfill but you can help bag your purchases and carry your belongings in and out of the car easier too!

~ GPS ~ since we’ve moved to three different cities in three years it is sometimes to hard to find my way. My GPS has saved me countless minutes as it leads me in the right direction.

~ My new SmartPhone has helped me more than I ever thought it would. I can add my lists to it, check my bank account if I’m iffy on how much money is in there, and let my kids play games. Yes that is a time saver too as they stay out of my hair!

~ Keeping extras in the car. Extra wipes, extra clothes, extra sunglasses, extra books, toys, snacks, the list could go on. If I’m prepared than everything runs more smoothly!

~ First aid kit and keep it stocked with lots of bandaids! You never know when you will need it and it will come in handy!

~ AAA for towing, battery loss, or discounts. We have saved TONS of time and money with our membership.

~ When you find cheap(er) gas fill up the tank and keep an eye on the gauge. It’s awful to be on low while trying to find the lowest priced gas.

~ Stay at the task on hand. It’s easy to get sidetracked, but if you stay with your schedule then things with go more efficiently.

 

I know sometimes it gets to be hectic and crazy so hope some of these little tidbits might help ya a bit. I’d love to hear how you make your outings more efficient too!

 

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Seattle’s Best Coffee blogging program for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.