Best Practical Dress for Mom’s During the Mothering Years

IMG_2398webOver the course of the last 12 years I have been either expecting or nursing. That means for 12 years my size has been all over the place! I’ve always kept my clothes for each size in totes and swapped out my clothes as I needed. That is a lot of swapping. Some seasons only three months go by and I am changing things around again! If you mama’s out there can relate then this post is for you!

Behold….wrap dresses in various forms….

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Perfect dress for fluctuating sizes! I was about 5 months post partum in this picture and still around 25 lbs from my pre pregnancy weight.

 

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Same size dress, different color. Still around 8 to 10 lbs to my pre pregnancy weight (I’m thinking that last several lbs isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, (thank you late 30’s)! But still, the wrap dress is flattering through so many sizes changes!

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I got this one from Krisp Clothing on Amazon, but you can get them in all kinds from various places. There are ones that tie in the middle. You can get them to tie on the side. You can find them pre tied, or ones you tie yourself. I recommend ones that gather slightly at the tummy!

 

Wrap dresses are the perfect dress for women during the childbearing years since they accommodate sizes that are rapidly and consistently fluctuating.

I don’t know about you but I’ve gotten get tired of constantly switching my wardrobe around for my changing body through the childbearing years. I wish I had found these dresses years ago, they are just so practical! They accentuate the waist and look good between children, but they will  give room to grow, the best part, if you are a nursing mother they are perfect because you can easily nurse in them!

Wrap dresses are best for neat and full hourglass types and expectant mothers, however I am only slightly hourglass, I’m more of a rectangle and it is still flattering on me, I get lots of compliments when I wear them!

Wrap dresses are a great go-to dress for church, town, or home! If you get shorter ones then they will be more like a tunic.

Changes

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Plating dinner for littles before a client proofing…

Yes, I’m still here! It has been awhile. The last year has been a whirlwind! It seems that there is always something urgent to get to these days, be it laundry, meal prep, school lessons, and of course running my photography business. Whenever one more thing gets thrown into the mix it seems something else gets squeezed out.

Over the last year we’ve been adding on to our home, and quite frankly this along with all the time spent keeping our medium/large sized family organized in such a small space was taking all my extra time. We recently just got moved in and I am immensely enjoying all the space, and extra time.

Upon returning to blogging, I’ve had to face the fact that I love blogging about health, but there is so much more I want to blog about. I’ve felt this way for awhile, and I think it could be part of the subconscious reason I’ve neglected this blog for so long. I want to share more of my homemaking journey!

To get started, sure to check out all my new pages;

Essential Oils (Big news there)
Get Organized (Big news there too)
Health
Food
Homeschooling

These are all topics I am so excited to touch on in the future! Of course I’ll still be blogging about the same things I have been as well, and I hope to begin doing more reviews! I’m excited!

Stay tuned, fun times ahead!

Bruschetta

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Even before I knew I had Italian ancestors a few generations back I always suspected I might. Nobody could love Italian food and red wine as much as I do and not have a little Italian back there somewhere! Fortunately I married a man who loves Italian food almost as much as me, and together we made a mini army that is just as crazy about it!

Bruschetta. From the oldest to the youngest, this is our family’s favorite summertime food. The youngest don’t even mind the onions (I mince them so that helps). We love this dish so much we make a light meal out of it. I’ll post my bread recipe at a later date. But for now, enjoy this savory bruschetta!

4 cups chopped tomatoes
1/2 to 1 cup minced red onions
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (I use Yioryo from Azure Standard, it is so good!)
1/2 cup chopped basil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste (we love Himalayan pink salt, it is so flavorful and packed with minerals)
Oregano Oil*

Mix the ingredients and let sit at room temperature for around an hour before serving so the flavors can blend. Serve on your favorite toasted bread!

*Be careful with the oregano oil, it is easy to overdo it. Simply take a toothpick, dip in in the oil and swirl it around the bruschetta. Make sure to use a good essential oil brand, I like RMO, Wholistic Botanicals, and of course Young Living (I recently became a distributor for Y.L. after taking a break from them for a couple years. What can I say, I just couldn’t stay away! If you would like to try Young Living or have questions contact me!