Three cheers for stretchy clothes that keep us warm, right kiddos? ;) So far, this month has been all about fully enjoying the invention of the elastic waistband. And January, you’ve been so good to us with your weather! Up until the last week or so we’ve had a pretty mild Michigan winter, which I so appreciate because we are traveling a lot between Grand Rapids, Petoskey, and Detroit, and the light snowfall has been a good transition for our little family.
But, like I knew it would, the snowy season has officially arrived :) Someone asked me recently how the transition has been, and honestly it’s been pretty easy. The colder weather isn’t anything to complain about, our home is warm and we have plenty of toys and activities and family members nearby to keep us all busy inside. And update: the kids are back to their regular napping schedule, and I’m all THANK YOU SWEET CHILDREN, because I have been joining them myself for an afternoon of rest.
Can we switch over to some girlfriend to girlfriend talk? :) And I’m probably going to sound like a roller coaster right now, but sometimes I really don’t mind napping during my afternoon free time, and other times I really miss being able to do a few things for myself, like reading or knitting (I only seem to do this in the winter) or watching a show (Downtown Abbey season 6, anyone?) or coloring or learning something new. (I expanded on this topic last week, in case you missed it.)
I know this particular season is here for a reason, and I know being home with my babies is a short, purposeful season in the grand picture, but reality speaking — mama to mama, it’s not always an easy season to be in. Maybe I need to get back at my 20-minute projects? Things I know I can work on when the time allows, but doesn’t leave me feeling flustered when I need to stop. What do you think?
Over the last year I’ve been able to refine my ability to recognize the different seasons of mamahood, which is amazing. Certain seasons gives me a little more time to spend on myself, but as the kiddos become even more curious about life and learning, my time available to spend on myself decreases. (It’s a continuous up and down.) We are definitely working our way into a very busy time as April nears and we prepare for the birth of our third little one.
And since we’re talking girlfriend to girlfriend here, I will say it hasn’t always been easy for me to accept the limited free time. Those times fill me up in immeasurable ways. But like the snowy season won’t be upon us forever, this busy mamahood season won’t always be here, either. Whew :) thanks for letting me share a little!
Playing alongside the kids, coloring together or organizing our home together — swapping out “old” toys for “new” toys” to keep them engaged, are two easy ways for me to be creative while staying current with our day-to-day needs. (I know you have a couple of suggestions, and I’d love to hear from you.)
Let’s get back to that elastic waistband thing, OK? Usually in the evenings, right after dinner and before bath time, I switch one pair of stretchy pants for another. Read: skinny jeans for leggings. I throw on a maternity sweatshirt or a cardigan, and now my cozy self is ready for the evening ahead.
The kids have been wearing little sweatsuits while they play from Colored Organics, an organic cotton toddler clothing line based out of Minnesota (another cold-weather state we hold dear to our hearts). Colored Organics offers fair trade and sweatshop free clothing for babies and toddlers, not to mention clothing that’s comfortable, practical, and fun to mix & match. I love so much they can easily play or nap in their CO outfits (there’s no need to change before naptime begins).
Natalie is wearing the portland raglan pullover with matching tapered pants, and Maxwell is wearing the fleece raglan hoodie with coordinating hudson athletic pants.
How about a giveaway so your little one can wear a Colored Organics outfit this winter season? Two Maggie Whitley Design readers will win a $50 gift card to Colored Organics. So awesome! Here’s how you can enter:
Thank you for supporting the shops that help support me and my family.
Ah, sometimes it is so hard to find those moments for just you- but how precious they are when they come! These clothes look great- always on the hunt for fun, new products :) ;
Raglan tees are my favorite on little men!!
Winter is a hard season when sometimes being cooped up inside gets boring! New toys from Christmas has really helped us! I do daycare at home so the other kiddos also help mine stay busy :) the clothes are adorable! My lil 1 1/2 year old loves comfy clothing!
I love the simplicity of these. My baby girl just started crawling so the extra cushion on the knees is awesome and our house is cool so these are awesome :)
We love comfy clothes here in Chicago-it’s cold! I really like the Hudson athletic pants for my kids and wish they came in my size.
I love the Bailee cardigan. My daughter would look so cute in it!
Classic Baseball Shirt! (My kiddos are too old now but I would love to give these to my nephews!)
I always enjoy ready your blog. I am a mama to four little ones myself and I also find the struggle of making time for myself while the kids don’t destroy the house.
thank you so much Leanne for sharing! xx
I agree! I have been knitting a lot this season, but only in short increments. And I remind myself before starting up again that I’ll probably only get 5-10 rows in. :) Makes it less heartbreaking.
“heartbreaking” — that’s a good word for it ;D xx
Love the Bailee cardigan
I love the raglan pullovers – so simple, cute, and comfortable! https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-baby-portland-raglan-pullover-shirt
I am liking the Harlow Slub V-neck.
The raglan pullover looks so comfy for my girl!
We need some more outfits like this around here. We have more clothes that are “outfits” and I always feel bad putting Mark into jeans and a nice shirt when I’m still in my PJs!
Winter is tough! I live in Minnesota so it’s fun to see a MN company featured
Oh! And I’m a sucker for baseball t-shirts. Love this one: https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-toddler-boys-classic-baseball-shirt-long-sleeve
I love the little kimono onesies! https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-baby-classic-kimono-bodysuit-long-sleeve
These cold few weeks have been rough with the kids. The raglan shirt would definitely help keep me little girl warm!
Welcome back to snowy Michigan. With two boys I love the classic baseball t’s. My boys wear them all year round
Classic baseball shirt! We are living in mid Michigan and the Tigers start soon.https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-toddler-boys-classic-baseball-shirt-long-sleeve
I hear ya about the napping! I am 32 weeks along with #4 (kiddos are 2, 4, 6) and I NEED to nap. But… napping comes at the expense of my daily quiet time and getting things done around the house. And that usually feels like too big of a cost, so I walk around so tired and crabby… something needs to change and I think its my attitude and realizing I really can’t do it all… but that also seems too hard…
what if you reserved 1 day a week for yourself to do something fun, then the other 4 days you napped? (or something similar?) xx
Those kimono onesies!!! Gah! Just too precious <3
whoops, here’s the link https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-baby-classic-kimono-bodysuit-long-sleeve
We live in South Dakota so I understand about how winter can feel like a never-ending season. Excited about this giveaway!
What an awesome giveaway. We are about to get some snow here in VA!!
So many cute clothes…in great colors! I liked these pants because I feel like they would work great for both of my wee one’s
And I totally appreciate your reminder of seasons of life, we all need to be reminded every once in a while.
OH MY, those look so cozy. I wish they made them big enough for grown ups!
So so cute!
Those clothes look so cozy. Great for snuggling in on a cold winter day.
I LOVE the Bailee Cardigan! So adorable!
I love the 20 minute project idea! Thanks. The clothes look great, this is fun: https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-toddler-boys-classic-baseball-shirt-long-sleeve
I’m loving this cardigan!! So cozy and comfy!! Wish they made adult clothes, too! https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-toddler-girls-bailee-cardigan
My favorite clothing item from colored organics is defintely the fleece raglan hoodie for toddlers! My son is all about the zip up hoodies and the bright blue color is perfect! https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-toddler-fleece-raglan-hoodie
Awwww so adorable! I have a 1 year old and prego with #2. Not getting any time to myself after this baby is here is terrifying me!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts about naptime, Maggie — I feel many of those things myself, especially as an introvert. I would love the chance to win some CO for my little guy. :)
I like the classic baseball shirt! https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-toddler-boys-classic-baseball-shirt-long-sleeve
I love their onesies! I give them to my doula families!!
Comfy & cute :) You sold me! I’m loving the Bailee Cardigan – https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-toddler-girls-bailee-cardigan
Sweats on babies, one of my favorite things!
I love the raglan pullover for my baby girl! https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-baby-portland-raglan-pullover-shirt
And my 2 1/2 year old would look adorable in the baseball tee https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-toddler-boys-classic-baseball-shirt-long-sleeve
Everything looks so cute and comfy! Looks perfect for little ones who are playing! I really like the raglan hoodie in navy. https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-toddler-fleece-raglan-hoodie
I love the Chelsea jogger pants! Actually I like a lot of their stuff, but I thought those pants were just adorable! I love reading your blog! It’s always really uplifting and nice to hear your stories about life. Always wonderful to feel like I can connect with another mama!
I love the classic baseball shirt!!
I love all of their clothes but I really love their raglan pullover for babies!
I don’t think my daughter would EVER take this off!
Love the Fleece Raglan Hoodie, but I’m also eyeing that Maddox Crew! They look so cozy!
These little jogger pants (https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-toddler-girls-chelsea-jogger-pants) are freaking adorable.
Finding the right motherhood/self-care balance is so difficult… For every day I feel like I get it right, there are 10 days where it’s just completely off.
I am always looking for comfy things for my little man to wear! Love these options
Even though I’m just a blog reader, I’m excited you’re going to be “close” by (I’ve always related with your personal story) and I live in Monroe, MI. :)
This sweet little hoodie would keep my girl cozy.
Love cozy clothes for me and my babes! Always looking for new ideas for where to get the kids some great new clothes from.
Love these zip ups, me and my 15 month son travel back and forth to Michigan often (my home state and where all my family still live) these would be perfect for the weather there! They look so comfy!
My favorite item is the fleece raglan baby hoodie!
I like the Maddox Crew Fleece Sweatshirt
I love the raglan and the kimono bodysuit! My kids would LOVE these comfy clothes!!
My three year old doesn’t take naps anymore, so I’ve had to give up my 2 hours of quiet time while both of my kids nap. Now, I’m trying to decide if it’s worth even attempting to nap while my daughter plays in her room for quiet time for a little while. Mama hood totally stretches me!
Classic baseball shirt:)
This kimona bodysuit is so cute
I love the Cora Slub Raglan Crew. They look so comfortable. https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-toddler-girls-cora-slub-raglan-crew-long-sleeve
I love the FLEECE RAGLAN HOODIE.
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I like the newborn baby portland tapered pants! Look so warm — something I would want to wear myself!
I find myself only dressing my toddler in stretchy, cozy clothes this winter- comfort over fashion at 2 years old :) The Bailee cardigan would be adorable on my little lady! https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-toddler-girls-bailee-cardigan
This post really resonated with me. Finding personal time is always a balance when I’ve got three littles beautifully underfoot and another on the way. Picking up a few 20-minute-increment projects of my own sounds like a great idea. And I love the clothes you featured here–super adorable and very comfy-looking for long winter days spent mostly indoors! :)
I like this purple raglan tee
I’ve felt convicted and challenged to support ethically produced clothing lines for myself and my kiddos (3 months and 2 years old) and it’s sometimes hard to find the simple things, like this baby bodysuit! (in my favorite dark teal color)
And the organic + ethical combination can be even harder to find. Thanks for showing me another resource to turn to when my kiddos need new clothes! I’ll definitely be shopping here in the future.
Hellooooo peony leggings!
I love the Bailee Cardigan the most!
I liked the boys baseball tee!
I’m amazed at all the color options! I’d grab a few of the classic bodysuits. https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-classic-baby-bodysuit-long-sleeve
I love the kimono bodysuits! https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-baby-classic-kimono-bodysuit-long-sleeve
This sweatshirt looks like a perfect basic for winter! Even though it doesn’t get very cold here in Georgia, I still keep finding that I don’t have enough warm shirts for my little guy.
These little pants are so cute. https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-toddler-boys-hudson-athletic-sweatpants
Love these athletic pants
I love this! https://www.coloredorganics.com/organic-toddler-girls-bailee-cardigan I have one that looks just like it so me and my daughter could match :)
The toddler baseball shirt is my favorite:)
Oh my, I love ALL of the little girls clothes. They all look so comfy and cozy.
The Bailee Cardigan is super adorable!
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