Week #4 ~ A Healthier, Happier Us

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This week I challenged myself to actually get dressed in real clothes. It’s been so cold and snowy here that I have crawled into my comfy Jayhawk sweats too often lately. It’s hard to break that habit, but that is what I set out to do this week. I don’t want to spend a lot of time or effort on what I’m going to wear, so I tried to pick out mostly tried and true favorites – outfits that are kid-friendly and feel great!

It warmed up enough last week that I was able to pair a tunic and skinny jeans with my new shoes. I found these on clearance at Marshall’s a few weeks ago, and I’ve been excited to try them out. I love the straps at the top that turn these into a modern version of ballet flats. They were actually very comfortable throughout the whole day, and I know that I’ll get lots of use out of my $15 bargain this spring, summer, and fall! Talk about bang for your buck!

Week #4 - A Happier, Healthier You

I have loved wearing ponchos ever since I was a little girl. I have 5 of them, but this airy gray one just might be my favorite.


I also tried a new combo – yellow, denim, and animal print. I think it just might work together! I absolutely love my new earrings from One Little Mama and her Etsy store One Little Belt. She had a fabulous sale on her handmade suede earrings around Valentine’s Day, so my Beloved let me pick out my gift this year. I picked out 3 sets – aqua, radiant orchid, and these – and I wear them all of the time! Every girl needs a touch of animal print.


I even went a little bit country for date night ~

country outfit

 I don’t know about you, but my personal sense of style fell away when I became a mom. I put the needs of my kiddos ahead of mine – which is just fine – except that it is sometimes easy to forget who you are as a person. I’m not just Camden, Aiden, and Quinn’s mom. You’re not just a teacher, a blogger, a librarian, a student, or a stay-at-home mom. You’re YOU. You are fabulously, wonderfully, and uniquely made. It’s okay to spend a little time on celebrating who you were made to be.

Style doesn’t have to break the bank. I never pay full price for anything, and the majority of the clothes that I wear were either clearance finds, consignment shop bargains, or thrift shop treasures. I love finding clothing pieces that express the unique ME without spending much money. I don’t know if it would interest anyone to hear more about how I find my style bargains, so please let me know if you would like me to share more about how to hunt for fashion treasures!

Bottom line – how we dress shouldn’t be about teetering around in high heels, trying to follow ridiculous trends, or just putting on something so we don’t get arrested for public indecency. How you look should make you feel like wonderful, spectacular YOU. Sure, there’s a time and a place for my Jayhawk sweats – curled up watching the basketball game tonight, for one – but that’s not all that I am, and I know that it’s not all that you are either. This week I’m going to make an effort to dress myself to reflect me, and I hope that you’ll join me!

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” ~ Coco Chanel

My Goals for Last Week ~

  • Drink 8 glasses of water each day. I’m getting better. I remembered to drink enough water all but 1 day this week! I kept a 32 ounce water bottle near me for all of those days but the one that I missed. Having it with me reminded me to drink and refill it throughout the day. I’ll keep up this routine this week to see if I can improve on it at all.
  • Eat a good breakfast every morning. I had chili a couple of days for breakfast. I’m weird, I know, but sometimes it just hits the spot! (My pretty red pot was a gift from my dad. Happy Snoopy dance!)


  • Remember to take my vitamins daily. Yes! 
  • Actually get dressed…In real clothes. It’s been so cold and snowy here lately that I’ve been living in sweatpants and KU hoodies. I feel so much better and more productive when I’m dressed and ready to face the day.
  • Play the piano three more times this week. I played twice this week. Will try again this week!
  • Finally get around to buying a new pillow for my neck painThe first night using the pillow, I actually overslept – which never happens! And my Beloved said that I didn’t move all night this weekend, so now HE wants to get a new pillow. I am loving the switch to a Memory Foam pillow so far! I’m hoping that using it will help my back and neck pain to go away. 
  • Spend a little time watching something just for me – a romantic comedy, a Jane Austen movie, or maybe an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Whatever it is, make sure it’s just a little bit of down timeI watched a little HGTV and Olympic women’s hockey this week while riding the exercise bike at the gym.
  • Roast marshmallows with the boys – just because. It was too warm to start a fire this week, but we made cookies together instead! It’s supposed to get colder again this week, so I think that we still have roasted marshmallows in our near future.
  • Exercise twice at the gym this week and twice at homeI biked 11 miles at the gym twice this week, and I did pilates at home one day. I was also given the okay by my hip surgeon to start running again after having surgery in the fall! I couldn’t be happier that our boys joined me that day. They know that they have to take it easy on their ol’ mom, but I’ll catch up to them one day!



My Goals for This week ~

  •  Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.
  • Exercise 4 times this week – twice at the gym, and twice at home.
  • Spritz on a little perfume to smell and feel nice.
  • Finish cleaning out my closet.
  • Make a playlist of our favorite family “dance party” songs and play it when we need a little boost in our spirits.
  • Remember to take my vitamins every morning.
  • File and polish my nails.
  • Curl up with a book (or my Beloved) in bed by 2230 each evening. (To see what I’m reading, I’d love to connect with you on GoodReads!)
  • Play the piano three times this week.
  • Actually get dressed in real clothes (not rely on Jayhawk sweats) this week. I need to save the KU gear for game day.

What are you doing this week to take care of yourself? Did you take any time to take care of you last week? I love when we share our progress and pictures together on Instagram and Facebook! I would love to connect with you as we work on a happier, healthier us this week! Let’s start taking better care of ourselves – the way that we care for those that we love around us.

Let’s do this, friends – together!

~ Ginger

*I’ve been a fan for a long time, but I’m excited to link up with The Pleated Poppy and What I Wore Wednesday and Get Your Pretty On for the first time this week! For more great outfit advice, go check out their fabulous sites and all of the amazing linkups!

*The top photo is courtesy of NZ Portraits by Joanne.

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  • Shana Norris says:

    Yay for the okay to run again! I love the family feet picture. We did one like that Sat. morning before we headed out the door to my little guy’s last YMCA basketball game of the season.

    I’ve found that my style continually evolves. Since I work from home, some days the only time I get out of the house is school drop off and pick up, and taxiing the kids to sports practices, dance, play dates, etc. But if I make the effort to put on a little make up, style my hair, and put on nicer clothes – even if it’s just leggings and a basic Gap tee – I feel SO much better all day long.

    • ginger says:

      I’m so glad that you make the effort to get dressed in nicer clothes – that is really helping me to feel much more ME. 🙂 Although, I’m about to go crawl into my comfy stuff and curl up with a book now that it’s bedtime. 🙂 I love taking unique photos like that – it’s easier than getting everyone to look at the camera, smile together, and leave out the bunny ears 😉

  • Jennifer says:

    I would LOVE to hear more about your approach to finding fashion bargains! This is such a great series, Ginger. You are definitely motivating me to write up some “healthier, happier me” goals for this week.

  • I am enjoying this series so much! It’s kind of aspirational for me right now since I’m basically in survival mode as my family deals with some tough stuff… but I know that taking care of myself, even in little ways, will go a long way to helping me weather this season.

  • Mark Allman says:

    That’s a lot of water. I try to get 64 oz a day which is 4 water bottles. I think just making a list of what you want to do is a big step towards getting something done. Make those list and schedule it and you can accomplish a lot. I hope your week goes well.
    What is it that you like about ponchos?

    • ginger says:

      Thank you, Mark! I love that ponchos are different – not a lot of people wear them. I also love the freedom my arms have without sleeves. 🙂

  • Shon says:

    Well done! You look fabulous and I agree about putting ourselves on the list and making us a priority as moms.

    I love your outfits and the date night style is so cute and flirty! I hope you continue to feel strong and confident as you start running again.

    I am stopping by via the Pleated Poppy link up.

    • ginger says:

      Hi, Shon! I am thrilled that you stopped by! Thank you so much for your sweet comments – I really appreciate it! I loved joining the Pleated Poppy link up – what fun!

  • Hannah Avery says:

    I think the leopard print earrings and yellow scarf look great together, and your blue dress outfit is so pretty! I totally agree that we should dress in things that make us feel great about ourselves! I am in the morning sickness phase of my pregnancy right now, so this week I have been resting a lot. I guess that is what I am doing for myself this week!

    • ginger says:

      Thank you, Hannah, for stopping by! I’m thrilled to “meet” you! Congratulations on your pregnancy! I had horrible “all day” sickness with all three of my boys – so I can feel your pain. I hope that you feel better soon!

  • Such a great post – I too have neck pain- which is the cause of my severe migraines. It has been something of a thorn in my side for quite a few years. I’ve had quite a bit of relief from seeing a chiropractor and from taking my vitamins regularly – and I too changed out my pillow! I hope yours gets better soon.
    Best wishes,
    Alyssa B

    • ginger says:

      Hi, Alyssa! Ouch – neck pain is the worst! I haven’t tried a chiropractor yet, but I’m thinking about starting! I am so happy that you stopped by – thank you so much!

  • Rachel G says:

    Being able to simply enjoy the clothes you wear is a very good thing!! I like your yellow scarf!

  • Charlie says:

    You know what? I am going to make a huge pot of chilli and have it for breakafst with an egg cracked in the middle. oals.Yum! I am inspired!!! Well done on your goal getting!

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