I think this is the busiest fall we’ve had as a family so far. Between traveling in September, having company, the kids school commitments and activities, a new dog, Craig’s job, our church callings, my business, and an old house that we’re constantly working on, there hasn’t been much time leftover. We haven’t been apple picking, or on a hayride, and I haven’t even put pumpkins on my front doorstep yet. All the things that make it feel like fall, and I just haven’t gotten to them yet. Who the heck am I? Fall is my time, and I haven’t been enjoying it at all! Does this ever happen to anyone else? I feel like as a mom I never stop. The mornings are busy, the days too, afternoons are filled with shuttling kids to practice and home, helping with homework, making dinner. Each day goes by in a blink, and before I know it, it’s October 12th and I still have no freaking pumpkins on my doorstep.
I feel like I have to consciously remind myself to stop and do the things that add flavor to my life. One of the ways I make room for the flavor, is by streamlining some of the other parts, simplifying them so they get done quicker and more efficiently. Everything from meal planning simple meals, the system I use to keep my house clean, and how I get dressed.
Enter the momiform.
My momiform changes season to season and year to year, but it always has the same key elements: comfortable and functional clothes I can “mom” in that make me feel good and put together. Pretty simple right? My seasonal mood is usually reflected in my momiform. Last fall, my momiform was all sweaters and booties, boyfriend jeans and a scarf. Very cozy Seattle. It still hasn’t really started to feel like fall here in Connecticut, so I’ve been feeling really casual with my slide on shoes, and tees and this year I am all about the open cardigan sweater vest. (lets call it a coatigan vest shall we?) I picked up two of these in the last few weeks, one in a nice gray and this soft oatmeal colored one, and I gave been wearing them non-stop. I’ve also been living in my AG jeans and mules. I bought 4 pairs of slide on loafers this year, and I think it’s safe to say, that is my shoe obsession for the year. These are really the perfect shoe for a mom, because they are comfortable and easy to slip on fast, but they look so chic.
Streamlining my casual everyday looks, saves me so much time I’d otherwise spend trying to figure out what I’m going to wear each day. When I’m not so busy, I love spending hours styling outfits and figuring out new ways to pair things, but when life is crazy like it is right now, I need quick easy solutions that I can repeat over and over again. If you haven’t figured out your own momiform, I highly recommend doing it.
A few other momiform combinations for fall, to get the ideas flowing: