I have fallen in love with the simple living, farmhouse type mom. I discovered a few on Instagram when I first had River and have been fascinated ever since. They go back to roots of homemaking, baking, gardening, cooking every meal, and spending time plenty of time with their children. It’s a great reminder for me to slow down and enjoy being a stay at home mom. I’ve post some of the things they have inspired me to do.
I love to cook! I just tend to get so caught up in the activities of the day I don’t have time. I’ve made it my goal to try and cook more meals from scratch. Homemade waffles and eggs for breakfast, soup and a sandwich on fresh bread for lunch, and then something everyone enjoys for dinner. While it takes more time then grabbing a pop tart or microwave burrito, it makes me happy. I also know my children will have fond memories of their mama’s cooking.
Spending more time with River
I some times take to much advantage of the fact that River is independent. I don’t spend near enough time just focusing on her. Now every morning I eat breakfast with her and cuddle on the couch. I let her help me with chores, even though it takes 10 times longer. We try to go for walks around the block in the morning or swimming in the afternoon. I feel more connected to her when we spend time together and remember why I wanted to stay home so bad.
Having a simple home
I use to think that I need brand new expensive items in my home to be happy. What I really love seeing in the instagramers home, is how simple yet elegant they look. They decorate with fresh flowers, use simple colors and textures.They don’t own the latest gadgets or home decor, but buy timeless simple items. I’ve slowly been removing clutter and unnecessary items and adding items that have multiple purposes.
Having a simple style
Everyday I would do my make and hair, I also wore brand name trendy clothes, even if I didn’t really like them. What I love now is to go bare faced, hair brush back into a pony and to wear flattering yet comfy clothes. I tend to either thrift shop or buy classic quality made clothes from Amazon. With our prime member ship it makes it more affordable and I don’t have to wait forever to get my clothes. I recommenced having a capsule wardrobe, it’s less work finding what matches and you have more closet room. Pinterest has some great examples to look at and help you figure out where to get started. I plan on adding a leather jacket, trench coat and sweaters to my winter wardrobe.
Having a simple routine
I like to get up about an hour before River does, so I can have some me time. I get breakfast and some tea, then look through what I need to do for the day. Then I get River up, fed and dressed so we can start our day.She plays while I get some house work or blog work done. I try to do one educational activity with her a day. I also try to make sure we get out of the house and around other kids a couple times a week. Our lunch time and nap time pretty scheduled out, but in general I just take the day as it comes.